#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – April 6, 2022

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  • What am I reading next?

This May End Badly is a lot of fun so far. I always like that whole pranks/fake relationship plot – it never gets old to me.

  • Genre: RomCom (YA)
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2022
“The bitingly hilarious, heartfelt This May End Badly takes your favorite fake dating trope and adds plenty of downright delightful shenanigans that’ll have readers tearing through the pages.” – Emma Lord, New York Times bestselling author of You Have a Match. Pranking mastermind Doe and her motley band of Weston girls are determined to win the century-long war against Winfield Academy before the clock ticks down on their senior year. But when their headmistress announces that The Weston School will merge with its rival the following year, their longtime feud spirals into chaos. To protect the school that has been her safe haven since her parents’ divorce, Doe puts together a plan to prove once and for all that Winfield boys and Weston girls just don’t mix, starting with a direct hit at Three, Winfield’s boy king and her nemesis. In a desperate move to win, Doe strikes a bargain with Three’s cousin, Wells: If he fake dates her to get under Three’s skin, she’ll help him get back his rightful family heirloom from Three. As the pranks escalate, so do her feelings for her fake boyfriend, and Doe spins lie after lie to keep up her end of the deal. But when a teacher long suspected of inappropriate behavior messes with a younger Weston girl, Doe has to decide what’s more important: winning a rivalry, or joining forces to protect something far more critical than a prank war legacy. This May End Badly is a story about friendship, falling in love, and crossing pretty much every line presented to you—and how to atone when you do.

Dread Wood was so good. The action and thrills started in the very beginning and it didn’t let up. The plot is complex. It’s a very good MG thriller that only took me 1 day to read.

  • Genre: Thriller (MG)
  • Pages: 195
  • Publisher: Farshore
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2022
It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary. What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute . . .? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge . . .

I read a sample before I requested Pay Dirt Road. and I really liked it. It pulled me right in, so, of course, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it.

  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2022
Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen. Annie McIntyre has a love/hate relationship with Garnett, Texas. Recently graduated from college and home waitressing, lacking not in ambition but certainly in direction, Annie is lured into the family business—a private investigation firm—by her supposed-to-be-retired grandfather, Leroy, despite the rest of the clan’s misgivings. When a waitress at the café goes missing, Annie and Leroy begin an investigation that leads them down rural routes and haunted byways, to noxious-smelling oil fields and to the glowing neon of local honky-tonks. As Annie works to uncover the truth she finds herself identifying with the victim in increasing, unsettling ways, and realizes she must confront her own past—failed romances, a disturbing experience she’d rather forget, and the trick mirror of nostalgia itself—if she wants to survive this homecoming.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

26 Replies to “#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – April 6, 2022”

  1. Dread Wood looks like a great MG book. I would have certainly loved something like that when I was a kid, and Pay Dirt Road sounds like something that should be on my TBR.
    BTW, I recently finished Carolina Moonset, which I wouldn’t have known about but for your review. It was wonderful!

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  2. Dread Wood sounds like someone watched The Breakfast Club and wondered what it would be like if it had been in the horror genre. (So, of course, that appeals to me.) i enjoyed Mare of Easttown, so that comp in your description of Pay Dirt Road caught my eye, too. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these.

    I just finished (and loved) the Deep Ops series by Rebecca Zanetti and I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. (I wish there were more in this series, but I’ll have to wait for the next one. I may start another series by her, but I have a bursting Kindle that I’ve been neglecting.)

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  3. I’m looking forward to Pay Dirt Road, too (okay, the cover got me). Right now I’m listening to Cold-Hearted Rake and loving it. Reminds me why Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors.

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  4. I picked up a book called ”A Crooked . . . not sure of the title it is upstairs, but it is about a girl who has sold magic in a market since she was a child. During the day it is little tricks like happiness, and luck. At night it is not so legal. She wants to leave her world behind when she turns eighteen. It is set in a magical world, but it feels real because she is real.

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  5. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on Dread Wood!! I finished it too!! I hate spiders and even more so after reading this book 😆!!

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  6. This May End Badly sure looks good to me. Looks like a nice variety of books this week.

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    1. I really enjoyed it. It’s funny, when I read over some other reviews, I realized I loved it for one of the very reason most people complained about it. Go figure ❤️


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