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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Seafire & The Surface Breaks

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: Two tales from above and below the shore!

Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: August 28th, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord's powerful fleet.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Pairing gorgeous prose with pulse-pounding action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

Generally, if it's a pirate book, I want to read it... but a pirate book with a female captain and an entire female crew? Automatic need.

On a side note, how much do you guys want to bet that the person who designed this cover is the same person who designed the U.S. edition of Stephanie Garber's Caraval?

Natalie C. Parker wears many hats: author, editor, entrepreneur. She is the author of Southern Gothic duology Beware the Wild (a Junior Library Guild Selection) and Behold the Bones (both available from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Seafire Trilogy (Razorbill, 2018). Her first anthology, Three Sides of a Heart, is an exploration of the love triangle (HarperTeen, 19 Dec 2017). Parker is the founder of Madcap Retreats, an organization offering a yearly calendar of workshops and retreats for aspiring and established writers. Though she earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati, she now lives on the Kansas prairie with her wife.
Connect with Natalie: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: May 3rd, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon  | Book Depository
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice?

What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and worldbuilding that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

"Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens"

I need to read this as soon as possible! Also, how fabulous is that cover?!
Louise O'Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel. She went from hanging out on set with A-list celebrities to spending most of her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.
Connect with Louise: Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
What do you guys think? Have you heard of these books before? Are they already on your TBR? Is this the first time you're hearing about them? Let me know!


  1. I love that are so many sea stories out and coming up!! A true escape for me (because I will never set foot on a boat LOL). Seafire looks amazing and Surface Breaks is just the pretties thing ever. I'm hoping there will be poster swag for that one. xD

  2. Oooh nice! Started to hear about these two! Definitely ones I will be keeping an eye on!!

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  3. Caledonia sounds like my type of girl!

  4. Wait, did you say a pirate book with a female captain and an entire female crew? Yep, it's definitely an automatic need! Also, I think the cover of the second book is quite lovely :)

  5. OMG!! I want them BOTH! I really love that cover for Seafire and I am heading over to GR right now to add The Surface Breaks because you have me super excited for it. Thanks for sharing these. :)

  6. Seafire looks very good, plus that cover is awesome. And pirates. :) This is one of those I might get for the cover even if I didn't WANT to read it- which I do!

  7. Oh man... I do think you made me want both of these books!

  8. Ohhhh my goodness! The Surface Breaks is a new one to me but I already know I need it in my life. THAT COVER!!

  9. Oh! I just recently added Seafire on Goodreads! It sounds like it's going to be SO GOOD. I cannot wait! I'm adding The Surface Breaks now, so thank you for sharing! I'm incredibly happy you brought it to my attention. 🙌

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  10. Seafire sounds exciting! I love the covers for both of these. Thanks for sharing.💜

  11. Omg!! The Surface Breaks one looks amazing. Immediately added it to my TBR!

  12. Yasss I have both these added but THOSE COVERS ARE UNREAL WITH LEVELS OF GORGEOUSNESS. It should be illegal. My eyes can't take it. *falls in love*

  13. Hadn't heard of either of these, but pretty sure I need to read both! Thanks for bringing them to my attention. Off to add to my TBR!!

  14. These covers are absolutely GORGEOUS, I am so in love <3 I especially can't wait to read The Surface Breaks, it sounds amazing <3 Great choices! :)

  15. EEEP I'M SO STOKED FOR BOTH OF THESE NOW!! I haven't seen Seafire before, but after all the amazing pirate books this year, I am DOWN for more. <3 The Surface Breaks has the prettiest cover!!!! <3

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

  16. Oh, THESE COVERS :D I am dying of beauty. They are both SO stunning. <3 And the stories sounds so so good. Ahhh. I am curious about them both :D Lovely picks Brittany. <3 Hope you'll love them lots :)

  17. A feminist retelling of the Little Mermaid? YES PLEASE :)

  18. Wonder Woman? Mad Max? I need Seafire in my life. Why haven't heard of this book before? WHY?!

    OMG! The cover of The Surface Breaks is so pretty. *.*

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  19. Holy crap, Seafire sounds SO good! Omg Brittany, you always point me towards the best books for the upcoming year. :D And you're probably right - the style is very similar to the Caraval one. It's a pretty cool simple one!

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

  20. Super super excited about Seafire! It'll be the first book by that author that I'll try. =) The Surface Breaks is new to me. I hope you enjoy both of these books, Brittany!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  21. I'm super excited about Seafire as well! I just won an ARC of that from a Goodreads giveaway! I'm so excited for it to arrive! I hadn't heard of the other book you mentioned, but it sounds awesome and I will have to check it out! :)

  22. Oh, I'm down for anything Natalie C. Parker writes! And The Surface Breaks sounds so good! Great picks! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  23. Seafire is one I have been excited to check out for sure. Not familiar with the other title but I do love the cover :)

  24. Oh oh, they both look pretty good *smile* they could easily fit on my shelves... Thanks for sharing. I might need to give my wishlist more space *lol*

    Best wishes

  25. I didn't give Seafire a second thought until I read and loved Daughter of the Pirate King. Now I'm itching for more female pirates.