Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Everywhere You Want to Be - Christina June

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I can't wait for Everywhere You Want to Be!

Everywhere You Want to Be
Christina June
Series: n/a
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Blink
Waited on by: Sam
From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood.

Matilda Castillo has always done what she was told, but when she gets injured senior years, she watches her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer slip away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes--not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly's mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she'll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career. Along the way she meets new friends ... and new enemies. Tilly isn't the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can't help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly's future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother's path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.
Why can't I wait? 

June's debut, It Started with Goodbye, was a delight, and I am excited to see what she has in store for us. I love a good cross-roads type story, and this one, where the protagonist must choose between her head and her heart, is one I can definitely get into. Although I am now a retired dance mom, I spent a lot of time in that world, and love books that feature dance. I also love stories that feature families and my home town (NYC!). Finally, I am eager to see how this story is inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. I am a fan of retellings, and part of the fun for me, is trying to find the parts of the original in the new story.











What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!

40 comments:

  1. Oooh! Sounds like a cute read! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  2. Loved It Started with Goodbye and am looking forward to this one as well!

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    1. I thought June's debut was really strong and I knew I wanted to read this before I even read the synopsis.

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  3. Oh I like the way this sounds with red riding hood, NYC and that cover!! I haven't read It Started with Goodbye yet though. Great pick!

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    1. Both June's covers are great and books in NYC are always special for me.

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  4. Adding this to my tbr! I still haven't read my copy of It Started with Goodbye but I'd love to get to it this summer.

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    1. It Started with Goodbye was very fun and sweet. I really enjoyed it. I hope you get to read it.

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  5. This looks like a good re-telling and sounds like the BBW is a 'mean girl' - LOL!

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    1. I love that BBW angle. It's actually a really interesting and appropriate casting.

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  6. This one sounds interesting. I love the NYC setting!

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    1. NYC is where I grew up, and I always love seeing it through someone else's eyes.

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  7. OOooh I love this cover!! I need to read her first book still!

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    1. It is a beautiful cover. Her first book was fun and adorbs. I really enjoyed it.

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  8. I have’t come across too many Red Riding Hood retellings (or inspired by). Sounds like a good one!

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    1. That's what I was thinking. It a sort of under-loved fairytale as far as retellings go. I am interested to see what June does with it.

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  9. I love stories set in New York! And fairy tale retellings too. I hope you'll enjoy this one!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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    1. Always trash for NYC stories. The dance angle has me hooked as well.

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  10. This is the second CWW post I've seen featuring this one--I'm intrigued. As an ex-cheerleader myself, any books featuring dance makes me so happy, too!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. I know! I was so excited to see someone else pick the same book as me, because I tend to get comments like "I have never heard of this book" lol.

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  11. I think this sounds really good! I grew up taking dance and doing dance competitions, it can be stressful. You'd be amazing how drama there is. Great find.

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    1. I never did dance the way my daughter did, but it's a world I know well from the mom side. I agree with you, tons of drama can be found and it can be really cutthroat too.

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  12. I do really love finding the original in new stories when it comes to retellings. I can see a bit of Red Riding Hood in the summary!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. The fun of a retelling for me is finding the original in the new story, and a mean girl as the BBW is fantastic.

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  13. Sounds like a good one. I like that bright, positive- feeling covers too.

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    1. June's last book was warm and feel good, so I think she will deliver that kind of story once again. And yes, great cover.

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    1. It's always interesting to see how someone else can interpret a classic story.

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  15. I got an ARC of this one, very excited to get to it. Great pick!
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    1. I'm jealous! I would love to get a DRC of this.

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  16. Cute pick! Not my kind of read but I hope you will enjoy it!

    And omg this gif!!! Is it bad that I remember this movie? That I owned it? Lol!! Too cute!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. My daughter loved the Olsen twins. I think I have all their movies on VHS, maybe some on DVD too.

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  17. Perfect pick! :) I am so excited to read this one. Everything about it sounds incredible! :)

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    1. I love that you had the same pick, because I am usually the only person who picks the books I pick.

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  18. A Red Riding Hood retelling set in New York? That sounds fabulous!

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    1. I think Red would slay NYC. Can't wait to see what June did here.

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  19. I hadn't heard of this, but that's interesting that's it's inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

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    1. I was watching for June's new book, because I really liked her debut, and from what I read in the synopsis, I really think it will be a great spin on the original

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  20. Oh, what a GREAT combination!! A Little Red Riding Hood retelling, and dreams of becoming a professional dancer? COUNT ME IN!! Though I'm not a dancer (too klutzy for that, lol), I can definitely relate to the whole concept of fighting to achieve your dreams and passions. This one sounds like a real WINNER!! Adding to my GR shelves ASAP!! Thanks for sharing!! <3 :)

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    1. June last book was sweet and heartwarming and I am thinking we will get more of that here. I am all about this book and am crossing my fingers that I am lucky enough to get an early review copy.

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