Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:
River of Dreams
Jan Nash
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Goodreads
Draped in themes of first love and family, secrets and malevolence, and swirling through an exhilarating dream world full of danger, violence, and love, this exciting debut is a high-stakes adventure full of suspense, romance, and magic.

Finn Driscoll is counting down the days until she can leave for college. With her beloved brother, Noah, in a coma and her high school social life sinking every day, she’s ready for a fresh start.

Until the night she sees Noah in a dream. He begs for her help. At first, she shakes it off as just a nightmare. Then it happens again. And again. Frightened, Finn confides in her grandmother, only to learn the shocking truth about her family. They’re Dreamwalkers--heroes who step into the River of Dreams and fight the monsters in other people’s nightmares, freeing them to face the problems in their real lives.

Awake or asleep, Finn has never thought of herself as any kind of hero, and walking through other people’s dreams seems much worse than just hiding at school. But as hard as facing this challenge might be, Finn knows she has no choice: she will do anything she can to save her brother.
Why I want to read this book

I stumbled across this book on Edelweiss, and was really drawn to the concept. Dreamwalkers is far from a new thing, but it's always interesting to see where the author goes with it. It seems that the main character is experiencing a great deal of emotional pain, as her brothers sits in coma, and dreamwalking could be just the thing she needs to help her work her way through it. I think it's cool, that she comes from a family of dreamwalkers too, and I hope there is a lot more to that story in the book. Color me intrigued and excited to learn more about Finn and her family.


Slammed 
Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed, #1
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: January 4, 2012
Goodreads
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
Why I want to read this book

I bought this book back in 2016, when I first started getting into Colleen Hoover's books. I am sure you all know the pattern by now. I am less likely to read a book I purchased. It's like the kiss of death for a book, but anyhow! I really enjoy Colleen Hoover's books, and this one has many Sam-things in it. The grieving sister and the slam poet will probably capture my heart. It's also been quite a while since I have been CoHoed, and I think it's time to go there again. Looking forward to the emotional gut punch I have grown to expect from Hoover.

What are you waiting on?
Any backlog books you want to read soon? 
Let us know in the comments!

31 comments:

  1. I was eyeing River of Dreams also! It sounds so interesting. Slammed was fantastic, and it does pack such a powerful emotional punch! I just know you're going to love it Sam :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I just ran across it this past week, and it sounds really good. When doesn't CoHo smack you in the feels? I have grown to expect a certain level of angst and melodrama from her.

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  2. I've finally started reading all my Colleen Hoover books, and I'm loving them! I'll have to add this one to my list.

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    1. I have to be in a certain mood for her book, because they are usually angsty, and always make me cry. Glad to hear you are enjoying them

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  3. I think i've read maybe two books about dreamwalkers. It's a super interesting premise so I'm intrigued by River of Dreams.
    Hope you love Slammed! It's my fave from CoHo.

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    1. I think I have read 3 or 4 dreamwalker books, so I am curious to what new spin the author brings. I have never not enjoyed a Hoover book, but I am glad to hear it's one of your faves.

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  4. Two new-to-me books for the TBR once again! I still haven't read a Colleen Hoover novel and I am determined to change that. Thanks for sharing these! :)

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    1. Everyone needs to get CoHoed. Maybe one of these days.....

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  5. River of Dreams really does have a fascinating premise! I hadn't heard of it so thanks for sharing. I love the cover. :)

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Like I said, I just found this book, and the release date isn't too far off. I am curious though.

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  6. I love the cover for River of Dreams. It's well...dreamy :-)

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  7. i won a book or two of hers some time ago and thought i had read slammed, but it doesn't show on my blog or goodreads, sooooo....have to check on that because colleen is a marvelous writer
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. She is always good at making me cry and laugh

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  8. I was pleasantly surprised by Slammed. I am not a huge fan of the trope in it, but it was so creative and done so well. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. It seems to be quite a hit according to the reviews I checked out, so I am hopeful.

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  9. I loved Slammed! It was my first book by CoHo!

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    1. Mine was Ugly Love, and I have been working my way through them since. Glad to hear it was a hit for you

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  10. OOh nice! These are new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them both once they make their way into your reading queue!


    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I always read my weekly backlog book, the CWW is a book I don't have (usually), so fingers crossed I get my hands on it at some point.

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  11. I read and loved Slammed a long time ago. I wonder what I'd think of it now. You never know how you'll feel about a book the 2nd time through. I hope you love it, Sam! :)

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    1. You never know, and that's one of the reasons I don't re-read. I remember re-watching a film I thought was so scary, many years later, and it but that year's standards, was kind of cheesy. I want to retain my love for said things, and leave the memory intact.

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  12. I remember enjoying Slammed when I read it, and then never read the other books in the series because the story was over for me, they didn't feel necessary. I can't really remember the story too well now though. I hope you enjoy it.

    River of Dreams sounds interesting, though. I'm intrigued by the dreamwalking in it. I will look out for you review when you read, I want to know more.

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    1. I am curious if it's one of those other-pov-same-story (like she did with Hopeless) or if it's a new story. I would read the followup if it was a continuing story or companion. Not sure I will actually read River of Dreams, since I don't have it, but maybe my library will get it.

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  13. CoHoed, huh? I think I need to experience this for myself!! It sounds like such a good read!

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    1. Hoover is known to elicit tears and hit you right in the feels.

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  14. I've never read anything by Colleen Hoover. What other books of hers you do enjoy? This doesn't really sound like a quarantine read for me... but I'd love to read some of her works soon!

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    1. My first was Ugly Love, which was an ugly cry book. All of her books sort of lean that way. I have honestly enjoyed all the ones I have read. I liked Hopeless a lot too. Hoover is angst and drama and tears, so, I can't binge her books, but I like to tag in every now and then for that experience.

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  15. I never did get around to reading Slammed. Same can be said for most CoHo books though. I buy them and don't read them as I'm never ready for the emotional onslaught that comes with them!
    Hope you enjoy Slammed.

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    1. The tears haven't dried yet from reading Slammed. I finished it, like 5 mins ago. CoHo at her best, obliterating my heart. It was good.

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  16. The book about Dream Walkers sounds really interesting. Oh gosh, another Hoover book. I was just posting on Angela's blog about how I have so many of Hoover's books on my kindle but still haven't tried one yet. This one sounds really good too.

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