Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #161: When Stars Are Bright by Amber R. Duell and Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:

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When Stars Are Bright

By: Amber R. Duell

Expected Publication Date: January 7th, 2020

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WHEN STARS ARE BRIGHT is a historical Thumbelina retelling with a touch of magic. For Lina Holt, a Dutch seventeen-year-old with a flair for singing, 1930 is going to be her year. Her long-time boyfriend is about to propose and her mother will finally realize their relationship isn’t a passing phase. But when a stranger snatches her from her backyard, everything changes. Lina is thrust into the spotlight of a New York vaudeville show where she’s paired with Nik, a mysterious pianist. The two bond during rehearsals and it doesn’t take long before Nik puts himself at risk to confess a hidden truth. Without Lina, the show is in its last season and there’s no way she’ll be allowed to slip through the owner’s fingers. Not when she carries fairy magic in her blood—an gift that turns her song into a dangerously addictive drug. If Lina ever wants to return home, she must learn who to trust before she’s forced to remain a prisoner on stage forever. WHEN STARS ARE BRIGHT is a historical Thumbelina retelling with a touch of magic.

Another retelling of a famous fairy tale (in this case, "Thumbelina)!  This is definitely one book I should check out!

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Woven in Moonlight

By: Isabel Ibanez

Expected Publication Date: January 7th, 2020

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A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history. Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight. When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place. She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

Oooh! A book about magic and saving a kingdom! Sounds awesome!!

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So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!


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Merry Christmas and happy holidays fellow book lovers!'s nice getting some good old books for the holiday season!  I've had a WONDERFUL Christmas with my family and my parents definitely got a lot of awesome gifts this year!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday!


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

[GUEST POST] Best Christmas and New Year's Books for Feeling a Holiday by Melisa Marzett

Waiting for Christmas is waiting for a miracle. The promise of magic was inherent in the event itself sprouting century to century with different fabled details.   

Mary`s Little Donkey by Gunhild Zechlin 

This is the best and most popular work of the Swedish writer Gunhilda Sehlin. It is impossible to imagine Christmas in Sweden without this touching story, cartoons were shot on it and performances were staged, toys made. For more than fifty years, this book has been finding more and more enthusiastic readers around the world, and for the first time, we published a touching story in Russian. This is a wonderful Christmas present for children and adults, because what could be better than reading a book together with exciting and dangerous adventures and a happy and wonderful ending! 

Christmas Angel: Stories and poems to read for children 

This book contains stories and poems about Christmas - a holiday full of joy and love. And to love God means to love your loved ones, to help them, not to leave them in trouble. May these wonderful stories of mercy and good deeds become useful and joyful readings in anticipation of Christmas and on holy Christmas days. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  

This famous story of Charles Dickens, of course, is about Christmas, about faith and the most wonderful events that happen in human life! The genre of the holy story is surprising first of all by the fact that with all the naivete, fairy tale and extraordinary, it has always been loved not only by children but also by adults. Igor Oleinikov's illustrations create a special atmosphere and accurately convey the feelings of the heroes. The text is accompanied by comments about the life of Victorian England. And design and printing, of course, make this book a special Christmas present. 

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen  

The evil mistress of winter dreams that the world will become cruel and cold. She does not know that a girl capable of love and self-sacrifice can destroy her plans. The main characters of the book are children, so young readers and listeners are very empathetic to them. 

The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck 

Tyltyl and Mytyl, the names of the main characters sound like Christmas bells. But on a festive night, there is no time for entertainment. You should find a bluebird to save a sick girl. The fairy who gave them such a task found unusual helpers for the children. The book is written in the form of a play. 

About the author 
Melisa Marzett is a traveler and a freelance writer who is currently writing for  Apart from traveling and writing, she likes handmade, shopping, cooking, sports and fashion. She is into psychology and an animal rights activist.