Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Love from A to Z” by S.K. Ali

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Happy Wednesday!

Today I’m featuring a YA romance written by an #ownvoices author and featuring diverse characters.

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Title: Love from A to Z
Author: S.K. Ali
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Imprint: Salaam Reads
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Get it: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb.

Love from A to Z sounds like the perfect summer read and I’m really excited to get my hands on it. Good thing then that it’s coming out next week. If you want to read a bit of this book, Bustle featured its first chapter on their site. You can check it out from this link.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “The Tiger at Midnight” by Swati Teerdhala

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Happy Wednesday everyone! This year it is truly raining great debuts and, today, I’m going to be featuring one of the titles that I’m most looking forward to.

38205303Title: The Tiger at Midnight
Series: The Tiger at Midnight #1
Author: Swati Teerdhala
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Get it: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has only been growing more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and their game transforms into a breathless chase of impossible attraction, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something more?

The Tiger at Midnight promised to be an epic read and I’m looking forward to get to know Esha and Kunal more. If you’re on the same page as I am, pre-order this book. Swati Teerdhala has a wonderful pre-order campaign for her baby, and the best part *queue drumroll* it’s open INTERNATIONAL. Pre-order The Tiger at Midnight until April 29 and enter the pre-order giveaway to get a signed bookplate, a bookmark and two exclusive illustrated character cards of Esha and Kunal. Here’s the link if you’ll be pre-ordering.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “The Fever King” by Victoria Lee

Can't Wait WednesdayCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Happy mid-week! Today for CWW I will be featuring one of the many books I’m looking forward to next month.

39897058Title: The Fever King
Series: Feverwake #1
Author: Victoria Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: March 1, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

 

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

I’m pretty excited for this one, so excited that I pre-ordered it last December. It’s only a couple of weeks now ’til The Fever King‘s release and I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about it. I’m sure I’m going to be setting aside everything else once my copy arrives. Good luck trying to reach me while I read.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “You Asked for Perfect” by Laura Silverman

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hey there! Happy midweek and welcome to another edition of Can’t-Wait Wednesday! Today I’m going to be featuring a book that I wished was published when I was still in school.

33299465Title: You Asked for Perfect
Author: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

I’m pretty excited to have this book to read ahead of its release. You Asked for Perfect discusses the pressures of academic life – keeping your grades up, gaining the approval and acceptance of your peers – all things most students (former students) struggled with at one point or another. I did, several times, and to see a book tackle this issue means a lot. I wished this book existed when I was a student.

I’m again taking part in a blog tour for this wonderful book courtesy of the lovely gals at The Fantastic Flying Book Club . My stop is on the 16th, but please do check out the blog schedule below and check out the rest of the participating book bloggers.

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FEBRUARY 11th

FEBRUARY 12th

The Book Raven – Review + Playlist

FEBRUARY 13th

Young Adult Media Consumer – Review + Favourite Quotes
Milky Way of Books – Review
The Bibliophagist – Review

FEBRUARY 14th

Vicarious Bookworm – Review + Playlist
Novel Ink – Review

FEBRUARY 15th

Literary Meanderings – Interview
Metamorphoreader – Review + Playlist
The Hermit Librarian – Review + Favourite Quotes
Reading With Wrin – Review

FEBRUARY 16th

The YA Obsessed – Review
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Akithroughbooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
In Between Book Pages – Review + Playlist (It’s me! It’s me!)

FEBRUARY 17th

Vicky Who Reads – Review
A Bookish Dream  – Review
Oh Hey! Books. – Promotional Post

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Connections in Death” J.D. Robb

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hey there! Welcome to this week’s installment of CWW. Today I’m going to be sharing the latest installment of a long-time running favorite series of mine.

40122012Title: Connections in Death
Series: In Death #48
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

This is already the 48th installment of the In Death series, but it still excites me. It’s like getting to meet a friend you haven’t seen a while and catching up with them, that’s how it feels for me.

Nora posted an excerpt of this book on her blog Fall Into the Story. If you’re interested, here’s the link to that preview.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Bid My Soul Farewell” by Beth Revis

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


I have tremendously enjoyed Beth Revis’ Give the Dark My Love last year. (Here’s the link to my review for the book.) Nedra was a compelling antiheroine. She has certainly done a lot of questionable things but, underneath it all, she has good intentions.

I have been itching to have the sequel in my hands since the day I’ve finished Give the Dark My Love, especially with the way the last book ended (if you get what I mean.)

And now it’s here.

