Waiting on Wednesday: Spin the Dawn

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


SpintheDawnSpin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Publisher: Knopf

Expected Date: July 9, 2019

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Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


Color me intrigued by this tailoring take on Mulan. I’ve heard lots of praise for Spin the Dawn already and this book sounds like it’s dripping with chemistry and magic. I hope it’s as amazing as it sounds.

Are you excited for Spin the Dawn? Intrigued by the blurb?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Sorcery of Thorns

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


SorceryofThornsSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Expected Date: June 4, 2019

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All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


As I loved Margaret Rogerson’s first book, I’m eagerly anticipating diving into Sorcery of Thorns. With magic and libraries within these pages, I know I’m going to be thrilled by this story and characters. Here’s hoping it’s everything I want and more!

Are you excited for Sorcery of Thorns? Love books that involve books?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Merciful Crow

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


themercifulcrowThe Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Publisher: Henry Holt (BYR)

Expected Date: July 30, 2019

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A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?


I had the pleasure of meeting Molly at Sirens Con last fall and immediately added The Merciful Crow to Goodreads when she talked about it. Needless to say I’m eagerly anticipating this book and from the cover/description I know I’m going to freaking love it!

Are you excited for The Merciful Crow? Love the cover?

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Waiting on Wednesday: We Hunt the Flame

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


WHTF_JKT_2p.inddWe Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Expected Date: May 14, 2019

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People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.


Look! It’s my most highly anticipated debut of the year! I cannot wait to get my hands on Hafsah’s lush Arabian fantasy and follow these characters’ exploits. All the hype I’ve heard so far just makes me even more excited!!

Are you looking forward to We Hunt the Flame?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Priory of the Orange Tree

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


ThePrioryoftheOrangeTreeThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Expected Date: February 26, 2019

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A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.


Heck yes I’m excited for Samantha Shannon’s new fantasy! I mean, how could I not be hyped for dragons. Honestly everything about this book sounds epic!

Are you excited for The Priory of the Orange Tree?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bloodwitch

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


bloodwitchBloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Expected Date: February 12, 2019

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High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.


I’m so excited to return to the Witchlands and Susan Dennard’s wonderful writing. Her plotting and story line threads are freaking amazing and I cannot wait to know what happens next!

Are you excited for Bloodwitch? Interested in the Witchlands world?

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Waiting on Wednesday: King of Scars

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


KingofScarsKing of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Imprint

Expected Date: January 29, 2019

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


Listen, no one should be surprised that I’m desperately waiting on King of Scars to be released into this world. Leigh Bardugo is life and my love for Nikolai is endless. I just need to know what happens next!

Are you excited for King of Scars? In love with Nikolai?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Gilded Wolves

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


TheGildedWolvesThe Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Expected Date: January 15, 2019

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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.


Hello beautiful addition to the Roshani Chokshi club! I’ve adored everything Chokshi has written and this book speaks to my soul on so many levels. I need it in my hands!

Are you excited for The Gilded Wolves? Hyped for all the upcoming books set in Paris?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Firestarter

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


FirestarterFirestarter by Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony

Expected Date: January 15, 2019

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The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan–to bring back the lost god of time.

As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes–Prague, Austria, India–nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.


Tara Sim’s Firestarter is most likely to wreck me but I just love Danny, Colton, Daphne, and all the rest so much and I don’t want this series to end. Protect the clock towers at all costs!!!

Have you read Timekeeper and Chainbreaker? Excited/terrified for Firestarter?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Winter of the Witch

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


TheWinteroftheWitchThe Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Expected Date: January 8, 2019

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Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.


I’ve been itching to read Katherine Arden’s Winternight finale, The Winter of the Witch, and while I thank the literary gods for the ARC I acquired, I now need to find the time. If you love sweeping historical fantasy, this series should definitely be on your reading list!

Have you the read the Winternight books? Love historical fantasy?

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