Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris

fantasy, alternate history and dystopian western

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Russian Cage

by Charlaine Harris

Series: Gunnie Rose #3

Published by Gallery / Saga Press

Publishing date: Feb 23, 2021

Genre: Alternate History, Dystopian, Fantasy, Western

304 pages

Synopsis: Picking up right where A Longer Fall left off, this thrilling third installment follows Lizbeth Rose as she takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this strange new world of royalty and deception in order to get Eli freed from jail where he’s being held for murder.

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I’ve read Charlaine Harris’s books for years. Before she wrote the Sookie Stackhouse series she wrote mysteries which I read and enjoyed.

I’m really enjoying this alternate history about Gunnie Rose who makes her living as a gunslinger and hired gun in a vastly different America. Start with the first book if you haven’t read any of these!

April books on my radar . . .

Each month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from Radarfavorite authors and other times by some new author I might try.

The list helps me not forget books and the Goodreads links help me keep track of the books. And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too!

This month I only have a few books to add to my lists!

April 7

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite books. I need to read some more books by Ms. Kearsley.

a-desperate-fortuneA Desperate Fortune

by Susanna Kearsley

Series: None

Published by Sourcebooks Landmarks

Genre: Historical Fiction

528 pages

Synopsis: For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal’s cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn’t hold the secrets Sara expects.

It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise.

When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.

As Mary’s tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take… to find the road that will lead her safely home.

A debut book and a great sounding fantasy.

the-grace-of-kingsThe Grace of Kings

by Ken Liu

Series: The Dandelion Dynasty #1

Published by Simon & Schuster

Genre: Fantasy

640 pages

Synopsis: Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

April 14

The main character is a woman!

a-crown-for-cold-silverA Crown for Cold Silver

by Alex Marshall

Series: Unknown

Published by Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

656 pages

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.

Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.

April 28

I don’t read much distopian, but the premise sounds interesting. It’s also probably a young adult book and I don’t read many YA . . . but it still sounds interesting…lol

rookRook

by Sharon Cameron

Series: Unknown

Published by Scholastic Press

Genre: Distopian

464 pages

Synopsis: History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Again I don’t read a lot of YA, but I like the idea of a city beneath NYC.

the-girl-at-midnightThe Girl at Midnight

by Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight #1

Published by Delacorte Press

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

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What books are you excited about this month?

September 2013 Books On My Radar…

A list of the many books I’m interested in this month…some I will definitely buy…others will wait awhile or I won’t buy them at all since I already have a huge TBR pile of books (on my shelf and on my e-reader)! This creates a list for me so I hope I don’t forget authors and books I like. And I hope others will find some books they may not have thought of!

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September 3

I’ve been reading the October Daye series this summer since I’d fallen behind so I’m almost caught up! One of my very favorite series.

chimes-at-midnightChimes at Midnight

by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye series, book 7

Published by Daw

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Things are starting to look up for October “Toby” Daye. She’s training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.

Toby’s efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queens decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets–and, oh, yes, save her own life, since more than a few of her problems have once again followed her home. And then there’s the question of the Queen herself, who seems increasingly unlikely to have a valid claim to the throne….

To find the answers, October and her friends will have to travel from the legendary Library of Stars into the hidden depths of the Kingdom of the Mists–and they’ll have to do it fast, because time is running out. In faerie, some fates are worse than death.

October Daye is about to find out what they are.

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This is a fun urban fantasy series. I read the first book in the series and liked it. I have the second book, I think, so I need to read it first!

fairies-in-my-fireplaceFairies in My Fireplace

by R. L. Naquin

Series: Monster Haven series, book 3

Published by Carina Press

Genre: Urban Fantasy

226 pages

Synopsis: A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan’s doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey’s already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can’t keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey’s got to figure out who’s behind the hunt…and she’s got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.

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I’m way behind with this series, but I really like them. I need to go back and figure out which of these books to read next!

ritual-magicRitual Magic

by Eileen Wilks

Series: The World of the Lupi, book 10

Published by Berkley

Genre: Urban Fantasy

416 pages

Synopsis: On her 57th birthday, Lily’s mother suddenly loses all memory beyond the age of twelve. Lily knows her mother was attacked by something more than magic. More . . . and darker.

