Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 12: Shimmer and Burn, by Mary Taranta

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

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As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
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Here's my choice for this week!

 Shimmer and Burn 
Mary Taranta
Hardcover,  336 pages
Margaret K. McElderry Books
August 8, 2017 
Young Adult Fiction

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

Why I can't wait for this one!

The first thing that caught my eye, of course, was that breathtakingly GORGEOUS cover!! Then I read the plot and was like, WOW. We have magic, some romance, and political machinations! This reminds me of the Games of Thrones books! (Which I haven't read yet, lol....) So of course I want this book! And the sequel, too!! Looking forward to August!! YASSSS!!!! All in all, this is a VERY impressive debut novel, and that's another reason I'm interested!!

I write stories about bloodshed and tears, and in some cases, kissing.

Born and raised in rural Ohio, I now live in the sprawling suburbs of Central Florida wherein I complain about the heat, pay homage to the air conditioner, and prefer to drink my iced tea sweet. 


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  1. What a wonderful pick this week. You are right, it does sort of sound like GoT and the cover is truly stunning. I just may have to add it to my wishlist as well.

    Hope you are having wonderful spring weather in your neck of the wood and that you are getting lots of reading done.

    1. Hi, Barb!

      Glad you like my pick!! Yeah, it does sound like "Game of Thrones", doesn't it? And that cover! Of course, the minute I saw it, I was drawn to the book!

      We are indeed having some nice spring weather. The temps have sometimes gone up to 85F (OUCH!), but then it cools down at night. We even had temps in the fifties, a couple of nights in a row.

      As for reading..... :( Since I'm a slow reader, and the blog takes up so much of my time, I've been lagging a bit. It's not just publishing blog posts, but also replying to comments, and commenting back. But I firmly believe this is necessary. It's part of blogging.

      Thanks for the GREAT comment!! <3 :)

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    1. Hi, Lisa! It SURE does! Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by! <3 :)

  3. Beautiful cover! I hope you enjoy this book!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Hi, Ronyell! Yes, isn't it? I KNOW I'm going to enjoy this book! Thanks for dropping by! <3 :)

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    1. Hi, Tressa! Glad to hear it! Thanks for commenting back! <3 :)

  5. You're right about this book: WOW!! It looks AMAZING! And I love that it's about sisters - those relationships are rare in YA and we desperately need more of them.
    I really like that cover too, I very rarely see yellow/gold covers!!

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my WoW post, Maria! And SO sorry I'm late for stopping by yours!! The day ran away with me :(
    Have a fantastic rest of the week!! <3 <3 *HUGS*

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Hi, Amy!

      I'm SO glad you're interested in this book, too!! And I agree -- it's so nice that the plot involves sisters. You're right that we need more of this type of thing in YA fiction.

      You know, now that I think about it, I haven't seen that many yellow/gold covers, either. That's part of what makes this particular cover so stunning!

      You're more than welcome for my visit, Amy! And don't feel bad for coming by "late"! Heck, sometimes I don't comment on a post until 3 or 4 days later! There's just not that much time, so, no worries! <3 <3

      Thanks for the SUPER nice comment!! Hope you have a very Happy Easter, full of blessings!! <3 <3 :) :)

  6. Maria, you find the books with the best covers without fail -- and intriguing plots too, but always the lovely covers!

    1. Hi, Verushka!

      Yeah, I'm always on the lookout for GREAT covers! If a cover doesn't appeal to me, chances are the plot won't, either. So far, stunning covers have turned out to have equally stunning plots behind them!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! Hope you're having a GREAT weekend! Happy Easter!! <3 <3 :) :)


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