Spring 2020 Adult Anticipated Releases

Over the past two years, I have been reaching more & more for new adult and adult fiction books. Although YA will always have my heart, I’ve had so much fun delving into adult contemporary romance and find myself always on the hunt for recommendations. Fortunately, there are SO many adult fiction books coming out over March, April, and May from my favorite authors and exciting new debut authors. Spring 2020 is deifntiely my most anticipated new release season this year. But no worries Fall 2020, I cannot wait to have my hands-on so many books then too (I’m looking at you The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Snapped.

downloadCrescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Of course as I mention my excitement for all the contemporary books, the first book here is Sarah J. Maas’s adult fantasy, Crescent City. I won’t go into too many details because I feel like I’ve talked about this book a few times on the blog already, but just know my March 3 will include tackling (or at least going to the bookstore & buying) this 816 page monster.

Release Date: March 3

 

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Having loved One Day in December over the holiday season last year, I am really excited to jump back into Josie Silver’s storytelling with The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. I usually don’t reach for ‘what-if’ romances, but I think I will enjoy Josie Silver’s take.

Release Date: March 3

 

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Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2)

Since The Bromance Book Club was one of my last (and favorite) reads of 2019, this companion series is still so fresh in my mind. I’m excited to go back to this sports romance world, as Braden helps Liv get back into the Nashville restaurant scene while getting the Bromance Book Club to help him win her heart.

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Spring Break TBR

I was so in the mood to read in February, but homework and other school obligations (and TV) definitely got in the way. I cannot wait to continue my reading excitement during my upcoming spring break, which starts for tomorrow night! I’m off from  school for the first full week in March and for a total of 11 days, including the weekends and the days where I don’t have class (even though I always have something to do on my ’no class’ days with me being me). In between catching up with my best friends and family anddddd doing homework, I want to dedicate so much time to reading, especially because I plan on diving into three of my truly MOST anticipated 2020 releases!

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian (ARC) – Siobhan Vivian is one of my favorite contemporary authors. We Are the Wildcats is hands-down of my anticipated contemporary releases this year. Between its field hockey-inspired & female empowerment premise and my love for Stay Sweet, I really have high expectations for this one. I’m also so excited and grateful to be part of the upcoming We Are the Wildcats blog tour!   

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett (ARC) – Another book in my top three anticipated YA contemporaries of 2020, I am beyond excited to dive into Jenn Bennett’s Chasing Lucky. The synopsises of her books truly keep up-ing the Jenn Bennett book game, as the main character, Josie, moves back to the East Coast to help run her family bookstore and reconnects with the bad boy in town. I really want to read Chasing Lucky during spring break while I have time to relax and won’t be too distracted by school work, so I can 110% allow myself to enjoy it. I was fortunate enough to read an early copy of Serious Moonlight during spring break last year, so I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition. Read More »

Harley in the Sky Book Tag

If there’s one book that I have absolutely loved in 2020, it’s Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Harley in the Sky! This YA contemporary follows Harley’s dream of becoming a trapeze artist after growing up in her family’s Las Vegas circus. Within its circus setting, Harley in the Sky explores so much surrounding family, friendship, identity, belonging and mental health.

Since my review won’t be coming until closer to its March 10th release, I couldn’t help but share my love for this book by doing the Harley in the Sky Book Tag! I saw this tag completed by Lili of Utopia State of Mind, who is a member of Harley in the Sky’s Street Team. The Harley in the Sky Book Tag was created by Jemma of Fantastic Books.

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Ring Master: What book introduced you to your favorite genre?

I started reading YA contemporary back in fifth or sixth grade, but I can’t remember a specific that got me into the genre. It was definitely a blend of Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, & Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Acrobatics: A fast-paced read

The last book I read that I would consider fast paced is Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners. Olive and Ethan are thrown into a hate-to-love relationship when everyone at a wedding gets food poisoning and the two must claim the married couple’s paid honeymoon.

Clowns: A book that made you laugh

My favorite contemporary romances tend to make me laugh out loud, which includes Alexa Martin’s Fumbled. There is so much humor between Poppy and her nine year old son, her best girl friends, and of course her romantic interest, TK.Read More »

SPRING SHELFIE: Spring 2020 YA Anticipated Releases

I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about the books I’m looking forward to this spring! Many readers look to fall for their absolute most anticipated books of the year, but this spring might just be my most anticipated season! I didn’t realize how many books I can’t wait to have my hands on until I was putting this list together. I originally was going to combine my most YA releases with my anticipated adult releases… until I realized I had a 20+ book list. That being said, while today I’ll be focusing on YA releases, I’ll be sharing my anticipated adult fiction spring releases next week.

I’m especially excited for Spring 2020 because there are SO, SO many amazing contemporary books coming out from some of my all-time favorite authors and debut voices!

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu 

Although contemporary seems to be the name of my reading game this spring, I am of course looking forward to Marie Lu’s upcoming musically-inspired historical fantasy.

Release Date: March 3

 

 

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Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

While I haven’t read Anna Karenina, Anna K has been described as a dark and diverse take with major Gossip Girl vibes, following Anna K.’s life as a Korean-American teen in Manhattan society.

Release Date: March 3

 

 

harley-in-the-sky-9781534437128_hrHarley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Having been fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Harley in the Sky, I can 110% confirm that this YA contemporary release is a must read book of the year! Following Harley’s life growing up in circus life and dream of being a trapeze artist, Akemi Dawn Bowman completely nailed the setting while exploring family, friendship, and mental health.

