Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share the books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers! There’s so much to get excited about in the world of books and publishing these days, so this is one of my favorite memes to participate in. This week I’m looking forward to:
The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott. Release date: July 4 2013 (Walker Books). OK, I hate to be uninformed, but I know Walker is a UK publisher, and this is the UK publication date. I’ve done some searching to see if this book has a US release date yet, and I haven’t been able to find it. Nonetheless, I am still excited to read it, no matter when it comes out in the US!! (Perhaps the author can shed some light on this perplexing question??) Plus, gorgeous cover, right? Here’s what Goodreads says:
A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.
When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana – an ancestral Japanese sword – out of its hiding place in her parent’s attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern-day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.
The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend’s party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.
The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.
Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it’s already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.
With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru – and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu – Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn’t learn how to control the katana’s incredible powers, she’s in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can’t keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she’ll lose not only her own life… but the love of a lifetime.
I love that this book has Japanese elements to it, and I love that the protagonist’s friend Jack is a fox spirit! So all you UK bloggers, July 4th isn’t that far away, so you don’t have long to wait. As for the rest of us, I hope we get to read it sooner rather than later:)
What are you waiting on this week?