For What It's Worth

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday musings…

If you remember, I started a feature called Monday Mini’s just a few short weeks ago. I had been reading a lot but didn't’ feel like writing full reviews and this was a fun way to talk about those books without the hassle. So me being me – a few weeks into it and all of a sudden I’m not reading enough books even for mini’s. How very Karen of me! lol

So I guess Monday’s will bounce around from Mini’s to Musings for now.

Today I’m going to post about a few bookish things that caught my eye last week and book mail.

Cover Reveal:

Starlight-Nights-by-Stacey-Kade-300Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade – a companion novel to last years 738 Days.

At twenty ­three, Calista Beckett is trying to overcome her early fame and fortune. The former savior of the world on Starlight is now a freshman at college—miles away from L.A. and her former existence. She sees it as her start to a new life, a normal life, one where she won’t make the same mistakes she made before—a brush with heroin addiction and losing her freedom to her controlling mother, thanks to a court order.

Eric Stone played her older brother, Byron, on Starlight. But she’s been in love with him pretty much since they kissed—her first kiss—while auditioning. When Eric shows up on campus out of the blue, Calista’s struck immediately by two things: first, in spite of everything that’s happened, she still feels something dangerous for him, and second, she’s absolutely determined not to let him ruin her life again.

Only Eric’s not going away so easily.

Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Forge Books
Pre-order: Amazon

~ I had a few quibbles, but overall enjoyed Kade’s debut New Adult novel, 738 Days, and I’m really looking forward to this Starlight Nights. I really like this authors writing and unique stories.

Book Announcement:

Disney-Hyperion announced that it acquired – La Vie En Rosie by Prince in Disguise and It’s Me not You YA author Stephanie Kate Strohm

A romantic comedy featuring two American teens who win coveted spots in a Frensh culinary program and fall in loe with food, Paris , and each other.

Publication is slated for fall 2018.



33574143"Truly one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance and grace with just the right touch of magic." —M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.

Antonina, who prefers her family's country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can't help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.

Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she's willing to sacrifice.

Publication date: October 24, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

~ I saw this one available on Netgalley and it sounds very intriguing!

"Who is Sam Raines's Perfect Ten? 

It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. But when Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th.
Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend Landon might want another chance.

But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.

Publication Date: June 6th, 2017

That cover is ridiculous and adorable and smile making and I want it! I requested it on Netgalley but I have about a .0000000001% chance of being approved since it’s Penguin but I gave it a shot anyway.

Book mail:

“An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.”

~ Goodreads
Publication Date: June 27th
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

~Sooooo excited for this one! I have several friends that have read and loved it. Irt sounds like so much fun! And clearly Fonzi approves of it as well – or just wants to eat it. I’m going with approves!

That’s it! Any bookish news you’d like to share this week?


  1. I haven't read any of these but they look great. Starlight Nights sounds something I would love. The waiting, though. I'm not sure i can wait that long. Hehe. Anyway, Awesome post. Thanks for putting these books on my radar. :)

    1. I know! I like her writing though so I will keep it in the back of my mind :-)

  2. Oh, I'm so jealous you have The Gentlemen's Guide. I need this book!! I really like the sound of Perfect Ten too. I didn't know it was on Netgalley for sure? It said I could "request it be posted" or something like that...which I did. haha


    1. Gentlemen's Guide sounds like a lot of FUN!

      I got an email from Netgalley for Perfect Ten so I requested it that way. I still doubt I'll get approved though. lol But why not try!

  3. Perfect Ten sounds good. I have to put that one on my to read list.

  4. La Vie en Rosie sounds absolutely adorable!

    1. I know right??!!! Romance, FOOD, Paris!! Yup, I'm in.

  5. I want to read Fonzi's review now LOL.

    1. "Woof..woo-woof, woof woof." 4 paws up!


  6. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue catches my attention!!

    1. That's the one I want to read the most. It sounds so fun!

  7. The Beautiful Ones looks good to me (plus telekinetic powers- yay) and The Gentleman's Guide sounds fun too.

    1. I hae another book of hers I need to read but The Beautiful Ones sounds excellent.

  8. I've yet to read 738 Days even though it's been on my TBR for quite a while. I didn't realize there was a follow-up. And Perfect Ten looks so cute. I''m looking forward to that one.

    1. It's a companion novel - same world - different couple.

  9. I have 738 Days on my Kindle. One I need to get to still. I am super excited for Perfect 10 - I got it through their First to Read program otherwise I never really get Penguin titles either. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue sounds awesome!!!

  10. I read Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia last year and LOVED it, so The Beautiful Ones is really high on my TBR! And I couldn't agree more on the Perfect Ten cover: so cute!!! Love that unicorn mask, haha.

  11. Don't you know you are supposed to lick the book to see if it is good? LOL Curious about the Kade book and good luck with Penguin!