Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipated “Best of 2017” Reads (aka the Books I Still Haven’t Read – and the Year is Half Over. So… No Pressure.)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Today we get to talk more books with another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. A subject that I never mind, and hope you, my readers, friends and visitors, also have no argument with said topic. Today’s specific prompt is…

Broke and Bookish June 27: Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far – Broke and Bookish

At the end of each year, I make a “big deal” out of my favorite books. It’s kind of like Finding Wonderland’s “Oscars” (albeit on a teeny, tiny, small scale). I don’t think I’m overstepping in saying putting these lists together is sort of an “event” for all of us in this book blogging world. It’s fun thing to look back on, remember said books and enjoy discovering which books made us and our fellow bloggers laugh, cry or maybe, throw the book in frustration. In short, we all seem to enjoy reminiscing on our year in books.

Because of this big, end-of-year ta-do, today I decided to go a little different direction. Here’s what we’re doing today. The first five books on the list are books that I’ve been meaning to read (published within the last couple of years). The second half of the list are books published in 2017 that I really want to read within this year. In other words, these are books I really want to really like and read in 2017! (And from what I understand, this is the last Top Ten Tuesday for a few weeks, which is sad - always enjoy chatting with you all, but hopefully we'll have some new topics to start the fall.)

Let’s take a look!

Books I Hope to Read in 2017 (and Love)

1. Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek | I’ve heard lovely things about this story, plus it’s set in Australia (and written by an Australian), so it promises a lovely armchair journey. Amazon | Goodreads

2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | For what seems like a long time, I’ve heard raves about Jennifer’s style and stories. I picked this one up a while back on one of my online shopping sprees because I thought it sounded unique, plus I do love my contemporary reads! Have you read any of Jennifer’s novels? Amazon | Goodreads

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | I know. I’ve talked about this one… a lot. But what can I say, I still really do want to, and have every intention of, reading this one. This. Is. The. Yea. Plus, can we appreciate its aesthetic. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo | Amy has a knack for writing emotionally wrecking stories, but this one sounds on the lighter side. It’s a contemporary novel that involves a baseball star, and a faux romantic relationship. Bring on the romcom feels. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Yeah, I still haven’t read this one… which is pretty surprising (read: embarrassing) considering how much I adore Anna and the French Kiss. Amazon | Goodreads 

 (That I Hope To Love)

1. Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering | You all know my love of Drew Farthering and Co., right?? Amazon | Goodreads

2. The White Feather Murders by Rachel McMillan | Why I haven’t finished reading this series, I’ll never know. It’s sassy and cute, featuring the female versions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. What’s not to love? Amazon | Goodreads

3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston | A fangirl (geeky) character who gets to meet a Hollywood “prince” at a ball? Sign me up! Plus it doesn’t hurt this is pitched as a contemporary version of Cinderella. Amazon | Goodreads

4. When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin | I know, I spotlight Sarah’s novels a lot. But they’re amazing historical stories of courage, and love with a touch of Nancy Drew-esque mystery. Amazon | Goodreads

5. By Your Side by Kasie West | I discovered Kasie’s books this year (The Distance Between Us, On the Fence), and loved them. Needless to say, I anticipate looking forward to the rest of her novels, this included. Amazon | Goodreads

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PS: Before you go... Check out the giveaway!

Another edition of Top Ten Tuesday comes to a close. What books have you loved this year - and how did you spin this week's ask? I’m looking forward to chatting all things bookish with you. Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links, and I’ll be glad to visit. (Just no promises it’ll be today, but I will stop by this week.)

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Giveaway | Kasie West Novel

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Good evening book loving readers and friends. Today seems like a good day to celebrate! For a few reasons. They are as follows. (Although really isn't any day a good day to celebrate books??)

1. It's Monday. Almost. (We all need some happy on Monday, right?) 2. This year I finally read a Kasie West novel (two in fact). 
3. Kasie write's my favorite genre; contemporary 
4. Did I mention, it's MONDAY?
5. Kasie's novel Lucky in Love hits store shelves in a month.
6. Kasie's 2018 novel, Love, Life and the List just revealed it's adorable cover (see my post for proof).

What do these three reasons add up to? A giveaway for you, of course!

Kasie West Novels (Your Choice - Kindle)

- By Your Side
- The Distance Between Us
- The Fill In Boyfriend
- Lucky in Love (Preorder)
- On the Fence
- P.S. I Like You

(If you've never entered a giveaway on Finding Wonderland, read on below for the rules.)
And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a giveaway pro around here, just skip to the good part: the widget!)

