Waiting on Wednesday: Girls of Paper and Fire

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


GirlsofPaperandFireGirls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Expected Date: November 6, 2018

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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.


I’ve been interested in Natasha Ngan’s work for a long time and I’m super excited to read Girls of Paper and Fire. A lush fantasy world with an F/F romance, heck yes I cannot wait to have this in my hands!!!

Are you excited for Girls of Paper and Fire?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Magic Systems

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Grishaverse
  2. Shades of Magic
  3. Children of Blood and Bone
  4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  5. Old Kingdom

I know this was last week’s topic but since I couldn’t pass up highlighting my favorite magic systems. Not surprisingly these five coincide with some of my favorite series and fictional worlds. The magic systems in play have a lot to do with my love for these books and the intricacy the authors wove throughout is astounding.

What are your Top 5 Magic Systems? Did we pick any of the same?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Archenemies

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


ArchenemiesArchenemies by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Expected Date: November 6, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they are each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.


I’m always hype for new Marissa Meyer material and Archenemies has the potential to rock my world. Also that cover blows my mind!

Are you excited for Archenemies? A fan of Marissa Meyer?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Muse of Nightmares

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


MuseofNightmaresMuse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Expected Date: October 2, 2018

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In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?


Am I ready to have my heart destroyed by Laini Taylor again?

Probably not but I’m still hyped to read anything she throws our way. Seriously her words provide such beauty and pain wrapped together and I sink into these stories with my heart in my throat.

Are you excited for Muse of Nightmares? Enjoy being emotionally destroyed by fictional characters?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blanca & Roja

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


BlancayRojaBlanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Expected Date: October 9, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.


Anna-Marie McLemore is an absolute auto-buy author for me and I cannot wait for Blanca & Roja to make it into my hands. Seriously if you haven’t read her work yet, this is the perfect time to start!

Are you excited for Blanca & Roja? What books are you waiting on?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Citadel

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


BeneaththeCitadelBeneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Publisher: Amulet

Expected Date: October 9, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
 


In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.


I just recently read Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast and now I’m super pumped for her this new one. Beneath the Citadel has a stunning cover and an intriguing premise so I cannot wait to dive in.

Are you excited for Beneath the Citadel? Pick up books from cover love?

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Blade So Black

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


ABladeSoBlackA Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Publisher: Imprint

Expected Date: September 25, 2018

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The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.


I’m always here for a good retelling and I’m super looking forward to L.L. McKinney’s A Blade So Black. Wonderland provides incredibly imaginative source material and this one sounds like such a fascinating tale.

Are you excited for A Blade So Black? A fan of retellings?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Escaping from Houdini

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


escapingfromhoudiniEscaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Expected Date: September 18, 2018

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Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?


The third book of Wadsworth and Cresswell adventures is almost here and I’m so excited to see what happens next. Give me more wicked awesome character growth and dynamic settings please!

Are you excited for Escaping from Houdini? Like historical fiction or mysteries?

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Waiting on Wednesday: For a Muse of Fire

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


ForaMuseofFireFor a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Expected Date: September 25, 2018

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Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.


I absolutely adore Heidi Heilig’s Girl from Everywhere series so I’m super thrilled that she has a new book on the way. For a Muse of Fire sounds incredibly cool with it’s shadow magic and I cannot wait to see how the story plays out.

Are you excited for For a Muse of Fire? Did you read Heilig’s first series?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Mirage

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


MirageMirage by Somaiya Daud

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Expected Date: August 28, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.


Give me all the cultural YA SciFi/Fantasy please! Seriously Mirage by Somaiya Daud sounds like a gold mine of all my favorite things and I cannot wait to dive head first into this new world and story.

Are you excited for Mirage? Intrigued by the body double plotline?

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