New Book Releases :: August 13th, 2019

by Sean Frankel

We have a whole lot of amazing books that got released today! #titletuesday


Below are some of the choices we think our community of readers will love!



The New Releases;
Ash & Ambition by Ari Marmell – Fantasy
Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy – Romance
Blood Truth by J R Ward – Romance
Bound by Aleatha Romig – Paranormal Romance
Bright Star by Erin Swan – Young Adult Fantasy
Contraband by Stuart Woods – Mystery Thriller
Earth: Giants, Golems, & Gargoyles by Rhonda Parrish – Fantasy
For Whom the Ball Rolls (Dog Man) by Dav Pilkey – Kids Graphic Novel
I Heart Oklahoma! by Roy Scranton – Fiction
Inland by Tea Obreht – Lit. Fiction
Land of Last Chances by Joan Cohen – Fiction
Once a Land Girl by Angela Huth – Lit. Fiction
Playing For Keeps by Kendall Ryan – Romance
Seven Letters of Love by Sinead Moriarty – Lit. Fiction
Shrouded Loyalties by Reese Hogan – Sci Fi
State of Lies by Siri Mitchell – Paranormal Romance
Stay by Bobbie Pyron – Children’s Fiction
The Accidentals by Minrose Gwin – Lit. Fiction
The Bitterroots by C J Box – Western Thriller
The Catholic School by Edorado Albinati – Lit. Fiction
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall – Fiction
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal – Mystery
The Fire Blossom – Sarah Lark – Romance
The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason – Mystery
The Last Good Guy by T Jefferson Parker – Thriller
The Last Hope by Krista and Becca Ritchie – Young Adult
The Mage-Fire War by L E Modesitt Jr. – Fantasy
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – Sci Fi
The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs – Romance
The Perfect Son by Lauren North – Mystery
The Russia Account by Stephen Coonts – Thriller
The Spirit Binds by DK Holmberg – Fantasy
The Swallows by Lisa Lutz – Mystery
The Warning by James Patterson – Thriller
The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel – Mystery
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center – Fiction
Thirteen by Eddie Cavanagh – Mystery
Truly Mine by Kennedy Fox – Romance
Witch King by Nick Harrow – Fantasy


What we put on our TBR

We saw some fantastic books be released today and we want to share what we are putting on our TBR…

seven letters of love by sinead moriarty

This book is going to be a heart-wrencher that will help you empty your tissue box. It showers the reader with realities that occur everyday that turn someones life upside down. But the golden question asked… How does a family live without its heart?


Witch King by Nick Harrow

A vile plague grows rampant in the the story of a young shaman. He goes on a quest to purge this infection from the lands and with his trusty club must succeed or see to the demise of of the land as he knows it. A story of heroism that features a headstrong protagonist with crazy amounts of action, which; amounts to every fantasy readers dream.


New Book Releases August 6th, 2019

by Sean Frankel


These are the popular new releases August 6th, 2019. #titletuesday

Make sure to share with us what your favorite new releases are!

What we are reading right off the bat is “Dare Me Tonight” by Carly Phillips, “The Birthday Girl” by Melissa De La Cruz, and “House of Salt and Sorrows” by Erin A. Craig.



The New Releases;
A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova – Sci-Fi 
A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais – Mystery
A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause – Young Adult
A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong – Children’s Fiction
All the Water in the World by Karen Raney – General Fiction
Caging Skies by Christine Leunens – Lit. Fiction
Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron – Mystery
City of Windows by Robert Pobi – Mystery
Cry Pilot by Joel Dane – Sci Fi
Dare Me Tonight by Carly Phillips – Romance
Devlin by Barbara Freethy – Romance
Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Berube – Young Adult
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton – General Fiction
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig – Young Adult
Hunter’s Moon by Phillip Caputo – Lit. Fiction
I Know Everything by Matthew Farrell – Mystery
I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal – Young Adult
Keeping Lucy by T Greenwood – Lit. Fiction
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristin Higgins – General Fiction
One Year Home by Marie Force – Romance 
Outfox by Sandra Brown – Romantic Suspense
Say You Still Love Me by K A Tucker – Romance
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning – Young Adult
The Birthday Girl by Meliessa De La Cruz – Mystery
The Dragon Republic by R F Kuang – Fantasy
The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czernada 
The Inn by Candice Fox and James Patterson – Mystery
The Perfect Wife by J P Delaney – Mystery
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai – Romance
The S.Q.U.A.D. by Melissa De La Cruz – Children’s Fiction
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – Mystery
The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russel – Mystery
Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – Young Adult
We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White – Lit. Fiction
Witchy Kingdom by D J Butlet – Fantasy

Road Trip Reading Recommendations

By Ashley Owens

‘Tis the season to go traveling!

