Waiting on Wednesday #22: Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
August 8th 2017, Margaret K. McElderry Books
YA Fantasy
To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch. 
I was updating my Goodreads TBR earlier today (adding books, the usual), when I stumbled into this one! The cover is what first caught my eye because it's so shimmery (like the title!) and overall very pretty, but after reading the blurb I think this is one read I might enjoy. Magic, a quest, a villain forcing one's hand (and potential ally???), a prince, and a handsome magician -- doesn't this sound good? Tropey, but the kind I like :D

What are you waiting on this week? :)


  1. I really want to read this book, too!
    Yeah, it sounds tropey, but also so good! I hope we both enjoy it!

  2. I am also super curious about this book! It sounds awesome :) Hopefully we both love it!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles