Waiting on Wednesday: ‘We Set the Dark on Fire’ by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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 set in a world where female students of the prestigious Medio School for Girls are trained to either run their husband’s household or raise their children: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.

The first in a new duology, Mejia’s debut has been called the young adult Handmaid’s Tale, and is said to feature a forbidden lady-on-lady romance, not to mention a feminist rebellion for equality.

We Set the Dark on Fire and its amazing cover will hit shelves next week on February 26, 2019.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Cerulean’ by Amy Ewing

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 the first book in a new fantasy series set in a world described as a Sapphic utopia: The Cerulean by Amy Ewing!

Honestly, we were sold with just the phrase, “Sapphic utopia.”

Of course, not everything is as it seems in this amazing lesbian paradise (read: floating city), and a human sacrifice is chosen to free the city of Cerulean from its tether, allowing it to find a new planet.

The Cerulean — and its gorgeous cover — will hit shelves at the end of the month, on January 29.

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Do Some Good: Donate a Book (or Two, or Three)

We need your help! And by we I mean our community service group Kindness Corps, which operates out of the Pride Center of NJ.

We are running a book donation drive in the month of October benefiting the organization LGBT Books to Prisoners, which is a “trans-affirming, racial justice-focused, prison abolitionist project sending books to incarcerated LGBTQ-identified people across the United States.”

They are currently looking for softcover books that are new — or like new — in the following categories (listed after the jump).

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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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Gloaming’ by Kirsty Logan

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 The Gloaming, the second full-length novel by Kirsty Logan, the author of the super enchanting The Gracekeepers!

After falling in love with her first novel, we knew we had to get our hands on Logan’s next book, which is being described as The Gracekeepersspiritual prequel.”

The Gloaming and its beyond gorgeous cover will hit shelves on April 19, 2018. Those of you in the U.S. can snag a copy through Book Depository.

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