Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #178: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee and Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

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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Forest of Souls

By: Lori M. Lee

Expected Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020

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Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo. 

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life. 

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for. 

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Oooh!  A book that involves a Spider King!  I would love to see how this book turns out!

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Goddess in the Machine

By: Lora Beth Johnson

Expected Publication Date: June 30th, 2020

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 When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning. 

Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists–including her family and friends–are dead. They died centuries ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth. 

Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne–if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her. 

With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?

Oooh!  A book about a goddess!  I can't wait to see where this is going!

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




  1. OOh nice picks! Seeing a lot of buzz over these. Hope you enjoy them once you get a hold of them!

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  2. Both of these covers are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Goddess in the Machine sounds amazing! I hope you get to read both of these books when they come out!

  4. Both these sound really good, especially Forest of Souls:-)

  5. I like how they both sound and I love the covers for both of them! Great choices!

  6. I'm really curious about both of these and I'm loving that cover on the first one! Some great books this week :)

  7. The second one is on my TBR and I've been seeing lots of people talking about the first one. Hope you get the chance to read them soon!
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  8. Forest of Souls looks and sounds very promising. Great pick. Happy reading and stay safe and well.

  9. Forest of Souls is a book I am really eager to read too. I wasn't approved for a copy on NetGalley, but it is at the top of my wish list. Goddess in the Machine sounds really good too! I hope you get a chance to read both and love them!