Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Hey y'all!It's been a while since I've done a Waiting on Wednesday post, mostly because I haven't been sorting through new releases. But I've seen some books pop up in various places, and there are a few that I'm dying to read already. Without further ado, here's one of them.Novel: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton | GoodreadsRelease Date: March 7, 2017Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Rebel of the Sands was one of my first (and favorite) books of 2016, and I still remember my heart beating so quickly when I finished it. That was a book that I devoured, wholeheartedly.The plot twists. The characters. The world-building. The romance. All of it. I described it within my gift guide - and within an earlier post about some of my mid-year favorites - in the following words.

I had the pleasure of reading this one at the beginning of this year, and I wholeheartedly fell in love with it. I loved how vibrant the desert setting was, how insane the plot twists were, the chemistry between the characters.  I wrote earlier on the blog that it has “A weathered protagonist [who] still manages to seem fresh, thanks to thoughtful world-building, a Western vibe, and a supporting cast that keeps her on her toes.”

You can read my full (mini) review here.I need to go back and reread it before the sequel - perhaps a Washington break task? - and I just know it would be the perfect way to unwind with a book I know will get me hyped up. May or may not harass Penguin to see if I can get in on some publicity for this one, because I will gladly shout it from the rooftops. I'm so pumped to see what happens with this series, and I would love to see it get the recognition that it deserves.Hello, gorgeous cultural infusions. Hello, mind-boggling villains and myths and fight scene choreography. Swoonworthy. I am such a fan.

What do y'all think?