“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Release date: May 12th

From Goodreads

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Why I am waiting anxiously…

This is inspired by One Thousand and One Nights which has always fascinated me. I am excited to see which direction this story takes and I have really got in to “fairytale retellings” recently.

Also, what a pretty cover! I think this will definitely be a book I want a physical copy of!

Add The Wrath and The Dawn to your TBR list on Goodreads

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Much booky love,
E. St. C.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish starring a particular theme.

This week’s topic is all about books we have added to our To-Be-Read list recently. I actually just went straight to Goodreads and picked out the last ten I added, and I was pleasantly surprised!

1. Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn Magic

I have really enjoyed Jennifer Estep’s other series so when I heard there was going to be a new one I added it straight to my TBR list. I am really lucky though as NetGalley has given me a copy to review! Yay! No more waiting!

2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton


I picked this up in a ‘buy one get one half price’ deal at a service station, so I added it to my TBR list when I got home.

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

This was the other half of the ‘buy one get one free’ deal and it is one of those books I have been meaning to read for a long time, but never actually bought it…now I have no excuses!

4. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

House of the Scorpion

I read the first few chapters of this book on PulseIt and now I really want to read the rest!

5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars

This was a book I found when watching one of Little Book Owl‘s vlogs and I have heard so many good things, I finally bought it! Yay! See my Book Haul.

Here is a description from Goodreads

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

6. Illuminae

This is another one I found thanks to Little Book Owl, it doesn’t have a cover yet but it sounds really good!

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

7. Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart

Blood Song

This one intrigued me, read this description…

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.
Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.

Ok, I thought, Vampire. But apparently not! I want to understand!

8. The Discworld Graphic Novels

Discworld Graphic Novels

I love the Discworld novels, i have been working my way through them for about five years. I found this in my local library last week and knew I had to pick it up!

9. Dune by Frank Herbert


Another library book, one of those I feel as a lover of fantasy I should have read long ago!

10. Laminar Flow by Timothy H. Cook

Laminar Flow

The title drew me to this book, as I worked with my head in a laminar flow for a year. Then I read the description and knew I had to add it to my TBR list!

What does being a doctor really feel like? What is it like to get called out in the middle of the night to care for a desperately ill patient, to be the one everyone depends on? Bob Gilsen knows only too well. And what does a fifteenth century physician, who gets called out in the middle of the night in winter, possibly have to offer his patient? This is the beginning of The Book of Drachma, a novel of medicine, murder, fantasy, and self-discovery, set in two times and places.

And a bonus- The Only Friends You Need by Flic Everett

Only Friends you need

Yeh, I know, I said only ten, but this is a self published book by Flic Everett who taught a creative writing workshop at the Bath Literature festival, so I really wanted to feature it again…

Six Friends. Six very different people. Laura, Maggie, Della, Chris, Matt and Susie have been friends for years. They know each other inside out- and they don’t need anyone else.

This funny, insightful novel explores what true friendship really means and whether it’s possible to remain friends forever- even when your own happiness is at risk.

Why we should all pre-order a book: A reader’s point of view

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I recently pre-ordered All Fall Down by Ally Carter, and as I clicked the little green button, I realised that I had probably pre-ordered a book less than five times in my life. As a girl who has read well over 1000 books, this thought shocked me.

First, I should point out that this post is predominantly about pre-ordering on amazon.co.uk as I have not ever pre-ordered on any other sites. However, after looking around, I noticed that most of the information in this post is true for the bigger bookshops as well as quite a few indie stores.

When you pre-order a book, you are not charged until the order is dispatched. Amazon also do this really cool thing called the pre-order price guarantee…

“For items with a future release date, the Amazon.co.uk price may change between the time of order and the date the item is dispatched. We don’t charge you until we dispatch an item; therefore, when you pre-order selected books, … you’ll be charged the lowest price offered by Amazon.co.uk between the time the order was placed and the item’s release date.

