Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: These Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones, The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel, & Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi


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 Drowned Woods
The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publication: August 16th, 2022
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover. 352 pages.

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From Goodreads:
"Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both. 
The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing… but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms. 
The Drowned Woods—set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—is part heist novel, part dark fairy tale."
I still haven't gotten around to Lloyd-Jones' The Bone Houses, but I've heard great things about it and I'm really curious about the premise for this book. I also am really in love with that cover!

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel
Publication: August 2nd, 2022
Tin House Books
Paperback. 360 pages.

Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"The islanders have only three rules: don’t stick your nose where it’s not wanted, don’t mention the war, and never let your guard down during October. 

Leigh Welles has not set foot in on the island in years, but when she finds herself called home from a disappointing life on the Scottish mainland by her father’s unexpected death, she is determined to forget the sorrows of the past—her mother’s abandonment, her brother’s icy distance, the unspeakable tragedy of World War II—and start fresh. Fellow islander Iain MacTavish, a RAF veteran with his eyes on the sky and his head in the past is also in desperate need of a new beginning. A young widower, Iain struggles to return to the normal life he knew before the war. 

But this October is anything but normal. This October, the sluagh are restless. The ominous, bird-like creatures of Celtic legend—whispered to carry the souls of the dead—have haunted the islanders for decades, but in the war’s wake, there are more wandering souls and more slaugh. When a local boy disappears, Leigh and Iain are thrown together to investigate the truth at the island’s dark heart and reveal hidden secrets of their own."
I tend to avoid any stories that have "World War II" in the premise, haha, but since this is a post-war story I'm ready to go for it. I think this premise and setting sound so good and I love that it seems like it'll have a touch of creepiness to it. I'm really curious about this one because I haven't heard much about it!

Diary of a VoidDiary of a Void by Emi Yagi, trans. David Boyd, Lucy North
Publication: August 9th, 2022
Hardcover. 224 pages.

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From Goodreads:
"When thirty-four-year-old Ms. Shibata gets a new job in Tokyo to escape sexual harassment at her old one, she finds that, as the only woman at her new workplace--a company that manufactures cardboard tubes--she is expected to do all the menial tasks. One day she announces that she can't clear away her colleagues' dirty cups--because she's pregnant and the smell nauseates her. The only thing is . . . Ms. Shibata is not pregnant. 

Pregnant Ms. Shibata doesn't have to serve coffee to anyone. Pregnant Ms. Shibata isn't forced to work overtime. Pregnant Ms. Shibata rests, watches TV, takes long baths, and even joins an aerobics class for expectant mothers. But pregnant Ms. Shibata also has a nine-month ruse to keep up. Helped along by towel-stuffed shirts and a diary app on which she can log every stage of her "pregnancy," she feels prepared to play the game for the long haul. Before long, though, the hoax becomes all-absorbing, and the boundary between her lie and her life begins to dissolve. 

A surreal and wryly humorous cultural critique, Diary of a Void is bound to become a landmark in feminist world literature."
I'm so very into the synopsis for this book and can't wait to see what Emi Yago does with this premise! I've really enjoyed the translated Japanese fiction that I've read, so I am really excited for this one. 

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


  1. Diary of a Void is definitely an unexpected premise, but one I would look forward to reading for sure!

  2. I actually love stories set during WWII, but the post-war era is also really interesting, and The Wild Hunt sounds like it's going to be a unique take on it!