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Spring 2020 Anticipated Releases

Happy Spring! I am ready to get outside and see some sunshine. Here are my most anticipated releases this spring.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Synopsis:

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

Release Date: March 3

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood|Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom-and the power of love.

Release Date: March 3

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Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

Synopsis:

The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof.

So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine.

Morning brings the realization that she’s alone–and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.

Release Date: March 3

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The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Boy from the Woods|Harlan Coben

Synopsis:

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.

Release Date: March 17

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The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag

The Sisters Grimm|Menna Van Praag

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

Release Date: March 31

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The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor|Danielle Trussoni

Synopsis:

It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta “Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta Montebianco” at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she’s inherited a noble title, money, and a castle in Italy. While Bert is more than a little skeptical, the mystery of her aristocratic family’s past, and the chance to escape her stressful life for a luxury holiday in Italy, is too good to pass up.

At first, her inheritance seems like a dream come true: a champagne-drenched trip on a private jet to Turin, Italy; lawyers with lists of artwork and jewels bequeathed to Bert; a helicopter ride to an ancestral castle nestled in the Italian Alps below Mont Blanc; a portrait gallery of ancestors Bert never knew existed; and a cellar of expensive vintage wine for Bert to drink.

But her ancestry has a dark side, and Bert soon learns that her family history is particularly complicated. As Bert begins to unravel the Montebianco secrets, she begins to realize her true inheritance lies not in a legacy of ancestral treasures, but in her very genes.

Release Date: April 7

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The Only Good Indians by Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians|Stephen Graham Jones

Synopsis:

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

Release Date: May 19

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) | Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Release Date: May 2019

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That wraps up this post. What are you looking forward to this spring? Stay happy and safe!


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My Favorite Snacks to Eat While I Read

A good book is not complete without a good snack. There are so many good options out there. My personal favorite combination right now is peppermint tea, tortilla chips, and Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Today I thought I would share some of my favorite snack recipes that don’t take long so you can get back to your book.

Puppy Chow

  • 9 Cups of Corn Chex
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup of butter
  • 1 Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups of powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips, butter, peanut butter on low until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Coat Chex in this mixture. Move mixture into a large Ziploc bag and add powdered sugar. Shake until coated. At this point I am supposed to say let the mixture cool and dry on a piece of wax paper. However, I eat it as soon as its mixed up. I have no self control. This stuff is addictive.

Another favorite of mine is ranch popcorn. It is super simple. Pop a bag of popcorn like normal. As soon is it is finished sprinkle a half a packet of ranch dressing mix and shake to combine.

Those are a few of my favorite snacks. Tell me in the comments what some of your favorites are!

My Bookmark Collection

I have always been a reader. However, I have not always been a bookmark lover. I would just use pieces of paper, receipts, etc to mark my page. Then I was introduced to magnetic bookmarks. I was gifted a set for Christmas by my sister-in-law and I love them. They are worn out so they are not longer in my collection. I need to purchase more magnetic ones. I love looking t other people’s bookmark collections so I thought I would share mine at the current time. Unfortunately, my cat has killed a few of my bookmarks these are the ones that have survived.

From left to right:

The first two are wooden bookmarks I received in The Bookish Box advent calendar. I love them but I don’t use them. I want to keep them forever.

The next white one is from a Litsy friend in a bookmark swap.

One of my favorites is next. I purchased it at a local Anime convention. The artist is Jiiri and you can find her @jiiriart on Instagram.

Lastly, the next one came from Book Depository and I thought it was adorable.

From Left to Right:

My husband knows me so well. He hung the first two from our Christmas tree like ornaments. So Christmas morning when we opened gifts they were there. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books so that one is a classic. The second one describes my favorite things.

Next is one I received from a Halloween Litsy swap. I use it year round. It is adorable.

The last three are also from Litsy Swaps. As you can tell I really love the swaps. I have several more from Litsy that are tucked away in storage right now. I will share those when I unpack them.

I hope you enjoy. In the comments let me know if you have any bookmark favorites.

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The Summer of Guinevere by John Madormo

The Summer of Guinevere

Since this is marketed as romance I was not sure that I would enjoy it. Being set in the past is the only thing that hooked me into reading this.When I jumped into it I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I devoured it in one day.

The Summer of Guinevere follows Paulie Passero in the last weeks of summer before his Junior year. When his father finds out that his mother, who disowned him twenty years earlier, is dying they set out on a road trip. Paulie doesn’t understand why he has to go. The prospect of driving from Chicago to the small town his father grew up in is the only thing that interests him. At first, Paulie is bored by small town life until he meets Guinevere Thompson. He wants to get to know her despite the warning that her father and brothers are dangerous. Paulie gets wrapped up in her life and wants to help her escape her abusive father.

This is a great coming of age story. Paulie gains confidence in himself through events of the story. He learns to speak to girls and handle tough situations through Guinevere. Another important character is Uncle Buddy. He helps Paulie gain interest in reading and current events. He motivates him to do his best in school. I think Buddy played more of an important role than Guinevere. He helped Paulie learn to stand on his own two feet. I will say I did not like Paulie’s father. He was less than helpful with the Guinevere situation and he didn’t really encourage Paulie in anyway.

The romance was cute and I enjoyed it, but this is a hard hitting story. It is raw and brutal. However, it does show you can grow and change your situation. I highly recommend checking this one out!

*Disclaimer- I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review.


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