Release Date: March 10

 

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If you haven’t jumped on the Girls with Sharp Sticks train yet, you have a month to catch up before the sequel comes out! I absolutely cannot put these books down, following an all-female private school where the girls are taught be perfect women, until Mena and her classmates start questioning the school’s strange occurrences.

Release Date: March 25

 

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We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

I feel like I’ve been talking about my anticipation for Siobhan Vivian’s next YA contemporary, We Are the Wildcats, since I finished Stay Sweet two years ago. I’m really looking forward to this one because it features members of a high school field hockey team – as a former high school field hockey player myself, I’m excited to see how much it delves into the sport because it’s not really a sports book- and focuses on female friendship and empowerment. Siobhan Vivian slayed these two themes in Stay Sweet. 

Release Date: March 31

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Review: The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

Summary (from the publisher): Every year, summer begins when the Callahans 71JmVuf4VgLarrive on Mariposa Island. That’s when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she’s been transported to a new world.

Joaquin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother’s manipulation.

The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joaquin, with flashbacks to their mother’s experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution.

 

 My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 My Thoughts:

The Liars of Mariposa Island is the type of book that I wouldn’t have expected from Jennifer Mathieu, and I really enjoyed it! I’ve only read Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, a YA book following a girl’s determination to lead a feminist revolution in her Texas high school and is currently being adapted into a Netflix film directed by the Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope and I are both SO here for this! That being said, I would not have expected Jennifer Matheiu’s next book to be a semi-historical story following two siblings’ lives living on Mariposa Island with their very controlling mother, who escaped the Cuban revolution as a teenager. 

 The Liars of Mariposa Island takes on a different setting and cultural influence than what I’ve read in YA, but I absolutely loved it. I’ve read a number of Cuban and Carribbean-inspired books in my college English classes, and I have really enjoyed the majority of them that I’ve read. If you’re also interested in Cuban literature that explores the relationship between Cuban and American culture, I highly recommend checking out Rachel Kushner’s Telex from Cuba and Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban (two of the books I’ve read in college). Anyway, I once again enjoyed exploring this relationship in The Liars of Mariposa Island.

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 While mostly told from siblings Elena and Joaquin’s perspectives in 1980s Mariposa Island, Texas, the book does flashback to their mother’s experience living in  Cuba and transitioning to life in the United States. I wish we had more chapters from Caridad’s perspective. They provided a lot of insight into 1950s Cuba and of course explained much of Caridad’s change in character, going from a young girl in love with her family and country into a depressed woman who takes her secrets and loss out on her children. I really enjoyed the romantic Cuba and although Caridad’s transition to American life wasn’t as quite picturesque, I really liked learning about her experience and how it shaped the present with Elena and Joaquin.Read More »

P.S. I LOVE IT: P.S. I Still Love You Movie Review

If there was one thing this bookish fangirl absolutely had to do on February 12,  it was watch the sequel adaptation of her favorite YA contemporary series: P.S. I Still Love You! Just like the first film, P.S. I Still Love You was such a cozy and comforting movie that I know I’ll be returning to again and again!

9781534469266_p0_v3_s550x406P.S. I Still Love You is really Lara Jean and Peter’s story (and also a little bit of John Ambrose’s). The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before plot did revolve around the couple, but there were a lot of moments about the Song-Covey sisters, so it was a bit of a transition going into this installment. Either way, I loved settling into Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship. I seriously need to learn how to make Valentine’s Day cards like Lara Jean’s! I was so happy that she makes cherry tarts for him just like in the book. While I have much, MUCH love for John Ambrose, it still made me sad when Lara Jean and Peter K. go through some challenges. I do think Peter could have been a lot more honest about things involving Gen, but I think Lara Jean also could have been a tad more open about things with John Ambrose.

Outside of Peter K. and Lara Jean, there was of course so much that I loved about this movie.  Kitty’s moments were still spot on, although I wish we did get some more Margot outside of the one FaceTime phone call. However, Lara Jean’s true mentor in this installment is none other than Stormy! There were definitely some changes to the Belleview storyline, the retirement community Lara Jean volunteers in, but I’m so, so glad Stormy was still part of it- although I’m still a little sad that we didn’t get to see Lara Jean in her victory rolls and John Ambrose in uniform. Back to the Song-Covey family, I’m also really happy they kept the Mr.Covey and Ms.Rothchild storyline (and that’s where I didn’t mind not having Margot’s mixed feelings about the situation, whoops). I actually think my favorite character in P.S. I Still Love You was Chris! Her personality and spunk was just so well done (along with her amazing eye shadow)  and I liked her own romance storyline.Read More »

VALENTINE’S DAY ROMANCE READ: The Risk Review

Summary for The Risk (Briar U #2)

rhweiskEveryone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts: 

Since one of my reading goals for 2020 is to read more romance, I kicked off my 2020 reading with a sports romance! Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite new adult and sports romance authors, having loved the Off-Campus series last year. I read the first book in the Briar U series, The Chase, in October and now have of course finished the second book in the series, The Risk. The Risk is hands-down my favorite Briar U book!

The Risk follows Brenna Jensen, daughter of Briar University’s hockey coach, and Jake Connelly, the Harvard hockey team star player and Briar U’s biggest rival. Brenna and Jake have a somewhat hate-to-love romance that is more on the side of forbidden romance. Coming from two sides of a huge college hockey rival, Brenna and Jake can’t reveal their attraction for one another to basically anyone, let alone their fake relationship. Brenna is up for an internship at a male-dominated sports company and the only way that she can capture her potential boss’ attention is by telling him that Jake, an upcoming NHL rookie, is her boyfriend. As Brenna and Jake spend more time together ‘fake’ dating, the lines between fake and real begin to blur.

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