I hope everyone is hanging in there during this pandemic and reading fantastic stories to keep your mind off of it all. Reading is one way of going on adventures, even if you’re not able to leave your couch or your bed. This list is a bit different as it’s a list of books I’m excited about reading whether it’s a book that is out already, or a book we have to pre-order. Just a reminder, if you’re interested in buying a book (or ten) click on a picture of a book in the reviews section or in this section where it will take you to Books A Million and you can order the book, I make a little cash to support the website and it will not affect the price of your order.
This is book number 4 in the Death Below the Stairs series. Kat Holloway and Daniel McAdams as well as the other characters are back to solve the mystery of the missing children in the East End of London. Also judging by the title there is obviously a murder too. I wasn’t impressed with book 3 in the series but I’m not ready to give up on this series just yet.
This one is a Beauty and the Beast retelling that takes place in the modern day. Fairytales with a modern retelling could either be really great or really cheesy. I am a sucker for fairytales and retellings so I checked this out from the library yesterday along with the Hercules Twisted tale and 3 more books. This is also the first in a trilogy. Depending on how good this book is will determine if I read the other 2 books in the trilogy.
This one is a Tangled Twisted Tale. Considering the author is Liz Braswell I’m not sure if I’m going to enjoy this one. I’ve only been impressed with the Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty Twisted Tales that she has written. The plot for this one is What if Rapunzels mother drank from the wrong flower? I do love Rapunzel and I love what Disney did with the story when they made Tangled. Heck I went to the movies with two other highschool friends my senior year when it came out. It will definitely be a library check out though. The plot could be either really great or really cheesy. I think a better plot would have been, What if Gothel survived the fall from the tower?
Last night my grandfather bought this for me for my kindle fire. I read that its basically a southern modern version of the classic novel Jane Eyre. For those of us who read Jane Eyre we might know some of the twists coming but I read its apparently very dark. I think I will start this one tonight. Anything to get me out of a bad book rut.
The first book I read by CW Gortner was The Romanov Empress and I knew he’d be another favorite author of mine. I have The Queens Vow and his other book The Confessions of Catherine Medici on hold at the library. The Queens Vow is about Isabella of Castille who with her husband King Ferdinand funded Christopher Columbus’s voyage. Isabella is also the mother of the famous Katherine of Aaragon who married Henry VIII.
I put this and Irish Eyes on hold at the library not to mention I ordered another book from Mary Kay Andrews from Amazon. I read that Mary Kay Andrews does a great job of combining beach reads with mystery and romance. Letty who found her sister Tanya, dead in her New York apartment. Letty has to flee with her niece and escape from the dead woman’s ex-husband who she thinks killed Tanya. Tanya and her niece flee to Treasure Island Florida. Letty falls for the handsome motel owner’s son Joe who is also a detective. It sounds like my cup of tea. I can’t wait to read this.
I heard rave reviews about this book. Its something we could all use. In the Midnight Library, a woman whose depressed and wondering how she could live her life differently goes through a library showing her how her life would have ended up if she chose a different way. I think the motive of this book is to remind us that we are where we are for a reason.
This one recently came out is a World War II novel set in Italy. I want to definitely read it but want to wait till its available at the library. So far with books taking place in Italy during World War II I haven’t been that impressed with, which is ashame because Italy’s history of the war had always been fascinating. I do want to give this one a shot. Not to mention I’ve heard Jennifer Robson is a wonderful historical fiction writer.
Although this book as far as I know of isn’t based on an actual person, I still do consider this historical fiction since it talks about Russian history. A Count named Alexander Rostov is put under arrest by the Bolsheviks who consider him an unrepentant aristocrat. Alexander is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. Though even being trapped in luxury can be a prison too and he watches history occur outside his window. I’m sure its how many of us feel during The Corona Virus when we can’t go anywhere. I can’t wait to read and see how good it is. The gentlemen on the cover seems most appealing.
Although this comes out May 11th 2021 this is about Katherine Parr. Katherine was the sixth and final wife of Henry the 8th. Katherine was also in love with Thomas Seymour and after the king dies she feels she’s free to marry him. Though Thomas wants to marry Elizabeth whose loser to the thrown. I know Alison has written about Henry’s other wives some of them have been written so many times, where as others like Katherine aren’t so much. When the time gets close I’ll pre-order so I won’t have to wait so long.
I’m debating on whether or not I should buy this book when it comes out. Its a murder mystery and the victim is an up and coming youtube star. This could be either very cheesy or very good. Its a debut novel by Olivia Blacke. I hope it is as good as it looks. If my library doesn’t have the book I’ll take a risk and order this.
A River in Darkness is biography about Masaji Ishikawa and his experience living under North Korea’s brutal regime. Masaji and his family move their when he is thirteen years old, his Korean father thought it was an opportunity of a lifetime but of course he was dead wrong. Masaji eventually escaped and is currently living in Japan his mother’s native country. It would be interesting to read about a person’s experience under the North Korean regime.
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon is based on the true story of Nancy Wake. Nancy Wake was an Australian ex-pat living in France, she married a Frenchman and became a part of the French resistance during World War II. I can’t wait to read this one. There are so many unsung heroes out there that need their stories told.
The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy by Nora Roberts. The Awakening is the first book in a new trilogy. There isn’t much to go on except judging by the title theres dragons obviously. The mini description says parallel worlds clash over the struggle of good and evil. Knowing Nora Roberts she’ll put some romance in it. I’ve always enjoyed at least the first book in her trilogies but what I hate is in the next two books, she makes the minor characters from the first book the main characters and the other characters get pushed aside. Hopefully this time Nora can give equal time to each character. The book comes out on November 24th of this year.
The Bookshop of Yesterday’s by Amy Meyerson is described as part mystery and part family drama. The main character Miranda Brooks hasn’t heard from her Uncle Billy since she was twelve. Years later Uncle Billy dies and Miranda inherits his bookshop which is going in debt. All sorts of secrets come out.
The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston. The Garden of Promises and Lies is the third book in the Found Things Series. I devoured the first book, The Little Shop of Found Things, and I’m currently reading book two, Secrets of the Chocolate House. As soon as this book comes out on November 3rd it is a must buy for me.
Lizzie Kitsakis is a prosecutor who think’s her marriage to Sam is the perfect marriage. Things start to fall apart and it open’s Lizzie’s eyes that maybe her marriage isn’t as perfect as she thought. On top of that her friend Zach is in Rikers prison asking for Lizzie’s help. Zach’s wife Amanda was found dead on the bottom of the steps and Zach is the prime suspect. I saw news floating around that Nicole Kidman was co producing the show based on this book. I wan’t to read this before the show comes out.