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: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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StalkingJackTheRipper

Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 320, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Guys. C’mon. If you’re not excited after seeing that cover and reading that synopsis then really I got nothing more for you. Just go back to the top of this page and look at that cover again and read that synopsis again. Trust me. Just do it again. You’ll realize that you’re hella excited too. It’s impossible not to be crazy excited for this book. I swear it. Just give me this book so I can read it ASAP, okay? okay.

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: 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