Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Deep River by Karl Marlantes & The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

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: 

Deep River
Deep River by Karl Marlantes
Publication: July 2nd, 2019
Atlantic Monthly Press
Hardcover. 820 pages.

"Karl Marlantes's debut novel Matterhorn has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling--the family epic--to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention. 

In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings--Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino--are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the first harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering this frontier wilderness--climbing and felling trees one-hundred meters high--while Aino, foremost of the books many strong, independent women, devotes herself to organizing the industry's first unions. As the Koski siblings strive to rebuild lives and families in an America in flux, they also try to hold fast to the traditions of a home they left behind. 

Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity."
I read Marlantes' Matterhorn years ago and thought it was wonderful, so I'm really glad he has another book coming out soon. I'm not entirely sure when I'll get to this rather large tome, but I'm certainly looking forward to getting a chance to read it! Deep River has a setting that I haven't read about in many books, so that really piques my interest even more.

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1)
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
Publication: June 25th, 2019
Harlequin Teen
Hardcover. 544 pages.

"Classic fairy tales are turned on their heads as strong heroines take charge and save the princes and the world in this magical action and romance-filled trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of the Everlife novels and the White Rabbit Chronicles, beginning with a teen prophesied to become the Evil Queen from Snow White who refuses to be pigenonholed into her destiny. 

Far, far away, in the magical realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm, and fairytales are real. Except, fairytales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future. 

Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real-life fairy-tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

She is destined to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen. 

With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to prove herself good—Everly returns to the land of her birth, smack dab in the middle of the creepiest forest of all time. There, Everly meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after the other, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Soon, she will have to choose. Be a hero and walk away, or become the queen—and villain—of her dreams."
Fairy tale retellings/inspired stories/etc. are everywhere these days, so it's hard to know which will hits and which will be misses. There's something about the premise for The Evil Queen that really stands out to me and I really look forward to seeing how Showalter switches up some tropes and turns this story into something wholly her own.

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


  1. I love the sound of The Evil Queen, I have a hard time saying no to Snow White retellings­čśü And Deep River sounds fascinating. Not sure I'll read it, but I'd love to hear what you think of it!

  2. The Evil Queen sounds really good! I just added it to my TBR!

  3. I've already got The Evil Queen requested from Overdrive - I added it when I saw they were ordering a copy. I've had good luck with the author in the past.

  4. Wow! The Evil Queen looks amazing! Here is my post

  5. Oooh! Both books sound interesting! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. The Evil Queen sounds so good! I love the idea of these fairy tale retellings where the princesses save the princes!