Oh the suspense!!!! I am not a patient person, and I am THE WORST when it comes to waiting for highly anticipated books to be released. So I am featuring THREE books on this Can’t-Wait Wednesday (hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings). These are three books that I’ve already pre-ordered, because the first books were 5-star reads for me, and I am impatiently awaiting the release of the sequels. Now I feel like I need to re-read the first books in order to prepare myself…
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Strange the Dreamer captivated me from page 1, and I was so swept up in the story. I still think about it from time to time, because it is such a unique story! My imagination just went wild with this one, and I can’t wait to be immersed in this world again!
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches’ Yuletide by Ami McKay
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
I love atmospheric reads, especially those involving witches, magic, or anything occult. It’s no surprise that my favourite season is autumn; I love books that make you want to curl up by the fire on a rainy day – books that either make your imagination run wild, or keep you enthralled with page-turning tension. I devoured The Witches of New York. In fact, it was the book that got me back in to reading regularly again. This sounds like my ideal autumn/winter read – the cover alone is giving me all the feels!
Goodreads synopsis: During the nights between Christmas and New Year’s, the witches of New York–Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn–gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts were once used to foretell one’s fate?)
As the witches roast chestnuts and melt lead to see their fate, a series of odd messengers land on their doorstep bearing invitations for a New Year’s Eve masquerade hosted by a woman they’ve never met. Gossip, dreams and portents follow, leading the witches to question the woman’s motives. Is she as benevolent as she seems or is she laying a trap. And so, as Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the new year, the witches don their finery and heard for the ball, on the hunt for answers that might well be the end of them.
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Beartown was one of the best books I read in 2017. I couldn’t put it down! Having grown up in a small northern town myself, I connected to the story immediately. The characters and setting just pulled me in and took me on a crazy emotional ride with them. I am excited to venture back to the small town life of Beartown to see what Us Against You has to offer.
Goodreads Synopsis: After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.
Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.
As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.
What are your most anticipated releases? Let me know in the comments!