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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: HarperCollins Summer 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 Summer 2017 Catalog:

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Date: August 15, 2017
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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Would you LOOK at that insanely gorgeous cover?! I know I can't stop looking at it anyways. The one time I was able to draw my attention away from the cover to read the synopsis for Wicked Like A Wildfire revealed a pretty intriguing premise too!

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
Date: August 29, 2017
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Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ("Sorry" is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She's been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can't begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she's unable to afford.
But when Speth's friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family's crippling debt, she can't express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech, rather than say anything at all, she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth's unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

All Rights Reserved takes place in a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted and costs money (and where people have first names like "Speth"). Sounds bizarre and nonsensical - but colour me curious nonetheless!

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Date: September 5, 2017
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Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

This one is set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom - a setting I can honestly say I've never come anywhere close to reading about. I've also been interested in the area since my dad climbed Mount Everest a few years back. So I can't help but be intrigued by Even the Darkest Stars!

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


  1. These all look really great. I'm super intrigued by Even the Darkest Stars. I love the idea of a fictional Himalayan kingdom. <3

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  2. Wicked Like A Wildfire sounds really interesting. Even the Darkest Stars sounds awesome too. Great picks!

  3. For some reason I'm really drawn to the green of that second cover. Good choices.

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  4. I'm very excited for all of these---so many different interesting concepts and settings!

  5. These all sound amazing! Seriously, great picks, I'm adding them all to my TBR. I think I'm most intrigued by Even the Darkest Stars, because a) exploring, mountains and ghosts, and b) I can never resist a book with "star" in the title.

    1. Yeah, I think that's the one I am most curious about too - why are there ghosts in these fictional Himalayan mountains?? And I feel you about "star" in title.

  6. I've never heard of All Rights Reserved but I have to say I'm pretty intrigued too. Thanks for sharing all of these. :)

  7. Where do you find all these unique books Aylee?! The magical system in Wicked Like A Wildfire sounds fascinating. I've definitely never heard of a book like All Rights Reserved and I'm already wondering what'll happen with that one. Even the Darkest Stars might be the most alluring to me with a fictional Himalayan Kingdom. The minute there's wintery exploration and kingdoms, I'm IN. And: your dad climbed Everest?! AWESOME!!

  8. All Rights Reserved does sound very bizarre ... perhaps too bizarre for me. Even the Darkest Stars is probably the one that I find most interesting.

  9. I'm excited for all of these too! I'm most excited for Even the Darkest Stars. It just sounds like nothing else I've read before. I'm ready for something new! Your dad climbed Mount Everest? That is so cool! I've never known anyone who's said that. Also, that cover!

  10. That third book has such a stunning cover :D Love it. <3 Awesome picks Aylee :) I'm not really planning on reading any of them, ack, but they do look interesting. And I hope you will love them all a whole bunch. <3