Waiting on Wednesday: Dreamstrider and A Thousand Nights

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.

Lindsay Smith
Expected Publication: October 6, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy, Science Fiction
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.
It reminds a bit of Inception wherein Leonardo DiCaprio infiltrates the subconscious of corporate targets. Come on. Who wouldn't want Leonardo DiCaprio in their dreams? And that C.O.V.E.R. Gorgeous!

A Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnson
Expected Publication: October 6, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retelling
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
We have another retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, folks. I swear there was another one that came out this year or will be coming out in the months ahead.

It's kind of a funny WoW post since both of the books featured here could potentially make just one cohesive title. Come to think of it, they could also come together in a mash-up of concepts to create a book. *shrugs* Food for thought.
Ayanami Faerudo


  1. Every time I remember DI Caprio I remember Dad Bods :D
    Waiting on Wednesday

    1. LOL. Yes, Dad Bods has been talked about lately.

  2. I think the Wrath and the Dawn was supposed to be a retelling of Arabian nights, haven't read it yet though. I just requested A Thousand Nights on Edelweiss I think. HOping to get approved! Love the cover of the first book you featured too.
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    1. Yes, I heard that, too. And I want to read it soon. A Thousand Nights is also on NetGalley.

  3. Two great picks. I totally want the first one -- that cover, and inception, just like you said x) -- and I love 1001 Nights, so the second one is definitvely on my radar as of now. Thanks for sharing! My WoW


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