Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Mere Wife’ by Maria Dahvana Headley

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a modern retelling of Beowulf set in an American suburb: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley.

There are no literal monsters in this contemporary re-imagining of the epic Old English poem, but early reviewers are already praising the book’s lyrical prose.

We’re also very much here for the way the reinterpretation explores war, women’s roles in society, the patriarchy and racism in America.

The Mere Wife hits shelves everywhere on July 17, 2018.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Disasters’ by M.K. England

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick has been described as The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy: The Disasters by M.K. England.

We know, HarperTeen had us at The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy too.

The book follows a group of teen underdogs from a space academy who have been framed for the “biggest crime in the history of space colonization.” Ummm, can this be adapted yesterday? Thanks.

You can snag your very own copy of The Disasters when it hits shelves on December 18, 2018.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2018 Wrap Up

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★★)

Lovelace’s second –and in my opinion superior — poetry collection in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series is a love letter to feminism and all the nasty women of the world. Once again split into four parts (The Trial, The Burning, The Firestorm and the Ashes), this time around Lovelace takes aim at a broken patriarchal system through the lens of a witch hunt, inspiring and motivating readers through her quotable poetry.

Opal: A Raven Cycle Story by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★½)

This short story follow up to The Raven King focuses on Ronan (the best raven boy), Adam (the okayest raven boy) and their dream made sort of love child Opal as the trio plans to create a brand-new Cabeswater. Told from Opal’s perspective, this is the coda The Raven Cycle deserved, now with 100% more adorably domestic Ronan/Adam moments.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (★★★★½)

Every summer in the town of Sparrow three accused witches return from the dead to seek their revenge, taking over the bodies of three young girls and luring men to their deaths. Moody, suspenseful and atmospheric, The Wicked Deep is set in the seemingly magical town of Sparrow (they sell cakes that make you forget), whose dark past is now a successful tourist attraction. One room facing the haunted ocean please!

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