Waiting on Wednesday #20 // The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

cover98381-mediumThis week I am waiting on The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

Release Date: February 16, 2017

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he’d give me a medal for lying.

I wasn’t lying. I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family. And I’m not going to let Mick stop me.

From this blurb, I have no idea what this book is about, but I really like it. It sounds spooky and like something that I would really enjoy. I do have The Girl in the Red Coat on my shelf right now, so I will probably have plenty of time to read that first.

Especially since, I have no idea if this is a UK or an international release date. Either way, I am excited for this. I am going to keep an eye out for information.

That wraps up this edition of Waiting on Wednesday. What book are you waiting on this week? 


Waiting on Wednesday #19 // The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

x500This week, I am waiting on The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

Release Date: January 17, 2017

A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brotherswith the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.

In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.

Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more.

When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.

If my other Waiting on Wednesday posts tell you anything about my taste in literature, it’s that World War II is my kryptonite. The war and the post-war aftermath fascinate me with the many lenses we can look at life though.

Something about this novel seems dynamic and I like that it really has to do with the relationship between two women.

I think that it is an American Code Name Verity, in a sense. Either way it sound extremely dynamic.

What are you waiting on this week? Is there a book that would prefer to read amongst all other upcoming releases? 

Waiting on Wednesday #18 // Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

glitter-cvrThis week, I am waiting on Glitter by Aprilynne Pike.

Release Date: October 25, 2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life. 

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

I discovered this book last week. The idea of this book sounds so odd but still so interesting. Told right, I am sure it will be riveting. I can’t wait to give it a read.

The anachronistic setting particularly catches my interest and I am curious as to how this character will be making this drug within the walls of a “prison,” of sorts.

What upcoming release are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below! 

Waiting on Wednesday #17 // The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

9781681773322_387f0This week I am waiting on The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh.

Release Date: March 14, 2017

A page-turning tale of murder, subversion and vice in which a female medical student in Victorian Edinburgh is drawn into a murder investigation when she recognizes one of the corpses in her anatomy lecture.

Sarah Gilchrist has fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh’s medical school in 1882, the first year it admits women. She is determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, but Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself: professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to force out their female counterparts, and―perhaps worst of all―her female peers who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman.

Desperate for a proper education, Sarah turns to one of the city’s ramshackle charitable hospitals for additional training. The St Giles’ Infirmary for Women ministers to the downtrodden and drunk, the thieves and whores with nowhere else to go. In this environment, alongside a group of smart and tough teachers, Sarah gets quite an education. But when Lucy, one of Sarah’s patients, turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels, and body snatchers.

Painfully aware of just how little separates her own life from that of her former patient’s, Sarah is determined to find out what happened to Lucy and bring those responsible for her death to justice. But as she searches for answers in Edinburgh’s dank alleyways, bawdy houses and fight clubs, Sarah comes closer and closer to uncovering one of Edinburgh’s most lucrative trades, and, in doing so, puts her own life at risk…

An irresistible read with a fantastic heroine, beautifully drawn setting, fascinating insights into what it was like to study medicine as a woman at that time, The Wages of Sin is a stunning debut that heralds a striking new voice in historical fiction.

So I will be honest and say that I had the pleasure of getting to know Kaite years ago. Knowing her writing I have to say that I can’t be more excited to read her book.

This sounds like such an exciting premise and I am sure it will be just as rich and eloquent as the writing I read years ago, or better.

Plus, talk about a feminist historical fiction plot! I cannot be more excited for this!

That’s a wrap for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday! What upcoming release book are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday #16 // Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

stolen-beauty-9781501131981_hrThis week I am waiting on Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese.

Release Date: February 7, 2016

From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings.

In the dazzling glitter of 1903 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the façade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele’s coffee house afternoons and cultural salons.

Nearly forty years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria—and overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her aunt’s legacy if she is to survive and keep her family—and their history—alive.

Will Maria and her family escape the grip of Nazis’ grip? And what will become of the paintings that her aunt nearly sacrificed everything for?

Let’s just be honest, this book may as well scream “Hello! I am Lauren’s kryptonite! Hand me to her and you will not see her for as long as it takes her to read this 320 page beauty!”

This is a World War II story and it is a story about an artist. I seem to be really interested in fictionalized accounts of famous artist’s lives. This year I read the beautiful book Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan and I loved the atmosphere that Horan created with a twenty year relationship.

It sounds like Albanese will do something similar here, but it is also a generational story. Plus Gustav Klimt is an artist that I don’t know a lot about personally. I know of his art though, and this book might be a cool door into his life.

What books are you looking forward to? Is there anything you wish you could have right now?

Waiting on Wednesday #15 // Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


This week I am waiting on Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Release Date: January 17, 2017

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk.

As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be—in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.