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Title: Bid My Soul Farewell
Series: Give the Dark My Love #1
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863498-the-gilded-wolves

Alchemy student turned necromancer Nedra Brysstain has made a life-changing decision to embrace the darkness–but can the boy who loves her bring her back to the light before she pays the ultimate price?
Lunar Island is trying to heal. The necromantic plague that ravaged the land has been eradicated, and Emperor Auguste, the young and charming leader of the Allyrian Empire, has a plan: rid the island of necromancy once and for all. Though Greggori “Grey” Astor wants what’s best for his people, he knows that allying himself with Auguste threatens the one person he loves most: necromancer Nedra Brysstain. Feeling like he already failed to save Nedra once, Grey becomes determined to help the Emperor rebuild Lunar Island while still keeping Nedra safe from harm.

Back at the quarantine hospital, Nedra’s army of revenants are growing increasingly inhuman by the day. Wracked with guilt for imprisoning their souls, Nedra vows to discover a way to free the dead while still keeping her sister by her side.

But, still reeling from the trauma of the plague, the people of Lunar Island are looking for someone to blame, and Grey can only protect Nedra for so long. And when Nedra and Grey are thrust into a battle with an even more terrifying adversary, Nedra will be pushed to the darkest depths of her necromantic powers. But can Grey let her go that far?

Beth Revis revealed Bid My Soul Farewell‘s cover in her latest newsletter. I wanted to do a cover reveal post, but wasn’t sure if that’s allowed, so I opted to feature it for this week’s CWW instead.

I’m really excited for this one. Give the Dark My Love left a lot of unanswered questions and a host of possibilities. I wonder what Nedra will do next. Will she go darker, or will be able to save herself? And what about Grey, what will he need to do to help Nedra? It’s still a few more months, but I’m both excited and scared for this duology to end.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “The Gilded Wolves” by Roshani Chokshi

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hey, hey! Happy 2nd day of 2019!

I’m really excited for this year because there are so many great books and authors having their debuts, so many books coming out from already established authors. 2019 really promises to be a really exciting year.

I’m going to be sharing to you one of the books I’m super, super anticipating. I love YA, book series, historical fiction and fantasy — and this book combines it ALL.

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Title: The Gilded Wolves
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books/Macmillan
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

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Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I’ve already read The Gilded Wolves and it was AWESOME!!! It has everything – adventure, a found family, strong friendships, humor – you name it, this book has it! I cannot gush about it enough.

Another thing I’m really excited for is this…

The Gilded Wolves Blog Tour Banner

My blog tour stop is on the 18th, but you can check out the other blog stops and read what all these amazing book bloggers have to say about The Gilded Wolves. You can see the blog tour schedule here.

I’m really excited for to be a part of The Gilded Wolves street team and to be a participant in its Philippine blog tour. And, of course, I just couldn’t wait until our reliable and friendly mailman delivers the book on the 15th. (Could you hear my squeeing??? Because I am squeeing!)

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Hotshot Doc” by R.S. Grey

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


It’s been a stressful couple of weeks for me and, quite frankly, I need something happy and romantic to read, and my pick for this week just might feed that particular need of mine.

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: December 6, 2018

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Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

R.S. Grey is one of my go-to authors whenever I need a funny and romantic read. I know I’ve missed her last few books (which I have on my Kindle but just haven’t gotten down to reading YET!!!) but I’m going to get back and read my way through her most recent releases starting with this one. I mean, really, you got me at hotshot doc. What’s more to ask for?!?

Hotshot Doc releases December 6 (so close now!!!)

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Before We Were Strangers” by Brenda Novak

Can't Wait WednesdayCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


I only have a few books on my TBR this month and the next to help me make time for the slightly older ones I bought months (even years) ago. This book, however, was just too hard to ignore when I saw it on Edelweiss, so, me being me, I requested it. Luckily, I got approved and I am really looking forward to reading this just as soon as I get done with my November readings.

36978876Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author: Brenda Novak
Publisher: MIRA Books
Release Date: December 4, 2018
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Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone. The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult–he was deadly.

Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

I’m a sucker for romantic thrillers and this one just sounds so delicious for me to pass up. Before We Were Strangers comes out December 4.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix” by Julie Dao

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


My pick for this week’s CWW was just released yesterday, but I haven’t yet visited my local bookstore (shocking, I know!😅) and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

32605122 Title: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix
Series: Rise of the Empress #2
Author: Julie Dao
Publisher: Philomel Books/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Purchase: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

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Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won’t soon forget.

It sounds amazing! If you’re looking for a Snow White re-telling, make it this one. Many of the blogger I follow have already read this and it has gotten a lot of rave review, so I’m getting this and the next time I go to the bookstore.

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