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Waiting on Wednesday: The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we’ll be posting about an upcoming book that we’re extremely excited for!

the cursed sea -lauren destefanoSUMMARY

Wilhemina Heidle, the exiled princess of Northern Arrod, the girl thought dead by her family and friends, must return home. The only way to save Loom, the cursed prince of the Southern Isles, is to revisit the castle and discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unstable elder brother is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And the rest of her family must reckon with the truth of what happened to lead to Wil’s exile. With time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family if she’s going to find the truth and save the boy she loves.

When she’s finally able to reach Pahn, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives, again and again, as the Southern King is out to punish his children for all they’ve done. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil, Loom—and his ruthless sister Espel—have to work to make peace with their own struggles if they hope to secure the future of their kingdoms.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time, for good?

AUTHOR: Lauren DeStefano

SERIES: The Glass Spare #2

PUBLICATION DATE: December 18, 2018

Love the cover? Love The Glass Spare? What are your thoughts on The Cursed Sea?

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The ABC Book Challenge ~ F

The ABC book challenge features a fun weekly post dedicated to interesting books that have been read or would hopefully be read starting with a specific letter of the alphabet.

While I do not know the original creator for this, I have seen this posted by Sofii (A Book. A Thought) and Tiana (The Book Raven ). Check out their sites ’cause they are amazing!

And this week, we’re onto the letter “F”!

Memorable titles starting with “F”

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine: I grew up reading Gail’s books and I absolutely loved this rendition of Snow White! It’s set in the familiar world of Ella Enchanted (which was also a memorable title during week E!), so it’s just as imaginative but you can easily still see the original fairy tale plot points in it. Even after all these years, I still recommend this book (and reread it a number of times too)!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: One of my first books by Kasie, I’m also down for a wonderful fake boyfriend trope where the two end up falling for each other for real. She does it well, keeping it sweet and realistic. My favourite combination for a feel-good contemporary!

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller: The first words that come to mind with this book is always this: thought provoking. Set in a “futuristic” world that you can totally see happening in our very present day and age, what happens when we use an app to decide our every decision? Do we then one day lose our own ability to choose for ourselves? It’s these kinds of things that kept me flipping right through the entire novel in a short sitting!

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking: Set in a familiar world created by Amanda, this first book in a companion trilogy features a bunch of new characters (and short cameos of old ones!) in another exciting adventure with changelings and trolls! This book hooked me in from the start, especially the little bits of forbidden romance between the protagonist and her slightly older boss.

Titles I want to read starting with “F”

Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West: I started the ARC and I’m hoping this one won’t fail me as it’s the companion novel to my favourite Kasie West book to date. I’m not feeling the romance yet but I hope it’ll help propel me through the rest of it soon!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I know, I’m really late to the party on this one but I’ve had it on my TBR for a long while. I’m just hoping the hype doesn’t elevate my expectations too high.

Finale by Stephanie Garber: The conclusion to the Caraval trilogy, I’m like bursting at the seams in excitement to read this when it comes out. I adored the world and the Caraval game that was introduced in book 1, so I really hope everything turns out well. Only reading it will tell!

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott: I’ve seen this book around as a staff pick at my bookstore, so that automatically piques my interest. And then I hear there’s a movie coming out next spring starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson and I’m completely ready to read this hospital romance (which is normally not my kind of novel).

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I’ve actually put this down once before, but it’s marketed as the YA version of the TV show Scandal. I’m not sure how accurate that is but I’m thinking of giving it a second go just ’cause I really like Jennifer Barnes.

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig: There’s not much about this book that I know about aside from possible dragons and Asian cultural influences mixed into the plot. Either way, that’s enough to get me excited so I suppose we’ll see if that proves to be true!

Have you read any of these “F” letter books that I want to read? If yes, what was your opinion on them? And were you just as excited about some of the books I loved?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we’ll be posting about an upcoming book that we’re extremely excited for!

queen of air and darkness -cassandra clareSUMMARY

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare

SERIES: The Dark Artifices #3

PUBLICATION DATE: December 4, 2018

Is there really much to say about why I’m excited for this book’s release? I had a sneak peek of this book and it’s looking so amazing already! Cassandra Clare, you are astounding! Who’s with me on this book? I’ll be 1st in line on release date.