When Lily and Rule discover that others suffered the same, mysterious loss—at the same time on the same night—their investigation into the darkness begins. Joining them is someone Lily never thought she’d see again: Al Drummond, who once tried to destroy her. He also happens to be dead. But the mysterious attacks were caused by a power strong enough to affect matters beyond the world of the living.

With some victims losing years of memory and others their lives, Lily must discover what on earth—or beyond—connects them.

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September 10

I haven’t read the first book in this series which was written several years ago. I love the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series and the Kate Martinelli series. So I think I need to read these two books!

bones-of-parisThe Bones of Paris

by Laurie R. King

Series: Harris Stuyvesant series, book 2

Published by Bantam

Genre: Historical Mystery

432 pages

Synopsis: Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator’s dream—he’s getting paid to troll the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. The American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de bohème, despite having worked for years at the U.S. Bureau of Investigation. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting. Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down. He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up-and-coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard.

As Stuyvesant follows Philippa’s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous—and infamous—inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray. But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn. At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: depravity as art, savage human nature on stage.

Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket. Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood. And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer . . . sifting through The Bones of Paris.

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September 17

This sounds like a good book. I haven’t read anything by Holly Black in a few years, but she writes good though sometimes creepy and dark books!

coldest-girl-in-coldtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

Series: I’m not sure if this will be a series

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult Distopian

432 pages

Synopsis: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing.

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I’ve liked the Sherlock Holmes books and some of the offshoots (Laurie King’s books, for example). I guess the success of the Sherlock Holmes’ TV series are creating more of these books. This one sounds interesting and I like some of Colleen Gleason’s books so this is on my possible reading list!

clockwork-scarabThe Clockwork Scarab

By Colleen Gleason

Series: A Stoker & Holmes Series, book 1

Published by Chronicle Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Steampunk Mystery

356 pages

Synopsis: Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared:
one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in
age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous families—Miss Holmes has inherited her Uncle Sherlock’s keen investigative skills, while Miss Stoker has accepted her family calling as a hunter of the undead. The partners must find a way to work together, while navigating the advances of a strange yet handsome American, a clever Scotland Yard investigator, and a cunning thief, to solve the mystery of the clockwork scarabs.

Set in steam punk London, steeped in Egyptian mythology and literary references, with a surprising time travel twist and compelling romantic triangles, Colleen Gleason has crafted a fast-paced and romantic debut young adult novel.

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This is a book by a debut author. It sounds quite interesting and I love the cover!

delias-shadowDelia’s Shadow

by Jaime Lee Moyer

Series: Book 1

Published by Tor

Genre: Dark Fantasy/Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.

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I’ve read several of Sherry Thomas’ historical romance books and liked them so this book interests me.

burning-skyThe Burning Sky

by Sherry Thomas

Series: The Elemental Trilogy, book 1

Published by Balzer & Bray

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

464 pages

Synopsis: It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

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September 24

Another Holmes inspired book. It sounds interesting.

study-in-silkA Study in Silks

by Emma Jane Holloway

Series: The Baskerville Affair, book 1

Published by Del Rey

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy Mystery

560 pages

Synopsis: Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London’s high society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.
 
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

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I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I liked the books I read in his Simon Canderous series. This sounds like a good series.

Stonecast

by Anton Strout

Series: The Spellmason Chronicles, book 2

Published by Ace

Genre: Urban Fantasy

304 pages

Synopsis: The adventures of a girl and her gargoyle continue in the second installment of this “thrilling, funny and eerie” fantasy series. —Romantic Times on Alchemystic

Alexandra Belarus, the last practicing Spellmason, doesn’t know what has become of Stanis—her gargoyle protector. Hidden forces are watching her and threatening her, and, now, she’s worried for her stone-hearted friend—who may no longer be so friendly…

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September 26

I like Robin McKinley a lot. I was hoping she would write the next book in the Pegasus series, but this does sound good!

Shadows

by Robin McKinley

Series:

Published by Pauline Paulsen (imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine
 
Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.
 
Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.
 
In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.

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The books I plan to buy sooner rather than later…lol…(not that the others don’t interest me,  but in some cases I plan to read reviews, read the first book in the series or catch up).

  • Chimes at Midnight
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
  • A Study in Silk
  • Shadows

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What books are you looking forward to this month? What books have I missed?