Bookish News, What's on My Radar  |  02.18.2020

What’s on my Radar #1

Hello and welcome to a new segment on the blog! Here I’ll discuss New releases, what I’m curious about or/and currently reading. So, let’s get started.

1 – Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Released just a few weeks ago, Tweet Cute is A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected. 

Find the book here

2 – The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart

I’m a HUGE Kate Stewart fan, and the Guy in the Middle is a standalone that is also the third and final installment in the Underdog Series. The first two books were spectacular. See my reviews here for The Guy on the Right (Book 1) and The Guy on the Left (Book 2).

The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart is coming February 29th! ⁣⁣

I was born to play and bred to win.⁣⁣
My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.⁣⁣
With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.⁣⁣
Two birds, one ball.⁣⁣
Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.⁣⁣
For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach’s daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.⁣⁣

3 – Angry God by L. J. Shen

Voted February’s most anticipated romance on Goodreads, Angry God is the epic final instalment to the Sinners of Saint/All Saints High Series. This is a very dark book. But I love the angst and drama that only L. J. can create. My full review will be posted tomorrow.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride, because you’re not coming out the same way you went in. A top 2020 read hands down.”

–Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author


Vaughn Spencer. 

They call him an angry god. 

To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince. 

His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street. 

All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me. 

Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me. 

I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school. 

But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London. 

A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius. 

They say this place is haunted, and it is. 

Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets. 

Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.

Find the book here

4 – Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera

I received an ARC of this last year and never got around to it. But it sounds like such a lovely story and it has been receiving great reviews. I just added it to my TBR and hopefully, I’ll have a full review ready for it by next month.

Here’s the blurb:

Kiskeya Burgos left the tropical beaches of the Dominican Republic with a lot to prove. As a pastry chef on the come up, when she arrives in Scotland, she has one goal in mind: win the Holiday Baking Challenge. Winning is her opportunity to prove to her family, her former boss, and most importantly herself, she can make it in the culinary world. Kiskeya will stop at nothing to win , that is, if she can keep her eyes on the prize and off her infuriating teammate’s perfect lips.

Sully Morales, home cooking hustler, and self-proclaimed baking brujita lands in Scotland on a quest to find her purpose after spending years as her family’s caregiver. But now, with her home life back on track, it’s time for Sully to get reacquainted with her greatest love, baking. Winning the Holiday Baking Challenge is a no brainer if she can convince her grumpy AF baking partner that they make a great team both in and out of the kitchen before an unexpected betrayal ends their chance to attain culinary competition glory.

Find the book here.

5 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere was a pick from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club last year and it’s now on its way to becoming a Hulu Series. The Series premiers in March, so I decided to do a Buddy Read on Instagram before the launch.

And I have to say, even though it’s a bit of a slow beginning, now that things are finally happening I definitely loving it. I’m also really intrigued. We will finish our reading schedule on the 29th, and then I’ll post my full review here on the blog.


Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Find the book here.

6 – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix. E. Harrow

After reading the enchanting The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, I heard that The Ten Thousand Doors of January can be treated as a companion book to it. I was also lucky to find this as a Kindle daily deal a few weeks back. Although I’ll probably invest in the hardback at some point because the cover is absolutely stunning. So, I’m very excited to read this in March.

Here’s the blurb:

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut–step inside and discover its magic.

Find the book here.

7 – Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

If you’re in the UK, Get a Life Chloe Brown is on sale until the end of February on Amazon for only £0.99. This book is next month’s pick for my Romance Only Book Club. Also, the next book in the series Take a Hint Dani Brown is due to come out on June.


Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

Find the book here.

8 – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Another Book Club pick, I just got this from my local library and I’m very excited to dive in. Here’s the blurb:

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Find the book here.

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