Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #150: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron and Slay by Brittney Morris

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:

Kingdom of Souls: The Last Witchdoctor

By: Rena Barron

Expected Publication Date: September 19th, 2019 

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Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Oooh!  A book about witches!!! I can't wait to read this book soon!

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By: Brittney Morris

Expected Publication: September 24th, 2019 

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By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man."

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for "anti-white discrimination."

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Oooh!  A book that deals with social commentary in the video game community sounds really interesting!

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


  1. Ooh, witches! Sounds perfect for fall!

  2. Yeah I like the sound of Kingdom of Souls. Definitely looks promising.

  3. I've been seeing these around a lot lately! I hope you get the chance to read them!

  4. Slay was on my list as well, as you know since you stopped by my post already. I hadn't heard of the first one yet, but now I'm intrigued! Great picks! Thanks for visiting my Wednesday post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier!

  5. Witch doctors! Not a topic I see much. I hope you enjoy!

  6. I'm seriously intrigued by Kingdom of Souls. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. I need Kingdom of Souls too! I have a hold placed on my Overdrive system. I'm always down for witchy tales.

  8. I have read a few books that take on the racism and misogyny rampant in the gaming community. Slay sounds like it will be very thought provoking

    1. I've read a lot of books that dealt with racism and prejudice, but I never read one that took place in the gaming community. This does sound like an interesting book to read!

  9. This sounds really good! Thanks for stopping by my CWW post. Have a great weekend.

  10. The Kingdom of Souls sounds right up my alley. I do love books featuring witches. Slay sounds pretty awesome too. That one is new to me. I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them, Ronyell! Have a great weekend.

  11. Good picks! Both look like interesting reads. That is some price for magic! And the video game book looks really good with the social commentary angle. Hope you enjoy both of them! Thanks for coming by my WoW.