Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara & Near the Bone by Christina Henry

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: 
First, Become Ashes
First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara
Publication: April 6th, 2021
Tor Books
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"The Fellowship raised Lark to kill monsters.
His partner betrayed them to the Feds.
But Lark knows his magic is real, and he'll do anything to complete his quest.
K. M. Szpara follows Docile, one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of 2020, with First, Become Ashes, a fantastic standalone adventure that blends pain and pleasure and will make readers question what is real, and what is magical.
Lark spent the first twenty-four years, nine months, and three days of his life training for a righteous quest: to rid the world of monsters. Alongside his partner Kane, he wore the cage and endured the scourge in order to develop his innate magic. 
He never thought that when Kane left, he'd next see him in the company of FBI agents and a SWAT team. He never dreamed that the leader of the Fellowship of the Anointed would be brought up on charges of abuse and assault.He never expected the government would tell him that the monsters aren't real--that there is no magic, and all the pain was for nothing.
Lark isn't ready to give up. He is determined to fulfill his quest, to defeat the monsters he was promised. Along the way he will grapple with the past, confront love, and discover his long-buried truth."
I loved Szpara's debut Docile, so I am really curious to check out something else from him. I already have an eARC of this from NetGalley and I can't wait to dive in! I really have no idea what to expect based on this synopsis, but I am really looking forward to finding out.

Near the Bone
Near the Bone by Christina Henry
Publication: April 12th, 2021
Berkley Books
Paperback. 336 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national bestselling author Christina Henry.
Mattie can't remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they're not alone after all.
There's something in the woods that wasn't there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws.
When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry."
I love Christina Henry, so this is a must-read for me. I also already have an eARC from NetGalley and I am especially excited for this new horror! I love a spooky setting near the woods, so I have high hopes.

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


  1. Near the Bone sounds like it could be super creepy!

  2. I have eARCs for both of these, although I'm more excited for Henry's book. I wasn't a fan of Docile but at least I know what to expect!

  3. First, Become Ashes sounds really interesting. I am already rooting for Lark. Hope you enjoy both of these!
    My Can't-Wait Wednesday post

  4. Ooo! Near the Bone! I want to read that one. I have enjoyed Henry's work before. I also think First, Become Ashes sounds good too. I hope you enjoy both! I hope you are having a great day!

  5. I'm so excited to read Near the Bone. I'm buddy reading an arc with my bestie and can't wait!