Can’t Wait Wednesday — 8/4/21

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday by Breaking the Spine. In this weekly post people share a book that they’re excited about being released.

I have always loved reading these posts, looking forward at books that people can’t wait for. But I always find that I want a list and it is just one book. So I decided I would share three upcoming books that I can’t wait for. If you click on the title of the book it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.

The Maleficent Seven by Cameron JohnstonThe Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnson

Publication Date: August 10th, 2021

When you are all out of heroes, all that’s left are the villains.

Black Herran was a dread demonologist, and the most ruthless general in all Essoran. She assembled the six most fearsome warriors to captain her armies: a necromancer, a vampire lord, a demigod, an orcish warleader, a pirate queen, and a twisted alchemist. Together they brought the whole continent to its knees… Until the day she abandoned her army, on the eve of total victory.

40 years later, she must bring her former captains back together for one final stand, in the small town of Tarnbrooke – the last bastion against a fanatical new enemy tearing through the land, intent on finishing the job Black Herran started years before.

Seven bloodthirsty monsters. One town. Their last hope.

I had planned on buddy reading this book in July, but unfortunately I wound up in a bit of a slump while reading The Jasmine Throne. I am pretty excited for this book! Morally grey characters, a band of warriors who must get back together and lots of dark humor. It’s only 400 pages unlike a lot of other fantasy ARCs that I have, so I’m hoping I can read this one pretty quickly!

Mark of the Wicked by Georgia BowersMark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers

Publication Date: August 10th, 2021

A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked.

Magic always leaves its mark.

All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds.

When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead.

I have to admit, I totally picked this book up because of it’s cover. It’s got some dark themes, morally grey characters and witchcraft! It’s a creepy fantasy read and I really don’t read enough books like that! I’m hoping that this book is as good on the inside as it is on the outside!

The Sisters of the Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole DavisThe Sisters of the Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Publication Date: August 10th, 2021

The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis’s alternate Old West-set commercial fantasy adventure.

The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster’s sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta’s landmasters and debt slavery.

When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers.

But will Arketta’s dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?

I can’t believe that I haven’t read this one yet! I absolutely LOVED The Good Luck Girls and am super thrilled to have a copy of the sequel. The Good Luck Girls had western vibes and some heavy themes of sex trafficking, but it was such a powerful read. I loved the characters and felt like I really got to know each of them. I really am looking forward to reading this sequel!

Check out my review of The Good Luck Girls here!

Let’s Chat!

What upcoming books are you excited for? Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are you adding any of these books to your TBR? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about books that we can’t wait for!

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