Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.
Release Date: March 2, 2021 by Wednesday Books
A gorgeously gothic, deeply romantic YA debut fantasy about two enemies trapped inside a crumbling mansion, with no escape from the monsters within.
Honor your oath, destroy your country.
Wren Southerland is the most talented healer in the Queen’s Guard, but her reckless actions have repeatedly put her on thin ice with her superiors. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate to cure his servant from a mysterious disease, she seizes the chance to prove herself.
When she arrives at Colwick Hall, Wren realizes that nothing is what it seems. Particularly when she discovers her patient is actually Hal Cavendish, the sworn enemy of her kingdom.
As the snowy mountains make it impossible to leave the estate, Wren and Hal grow closer as they uncover a sinister plot that could destroy everything they hold dear. But choosing love could doom both their kingdoms.
Allison Saft’s Down Comes the Night is a snow-drenched, gothic, romantic fantasy that keeps you racing through the pages long into the night. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: A dilapidated mansion, being snowed in, and sworn enemies? I'm intrigued!
Release Date: March 2, 2021 by Park Row Books/Harper Collins
In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course.
Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.
Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.
One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose—selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.
In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.
With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating exploration of women rebelling against a man’s world, the destructive force of revenge and the remarkable ways that women can save each other despite the barrier of time. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I am very excited about Sarah Penner's novel based on that description alone!
Do Comes the Night and The Lost Apothecary interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!
In a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth?
It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors about an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power. It is an alchemist's dream, with recipes for gold, immortality, and undying love. But while those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it.
As a storm of intrigue and desire circles the republic that grew from the sea, Luciano, a penniless orphan with a quick wit and an even faster hand, is plucked up by an illustrious chef and hired, for reasons he cannot yet begin to understand, as an apprentice in the palace kitchen. There, in the lavish home of the most powerful man in Venice, he is initiated into the chef's rich and aromatic world, with all its seductive ingredients and secrets. It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness. After he witnesses a shocking murder in the Palace dining room, he realizes that nothing is as it seems and that no one can be trusted. Armed with a precocious mind and an insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing open the shutters of his mind, inflame his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.
Rich with the luxurious colors and textures of Venice, The Book of Unholy Mischief delights the senses and breathes fresh life into an age defined by intellectual revival and artistic vibrancy. A luminous and seductive novel, it is, at its heart, a high-spirited tribute to the fruits of knowledge and the extraordinary power of those who hold its key. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Venice at the beginning of the Renaissance, murder, an ancient book--it's no wonder this one landed on my TBR shelf in 2009. I have no good reason for not having read it. Just another case of too many books and too little time . . .
Have you read The Book of Unholy Mischief? Does this book sound like something you would like to read?
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The description for The Lost Apothecary is amazing! I'm intrigued and I hope you get to read it soon because I'd love to hear what you think about it!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - Doesn't it sound good? I can't wait to read The Lost Apothecary. I hope to read it soon too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Lost Apothecary is one I really want to read too!ReplyDelete
Stephanie - It sounds so good! I hope we both get a chance to read it and love it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
oh my, The Lost Apocathery looks and sounds fanatstic! The dual timelines and stories intersectiting sounds so good!ReplyDelete
Verushka - I think so too! I can't wait to read The Lost Apothecary. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have been seeing The Lost Apothecary everywhere lately! It really does sound like a wild ride. I think that it needs to make its way to my tbr as well. I hope that you enjoy all of these books when you get to reading them! :)ReplyDelete
Olivia - I hope it lives up to the hype because it sure does sound good, doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by!Delete
All three books sound fabulous, Wendy! I love the sound of The Book of Unholy Mischief and Down Comes the Night, in particular! Oh for a reading clone to be able to cram them all in...ReplyDelete
Sarah - I admit the cover of The Book of Unholy Mischief isn't a favorite, but every time I read that synopsis, I know I have to read it. And Down Comes the Night sounds really good too. I wouldn't mind a reading clone, or better yet, a time turner. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have eARCs of the first two books, and I"m looking forward to both of them!ReplyDelete
Tammy - I hope we both love them when we read them! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Love the cover of The Lost Apothecary! And I really should do something with all the books I have sitting on my physical TBR shelf too! Hope you get to these soon, and thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post on Lisa Loves Literature!ReplyDelete
Lisa - Isn't it gorgeous? I love that cover too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I love the covers of all those books--so atmospheric! And they sound so good, too! I may have to start including some of my TBR books, too!ReplyDelete
Jan - I look forward to diving into them someday--preferrably soonish. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Lost Apothecary is one I'm really excited for too. That gorgeous cover caught my eye but then the fact that it's about a female apothecary really sold me on it.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - The Lost Apothecary sounds too good to resist. I like that it features a female apothecary as well. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have the audiobook for The Lost Apothecary and look forward to listening to it. I hope we both enjoy it Wendy.ReplyDelete
Carla - I hope we both love The Lost Apothecary when we read it too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Too many books too little time is right! The Book of Unholy Mischief sound great. I have a copy of Down Comes the Night that I am looking forward to reading soon.ReplyDelete
Carole - If only we could add a day to the week for reading--at least. I hope we both enjoy Down Comes the Night. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Love the cover on The Lost Apothecary. All the books sound good. Hope you enjoy them when you get to them.ReplyDelete
Laura - I love the cover of The Lost Apothecary too. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Oooh! Lots of interesting books here, especially the Lost Apothecary! Great picks!ReplyDelete
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Ronyell - Thank you!Delete
All three of these sound fantastic. That first one especially, but the apothecary one also, and venice...ReplyDelete
Greg - They all sound good, don't they? I need more reading time!! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I haven't read the Venitian mystery but I agree, there are good reasons why you have it on your shelf :) The first two look good too, so many great books, so little time !ReplyDelete
Iza - I look forward to reading it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
A snow-drenched, gothic, romantic fantasy? Yes, please! Down Comes the Night sounds like everything I love. Thanks for sharing! I hope you enjoy all of these! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - Down Comes the Night does sound irresistible, doesn't it? I look forward to reading it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Ooh...Down Comes the Night looks really good! But then so do the other two. So many books!ReplyDelete
Lark - I hope they will be as good as they sound! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Down Comes the Night sounds like a good one to me.ReplyDelete
Mary - I think so too. Fingers crossed it will be! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've had my eye on The Lost Apothecary for a while, it sounds great! The Book of Unholy Mischief sounds so interesting, I'll have to check that one out.ReplyDelete
Jordan - I'm really looking forward to reading The Lost Apothecary. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Oh I love the sound of Down Comes the Night!! I definitely have to check that one out! Great choices!ReplyDelete
Penelope - I hope you enjoy it if you do! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Down Comes the Night and the Apothecary one both sound super interesting!ReplyDelete
Dianthaa - I'm excited about both. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Those two upcoming release have such pretty covers! The stories sound pretty good too :) And, The Book of Unholy Mischief... I remember when that one was a popular book among book bloggers. It's probably still on my TBR list! hahah...ReplyDelete
Iliana - I think so too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
All of the book covers make the books enticing. I wonder who the book cover artists are. Maybe someone should do a post on the artists...hint, hint.ReplyDelete
Laura - Book covers certainly help draw attention to a book. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Lost Apothecary sounds so good! I'm adding it onto my wishlist! :)ReplyDelete
Melody - I think so too! I hope it will be. Thank you for visiting!Delete
These all sound really good!ReplyDelete
I love the cover for The Lost Apothecary!
Jess - Isn't it a pretty cover? I like it too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete