Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


FlameintheMistFlame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Expected Date: May 16, 2017

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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.


Of course I absolutely need Renée Ahdieh’s next book! I adore her writing and with a Mulan retelling there’s no chance I would pass this up. I’ve already heard amazing things about Flame in the Mist so I’ll be preordering and anxiously awaiting this gorgeous book!

So are you looking forward to Flame in the Mist? Would this be your first Ahdieh? Let me know in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Edge of the Abyss

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


edgeoftheabyssThe Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

Publisher: Flux

Expected Date: April 18, 2017

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Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.

But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?

Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?


More pirate antics! More sea monsters! More heart wrenching moments! More Cas and Swift! Absolutely sign me up! I really enjoyed The Abyss Surrounds Us and I’m super looking forward to the next adventures in this duology!

Have you read The Abyss Surrounds Us yet? Are you anxiously awaiting the release of The Edge of the Abyss? Let me know in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday: Strange the Dreamer

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


strangedreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Expected Date: March 28, 2017

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?


Finally another Laini Taylor book to sink my teeth into! I adored the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Taylor has some of the most inventive, imaginative writing out there. I’m dying to immerse myself in this new world.

So are you excited for Strange the Dreamer? Have you read Taylor’s previous books? Let me know in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday: A Crown of Wishes

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


crownofwishesA Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Expected Date: March 28, 2017

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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.


I am so ready to return to the exquisite writing of Roshani Chokshi and discover Gauri’s own story! After reading The Star-Touched Queen I knew Chokshi would be an auto buy author for me and I’m so thrilled for this companion novel. With stunning prose and a beautiful story I have no doubt this one will impress me just as much as the first.

So, are you excited for A Crown of Wishes? Do you love books that weave words exceptionally well? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


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

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Expected Date: June 20, 2017

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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.


Everything about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue sounds amazing. Escapades through Europe, 18th century shenanigans, and plenty of feelings in between. What more could I want? I’m excited to see Mackenzi Lee at work and her talent as a writer. Really hoping I can get my hands on this early!

So are you excited for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? What about this one appeal to you?

Waiting on Wednesday: Windwitch

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


windwitchWindwitch by Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Expected Date: January 10, 2017

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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, a shadow man haunts the Nubrevnan streets, leaving corpses in his wake-and then raising those corpses from the dead. Windwitch continues the tale of Merik-cunning privateer, prince, and windwitch.


Waiting a year for a new book doesn’t sound bad in theory but when the first in a series leaves a reader reeling the next installment cannot come soon enough. Case in point: Windwitch. Truthwitch introduced a brilliant new world and characters I became super invested in and I need to know what happens next. Plus Susan Dennard is a wonderful person and I’ve loved following her writing journey and all of her helpful advice from her newsletter this past year. January has definitely snuck up on me but this book is my priority come the new year.

So are you excited for Windwitch? Thrilled to find out what happens next? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ship Beyond Time

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


shipbeyondtimeThe Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Expected Date: February 28, 2017

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Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices.


After reading The Girl from Everywhere earlier this year, I’ve been dying to find out the rest of Nix’s story. Heidi completely captivated me with her time traveling ship and brilliant crew and I cannot wait to return to them. Plus Kash is the ultimate book boyfriend and I will protect him at all costs.

So are you excited for The Ship Beyond Time? What other books are you waiting on? Let me know in the comments below!