Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Can't Wait to Read Wednesday: The Hexologists / The Wake-Up Call / The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch / The Strangers on Montagu Street

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Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.

Magical artifacts, rivals coming together for a common cause, and a witch-y Jane Austen re-telling--I cannot wait to read each of these books!

The Hexologists (#1) by Josiah Bancroft
(Orbit, September 26, 2023; 409 pgs)  
The first book in a wildly inventive and mesmerizing new fantasy series from acclaimed author Josiah Bancroft where magical mysteries abound and only one team can solve The Hexologists.

The Hexologists, Iz and Warren Wilby, are quite accustomed to helping desperate clients with the bugbears of city life. Aided by hexes and a bag of charmed relics, the Wilbies have recovered children abducted by chimney-wraiths, removed infestations of barb-nosed incubi, and ventured into the Gray Plains of the Unmade to soothe a troubled ghost. Well-acquainted with the weird, they never shy away from a challenging case.

But when they are approached by the royal secretary and told the king pleads to be baked into a cake—going so far as to wedge himself inside a lit oven—the Wilbies soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could very well see the nation turned on its head. Their effort to expose a royal secret buried under forty years of lies brings them nose to nose with a violent anti-royalist gang, avaricious ghouls, alchemists who draw their power from a hell-like dimension, and a bookish dragon who only occasionally eats people.

Armed with a love toughened by adversity and a stick of chalk that can conjure light from the darkness, hope from the hopeless, Iz and Warren Wilby are ready for a case that will test every spell, skill, and odd magical artifact in their considerable bag of tricks. [Goodreads Summary]

The Wake-Up Call
by Beth O'Leary
(Berkley, September 26, 2023; 367 pgs)  
Two hotel receptionists--and arch-rivals--find a collection of old wedding rings and compete to return them to their owners, discovering their own love story along the way.

It's the busiest season of the year, and Forest Manor Hotel is quite literally falling apart. So when Izzy and Lucas are given the same shift on the hotel's front desk, they have no choice but to put their differences aside and see it through.

The hotel won't stay afloat beyond Christmas without some sort of miracle. But when Izzy returns a guest's lost wedding ring, the reward convinces management that this might be the way to fix everything. With four rings still sitting in the lost & found, the race is on for Izzy and Lucas to save their beloved hotel--and their jobs.

As their bitter rivalry turns into something much more complicated, Izzy and Lucas begin to wonder if there's more at stake here than the hotel's future. Can the two of them make it through the season with their hearts intact? [Goodreads Summary]

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch
by Melinda Taub
(Grand Central Publishing, October 3, 2023; 440 pgs)
A sparkling, witchy reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, told from the perspective of the troublesome and—according to her—much-maligned youngest Bennet sister, Lydia.

In this exuberant reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Lydia Bennet puts pen to paper to relate the real events and aftermath of the classic story from her own perspective. Some facts are well known: Mrs. Bennet suffers from her nerves; Mr. Bennet suffers from Mrs. Bennet, and all five daughters suffer from an estate that is entailed only to male heirs.

But Lydia also suffers from entirely different concerns: her best-loved sister Kitty is really a barn cat, and Wickham is every bit as wicked as the world believes him to be, but what else would you expect from a demon? And if you think Mr. Darcy was uptight about dancing etiquette, wait till you see how he reacts to witchcraft. Most of all, Lydia has yet to learn that when you’re a witch, promises have power . . .

Full of enchantment, intrigue, danger, and boundless magic, The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch, has all the irreverent wit, strength, and romance of Pride and Prejudice—while offering a highly unexpected redemption for the wildest Bennet sister.
[Goodreads Summary]

Do these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?

The Old(er) 
Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight those unread books on my TBR in her Books from the Backlog feature, reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!

I confess I am not a huge fan of Melanie, the main character in the Tradd St. series, but I love White's writing and keep thinking I need to give this series another chance. I've read the first two books and have had this one on my e-reader, waiting for me to make up my mind. I am leaning toward yes.

The Strangers on Montagu Street
(Tradd St. #3) by Karen White
(Berkley, 2011; 354 pgs)
With her relationship with writer Jack Treholm as shaky as the foundation of her family home, Melanie’s juggling a number of problems. Like restoring her Tradd Street house...and resisting her mother’s pressure to ‘go public’ with her talent—a sixth sense that unites them to the lost souls of the dead. But Melanie never anticipated her new problem.

Her name is Nola, Jack’s estranged young daughter who appears on their doorstep, damaged, lonely and defiantly immune to her father’s attempts to reconnect. Melanie understands the emotional chasm all too well. As a special, bonding gift Jack’s mother buys Nola an antique dollhouse—a precious tableaux of a perfect Victorian family. Melanie hopes the gift will help thaw Nola’s reserve and draw her into the family she’s never known.

At first, Nola is charmed, and Melanie is delighted—until night falls, and the most unnerving shadows are cast within its miniature rooms. By the time Melanie senses a malevolent presence she fears it may already be too late. A new family has accepted her unwitting invitation to move in—with their own secrets, their own personal demons, and a past that’s drawing Nola into their own inescapable darkness...
[Goodreads Summary]

Have you read The Strangers on Montagu Street?  Does this book sound like something you would like to read? 

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  1. I've considered the Beth O'Leary book because I've wanted to try her work. I have a very full list through the end of the year though.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. Anne - One of these days I will get around to trying one of her books. Every time I come across one, it sounds like something I would like. Thank you for visiting!

  2. Wow, these all look interesting. Really loved The Flatshare but haven't read another O'Leary book. I do want to try this one though.

    1. Barb - I have heard good things about The Flatshare and want to read that one as well as The Wake-Up Call. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. The Wake-up Call is on my TBR list too! I hope that we both enjoy it.

    1. Jodie - I hope we both enjoy it too! Thank you for visiting!

  4. I'm also waiting for The Wake-Up Call. I hope you enjoy all of these books.

  5. I'm getting ready to start the Beth O'Leary book and am very excited for it since I've had such good luck with her books in the past.

    1. Suzanne - I look forward to reading your thoughts on Wake-Up Call. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. I just added The Wake-Up Call to my TBR list. The premise sounds fun! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Ashley - I think so too! I hope we both enjoy it. Thank you for visiting!

  7. The Tradd Street series is one I'm really wanting to read and I've seen so many great reviews for Beth O'Leary's books.

    1. Katherine - Hopefully Melanie and I will warm up to each other. LOL Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Nice picks! I'm looking forward to The Hexologists too.


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