Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Not A Happy Family

Author: Shari Lapena

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

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In this family, everyone is keeping secrets–especially the dead. Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don’t come much richer than Fred and Sheila Mercer. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mercers are brutally murdered the night after an Easter Dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.

Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their capricious father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did one of them snap after that dreadful evening? Or was it someone else that night who crept in with the worst of intentions? It must be. After all, if one of your siblings was a psychopath, you’d know.

Wouldn’t you?

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

Can't-Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Better Than the Movies

Author: Lynn Painter

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

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Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof forever crush never really saw her before he moved away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do whatever it takes to get on his radar—and maybe snag him as a prom date—even befriend Wes Bennet.

The annoyingly attractive next-door neighbor might seem like a prime candidate for romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only been a pain in Liz’s butt since they were kids. Pranks involving frogs and decapitated lawn gnomes do not a potential boyfriend make. Yet, somehow, Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in.

But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz noticed by Michael so she can have her magical prom moment, she’s shocked to discover that she likes being around Wes. And as they continue to grow closer, she must reexamine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.

Top Ten Tuesday: Colourful Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is colourful covers. As much as I would love to say I never judge a book by its cover and haven’t made cover purchases in the past, I totally have.

These books all have absolutely beautiful colourful covers. Some I’ve read and some I haven’t. But I can promise the ones I haven’t read yet are on my TBR because of the synopsis and not just the cover!

Link to me your lists below. I definitely want to see what you guys chose.

1. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

2. To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters

3. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

4. Other People’s Children by R.J. Hoffmann

5. Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

6. Beach Read by Emily Henry

7. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

8. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

9. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

10. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Review: Shine by Jessica Jung

Title: Shine
Author: Jessica Jung
Series: Shine #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 2 stars

A Korean American teen is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls Generation.

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Review:

The moment I saw a kpop novel was coming out written by someone who was a member of one of the biggest girl groups of all time I knew my kpop loving ass needed to get my hands on this book immediately. It sounded like everything I would love.

Unfortunately, I didn’t love this at all. The writing was perfectly good. I have no complaints about that. I don’t know if Jessica used a ghost writer, but if she didn’t damn this girl is truly multi-talented.

I didn’t like the story. I didn’t like the characters. Everything felt so one dimensional to me. I went into this hoping for a 4/4.5 star book, but I feel like even 2 might be generous. The romance didn’t do much for me either. I thought Jason was quite boring and kind of an ass, but in an irredeemable way. And the mean girls seemed like the kind you’d find in a teen novel/film circa 2010. It completely fell flat for me. I hate that because I really did want to love this book.

The most disappointing part was the ending. Throughout the entire story Rachel is trying to fight against the mean girls and to rise above all the pettiness while doing it in order to debut with the new girl group, but in the end she just seemed to become one of them. There was not a single ounce of character development. I know there’s at least a second novel coming out so maybe Rachel and the other girls can find a heart then. Not only that, but all the events at the ending almost seemed like they negated the rest of the story. Like nothing that happened mattered. It was just messy and I didn’t like it.

About Jessica Jung:

Jessica Jung, known mononymously as Jessica, is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer known for her work as a former member of South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation.

Sundays in Bed With… Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. My friend and I were talking about how the Netflix show is coming out this month and we’ve decided to buddy read it together. I’m not sure how I feel about this book to be honest. I think I would have liked it more if I had read it back when it came out. But I still have plenty left to read so who knows, I might end up loving it.

Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grisha Trilogy #1

Publisher: Square Fish

Release Date: June 15, 2012

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal–and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.

Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina’s extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart–and her country–in two.