Waiting on Wednesday (9): Love & Gelato

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As per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on! This week’s pick sound light and fun!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

25756328Synopsis (via GoodReads): Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

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Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages:
390
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Price:
$17.99 (hardcover)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

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  • Summer is right around the corner and after this semester I’m thinking a lighter read is in order. While the blurb mentions secrets and discovery, I’m thinking this one will still be a fun, lighthearted read!
  • Sometimes a girl just needs a love story set in Italy with some self-discovery thrown in😉
  • Did I mention I really, really love gelato? How could I not read this? Sign me up for a trip to Tuscany stat…through the pages of course!

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have Love & Gelato added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday (8): The Raven King

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Hello lovelies!

As per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on! This week’s pick is a series pick:)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis (via GoodReads): The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

 

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Release Date: April 26, 2016
Pages: 
400
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Price:
$18.99 (hardcover)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

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  • It’s the final book in the Raven Cycle and I’m currently planning on marathoning the first three before this one hits shelves!
  • I have already read the first book before and really enjoyed it so I can’t wait to see how this series plays out and eventually ends!
  • This cover is just too pretty!! Who wouldn’t want to read this book..haha
  • Finally, it will be nice to have completed a series. I haven’t done that in a while….

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have The Raven King added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday (7): Love, Lies and Spies

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Hello lovelies!

As per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey 

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Synopsis (via GoodReads): Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

 

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Release Date: April 19, 2016
Pages:
368
Publisher:
Swoon Reads
Price:
$10.99 (paperback)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

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  • I just read The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman last month and this book has the same type of feel to it–minus the paranormal. I think that I’ll really enjoy the storyline and I know I already love the time period:)
  • The blurb also seems to suggest that Juliana will be a quirky MC and I really love those types of characters/MCs. I’m hoping to really connect with her as a character.
  • This novel (and cover) has a Jane Austen feel to it and I’m very much a sucker for anything similar to Jane Austen’s world so I’m sure I’ll be picking this up soon!
  • Also, I think it will be fun to see how these two characters, Juliana and Spencer, come up against each other–especially after they both agreed to not get attached to anyone.😉

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have Love, Lies and Spies added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mystery #1) by Kerry Greenwood Review

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If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I recently became obsessed with Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. If you haven’t watched this show yet, stop reading this post and go do so! I’ll wait:) … Okay, now that you’ve downed all three seasons (as you should!), can we fangirl/boy together?! I just love this show! So naturally, I knew I wanted to read the books based on the Australian TV show. I looked them up and found that a library semi-close to me had them all available. My home library had most of them checked out, but luckily I was going to this other library for a school assignment anyway. So after an 80 minute public transit commute (40 minutes both ways), I was finally back in my apartment with the coveted two first novels of the series. I couldn’t wait to dig into them! Read on below for my thoughts on the first book of the series:)

If you’re sort on time, then check out my Need to Know section for a quick summary of my review!

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Ownership: I borrowed from the library
Genre:
Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Published: 1989 (2012 – US Ed.)
Pages: 175

Price:
$24.95 (hardcover);
Place:
Amazon, B & N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

My Rating:

4 Star Rating

 

 

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Going into this first novel, I was half expecting everything I loved about the TV shows to appear in print and half trying not to over-hype my expectations of the books. Knowing what I did about most book-to-TV series–that things are always changed–I didn’t want to disappoint myself by going into these books thinking everything was going to be exactly the same. I really just wanted to feed my addiction of this show and this world. So with that said, in the end I really did enjoy the first book of the mystery series although some things were slightly different.

Miss Phryne Fisher
Much like the TV show, Miss Fisher is all spunk, confidence and daring. Her character still resounds nicely alongside the one we see in the TV Show. Her intelligence and knack for solving mysteries remains the same within book one. In Cocaine Blues, Phryne encounters an array of colorful characters and eventually finds herself embroiled in a mystery surrounding drugs, a botched abortion and a poisoned couple. I enjoyed reading Phryne as a character and getting more insight into her motivations, thoughts and background that isn’t always shown through the TV show.

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Cec, Bert, Dot, Dr. MacMillan, Detective-Inspector Robinson
I was excited to see that all of my favorite secondary characters did make an appearance within the books. Cec and Bert are still cab drivers who we get to see more of in terms of POV in the narration. They still have a great camaraderie between the two of them and readers also get to see more of their political mindset. Dorothy (or Dot) is such a great secondary character. She quickly enters into Phryne’s life and becomes an integral part of the story much like the TV show. Dot is a bit different within the books. Her personality was a little rougher around the edges when readers are first introduced to her. With that said, she still holds to her more respectable outlooks on certain behaviors. Within Cocaine Blues, she quickly becomes a confidant and friend to Phryne. I can’t wait to see her character develop more as she spends more time “working” with Phryne.

