Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. CWW is a chance to cast a spotlight on books we have yet to read, especially ones that aren’t yet published.
This Wednesday, I can’t wait for…
When an assassin kills Princess Jiara’s older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the murderer is brought to justice. While the entire kingdom mourns, Scilla’s betrothed arrives and requests that seventeen-year-old Jiara take her sister’s place as his bride to confirm the alliance between their countries.
Marrying the young king intended for her sister and traveling to his distant home is distressing enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Jiara abandoned any hope of learning other languages long ago. She’s terrified of life in a foreign land where she’ll be unable to communicate.
Then Jiara discovers evidence that her sister’s assassin comes from the king’s own country. If she marries the king, Jiara can hunt the murderer and release her family from Scilla’s ghost, whose thirst for blood mounts every day. To save her family, Jiara must find her sister’s killer… before he murders her too.
April 3, 2021
Why I Can’t Wait
What initially caught my eye about this book was the dyslexia rep. I think this and the Percy Jackson series are the only books I’ve come across where the main character has dyslexia, so I’m very intrigued. I don’t personally struggle with dyslexia, but several people on both sides of my family do, so it’s an issue that I’m familiar with and love to see more representation for. Other than that… from the way the blurb is phrased it sounds like the romance between Jiara and the unnamed king is more of a backdrop than a sweeping romance that dominates the plot, which is something that appeals to me. Don’t get me wrong, a nice little romance arc is great, but it sounds like Jiara has other things on her mind and in her heart, and I respect that. I don’t read many murder mysteries, let alone fantasy murder mysteries, so I’m walking into this story with very few guesses as to what will happen. I’m very excited!