If the price is lowered on the release date and your order has already been dispatched, we’ll automatically refund the difference between the price you were charged and the release-date price.” (From Amazon)

(I must add, after doing a quick check, this is also true for Waterstones)

This all sounds pretty cool, not to mention the reasons why pre-ordering is great for our beloved authors.

1. Pre-ordering helps them get on the bestsellers lists. All pre-orders count towards the first week of sales, which is when an author is most likely to go on a bestsellers list. This may seem like a shallow thing to worry about, like a popularity contest, but it is really important for an author to get noticed, get their work read and be known. If they can prove they have a large reader base, this can help them get more marketing from their publisher and there is a greater chance of future books.  Good news for us! (Even well published authors get worried about their next book being accepted!)

2. Pre-ordering may result in a re-order. The book hasn’t been released and retailers have already run out, they ask for another batch of books from the publisher.  Again, this is brilliant for an author- retailers and publishers getting excited about a book which has sold out before being put on the shelves often leads to….

3. More space in the bookshops. If ten people have already pre-ordered a book in their local bookshop, the manager is much more likely to make space for that book on their shelves. It is selling well, and it hasn’t been displayed, why wouldn’t they? And books being displayed leads to a wider reader base, which leads to more sales and more book deals for our favourite author. Awesome!

All of these things mean that authors get more sales, and SALES ARE GOOD! For our author, and, in turn, for us, their devoted readers. If our favourite author gets lots of sales, their publishers will take note of this, which could be vital for not only for the continuation of a series, but as stated above, any other book they might write. If they have already proven they can sell big, they are likely to be published again. Which is excellent news for us.

So. Pre-ordering books is important. But I never did it. Why? Maybe due to a lack of money (“If I pre-order that book that doesn’t come out until the summer, will I still have that money in my account when it is released?”), maybe due to a need for instant gratification (I just never saw the point in committing to something I won’t get for six months). So, if you feel a bit like I used to, here are some reasons that are closer to home that might change your mind.

1. You get that book first! Well, apart from those lovely reviewers who posted all about their ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). Reading a book on the first day it comes out is brilliant, as you won’t have to suffer from spoilers. And you can feel really smug when telling all your friends how brilliant it is, but you “can’t say anything, it might spoil it”, which, lets be honest, is a great feeling. Also, you don’t have to queue all night outside a bookstore just to arrive at the counter to be told they ran out. (Who would be crazy enough to do this? Well, er, um!)

2. Surprise! If it is a hard copy, you get that great feeling of opening a mystery package that just arrived (“Hmm, I haven’t ordered anything in forever, whatever could it be?”). If it is an e-book, it will just appear on your kindle or nook or other e-reader device (and you will feel like Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy all came at once). If you preorder a book six months in advance, there is a very real possibility you will forget that TODAY is the day. (Cue high-pitched fan-girl squealing.)

3. You might get exclusive deals from the author. Lots of authors now run contests and giveaways for their loyal fans who pre-order their books (“I most definitely would like a bag with a quote from your book on it, thank you!”).

4. You don’t have to rely on your bad memory. As I already mentioned, I read a LOT of books. Too many. My parents used to tell me off for the amount I read, which I do not think is normal parent-child behaviour. Although I might really love an author, I am usually waiting for about five books to come out at any one time, and my TBR pile is obnoxiously huge, so I might, might, just forget to actually buy that book I have been looking forward to for months.  But if I pre-ordered that book when I spotted it, I don’t have to worry about remembering, it arrives in a parcel of joy, and I am happy.

5. Be part of something amazing. If a book you pre-ordered hits a bestseller list, you can say, I helped to do that. And an author will be eternally grateful that there are readers out there that cared enough to pre-order their wonderful book.

So, if I haven’t convinced you by now, I probably never will. If I have, go and type in your favourite author’s name into Google, and see if they have any upcoming releases. Or go and look for some new authors and support their work. You might just pre-order the book of the next J.K. Rowling.

Lots of booky love
E. St. C