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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: HarperCollins Spring 2017 Catalog

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine in which upcoming, eagerly anticipated releases are highlighted on the blog.

This week, I've chosen to feature a few picks from the HarperCollins Spring 2017 Catalog:

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood
Date: March 21, 2017
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Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel’s behavior becomes the least of her problems. 

Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a crossbow-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her—but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?

I mean, how cute does this look/sound?? You know I love a story about a magical school, and there are a lot of other elements that I love that are mentioned in the synopsis for Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded besides.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
Date: May 2, 2017
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A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.
So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

Manon's chapters in the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas are some of my favourites, and I thought instantly of that when The Black Witch came on my radar. I really hope this is as good as it sounds!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Date: May 30, 2017
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In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community, and has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea's biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

And finally, Eliza and Her Monsters has been drawing a lot of comparisons to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for obvious reasons. So seeing how much I loved and identified with Fangirl, I'm definitely curious about this one!

How about you? Are you waiting on any of these HarperCollins Spring 2017 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the HarperCollins Spring 2017 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?


  1. I haven't read Fangirl but Eliza and Her Monsters sounds really good!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  2. I can't wait to get my hands on The Black Witch and you are right, the Magically Minded book looks really cool!

  3. I haven't heard of the first two books though they sound really good. I have Eliza and Her Monsters in my tbr pile already. I hope it's just as good as Fangirl!

  4. Eliza and Her Monsters sounds awesome, and definitely something I could relate to I think. I hope so. It comes out on my birthday!!!


  5. I'm so out of touch on new releases I haven't even heard of any of these^^ I need to get with the times! The Miss Ellicott's one kind of reminds me of Miss Peregrine (even though I haven't read the latter) but I want to read both now! The Black Witch is instantly a story I want to read and you're allusions to Manon are spot on! I must read this^^ Eliza and her Monsters does sound like Fangirl but I loved Fangirl so I'm all for it :)

  6. I'm excited for all three of these, too!! Especially Eliza, I love when books have unusual formatting and illustrations.

  7. Eee, they all do look pretty cute :D I hope you will love them all Aylee. <3 Stunning picks :)

  8. Eliza and her Monsters is definitely on my radar too. It sounds amazing. I never heard of the Black Witch, but it sounds super fun too. And the first book sounds so adorably magical! Bring on the magic books!