Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Wishing to Read Wednesday: The Old and the New (#11)



The Old(er)
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!


Lost Under a Ladder by Linda O. Johnston (Midnight Ink, 2014)
Is it Luck? Or is it Destiny?

Rory Chasen never thought superstitions were real-until her beloved fiance is killed after walking under a ladder. To find closure and the truth about superstitions, Rory takes her dog Pluckie to a town called Destiny, where superstitious beliefs are a way of life.

Rory's visit to Destiny takes an unexpected turn when Pluckie saves Martha, the owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique. While Martha recovers, Rory reluctantly agrees to manage the pet shop for her. But when Martha becomes the prime suspect in the local bookshop owner's murder, Rory can't believe that the sweet old woman would do it. Convinced the real killer is still roaming Destiny's streets, Rory resolves to crack the case before Martha's luck runs out.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: This has been sitting on my TBR shelf awhile. Cozy mysteries with dogs or cats on the cover are always hard to resist. At least for me. I have heard good things about this series, and look forward to giving it a try.


Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton (Delacorte Press, 2015)
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. 
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. 
And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. 
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I can only imagine how excited and ready Quin feels stepping into her life--and then for all of that to be quite different than what she expects. I admit it was the cover that initially drew me to this novel, but I do want to know more about Quin and just how upside down her world is about to become.

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The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.


Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
Release Date: September 4, 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books  
There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later...the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life.
 
But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: Doesn't this sound intriguing? I want to know what happened at that campsite and the boy's father. Not to mention I am curious about Maya's own secrets!


Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
Release Date: September 4, 2018 by Albert Whitman & Company
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl. 
A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control. 
Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen? 
In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Who wouldn't want to read this one after reading that synopsis? From a girl playing the part of a infamous criminal mastermind to a need to escape and interesting sounding friends, I will definitely be reading this one.


The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
Release Date: September 4, 2018 by William Morrow
May 2013: Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . . 
April 1915: Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . . 
Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . . 
As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: These three authors names alone are enough to give me a reason to want to read this one, however, it just so happens that the subject matter has pulled me in too. And I do love a good historical fiction novel!


Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read them?


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44 comments:

  1. Leave No Trace definitely makes me curious about what happened as well! And I always love cozies with cats, even if I don't read that many of them- a few a year, more or less. But if it has a fun title and a cat and/ or bookstore on the cover, I might be in. :)

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    1. Greg - It's hard to resist the books with a bookstore on the cover. :-)

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  2. Lost under a Ladder sounds WONDERFUL! And I love the cover -- a dog on the cover is definitely hard to resist!!

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    1. Verushka - I think so too! Hopefully it will be great. :-)

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  3. I thought Seeker sounded interesting, then I read the blurb for Leave No Trace and WOW! I hope I have the chance to read that!

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    1. Eustacia - I hope I will too. Both sound good.

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  4. Oooh! All of these sound like interesting books, especially Seeker! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - Doesn't it sound great? I am really looking forward to diving into Seeker.

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  5. The Seeker sounds good, but so do several others. I will keep an eye out for several of these.

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    1. Jenclair - Too many good sounding books . . . There are so many I want to read.

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  6. I want to read Leave No Trace and The Glass Ocean too. I'm in awe that 3 authors can get together to write one book like that.

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    1. Kathy - I am in awe that they can do that too. And they seem to do so seamlessly.

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  7. I love the sound of Leave No Trace and Ignite the Stars. I hope you manage to read all these books and thoroughly enjoy them, Wendy:)

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  8. All of these books sound great. My favorite? The Glass Ocean. Have a great time with all thes wonderful books!

    Renee ~ My Wow

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    1. Renee - Thank you! I am really excited about The Glass Ocean.

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  9. I think most of us bookworms practice the fine art of "tsundoku", which is piling up unread books. Lol. I'm guilty, too, of course! So don't feel bad! :) :)

    Of the books you're featuring today, I'm very much interested in "Seeker" and "Ignite the Stars". They look AWESOME!! And I LOVE reading about strong female protagonists!! So I'm adding them to my GR shelves ASAP!! Thanks for featuring them!! <3

    Thanks as well for commenting on my own CWW post!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - At least I know I won't run out of reading material any time soon. :-)

      I hope you enjoy Ignite the Stars and Seeker if you read them, Maria. They both sound good.

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  10. The cover for Lost Under A Ladder is too cute!

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  11. I love cozies featuring dogs, so Lost Under a Ladder sounds like something I'd really enjoy. Great picks! :)

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    1. Ashley - Me too! I am looking forward to reading Lost Under a Ladder. Hopefully I won't put it off much longer.

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  12. Leave No Trace and The Glass Ocean both sound so good. I love Linda O. Johnston's other cozy series and keep meaning to give this one a try. Great choices!

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    1. Barb - I am glad to hear you enjoy Linda O. Johnston's other series. I haven't tried her books before, but I look forward to doing so.

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  13. I'm really curious about Leave No Trace! :)

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    1. Lark - It sounds like it will be good, doesn't it? I can't wait to read it.

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  14. Ignite the Stars looks awesome. That cover is beautiful. Will keep an eye out for it.

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    1. Alicia - I am especially looking forward to Ignite the Stars. I hope it is as good as it sounds!

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  15. Ooh! Apart from two of these books, Leave No Trace & Ignite the Stars, the rest really appeal. Mind you I nearly always find the covers of cosy mysteries such as Lost Under a Ladder better than the books themselves.

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    1. Tracy - I've come across so many cozies as of late that I've enjoyed. I wasn't always as into them. The covers are always cute though, aren't they? Even if the book's themselves don't always appeal.

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  16. I have an unread copy of Seeker from NetGalley that I still need to get to. Sometimes I can be such a bad blogger...lol. I am really curious about Leave No Trace because I read the author's last book and enjoyed it.

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    1. Carole - You too? We need to read Seeker. :-) I am just as bad, so don't feel too bad.

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  17. The Glass Ocean and the Seeker look good. Hopefully, they'll be great reading for you. I can't resist books with pets on the cover or are a big part of the story, either.

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    1. Sophia Rose - I hope they are both great reads too!

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  18. I remember when Lost Under a Ladder came out! It sounded so good and I swore I was going to read it. 4 years later... I'm really looking forward to The Glass Ocean. I really enjoyed The Forgotten Room so I'm curious to see this one.

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    1. Katherine - I remember when it came out too. I really need to get to it. LOL I still haven't read The Forgotten Room. Maybe that should have been my backlog book!

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  19. I don't think I've ever read a cozy mystery, like you I would enjoy it with a dog and cat. I think I would enjoy the Glass Ocean, I'll have to add it to my list.

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    1. Jovita - I enjoy cozies now and then--although more so lately. They are on the lighter side when it comes to the mystery genre, which seems to be suiting my mood more these days. I hope Glass Ocean will be as good as it sounds. I am excited about reading that one.

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  20. Seeker and Ignite the Stars are both on my tbr. I hope you get to all your reads!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  21. Leave No Trace is one that is on my radar, mainly because I really enjoyed that author's last book and this one sounds equally good.

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    1. Suzanne - I am glad to hear you've liked the author's previous work. Leave No Trace sounds so good.

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  22. I loooooooooove the cover to The Glass Ocean! 😍

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