Pub Day Shout-Outs for November 23, 2021, featuring Foulkes, Handscombe, and Ruiz
by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)
Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!
Claire Handscombe's Girl, Unstrung (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Nothing’s going to distract Clara from her burgeoning career as a viola player. "Not her semi-famous dad. "Not her new stepmom. "Not her annoying sisters. "And definitely not Tim, the swoopy-haired Scrabble geek…
"You might think it’s fun to grow up around Hollywood with semi-famous parents. You’d be wrong, and Clara Cassidy would be the first to tell you so.
"She’s fourteen, figuring out life with three siblings and a new stepmom, and navigating her freshman year at a stupid high school where she doesn’t even want to be. She was supposed to be at arts school by now.
"It’s fine, though, totally fine: she’s going to practice her viola extra hard and get into LACHSA next year. She’s definitely 100 percent focused and not even slightly going to get distracted by Tim, the sophomore Scrabble champion with the swoopy hair and the chin dimple. Nope. Not her."
Why I want to read it: We had Claire on the podcast awhile back, and she was delightful. She came on to promote her book, Unscripted, which I enjoyed, so I am excited to read this one.
Sarah Grunder Ruiz's Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Sometimes a yacht, a bold bucket list, and a kiss with a handsome stranger are all a person needs to dive into the deep end of life.
"For the last year, yacht stewardess Jo Walker has been attempting to complete a bucket list of thirty things she wants to accomplish by her thirtieth birthday. Jo has almost everything she’s ever wanted, including a condo on the beach (though she’s the youngest resident by several decades) and an exciting job (albeit below deck) that lets her travel the world.
"Jo is on track until the death of her nephew turns her life upside down, and the list falls by the wayside. But when her two nieces show up unannounced with plans to stay the summer, they discover her list and insist on helping Jo finish it. Though the remaining eight items (which include running a marathon, visiting ten countries, and sleeping in a castle) seem impossible to complete in twelve weeks, Jo takes on the challenge.
"When she summons the courage to complete item number five–kiss a stranger–and meets Alex Hayes, all bets are off. As her feelings for Alex intensify and Jo’s inability to confront difficult emotions about her family complicates her relationships, she must learn to quit playing it safe with her heart before she loses what matters most."
Why I want to read it: I like the premise of this one, and I like a good romance with a mysterious stranger.
Alex Foulkes's Rules for Vampires (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"The Nevermoor series meets Hotel Transylvania in this dazzling debut middle grade adventure set in a world of talking spiders, living forests, and haunted castles about a vampire girl who wants to fit in but first must defeat an evil ghost.
"After one hundred years of being a vampire, it’s time for Eleonora to have her Birthnight. Since Leo’s last rite of passage, her Grimwalk, ended with her losing her right leg and a good deal of her confidence, she’s hoping to redeem herself in the eyes of her mother, the fearsome Lady Sieglinde. All Leo has to do is hunt down and kill her first prey, and she already has the perfect plan. After all, who will miss an orphan from the bleak St. Frieda’s Home for Unwanted Children?
"But an accidental fire causes more death and destruction than Leo bargained for. Instead of killing one carefully selected victim, she’s created several ghosts from the orphanage residents. And one sinister specter, the Orphanmaster, is poised to terrorize the living residents in a nearby town. To stop him and try to undo some of the mess she’s made, Leo must team up with the orphan ghost Minna.
"Will Leo have the chance to prove herself as a vampire before her Birthnight is over, or will she discover that there are no winners in the battle of undead versus undead?"
Why I want to read it: Middle grade fantasy described as Nevermoor meets Hotel Transylvania-get it in my hands! This sounds like an amazing debut!
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