Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Malice by Heather Walter & The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes

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: 
Malice by Heather Walter
Publication: April 13th, 2021
Del Rey
Hardcover. 496 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale.
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.
You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after.
Utter nonsense.
Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.
Until I met her.
Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.
But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
Nonsense again.
Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. 
And I—I am the villain. "
I love retellings of any kind, and I love how dark and unique and exciting this sounds. I've had an eARC of this for a while that I've been dying to get to--I think it's finally time!

The Last Watch (The Divide, #1)
The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes
Publication: April 20th, 2021
Tor Books
Paperback. 480 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"The Expanse meets Game of Thrones in J. S. Dewes' fast-paced, sf adventure The Last Watch, where a handful of soldiers stand between humanity and annihilation.
The Divide.
It’s the edge of the universe.
Now it’s collapsing—and taking everyone and everything with it.
The only ones who can stop it are the Sentinels—the recruits, exiles, and court-martialed dregs of the military.
At the Divide, Adequin Rake, commanding the Argus, has no resources, no comms—nothing, except for the soldiers that no one wanted.
They're humanity's only chance."
Here's one that I actually just finished reading a couple days ago--it's amazing! I really can't wait to pick up a finalized copy once it's out. If you like exciting sci-fi that has an amazing cast of characters and some great moments of humor, this is definitely going to be for you.

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


  1. I love retellings, and Malice sounds like it's going to be great! Can't wait for your review!

  2. I keep hearing amazing things about The Last Watch, I cannot wait to dive in!

  3. I love the cover of both of these and they sound good too! I don't know which I want to read more--the fairytale re-telling (which I love) or The Last Watch (which sounds awesome). Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great day!