Wishing and Waiting Wednesday is an original weekly post where I discuss books that have been on my “To Buy” and “To Read” lists… maybe a little too long!
At this point, I think Claire Legrand might own my heart. I first fell in love with her books when I read THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS and that love only got strong when I finished THE YEAR OF SHADOWS.
FOXHEART has been on my to buy list for a while now and, honestly, I don’t have a good excuse for why I haven’t bought it yet! I will probably read Legrand’s book SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS before I purchase this one.
Orphan. Thief. Witch.
Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner-in-crime Fox, she’s well on her way—even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you.
But the seemingly peaceful Star Lands are full of danger. Witches still exist—although the powerful Wolf King and his seven wolves have been hunting them for years. Thankfully, his bloody work is almost complete. Soon the Star Lands will be safe, free of the witches and their dark magic.
Then one day a strange old woman and her scruffy dog arrive in Quicksilver’s town and perform extraordinary magic. Real magic—forbidden and dangerous. Magic Quicksilver is desperate to learn. With magic like that, she could steal anything her heart desires. She could even find her parents.
But the old woman is not what she seems, and soon Quicksilver has to decide—will she stay at home and remain a thief? Or will she embark upon the adventure of a lifetime and become a legend?
I received SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty for my birthday in 2015. Why haven’t I read it? Well… funny story.
So my cousin got this book for me and gave it to me at a birthday party at my aunt’s house. I put all of my presents in the trunk of my car and thought I had gotten all of them out… but apparently, I did not. It wasn’t until I cleaned out the trunk of my car that I found this book wedged under my spare tire. It’s currently making a home on my TBR shelf and it’ll come up on my TBR Beatdown at some point!
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.
What book are you Wishing and Waiting on this Wednesday?