Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #210 - Shadow Queen & Blackhearts

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Author: C. J. Redwine 
Release Date: February 16, 2016 
Published by: Balzer + Bray 

Lorelai Diedrich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common--magic. She'll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol's father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic--and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman...and bring her Lorelai's heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected--beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable--and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman--who she like far more than she should--Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn't going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love stories with magic and this sounds like an intriguing story with a strong female lead and villain.

Author: Nicole Castroman 
Release Date: February 9, 2016 
Published by: Simon Pulse 

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him--until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn't love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he'd begun to call home. There's only one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she's barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curacao--where her mother was born--when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they're trapped by society and their own circumstances. Face with an impossible choice, they must decided to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay. (Summary from Goodreads)

AMAZING! That's what this sounds like! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Has anyone read it yet? 

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. Okay, stories aside, don't you just LOVE the covers on these two? I mean that first one is just dripping with ill intent and the second...one can only guess what stormy seas await. Happy reading!

    1. YES! They are both gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Both of these are on my highly anticipating list! And I agree with Gina. The covers alone are enough to check them out! My WoW.

  3. I have both of these on my tbr pile-great picks, I hope you like them!!

  4. Both excellent choices! They sound soooo good! ♥

  5. I haven't heard of Blackhearts, but it sounds really interesting! Also can't wait for another book by C.J. Redwine!

    Rose @ Paranormal Books

  6. Oh, such great picks! I'm waiting for both of these because ... well, they sound AMAZING, right?! I can't wait to get my hands on them!! Hope you'll enjoy them! :D

    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

  7. Haha, I just saw Blackhearts on someone else's blog and I hadn't ever heard of it before that. I'm not sure it's for me but it's going on my maybe shelf on Goodreads.