The giveaway(s) is open to ALL readersThe prize will be a KINDLE copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The giveaway ends July 10th (taking this one past the holiday so I don't miss contacting the winner). Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

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Cover Candy, Second Edition | 2017's Works of Art

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hello, happy readers, friends and everyone! This post is the result of spontaneity. You see, I should be filming booktube videos. But, I decided to put that off a day or two (because I have 3-5 that need to be filmed - and on that note, I apologize for a lack of videos). So, in consideration of my pushing that aside, I decided I'd get some writing prep work done for the blog's week (the final in June!). Am I doing that? Um, no. I mean, I started to, and things were going well, and then, I went on Goodreads, and that led to browsing for new cover reveals I hadn't seen. That in turn led to a dangerous amount of time swooning over new(ish) covers.

With all of the recent cover reveals I've spotted around the interwebs, I thought I'd share some here.

Below, you'll find a mix of genres, stories and eras. There's YA novels that feature epic kingdoms and battles (on earth and space!), sweet romances and historical sagas. There's adult fiction that frames romances of a complex nature, reissues of favorite books (oh the nostalgia!) and fairytale-esque adventures sure to enchant many a reader.

Among them, I spy lots of favorite designs. I love the whimsical nature of Debra White Smith's reissues (oh the memories!); the traditional swoony romance of Kasie West's (the fact that we can recognize her new novels instantly by their design always makes me smile); the filigree historical designs are classic, but keep to contemporary trends; and I love the trend of text being the highlight on these contemporary novels.

Some of these have been out for a long time, but I'm adding them because I haven't done a post like this for a long time. Either way, I'd love your input on favorites. Let me know down below what you think.

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey
Amazon | Goodreads

Suitors and Sabotage is an engaging (pun intended) story of love, art, and secrets in which there are nefarious goings-on (as well as a mischievous dog, called Jasper).

Shy Imogene Chively, artist extraordinaire, has caught the interest of a young gentleman of whom her father approves. However, all does not go smoothly… or as planned when Ernest Steeple visits her at the family estate with his brother, Benjamin, by his side.

Ben has been gifted with easy charm but, unfortunately, not a natural ability to draw; it’s a rather significant deficit for a first year architectural apprentice… one that he has hidden from his mentor thus far. Imogene readily agrees to tutor Ben and with the collusion of his brother and her best friend, Emily, they do so in secret.

However, many complications arise as Imogene realizes that her heart is leaning away from Ernest and toward Ben. The situation takes a turn for the worse when Emily declares her love for Benjamin and they are made the brunt of nasty hoaxes and perilous accidents. But who is perpetrating these incidents and why?

Like Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception, Suitors and Sabotage is a comedy of manners—a Regency Romp. It’s a story of ruins and romance, friendship and fear, and trouble and terror. Yes, it is a comedy. I can’t wait for you to read it! - Goodreads, April 2018

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett 
Amazon | Goodreads

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars? - Goodreads, April 2018

The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel
Amazon | Goodreads 

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.
 - Goodreads, March 2018

Everless by Sara Holland
Amazon | Goodreads 

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself. - Goodreads, January 2018

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June
Amazon | Goodreads

Matilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes—not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career—and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.
  - Goodreads, May 2018

More than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Amazon | Goodreads

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling. - Goodreads, March 2018

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon 
Amazon | Goodreads 

Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future. - Goodreads, March 2018

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Amazon | Goodreads

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.
When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.
In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance. - Amazon, February 2018

Losing Brave by Bailee Madison and Stefne Miller

From award-winning actress Bailee Madison and Reader’s Choice Award Finalist Stefne Miller, comes Losing Brave. More than a year has passed since seventeen-year-old Payton Brave’s twin sister went missing; and Payton, in her desperate attempt to hold on to what’s left of Dylan’s memory, is starting to crack.

Lost in the mystery and turmoil of her sister’s disappearance, Payton must overcome the aftermath of being the one left behind. She’s unable to remember even the smallest piece of what happened the day Dylan vanished. When sudden and reckless outbursts throw her from the graces of popularity to the outskirts of high school society, her new status attracts a crowd of friends she never anticipated—including a troubling romance with her sister’s boyfriend, Cole.