A love letter to city life—however shiny or sleazy—Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

The premise of this book sounds so simple and yet I can imagine the complex route this is going to take down memory lane. I am very curious to see what Kathleen Rooney does with this plot and where Lillian Boxfish goes on her walk.

Also, I really love cover for this book!

What do you think of this book? Is there a release you are eagerly anticipating this week? Share it with me in the comments below! 

Waiting on Wednesday #14 // Indelible by Adelia Saunders

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

9781632863942_09f38This week I am waiting on Indelible by Adelia Saunders.

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees writing on the body of everyone she meets–names, dates, details both banal and profound–and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blan.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the rocky coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques was said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Desperate to make things right after her best friend dies–a loss she might have prevented–Magdalena embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Neil’s father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single striking memory–his mother’s red shoes, which her biographers agree he never could have seen.

Despite misunderstandings and miscommunications, these unforgettable characters converge, by chance or perhaps by fate, and Magdalena’s uncanny ability may prove to be the key to their happiness. Indelible pulses with humanity and breathes life into unexpected fragments of history, illustrating our urgent need to connect with others, and the past.

I really am at a loss for why this book sounds interesting. I just read the description and was immediately captivated. I think it’s the idea that Magdalena is able to see who people are based on what’s written on their skin through her glasses.

It seems like it could be a really cool concept that can be pulled off really well. Plus, I would be curious to see how all these characters lives are woven together.

What book are you waiting on this week? Do you think you’ll read Indelible by Adelia Saunders?

Waiting on Wednesday #13 // Slipping by Lauren Beukes

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

screen-shot-2016-06-22-at-11-57-40This week I am waiting on Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes.

Publication Date: November 29, 2016

A Punk Lolita fighter-pilot rescues Tokyo from a marauding art installation. Corporate recruits harvest poisonous plants on an inhospitable planet. An inquisitive adolescent ghost disrupts the life of a young architect. Product loyalty is addictive when the brand appears under one’s skin.

Award-winning Cape Town author and journalist Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, MoxylandBroken Monsters) spares no targets in this edgy and satiric retrospective collection. In her fiction and nonfiction, ranging from Johannesburg across the galaxy, Beukes is a fierce, captivating presence throughout the literary landscape.

The reason this book interests me is because I am trying to make an effort to read books that I can break into chunks–things like short stories and essays. I have heard a lot about Lauren Beukes and I really want to read her book Moxyland. She just sounds like a writer who knows how to push the boundaries and will produce a story that I would really love.

What upcoming releases are you most looking forward to this week? Have you read any of Lauren Beukes work? Anything you would recommend? 

Waiting on Wednesday #12 // Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

9781782398578This week I am waiting on Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Three intertwining voices span the twentieth century to tell the unknown story of the Jews in Ireland. A heartbreaking portrait of what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us all.

At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from Lithuania in search of a better life in America, only to land on the Emerald Isle instead. In 1958, a mute Jewish boy locked away in a mental institution outside of Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier. And in present-day London, an Irish journalist is forced to confront her conflicting notions of identity and family when her Jewish boyfriend asks her to make a true leap of faith. These three arcs, which span generations and intertwine in revelatory ways, come together to tell the haunting story of Ireland’s all-but-forgotten Jewish community. Ruth Gilligan’s beautiful and heartbreaking Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan explores the question of just how far we will go to understand who we really are, and to feel at home in the world

This book sounds like another interesting premise to a time period that I love to read. If you’ve been around you know that two of my favorite books from this year are City of Thieves and Code Name Verity; both World War II fiction.

This however, seems like it deals with different arcs and time periods and a little bit with identity theory, which seems like it would be a really interesting story.

What upcoming releases are you most looking forward to this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday #11 // Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

y450-293This week I am waiting on Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and Clark High School—the plays and football games, dances and fund-drives, teachers and classes that are the epicenter of their teenage lives. But how do you document a horrific tragedy—a deadly school shooting by a classmate?

Struggling to comprehend this cataclysmic event—and propelled by a sense of responsibility to the town, their parents, and their school—these four “lucky” survivors vow to honor the memories of those lost, and also, the memories forgotten in the shadow of violence. But the shooting is only the first inexplicable trauma to rock their small suburban St. Louis town. A series of mysterious house fires have hit the families of the victims one by one, pushing the grieving town to the edge.

Nick, the son of the lead detective investigating the events, plunges into the case on his own, scouring the Internet to uncover what could cause a fire with no evident starting point. As their friend pulls farther away, Matt and Christina battle to save damaged relationships, while Zola fights to keep herself together.

A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery that brilliantly illuminate the deepest recesses of the human heart.

This book sounds like it may hit a little close to home, but I think that in the age we live in it could be important to see how these students deal with it. I am hoping Valente handles the subject matter well.

What books are you looking forward to this week? Any new authors on your radar?