Waiting on Wednesday: June 3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This post spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This Week’s Post

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 22, 2020

I was so thankful to receive a NetGalley arc of The Silvered Serpents a few months ago! It has everything I love about the eccentric group I first got to know in The Gilded Wolves. All that I will say is this: Prepare for a story of surprises!

Synopsis

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

What do you think about The Silvered Serpents? Do you think this will be on your TBR? Feel free to share!

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June 2020 TBR

The days are finally getting longer and warmer!

We’re still living in a semi-lockdown here in New Jersey, so this means that I can spend these long summer hours reading some good stories!

The following are in my TBR list for June:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Purchased a copy from Book of the Month

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann
Received digital ARC from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books

Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach
Received complimentary digital copy from Storytellers on Tour

The CEO, the Puppy and Me by Jennifer Faye
Received complimentary copy for Prism Book Tours

Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar
Received complimentary digital copy from author

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Purchased a copy from OwlCrate

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Anticipated Book Releases: June 2020

And just like that, June is right around the corner! May actually didn’t vanish in the blink of an eye, the days just slipped by! I’m hopeful for many more sunny days in the yard. There are certainly many good books coming out for us to order!

These are just some of the books releasing in June. I did my best to label the genre each book is under. For more information, visit Goodreads!

June 2

The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir by Wayetu Moore (Non-Fiction)

A woman’s moving account of the journey to reunite with her mother, during the time of the First Liberian Civil War.

The Book of Posy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz & Julie Schwietert Collazo (Non-Fiction)

A heartbreaking story of a family from Guatemala torn apart upon reaching America, and the harrowing conditions detained families experience at the border.

June 9

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Contemporary Romance)

Farrah Rochon’s latest novel brings a strong female friendship and a steamy romance!

The Star Keeper by Faith Pray (Children’s Fiction)

A heartwarming tale about a little girl embarking on a personal journey!

June 11

Instructions for The British People During The Emergency by Jason Hazeley (Humor)

A very satiric account of how to behave during lockdown. We could all use some distractions!

June 16

All Welcome Here by James Peller (Children’s Fiction)

Poetry combined with beautiful illustrations by Mary GrandPre. Thoughts and feelings about the the first day of school, a powerful milestone for every child!

Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall (Thriller)

A murder mystery is the main focus for Araminta Hall’s latest novel!

Devolution by Max Brooks (Horror)

The legend of Bigfoot is the focal point for Max Brooks’s upcoming horror account.

June 23

Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren J. Sharkey (Fiction)

A very powerful story about a young woman’s search for identity!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (Contemporary Romance)

It’s Dani’s turn for romantic surprises as Talia Hibbert returns with Book 2 in The Brown Sisters’ stories!

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (Contemporary Romance)

Jasmine Guillory shares a heartwarming tale of romance discovered in unsuspecting places!

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (YA Fantasy)

An alluring fantasy tale featuring the power of sisterhood!

June 30

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Thriller)

A lovely socialite investigating dark secrets in Mexico is the focal point in Moreno-Garcia’s new novel!

This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson (Non-Fiction)

A compilation of essays documenting the richness and power of Black Girl culture!

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Thriller)

Riley Sager returns with his fourth thriller novel, the unsuspecting person being a young woman returning to the home made famous from her father’s chilling memoir.

What books are you looking forward to in June? Feel free to share!

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Book Blogger Hop: Sites I Visit

The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.

This Week’s Question

29th – June 4th – What social media sites do you visit? Please leave your links so we can follow. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Favorite Sites

Of course, I post about bookish content here on my blog, Woven From Words!

I also visit Instagram frequently! It’s one of my go-to pages for new reads and bookish posts. My link:
@wovenfromwords

I also visit my Goodreads page to keep track of my books!

When I write poetry, I post on my poetry blog, Poetic Threading
I’m also a member of iaPOETRY (International Academy of Poetry Therapy)

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‘Kiss and ‘Telle?’ by Nadine C. Keels/Book Review

Kiss and ‘Telle? by Nadine C. Keels
Length: 100 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Novella Acquired from the Author
Release Date: April 29, 2020

My Thoughts

Thank you Nadine C. Keels for providing me a complimentary copy of Kiss and ‘Telle?, in exchange for an honest review!

This was quite a lovely, romantic story! Kiss and ‘Telle? follows Chantelle and Dennis, the maid of honor and best man at their friends’ wedding. Both characters have feelings for each other, yet don’t exactly know how to express their feelings. When a collaboration begins between Chantelle and Dennis, things become even more unexpected!

While both characters have clear feelings toward one another, the book is clean romance. It’s great for readers who love playful, romantic banter and flirtations in their stories, yet wholesome displays of affection. Both Chantelle and Dennis work hard to have success in their work lives, and each turn to writing as an outlet for their creative hobbies. Although they are aware of the risks and pitfalls that come with relationships, the journey toward personal happiness is a bit more complex. This novella also has warm side characters (Alexis and Arthur) who offer supportive guidance when complications arise.

