Waiting On Wednesday: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

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the enemies of versailles by sally christieThe Enemies of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #3) by Sally Christie
Release Date: September 13, 2016

In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress.

“That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute quite another kettle of fish.”

After decades suffering the King’s endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV’s daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility’s concerns.

Told in Christie’s witty and engaging style, the final book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the sumptuous and cruel world of eighteenth century Versailles, and France as it approaches inevitable revolution.

I love the Mistresses of Versailles series! I’ve reviewed book one (THE SISTERS OF VERSAILLES) and book two (THE RIVALS OF VERSAILLES) two times each. There’s just something about the author’s writing that tugs me into Versailles. I’ve learned a ton about Louis XV, his court, and his mistresses, and while I’m sad the series is almost finished, I’m excited to see Comtesse du Barry’s story.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer

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crossroads of canopy by thoraiya dyerCrossroads of Canopy (Titan’s Forest #1) by Thoraiya Dyer
Release Date: January 31, 2017

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she yearns to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy’s slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

I saw CROSSROADS OF CANOPY on someone else’s Waiting on Wednesday post last week and instantly added it to my TBR. I’m in the mood for fantasy — too bad I have to wait until next January for this one! But this book sounds quite unique, so it’ll be worth waiting for. I love the idea of a fantasy set in the trees, and the god/goddess system sounds neat, too. Plus it’s Ancient Greek inspired. Lots of great stuff in CROSSROADS OF CANOPY.

(BTW, while you’re here, make sure to check out my giveaway of INK AND BONE.)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

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not your sidekick by c.b. leeNot Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Release Date: September 8, 2016

Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

I heard about NOT YOUR SIDEKICK just after BEA, I think. Thank you, book Twitter! Superhero books aren’t always my thing (I never got into comics), but supervillains are a whole different matter. Plus it’s F/F scifi! If I had superpowers, I’d get my hands on NOT YOUR SIDEKICK now. :D

(BTW, while you’re here, make sure to check out my giveaway of INK AND BONE.)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Style by Chelsea M. Cameron

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style by chelsea m cameronStyle by Chelsea M. Cameron
Release Date: June 2016

Kyle Blake likes plans. So far, they’re pretty simple: Finish her senior year of high school, head off to a good college, find a cute boyfriend, graduate, get a good job, get married, the whole heterosexual shebang. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that plan. Not even Stella Lewis.

Stella Lewis also has a plan: Finish her senior year as cheer captain, go to college, finally let herself flirt with (and maybe even date) a girl for the first time and go from there.

Fate has other plans for Kyle and Stella when they’re paired up in their AP English class and something between them ignites. It’s confusing and overwhelming and neither of them know what to do about it. One thing they do know is that their connection can’t be ignored. The timing just isn’t right.

But is there ever a good time for falling in love?

Here I go again with contemporary! So unlike me. But I’m a fan of Chelsea M. Cameron, and I know STYLE will be just the thing when I need a pick-me-up. It sounds super cute, plus it’s an #OwnVoices book. Gimme!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Out On Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

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out on good behavior by dahlia adlerOut On Good Behavior (Radleigh University #3) by Dahlia Adler
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn’t mean she should—not when the person she’s eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren’t meant to be crossed.

But when Frankie learns she’s been on Samara’s mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam’s not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she’s afraid she’ll never find it as long as Frankie’s in her head.

Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who’s been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy…under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she’s afraid she might, she doesn’t want to throw Samara’s life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie’s heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.

This is what happens when you’re mostly away from the book/Twitter blogopshere — you totally miss books that are coming out soon. I remember Dahlia talking about this book on Twitter a while ago, and I just saw the teasers she’s been posting. Good thing June isn’t too far off! Of course, the upside to losing track of stuff is that time goes faster, so I don’t have a long wait for OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR. I don’t read much contemporary, but Dahlia’s one of the authors I’ll turn to when I want something good.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Star Wars: Catalyst

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star wars catalyst a rogue one storyStar Wars: Catalyst, a Rogue One story
Release Date: October 4, 2016

The must-have prequel novel to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” the upcoming film, set before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope,” that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

It’s really too early to feature CATALYST, but today is Star Wars Day! So I had to pick Star Wars book, and this is the one I’m most excited about for 2016. The trailer for Rogue One has me super excited for another movie (maybe more than The Force Awakens!). I’m still a diehard Star Wars Expanded Universe fan, but maybe this book will get me more into the new canon. Well, as long as it has some Bothans. Because you know they were involved in the theft of the Death Star I plans.

(Yes, I know I sound like a total nutcase unless you’re a Star Wars fan).

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Waiting on Wednesday: Tumbling by Caela Carter

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tumbling by caela carterTumbling by Caela Carter
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Work harder than anyone.
Be the most talented.
Sacrifice everything.
And if you’re lucky, maybe you will go to the Olympics.

Grace lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough.

Leigh, Grace’s best friend, has it all: a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life… and a secret that could ruin everything.

Camille wants to please her mom, wants to please her boyfriend, and most of all, wants to walk away.

Wilhemina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she won’t let anything stop her again. No matter what.

Monica is terrified. Nobody believes in her—and why should they?

By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.

I’ve seen TUMBLING on a few blogs now; it’s thanks to Waiting On Wednesday that I heard of it in the first place, and yay for that! I have a thing for gymnastics books, one that doesn’t get indulged often because there aren’t that many. TUMBLING is coming out at the perfect time. It sounds like there’s plenty of great characters… I can’t wait!

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Waiting on Wednesday: As I Descended by Robin Talley

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as i descended by robin talleyAs I Descended by Robin Talley
Release Date: September 6, 2016

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

I’m not the biggest fan of Shakespeare, but if anyone could write a Macbeth-inspired book and make me like it, it’s Robin Talley. And it’s F/F! Her other books have been 5 stars for me (LIES WE TELL OURSELVES and WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND), so I’m sure that I’ll love this one, too.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

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age of myth by michael j sullivanAge of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
Release Date: June 28, 2016

What does it mean if the gods can be killed? The first novel in an epic new fantasy series for readers of Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, and Scott Lynch.

Michael J. Sullivan’s trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership. Now, Sullivan’s stunning hardcover debut, Age of Myth, inaugurates an original five-book series, and one of fantasy’s finest next-generation storytellers continues to break new ground.

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer, Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom, and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.

I’ve been meaning to read Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria books for a while. Alas, I’ll probably never get to them, but that’s okay. Because AGE OF MYTH sounds even more like my sort of book. I’m hungering for good fantasy lately, and I tend to like stories where gods fall and annihilation threatens humankind. And I’m already curious about Persephone.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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nevernight by jay kristoffNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: August 9, 2016

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

Jay Kristoff is a writing machine! I greatly enjoyed his Lotus War series, and then ILLUMINAE with Amie Kaufman, and now he has a new series coming out? And I see now he has another new series coming in 2018! Hot damn.

Anywho, I’m excited for NEVERNIGHT because assassins, assassins, ASSASSINS! And is it just me, or does Mia’s last name remind you of corvids (crows?) I swear those are some bird wings on that cover. As usual, I’m sure Jay will crush my heart in NEVERNIGHT, and I can’t wait.

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