Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine!

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Publish Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Harper

I may have featured this book before on WoW, but I'm sharing it again because it keeps getting so much hype and I'm very excited about it. I actually got it at BEA and am a few pages in. I'm hoping it's good. I've heard mixed things.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.


  1. I've also read mixed reviews about this one. I hope I'll still like it. Enjoy reading and thanks for sharing.

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  2. Tell us how it goes! So jealous you got to go to BEA!

  3. I really like the sound of this book but I too have read some very mixed reviews and they are a bit off-putting, but I WILL give it go at some point and make up my own mind on it!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  4. This does sound really good! You'll have to let us know what you think. I think i'll probably give it a shot - it looks really interesting.

  5. I like the sounds of this - may be a title to watch.

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  6. Looking forward to this as well. Pre-ordered it few months ago. Hope you enjoy it.

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  7. Still doubting about this one. Sucks that I didn't requested for it.

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  8. I really enjoyed it!! Yes, I wanted more worldbuilding but I'm really craving the second book after reading it!

  9. I've been hearing good things about this one. It has a lot of good reviews on it. Great pick.

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  10. I haven't read anything about this one yet, it sounds great though. Hope you enjoy it. Great pick! :)

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  11. I got 'Queen of Tearling' from Netgalley and can't wait to start. I think I'm going to hold of reading any reviews just so I can go into it unspoiled! Thanks for sharing and enjoy :)
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  12. I've heard some pretty good things about this one :) I cant wait to read it for myself, great pick!
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  13. I got this one from Netgalley and it looks great! I can't wait to read it!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

  14. I've seen this around a lot and it sounds good! Nice pick :)

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    Zareena @ Books and Books

  15. OOh nice! Glad to hear you got yourself a copy already! Hope you enjoy it in the end!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  16. I missed the galley drop for this at BEA as I was in line for something else. I was annoyed I missed picking it up and have already pre-ordered a copy. Can't wait!
    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  17. I'll be on the lookout for your verdict.

  18. I've got an ARC too and I liked it :)

  19. The first chapter is beastly long, it is good, but after that the story really swings in and the book is fabulous. I am confused about the bad reviews it has gotten. The naysayers don't seem to give any examples from farther into the story, so I am thinking they didn't make it through the first chapter and are assuming the rest of the book follows suit? Which is also weird because the first chapter was at least a solid three stars in my mind. I wanted to hate this novel because the author had a seven figure advance dropped in her lap with an almost instant movie deal, without "paying her dues", but it is impossible to hate this story.

    1. I did a debate post about the controversies surrounding this book and author and there are some links to articles about them.

  20. Synopsis sounds very interesting! Nice WoW pick.


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