Dr. MacMillan exudes strength and determination within Cocaine Blues. She champions women’s rights within the novel (and TV show) and I love seeing her character within the books. I enjoyed that Mac played a more active role within the novel. She spearheaded some parts of the investigation. I also enjoyed the little snippets of her personality such as “her accent becoming more Scottish as she lost her temper” (p.28).  As for Detective-Inspector Robinson, I felt most disappointment with his character. I was looking forward to the banter between him and Phryne, but alas there was none to be had. Detective Robinson plays only a minor character in book one. I’m not sure if he will eventually play a bigger role or not within the coming novels, but for now he was mainly on the outskirts of this mystery. Instead, Sasha–the Russian dancer–became Phryne’s only love interest (or dalliance) just as within the TV show. I also wonder if a different character might pop up in later books to take on what the TV show made Detective Robinson’s role as–Phryne’s over-arcing love interest between all her trysts.

Cocaine Blues – The Mystery
As I mentioned above, Cocaine Blues follow Miss Phryne Fisher’s entry into solving mysteries as a private lady detective. Phryne get embroiled in a mystery surrounding drugs, a botched abortion and a poisoned couple. With three mysteries within her radar, Phryne relies on help from new friends: Bert, Cec, Dot and Dr. MacMillian to help her put the dots together. Greenwood does a fabulous job of creating memorable characters with distinct personalities. Phryne became a favorite main character of mine as I loved her confident almost brazen personality. She was up for anything and was determined to solve the mysteries presented to her. Although some of her actions were for own entertainment purposes, I really felt like I got to see some of the layers that make up Phryne as a character. Not all her actions were done for superficial reasons.

The mystery as a whole was not overly intriguing. I think because I had watched the TV show already and this was the main mystery right from episode one so I already knew who the culprit was. With that said, I found the novel fast-paced and I quickly read through it. While I knew the ‘who’d done it,’ I still found myself compelled to the pages and loving the adventure Greenwood took me on.

I think if you’re a fan of Miss Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (the TV show) then you’d very much like reliving her adventures in print form. If you’re a mystery lover who hasn’t seen the show, I’d still recommend this mystery series. Book one: Cocaine Blues does a great job of introducing a fun cast of characters and I feel as though no one can really say no to Phryne’s charm. Her character definitely pulls you in. Plus, the mystery was a quick read that will only take a sitting or two to finish. The books are set in 1920s Australia which also holds a lot of appeal. I haven’t read much from this time period, let along this country setting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it. Again, Greenwood does a great job of bringing the setting to life. Overall, I rated this 4 stars since it was an enjoyable read! It has definitely spurred my interest in the mystery genre and I can’t wait to pick up book two in the series!

 

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  • Cocaine Blues follow Miss Phryne Fisher’s entry into solving mysteries as a private lady detective. Phryne get embroiled in a mystery surrounding drugs, a botched abortion and a poisoned couple.

  • Greenwood does a fabulous job of creating memorable characters with distinct personalities. Phryne became a favorite main character of mine as I loved her confident almost brazen personality.
  • I found the novel fast-paced and I quickly read through it. While I knew the ‘who’d done it,’ (from watching the TV show first) I still found myself compelled to the pages and loving the adventure Greenwood took me on.
  • I think if you’re a fan of Miss Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (the TV show) then you’d very much like reliving her adventures in print form. If you’re a mystery lover who hasn’t seen the show, I’d still recommend this mystery series. Book one: Cocaine Blues does a great job of introducing a fun cast of characters and I feel as though no one can really say no to Phryne’s charm.
  • Overall, I rated this 4 stars since it was an enjoyable read! It has definitely spurred my interest in the mystery genre and I can’t wait to pick up book two in the series!

 

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you’re a fan of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries! Have you read the Kerry Greenwood’s book based on the TV show as well? What do you think about the books vs. the TV show? I’d love to hear your thoughts!:)

As always, Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday (6): The Land of 10,000 Madonnas

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Hello lovelies!

I can’t believe April is here! I know I’ve probably already said this a ton, but wow the year is flying by! I only have a few more weeks left and then I’ll be halfway done my Grad degree😀 I think I’ll do a half-way through report for you guys:)

Anyway, as per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on! This week’s pick sounds like the perfect summer (or end of school) read!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

The Land 0f 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

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Synopsis 
(via GoodReads): Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend.

Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.

 

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Release Date: April 19, 2016
Pages:
352
Publisher:
Knopf
Price:
$17.99 (hardcover)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

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  • The blurb drew me in so fast! It sounds like a great equal parts adventure story, equal parts healing story. I’m very interested to see how this story will be written  POV wise too!
  • I’m also interested in seeing where the characters travel too and be able to experiences these European countries/cities.
  • And those Madonna postcards! What is all that about?! I must know!
  • Also that title and cover?! Yup, yup I’m definitely interested in reading this story haha

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have The Land of 10,000 Madonnas added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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