Waiting on Wednesday #13

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly meme hosted over on Breaking the Spine. This week I’m looking forward to…

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Description (from Goodreads):

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I haven’t read any of Renee Ahdieh’s previous work, but I’ve heard good things about her writing. When I saw the synopsis for this one, I knew I had to have it. It’s got samurai, a case of mistaken identity, rebel love interests and a Mulan-meets-Tatsu Yamashiro main character… not to mention the gorgeous cover. I’m really excited for this one, you guys. 😀

What are you all looking forward to this Wednesday? Let’s chat!

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?