Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday!


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for:
Chain of Gold
Cassandra Clare
Series: The Last Hours, #1
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Goodreads
Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
Why I want to read this book

First, let's just look at the cover. *sigh* So, beautiful! Regardless of your feelings for this author or her books, you have to admit, her covers are exquisite. Now, why I want to read this book. The Infernal Devices remains my favorite of her Shadowhunters books, and I am beyond excited that we get to catch up with Will and Tessa's children. The time period, the family history, gaining more insight on the backstories of other families -- this all excites me! I also love this world, so I will always want to read new Shadowhunter books.


A Little Wanting Song
Cath Crowley
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Goodreads
A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords. . .

CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie's mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she's visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She's got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she's not entirely unspectacular.

ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie's grandfather and spends her days watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but can't wait to leave their small country town. And she's figured out a way: she's won a scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. Charlie, who just might be Rose's ticket out.

Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose's "little wanting song" is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.
Why I want to read this book

After reading Words in Deep Blue, I became obsessed with reading Crowley's backlist. It's an utter disappointment, that all her books are not available in the US, but I go straight to Amazon, and one-click the ones I could. Let me tell you, Words was not a fluke, because I also found Graffiti Moon incredible. A Little Wanting Song has music, romance, a STEM girl, and friendship -- all elements I tend to adore, and I trust that Crowley would have assembled them is some spectacular way.

What are you waiting on?
Any backlog books you want to read soon? 
Let us know in the comments!

42 comments:

  1. What an amazing cover on Chain of Gold. Wow. And A Little Wanting Song sounds wonderful- I love the sound of the music elements. I'm hoping to get back to doing CWW posts in the new year too.

    Happy NY!!!

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    1. Clare always has beautiful covers. I have grown to expect something epic every time. CWW is fun for me, but I also see it as my way to put a wish for a book out into the universe, and Carole's backlog meme has given me the push I needed to commit to my shelf books.

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  2. I have so many Cassandra Clare books on my shelf that I need to read! I hope that you enjoy both of these when you get the chance to read them. Happy New Year, Sam! :)

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    1. I think you can read each series separately. I read the series out of order, but I think reading TID before this series would be a good idea.

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  3. Doesn't it feel exciting to actually be facing a whole new year of books? I'm a bit hyper about all the great things I'll read this year! May it be a good booky year for all of us!

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    1. I always wish you a good book year! There are so many new pretties to get excited about.

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  4. Nice! Been seeing a lot of excitement for Cassie's new book! Hope you enjoy it once you get a hold of it! Also hope you enjoy your backlist title that's also totally new to me!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I am pretty good with the series. I need to finish the last TDA book, but I have read only a few of the novellas.

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  5. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Cath Crowley book. I haven't tried anything from her backlist yet but really want to.

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    1. There are not a ton of her books available electronically in the US, but I bought what I could. So far, she is 2 for 2 for me, so I am hoping this is a hit too

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  6. I need to catch up on Cassandra's books. Still have several sitting here waiting to be read. Her new one sounds great. And what a cover!

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    1. I have to read the last TDA book, but I don't think it's necessary for the new series.

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  7. I really want to try Cassandra Clare in 2020. I'm excited to see what the fuss is all about <3 Good luck with your reading this year!!

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    1. There's so many to choose from! I am a fan of the Infernal Devices, and this is the story of that couple's children, but honestly, I enjoyed them all.

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  8. I have only read one book by Cassandra Clare but I do want to read more (and I have quite a few hiding on my Kindle). A Little Wanting Song sounds fantastic. I hope you enjoy both of these, Sam!

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    1. My daughter is a huge CC fan, and I started out reading again, but reading all her books. I have grown to love this world and I like exploring the world of the Shadowhunters in different time periods and I also like the interconnectedness of all their lives.

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  9. Ooh, that cover on Chain of Gold really is gorgeous! I think I've only read one of her books, but the time period really intrigues me.

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    1. I like when Clare skips around in time. It's cool to see how Shadowhunters functioned in the different eras.

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  10. Chain of Gold has a gorgeous cover! And it sounds really good, so does A Little Wanting Song.

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    1. absolutely stunning. So far, I am really enjoying Wanting Song, but I am not surprised, because Crowley writes wonderful books.

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  11. I plan to make this year a year of finally tackling some of the backlogged books on my shelf. Happy New Year!

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    1. This meme has been a godsend to me, because it makes me accountable for reading the book. So, far, I have read every book I featured. Happy New Year to you too!

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  12. Chain of Gold is on my list too sam!!!

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  13. I'm so out of it that I didn't even know about Chain of Gold! How fun to go back and get to meet Will and Tessa's children. And that cover is so stunning!

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    1. The Will-Tessa-Jem thing broke me, but it's cool we see Tessa and Jem in TDA, and now we get to meet Tessa and Wills kids. I'm excited

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  14. The Infernal Devices will always be a favorite of mine even though I've retired on reading CC's Shadowhunter books. I am making an exception for Chain of Gold though. And I kinda miss Will Herondale... one of my OG book boyfriends lol.

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    1. I still enjoy the books. I don't read all the novellas, which my daughter does, but I do read the full lengths

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  15. Cath Crowley!!! I wanted to read Graffiti Moon and never got around to it. Anyway, hope this other book is fab for you.

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    1. If you have the book or can get it from your library, read Graffiti Moon. It's so wonderful!

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    1. I always have my backlist book, and I actually read it yesterday. It was wonderful

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  17. I'm so far behind on the Cassandra Clare books, need to catch up! Great picks this week!
    Check out my Wednesday post

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    1. I have to read the last TDA book, but other than that, I am good to go.

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  18. I didn't know you were a huge Shadowhunter fan! I am glad you enjoy the world. I have only read The Mortal Instruments and I did really enjoy that series :)

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    1. You know me, not a big fandom type, but my daughter loved the books, and I read all her books. Now I feel really involved in the world. I think she puts enough romance and melodrama in her books to keep me invested too

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  19. The Infernal Devices is my fave, too! I am so excited for this new series!

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    1. I don't know if it was the characters, the time period, or a combination of both, but TID just did it for me, and how could I not be excited to meet Tessa and Will's children?

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  20. Oh wow, the Shadowhunters series is going strong! I've only read two books from Shadowhunters and one book from the prequel series (I forget what it's called already).

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. I still have one TDA book to read, otherwise, I have read them all, and they are still good. Clare seems to have an endless stories for this world.

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  21. Cassandra Clare does come in for a fair amount of stick but I like her books. (Those I've read anyway!) The Infernal Devices was a favourite... Tessa/Will/Jem! ❤️
    The Mortal Instruments, I thoroughly enjoyed (even when it got really weird).
    The Dark Artifices look so pretty on my bookshelf and I'll definitely read them... At some point!

    As you said, the cover for Chain of Gold is so beautiful I KNOW it'll be on my bookshelf before long! How could I resist reading about more Herondales?!

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    1. CC had been teasing about this book since Clockwork Princess, so I am super excited it actually happened.

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