Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Madam by Phoebe Wynne, Threadneedle by Cari Thomas, & The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis

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.
May is packed with releases, which means we are once again going to be featuring three books each week for Can't-Wait Wednesday because one or two are simply not enough. :)

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 
Madam by Phoebe Wynne
Publication: May 18th, 2021
St. Martin's Press
Hardcover. 352 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"A darkly feminist, modern gothic tale pitched against a haunting backdrop, and populated by an electrifying cast of heroines
For 150 years, high above rocky Scottish cliffs, Caldonbrae Hall has sat untouched, a beacon of excellence in an old ancestral castle. A boarding school for girls, it promises that the young women lucky enough to be admitted will emerge “resilient and ready to serve society.
”Into its illustrious midst steps Rose Christie: a 26-year-old Classics teacher, Caldonbrae’s new head of the department, and the first hire for the school in over a decade. At first, Rose is overwhelmed to be invited into this institution, whose prestige is unrivaled. But she quickly discovers that behind the school’s elitist veneer lies an impenetrable, starkly traditional culture that she struggles to reconcile with her modernist beliefs—not to mention her commitment to educating “girls for the future.”
It also doesn’t take long for Rose to suspect that there’s more to the secret circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of her predecessor—a woman whose ghost lingers everywhere—than anyone is willing to let on. In her search for this mysterious former teacher, Rose instead uncovers the darkness that beats at the heart of Caldonbrae, forcing her to confront the true extent of the school’s nefarious purpose, and her own role in perpetuating it."
This is just one of those that has all of the elements that I love, so it's a must-read to me! I have an ARC that I'm hoping to dive into soon and I'm really excited to see what this dark story is all about.

Threadneedle (The Language of Magic, #1)
Threadneedle by Cari Thomas
Publication: May 27th, 2021
Hardcover. 576 pages.

"Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.
Magic is the first sin. It must be bound.
Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.
It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.
Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it? "
This synopsis does sound somewhat similar to other fantasy books I've read, but I'm a sucker for it and I have faith that Cari Thomas has done something innovative with it. Also, that cover (and the other edition) is beautiful!

The Lights of Prague
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
Publication: May 18th, 2021
Titan Books
Paperback. 416 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"In the quiet streets of Prague all manner of otherworldly creatures lurk in the shadows. Unbeknownst to its citizens, their only hope against the tide of predators are the dauntless lamplighters - a secret elite of monster hunters whose light staves off the darkness each night. Domek Myska leads a life teeming with fraught encounters with the worst kind of evil: pijavice, bloodthirsty and soulless vampiric creatures. Despite this, Domek find solace in his moments spent in the company of his friend, the clever and beautiful Lady Ora Fischerov√°-- a widow with secrets of her own.
When Domek finds himself stalked by the spirit of the White Lady - a ghost who haunts the baroque halls of Prague castle - he stumbles across the sentient essence of a will-o'-the-wisp, a mischievous spirit known to lead lost travellers to their death, but who, once captured, are bound to serve the desires of their owners.
After discovering a conspiracy amongst the pijavice that could see them unleash terror on the daylight world, Domek finds himself in a race against those who aim to twist alchemical science for their own dangerous gain. "
I haven't really seen this one mentioned anywhere, but I think it sounds like it will be an exciting read. I love the idea of all the different monsters and the Prague setting. I hope to have a chance to read it soon!

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


  1. This is quite a diverse trio of books -- but I think the fantasy aspect of Threadneedle wins me over!

  2. Madam had me at "gothic tale"!

  3. I have The Lights of Prague on a watch list but I haven't heard much about it either. I think it sounds amazing!

  4. I’ve heard great things about ThreadNeedle and Lights of Prague sounds really interesting. Madame has me intrigued but ur may be a bit too dark for me. One of the books that caught my eye is Caul Baby. Check out my post about it

  5. All three of these are new to me--how did I miss hearing about them?! I am glad you featured them today. They are going straight onto my wish list. Thank you!

  6. Wow, I think I just need to add all three to my wishlist. You're killing me! But in a good way.

  7. I'm excited for Threadneedle! Hope you enjoy these!