Can’t Freakin’ Wait Wednesday 06/03/19

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!

I first found out about this because an excerpt of the first chapter was posted online for free reading. Then, I found out it was included in an Illumicrate box I missed – bet you can imagine how bummed I was to find that out. The excerpt was so good – the right amount of build-up and action to draw me in and leave me wanting more. I just knew I had to read this as soon as I can get my hands on it. I hopefully have a blogger friend sending me a copy, so I will keep you all posted! I know several friends have gotten to read this already and I am so jealous! Also, I love that the Goodreads page included a trigger warning. We need more of those for sensitive readers. Did you know this is Kalyn Josephson’s DEBUT novel? And it’s already getting so much hype, so I think this is going to be a hugely successful launch!

Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description?

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Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

TW: Depression

Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi (eARC review)

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TITLE: Outrun the Wind

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Tammi

RELEASES: November 28th, 2018 by North Star Editions

GENRE: Teens + YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia-where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’s second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

Atalanta is a really interesting character, a huntress-orphan with a dark past. I found her to be charismatic, a little selfish, and wholly intriguing. I loved how she held her own with the men’s hunting party and didn’t let their options get to her too much. Her story is one of finding herself and accepting who she really is rather than what her circumstances have made her.

Kahina I didn’t care for so much as a character, which kind of made me love the story that much more. I love when an author can write a character with such depth and darkness. She has her own issues to work through, as well. Thay doesn’t stop her from helping Atalanta several times throughout.

I seriously loved their coming together in Arkadia. Atalanta’s idea for who will win her hand in marriage is a stroke of genius. Love it when a character uses their strengths to their advantage! I would absolutely recommend this Greek-inspired tale to friends. If you loved Michelle Madow, you’ll love this!

Thank you so much to North Star Editions for providing me with an eGalley. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (eARC review)

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TITLE: Ruin of Stars

AUTHOR: Linsey Miller

RELEASES: August 28th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

GENRE: Teens + YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.

And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be ignored.

In this follow up to Mask of Shadows, Sal continues the mission to avenge Nacea. With a list and the go ahead from Our Queen, they hunt down those who released the shadows on their lands a decade ago. The plot in this instalment goes a bit slower, but no less interesting. Sal questions themself frequently in their quest, but sticks to the moral code they’ve created that they feel goes against the Lady, but is also justifiable given the circumstances. When they meet a key character, they realise that not all is as it seems and maybe the lack of information they have regarding Nacea is their saving grace. All Sal has ever wanted is to be accepted for who they are and not forced into socially accepted roles. And to be Nacean.

“Mercy’s dead,” I whispered. “… You killed mercy, but vengeance remains.”

Full of action, intrigue, amd badass protagonists, we follow the story of a person who is finding themself while avenging their heritage. I loved this story and kind of wish we got a little more from the epilogue, but it was still really good. It kind of mirrors what’s going on in the world to a point. And we definitely need more diverse books in the world!

This is a story of acceptance and finding your place in the world.

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an eGalley. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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TITLE: Mask of Shadows

AUTHOR: Linsey Miller

RELEASED: August 29th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

GENRE: Teens + YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

This was an interesting novel to read. You know how sometimes you pick up a book based on the cover, dive right in without reading the synopsis, and just get totally swept away? Yeah, that was this book for me.

There is a lot going on in this novel that, as a cis female person, I just do not feel comfortable deconstructing and discussing for various reasons, but I loved that this was a different /and complex/ storyline. I loved Sal so much. The confidence they emit throughout the novel is refreshing, but the sense of not belonging is necessary for the progression of the plot. Their need to avenge Nacea drives them without controlling their entire life. I loved the interactions between Sal and other characters because Sal’s sense of humour is unique and a bit gory sometimes. I was a bit shocked at a few stages throughout the novel, but loved it still. It’s not often I’m shocked by YA fantasy novels!

blinked back tears and sniffed. I still loved her. But I did not trust her.

The romance was also pretty sweet, but not the main focus of, or even necessary to, the plot. It’s the first time I’ve ever read this particular kind of romance, but I felt it was well done.

I was also lucky enough to have Ruin of Stars waiting for me to dive in after I finished this, so that review still be up soon!!

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand (ARC review)

TITLE: Furyborn

AUTHOR: Claire Legrand

RELEASES: May 22nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

GENRE: YA Fantasy/New Adult

“You saved us. You saved everyone. Astavar still stands free. The Empire fleet has been destroyed. You did that, Eliana, and you should be proud of it.”

MY THOUGHTS: I had a serious book hangover after reading Furyborn. It was a phenomenal book and a top 10 read of the year – I can already tell! Loads of action and adventure, but also love; although, it was nice to read a book that wasn’t centred heavily on the romance aspect – it just kind of spices things up a bit. There’s some kissing, but it doesn’t make or break the book. There’s also a whole load of betrayal and distrust, which makes my heart pound! There’s magic, angels, plotting, killing, assassins, trials, and wraiths. The writing was AMAZING! Compelling and detailed, while not being overly descriptive. Claire Legrand keeps you interested by never revealing too much about each character while alluding to things happening outside of the spotlight.

“Dread,” he murmured … “is only a feeling, easily squashed. But wolves, my dear, bare teeth.”

Milla-Marry-MeRielle, having all 7 kinds of elemental magic, is an interesting character – of course you can’t have a main character that isn’t if you want to write a great book. She starts out with what seems the best of intentions – going through trials to prove that she is the prophesied Sun Queen – but is too easily influenced by an external force…I still have so many questions about what’s going on, though!!

“Some say the Queen was frightened

In her last moments

But I like to think she was angry.”- The Word of the Prophet

246855721000 years later, enter Eliana – bounty huntress and all around badass. She keeps most everyone at arms length due to her profession and rarely lets anyone close to her, unless it serves her. Initially, she seems very self-important and arrogant. Her entire world is shaken to its core just when she feels most invincible and sets her an a soul searching journey with her little brother across her kingdom in which she finds that things are not as she’s always thought. She really has to examine her own ethics and goals throughout the story. The juxtaposition of how she treats her little brother versus how she treats everyone else makes me love her story. I think she may be my favourite….

“Watch and learn, little Dread.” “Call me ‘little’ again, and I’ll punch you.” “You know just how to entice me.”

Claire Legrand is super talented and I truly cannot wait to read the rest of the series….actually foaming at the mouth while I wait.. Exceeded all of my expectations and then shattered them to bits.

AMAZON * GOODREADS * BOOK DEPOSITORY

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BLURB: The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

“The Gate will Fall. The Angels will return and bring ruin to the world. You will know this time by the rise of two human Queens – one of blood, and one of light.One with the power to save the world. One with the power to destroy it.Two Queens will rise.They will carry the power of the Seven.They will carry your fate in their hands.Two Queens will rise.”

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final product. Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review!