Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis, The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner, & Bronte's Mistress by Finola Austin

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: 

The First Sister
The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis
Publication: August 4th, 2020
Skybound Books
Hardcover. 352 pages.

"First Sister has no name and no voice. As a priestess of the Sisterhood, she travels the stars alongside the soldiers of Earth and Mars—the same ones who own the rights to her body and soul. When her former captain abandons her, First Sister’s hopes for freedom are dashed when she is forced to stay on her ship with no friends, no power, and a new captain—Saito Ren—whom she knows nothing about. She is commanded to spy on Captain Ren by the Sisterhood, but soon discovers that working for the war effort is so much harder to do when you’re falling in love.  

Lito val Lucius climbed his way out of the slums to become an elite soldier of Venus, but was defeated in combat by none other than Saito Ren, resulting in the disappearance of his partner, Hiro. When Lito learns that Hiro is both alive and a traitor to the cause, he now has a shot at redemption: track down and kill his former partner. But when he discovers recordings that Hiro secretly made, Lito’s own allegiances are put to the test. Ultimately, he must decide between following orders and following his heart. "
I haven't really heard anything about this book, but the cover really caught my eye and I think this sounds like it could be a pretty unique and intense book!

The Forest of Stars
The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner
Publication: August 4th, 2020
Henry Holt & Company
Hardcover. 288 pages.

"Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic--the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground.  

But for all her sky gazing, Louisa finds her fortune on the leaf-strewn street when she spots a gleaming black-and-gold invitation--a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she'll find him there, dazzling crowds alongside the other strange and wonderful feats. Only, soon after she arrives, a tightrope act ends disastrously--and suspiciously. As fate tugs Louisa closer to the stars, she must decide if she's willing to slip into the injured performer's role, despite the darkness plucking at the carnival's magical threads."
The Carnival Beneath the Stars sounds exactly like the sort of event I love to visit in books! This sounds magical and exciting and I'm so looking forward to it!

Bronte's Mistress
Bronte's Mistress by Finola Austin
Publication: August 4th, 2020
Atria Books
Hardcover. 320 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

"Yorkshire, 1843: Lydia Robinson—mistress of Thorp Green Hall—has lost her precious young daughter and her mother within the same year. She returns to her bleak home, grief-stricken and unmoored. With her teenage daughters rebelling, her testy mother-in-law scrutinizing her every move, and her marriage grown cold, Lydia is restless and yearning for something more.  

All of that changes with the arrival of her son’s tutor, Branwell Brontë, brother of her daughters’ governess, Miss Anne Brontë and those other writerly sisters, Charlotte and Emily. Branwell has his own demons to contend with—including living up to the ideals of his intelligent family—but his presence is a breath of fresh air for Lydia. Handsome, passionate, and uninhibited by social conventions, he’s also twenty-five to her forty-three. A love of poetry, music, and theatre bring mistress and tutor together, and Branwell’s colorful tales of his sisters’ elaborate play-acting and made-up worlds form the backdrop for seduction.  

But Lydia’s new taste of passion comes with consequences. As Branwell’s inner turmoil rises to the surface, his behavior grows erratic and dangerous, and whispers of their passionate relationship spout from her servants’ lips, reaching all three protective Brontë sisters. Soon, it falls on Lydia to save not just her reputation, but her way of life, before those clever girls reveal all her secrets in their novels. Unfortunately, she might be too late.  

Meticulously researched and deliciously told, Brontë’s Mistress is a captivating reimagining of the scandalous affair that has divided Brontë enthusiasts for generations and an illuminating portrait of a courageous, sharp-witted woman who fights to emerge with her dignity intact."
This is about a topic that I didn't really know was a topic of interest or debate among fans, but I am really loving the sound of this one.

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


  1. The Forest of Stars is new to me, and I love the sound of it! Definitely adding it to my TBR😁

  2. Oooh! I love the covers to these books! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. Man, sign me up for The Forest of Stars too. Sounds great and I love the cover. Great choices this week!

  4. These all sound nice but the Carnival sounds like an amazing place -it sounds like that one's going to be a very whimsical read!

  5. Love the cover of The Forest of Stars! Thanks for sharing these!
    Lisa Loves Literature's Wednesday post

  6. Bronte's Mistress sounds like a good one!