Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The West Passage by Jared Pechaček, These Deathless Shores by P.H. Low, & Dallergut Dream Department Store by Lee Mi-Ye


 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.

The West Passage by Jared Pechaček
Publication: July 16th, 2024
Hardcover. 384 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"A palace the size of a city, ruled by giant Ladies of unknowable, eldritch origin. A land left to slow decay, drowning in the debris of generations. All this and more awaits you within The West Passage, a delightfully mysterious and intriguingly weird medieval fantasy unlike anything you've read before.

When the Guardian of the West Passage died in her bed, the women of Grey Tower fed her to the crows and went back to their chores. No successor was named as Guardian, no one took up the fallen blade; the West Passage went unguarded.

Now, snow blankets Grey in the height of summer. Rats erupt from beneath the earth, fleeing that which comes. Crops fail. Hunger looms. And none stand ready to face the Beast, stirring beneath the poisoned soil.

The fate of all who live in the palace hangs on narrow shoulders. The too-young Mother of Grey House sets out to fix the seasons. The unnamed apprentice of the deceased Grey Guardian goes to warn Black Tower. Both their paths cross the West Passage, the ancient byway of the Beast. On their journeys they will meet schoolteachers and beekeepers, miracles and monsters, and very, very big Ladies. None can say if they'll reach their destinations, but one thing is for the world is about to change.

I am absolutely captivated by this cover and equally so by the premise! I love stories that have such weird and creative sounding premises. 

These Deathless Shores by P.H. Low
Publication: July 9th, 2024
Paperback. 464 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Jordan has gotten good at pretending.

On an Island where boys fly and fight pirates, but girls can only be mothers, Jordan's shaved head and false swagger are the only things keeping her adopted crew of Lost Boys from forcing her into a role she has never wanted. When she gets her first period, she's exposed and thrown back Outside—into a world where grown-ups die slowly in offices, flight is a fantasy, and withdrawal from the Island’s magical Dust slowly strips its afflicted of their dignity.

To Jordan, it’s a fate worse than death.

Nine years later, when the drug she has been using to medicate her withdrawal begins to show its fatal final symptoms, Jordan persuades her best friend and fellow ex-Lost Boy to return with her to the Island. With the help of a temperamental pilot and her long-estranged sister, she sets in motion a plan to oust Peter from his throne and seize control of the Island’s Dust supply.

But Peter isn't the only malevolent force moving against her. As Jordan confronts the nature of Dust, first love, and the violent legacy carved into the land itself, she realises the Island may have plans of its own...

Maybe I just have a bad memory, but I can't recall many (any?) books I've read with a protagonist named Jordan (which, by the way, is my name) and that has really thrown me! Bonus is that this is a Peter Pan-inspired story which are some of my favorite books so it just feels perfect, haha. I'm reading an ARC of it right now and so far it's a little odd, but I'm super intrigued and can't wait to see where this story goes.

The Dallergut Dream Department Store by Lee Mi-ye
Publication: July 9th, 2024
Hanover Square Press
Hardcover. 288 pages.
Pre-order: Blackwells

From Goodreads:
"In a mysterious town that lies hidden in our collective subconscious, there's a quaint little store where all kinds of dreams are sold ...

Day and night, visitors both human and animal from all over the world shuffle in sleepily in their pyjamas, lining up to purchase their latest adventure. Each floor in the department store sells a special kind of dream, including nostalgic dreams about your childhood, trips you've taken, and delicious food you've eaten, as well as nightmares and more mysterious dreams.

In Dallergut Dream Department Store we meet Penny an enthusiastic new hire; Dallergut, the flamboyant owner of the department store; Agnap Coco, producer of special dreams; Vigo Myers, an employee in the mystery department as well as a cast of curious, funny and strange clientele who regularly visit the store. When one of the most coveted and expensive dreams gets stolen during Penny's first week, we follow along with her as she tries to uncover the workings of this wonderfully whimsical world.

A captivating story that will leave a lingering magical feeling in readers' minds, this is the first book in a bestselling duology for anyone exhausted from the reality of their daily life.

I believe this is only a UK release right now, but I am in love with the sound of it. This sounds absolutely magical and like something that would be pure delight to read (and a nice change from all the darkness and horror I put in my brain, haha). I can't wait to check it out!


  1. The Peter Pan inspired story has me really curious. The Dallergut Dream Department Store sounds amazing! I am adding all three of these to my wish list. I hope you enjoy them when you read them, Jordan!

  2. The Dallergut Dream Department Store sounds fascinating! I'm adding it to my wishlist right now. Thanks for sharing! :)