Waiting On Wednesday (135) @paulGtremblay @WmMorrowBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Survivor Song
Paul Tremblay
William Morrow, July 2020
Horror, Thriller, Apocalyptic

From the publisher—

In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government’s emergency protocols are faltering.

Dr. Ramola “Rams” Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie’s husband has been killed—viciously attacked by an infected neighbor—and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie’s only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child.

Natalie’s fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares—terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink.

Paul Tremblay once again demonstrates his mastery in this chilling and all-too-plausible novel that will leave readers racing through the pages . . . and shake them to their core.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I’ve loved pandemic fiction, in books and movies, for a very long time and, while others have avoided it in our current circumstances, I’ve been drawn to it and all other sorts of disaster premises. (I think I’ve watched more disaster movies in the past three months than I had in the past three decades 😀 ) To make this one even better, it’s sort of zombies and it’s been more than a while since I’ve indulged in a good zombie book so, yes, I can hardly wait!

Waiting On Wednesday (134) @LindaCastillo11 @MinotaurBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Outsider
A Kate Burkholder Mystery #12
Linda Castillo
Minotaur Books, July 2020
Mystery, Police Procedural

From the publisher—

While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, Amish widower Adam Lengacher discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. He calls upon Chief of Police Kate Burkholder for help, and she is surprised to recognize the driver: fellow cop and her former friend, Gina Colorosa.

Years before, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy and patrol officers in Columbus, but time and distance have taken them down two very different paths. Now, Gina reveals a shocking story of betrayal and revenge that has forced her to run for her life. She’s desperate for protection, and the only person she can trust is Kate―but can Kate trust her? Or will Gina’s dark past put them all in danger?

As a blizzard bears down on Painters Mill, Kate helps Gina go into hiding on Adam’s farm. While the tough-skinned Gina struggles to adjust to the Amish lifestyle, Kate and state agent John Tomasetti delve into the incident that caused Gina to flee. But as Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, she must confront a devastating truth that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she’s devoted her life.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? This series is one of the best in the police procedural subgenre and features a policewoman who is intelligent, kind and determined to find justice in an unusual world, that of the Amish. I love the journey with Kate through various criminal investigations and appreciate that I always learn something I didn’t know about the Amish community because, although these people live a simple life, they are by no means simple themselves.

Waiting On Wednesday (133) @ChetTheDog @ForgeReads

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Of Mutts and Men
A Chet & Bernie Mystery #10
Spencer Quinn
Forge Books, July 2020
Mystery, Private Investigators

From the publisher—

When Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight―Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case.

Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp’s own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell’s work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? If you’ve met Chet and Bernie before, you don’t need to ask and, if you haven’t, you are in for such a treat! There are no other PI teams quite like this one and I promise you hours of fun with a goofy but intelligent dog and his human. Intelligent, that is, as dogs go because Chet is wont to go off on tangents when he’s working through a thought and what starts out as a rumination about whether some guy is less than savory can just as easily turn into a craving for bacon. Since these tales are told by Chet the Jet himself, there’s lots of fun to be had while he and Bernie are solving the latest crime—which is always as complex as you could want in a mystery—and, every year, I start to get really angsty as the time approaches for a new adventure. July can not come soon enough 😁

Waiting On Wednesday (132) @Alice_Reeds @EntangledTeen

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Fractures
Echoes #2
Alice Reeds
Entangled Teen, June 2020
Thriller, Young Adult

From the publisher—

They survived a plane crash.

They survived life on a deserted island.

They survived being hunted.

Now they must survive the truth—they are not who they think they are.

One minute they’re in Poland, subjected to gruesome tests they keep failing. No friends to support them. No family to claim them. No hope of ever living a normal life again.

Then suddenly, they’re trapped on an abandoned freighter in the middle of the ocean and forced to fight for survival. No food. No drinkable water. No way to get home. And strange memories of another life they don’t understand.

