Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon – Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine to highlight some of the upcoming books you can’t wait to read!

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)Summary, courtesy of Goodreads: “The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave. In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence. Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

  • honestly, it all comes down to the cover like it just sold me completely and that was it lol


Catch it on shelves October 29th, 2019!

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson – Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine to highlight some of the upcoming books you can’t wait to read!

Lifestyles of Gods and MonstersSummary, courtesy of Goodreads: “Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won. When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving. Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?”

Why I Can’t Wait:

  • it’s like the Kardashians meets Greek Mythology which is already a lot of drama lol
  • tbh I got an ARC of it and already read it and it’s goooooooooodddddddddd


Catch it on shelves October 20th, 2019!

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao – Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine to highlight some of the upcoming books you can’t wait to read!

Our Wayward FateSummary, courtesy of Goodreads: “Seventeen-year-old Ali Chu knows that as the only Asian person at her school in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, she must be bland as white toast to survive. This means swapping her congee lunch for PB&Js, ignoring the clueless racism from her classmates and teachers, and keeping her mouth shut when people wrongly call her Allie instead of her actual name, pronounced Āh-lěe, after the mountain in Taiwan. Her autopilot existence is disrupted when she finds out that Chase Yu, the new kid in school, is also Taiwanese. Despite some initial resistance due to the “they belong together” whispers, Ali and Chase soon spark a chemistry rooted in competitive martial arts, joking in two languages, and, most importantly, pushing back against the discrimination they face. But when Ali’s mom finds out about the relationship, she forces Ali to end it. As Ali covertly digs into the why behind her mother’s disapproval, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future. Snippets of a love story from nineteenth-century China (a retelling of the Chinese folktale The Butterfly Lovers) are interspersed with Ali’s narrative and intertwined with her fate.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

  • it involves a retelling!!!!!!!!
  • it involves family secrets

Catch it on shelves October 15th, 2019!

Michigan Vs The Boys by Carrie Allen – Interview

Carrie S. AllenHello everyone! So, I’m excited because today’s interview is with Callie Allen, the author of Michigan Vs The Boys which sounds so cool (lol)! Before we get into the (not spoilery) interview, here is a synopsis of the book, via Goodreads:

1) To start off, how did you come up with the idea for Michigan vs The Boys and what was first running through your mind right after you thought of the idea for it?

Michigan is actually the second hockey book I wrote. The first is unpublished (it was the book that got me my agent), but it was so good for my soul to write that book. My main character played for a boys’ team that was very supportive– a common situation in real life. But I knew I’d only told half the story. Almost immediately after finishing that manuscript, I started writing the other half of the story; the girl who plays on a boys’ team that isn’t so welcoming and supportive.

2) Going off my previous question, was there a specific reason you wanted to write about hockey instead of any other sport?

I’ve written about gender inequity and inequality in other sports, but what makes this story work is that Michigan‘s experience is very much entwined in real-life hockey subculture. It’s hard to picture her in any other setting!

3) From reading your bio, it says you were in sports medicine and, from your Twitter, I can tell you really like sports! Considering that, do you think it was easier to do research for Michigan vs The Boys?

Honestly, MICHIGAN didn’t take much research — unless you count twenty years of playing, reffing and coaching hockey! However, when I work on projects about other sports, I watch highlights/competitions, read rule books and judges’ manuals, even go to competitions if I can. It’s essential to pick sports I enjoy because I’m going to spend a LOT of time watching them!

4) Going off my previous question, were there any specific experiences in your life that you think lend themselves to you becoming a writer/writing Michigan vs The Boys?

Michigan‘s story is fiction, but very much inspired by real life. There is a culture in hockey that makes you prove your worth– doubly or triply so if you’re a girl. Very often, you’re treated differently, and inferior. You don’t merit a real locker room. You are in a goldfish bowl on the ice– any mistake you make is magnified by that ponytail on your back. I wanted to shine a light, not necessarily on the inequities of the sport, but on the women who are bold enough to take that abuse in order to play the sport they love.

5) Is Michigan based on you or anyone you know in real life?

There’s a lot of me in Michigan, and there are a lot of Michigans in real life! There’s a sisterhood in hockey; we’ve been there, we know what it’s like. There’s a shared experience and knowledge and I most definitely gave that to Michigan as well.

6) If you weren’t a writer, what do you think your job would be?

Whew, that’s tough. I worked in sports medicine for years but left to have a family– it is not a family-friendly profession. I wouldn’t want to give up the time I have now with my daughters, so I don’t plan on returning. I would love to go back to coaching hockey. Or to own a bookstore/bakery. With a rink next door. Professional puppy cuddler? Is that a thing?

7) What is your favorite thing about writing and what is your least favorite thing?

I love drafting! I’m a pantser, so I just step into my character’s shoes– or skates!– and go through the story with them. I’m less enthralled with revising, but I do love that sense of pride when I’ve finished a revision!

8) Was there anything you found surprising either in writing the book or in the pre-debut process in general?

I’m still amazed at all that I don’t know! The debut process is a roller coaster: periods of unsettling silence and then cramming hard work into short days, waves of anxiety and then waves of excitement. I try to enjoy the highs and keep myself busy during the quiet periods. I soak up as much new information as I can and I ask a LOT of really really really rookie questions.

9) Is there any advice you have for writers hoping to become a published author?

Write what you love. It may be as niche as hockey, or a setting that is special to you. You’re going to spend a lot of time in that place and you need to be able to sustain a level of passion for that story. Give yourself a book that feeds your soul.

10) And, for the final question, Michigan vs The Boys is about hockey so I gotta ask: what is your favourite hockey team and why? 

The United States Women’s National Team! I went to my first national team game right before the 1998 Olympics, the year that women’s hockey debuted as a gold medal sport. It was the first time I got to watch elite women play my sport. The ultimate match-up, of course, is a USA/Canada Olympic gold medal game. The level of hockey is astounding on both sides of the ice; fast, skilled and passionate!

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo – Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine to highlight some of the upcoming books you can’t wait to read!

Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)Summary, courtesy of Goodreads: “The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks, in particular, know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive. Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her. Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him. Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself. And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge. Everything in their lives is going to plan until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now, these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

  • it’s by Alexandra Christo who wrote To Kill A Kingdom which was soooooooo good!!!
  • the cover looks realllly interesting
  • the entire synopsis sounds so ridiculously cool *heart eyes*

Catch it on shelves October 8th, 2019!

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