Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Things in Jars, The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street, & Mercy House

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 spotlights are: 

Things in Jars
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
Publication: February 4th, 2020
Atria Books
Hardcover. 376 pages.

"In the dark underbelly of Victorian London, a formidable female sleuth is pulled into the macabre world of fanatical anatomists and crooked surgeons while investigating the kidnapping of an extraordinary child in this gothic mystery—perfect for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of Speculation. 

Bridie Devine—female detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery. 

Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems. 

Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times."
I'm not usually drawn to books that follow sleuths and detectives, but I love the sound of this setting, the gothic vibes, and the folklore/fairy-tale elements that seem present.

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street
The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver
Publication: February 11th, 2020
Hardcover. 384 pages.

"Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them. 

But their work must be kept secret—others aren’t welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call “monsters”? 

One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters. 

With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is)."
I could not be more excited about this premise! A father-daughter duo that heal magical creatures in the nineteenth century!? I am seriously way too excited about this book, I can't wait to have a chance to read it (hopefully)!

Mercy House
Mercy House by Alena Dillon
Publication: February 11th, 2020
William Morrow
Paperback. 384 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

"In the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn stands a century-old row house presided over by renegade, silver-haired Sister Evelyn. Gruff and indomitable on the surface, warm and wry underneath, Evelyn and her fellow sisters makes Mercy House a safe haven for the abused and abandoned. 

Women like Lucia, who arrives in the dead of night; Mei-Li, the Chinese and Russian house veteran; Desiree, a loud and proud prostitute; Esther, a Haitian immigrant and aspiring collegiate; and Katrina, knitter of lumpy scarves… all of them know what it’s like to be broken by men. 

Little daunts Evelyn, until she receives word that Bishop Robert Hawkins is coming to investigate Mercy House and the nuns, whose secret efforts to help the women in ways forbidden by the Church may be uncovered. But Evelyn has secrets too, dark enough to threaten everything she has built. 

Evelyn will do anything to protect Mercy House and the vibrant, diverse women it serves—confront gang members, challenge her beliefs, even face her past. As she fights to defend all that she loves, she discovers the extraordinary power of mercy and the grace it grants, not just to those who receive it, but to those strong enough to bestow it."
I'm really excited about this premise about a safe haven for a variety of women from all different backgrounds. This sounds incredible, can't wait to check it out!

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


  1. I just recently heard about Things in Jars and added it to my list. It's not my usual read, but I think I'd love it๐Ÿ˜ Great choices!

  2. I've been hearing good things about Things in Jars. I also love the cover of the Lauren Oliver book.

  3. Things in Jars was so good! I hope you enjoy it. The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar is a new one to me and it sounds really good, so does Mercy House. Great picks!

    My CWW

  4. Mercy House sounds really interesting!

  5. Oooh! All of these sound like interesting books, especially Things in Jars! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. Things In Jars has been getting amazing reviews. Thanks for the reminder to put it on my TBR list.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. I've seen several great reviews for Things in Jars. The other two are new to me but sound amazing as well. I hope you enjoy them all!