Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Queen Of Nothing’ by Holly Black (The Folk of The Air Book Three)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

I love this series so much and was over the moon when Holly Black announced that book three would come this year instead of next year. For the first time ever, I don’t like this cover at all … those who know me well will know why immediately, BUT I can’t wait to read this one!

Published by: Hot Key Books

Expected Publication: 19th November 2019

The intoxicating and bloodthirsty finale to the New York Times bestselling The Cruel Prince., nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 and New York Times bestseller The Wicked King 

‘Holly Black is the Faerie Queen’ – Victoria Aveyard

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

Waiting On Wednesday: Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

The sequel to the much loved Tattooist of Auschwitz is coming in October and I for one am both excited and terrified to read this one. I already have my box of tissues and chocolates on hand.

Published by: Allen & unwin

Expected Publication: 14th October 2019

Her beauty saved her life – and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?

In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

‘She was the bravest person I ever met’ – Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz


Waiting On Wednesday: The Blue Rose by Kate Forysth

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.


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Expected Publication: 16th July 2019

Viviane de Faitaud has grown up alone at the Chateau de Belisama-sur-le-Lac in Brittany, for her father, the Marquis de Ravoisier, lives at the court of Louis XVI in Versailles. After a hailstorm destroys the chateau’s orchards, gardens and fields an ambitious young Welshman, David Stronach, accepts the commission to plan the chateau’s new gardens in the hope of making his name as a landscape designer.
David and Viviane fall in love, but it is an impossible romance. Her father has betrothed her to a rich duke who she is forced to marry and David is hunted from the property. Viviane goes to court and becomes a maid-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette and a member of the extended royal family. Angry and embittered, David sails away from England with Lord Macartney, the British ambassador, who hopes to open up trade with Imperial China.

In Canton, the British embassy at last receives news from home, including their first reports of the French Revolution. David hears the story of ‘The Blue Rose’, a Chinese fable of impossible love, and discovers the blood-red rose growing in the wintry garden. He realises that he is still in love with Viviane and must find her.

Viviane escapes the guillotine and returns to the ruin of Chateau de Belisima to rebuild her life. David carrying a cluster of rosehips finds her there, and together they decide to grow the fabled red rose of China in France.


Waiting On Wednesday: The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Published by: Hachette  AUstralia

Expected Publication: 9th April 2019

Can two broken boys find their perfect home? By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is a gorgeously told, powerful story.

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

Heartfelt storytelling, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, WE ARE DISPLACED is an important reminder from one of the most famous people to experience displacement that everyone deserves universal human rights and a home.

Waiting On Wednesday: Gravity Is The Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.


Published by: Pan Macmillian Australia

Expected Publication: 26th March 2019

Abigail Sorensen has spent her life trying to unwrap the events of 1990.

It was the year she started receiving random chapters from a self-help book called The Guidebook in the post.

It was also the year Robert, her brother, disappeared on the eve of her sixteenth birthday.

She believes the absurdity of The Guidebook and the mystery of her brother’s disappearance must be connected.

Now thirty-five, owner of The Happiness Café and mother of four-year-old Oscar, Abigail has been invited to learn the truth behind The Guidebook at an all-expenses-paid retreat.

What she finds will be unexpected, life-affirming, and heartbreaking.

A story with extraordinary heart, warmth and wisdom.


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza Day 8: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This year I’m running a crazy 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza whereby I giveaway a different book to one lucky winner for 12 days in the lead up to Christmas (and on the 26,27 and 28th December due to a slight delay at the start of the promotion).

Today’s book to be won as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza is a  copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was one of the stand out books for all of 2018. This book had me so angry at the way the world worked, it made me cry and it’s something I truly believe everyone needs to read at least one. Angie Thomas is one author you don’t want to miss, because she has something to say, and you are going to hear it.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.


To win a copy of the hate u give, leave a comment below answering the following question:

When a book is adapted into a movie, do you read the book first or watch the movie first? What are your favourite book-to-screen adaptations?

*This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY as long as you The Book Depository delivers to your country.
*Entries close at midnight on Sunday 13th January 2019

REVIEW: Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Published: 15th October 2018

Publisher: Penguin Books

Pages: 358

Format: Paperback (courtesy of the Publisher for review)

RRP: $22.99

5/5 Stars  

From the show’s creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

Dear Evan Hansen is a hit Broadway musical that deals with social disorders, mental illness, suicide, first loves, sexual orientation, rights and wrong and essentially growing up in the world of readily available social media. It’s a story about the lengths we go to remember those no longer with us, and what  each of our lives really mean. In October 2018, Val Emmich teamed up with the show’s writers and together they adapted the musical into a novel that is everything fans of the soundtrack and show have been waiting for.

