Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente, The River has Teeth by Erica Waters

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: 
She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor, #1)
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Publication: July 20th, 2021
Tor Books
Hardcover. 416 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…
In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.
When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother's identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.
After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu uses takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother's abandoned greatness."

The Past Is Red
The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente
Publication: July 20th, 2021
Hardcover. 160 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"The future is blue. Endless blue...except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown.
Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she's the only one who knows it. She's the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it's full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time.
But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected."
I'm really excited for new Catherynne M. Valente, and frankly it doesn't even matter what this book is about! That being said, I do still think this sounds like a great synopsis that I'm excited to check out. I assume the title is similar to her The Future is Blue on purpose, also...

The River Has Teeth
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
Publication: July 20th, 2021
Hardcover. 400 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"Lush and chilling, with razor-sharp edges and an iron core of hope, this bewitching, powerhouse novel of two girls fighting back against the violence the world visits on them will stun and enchant readers.
Girls have been going missing in the woods…
When Natasha’s sister disappears, Natasha desperately turns to Della, a local girl rumored to be a witch, in the hopes that magic will bring her sister home.
But Della has her own secrets to hide. She thinks the beast who’s responsible for the disappearances is her own mother—who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong.
Natasha is angry. Della has little to lose. Both are each other’s only hope."
This isn't a premise that I typically am drawn to, but I definitely think it has promise and I was enticed by some of the many ways it's been described by early readers as "eerie" and "haunting" and so on. Also, I love that cover quite a bit.

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


  1. Very different picks this week, but they all sound really interesting!

  2. I've been hearing lots of buzz about She Who Became the Sun, but I want to wait for some blogger reviews before I read it. And yes, new Catherynne M. Valente is always welcome!

  3. She Who Became the Sun sounds awesome. That is going straight onto my wish list. The Past is Red sounds good too. I haven't tried anything by Valente before. And The River Has Teeth! I would like to read that one too. So many great sounding books! I hope you enjoy each of these when you read them!

  4. the last two look really good to me. Hope you get your hands on them soon!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  5. Oooh! You always pick the books with the best covers! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog