Although I bought quite a lot of books at the beginning of the year, I haven’t posted a book haul in a while. I will eventually tell you about the books I’ve gotten, but today I thought I’d share with you the ebooks that I’ve accumulated over a few weeks through publishers and NetGalley.
These are all new or upcoming releases that I’m excited about, and I hope you’ll get excited as well! Let’s jump right in, shall we?
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Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.’
When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house in West Dartford, Mass., they’re relieved to meet, at their first block party, the only other seemingly-childless couple in their neighborhood, Matthew and Mira Dolamore. Turns out they live in the Dutch Colonial immediately next door.
When they’re invited over for dinner, however, things take a sinister turn when Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study. Could this charming, mild-mannered College Professor really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen, who’s been battling her own problems with depression and medication, could know about? Lloyd certainly doesn’t seem to believe her, and so, forced together, Hen and Matthew start to form an unlikely bond. But who, if anyone, is really in danger?
From its deeply unsettling opening, Peter Swanson, the master of contemporary domestic thrillers, fashions a novel as brilliant, dark, coruscating and surprising as Patricia Highsmith and Ira Levin at their very best.
As you probably know, I really enjoy Peter Swanson’s books, so when I saw this one available for request, I couldn’t resist – and I got approved!! 😍 Let’s see what Swanson prepared for use this time 😋
Mystery & Thrillers | Mar 7, 2019
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.
This one is the first book in a fantasy series and it was sent to me by St. Martin’s Press – thank you! I miss reading fantasy, so I signed up for the blog tour and you’ll definitely hear more about this book soon 😉
Teens & YA | Apr 2, 2019
In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.
Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.
This was sent to me by Algonquin – thank you! – and what sold me was the combination of a Jewish main character, the 1960s, and a hate crime. I’m certain that I’ll find this very relevant, although it is heartbreaking. I’m also part of the blog tour for this one, so be on the lookout for that 😊
Teens & YA | Apr 9, 2019
Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.
What if your past remained a mystery?
As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life. The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash. But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets—and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.
What if the people you should be able to trust are lying to you?
This was also sent to me by St. Martin’s Press, which I am SO thankful for. This features a character with amnesia, which is a trope that I have been dying to explore. I’m really excited about this one, have any of you read it? If so, please leave your (non-spoilery) thoughts in the comments 😁
Mystery & Thrillers | Mar 5, 2019
29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
Sarah is a young professor struggling to prove herself in a workplace controlled by the charming and manipulative Alan Hawthorne, a renowned scholar and television host. The beloved professor rakes in million-dollar grants for the university where Sarah works—so his inappropriate treatment of female colleagues behind closed doors has gone unchallenged for years. And Sarah is his newest target.
When Hawthorne’s advances become threatening, she’s left with nowhere to turn. Until the night she witnesses an attempted kidnapping of a young child on her drive home, and impulsively jumps in to intervene. The child’s father turns out to be a successful businessman with dangerous connections—and her act of bravery has put this powerful man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid. In the only way he knows how. The man gives Sarah a burner phone and an unbelievable offer. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that can make all her problems disappear.
No consequences. No traces. No chance of being found out. All it takes is a 29-second phone call.
Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?
This one I requested from the publisher because I loved Lies by T.M. Logan when I read it last year. I am totally one of those loyal readers that buy everything that the authors they like put out there, so here we are… no regrets though, I’m very hopeful that I’ll love this one just as much as I did Lies 😄
Mystery & Thrillers | Sep 10, 2019
This is Not a Love Scene by S. C. Megale
Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.
Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.
Suddenly, Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And the future might not wait for either.
Another new release from St. Martin’s, but this one is way different. Get this: the main character has muscular dystrophy!! I’m pretty sure I’ve never read any books that feature disabled main characters, so I am very curious to see where this goes. Also, it’s an #OwnVoices YA novel, which makes it all the more special 😁
Teens & YA | May 7, 2019
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada & Holly Lorincz
Angel Gomez has never lived by the book. A Bronx-based unwed mother by the time she was sixteen, Angel’s personal mission has always been to show the world that a Puerto Rican girl is not to be messed with—especially by a man. The only thing that matters to Angel, now, is providing for her son and earning enough tips at the club to complete her nursing degree along the way. Love is nowhere on her agenda.
Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is a star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts whose romantic escapades make delicious fodder for gossip columns. But lately he’s been trying to keep a lower profile—so much so that when he meets Angel, first while she’s in her nurse uniform and the next time behind the bar, she has no idea who Duke is, fails to fall for his obvious charm, and ends up throwing a drink in his face! She is the perfect woman for Duke…to fool the tabloids into thinking he’s finally settling down. But what begins as a charade soon has Duke and Angel hurtling into a full-blown romance that rocks each of their worlds and begs the question: Is this the real deal—or are some love stories just too good to be true?
This gorgeous cover captured my attention when I was browsing through NetGalley one day, so I decided to request it. From what I could understand, this is also an #OwnVoices story that features a Latina main character, which I haven’t read much of. Spring and Summer are the months of love and YA contemporary, so this was a great addition to my collection 😉
Teens & YA | Jun 11, 2019
In Another Life by C. C. Hunter
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.
When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.
As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?
And the last book was also sent to me by St. Martin’s. As you can see, they have very exciting releases coming our way, and I can’t wait to read them all. This one I’ve already started (so far, so good), and it’s supposed to revolve around a character who finds out she’s adopted and, from there, starts digging up her past and her family’s dark secrets. I haven’t gotten to that part yet, but boy am I excited to! 😄 Blog Tour review coming soon as well 😉
Mystery & Thrillers | Mar 26, 2019
And we’ve reached the end of the books I got via Netgalley in the past few weeks. I’m totally drowning in schoolwork and books to read, but sure, why not add to my TBR pile? 😅
Did you get any books lately? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments down below!!
Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