Apr 20th

Waiting on Wednesday April 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features upcoming releases that we are super excited for.

Kate’s Pick:

As I Darken
  And I Darken by Kiersten White.
  Publication Date: June 28, 2016

  Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

  NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

  And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle  younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of  Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman  courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She  and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen  sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

Gender swapping one of my favorite historical characters? SOLD!! So we have a bloodthirsty female lead, the Ottoman Empire for a setting, and people losing heads and getting impaled. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?! Have you seen the covers? The US cover is gorgeous, but check out that UK cover!

And I Darken UK

It’s so badass! I’ve seen a few early reviews and it looks like And I Darken is living up to the hype which makes me want to read it even more!

Are you excited for And I Darken? What release are you waiting on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Oli’s Pick

When the Moon Was Ours
  When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  Publication date: October 4, 2016

  Check out the GoodReads summary below:

  When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that   has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central   LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love   with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

  To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as   strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and   rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five.   Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


After reading The Weight of Feathers by McLemore, I’d be excited to read literally anything she decided to graciously bestow upon us. Her prose is magical, her characters well crafted, and I couldn’t put her debut novel down until I had read every word. When I heard about When the Moon Was Ours, my excitement tripled. Not only was one of my favorite debut authors writing a new book, but one of the main characters is someone like me. It’s so rare to find a book featuring transgender characters–particularly in genre fiction–that doesn’t completely revolve around transition, bigotry, and consistently stale narratives of being “trapped in the wrong body”. Needless to say, I’ve already preordered! I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on this book.

If you haven’t read it yet, check out my review of Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel, The Weight of Feathers! It’s not a book to be missed.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features upcoming releases that we are super excited for.

Kate’s Pick:

As I Darken
  And I Darken by Kiersten White.
  Publication Date: June 28, 2016

  Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

  NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

  And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle  younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of  Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman  courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She  and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen  sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

Gender swapping one of my favorite historical characters? SOLD!! So we have a bloodthirsty female lead, the Ottoman Empire for a setting, and people losing heads and getting impaled. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?! Have you seen the covers? The US cover is gorgeous, but check out that UK cover!

And I Darken UK

It’s so badass! I’ve seen a few early reviews and it looks like And I Darken is living up to the hype which makes me want to read it even more!

Are you excited for And I Darken? What release are you waiting on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Oli’s Pick

When the Moon Was Ours
  When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  Publication date: October 4, 2016

  Check out the GoodReads summary below:

  When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that   has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central   LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love   with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

  To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as   strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and   rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five.   Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


After reading The Weight of Feathers by McLemore, I’d be excited to read literally anything she decided to graciously bestow upon us. Her prose is magical, her characters well crafted, and I couldn’t put her debut novel down until I had read every word. When I heard about When the Moon Was Ours, my excitement tripled. Not only was one of my favorite debut authors writing a new book, but one of the main characters is someone like me. It’s so rare to find a book featuring transgender characters–particularly in genre fiction–that doesn’t completely revolve around transition, bigotry, and consistently stale narratives of being “trapped in the wrong body”. Needless to say, I’ve already preordered! I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on this book.

If you haven’t read it yet, check out my review of Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel, The Weight of Feathers! It’s not a book to be missed.

By Kate Woods

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