Waiting on Wednesday #25

It’s that time again, book lovers: welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. Here is what I’m looking forward to today:

A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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“Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic. I can’t decide if this book stole my heart or ripped it out of my chest.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

The magicians want her to lead.
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, A Shadow Bright and Burning, last year and when this gorgeous cover caught my eye… well, what can I say. I’m a sucker for a pretty book cover. And I’m interested to see where the story goes after the events of book 1. But the title is VERY OMINOUS which makes be CONCERNED. But also excited.

What about you – what new books are you anticipating this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #24

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme originating on Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Release date: September 5, 2017

Why I’m waiting: I’m really excited about this one, you guys. Not only does it have a plot of courtly intrigue (which I’m such a sucker for!) I’m also really interested to read about a genderfluid protagonist, as I’ve not encountered many in fiction before and I’m actively trying to diversity my reading habits. The synopsis also gives me a bit of a Throne of Glass vibe (but different!) so I’m definitely interested to see where this goes.

Over to you, book lovers: what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #23

Welcome back to another week of Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m anticipating on this wonderful Wednesday:

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August O’Brien, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

Release date: October 3, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: After binge-reading four of her books in 2016, E.K. Johnston has become and auto-buy author for me. The thing I love about her books is that they’re all so wonderfully different: The Story of Owen had its dragon slayers while A Thousand Nights was a rich, stylized fantasy. Exit, Pursued by a Bear was a grounded contemporary that tackled the thorny issues around sexual assault while Ahsoka threw us into a galaxy far, far away. All of these books were also wonderfully diverse. Something tells me that That Inevitable Victorian Thing is going to be different once again. First of all it’s got two of my favourite things going for it: it’s about royalty and it’s partially set in Canada! Even if I wasn’t already a huge fan of this author, these qualities alone would have bumped this book up the reading queue. It’s safe to say this is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.

Back to you, my book loving friends – what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Upcoming Releases: June 2017

Is it June already? Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing this month. And don’t forget – you can always leave me a comment so we can chat about our most anticipated upcoming releases. 🙂

June 6:

Dividing Eden – Joelle Charbonneau

Internet Famous – Danika Stone

June 13:

Roar – Cora Carmack

June 20:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Waiting on Wednesday #22

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Description (from Goodreads):

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: let’s be real: Wonder Woman was the best. damn. thing. about Batman v. Superman and I’m so happy she’s getting her own movie! Why not her own book as well?

Back to you, book lovers: what books are you most anticipating this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #21

It’s that time again – another edition of Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to this time around:

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

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Description (from Goodreads):

Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: This one’s got it all: time travel, Olympic level athletics and the legend of Robin Hood with a gender-bending twist. I’m really excited for this! I’m also hearing the song “No Good Deed” from Wicked in my head. Anyone else? Just me? Okay.

What do you think, book lovers? What’s on your wishlist this Waiting on Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #20

Hello book lovers! Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week’s most anticipated release is…

Waste of Space by Gina Damico

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Description (from Goodreads):

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.

Release Date: July 12, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: Strangely enough, this book almost sounds like The 100 in reverse: instead of sending a bunch of moody kids down to Earth, let’s send them into space! But of course it all goes wrong, leading to grand adventure and/or the possibility of freezing in the vacuum of space. Bring it on!

Back at you, book lovers: what are you looking forward to reading this Wednesday?