Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine (as seen on any number of book blogs but that I specifically borrowed from The Candid Cover) that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This Waiting on Wednesday is special because I will be spotlighting not just one, but two, books that I’ve been dying to include for quite awhile now. I know a lot of other bloggers do more than one book as their Waiting on Wednesday choice so it’s not that special, but I’ve never done it before. I chose to do two Waiting on Wednesday picks this week because the authors of both books are some of the sweetest people in the world and I definitely am looking forward to both of their books. So, now without further ado, my Waiting on Wednesday picks for this week are Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted and Kim Zarins’ Sometimes We Tell the Truth.
Title: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1)
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Summary (From Goodreads): Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
Thoughts: This is a book everyone has been talking about and I know I’m not the first person to choose this book as my Waiting on Wednesday pick, but I couldn’t resist because Erin Summerill is one of the sweetest people and also because this book sounds amazing. I haven’t read anything but the summary, but as soon as I had, I pre-ordered it as soon as I could and haven’t looked back. There’s a reason so many people are waiting on this one and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from everyone who has gotten their hands on an ARC somehow (magic, probably), so this is definitely one that I (and many others are waiting on).
Title: Sometimes We Tell The Truth
Author: Kim Zarins
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Summary (From Goodreads): In this contemporary retelling of The Canterbury Tales, a group of teens on a bus ride to Washington, DC, each tell a story—some fantastical, some realistic, some downright scandalous—in pursuit of the ultimate prize: a perfect score.
Jeff boards the bus for the Civics class trip to Washington, DC, with a few things on his mind:
-Six hours trapped with his classmates sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
-He somehow ended up sitting next to his ex-best friend, who he hasn’t spoken to in years.
-He still feels guilty for the major part he played in pranking his teacher, and the trip’s chaperone, Mr. Bailey.
-And his best friend Cannon, never one to be trusted and banned from the trip, has something “big” planned for DC.
But Mr. Bailey has an idea to keep everyone in line: each person on the bus is going to have the chance to tell a story. It can be fact or fiction, realistic or fantastical, dark or funny or sad. It doesn’t matter. Each person gets a story, and whoever tells the best one will get an automatic A in the class.But in the middle of all the storytelling, with secrets and confessions coming out, Jeff only has one thing on his mind—can he live up to the super successful story published in the school newspaper weeks ago that convinced everyone that he was someone smart, someone special, and someone with something to say.
In her debut novel, Kim Zarins breathes new life into Chaucer’sThe Canterbury Tales in a fresh and contemporary retelling that explores the dark realities of high school, and the subtle moments that bring us all together.
Thoughts: As an English major, I’ve read bits and pieces of The Canterbury Tales multiple times throughout my school years. I’m not exactly in love with it, but I do find the framing and the whole idea incredibly interesting, kind of like my obsession with any and all 1001 Nights retellings. I like stories that set-up other stories. I cannot stop talking about this book. I’ve always wanted this book to exist and now that it does, I only know that I need it and it needs more attention. It’s finally starting to get more attention, which I’m excited about, especially since I can’t wait to see how she modernizes all of the characters and tells stories through all of them (especially since Chaucer never finished what is considered to largely be his masterpiece). Plus, Kim Zarins is another incredibly sweet author who is fine when I retweet everything she posts because I need everyone to know about this book.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?