Waiting on Wednesday #35

Posted August 14, 2013 by Kara in Waiting on Wednesday / 20 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we showcase upcoming releases we are looking forward to.

We took a break last week to bring you answers to the questions you asked about Lyn and me. But we are back this week with Waiting on Wednesday and moving into the Winter 2014 catalogs and some major books you might be looking forward to. Maybe you will see them for the first time here on this blog!

This week I am featuring a fantasy novel that sounds absolutely terrifying so you know I am there. I am dying to read it. But it’s by a publisher that is notoriously hard to get advanced copies from so I will most likely have to wait with the masses to read it. But that’s okay! I want it anyway!

Title: The Nethergrim
Author: Matthew Jobin
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: April 8th, 2014

Description from GoodreadsEveryone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes’ honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!
Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together–and work apart–in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.

In a story reminiscent of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic and the Chronicles of Narnia, Matthew Jobin weaves reality, magic, and adventure into the next great fantasy phenomenon.

Lyn’s Pick

I love steampunk, and I would love to build up my own collection of steampunk-inspired stories.  This week, am featuring a wonderful first story in a new series by a well known author. I love the idea of a North America controlled by Britain in an alternate universe of our own history.

Title: The Inventor’s Secret
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: April 22nd, 2014

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Description from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.


20 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #35

  1. I’m definitely excited for the Inventor’s Secret. I love the idea behind the alternate universe. The Nethergrim sounds intriguing. This is the first time I’ve seen it and I will definitely be keeping my eyes open. Great picks!

    • Yeah, I get worried about that stuff too but I tend to ignore it because most pubs are clueless about that anyway. And hey, maybe they will have copies at BEA to promote. I know that is after the pub date but you never know.

  2. Interesting picks, ladies. Though I generally stay away from both genres, I would still like to know how you’ll both fare with these choices. Can’t wait to read your reviews when you get the chance to read them. 🙂

  3. Woot! I love it when bloggers move forward into 2014/future years for WoW posts. You discover so many more books to add to the ever-growing TBR :D.

    Ahh, it’s hard to get ARCs from Philomel? Heh, I did wonder why I got rejected so many times on EW from them :O. I saw the Nethergrim before, but I thought I’d wait on reviews for it because it reminds me a little too much of HP. Though it definitely sounds very creepy too. Bones! Children disappearing!

    And!!! I have been looking forward to the Inventor’s Secret for so long. The cover still creeps the bejeebsus out of me, but I’m with you, Lyn: the steampunk elements as well as the alternate history sounds just fascinating! I also used to be a huge fan of Ms. Cremer’s previous series, so here’s to hoping I’ll fall in love with her writing again.

    Hope you both get a chance to read these soon :D.

    • Yeah, Philomel is an imprint of Penguin and unless you are a super blogger with super stats, there is NO chance. Also, they only approve on Edelweiss for booksellers, FYI.

  4. Again, you both have such great picks. I hadn’t heard of The Nethergrim but this fantasy looks amazing. And of course I adore Cremer’s writing so I’m looking forward to a new world from her.

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