Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lantern's Ember & Mirage

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!


The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House)
Pub. Date: September 11, 2018
Preorder Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
A bold and ghostly stand-alone from New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck, with all the moodiness of Sleepy Hollow and all the romance her fans love.

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It's difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O'Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack's warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

This cover first caught my attention because it reminded me of my beloved Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. However, this Halloween-esque read sounds dazzling. 


This honestly sounds like the Meet Joe Black retelling I've been waiting for, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. 

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
Connect with Colleen: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pub. Date: August 28th, 2018
Preorder Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty―and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

This beautiful cover and excerpt were revealed on Monday (Feb. 19th) on EW, and it's made me even more excited for this book.


Since I was a kid, I've always been a sucker for the stories of "twin" characters who switch places for whatever reason, the drama of this plotline is always so tantalizing to me... and this is a fantasy so this one is high on my TBR this year. 

Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment. Mirage is her debut, and is due from Flatiron Books in fall 2017.
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23 comments:

  1. Mirage has been on my radar for some time and I CANNOT WAIT.

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  2. I'm also super excited for Mirage! Summer and fall are shaping up to be a great time for new releases :)

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    1. It sounds so good, and the cover is beautiful. I can't wait!

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  3. Eee, that first cover is SO GORGEOUS :D Ahhhh. Love it so. The next cover looks great too, though ;) And both books sounds awesome. <3 I hope you will love them both lots and lots Brittany :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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    1. Right? I hope you added both of these to your TBR ^_^

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  4. Oh this is fabulous!!!! I also saw the cover to Mirage the other day and I admit I fell in love with it!!!!!!

    Great picks! :)

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  5. YAAASSSSS to The Lantern's Ember! I remember hearing about this one last year and immediately became excited! I cannot wait to read this one!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. It sounds so good and I can't wait to read it. I hope we both love it.

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  6. I haven't had any luck yet with books by Colleen Houck. But I do have to admit that's one amazing cover! And Mirage just sounds fantastic. Love me some science fiction! :D

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    1. This will be my first book from Colleen Houck and it sounds good so hopefully it'll be great.

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  7. Okay, I want both of those... but I have to have The Lantern's Ember. That cover calls to me so much! Great choices!

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    1. They're beautiful and they sound so great. I hope we both love them.

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  8. Ooh I just saw the cover reveal for Mirage yesterday and I am so interested in it! It sounds great. The Lantern's Ember sounds amazing also and is new to me! Great picks! :)

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    1. I hope they are both as good as they look because then DAMN haha

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I am dying for Lanterns Ember!! It looks absolutely amazing.

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  10. HOLY HECK these both sound incredible?!? I hadn't even heard of them before and now I'm dying with need completely. *screams internally* The Lantern's Ember particularly sounds like such a me book!!!

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    1. Well, I'm glad you know about them now! I think they're going to be fantastic ^_^

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  11. I love the sound of both books, but a sort of Meet Joe Black retelling? Please, give it to me now!!
    Thank you SO much for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier :)

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    1. I mean, that's what it reminds me of? I can't wait to find out.

      My pleasure, I love your blog!

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  12. I love the covers of both of these. I'll check them out on Goodreads. Thanks for the heads-up! 🙌

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