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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Girls of Paper and Fire & For Muse of Fire

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

This week's theme: Badass Asian Fantasies . . . and fire! Lots of it!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Pub. Date: October 23, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

Is that cover stunning or what? I can't just stop staring at it because it's just so freaking beautiful. Also, what this synopsis doesn't tell you (but I've read about this online) is that the "forbidden romance" is the love between two female concubines... 

I never knew I needed this story in my life but now that I have had my eyes opened, I need this book immediately

Natasha Ngan is part young-adult author, part yoga-teacher, part habitual nap-taker. She grew up between Malaysia and the UK, speaking Chinese with her mother mainly as a way to talk about people without them understanding. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later worked as a fashion blogger, social media consultant and freelance writer. 
Natasha recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand and wineglass in the other. In reality, she mostly spends her time lost on the metro and offending locals with her French.

She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS are out now from Hot Key Books, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE will be published in Fall 2018 by Little Brown.
Connect with Natasha: Website | Twitter | Instagram 
For Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pub. Date: September 25, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
First in a fantasy trilogy that blends the cultures of South Asia and colonial-era France and features a girl with powers to bind the souls of the dead.

In a land ruled by a terrible tyrant and torn apart by threats of war and rebellion, Jetta and her family are known for their beautiful, almost magical, puppet shows. The trick is to make the puppets appear to move without sticks or strings. But the truth is Jetta has a secret ability that allows her to see the recently deceased and bind them to her puppets using her own blood. When the family's talents land them a coveted performance spot aboard a royal ship to Aquitan — a ship that is rumored to have a magical spring that cures all ailments — Jetta makes it her mission to uncover the cure for herself. Along the way, she meets a young smuggler with secrets of his own to protect, and Jetta finds herself face-to-face with difficult truths and impossible decisions that will change everything.

"Jetta has a secret ability that allows her to see the recently deceased and bind them to her puppets using her own blood"

The female MCs are really killing it this week with their badassery. I'm pretty sure that this book is going to be a win for me.

Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she’s written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son, and their pet snake. They do not own a cat.
Connect with Heidi: Website | Twitter | Instagram 

What do you guys think? Are they books on your TBR? Is this the first time you're hearing about them? Let me know! 


  1. These books aren't on my TBR, but they do have some beautiful covers <3 Especially the first book.

  2. I'M SO EXCITED FOR MUSE OF FIRE!! Heidi is amazing and her writing is best and I just?!? I want to read all her books, eep. Also super keen for Girls of Paper And Fire (fire is popular in titles these days hahha) and didn't realise it has an f/f ship and that's amazing!! Need!!

  3. I'm so glad you mentioned that the forbidden romance is between two female concubines. Now I really really want it! Finally something different from how these books usually go! And For Muse of Fire sounds so good too. I want them both now so badly!

    1. It really should be in the synopsis, because I wanted this book before knowing that but knowing about it makes it to the top of my TBR!


  5. I haven't seen these and I do think I want these as well!

  6. SOOOO excited for Girls of Paper and Fire! *squeals at Asian author* And WHAT!? It's an LGBT romance?! *flails*

    I didn't know Heidi's having a new book out!!! *flies to add to Goodreads TBR*

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    1. Omg I'm so, so excited for Girls of Paper and Fire... it's too stunning, I can't handle it.

      I hope we both love these ^_^

  7. Girls of Paper and Fire is one of the prettiest covers I have seen in ages and OMG I NEED IT. You always pick such awesome books!

    1. Right?! I think so too.

      And that's what I'm here for, to pick awesome books to make the TBR piles grow haha.

  8. She binds the dead to puppets??? I am instantly both terrified and intrigued!! I'll definitly be checking out both of these!

  9. Yesssss, I'm so excited for both of these! Awesome picks, Brittany <3
    Megan @

  10. Omg, I didn't know Heidi Heilig was coming out with another fantasy series!! I'M SO SHOOK AND HAPPY WITH EXCITEMENT AHHH *dances around* Also, I ADORE THE COVER FOR GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE. Asian heroines for the win!!!!

    (Also, the first reaction gif you posted is SO ACCURATE. @ ME)

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

  11. Ahh, those two covers are AAAAAMAZING :D I love the second one the most, haha. Curious about these books now. <3 Thank you for sharing lovely :) I hope you will love them both so so much when you get to read them.

  12. The book is very well written. Within a few pages, I found myself fully immersed in the story, and couldn't put the book down. If this was a book being marketed to actual adults, I would give it four or five stars. It is merely my concerns about tweens or young teens that makes me give the book such a low rating. I hope this helps you with a purchase decision concerning "Girls of Paper and Fire."

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