Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie & The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai


 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: 

Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie
Publication: January 24th, 2023
Paperback. 464 pages.

Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Fade to Black is the newest hit ghost hunting reality TV show. It’s led by husband and wife team Matt and Claire Kirklin and features a dedicated crew of ghost-hunting experts. 

Episode Thirteen takes them to Matt's holy grail: the Paranormal Research Foundation. This crumbling, derelict mansion holds secrets and clues about the bizarre experiments that took place there in the 1970s. It's also, undoubtably, haunted, and Matt hopes to use their scientific techniques and high tech gear to prove it. 

But, as the house begins to slowly reveal itself to them, proof of an afterlife might not be everything Matt dreamed of. 

A story told in broken pieces, in tapes, journals, correspondence, and research files, this is the story of Episode Thirteen — and how everything went horribly wrong."
I have an ARC of this up next and I can't wait for it! Winter is the perfect time for something a little bit scary since you can be all wrapped up and cozy while reading.


The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai
Publication: January 10th, 2023
Harper Voyager
Hardcover. 384 pages.

Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"As a waterweaver, Nehal can move and shape any water to her will, but she's limited by her lack of formal education. She desires nothing more than to attend the newly opened Weaving Academy, take complete control of her powers, and pursue a glorious future on the battlefield with the first all-female military regiment. But her family cannot afford to let her go--crushed under her father's gambling debt, Nehal is forcibly married into a wealthy merchant family. Her new spouse, Nico, is indifferent and distant and in love with another woman, a bookseller named Giorgina. 

Giorgina has her own secret, however: she is an earthweaver with dangerously uncontrollable powers. She has no money and no prospects. Her only solace comes from her activities with the Daughters of Izdihar, a radical women's rights group at the forefront of a movement with a simple goal: to attain recognition for women to have a say in their own lives. They live very different lives and come from very different means, yet Nehal and Giorgina have more in common than they think. The cause--and Nico--brings them into each other's orbit, drawn in by the group's enigmatic leader, Malak Mamdouh, and the urge to do what is right. 

But their problems may seem small in the broader context of their world, as tensions are rising with a neighboring nation that desires an end to weaving and weavers. As Nehal and Giorgina fight for their rights, the threat of war looms in the background, and the two women find themselves struggling to earn--and keep--a lasting freedom."
 I am really excited for this setting and general premise, but there are definitely aspects that feel a little bit overdone so we'll see how it goes. Excited to dive into an ARC of this!

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


  1. I just cracked open Episode Thirteen last night (barely), and I'm excited to read it! Also I'm patting myself on the back for reading a January book in DecemberšŸ¤£

  2. Episode Thirteen sounds super creepy and like it would make a fantastic movie!

  3. I don't read horror often, but I do enjoy it from time to time. Episode Thirteen sounds so good! And I love that cover. The Daughters of Izdihar also sounds amazing. Both of these are on my wish list. I hope you enjoy them when you read them!