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Waiting on Wednesday: In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
In a Perfect World by Trish Doller



From Goodreads: Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But what she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who ch…

Review: Out of Bounds (Inspector Karen Pirie #4) by Val McDermid

Out of Bounds (Inspector Karen Pirie #4) by Val McDermid

Blurb from Goodreads:
Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie.

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

An enthralling, twisty read, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.

Waiting on Wednesday: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3) 
by Jenny Han



From Goodreads: Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter…

Review: Wrong Brother, Right Match (Anyone But You #3) by Jennifer Shirk

Wrong Brother, Right Match (Anyone But You #3) by Jennifer Shirk

Blurb from Goodreads:
Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.

Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more tim…

Waiting on Wednesday: Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff



From YA Highway: Flash.
Click.
“Hey, who are you?" For years, Grace Thomas has had an easy answer to that question: no one. Not in real life, anyway. Online, in Fever Dream fandom, she’'s Gigi, who writes daily posts about Jes, Kendrick, Land, and Solly. But IRL? She’s as impossibly ordinary as the boys in the band are outrageously, emphatically not.

When a paparazzo captures a chance, late-night encounter between her and Jes, Grace finds herself suddenly inside of the photographs she’s been looking at all her life. She's drawn into the complicated world of the Fever Dream boys, and starts to see the stark divide between their highly public image and carefully guarded private lives— and how desperate they are to keep certain things out of the spotlight.

As she turns from …

Review: White Lead by Susan Daitch

White Lead by Susan Daitch

Blurb from Goodreads:
As a night owl, Stella Da Silvera appreciates that Claiborne’s Auction House allows her to keep an unconventional schedule. Natural light can damage priceless works of art, and besides, Stella’s concentration improves after hours.

One night, while working on a seventeenth-century painting by Diego Velázquez, Stella hears screams from the office of Claiborne’s curator Jack Ashby. She tries to investigate, but when the noise fades away, she heads back to her studio—where she finds a dead body and a man with a tattooed face who isn’t happy to have company. After eluding the unsavory character, Stella returns with the police, only to find the corpse—and the Velázquez—gone.

With no murder in evidence, the detectives turn their attention to the missing canvas. They figure Stella had access and opportunity, making her a prime suspect. Adding insult to injury, Claiborne’s cans her for negligence. To save her reputation, Stella has no choice but to …

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So, I'm sorry but there are things that are too important for me to devote free time to books right now. I'm sorry for the lack of comments and although I already had some posts scheduled, there won't' be a lot coming right away.  I'm not sure if most of you know but I am attorney - that's my real life. And because of the election, I have to channel my fear and my anger and sadness to something productive.  I am going to dedicate all of my free time to helping same sex couples draft documents for protection (for free) in the worst case scenario that their marriages are unfairly and wrongfully dissolved, rescinded or stolen. This is something I can do right now to help people. So I'm sorry I won't be around but my country needs me. I am HERE, however, if you want to talk, to discuss, to be angry.  We cannot be complacent. We cannot be silent. 
I had to channel my feelings and I ended up writing this on tumblr:


The New WorldDon’t talk to me about healing whe…

So, You Want to Go to . . . Venice!

So, You Want to Go to is a feature on my blog in which I discuss a destination that I love.  I'm going to tell you about books set there that will give you a feeling for the destination and make you immediately want to visit (and maybe even give you a playlist). Please let me know about your favorite books that take place in the featured location!
Today I am all about Venice! The City of Canals. There really is nowhere else like it in the world - a city floating on water, you feel magical walking along the canals, and then you add the food, the art, the glass.  I tried to pick books that capture the spirit of this city throughout time - so many classics are set there!

In Venice, you've got to stroll along the canals and be serenaded on a gondola! You have eat ALL of the Italian food and visit all of the museums and churches. The art is beyond incredible and the city is difficult to describe. Go to Murano and be amazed by the glassblowers. I've been there with snow when it wa…

Waiting on Wednesday: Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan



From Netgalley: Now is the time for fearlessness.

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power, even if it means giving up what she’s always known? I love this cover and this description sounds fantastic! Piper Perish is scheduled to be released on Mar…

Review: Her Nightly Embrace (Ravi PI #1) by Adi Tantimedh

Her Nightly Embrace (Ravi PI #1) by Adi Tantimedh

Blurb from Goodreads:
The first in a trilogy of whip-smart novels—currently in development as a TV series set to star Sendhil Ramamurthy (NBC’s Heroes and Heroes Reborn)—about a destructive private investigator and his eccentric coworkers, who handle cases so high-profile that they never make the headlines.

Ravi Chandra Singh is the last guy you’d expect to become a private detective. A failed religious scholar, he now works for Golden Sentinels, an upmarket London private investigations agency. His colleagues are a band of gleefully amoral and brilliant screw-ups: Ken and Clive, a pair of brutal ex-cops who are also a gay couple; Mark Chapman, a burned-out stoner hiding a great mind; Marcie Holder, a cheerful former publicist; Benjamin Lee, a techie prankster from South London; David Okri, an ambitious lawyer from a well-connected Nigerian immigrant family; and Olivia Wong, an upper-class Hong Kong financial analyst hiding her true skill…