Waiting on Wednesday (12/08/2020)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Black Sun

Rebecca Roanhorse

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.


Publisher: Saga Press | Release Date: October 13th, 2020 | Pre-order at Book Depository

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

by Samira Ahmed

Rating: ★★★☆☆ | little, brown book group | book depository

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know follows Khayyam, who is spending the summer in Paris. Devestated by a rejection of her essay to get into Chicago School of Art Institute, Khayyam is determined to try again – to prove her theory that Alexandre Dumas was gifted a painting by Eugène Delacroix. While investigating, she meets one of Dumas’ descendants and is determined more than ever to uncover what she believes to be a piece of missing history. Soon, she comes across the mention of a woman named Leila and becomes determined to uncover her story – the story of a woman who was just a name in others lives.

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Types of Books I Want More Of

I think all of us, as readers, have certain types of books we’re drawn towards. As my reading tastes have changed, I’ve geared more towards fantasy and science fiction. But there are still books I look back on and think: I would love more books like that. Even recent reads where I look and think, wow, I wish there were more books like this. So I thought I’d compile a list of what I’d like to see more of in books, and give some recs that already feature them.


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The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The Space Between Worlds

by Micaiah Johnson

Rating: ★★★★★  | hodder & stoughton | book depository

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Cara is a traverser of worlds, a traverser of the multiverse. The only downside is that in order to visit a world, their counterpart must already be dead. In all of the 382 worlds that have been unlocked, Cara is dead in all but 8. Cara is from the Ashtown, a wasteland that was hard to survive – if it wasn’t the lack of resources that killed you, it was violence. The job of being a traverser means she can live in the safety of Wiley City. When one of the 8 remaining Cara’s dies under suspicious circumstances, Cara is thrust into a world that reveal secrets that puts the entire multiverse in danger.

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Retellings | Recommendations & TBR

Who doesn’t love a good retelling? I, for one, absolutely adore them (when they’re done well, obviously). So I thought, why not share my love of retellings by offering some recommendations?

Below you’ll find a list of ones I’ve really enjoyed, and I’ve tried to sort them as best I can. I’ve also included (further down) ones that are on my TBR (and have been for an embarrassingly long amount of time), and some others further below that sound a m a z i n g that are due to be released later this year — or sometime next year — so be sure to keep them on your radar!

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Waiting on Wednesday (29/07/2020)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Grown

Tiffany D. Jackson

Korey Fields is dead.

When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.

Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.

Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields?

All signs point to Enchanted.


Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Release Date: September 15th, 2020 | Pre-order at Book Depository

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

by Maggie Tokuda Hall

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ | candlewick press | book depository

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora becomes Florian in order to earn the respect and protection of the crew. The Dove isn’t just any old pirate ship though, it is also a Slaver that tricks Imperial passengers aboard in order to sell them. Florian owes the Dove their life, it has helped and taught Florian how to survive. When Florian unexpectedly falls for one of the ships unsuspecting passengers, things are set into motion. Florian and Evelyn’s adventure soon leads to freeing mermaids, escaping the ship, fighting a much larger battle, coming in contact with an opportunistic witch, and even coming in contact with the all encompassing Sea.

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Why I Love Fantasy Books | Recommendations & TBR

My love of fantasy novels is no secret, it is a genre that I revist time and time again, and it is a genre that that mostly pulls me out of a reading slump. There’s just something about the genre that I love, and I’m going to try and tell you what those are, and give some recommendations – because who doesn’t love recommendations??

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Waiting on Wednesday (22/07/2020)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker

by Lauren James

What if death is only the beginning?

When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.

Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is more interested in unleashing her own power, even if it means destroying everyone around her. But when all of eternity is at stake, the afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.


Publisher: Walker Books | Release Date: September 3rd, 2020 | Pre-order at Book Depository

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

The Fascinators

by Andrew Eliopulos

rating: ★★★★☆ | published may 12th, 2020|add to goodreads

I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.

The Fascinators follows Sam and his friends — Delia and James — as they navigate their final year before college. In the small town of Friedman, Georgia, magic is frowned upon. Sam and his friends rely on their small trio of magickers and their magic club, The Fascinators, to keep them going until graduation. But cracks begin to show in their close knit group during their senior year: Sam is in love with James, who may or may not like him back, Delia feels confined by the amateurish tricks of their magic club, and James got on the wrong side of a cult of magickers over the summer, painting a target on their backs. What once drew them together is tearing them apart. Can Sam fix what went wrong, or will it all come crashing down?


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