Waiting on a Wednesday: Anticipated Sequels

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m focusing on to-be-released sequels that I would give up a limb for.

  1. The Wicked King by Holly Black

  2. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

 

Can we just take a moment to admire these covers?! They’re absolutely amazing.

The Cruel Prince killed me, it was so good! I can’t wait to read The Wicked King and find out what’s in store for Jude and Cardan. I wouldn’t even hesitate to sell my soul for an ARC of this.

The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower became two of my favorite books. I didn’t think there was any way the second could be better than the first, but somehow it was. Katherine Arden is a phenomenal writer, and I can’t wait to read the third and final book in this magical series. It almost (almost) has me wishing for winter.

Caraval was one of my favorite reads of 2017! This book was so fun and twisty. I was riveted until the very last page, and I’m counting down the days until Legendary hits shelves!

 

Waiting on a Wednesday – Circe by Madeline Miller

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on Circe by Madeline Miller.

I’ve had The Song of Achilles (also by Madeline Miller) on my TBR for a while now. I already own it, so I’m hoping to get to it before Circe comes out!

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

(Cover and synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time! What’s not to love about Greek mythology and witches? This book is a retelling of The Odyssey from Circe’s perspective. Advanced reader reviews have been very positive, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this when it comes out in April!

Waiting on a Wednesday: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

Most of the future-release books on my TBR aren’t coming out until the end of the year, but luckily I don’t have to wait too long for this one! This is probably one of my biggest anticipated releases of the year (that isn’t a sequel).

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

(Credit for cover photo and synopsis: Goodreads)

IT SOUNDS AMAZING.

I’m a sucker for retellings, and this is supposedly a retelling of The Little Mermaid with a mix of other folklore as well! Anyone who knows me knows I love mermaids (I basically am one) and antiheroes, so this book may have been written for me. We’ll see.

To Kill a Kingdom will be available on March 6th.

Waiting on a Wednesday: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I am waiting on Vengeful by V.E. Schwab.

Vicious came out in 2013 and was originally written as a stand-alone with possible sequels. Recently, Victoria/V.E. Schwab, my favorite author, announced that she was writing the sequel, Vengeful, to be released in the fall of 2018. It will be followed by Victorious.

Vicious is a delightful little monster of a book, with villain/anti-hero protagonists and an interesting multiple-timeline story structure. It captivated me from beginning to end, and I am so excited to see what these wonderful/horrible characters will do next in Vengeful!

Before the sequel is released, a new cover of Vicious will be available in May. Can we all just take a moment to admire how cool this cover is?! Apparently, the rest of the series will match this cover, rather than the old one. I read Vicious on my Kindle, but fully intend to buy this one in hardcover once it’s released.

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(picture credit: Goodreads)

Victoria Schwab is very honest and open when it comes to the difficulties of writing, and frequently expresses these troubles on social media. This is one of the reasons that she’s my favorite author. Instead of sugar-coating or glamorizing the entire writing/publishing process, she shows it for everything that it is: scary, difficult, exciting, and rewarding. She has been very candid about her troubles with writing Vengeful on Twitter (recently, she scrapped the entire first draft and started over again!) but that just makes me all the more excited to read it. She has exposed her readers to the inner-workings of her brain while she writes a book that we all know is going to be absolutely amazing once it hits shelves.

I seriously cannot wait for this book. I may just hibernate for the summer, to be honest.

Wake me up when I can read Vengeful.

 

Waiting on a Wednesday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I am waiting on Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

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(cover picture taken from Goodreads)

I’m a sucker for retellings. This book seems like it will be a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, which is a fairytale that I’m not entirely familiar with, but has been included in countless modern day stories (Shrek, Once Upon a Time, etc.). I’m very interested to see how Naomi Novik will reinterpret this story.

I previously read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which was a rough retelling of Beauty and the Beast that took place in Eastern Europe. It was captivating, unique, and beautifully written. The author took the original story and made it something entirely different than any other Beauty and the Beast retelling I’ve read before. It was dark and gothic, with intrigue and a little bit of romance. It also had a tortured antihero, which is my favorite character trope ever.

While this will be an entirely different story, it seems like the two will be similar. I can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty and add it to my shelf!

Spinning Silver is set for publication on July 10th, 2018