Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #205: Darling by K. Ancrum and This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

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!

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In celebration of "Pride Month," I will be waiting on some LGBT themed books for the month! 

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



By: K. Ancrum

Expected Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021

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A teen girl finds herself lost on a dangerous adventure in this YA thriller by the acclaimed author of The Wicker King and The Weight of the Stars—reimagining Peter Pan for today’s world.

On Wendy Darling’s first night in Chicago, a boy called Peter appears at her window. He’s dizzying, captivating, beautiful—so she agrees to join him for a night on the town.

Wendy thinks they’re heading to a party, but instead they’re soon running in the city’s underground. She makes friends—a punk girl named Tinkerbelle and the lost boys Peter watches over. And she makes enemies—the terrifying Detective Hook, and maybe Peter himself, as his sinister secrets start coming to light. Can Wendy find the courage to survive this night—and make sure everyone else does, too?

Acclaimed author K. Ancrum has re-envisioned Peter Pan with a central twist that will send all your previous memories of J. M. Barrie’s classic permanently off to Neverland.

Oooh! Another retelling for Peter Pan, but with a modern twist?  Can't wait to check this book out!

This Poison Heart

By: Kalynn Bayron

Expected Publication Date: June 29th, 2021

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Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron's new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.

Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch.

When Briseis's aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they could never have imagined--it comes with a specific set of instructions, an old-school apothecary, and a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world that can only be entered by those who share Bri's unique family lineage.

When strangers begin to arrive on their doorstep, asking for tinctures and elixirs, Bri learns she has a surprising talent for creating them. One of the visitors is Marie, a mysterious young woman who Bri befriends, only to find that Marie is keeping dark secrets about the history of the estate and its surrounding community. There is more to Bri's sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it . . . until a nefarious group comes after her in search of a rare and dangerous immortality elixir. Up against a centuries-old curse and the deadliest plant on earth, Bri must harness her gift to protect herself and her family.

From the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes another inspiring and deeply compelling story about a young woman with the power to conquer the dark forces descending around her.

Oooh! A book about a character finding out more about her powers! I can't wait to check this out!

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




  1. Darling sounds so good! Peter Pan re-tellings seem to be very popular this year, don't they? I haven't seen The Poison Heart before--but it sounds like it will be a great read. I will have to check both of these out. I hope you enjoy them when you read them, Ronyell!

  2. Two great sounding picks. Thank you for sharing and happy reading!

  3. Both of these sound so good! And the covers are stunning! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. The Peter Pan one sounds interesting.

  5. I'm very excited about Darling, and it's already on my TBR:-) But This Poison Heart sounds amazing too!

  6. They both look good, but the retelling of Peter Pan really intrigues me.

  7. I’m waiting on Darling too! I don’t usually read retellings, but I love K. Ancrum.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. Omigosh I literally cannot wait to read Darling, it's been on my list for awhile now! Hope you enjoy both when you get to them!

  9. These both sound really good, especially the Peter Pan retelling.

  10. Very excited about This Poison Heart. I've heard it's a retelling of The Secret Garden which is a favorite movie of mine.