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Most Anticipated Books of 2020

I can’t believe it, 2019 is almost over. I cannot wait to get my hands on all the incredible books that are due to be released at some point next year. Without further ado, here are some of my most anticipated books of 2020.

  • “All the Stars and Teeth” by Adalyn Grace
    • Release Date: February 4th, 2020
    • This sounds like an epic adventure and I’m so down for it! I love anything that deals with mermaids and pirates. There is magic and a fierce princess and… I don’t think I need to mention anything else.
  • “Of Curses and Kisses” by Sandhya Menon
    • Release Date: February 18th, 2020
    • Are you telling me this is “A Beauty and the Beast” retelling? For real?! OMG! 2020 will be an amazing year. I’m sure this will be a magical book with a fun and unique twist. Also, have I mentioned it is set at a boarding school?! I NEED IT ASAP!
  • “The Shadow Between Us” by Tricia Levenseller
    • Release Date: February 25th 2020
    • This book is giving me “Once Upon A Time” vibes. I’m so happy this book is coming out at the beginning of the year. I feel like this book will finally give a happy and romantic ending to evil characters. I’m sure the Evil Queen approves *evil laugh*
  • “Eight Perfect Murders” by Peter Swanson
    • Release Date: March 3rd 2020
    • This suspense was written for every book lover. It revolves around books and it has such a clever plot. I seriously cannot wait for it to come out. I pray that it will meet my expectations and make me an even bigger fan of mysteries and thrillers.
  • “The Kingdom of Back” by Marie Lu
    • Release Date: March 3rd 2020
    • A standalone historical fantasy about Mozart’s sister?! OH YES! I love stories that combine magic and history.
  • “Girl, Serpent, Thorn” by Melissa Bashardoust
    • Release Date: May 12th, 2020
    • A fairy tale featuring a brave princess and a curse? Sign me up! I’m sure it would be an amazing retelling and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I have heard that this book is inspired by Persian Mythology and that just makes me more intrigued.
  • “By the Book” by Amanda Sellet
    • Release Date: May 12th 2020
    • I’m so looking forward to May 12th! Between the cover and the synopsis I have such high expectations. I’m sure the story will be fun and romantic.This is the perfect book for book lovers.
  • “Seasons of the Storm” by Elle Cosimano
    • Release Date: June 23rd, 2020
    • Ok, ok, ok… what is going on with these book covers?! why are they so BEAUTIFUL!!! This book has such a unique and amazing plot. It sounds so magical and a total recipe for success. It features a romance between the Winter and Spring seasons. Two star-crossed lovers who I’m sure will fight against all odds to keep their love alive. *sighs* I can’t believe I have to wait until June.
  • “Star Daughter” by Shveta Thakrar
    • Release Date: August 11th 2020
    • A book about the daughter of a star and a mortal. Inspired by Hindu Mythology. Stunning Cover. Do I need to give you more reasons to be extremely excited for this book?!
  • “Blood & Honey” by Shelby Mahurin
    • Release Date: September 1st, 2020
    • This is the sequel to “Serpent & Dove” which was one of my favorite books of 2019. I can’t wait to read about Louise and Reid again. Their relationship is goals. September cannot get here fast enough! (If you want to know a little more about the first book, make sure to check out my review.)

What are your most anticipated books of 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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“Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry” by Julian Peters

Release Date: March 31st, 2020

Thank you NetGalley, Plough Publishing House, and Julian Peters for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

“Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry” takes 24 classic poems written by well-known authors and turns them into a powerful visual interpretation. I truly loved the illustrations and they made me appreciate the meaning of each poem. It’s not every day that we get the chance to experience something so unique and special. Julian Peters did a wonderful job bringing every poem to life. He gave each reader an opportunity to revisit classical works with themes that can be applied to our everyday lives.

Without giving any spoilers, I would say that my favorite illustration was the one accompanying the poem by Emily Dickinson. I truly felt all the emotions and my imagination was left wondering.

This is a fantastic book and I recommend it to anyone who loves poetry or who wants to experience poetry from the point of view of a visual learner.

#PoemstoSeeBy #NetGalley

My Rating: 5/5 stars.

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“Serpent & Dove” by Shelby Mahurin

“I was no one’s sacrifice. Not then. Not now. Not ever.”

