Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Written by: S. Jae-Jones
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Pages: 448, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

WIW1) Look at how beautiful the cover is!

2) Creepy-ish magical underworld!

3) This book will probably make me cry a lot.

4) Music is apparently an overarching theme, which is always a pull for me.

5) Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies. I haven’t rewatched it in a long time, and I’m excited for this book to bring me back to the story.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Heartless

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Pages: 416, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Wait, I’ll wait for y’all to be surprised that I’m waiting on Heartless. Go ahead, work up that surprised face so that you can really show it off. It’s all good. Nope? Can’t do it? Alright I’ll let you slide. Because I know with the way that I love The Lunar Chronicles and the way that I love Marissa Meyer it’s so hard to believe that I’m crazy excited for this one.

I really can’t wait to see what Marissa does now that TLC is over, to see what she can do from here, I know she’s going to have an amazing career in front of her and I just can’t wait to move forward with her.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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MyLadyJane

Written by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 512, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

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Confession time. I’ve already read this one. You can read my review of it here. But I’m still seriously waiting on my finished copy. Because this book you guys. Seriously. It’s officially one of my all time favorites and I can already see myself reaching for it all the time to reread and be simply happy.

This is one of those amazing, rare books, just trust me, preorder this one now. Wait with me for those finished copies. Then come talk to me about it because I need to talk to people about this book.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Windwitch

Written by: Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 419, Paperback
Series: The Witchlands #2
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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

Windwitch continues the tale begun in Truthwitch, with a focus on Merik–cunning privateer, prince, windwitch, and reader favorite.

WIWOkay fine we don’t have an official synopsis, but we DO have a cover, AND LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MERIK. LOOK AT HIM. UGH.

It’s no secret that Truthwitch has come to mean a lot to me but still guys, this series is amazing and I just need this finished book in my life so I can sit it with Safi and I can read it and I can just keep going with this amazing journey that Sooz has started.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

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Written by: Laurent Linn
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Pages: 528, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background at his Texas high school. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but those traits only bring him the worst kind of attention.

In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance art-inspired superhero, Graphite.

But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside-down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.

In Draw the Line, Laurent Linn’s debut novel, he writes a charged story—illustrated with his own extraordinary drawings—about discovering your own superpowers, deciding how to use them, and where to draw the line.

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I’d never heard of this book before TLA where I was able to get a signed copy, it’s now a book I can’t wait to dive into. I have the feeling that it’s gonna be really hard to read, but also really going to hit a lot of amazing notes. I can’t wait to see how this book develops and I hope that it not only delivers on what I’m hoping, but that it also bring a voice to some really great issues we’re all dealing with.

I do know that this book is probably going to be one of those that waits until I’m feeling the right mood for something like this, because I highly doubt it’s gonna be light and fluffy.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: The Island by S. Usher Evans

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Written by: S. Usher Evans
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 260, Paperback
Series: Madion War Trilogy #1
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Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

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I got three reasons why I’m super excited for this book. Number one LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. It’s creepy and haunting, and yet looks awesome.

Second reason READ THAT DESCRIPTION, SERIOUSLY. C’mon this screams ship them already.

Now just tell me how amazing this sounds, okay? Exactly. It sounds that good. Like dude give me this book already.

Okay now my third reason is because Evans is like one of the sweetest kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and I absolutely cannot wait to sink into this novel.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Gemina

Written by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 672, Hardcover
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik Malikov the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own surivival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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So I have a SMALL obsession with Illuminae. Small enough that I’ve made everyone read it and sort of have an amazing tote bag that I take everywhere with me. I just really LOVE this book. I’ve been wary and excited for the second one, we’ll have to see how it works with new characters(Lord knows I L O V E The Lunar Chronicles which does the same thing). But no matter what happens I’m crazy excited to see all of the new details that the authors are working on to create something really exciting! I loved the way Illuminae was set up with all of these files pieced together and I can’t wait to see the new kinds of files included in Gemina!

Essentially JUST GIVE ME THIS BOOK ALREADY.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 22nd 2016
Pages: ???? (Undoubtedly NOT ENOUGH THOUGH)
Series: Six of Crows, #2
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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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AAAAAHHHHHHH!!! LAKDSFIAERJALKDJF LOOK AT THAT COVERRRR SOMEONE HOLD ME. SOMEONE SAVE MEEEEE. SOMEONE GIVE ME THAT BOOOOOOOK.

I mean, ahem, hello. Welcome to Sorcery In The Bookshelves, totally calm, totally rational, Waiting on Wednesday post for Crooked Kingdom. Oh who am I kidding? Who ISN’T excited for this book? (Based on my twitter feed while the cover reveal was delayed not many people) If you don’t know what this book is then just go click on the GoodReads link, and get thine self educated. Because let me tell you this series is just about the best one I’ve read in such a long time.

I need it to go on forever and ever and ever and ever, yes? Yes. Good. So now just give me this book, let me love it and read it and hold onto it now. And no one gets hurt.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Written by: Seanan McGuire
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 160, Hardcover
Series: Every Heart a Doorway, #1
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Synopsis:

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

WIWThe summary looks so fascinating! Books that explore and deconstruct fairy tale tropes are always a must-read for me. Also, it’s by Seanan McGuire, who I’ve heard absolutely amazing things about. (I keep meaning to read more of her books, but so far the only one I’ve read is Feed, which she wrote as Mira Grant and which features a badass reporter who looks for truth against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse and which I absolutely loved). Oh, and according to her twitter, the main character in this series is asexual!

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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StarTouchedQueen

Written by: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 352, Hardcover
Series: Standalone
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Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

The Star-Touched Queen is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.

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Did you READ that description guys??? Reincarnation, trees with magic, just like five million things that scream “THIS IS A SONDRA BOOK!” I can’t wait to get my hands on this book because all of that just looks so good. I’m really hoping for some amazing prose in this book as well. Cause lets be honest that just adds to the list of things that makes this book perfect for me.

Sondra