Waiting on Wednesday #12

It’s that time again – time to talk anticipated releases for Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m waiting on this week:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Description (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I absolutely LOVED Becky Albertalli’s first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so when I heard she had another book coming out I knew it was going on the autobuy list! Much like SvtHSA before it, The Upside of Unrequited promises to be another heartfelt and humous coming-of-age story that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

What about you, book lovers – what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m anticipating this time:

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

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Description (from Goodreads):

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I fell in love with Roshani Chokshi’s writing last year with the beautifully written story of The Star-Touched Queen. While Crown of Wishes isn’t a direct sequel, it’s set in the same world as TSTQ and features a minor but beloved character, Princess Gauri, who we met in the previous book as well as Vikram, who was also in the first book. I loved Gauri in the first book and I can’t wait to see her in a story of her own.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #10

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

Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller

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Description (from Goodreads):

“Firefly” meets DUNE in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: a found family on an antiquated ship… sounds an awful lot like Firefly, in the best possible way. A high octane space opera with galactic politics going on in the background and secret royalty? All of this is right up my alley.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Upcoming Releases: March 2017

It’s a new month, which means it’s time to take a look at this month’s upcoming releases:

March 7:

You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner

Stranger Than Fanfiction – Chris Colfer

March 14:

Hunted – Meagan Spooner

Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde

March 21:

Shadow Run – Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller

March 28:

A Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi

Vigilante – Kady Cross

Dead Little Mean Girl – Eva Darrows

Waiting on Wednesday #9

I’m back for another Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m anticipating today:

Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

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Description (from Goodreads):

Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime–but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he’s been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.

 

Release Date: March 7, 2016

Why I’m Waiting: I’ve been a big fan of Chris Colfer ever since his days on Glee and I’ve really enjoyed his books that I’ve read so far. This one sounds like a lot of fun – and perhaps even a bit autobiographical? (The main character has the same initials as the author – I see what you did there, Chris.) There’s so much potential for hilarious road trip shenanigans, I can’t wait!

Are you looking forward to anything this Wednesday?

Review: Windwitch

Hello booklovers! It’s me again, back with a review of one of 2017’s most anticipated releases: Susan Dennard’s Windwitch!

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Like many in the bookish community, I read Truthwitch in 2016 and LOVED IT so much. Truthwitch was one of those magical hyped books that was actually worth the hype, which is always a pleasant surprise. I fell hard for Safi and Iseult, their wonderful threadsister bond and the elaborate system of magic and witcheries. But as with all hyped things, expectations will run high when there’s a sequel on the horizon…

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Waiting on Wednesday #8

Another week, another Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. Here is what I’m waiting on this Wednesday:

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

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Description (from Goodreads):

Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I made a vow to read more contemporaries and books with LGBT storylines this year, and this book fulfils both of those requirements. I have mild anxiety myself and it’s not something we often see portrayed in fiction, at least not in a respectable way. I’m hoping books like this one can change that.

What are you waiting on this week?