WWW Wednesdays | September 25th

Happy Wednesday Storytellers! Guess who is waddling back into meme territory?

This girl Gif

I’m super excited to be bringing back WWW Wednesdays here on the blog as a way to saddle more of that bookish chit chat that I’ve missed having with you all! If you don’t know what WWW Wednesdays are–it’s a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer these three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Author: Adrienne Young | Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA | Publish date: September 3rd, 2019

The Girl the Sea Gave BackThe new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

I was fortunate enough to have my Netgalley wish granted and received an ARC for this gem a month and a half ago, and I’m finally getting around to demolishing it! I’m currently 20% in and so far so good! A little slow but my interest is peaked definitely!

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Dear Ava from the Team Player 2 Anthology

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills | Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA | Publish date: September 20th, 2019

Team Player 2: A Sports AnthologyOur love of hot jocks is never-ending.

Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.

Have no fear! The team is back again, and this time…it’s thicker. You’ll get your sports romance fix with brand-new stories from eleven bestselling authors.

Need one last summer fix? Dive into this anthology.

*This anthology contains original, never-before-seen stories from Ella Fox, Mandi Beck, Teagan Hunter, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige, Meghan Quinn, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, Emma Scott, and Kate Stewart.

We still aren’t responsible for melted devices.

I absolutely ADORED this novella/short story and got super ducking excited when the author announced she was going to expand Ava and Knox’s story into a full length novel come next year. Honestly this was the cutest thing ever and I need more. I’ll be posting my full review here on the blog later next week as I finish the rest of the anthology!

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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Author: Junauda Petrus | Genre: LGBT Contemporary, YA | Publish date: September 17th, 2019

The Stars and the Blackness Between ThemTold in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she’s going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter. Audre’s grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won’t lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. “America have dey spirits too, believe me,” she tells Audre.

Minneapolis. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels–about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that’s plagued her all summer. Mabel’s reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner.

Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it’s Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future.

Junauda Petrus’s debut brilliantly captures the distinctly lush and lyrical voices of Mabel and Audre as they conjure a love that is stronger than hatred, prison, and death and as vast as the blackness between the stars.

I’m on the blog tour for this gem tomorrow so this is most definitely what I will be binge reading tonight!

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What are you reading this week?

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6 Comments

  1. TheCaffeinatedReader

    September 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I do agree that The Girl The Sea Gave Back is a bit of a …slower paced book but I enjoyed that after all my intense reads lolol but….i’m off to go read your review for this baby: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      The audiobook for GTSGB saved lives fam. I honestly think I’m going to pick up sky in the deep off my shelf now…lmao, why do I do things backwards

  2. Nicola Niemc

    September 26, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    You have some good picks! I’ve just finished Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy, and now I’m a bit stuck what to read next 😢

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      I haven’t read that one yet! How did you like it?

  3. Nicola Niemc

    October 8, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    It was classic Hardy, but the stories were all rather depressing! There were no HEAs, and the women seemed to have a particularly rough time of it (which I suppose was mostly accurate for the period). I feel I need something light and fluffy to read now 😅

    1. fictionallysam

      October 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      oof to no HEAs! I def would want a light and fluffy book as well after that!

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