Waiting on Wednesday: Edition Thirty-Three

February 18, 2020 10 Comments

Hello, happy readers! Welcome, and thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. It’s – again – been a minute since last we joined the popular ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ community meme. Since it’s been a while, this ‘Waiting on Wednesday: Edition Thirty-Three’ features not one but two upcoming novels, and both in my favored genre!

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It’s Wednesday which means there’s another fun meme that bloggers enjoy taking part in. Today’s feature is all about the books we’re “Waiting On” with Can’t Wait Wednesday; a meme Finding Wonderland occasionally takes part in. Organized by the lovely Tressa of Wishful Endings, here’s another edition of Can’t Wait Wednesday. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released as well. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)

Waiting on Wednesday: Edition Thirty-Three

The two novels are both by authors I’ve never read; but both have a connection in that they’re re-tellings. The first is by author Ashley Poston, whose novel, Geekerella, has been on my shelf for far too long. Needless to say, the modern Cinderella re-telling is something I’m super eager to read. Her upcoming June 2020 novel follows in a similar vein and re-imagines the fable that is Beauty and the Beast. The title is cute and the story sounds fun, so I’m high hopes this will be a good one!

Our second pick relates to Jane Austen (!!) and I’m 100% here for the potential of this novel; also, why is October so far away…? I love discovering ‘lesser known’ titles that sound good, and this is one of those. I don’t think I’ve really seen it anywhere, and despite not knowing much about it, I put lots of potential on this one.


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Author: Ashley Poston | Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance | Publication Date: 2020

waiting on wednesday: edition thirty-three | Bookish and the Beast, by Ashley Poston, coming June 2020!

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts. – Goodreads

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Author: Jillian Cantor | Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance | Publication Date: 2020

From bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma.

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers…those you can count on. (No pun intended.)

Emma’s senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club co-president, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born—a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma’s idea, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love. – Goodreads

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Do you like contemporary fiction? Are you a fan of Jillian’s or Ashley’s novels? Do either of these interest you?

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  • Paula Shreckhise February 19, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    A modern retelling inspired by Emma that I loved is by Pepper Basham A Match For Emma. I don’t usually read contemporary books, but always read Pepper. Time slip or dual time is the exception.

    • Rissi JC February 28, 2020 at 7:35 PM

      I haven’t read Pepper’s but know many readers who thoroughly enjoyed her ‘Emma’ version. Glad to know you do too. :)

  • Jenea's Book Obsession February 19, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    I like the sounds of both of these!! Thanks for putting them on my radar!

    My CWW

    • Rissi JC February 28, 2020 at 7:34 PM

      YAY! Hope if you read them that you enjoy both, Jenea. :)

  • Angela February 20, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    I love a good retelling, so I’ll have to check both of these out!

    • Rissi JC February 28, 2020 at 6:51 PM

      Me too; in particular when it comes to Austen! :)

  • Tracy @ Cornerfolds February 20, 2020 at 8:16 PM

    I’ve heard such amazing things about Ashley Poston’s books! I really need to start that series!

    • Rissi JC February 28, 2020 at 6:51 PM

      Same. And this “fairytale” series sounds SO good. :)

  • Literary Feline February 21, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    I haven’t heard of either of these until now. Oh my goodness, do they ever sound good! I need to read them now too! I love re-tellings and both sound fun. I hope you enjoy them when you read them.

    • Rissi JC February 28, 2020 at 6:49 PM

      So do I! And in particular I’m a fan of Austen re-tellings, so it should be good. :)

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