Kiss and ‘Telle? is listed as a novella, featuring characters from Keels’s novel Hope Unashamed. A sneak preview of the novel is included. You will love Kiss and ‘Telle?, as it has romantic chemistry and the valuable life lesson of patience through adversity.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Synopsis

If only this type of thing were as easy as it looks in chick flicks.

Ever since her college days, Chantelle has had growing feelings for Dennis, a swaggering and smart geek-at-heart who’s got romance coming out of his ears. At least, he talks as if he’s mastered the art of dating, but how would Chantelle know if it’s true? She’s never gotten to experience Dennis as anything more than a close friend.

But wait! A huge opportunity comes along that could impact both their personal and professional lives. This may lead to the perfect time for Chantelle to tell Dennis what he means to her.

It may also be time for some of Chantelle’s own words about love to come back to bite her.

Oops.

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WWW Wednesday: May 27

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

This book centers around two young adults struggling to figure out their lives while navigating a complicated romance!

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Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren J. Sharkey

This was such a wonderful, powerful story about a young woman’s struggling to discover her identity. Many thanks to NetGalley and Kaylie Jones Books for a copy! You can find my review for ‘Inconvenient Daughter’ here.

Kiss and ‘Telle? by Nadine C. Keels

I received a copy of Kiss and ‘Telle? from the author. I found this to be a quick, romantic read! I’ll share more of my thoughts on this story later this week.

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann

I received a copy of Never Turn Back through NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. From what I’ve read in the synopsis, it sounds like quite the thriller, so I’m really looking forward to it!

What books have you read this past week? Feel free to share!

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Waiting on Wednesday: May 27

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This post spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This Week’s Post

Lobizona by Romina Garber
Wednesday Books
Release Date: August 4, 2020

I read a NetGalley arc of Lobizona a couple months back, and I instantly fell in love with it! A story about witches and werewolves within present day Miami. This story also has strong Latinx representation, while addressing the issue of family separation. I already pre-ordered my copy! August cannot come soon enough!

Synopsis

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.


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‘Inconvenient Daughter’ by Lauren J. Sharkey/Book Review

Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren J. Sharkey
Publisher: Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books
Length: 232 pages
Genre: Fiction
Acquired through NetGalley
Release Date: June 23, 2020
(CW: domestic violence, sexual assault)

Synopsis

A vibrant and provocative debut novel that dispels myths surrounding transracial adoption.

Rowan Kelly knows she’s lucky. After all, if she hadn’t been adopted, she could have spent her days in a rice paddy, or a windowless warehouse assembling iPhones—they make iPhones in Korea, right? Either way, slowly dying of boredom on Long Island is surely better than the alternative. But as she matures, she realizes that she’ll never know if she has her mother’s eyes, or if she’d be in America at all had her adoptive parents been able to conceive.

Rowan sets out to prove that she can be someone’s first choice. After running away from home—and her parents’ rules—and ending up beaten, barefoot, and topless on a Pennsylvania street courtesy of Bad Boy Number One, Rowan attaches herself to Never-Going-to-Commit. When that doesn’t work out, she fully abandons self-respect and begins browsing Craigslist personals. But as Rowan dives deeper into the world of casual encounters with strangers, she discovers what she’s really looking for.

With a fresh voice and a quick wit, Lauren J. Sharkey dispels the myths surrounding transracial adoption, the ties that bind, and what it means to belong.

A debut novel on our Kaylie Jones Books imprint.

My Thoughts

Thank you to NetGalley and Kaylie Jones Books for providing me a copy of Inconvenient Daughter, for exchange of an honest review!

Inconvenient Daughter tells the story of Rowan Kelly, a girl struggling with her identity as a transracial adoptee (Rowan is Korean, adopted by an American family) living in Long Island. The story takes you through Rowan’s life, while simultaneously following her account at a hospital after a traumatic encounter.

The story describes Rowan’s struggle trying in vain to establish a maternal bond with her adoptive mother, yet the demons of feeling like an outsider follows her every moment of her life. Rowan’s foray into relationships is a string of harrowing life lessons, causing her to believe that her life will forever be one of abandonment. The need to reach out to a loving, maternal figure is a constant theme in Inconvenient Daughter. The absence of a biological mother paints a picture of detachment in every encounter she has. The friction between Rowan and her adoptive mother is also constant.

Lauren J. Sharkey does not hold back in documenting Rowan’s emotional experiences in her young adult years. There are some parts that are uncomfortable to read, as Rowan experiences severe hardships once she’s in the outside world. Through all of the challenges she receives in life, Rowan manages to move forward and rebuild her purpose in life. Rowan’s journey in discovering and valuing herself is an immense, uphill battle.

I really enjoyed Inconvenient Daughter, as it’s a powerful account of a young woman’s search for identity and family bonds!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Do you think you will add Inconvienent Daughter to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday Sentence: May 3

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘There is always more than one way to see the world. Those who claim otherwise would have you dwell forever in the dark.’

Source: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.



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Goodreads Monday: April 20

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Why I Want to Read It:
I received this book in an Owl Crate several months ago! I always meant to read it, but I also let time pass by. This month I placed it in my TBR for the OWLs Magical Readathon, so I hope I keep to this plan!





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