Evan Hansen is a high school student with high social anxiety, and no real friends. Needless to say he is dreading the first day of his senior year at school. Seeing a psychologist on and off for years, Evan has been tasked with ‘homework’ whereby he has to write himself letters about how good his day will be/was. In one such letter he speaks about his crush on a girl at school named Zoe Murphy, a mistake he will forever live to forget. For at lunch on his first day back, Connor Murphy, the school’s resident ‘druggie’ and  Zoe’s older brother, happens upon this letter after signing Evan’s cast (he has a broken arm) and the pair are forever  linked in what is perhaps the most devastating twist of fate and series of unfortunate events.

With Connor committing suicide mere hours after their run in, Evan Hansen’s life is irrevocably changed. Linked by a letter, and a name scrawled on a cast, Evan can not escape the ghost of Connor Murphy and the tragic decisions he makes in order to comfort the Murphy family, and himself, in their time of need.

What follows is a small lie to heal someone’s pain, that snowballs into an international movement far greater than any one person. One built on a line that threatens everyone involved and everything they all stand for.

Important… because I know what it’s like to feel invisible. Just like Connor. Invisible and alone and like nobody would even notice if I vanished into thin air. 

Dear Evan Hansen is an incredibly hard book to break down in a review. It’s an emotionally astounding book that holds nothing back from the reader in all it’s shocking highs, and crushing lows that hit you like a semi trailer you didn’t see coming. It’s a book that speaks to the universal truths in all of us about wanting and needing to belong, the way we remember those gone before their time and what it means to live. Really live.

That’s what happens when people leave, I think. When they’re gone, you don’t have to be reminded of all the bad things. They can just stay the way you want them forever. Perfect.

What I found amazing with this adaption was how true and close they were able to keep the novel to the original Broadway production. Being an avid musical lover myself, and somewhat obsessed with this musical in particular, I knew every lyric of every song and this novel had a lot to live up too (even before I saw the musical in person that same month). I can confidently stand here now, having seen the Broadway production, read the novel and listened to the soundtrack, that Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, is the book that fans of the musical have been waiting for … for years. Emmich has done an amazing job of absorbing Levenson, Pasek’s and Paul’s lyrics and play book into what is perhaps one of the most ambitious and complex undertakings of 2018. The musical’s lyrics are literally transcribed effortless into Emmich’s  narrative through dialogue between the characters and even simple sentences, so much so that anyone who has listened to the soundtrack will be singing the songs in their head as they read.

What’s more, Emmich has sacrificed nothing of the show creator’s emotional journey and visceral reactions, for let there be no doubt, Dear Evan Hansen is not a comfortable read, musical or soundtrack to listen to. It was never meant to be. The story is meant to incite, make the reader uncomfortable, anxious and completely overwhelm them like all good stories do.

For me personally, I shook while reading the novel. I cried, I bawled, I threw it across the room and was emotionally and mentally devastated by everything it represents and evokes. It took me MONTHS to get over my book hangover … one I find that still sneaks up on me unexpectedly on occasion. It gave me goosebumps. But most importantly, it felt real, authentic even. It’s even started a global movement itself through it’s messages and songs about being who you are, and having worth and not being forgotten.

I could talk for hours about this book and the original musical. I could give you a thousand reasons why you need to rush out and buy it ASAP; why it’s a book that every person in the world, not just high school students NEED to read. It’s a book I can’t say much about for fear of giving too much away; it’s an experience you MUST live for this book represents much of human make up and humanity.

Dear Evan Hansen is a special, out standing novel that will forever hold a strong place in my heart. It’s something I want to re-read again, but am not ready for the emotional fall out that I know will take place no matter how many times I read it. It’s a book you live daily, a book with heart and soul and so much emotion that it overcomes the reader. It’s sensational and epic, and there really are just not enough words to describe it.

So go out and buy a copy for yourself, your sister, your aunt, your brother, your best friend. For it’s a story about little people and empty spaces, small moments that have the capacity to capsize and overwhelm big moments, and will change the course of someones life. Trust me, you won’t regret it.


To purchase a copy of Dear Evan Hansen, visit the following online retailers: 

Penguin Books Australia |Amazon AUS | Amazon US | Angus & Robertson | Barnes & Noble | Booktopia | Book Depository | DYmocks | QBD 


To learn more about Val Emmich, visit the following social media sites:

Val Emmich’s Website  | Penguin Books Australia |Twiiter | Youtube | Instagram