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?

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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?

Waiting on Wednesday #19

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here is my most anticipated release for the week:

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

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Description (from Goodreads):

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Release Date: June 20, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: oh, this sounds like a lot of fun! Road trip hijinks, best friends who fall in love and all the other things that happen along the way. Bring it on!

What about you, book lovers – what new release are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #18

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly meme hosted on Breaking the Spine. This week, I’m anticipating the release of:

Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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Description (from Goodreads):

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I thoroughly enjoyed Danika Stone’s last foray into the world of fandom with last year’s All the Feels so when I heard she was coming out with a new book, it had to go on the list. Hopefully this one is as good as All the Feels.

What do you think, book lovers – what are you looking forward to reading this week?

Waiting on Wednesday #17

Welcome back to another edition of Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme that started with Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m waiting on this week:

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

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Description (from Goodreads):

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I’m such a sucker for rivals struggling over the throne and this one should be especially exciting since the rivals are brother and sister. This promises lots of secrets and betrayal and courtly intrigue – sign me up!

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