Waiting on Wednesday: The Mercies Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Title: The Mercies
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publication date: February 11, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genres: Fiction, Historical, LGBT


“Every once in a while, a modern day parable, perfectly told, reflects all that could happen in a world gone mad.” – Adriana Trigiani

Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardø must fend for themselves.

Three years later, a sinister figure arrives. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who is both heady with her husband’s authority and terrified by it. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God, and flooded with a mighty evil.

As Maren and Ursa are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both, the island begins to close in on them, with Absalom’s iron rule threatening Vardø’s very existence.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Title:The Will and the Wilds
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg 
Publication date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: 47North
Genres: Fantasy, Romance


A spellbinding story of truce and trickery from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician series.

Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.

Maekallus’s help isn’t free. His price? A kiss. One with the power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna’s kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It’s a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time.

Enna shares Maekallus’s suffering, but her small sacrifice won’t last long. If she and Maekallus can’t break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna’s soul with him. 

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Treat Yo Shelf: November 2019 Recap


November 2019: Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I highlight the books I read in the last month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

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I am so grateful for Stephanie Garber, who reached out to me and gifted me copies of the Dutch editions for her Caraval series. Thank you, Stephanie.

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Book of the Month Picks (Regular and YA):


Waterstone’s Edition of the Night Circus


Owlcrate Exclusives:

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I bought several editions of The Queen of Nothing to complete my collection:


I also bought several editions of The Starless Sea including Waterstone’s special editions, Illumicrate’s editions, Fox & Wit’s edition, and Goldsboro edition.


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How did you treat your shelves in November?