Can't Wait For...Yesterday's New Releases and *12* of Next Week's Titles! Please order now from your local indie or BN to help keep them in business! :)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Hi Bookworms!

Okay, I'm once again going to do something different for Waiting on Wednesday.

Normally, I like to pick a book with a recently revealed cover and talk about how hyped I am.

(I mean, if you want a post like that, check out yesterday's fangirling over the cover reveal of Marissa Meyer's INSTANT KARMA!)

But the economy is hurting right now, and if you have the money to support still-open or delivering indie bookstores and Barnes and Nobles, it will help keep them in business.

Right now, Amazon doesn't need your money the way our indies and BNs do. 

Yes, so do B&Ns! They've been in a lot of financial trouble and Amazon has significantly hurt them as well. In my area, we have two BNs. We only got our first indie last year. I have been shopping there for years and need them to stay healthy, too, and a lot of other readers are in the same boat!

If you want to still have a bookstore when this is over, call your local, or a friend's local if your area is okay (or closed!) because they can still ship to you if you pay over the phone!

There are a lot of books coming out the next few Tuesdays that I desperately want. I figured I will feature them here, and if they sound good to you, maybe you can order a few, support a shop, and have new books next week?

I'll change my WoW to this format for the next period of time, what do you think?

I did this last week as well, if you want to look at yesterday's new releases in more detail than you'll see in the below picture!

Here's a photo from my Instagram yesterday with this week's new releases I'm most excited for, and a little bit about why! I don't own physical copies of a couple of this week's releases, but they're mentioned, at least, and pictured in last week's post...)

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ᗪOᑎ'Ƭ ᑫᑌƖƬ ƳOᑌᖇ ᗪᗩƳᗪᖇƐᗩᗰ! What is one of your ultimate dreams? I've always wanted to be a published author, and every #NewReleaseTuesday, I love celebrating writers whose dreams have come true! This week, let's celebrate INCENDIARY by beloved author @zoraidasolo, THE UNBOUND QUEEN by MJ Scott (This is third in The Four Arts series, which began with THE SHATTERED COURT, pictured here because I don't yet have the the new release!), blood-thirsty #KingArthur retelling SEVEN ENDLESS FORESTS by @apriltucholke (a standalone companion to gendbent Beowulf retelling THE BONELESS MERCIES), and debut DON'T CALL THE WOLF by @rosswriting, a dark Polish #fairytale! Books NOT PICTURED that I'm excited for include PALACE OF SILVER by Hannah West (The third book in the Nissera Chronicles, which began with KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS) and sci-fi fantasy romance STAR BREAKER by Amanda Bouchet! #bookstagram #instabooks #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookshimmy #bookaholic #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #ireadya #amreading #bookstack #fairytales #somanybookssolittletime #bookishmerch #bookishpillow #currentlyreading #coffeetime #coffeeaddict #coffeandbooks #cozy #booksandpillows #amwriting #Owlcrate #thecruelprince @owlcrate
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For next week, there are A DOZEN books on my radar that I am intrigued by -- yikes!

Um, middle-grade mythology with an urban fantasy setting? Sign me up, IMMEDIATELY! This one has been hailed as "Percy Jackson meets Stranger Things," and if that doesn't capture your attention immediately, maybe the gorgeous cover will?

Last year, after reading WELL MET by Jen DeLuca, I NEEDED more books that had kind of a Ren Faire vibe to them. When I heard about KIT SWEETLY, I knew I needed it! I've already read this, and it was exactly what I wanted. It takes place at a Medieval Times style dinner theater restaurant, with Kit Sweetly working as a serving wench, though she dreams of being a knight. Girls aren't allowed to be knights, but she isn't about to let that stop her, and decides to campaign for her rights! Such a fun, empowering book!

3. THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, & THE SEA by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
I am actually reading this right now! It takes place on a pirate ship, and one of the two main characters is a girl disguised as a guy, one of my favorite tropes! This is a dangerous world full of pirates who illegally capture mermaids to drink their blood, sailors masquerading as pirates and slavers, and, yes, witches, too, but I've only just arrived at that part of the book!

4. FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS by Andrea Robertson
I never read the author's books as Andrea Cremer solely because I'm not big on paranormal. I've heard great things about her, though! This one, however, recommended for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa tahir, sounds much more like my cup of tea! And a book with a displaced royal trying to re-claim a throne? That's exactly what I love to read, especially this past month! I like the twist where the main character isn't the royal trying to retake the throne, but the Loresmith of legend who is always at the throne's side, and want to know more!

5. THE BETROTHED by Kiera Cass
I only ever read THE SELECTION, deciding to wait until the series finished to binge them all. And then more books came out. And I still haven't. This is sad because I've met Kiera Cass, and she's lovely, and I have all her books signed! I'm excited for the start of a new series, and one I can read from the beginning without feeling overwhelmed!

6. SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE by Carlos Hernandez
I actually haven't read SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE yet, one of the only Rick Riordan Presents lines I have yet to start! And it's sad, because I own it and I INTENDED to read it last year! Well, now I can binge the two together, and I am here for some Cuban folklore with a sci-fi twist!

7. FOUR DAYS OF YOU AND ME by Miranda Kenneally
I actually read this already! I needed it the moment the cover was revealed and the excerpt dropped. The excerpt hooked me immediately, and I mean, Miranda Kenneally doing my favorite hate-to-love trope!? Yes, please! Unlike her other novels, this one isn't part of the Hundred Oaks world. I thought this one was going to take place over four consecutive days, but as readers, we are treated to one day featuring this couple over each year they are in high school, and see how their interactions change over time!

8. DARK SKIES by Danielle L. Jensen
Sailors and soldiers on the high seas, oh my! This is a sequel to last year's DARK SHORES, which I haven't read yet, but I very much have been trying to get to it! I've been reading the author since STOLEN SONGBIRD, and have been so excited for a series by her that takes place on the high seas!

9. FELIX EVER AFTER by Kacen Callender
Kacen is local, and I love them so much. Their books are always incredible, be they fantasy, magic realism, or contemporary. This new book is so close to Kacen's heart, and features a transgender teen navigating the road to self-discovery and first love, and the trials of high school. It is going to be hard-hitting and raw, and I can't wait to read Kacen's latest work!

I imported this last year from the UK and already have the third book pre-ordered, but Tilly's second novel is finally coming out here in the USA! The first book came out last year to little fanfare in the USA, but when it came out earlier this year in paperback, Barnes and Noble featured it as one of their four featured Books of the Month, and the only featured kid's title. Tilly deserves it, too, and anyone who loves books about books, or falling into other worlds are going to love Tilly's adventures as a Bookwanderer!

11. OF LITERATURE AND LATTES by Katherine Reay
I discovered this book at ALA Midwinter in January because the publisher had a huge poster and the cover with the book and the coffee was so cute!  And then the author was there signing and of course, it felt meant to be! When I saw that Tressa, who hosts Can't Wait Wednesday, had featured it earlier this year because she loved the author, I just got even more excited!

12. AURORA BURNING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Okay, NGL, I debated whether or not to include this title. Mostly because the feature is for books that the person posting literally can't wait for, and I haven't read AURORA RISING or even ILLUMINAE. Sci-fi isn't always my thing, and that's okay. But I also know that  a ton of you are SO excited for this and it's one of the biggest books of the spring, so I felt remiss not to include it!

I hope you'll consider buying a couple of these books this week or next if you can afford it to help support your local indies and BNs!