Can’t Wait Wednesday June 28, 2017

It’s about that time again!!!! Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week I can’t wait for The Queen’s Rising.

 

February 6, 2018

Born out of wedlock, Brienna was cast off by her noble family and sent to Magnalia House–a boarding house for those looking to study the passions–art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge. There, she has been tutored by the great (and handsome) Cartier in the hopes of becoming one of the impassioned–the elite masters who specialize in one of these subjects. Now Brienna faces the test that she must pass in order to attract the support of a patron. But on the eve of her evaluation, Brienna has a startling revelation–she is capable of recalling the memories of her ancestors. And one of these memories may hold the answer to a mystery from the past–one that may have very real consequences for the northern land of Maevana. Maevana has been ruled by a usurper king, and when the disgraced northern lord Alderic Jourdain finds out about Brienna’s memories, he realizes she may be the key to his plot to overthrow the king and restore the rightful monarchy. Brienna accepts Jourdain’s patronage, but quickly realizes that his plan to reclaim the north may have consequences that she never imagined.

Ummmm a book about a girl cast out by her family because she’s not “worthy” who then becomes an important key to the future of the kingdom? Yes, please! And I love how she is cast out and sent to study the “passions” which leads me to believe that maybe these qualities aren’t as important to the kingdom? Which then leads me to wonder what qualities have taken their place?
This book is definitely on my To Read list!

Can’t Wait Wednesday June 14, 2017

It’s about that time again!!!! Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week I can’t wait for The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I don’t remember how I found out about this book. I think someone I follow on Twitter had retweeted something from this author and then I replied, but while I was on her page I saw the most amazing cover and immediately I wanted to know what that books was.

Okay, okay! I know this is not a cover reveal, but you guys!!!!!! This cover. Okay first of all this model is gorgeous and she’s got the most amazing way to convey a million different things. First she looks amazingly fierce and like I would not want to go up against her! She’s got this look that just says alright are you going to try and challenge me? Let’s go! But at the same time I feel like her gaze could also be a warning, and based on the exciting description below I feel like it definitely could be that as well. Another thing I love is the coloring and effects with all the different light bubbles and different colored bubbles. I feel like it just adds a soft glamour feel that fits the description of the book so well.

 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

Doesn’t that sound amazing!!! I can’t even describe how excited I am for this. I feel like it’s just completely fresh and that when I read it I’ll be exploring a story I have never read before. I feel like sometimes in YA books are just spins on the same old story, but this one is new enough that I don’t really have anything to compare it to!

 

The only thing I am upset about here is that the book doesn’t release until February 20, 2018! That feels like forever from now! Is anyone else as excited as me?

 

Waiting on Wednesday May 31, 2017

This week I am trying something new. Since Waiting on Wednesday seems to not be a thing anymore (even though I have still been using it) I decided to switch over to Can’t Wait Wednesday. I saw this new meme over on Danie Reads Books and thought I would switch over to this one!

Adam Hawthorne is fine.

Yeah, his mother left, his older sister went with her, and his dad would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. And yeah, he spends his nights watching self-curated porn video playlists.

But Adam is fine.

When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vice. He goes because he has to, but the honesty of the Knights starts to slip past his defenses. Combine that with his sister’s out-of-the-blue return and the attention of a girl he meets in an AA meeting, and all the work Adam has put into being fine begins to unravel.

Now Adam has to face the causes and effects of his addiction, before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost semi-sort-of girlfriend.

I met Dave Connis in 2015 at the SCBWI Midsouth conference and then again in 2016 at a writing group and can’t wait for his book to come out! I haven’t read very many books where the main character deals with addiction. I am interested to see how all of that fits into Adam’s regular life. We saw a snippet of the book during my birthday week and I look forward to getting to read so much more!