{Can’t Wait Wednesday} That’s Not What Happened ~ Phoenix Unbound ~ The Wicked King

Posted March 28, 2018 by Bee, Liza & Leah in Waiting on Wednesday / 26 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Wishful Endings, in which we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for


{Can’t Wait Wednesday} That’s Not What Happened ~ Phoenix Unbound ~ The Wicked King

That's Not What Happened

by Kody Keplinger
Published on August 28th 2018
by Scholastic Press
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it's not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did--and didn't--happen that day.

Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

Why I’m Waiting: This sounds like a very intense book and I’m curious if it’ll actually be intense too. This could either be a really great and mind-blowing book or it’ll be a huge miss.


{Can’t Wait Wednesday} That’s Not What Happened ~ Phoenix Unbound ~ The Wicked King

Phoenix Unbound

by Grace Draven
Series: Fallen Empire #1
Published on September 25th 2018
by Ace
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Also by this author: Radiance, Master of Crows (Master of Crows, #1), The Brush of Black Wings (Master of Crows, #2), Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods (Wraith Kings #1.5, Master of Crows #2.5), The Lightning God's Wife (Master of Crows, #1.5)

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.

Why I’m Waiting: Because I’ve yet to read a book by Draven that I don’t absolutely love! A new series is beyond exciting.


{Can’t Wait Wednesday} That’s Not What Happened ~ Phoenix Unbound ~ The Wicked King

The Wicked King

by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #2
Published on January 8th 2019
by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Also by this author: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, White Cat, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1), The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Why I’m Waiting: I don’t know where Holly Black is taking things, but I’m ready to see what’s in store for The Wicked King.

What are you waiting for this week?

Bee, Liza & Leah

About Grace Draven

Grace Draven is a Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, kids and a big, doofus dog. She has loved storytelling since forever and is a fan of the fictional bad boy.

About Holly Black

Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart). She is also the co-editor of three anthologies, Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier), and Welcome to Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner). Her most recent works are the middle grade novel, Doll Bones, and the dark fantasy stand-alone, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

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