Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope – release date – 11th August, 2022
#historical fantasy #1920s era #magical heist #spirits
BLURB: Washington D. C., 1925
Clara Johnson talks to spirits, a gift that saved her during her darkest moments in a Washington D. C. jail. Now a curse that’s left her indebted to the cunning spirit world. So, when the Empress, the powerful spirit who holds her debt, offers her an opportunity to gain her freedom, a desperate Clara seizes the chance. The task: steal a magical ring from the wealthiest woman in the District.
Clara can’t pull off this daring heist alone. She’ll need help from an unlikely team, from a jazz musician capable of hypnotizing with a melody to an aging vaudeville actor who can change his face, to pull off the impossible. But as they encounter increasingly difficult obstacles, a dangerous spirit interferes at every turn. Conflict in the spirit world is leaking into the human one and along D.C’.s legendary Black Broadway, a mystery unfolds—one that not only has repercussions for Clara but all of the city’s residents.
I can’t lie – it was the fabulous cover for this one that first drew my attention. But then I read the blurb… a magical heist tangled up with the spirit world set in the roaring twenties seems like a really intriguing premise. I am really looking forward to tucking into this one😊.
I agree, this sounds so good! I love the heist angle and especially the Roaring Twenties setting😁
I’m a sucker for the Roaring Twenties, too:)). Not least because my Gran was a flapper and used to regale us with stories of her bunking off work to attend afternoon tea dances and driving down to the coast after spending the night dancing the Charleston at a London night club…
I’ve seen his book around the blogosphere and I just looove the cover and premise of it. It sounds like such a fantastic read!!
I know:)). I’m really looking forward to reaching this one!
I was initially pulled in by that gorgeous cover too and, like you, got even more excited after reading the blurb. It sounds so good! 🙂
Thank you, Ashley. I really hope it fulfils my expectations:)).
I’m excited about this one, too!
It will be lovely to compare notes on what we thought about it, Lisa:)).
It is a lovely cover and a great concept – especially the period.
I know! I’m really looking forward to this one:)).
The Twenties are always an intriguing setting for this kind of stories, and that cover is an added incentive 🙂
It is a great cover, isn’t it:)). I’m really looking forward to this one.