Waiting on Wednesday 02/03/21

Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that first originated at Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (October 5, 2021 by Tordotcom)

A new book by Alix E. Harrow? Of course I’ll read it! I’m even more excited about the fact it’s a new twist on a classic fairy tale (although, ahem, I feel the synopsis is being just a tad unfair to Sleeping Beauty) and I also love the cover with its multilayered symbolism and imagery.

“USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story, splicing the threads of the Sleeping Beauty stories

“Sleeping Beauty is the worst fairy tale, pretty much any way you slice it. It’s aimless and amoral and chauvinist as shit. Even among the other nerds who majored in folklore, Sleeping Beauty is nobody’s favorite. The romantic girls like Beauty and the Beast; vanilla girls like Cinderella; goth girls like Snow White. Only the dying girls like Sleeping Beauty.”

It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is an extra-special occasion, because it’s the last she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, but the main fact for Zinnia is that no one who has it has lived to twenty-two.

Her best friend is intent on making Zin’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, she founds herself cast into another world, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.”

16 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 02/03/21”

  1. I’ve never heard of this one but I love retellings. Sleeping Beauty isn’t my favourite story but I’ll still take a look and see if it jumps out at me!


  2. Well, that description! I will read any retelling but I do love a Beauty and the Beast focus so I’ll be all over it.
    What’s happening with Harrow – she’s hammering these titles out isn’t she – and they’re good. Perhaps she had a stash of written work that now she’s published are all coming out. Good news for us.
    Lynn 😀


  3. “It’s aimless and amoral and chauvinist as shit.” Okay, that made me laugh out loud! I still need to get around to reading The Once and Future Witches, but this sounds great.


  4. I almost featured this one as well but kind of forgot about it at the last minute. I seem to like collecting Harrow’s works because I have her first two but just haven’t read them yet. This one sounds so good!


  5. I so can’t wait for this book!! I love retellings (and yeah I agree, that blurb does sound a bit harsh to Sleeping Beauty) and adored both of the authors books 😍😍


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