Thursday, December 27, 2018

Twelve 2019 Books I Am Most Looking Forward To

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I’ve been so bad with new releases this year that I am not sure I even deserve to do a post about 2019 books I am most looking forward to but you know… every year is a good year for books and 2019 is no different!!! These occur in no particular order and there are tons I haven’t mentioned but I wanted to keep this as short as possible. 

1. What Lies Between You In Me by Courtney Milan


Its funny because I mentioned this last year as a sequel I was looking forward to in 2018 but 2018 has passed and I am still waiting. I JUST WANT TO BE REUNITED WITH MY 55 yo son. 

2. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki


I will read whatever Tamaki writes (although this one in particular sounds amazing.) JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY (non-existent) MONEY

3. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal


Everyone and their pet is awaiting this book and probs for a good reason. It has a stunning cover and it sounds amazing. I HAVE HIGH HOPES and hope they will be delivered.

4. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee


I’ve been reading Stacey Lee since her debut and I’ve never been disappointed. Her writing is so lush and always transports me across time. I AM READY FOR HER NEWEST. Even if I had to wait for most of 2019 to read it.

5. The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons


A BOOK ABOUT A SCHOOL FOR ASPIRING CON ARTISTS? I AM FUCKING THERE ALREADY. PLEASE. PLEASE PLEASE. Just give me this book. I am so upset its going to be a while before I read it because Tor has that thing about libraries getting books *sobs in bilingual*

6. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia


Hi. Yes. I Would Like This Book.

7. The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma


Honestly, I am so ridiculously excited about this book, I am trying not to cry as I type this. Punjabi bros seeking revenge? THERE WILL BE ROMANCE? I NEEDS IT.

8. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins


I LOVED book 1 in this series and I am just really excited for Flora’s story. 

9. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


I’ve spent 2018 under a rock but I am fucking glad I didn’t miss hearing about this book because it sounds completely up my alley. A romantic comedy taking place in the foreground of some political shenanigans? Yes please!

10. Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food Love edited by Elise Chapman


So right around the time this book was announced, I had just finished playing a game on my phone by the same name and it just felt like the stars were aligning and the spirit of Hungry Hearts would live on in this book. Anyway, I love food and anything relating to food so I am desperately craving a helping of this anthology. 

11. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai


I finally read Alisha Rai’s novels this year and fell completely in love. I need to read whatever she writes. Including her grocery list.

12. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


I am VERY HAPPY the wait for The Gilded Wolves is almost over because OMG. ITS BEEN ROUGH. Heists? A rag tag group? ROSHANI CHOKSHI. I will be reading this. SOON. 

Are you looking forward to any of these books in 2019? What else are you waiting on? I NEED MORE BOOKS to read in 2019 (this is a lie but whatever…)

Ridiculously Awesome and Fun: The Disasters by M.K. England

Ridiculously Awesome and Fun: The Disasters by M.K. England

Posted by on 12/24/2018 • 1 Comment

I dove into The Disasters with almost no expectations. I had grabbed it on a whim and only vaguely remembered it had something to do with space. I’d say I regretted doing this but honestly, it was truly the best way to read this book because I ended up being taken completely by surprise by its awesomeness and just, IT WAS SO GOOD and it’s so GREAT to have a book completely surprise you.

There are many space books out there and it’s likely you’ve read and loved some of them. I am here to tell you The Disasters is better (or at least I think it is.) It’s the space book I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I NEEDED. Are you tired of all those space books that are super…

Summer-y YA for Winter Blues Mini Reviews

Summer-y YA for Winter Blues Mini Reviews

Posted by on 12/19/2018 • 1 Comment


Love & Luck Jenna Evans Welch


Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds…

Some Mystery and Bland Characters: The Lonely Dead by April Henry

Some Mystery and Bland Characters: The Lonely Dead by April Henry

Posted by on 12/14/2018 • 1 Comment

Ugh I don’t even know how to word as I write this review. I’ve written and deleted the first sentence about a 100 times. BUT. I guess. Here is the thing, I read an April Henry novel years ago, liked it, and read a BUNCH by her this year. Just looking at the books in the chronological order they were published, it seems that the books have gotten progressively worse? Which is to say, that her later books have lost that kick a lot of her earlier books had.

If you’ve been a fan for a while and coming to this book because you have come to expect some thrill and some mystery from April Henry, you should stay. If you want anything more than that, like character development and…

Heisting Were-Dragons: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Heisting Were-Dragons: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted by on 12/12/2018 • 0 Comments

THIS BOOK HAS WERE-DRAGONS AND HEIST. If that alone isn’t enough to get your interest, there is no way I could change your mind with my boring-ass words. But I do have a review to write so I guess you could stick around if you felt like. I’d much rather you just read the book though.

MOVING ON. I’ve been reading Sarah Beth Durst for quite some time now and I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t like. I expected Fire and Heist to be set in a high fantasy world so it took me a little longer to get around to read it but it’s actually set in an urban-fantastical world and I LOVE URBAN FANTASY. When you dive into a book featuring heists and were-dragons,…

Not the Worst: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Not the Worst: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Posted by on 12/10/2018 • 1 Comment

I love Kenneth Oppel. I’ve been reading him since I was but a wee lass (middle school.) I was extremely excited to read Inkling but honestly, it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s not that it isn’t a good book, but Kenneth Oppel is not a writer of good books, he is a writer of excellent books and nothing about this book in particular screamed excellent too me.

Don’t get me wrong, it has a lot going for it, but I think I never really connected to the characters and perhaps I am just too fucking old now to appreciate adorable monsters created from Ink.

Ethan has a hard-knock life. His mother passed away a while ago and his father does not know how to function as a human…

Fresh Batch (December 9th – 15th)

Fresh Batch (December 9th – 15th)

Posted by on 12/08/2018 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

This Lie Will Kill You Chelsea Pitcher Publication date: December 11th 2018by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are…

Season Of Giving – Winter Giveaway!

Season Of Giving – Winter Giveaway!

Posted by on 12/06/2018 • 1 Comment

‘Tis the season of romance, pretty snow, and Christmas lights — and giveaways! I also want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported or participate in events with Xpresso Book Tours in 2018. It’s been an amazingly awesome and book-filled year, and here’s to many more!

This giveaway is not exclusive to tour hosts, but you do get entries if you participate in Xpresso Book Tours events (blitzes and cover reveals).

What’s up for grabs: PRIZE 1: A Kindle Paperwhite – Open internationally (as long as Amazon ships to you)

PRIZE 2 A 50$ Amazon Gift Card – Open Internationally!


Giveaway ends February 20th, 2019 (I like to give enough…