Thursday, August 29, 2013

Donna's Bookish Discoveries {01}: Introduction

Welcome to our brand new feature, Donna's Bookish Discoveries! To understand this feature and how it came about, here is a sneak peek into the daily life of a Book Barbie:

*Racquel sends this link to Sharon*
Racquel: SHARON!!! Have you seen this?
Sharon: I have! Doesn't it look amazing?
Racquel: That blurb! You know I love arranged marriages. I need this book NOW.
Sharon: Well, it comes out in two months, so it's not that long of a wait!
Racquel: Truth. If we can wait years for Joe's book, we can wait for anything.
Sharon: Precisely!
Racquel: And if we haven't died from the yearly wait between every Julie James book, we can totally do this.
Sharon: Speaking of Julie James, can we once again talk about that super cute cover?
*launches a convo on Julie James which will lead to billionaire hottie Kyle Rhodes and then Racquel will point out how Sharon doesn't like blondes which lead to us talking about dark haired heroes which will lead to The Only Important Thing in life: Hardy Cates.*

I kid you not, that is a conversation we have at least once a week. We never fail to point out important bookish things to each other: book-to-movie news, authors we love announcing new books, awesome cover reveals, horrible cover reveals, and what's sparking this new feature: books we discover that sound good.

There are millions of books out there, and pretty much all of them are flying under the radar except for what's currently popular. So when we find books we've never heard of on Twitter, Goodreads or just randomly, and those books sound REALLY good, we send word to each other. So why not expand on that and share those book discoveries here on the blog? Maybe one of these books can be your next favorite read! Plus this is an awesome way for you readers to also lead us to potentially fantastic books.

Thus, Donna's Bookish Discoveries was born! You might be like, "Yeah, that's a great idea! But...your names are Sharon and Racquel. Who's this Donna chick?" Donna is the mascot of The Book Barbies, sometimes referred to as The Other Book Barbie! She's pretty fab, we're not gonna lie. She was introduced here a couple weeks ago.

The regularity of this feature may fluctuate, ranging from biweekly to monthly, depending on how many books we find for Donna to share. But as soon as we have a list gathered together, we will share some books that have the potential to be absolutely amazing! We decided not to limit the books we share in this feature, so the books will be a mixture of genres which may be old, new, or future releases.

Here are our finds from the past couple weeks:

Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes by Gina Lamm
Leah Ramsey has always loved historical romance novels and dressing in period costumes. So when she has a chance to time travel and experience the history for herself, she jumps at it—figuring it can't be too hard to catch the eye of a duke. After all, it happens all the time in her novels.

Avery Russell, valet and prize pugilist, reluctantly helps Leah gain a position in the Duke of Granville's household . . . as a maid. Domestic servitude wasn't exactly what she had in mind, but she's determined to win her happily ever after. Even if the hero isn't exactly who she's expecting.
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Why We Want It: We're not always fans of time travel romance, but this one just sounds SO FUN. As historical romance addicts ourselves, it seems pretty perfect for us! Shout out to Miranda Kenneally for introducing us to it!

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because she thought he’d understand since he died young just like her sister, May, did. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people—Janis Joplin, Amy Winhouse, Ameilia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more—although she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time, how her family splinters apart after May dies. She even writes about the abuse she suffered—while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May, and to see her as the person she was: lovely and amazing and deeply flawed.
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Why We Want It: First of all, LOOK AT THAT COVER! Plus, it just sounds good! And also the cover.

After the Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
In English society, the rules of engagement have stood the test of time. Until a Reckless Bride falls deeply, scandalously in love…

When Lady Claire Jellicoe agreed to a walk in the moonlight, she never imagined her titled companion might have brutal motives. Nor could she have dreamed up such a brave rescue by the most unexpected savior of all: an inscrutable nobleman with a daring plan of escape—and a deliciously tempting embrace…

Timothy Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has palmed more treasures than he can count. Even for a man who grew up thieving in London’s stews, a stolen bride should be beyond the pale. But Fenmore won’t let scandal ruin the spirited beauty’s reputation. And now that she’s stolen his heart, how can he ever let her go…?
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Why We Want It: Sexy cover is sexy. We are practically salivating over that gorgeous red dress! But the story just sounds really intriguing, as well. Many thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers for mentioning this book!

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo's affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there's no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself.
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Why We Want It: This looks like Shakespeare fanfiction gone right! Benvolio is a great character, and, let's face it, everyone wants to know more about the mysterious Rosaline! If you're a huge Shakespeare fan (like Sharon is), you'll probably be excited about this one, too.

Have you heard of any of these books? Do you think they look good, too? Have you read any of them? If so, what did you think? Do you know of any similar reads you think we might enjoy? Please let us know in the comments!

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