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Waiting on Wednesday (12/20/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title:  The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns 0.5)

Author: Edited by Kendare Blake

Expected Publication: December 26th 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Summary:

Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella – three young queens born to fulfil their destiny – to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends . . .

The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)

I can’t believe Christmas is only 5 days away!!! Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I’ve technically finished, but I can’t seem to stop buying stuff for my daughter. This is her first Christmas, and it’s only going to get worse as she gets older (#sorrynotsorry)!

I haven’t started this series yet, but I do own the first two. I am thinking of waiting until the fourth one comes out and just binge reading the whole series at once. Do you like to do that, or do you read each book as it comes out?

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The Dead House: The Naida Tapes Review

The Dead House: The Naida Tapes by Dawn Kurtagichthedeadhousenaida

A companion novella

Published: October 11th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

A digital short story from The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich
There is a box. A box that should never have been discovered. And a warning beneath the lid.
This was for Kaitlyn. It was a mistake. Forget this box and leave the Isle. Don’t look any further.
I’m begging you. N.C.D. 2005
After the inferno that swept through Elmbride High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear, Naida Chounan-Dupre was locked away for the good of society.
But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Because you can’t play with the devil and not pay the price.
The chilling, psychological horror of The Dead House returns with never-before-seen footage of the Naida tapes.

The Dead House: The Naida Tapes: A Companion Novella

I really enjoyed The Dead House last year, so of course I was going to pick up this novella and find out what happened to Naida! I definitely suggest you read The Dead House first before even thinking about picking up this novella, especially since it is set after the end of the book.

In this short 100ish pages, we see the after affects of dealing with a demon and dealing with things over ones head. Naida is traumatized from her stint in Kaitlyn’s dead house that she had to cut out her tongue before something bad happened. Now Naida realizes that the demon was never done with her or Kaitlyn, so Naida has to go back home to take care of it.

Just like in The Dead House this is told in diary entries, video tapes, and notes that give you insight to Naida’s mind during this time. In such a short amount of time Kurtagich still manages to give you the same creepy, psychological horror as in the first book. I just wish that this was an actual novel instead of a novella, but beggars can’t be choosers. =)

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The Demon in the Wood Review

The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugothedemoninthewood

Grisha Series # 0.1

Published: August 18th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Before he ruled Ravka, before he was the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy with an extraordinary gift. In this prequel story to the New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo takes us into Ravka’s mysterious past, when Grisha lived as fugitives and the Darkling took his first steps on the path to power. Discover new territory in the Grishaverse, as well as two chapters from the soon-to-be-released Six of Crows.

These were the trees he liked best, the kind that never lost their green, that always smelled of sap. In woods like these, it felt like summer was still alive, as if a sun were buried in every rough trunk like a warm, dormant heart.

This could have easily been an actual prequel to the whole Grisha series instead of a novella! The Darkling deserves an entire book for himself, or maybe even a spinoff! This made me feel so much for the young boy who would soon become the Darkling.

This novella doesn’t spoil anything for the Grisha trilogy, and it makes me want to go reread the series all over again! I have always been sympathetic to his character in the series, and this further emphasized that feeling. Just like all of Bardugo’s short stories set in this universe, there is a twist that I didn’t see coming. I should have based upon what the Grisha was facing during this time, but it just further emphasized the lengths that people will go for power.

If you are a fan of the series, I would definitely suggest you check out this very short story on the Darkling. You won’t be disappointed, except perhaps only by the length of the novella.