Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Lost Village by Camilla Sten, The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme, & The Route of Ice and Salt by José Luis Zárate

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 Lost Village by Camilla Sten
Publication: March 23rd, 2021
Minotaur Books
Hardcover. 352 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.  

But there will be no turning back.  

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:  

They are not alone.  

They’re looking for the truth… But what if it finds them first?"
I've had a copy of this from NetGalley for months and I'm finally diving into it in preparation of its release. I absolutely love this classic premise and this sounds so delightfully spooky. Anyone else a big fan of that cover, also?

The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme
Publication: March 2nd, 2021
Tor Teen
Hardcover. 336 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings.   

Maralyth Graylaern, a cacao farmer’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne.   

Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.  

When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love."
I really have no idea what to expect from this book or author, but I think this sounds like it could be a lot of fun and I am hooked on that premise. And another stunning cover!


The Route of Ice & Salt by José Luis Zárate
Publication: March 2nd, 2021
Innsmouth Free Press
Paperback. 196 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"A reimagining of Dracula’s voyage to England, filled with Gothic imagery and queer desire.  

It’s an ordinary assignment, nothing more. The cargo? Fifty boxes filled with Transylvanian soil. The route? From Varna to Whitby. The Demeter has made many trips like this. The captain has handled dozens of crews.   

He dreams familiar dreams: to taste the salt on the skin of his men, to run his hands across their chests. He longs for the warmth of a lover he cannot have, fantasizes about flesh and frenzied embraces. All this he’s done before, it’s routine, a constant, like the tides.   

Yet there’s something different, something wrong. There are odd nightmares, unsettling omens and fear. For there is something in the air, something in the night, someone stalking the ship.   

The cult vampire novella by Mexican author José Luis Zárate is available for the first time in English. Translated by David Bowles and with an accompanying essay by noted horror author Poppy Z. Brite, it reveals an unknown corner of Latin American literature."
A reimaging of Dracula's voyage? Ships? Adventure? I am completely on board for all aspects of this book!

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


  1. Definitely adding The Lost Village to my TBR - sounds so creepy! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  2. I backed the Indigogo campaign for The Route of Ice and Salt, so I have a lovely paperback, although I still need to read it😁

  3. The Lost Village does have a really nice cover. It sounds good too! I really like the sound of The Stolen Kingdom. And I'm all for The Route of ice & Salt! I loved Dracula and will be curious to check out a re-imagined tale. I hope you enjoy all three of these when you read them!

  4. They are all beautiful covers and they all sound so good! The first one sounds really creepy too! Hope you get your hands on these soon. Thanks for visiting my Wednesday post on Lisa Loves Literature too!

  5. All three of these sound fantastic, especially the Dracula reimagining. I hope you enjoy all of these.

  6. That first one sounds creepy! And the last one sounds amazing too.