Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson & Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca


 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 First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson
Publication: June 13th, 2023
Tor Books
Hardcover. 352 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"If you knew how dark tomorrow would be, what would you do with today?

Ringmaster — Rin, to those who know her best — can jump to different moments in time as easily as her wife, Odette, soars from bar to bar on the trapeze. And the circus they lead is a rare home and safe haven for magical misfits and outcasts, known as Sparks.

With the world still reeling from World War I, Rin and her troupe — the Circus of the Fantasticals — travel the midwest, offering a single night of enchantment and respite to all who step into their Big Top.

But threats come at Rin from all sides. The future holds an impending war that the Sparks can see barrelling toward their show and everyone in it. And Rin's past creeps closer every day, a malevolent shadow she can’t fully escape.

It takes the form of another circus, with tents as black as midnight and a ringmaster who rules over his troupe with a dangerous power. Rin's circus has something he wants, and he won't stop until it's his."

I received an ARC of this one a couple months ago and I've been trying not to read it too early, but it's been so tempting because it sounds incredible. I sneaked a peek at the first couple chapters and it sounds so promising. I really can't wait to read this one and see it's official release in June!

Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca
Publication: June 6th, 2023
Hardcover. 202 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
An insidious darkness threatens to devastate a rural New England village when occult forces are conjured and when bigotry is left unrestrained.

After a recent string of disappearances in a small Connecticut town, a grieving widower with a grim secret is drawn into a dangerous ritual of dark magic by a powerful and mysterious older gentleman named Heart Crowley. Meanwhile, a member of local law enforcement tasked with uncovering the culprit responsible for the bizarre disappearances soon begins to learn of a current of unbridled hatred simmering beneath the guise of the town’s idyllic community—a hatred that will eventually burst and forever change the lives of those who once found peace in the quiet town of Henley’s Edge.

I've really enjoyed most of the Eric LaRocca books I've read so far, so I have high hopes for this one and I can't wait to read even more horror from LaRocca.

What books are you looking forward to?


  1. A magical circus as a haven for outcasts... love that. Both of these sound fabulous.

  2. The First Bright Thing sounds so intriguing! It kind of reminds me of The Night Circus.

  3. My request for the Eric LaRocca book was rejected on NetGalley so I probably won't read it, unfortunately. But I'm looking forward to your review!

  4. I love circuses and magic so that first one definitely has possibilities

  5. I recently bought a copy of the Eric LaRocca book. It's a stunning book in person and I recommend anyone interested actually grab a physical copy.

  6. Both of these appeal to me too. Straight to my wish list! I hope you enjoy both of them when you read them!