Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Here at Completely Booked, this week’s picks for Waiting on Wednesday are:
Title: Royal Bastards
Author: Andrew Shvarts
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Summary (From Goodreads): Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.
At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.
Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.
Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.
The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey…
Thoughts: I’m 99% sure I added this book to my Goodreads TBR when it was called The Bastard Table or something similar and I didn’t really know anything about Andrew Shvarts, I just really liked the plot. The main character, Tilla, sounds like a badass, as do the rest of her band of merry little bastards and I decided that I needed this book. It’s only a bonus that Andrew Shvarts seems like the coolest human being and that he works on Pixelberry games, which I love more than anything. I mean, bastards, royalty and badass female characters sounds like the recipe for an amazing book.
Title: The Disappearances
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Summary (From Goodreads): What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?
Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.
As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
Thoughts: I love contemporary fantasy as a genre. I don’t know if it’s exactly magical realism, but I love contemporary novels with realistic settings that have mysterious magical happenings. If you read this Top 10 Tuesday post I wrote about books set in small towns, this seems like a book that I would love. Plus books about discovering the mysterious past of one’s parents and how they fit in to the grand scheme of things is one of my absolute favorite types of plots.
What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?