Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

The release date for Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao is too far away.


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Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to 

fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.


I really want to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns when it comes out on October 10, 2017. The book is pitched as an evil queen retelling with an east asian twist. As an own voices novel, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is diverse and dark. The main character, Xifeng, is an anti-hero. She’s almost villainous, which makes this book so unique. I’ve also heard that there are remarkable fantasy elements coupled with overall amazing writing.

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I am waiting to read The Color Project by Sierra Abrams.


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Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.


First, the cover is simple, but beautiful. Second, I’ve heard many amazing things about this book. Many are squealing for the realistic, slow-burn romance. People keep saying her writing is quick and charming. Sierra also fills the pages with emotion and cuteness. There are close relationships between family and friends, something you don’t always see in YA. According to readers, the ending wraps up the book very well. The only downside I’ve seen from reviews is consistency issues in the novel. Therefore, I’m so excited to give this book a place on my bookshelf! August 17, 2017 is coming up fast, and I can’t wait!

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

Can I please have Now I Rise by Kiersten White, now?


nowirise.jpgLada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.


The first book in the Conqueror’s Saga, And I Darken (review), got me interested in YA historical fiction. I’m not much of a history gal, but the character driven book caught my full attention. Lada is bada$$ and Radu is her opposite, which makes them a perfect pair—filling one another’s strengths and weaknesses. The idea of a female Vlad the Impaler in the 1400’s Ottoman Empire is very unique. I will have to reread book one, but I am so ready for this next installment. The cover is gorgeous, the characters are compelling and distance may tear them apart.

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I am waiting for Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.


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Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


I love how this cover complements and parallels the cover from the first book, This Savage Song (review). This book with be the sequel and conclusion to the Monsters of Verity Series. I love the world Schwab created in this series. The ending of the first was somewhat of a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to see what happens with the division and war in the remaining book. This book is available June 13, 2017. Only a few weeks to go!

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

Everyone is talking about The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich and it comes out next week!


loveinterest.jpgThere is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.


The idea for this book is incredible. Two boys trained to be spies. They fight for the girl–and the loser will die. BUT THEY FALL FOR EACH OTHER INSTEAD. This novel is bound to be engaging and to include LGBT+ rep. I have high hopes for this book and can’t wait until it’s released May 16, 2017.

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman is almost here!


girloutofwater.jpgAnise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.


What have you heard about this book? Is it on your to-read list?

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

Can the release date for Avenged by Amy Tintera be moved to, say, tomorrow?


avengedTintera.jpgEmelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But their fight has only begun. Olivia is determined to destroy everyone who acts against Ruina, but Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. And now that Cas has taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, Em faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.


The first book was not my absolute favorite, but it did leave me with a cliffhanger that left me wanting for more. The plot of Ruined was somewhat predictable and it featured too many cliché YA tropes. Click here for my review of Ruined by Amy Tintera. Despite the faults, I am still willing to pick up this series again. If only May 2 could come a little faster.

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I’m still waiting for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.


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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. The drastic changes and drama continue to keep me engaged. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and it’s bound to be promising with war, travel, and subterfuge. I love the cover. The detail on the dress is amazing and the green color contrasts beautifully with the black and white. A Court of Wings and Ruin is available May 2. Too far from now, but hopefully it will come faster than we think. It’ll give me plenty of time to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I am suddenly interested in reading Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.


flameinthemistThe 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.


I found this book on Fables Library‘s Top Ten Tuesday for Spring TBR. I looked into the premise of the plot and became interested in the novel. Flame in the Mist is set to come out May 16, 2017. I’ve read The Wrath and the Dawn (and started, but haven’t yet finished The Rose and the Dagger), so I know I’ll probably already love the writing and storytelling in Ahdieh’s new series. The story will feature Japanese culture and aspects from the Disney movie, Mulan. Plus, the cover is quite elegant and beautiful. What more can we ask for?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I cannot wait for Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton, publishing March 7, 2017!


traitortothethrone.jpgMere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.


I am currently reading Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. The covers between book 1 and book 2 is crazy, and goes against my perfectionist nature. This cover reminds me of Truthwitch and Windwitch, not Rebel of the Sands. But, life goes on. I’ve heard book 2 continues with the amazing world building, character development, and expansion of relationships (although with less romance). Supposedly, this book also has so many twists and turns that are hard to guess. I guess we’ll just have to see for ourselves when this book is released.