2 Book Lovers Reviews
The Children on the Hill
By Jennifer McMahon
May's Anticipated Reads!
It is hard to believe that we already have one-third of 2022 behind us. That’s a whole lot of good books come and gone, but there are still many great-looking books on their way. There are some books from authors I’ve read before and new-to-me authors that I’ve been itching to read. So, it is really time to get reading!
- May 3 – Book of Night – By Holly Black
Book of Night is not Holly Black’s first rodeo – it could, however, be her first adult marketed novel. I’m always open to giving YA authors who transition to a more mature (don’t make me say older) audience a shot. YA is a tough genre, to be successful there you’ve got to be good; those kids are very unforgiving, they have high expectations and won’t hold anything back.
- May 3 – The Hacienda – By Isabel Cañas
Isabel Cañas is a new voice in horror. She has been included in a couple of anthologies, but The Hacienda is her first full-length novel. It looks like it has this kind of historical, gothic, haunted hacienda thing going on. This one goes on my TBR, por favor.
- May 10 – Kagen the Damned - By Jonathan Maberry
I’m not your typical fantasy reader, I read some from time to time, but I am very selective. It really has to grab my interest. Kagen the Damned is a perfect story for me and my fantasy interest. First off: Jonathan Maberry is a top-notch author. Did you read that synopsis? Who doesn’t want to read about a fallen hero seeking revenge? This is already giving me Game of Thrones meets The Witcher vibes – I know Maberry will take me down an unexpected road.
- May 17 – Razzmatazz – By Christopher Moore
As many of you know, Christopher Moore is a must-read for me. I love his irreverent comic approach to his writing – nothing is sacred or off the table. Razzmatazz takes his readers back to the mean streets of San Francisco with our protagonist from Noir, Sammy Two Toes. Razzmatazz is sure to be a lot of fun, with a great dose of mystery and suspense.
By Emily Henry
Week of May 16/22
You could say that she has a niche; you could also say that she has a knack for that niche – a real niche knack.
Alma Katsu inserts horror into historical fiction – she takes actual events from the past, creates a fictional narrative into the event, and then scares the living daylights out of you. She is a pro at this.
How frustrating and fright-
ening would it be to relive
the same terrible day over
and over again? Rachel Lynn
Solomon takes this scenario
and runs with it in a fun,
adventurous, romantic read.
Barrett Bloom just wants
to reinvent herself after
her lonely, disastrous high
school years. She is hopeful
that her freshman year of
university will be the fresh
start that she needs.
Unfortunately, her first day
of university isn’t the smoothest, brilliant start that she had anticipated. What could go wrong does go wrong for Barrett, and what makes matters worse is that she wakes up and has to relive that day all over again.
May's Anticipated Reads!
Hello, May! And hello to all of the books that I have added to my TBR list! There are so many that I have been looking forward to for months, so, they are definitely topping my list of must-reads. What’s better than sitting outside in a comfy chair with a good book? Not much. These are a few that have caught my eye.
- May 3 – Book Lovers – By Emily Henry - I can't wait to read this book!
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...
- May 3 – Under One Roof – By Ali Hazelwood - This is only a novella, but it will tide me over until her next full-length novel (Love on the Brain) comes out in August. This roommate enemies-to-lovers romance looks like just the thing to do the trick!
- May 10 – Reservations for Six – By Lindsey Palmer
Do you enjoy books about second chances? Me, too!
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right...
- May 17 – Something Wilder – By Christina Lauren
You can't go wrong with a book from Christina Lauren. This one sounds like an Indiana Jones-esque romance! A love story and an adventure? Bring it on!
- May 17 – See You Yesterday – By Rachel Lynn Solomon
A magical romance in the vein of Groundhog Day about a girl forced to relive her disastrous first day of college—only to discover that her nemesis is stuck in the time loop with her... Read my review.
- May 26 – One Night With You – By Laura Jane Williams – It's no secret that I love books about chance encounters, so, yes, this one is screaming my name.
Ruby’s leaving London. She’s not running away from her ex per se, but an exciting opportunity in a new city has landed at the perfect time.
Nic is moving to London. After a bad break-up, he’s excited to see where big-city life could take him.
When a chance meeting throws the pair of them together for just one night, it’s clear that this could be the start of something special. But there’s one problem: she’s leaving, and he’s just arriving. So, after tonight, they’ll never see each other again . . . will they?
- May 31 – Meant to Be – By Emily Giffin
A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins...
- May 31 – All I Stole From You – By Ava Bellows
This one sounds like trouble...and potential heartbreak...and I want to read it!
...One night, while still grieving the death of her ex-boyfriend, Maggie reluctantly attends her friend’s boat party. There she meets Rob, a charming tattoo artist who makes her feel like her best self for the first time in a while. Their attraction to each other is instantaneous and electrifying. There’s just one glaring problem: he’s wearing a wedding ring...
Week of May 16/22
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