Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess & The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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: 

These Can't-Wait Wednesdays continue to be like a puzzle for me in trying to find books that are still coming out in May, but I'm trying my best! Today I met that goal by half and I'll take what I can.

House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1)
House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess
Publication: May 12th, 2020
Random House
Hardcover. 448 pages.

"When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call....

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death. 

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free--he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne."
I enjoyed Cluess' A Shadow Bright and Burning (though I've yet to, uh, continue the series...) and I think this sounds like a fun fantasy to escape into. It looks like this one is going to have a decent-sized cast of characters, so I'm hoping that's done well and I get to become immersed in all of these people's lives.

The Guest List
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Publication: June 2nd, 2020
William Morrow
Hardcover. 320 pages.

"The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body 

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. 

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. 

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?"
I'll be honest--I was actually really disappointed by Foley's The Hunting Party, but I have high hopes for this one. I am always on board for books with this sort of premise where everyone is stuck in one location together, so I'm excited to check it out sometime!

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


  1. Looks like a new cover for The Guest List, and I like this one much better. Both books sound like I'd enjoy them, but I'm most curious about The Guest List, since I haven't read that author before😁

  2. Both of these are new to me and I really like the sounds of both. Thanks for sharing them.

    My CWW

  3. The House of Dragons is going on my wishlist. I've already read The Guest List and LOVED it. I gave it 5/5 even.

  4. I actually really liked The Hunting Party, so I'm looking forward to The Guest List!

  5. I’ve seen House of Dragons on a few blogs recently. I hope it lives up to the hype!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!