Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim, The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman, & Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

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.

There continues to be a lot of books coming out in July, so I'm sharing three picks again this week! This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Unravel the Dusk  (The Blood of Stars, #2)
Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars #2) by Elizabeth Lim
Publication: July 7th, 2020
Hardcover. 368 pages.

"Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace. 

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country."
I really enjoyed the first book, Spin the Dawn, and have been eagerly awaiting the next installment. Really can't wait to see what will be brought into this world and story next! I requested a copy on NetGalley months ago and it's just been in NetGalley purgatory with no approval or denial so I'm not expecting to get it, but the hope is still there with fingers crossed!

The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands
The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands by Jon Billman
Publication: July 7th, 2020
Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover. 368 pages.

"These are the stories that defy conventional logic. The proverbial vanished without a trace incidences, which happen a lot more (and a lot closer to your backyard) than almost anyone thinks. These are the missing whose situations are the hardest on loved ones left behind. The cases that are an embarrassment for park superintendents, rangers and law enforcement charged with Search & Rescue. The ones that baffle the volunteers who comb the mountains, woods and badlands. The stories that should give you pause every time you venture outdoors. 

Through Jacob Gray's disappearance in Olympic National Park, and his father Randy Gray who left his life to search for him, we will learn about what happens when someone goes missing. Braided around the core will be the stories of the characters who fill the vacuum created by a vanished human being. We'll meet eccentric bloodhound-handler Duff and R.C., his flagship purebred, who began trailing with the family dog after his brother vanished in the San Gabriel Mountains. And there's Michael Neiger North America's foremost backcountry Search & Rescue expert and self-described "bushman" obsessed with missing persons. And top researcher of persons missing on public wildlands Ex-San Jose, California detective David Paulides who is also one of the world's foremost Bigfoot researchers. 

It's a tricky thing to write about missing persons because the story is the absence of someone. A void. The person at the heart of the story is thinner than a smoke ring, invisible as someone else's memory. The bones you dig up are most often metaphorical. While much of the book will embrace memory and faulty memory -- history -- The Cold Vanish is at its core a story of now and tomorrow. Someone will vanish in the wild tomorrow. These are the people who will go looking."
This book sounds fascinating--a little haunting and serious, but also a topic that I think would make for some really interesting discussion and investigation.

Ghost Wood Song
Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters
Publication: July 21st, 2020
Hardcover. 368 pages.

"If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness. 

But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets. 

In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing. 

Family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness make this young adult debut a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark."
Necromancy seems to be a bit of a trend lately, but I'm always eager to see how each author portrays this idea. I think this sounds like it could be pretty unique, so I'm excited to check it out.

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


  1. Ah NetGalley purgatory! I have a couple of books still there that were released MONTHS ago. Not sure why that happens. Just decline me already! I'm fascinated by The Cold Vanish😁

  2. The Cold Vanish sounds incredible - definitely adding that to my TBR!

  3. They are all new to me. Not only the books itself but the authors as well. Thank you for sharing them. My wishlist just grew again *sigh*

  4. I have Spin the Dawn on my TBR shelf and am really looking forward to it. The sequel sounds good too! Ghost Wood Song! I love that title and cover. It sounds good too. So does The Cold Vanish. All three are going on my wish list. How dare you! Haha. These posts are so bad for me and yet I cannot resist.