Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 anticipated reads for Apr-Jun 2023!!
Well, technically this was the topic a couple of weeks ago, and I know I’m like FOREVER going to be in catch up mode, but this is life. In the first week of April I was wrapping up my big project, then in the second week I got COVID (yes, it finally happened) and I worked from home trying to finish everything that week while also sleeping a lot. BUT, we were also flying to the US on our big trip on 16 April, so it was just bad timing all around. We got the all-clear to fly on 14 April (thankfully) and we have been go-go-go since then! I’m currently writing this from our AirBnB apartment in New York! I might even do a couple of travel blog posts since it’s been a while.
BUT, let’s get back to the books first! My top 5 anticipated reads for this quarter are all from authors that I’ve read books from before, and I’m REALLY looking forward to finishing this bloody vampire series!!
top 5 anticipated reads for Apr-Jun 2023
No Boy Summer — Amy Spalding
Lydia Jones and her younger sister Penny have had it with boy drama. Last year was marred by relationship disasters for both of them, threatening Lydia’s standing with her school’s theater tech club and Penny’s perfect GPA. Penny has, naturally, diagnosed the problem and prescribed a drastic solution: a summer off from boys.
Lydia and Penny decide to stay with their Aunt Grace and her boyfriend Oscar in Los Angeles while their parents are off on a European cruise. Penny follows her future-business-school dreams with an internship at Oscar’s office, and Lydia gets a part-time job at Grace’s neighborhood coffeeshop, Grounds Control.
Even when they spent hours, days, weeks dissecting their various boy drama, Lydia’s never felt this connected to her sister before, and it makes her wonder what else in her life could be different. She finds herself drawn to a group of friends she meets through her Grounds Control coworker, Margaret, as well as an intriguing customer, Fran, an aspiring filmmaker and ― while not the first girl Lydia finds herself attracted to ― the first girl who has mutual feelings for her. But she’s not breaking her pledge to Penny, right? That was just about boys. Even though in her heart Lydia knows she’s bending the rules, she hasn’t had a connection with anyone as strong as her connection with Fran, so she thinks it can’t be wrong. And Penny won’t mind as long as she’s happy… Right?
Cherish — Tracy Wolff
NOTE: Blurb for book 6 in the Crave series! May contain spoilers!
It’s been over three months since my friends and I took down Cyrus. Three months where my biggest fear was what paper was due next… But I should have known it was too good to last. Now everything is falling apart.
The Vampire Court has no king, the Dragon Court has no heart, and the Gargoyle Court has me ― a teenager in way over her head. And it’s the worst possible timing, because a threat is brewing just as the Circle is collapsing.
I have no choice but to return to the Shadow Realm and face the terrifying queen who nearly ended us… and make a deal with her to save Mekhi. But this time, I’m bringing my powerful friends with me ― and Hudson. Except something is wrong with him, too. He’s keeping a secret ― even from me.
All I know is that everyone’s life hangs in the balance. And it’s my fault ― because I still owe the Crone a favor… and now she’s come to collect.
The Isles of the Gods — Amie Kaufman
When Selly’s father leaves her high and dry in the port of Kirkpool, she has no intention of riding out the winter on land while he sails to adventure in the north seas.
But any plans to follow him are dashed when a handsome stranger with tell-tale magician’s marks on his arm boards her ship, presenting her and the crew with a dangerous mission: to cross the Crescent Sea without detection so he can complete a ritual on the sacred Isles of the Gods.
What starts as a leisure cruise will lead to acts of treason and sheer terror on the high seas, bringing two countries to the brink of war, two strangers closer than they ever thought possible and stirring two dangerous gods from centuries of slumber…
Much Ado About Nada — Uzma Jalaluddin
Nada Syed is stuck. On the cusp of thirty, she’s still living at home with her brothers and parents in the Golden Crescent neighbourhood of Toronto, resolutely ignoring her mother’s unsubtle pleas to get married already. While Nada has a good job as an engineer, it’s a far cry from realizing her start-up dreams for her tech baby, Ask Apa, the app that launched with a whimper instead of a bang because of a double-crossing business partner. Nothing in her life has turned out the way it was supposed to, and Nada feels like a failure. Something needs to change, but the past is holding on too tightly to let her move forward.
Nada’s best friend Haleema is determined to pry her from her shell… and what better place than at the giant annual Muslim conference held downtown, where Nada can finally meet Haleema’s fiancé, Zayn. And did Haleema mention Zayn’s brother Baz will be there?
What Haleema doesn’t know is that Nada and Baz have a past ― some of it good, some of it bad and all of it secret. At the conference, that past all comes hurtling at Nada, bringing new complications and a moment of reckoning. Can Nada truly say goodbye to once was or should she hold tight to her dreams and find their new beginnings?
Never a Hero — Vanessa Len
NOTE: Blurb for book 2 in the Monsters series! May contain spoilers!
Despite all of the odds, Joan achieved the impossible. She reset the timeline, saved her family ― and destroyed the hero, Nick.
But her success has come at a terrible cost.
She alone remembers what happened. Now, Aaron, her hard-won friend ― and maybe more ― is an enemy, trying to kill her. And Nick, the boy she loved, is a stranger who doesn’t even know her name. Only Joan remembers that there is a ruthless and dangerous enemy still out there.
When a deadly attack forces Joan back into the monster world as a fugitive, she finds herself on the run with Nick ― as Aaron closes in.
As the danger rises ― and Nick gets perilously closer to discovering the truth of what Joan did to him ― Joan discovers a secret of her own. One that threatens everyone she loves.
Torn between love and family and monstrous choices, Joan must find a way to re-gather her old allies to face down the deadliest of enemies, and to save the timeline itself.
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