Guess who finally took a vacation! That’s right – my partner, our little one, and I went up to the Washington mountains in the Pacific Northwest for over a week! We went to the beach, did some book shopping, hit a couple of breweries, went hiking multiple times, and also just relaxed & did nothing in the family house! My daughter discovered her love of the beach, and macaroni & cheese. It was a beautiful time.

Because I’m a bookworm, and also because I’m hecka extra, I packed 6 books AND my kindle. We drove up to Washington from California – a 12 hour drive in total – but split it over 2 days and stayed in Oregon on our way there and back. So I feel like I was totally justified in bringing all of those books! That’s a lot of time in the car! And that doesn’t even include all of our smaller trips when we were actually in Washington. Plus I’m a mood reader, so I like to have many options available to me while I’m away to make sure I have a good time while I’m reading.

This got me thinking though, about which books may be more conducive to road trip reading. So without further ado, here are some road trip reading recommendations!

Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

I have definitive proof that this trilogy is very much readable on a road trip; my best friend read ALL 3 BOOKS when we were driving home from Washington to California (yes, I clearly make this trip a lot). They’re short, gripping, full of action, all-consuming, and clearly totally addicting. And lots of the plot takes place on the road… albeit walking & hiking through a post-apocalyptic world, but still!

This series follows Penryn Young, a 17-year-old San Franciscan, as she tries to navigate the world that has suddenly come apart around her as a result of fallen angels feuding with each other. She’s a badass heroine, who also happens to be a super loyal older sister and falls (reluctantly) for one of the afore-mention fallen angels, named Raffe.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This is another book that I can vouch for it’s road trip readability, as I read it on a road trip to Lake Tahoe in May! 2 months later and I am literally still thinking about this book every damn day. It’s a super cute, fun, quick read that still manages to hit you in the feels. The main characters talk like real people – something I feel like never happens in YA or NA books – which makes it relatable as heck. I laughed, I cried, what a time I had.

This book is about Alex and Henry, the first son of the US and the Prince of England respectively, in a sort of alternate reality where a female is the President of America. That’s right – it’s gay! (are you shocked) It features one of my all-time favorite tropes: the hate-to-love romance.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Is it cheating to include a book about a road trip in this list? Even if it is, I don’t care because this book is the only road trip book I have ever actually liked.

This book is both cute and sad at times. It’s one of those Young Adult books that actually has substantive writing and characters. I liked the ways I got to know Amy and Roger, Roger in particular is so crush-worthy to me. The story’s pacing is one you can completely fall into and follow along with well. Amy is a very thoughtful character and that shows in the writing, but there are also these super adorable little “road trip” themed moments specifically that make this great for a car ride: playlists, grocery shopping lists, car games, etc.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I would actually recommend this audiobook specifically for a road trip. The narrator is superb, and the silliness & adventure of the book comes across as this adventure story being told to you by a story-teller. It’s got everything; pirates, queer characters, science, robberies, smut. It’s amazing.

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Or really any of his books. They’re fantastic and like a slightly older Harry Potter but full of Greek mythology. Like, it’s my favorite series of all time, so I don’t know how else to sell you on them, but I guarantee you will be hooked.

Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Why are these books not more well-known?! They are a riot! And they have history and fantasy and steampunk and steamy times. They make for some amazing stories to get engrossed in and laugh out loud at, and just have a great time with it while stuck in the car.

My Lady Jane by Cythnia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Very similarly to “Gentleman’s Guide,” this book is surprisingly hilarious. I would also recommend this as an audiobook too! The absurdity of this book and the funny lines will keep you entertained on your road trip!

Blood For Blood trilogy by Catherine Doyle

This is the most addictive series I have ever read, without question. It’s basically Romeo & Juliet but with the Italian mafia in Chicago in modern days. Like, these books are ridiculously dramatic, and I LIVE for it. I guarantee you that you will not want to do anything but be consumed with these books when you read them! The love triangle alone is enough to engross you.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

So the first appealing thing about this book is that it’s short – so no matter how long your car ride is, you can probably finish it within the trip. Secondly, it’s FULL of plot twists… so to say that you will be hooked is an understatement And thirdly, just holy cow is this a page turner!


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http://wp.sparkylovesbooks.com/