Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer & The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
 Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Page Street Kids
400 pages
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository 

Echo NorthFrom Goodreads: 

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. 

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever."
This week I've ended up with a double dose of middle grade for my CWW and I'm not mad about it at all. I love that this one sounds a bit folktale-esque and I'm curious to see what the writing style will be like.


The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Bloomsbury Children's Books
320 pages
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository 

From Goodreads: 

Catherine Doyle's stunning middle-grade debut, an evocative tale of ancient magic, bravery, and family bonds. 

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet. 

Once in a generation, the island chooses a new Storm Keeper – someone to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn's grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise. 

Fionn's ancestral home has been waiting for him. But, deep underground, someone else has been waiting, too. As the battle rages over who will become the island's next champion, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war."
It sounds magical, exciting, imaginative--what else do I want in a fun fantasy middle grade?

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?



  1. These both sound awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Both such lovely covers! I hope you enjoy these!

  3. These both sound pretty good! I'm especially curious about Storm Keeper's Island.

  4. Echo North sounds amazing. It reminds me of an East O' The Sun and West O' The Moon retelling.

  5. Middle grade isn't really my thing, but I have to say The Storm Keeper's Island sounds like fun!

  6. I don't read much middle grade, but both of these sound wonderful. And I really love the cover for the first one.