But how can they be living two separate lives, trapped in two separate places, at the same time? They’ll have to find the connection and uncover secrets that someone went to great lengths to keep hidden…if they’re going to survive long enough to find out who is behind it all.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Well, that stunning cover alone got my attention even if nothing else would but…how could I resist when the first book, Echoes, pretty much blew me away? That one was full of psychological torment and mystery and an alternate timeline really messed with the characters—and me. I have really been wanting a sequel so fingers crossed Ms. Reeds is gonna do it to me again 🙂

Waiting On Wednesday (131) @Scholastic

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The Hunger Games #0
Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press, May 2020
Science Fiction, Young Adult

From the publisher—

Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Like so many, the Hunger Games enthralled me, had me in its clutches through all three books and four movies. Even years later, I want more and the story behind how Snow became such a unique and tyrannical man has all sorts of fascinating possibilities. Maybe we’ll even see some of the other characters, who knows? Goodreads and Twitter have exploded with yeas and nays regarding the author’s decision to explore Snow rather than a likeable character such as Haymitch and I fall into the first category, fangirling all the way because I appreciate the opportunity to learn what makes bad guys tick. Also, not gonna lie, I’d read ANY new Hunger Games story. Best series ever written, most accomplished writer? No, but that’s quite alright 🤣

Waiting On Wednesday (130) @FeinLouise @WmMorrowBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Daughter of the Reich
Louise Fein
William Morrow, May 2020
Historical Fiction

From the publisher—

She must choose between loyalty to her country or a love that could be her destruction…

As the dutiful daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, Hetty Heinrich is keen to play her part in the glorious new Thousand Year Reich. But she never imagines that all she believes and knows about her world will come into stark conflict when she encounters Walter, a Jewish friend from the past, who stirs dangerous feelings in her. Confused and conflicted, Hetty doesn’t know whom she can trust and where she can turn to, especially when she discovers that someone has been watching her.

Realizing she is taking a huge risk—but unable to resist the intense attraction she has for Walter—she embarks on a secret love affair with him. Together, they dream about when the war will be over and plan for their future. But as the rising tide of anti-Semitism threatens to engulf them, Hetty and Walter will be forced to take extreme measures.

Will the steady march of dark forces destroy Hetty’s universe—or can love ultimately triumph…?

Propulsive, deeply affecting, and inspired by the author’s family history, Daughter of the Reich is a mesmerizing page-turner filled with vivid characters and a meticulously researched portrait of Nazi Germany. In this riveting story of passion, courage and morality, Louise Fein introduces a bold young woman determined to tread the treacherous path of survival and freedom, showing readers the strength in the power of love and reminding us that the past must never be forgotten.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? COVID-19 has taken our attention away from the growing racial and religious hatred in this country but I think we need to be careful that we don’t lose sight of this horrendous trend. It’s frightening to think that our society is riddled with the same kind of people who followed the Nazi line, isn’t it? This book sounds like a good reminder that history CAN repeat itself if we’re not on guard as well as an emotionally wrenching tale, the best kind when the storyline is so important.

Waiting On Wednesday (129) @JanieChang33 @WmMorrowBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Library of Legends
Janie Chang
William Morrow Paperbacks, May 2020
Historical Fiction, Mystery

From the publisher—

“Myths are the darkest and brightest incarnations of who we are…”

China, 1937: When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates at Minghua University are ordered to flee. Lian and a convoy of more than a hundred students, faculty, and staff must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China’s western provinces, a journey marred by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack. And it is not just the student refugees who are at risk: Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure, a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends.

Her family’s past has made Lian wary of forming attachments, but the students’ common duty to safeguard the Library of Legends forms unexpected bonds. Lian finds friendship and a cautious romance with the handsome and wealthy Liu Shaoming. But after one classmate is murdered and another arrested, Lian realizes she must escape from the convoy before a family secret puts her in danger. Accompanied by Shao and the enigmatic maidservant Sparrow, Lian makes her way to Shanghai, hoping to reunite with her mother.

On the journey, Lian learns of the connection between her two companions and a tale from the Library of Legends, The Willow Star and the Prince. Learning Shao and Sparrow’s true identities compels Lian to confront her feelings for Shao. But there are broader consequences too, for as the ancient books travel across China, they awaken immortals and guardian spirits to embark on an exodus of their own, one that changes the country’s fate forever.

Based on true events, rich in Chinese history and lore, The Library of Legends is both an illuminating exploration of China’s recent past and an evocative tale of love, sacrifice, and the extraordinary power of storytelling.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? In today’s COVID-19 climate when more than a few ignorant people are calling out and discriminating against the Chinese, I feel compelled to support them and one way to do it is to learn a little more than I already know about this society. My knowledge isn’t vast but there’s no doubt the people are grounded in a very rich history intertwined with myth and mystique. This fictional account of a time that’s not so far in the past seems like a marvelous way to learn and to enjoy a terrific story. I’m also struck by the beauty of the cover and very curious about the significance, if any, of the red umbrella on all three of Ms. Chang’s novels.

Note: Ms. Chang’s blog — https://janiechang.com/blog/ — contains some mesmerizing stories from her own family history and I highly recommend it to everyone.