The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.
Each month we get a new theme and choose our favorite book for the theme. The participants get to vote for their favorite.
The other fun piece to The Calendar Girls group is the Twitter chat. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, at 8 p.m. EST, Katie and Adrienne will host a chat with hashtag #CGBChat, where everyone can participate and gif away. They will get the ball rolling by asking a question or two about the theme or the picks of the month to get everyone chatting. The hashtag will be used in all tweets, so you can see all the fun!
This is a difficult category for me. Not because I don’t have a release I’m looking forward to – it’s that there are so many I’m stupid excited about and can’t wait to get my greedy, impatient hands on. For me, it’s sequels to some of my favorite YA sci-fi/fantasy series. The Gilded Wolves #2 by Roshani Choksi, which still doesn’t have a cover or release date (although I’m hoping for late 2019). The Diabolic #3 by S.J. Kincaid – no cover, but Goodreads lists a release date of July 2019. The ending of The Empress (Diabolic #2) ripped my heart out, and is literally the only book I’ve ever had to put down and walk away from because of the emotions it evoked. If I knew Six of Crows #3 by Leigh Bardugo was coming out in 2019, I’d be tempted to sell my soul to get an advance copy. Alas, there’s no publication date or title yet.
All of these either don’t have covers or confirmed release dates, but another of my much anticipated releases does, and it’s King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody. The first book in this series, Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) was one of my top reads last year – immersive world-building, mesmerizing, flawed, diverse characters, life or death stakes – all done masterfully. If you’re a fan of YA fantasy, don’t miss this one.
On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.
Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.
As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…
Or die as legends.