– Shelby Mahurin, “Serpent & Dove”

Lately, I feel like I have been blessed by the book gods since I’m truly loving everything I read. This magical book was not an exception.

From the very beginning, I fell in love with the plot, the characters, the world and the romance *sighs* Oh I had a lot of fun with this book.

The two main characters are introduced as Louise, a witch who ran away from her coven, and Reid, a witch hunter. They are forced to marry each other, even though for reasons I won’t mention, they hate each other with a passion of a burning sun. In addition, Reid doesn’t know he just married a witch, making the situation even more exciting. Louise and Reid have the perfect love/hate relationship.

I love how Louise is not afraid to follow her instincts and fight for what she believes. I truly admire her courage and strength of character. I enjoyed how Louise is always behaving how she wants and doesn’t let anyone control her or tell her what to do.

The author did an amazing job with the storyline. This book didn’t feel like it was 500+ pages because I was hooked from page 1. The suspense was definitely key, and the ending was extraordinary, I can’t wait for the sequel.

My Rating: 5/5 stars.

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“Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell”

– Margaret Rogerson, “Sorcery of Thorns”

I don’t even know what to say. This book made me fall in love with reading, once again. I felt like I was there fighting alongside Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I would say that this book was made for every lover of libraries and books. If you are anything like me, you usually find comfort within the pages of a book, and this one is all about books. What more can I say!

Even though the story focuses more on each character and the plot than on the romance itself, there were times where I wanted a little more time for Elisabeth and Nathaniel. Nevertheless, they were amazing together and Nathaniel’s snarky comments made me enjoy their relationship even more.

Silas was definitely my favorite character. His cool demeanor has an air of mystery to it. I love how he is always so calm and a true gentleman with a heart of gold. I would have definitely loved to learn a little more about him.

Margaret Rogerson did an amazing job crafting a world that will leave you captivated and wanting more. Each character is amazing and special in its own way. This story will transport you to beautiful libraries and daring adventures. You will love, suffer and hate with all your heart.

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Lifestyle

Favorite Netflix TV Shows

We all know Winter is the perfect time to get cozy and enjoy some TV time with friends and family. Here is my list of Top 5 favorite Netflix TV Shows in no particular order. Enjoy and I hope you find a new obsession! (Keep in mind, my reviews are brief because I don’t want to give any spoilers)

  • Friends (1994-2004) This show is amazing! It has 10 seasons and I think I have watched all of them about a thousand times. Is a comedy about 6 best friends and how they manage the ups and downs of life. If you haven’t watch it, I totally recommend it, you won’t stop laughing.
  • Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) If you love comedies/ dramas that deal with family and small town problems, Gilmore Girls won’t disappoint you.
  • Bonus: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016) In case the 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls are not enough, there are 4 extra episodes that you can enjoy. They are each 1 hour long and set 9 years after the end of the original series.
  • Cable Girls (2017-2019) I cannot emphasize this enough, this TV show is AMAZING! It is set in Spain during the 1920’s following the lives of four young women and their struggles during that time period.
  • Riverdale (2017-2019) This is a teen drama and crime TV show. It follows a couple of friends and how they manage to survive in a town where things are not as simple as they seem.
  • Sherlock (2010-2017) This TV show will make you second guess everything. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Sherlock Holmes, and he is truly perfect at it. If you have been looking for a TV show that will get you hooked from the very first episode, don’t look any further.
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“The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic” by Leigh Bardugo

“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.”

– Leigh Bardugo, “The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic”

This book was AH-MAZING!

It was the first book I read from Leigh Bardugo and it left me wanting more!

The writing is exquisite and it allowed me to travel to fantastical lands and fascinating worlds without leaving the comfort of my own home.

These short stories are dark, twisted and magical. I devoured the book from the moment I got it in my hands and couldn’t put it down until the last page. I truly loved everything about it, every little detail. Also, don’t even get me started on the illustrations, they were BEAUTIFUL.

If I had to make the difficult decision of choosing the one thing that made me LOVE this book, I would say is the feeling you get when you are reading every story: that “on the edge of your seat” feeling. You don’t know what’s going to happen next but you do know that it will be mind-blowing and completely unexpected.

This book goes for any fan of amazingly written short stories, especially if you like fairy tales and love to be surprised at every turn of the page.

My Rating: 5/5 stars