New clues unearth about the circumstances of her disappearance when another missing girl’s body is recovered from a nearby lake, the victim’s features eerily similar to Dylan’s. The more Payton pries open the clenches of her blocked memories, yielding to her need to know what happened, the further down the path of danger she goes. The darkness around her sister’s disappearance grows and the truth becomes more and more unbearable. And what she finds might just cost her her life. - Goodreads, January 2018

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn't commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. 
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means. 
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life. 
But sometimes love can breach all barriers. 
Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve. - Amazon, January 2018

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. - Amazon, November 2017

The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine 

Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.
 - Goodreads, February 2018

Amanda by Debra White Smith 

A bit of a busybody, Amanda always has her friends' best interests at heart. She prides herself on her matchmaking skills . . . but when nothing seems to be going according to plan on the beautiful island of Tasmania, can she learn to listen to her own heart? - Amazon, April 2018 (Reissue)

First Impressions by Debra White Smith 

Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she's cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town's most eligible--and arrogant--bachelor. - Amazon, April 2018 (Reissue)

Possibilities by Debra White Smith 

When Allie falls in love with a young man her family thinks is unworthy of her wealthy Southern family, she yields to the pressure and ends the relationship. But when they find themselves in the same city years later, can she face her regrets before he falls for someone else? - Amazon, April 2018 (Reissue)

Don't Forget Me by Victoria Stevens

Seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke is no stranger to heartbreaks, and being sent to live with a father she’s never met is the latest in a string of them. Even the beauty of eastern Australia isn't enough to take her mind off of her mother, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's and is living in a nursing home in England. But when Hazel meets the friendly, kindhearted Red and his elusive twin, Luca, she begins the slow process of piecing together a new life―and realizes she isn't the only one struggling with grief. As friendships deepen and love finds its way in, Hazel also learns that when you truly love someone, they are never really gone. Don't Forget Me is Victoria Stevens's sparkling debut, and a touching testament to coming of age, falling in love, and finding home in unlikely places. - Amazon, February 2018

Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill 
Amazon | Goodreads 

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost. 

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart. - Amazon, December 2017

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West
Amazon | Goodreads 

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. - Goodreads, March 2018

Which of these are YOU most looking forward to reading? What books are you loving right now? (A bookstore trip is in my future, so tell me about ALL THE BOOKS!) Comment down below with any and all bookish thoughts. I'd love to chat with you. 

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Call the Midwife, Series Six (2016) - BBC's Smart, Romantic and Emotional Drama Returns!

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's safe to say when I watched the pilot of the British series, Call the Midwife, I never expected to let it work itself into my heart so fully. And yet, with quiet confidence, that is exactly what they've done. 

TV SHOW REVIEW | Call the Midwife, Series Five (2015)

Aside from the wonderful character relationships, story arcs, and emotional output these actors put into them, the writing is also brilliant. Heidi Thomas, who is no stranger to BBC productions, is a talent beyond words. She has a deep appreciation for these characters and their stories. This is something I admire and respect about the way she tells these stories. 

Season six takes us on an unforgettable journey. From deep emotional (and literal) scars and challenges for each character (Phyllis being one of them) to a happier ending that is sure to make the romantic in us swoon, there is never a dull moment. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention Trixie as a favorite character/story. Her story arc this season is beautiful and precious, and awww... I love it still as I think back. Barbara also gets a nice story. 

Basically series six is a memorable binge-worthy experience. Fans will love these new additions. 

PBS (US) recently concluded airing the sixth season of BBC’s popular drama Call the Midwife. Before the first hour goes by, we catch up with the characters who’ve worked their way into our hearts for five years.

Christmas time arrives and departs peacefully for the residents of Nonnatus House. In the aftermath of the holiday season, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) announces a mission their order supports is in need of medical supplies and staff. To help fill this gap, a party of Nonnatus staff heads off to Africa. Read the review in its entirety on Silver Petticoat →

Content note: though never explicit, Call the Midwife does deal with adult situations and topics, including but not limited to abuse, homosexuality, serious medical issues, an accident involving a young boy, and mental health challenges. The show is rated TV14 or TVPG depending on the episode.

Can't Wait / Waiting on Wednesday | Sixth Edition

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hello, readers and followers! Happy Wednesday - and welcome. As we do every Tuesday with Top Ten Tuesday, this day, we're joining the "Waiting On" fun with Can't Wait Wednesday. 

Back to today's bookish stuff. I'm linking up with my Bookstagram (check out our July challenge!) partner in crime, Tressa of Wishful Endings

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)

For today's meme, we turn the spotlight on a novel that doesn't release until 2018. So, why did I chose to feature this one, you ask? Well, the cover just released today (can we take a moment to appreciate its epic beauty?), which makes it seem the ideal time to help further its hype. With lots of virtual confetti, this week's Can't Wait/Waiting on Wednesday (Finding Wonderland style) presents, Olivia Twist.

A reimagining of a classic Dickens' novel, this one arrives from YA author Lorie Landgon (Gilt Hollow). 

Publisher: Blink (HarperCollins)
Genre: Historical Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 2018

​Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future- Goodreads 

Amazon | Goodreads 


Comment down below with your thoughts, Waiting on / Can't Wait Wednesday blog links. I'd love to chat all things bookish with you.

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