waiting on wednesday (50)

Today I’m participating in "Waiting On" Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Last year was a great one for me in terms of discovering terrific middle grade books, and it’s one of the reasons I’m doing Middle Grade March this month.  Two of the titles I enjoyed in 2012 were the first books in series, though I didn’t realize that at the time.  I’m excited to read more silly-funny fairy tale adventure from Christopher Healy, and traditional portal fantasy (with a pooka!) from Sarah Prineas, author of Winterling.  The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle will be released by Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins) on April 30th, and Summerkin will be released by HarperCollins on April 23rd.

the hero's guide to storming the castle by christopher healy book cover
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses - Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose - to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms. 

But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening - even if no one will ever know it was they who did it. 

Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination - it's all in a day's work for the League of Princes.

summerkin by sarah prineas book cover
"Down through the Way she fell, feeling the wind and the pressing darkness, the dizzy thump when she landed on the bank. She was through. The air felt softer here, the shadows deeper—and the pull of her connection to the land settled into her bones." 

In the Summerlands, time moves slowly, roots grow deeply, and change is not welcomed. But change is needed. 

After defeating the wicked Mor and freeing her kin from deadly oaths made to this false ruler, Fer is now the rightful Lady of the land. Yet her people don't know what to make of their new Lady's strange ways, and neither do the High Ones, the rulers of the magical realm, for Fer is an outsider—half human. 

To prove herself worthy of the Summerlands crown, Fer is summoned to compete in an epic contest where her strengths and skills will be tested and her loyalties challenged. Can she trust Rook, the puck she calls friend? Can she trust herself? If Fer fails, she will lose her land and the Way will be closed to her forever.

What books are you waiting on?


Book Sake said...

I haven't started The Hero's Guide books yet, but they always get great reviews!

Our WoW is at Book Sake. –Jessica

Little Miss Becky said...

These both look like fun reads!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cooool picks!

Liviania said...

I bought both The Hero's Guide and Winterling based on your recommendation. I should read them before the sequels come out!

Ann@Blogging-Profits-Unleashed said...

Great picks! They all looks fun to read.:) I can't wait to have them both.

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