Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Winter Queen, by Amber Argyle

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine to spotlight upcoming book releases that we're excited for.

My pick this week:

Release date: June 19, 2013
Publisher: Starling Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 254 pages

Goodreads description:
~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.

Okay, I've got to be honest here. At first this was cover love, pure and simple. As in absolute, undying, everlasting cover love!!! o.O I mean just look at it! The colors! The blending! The model and pose! It's just breathtakingly gorgeous.
But it gets better. It's about fairies, and winter fairies on top of that! From the description I surmise this is set in another world or time, but it's hard to tell and I want to read it no matter what.

Have you hear of Winter Queen before? What are your thoughts on the cover and description? And what's your WoW pick this week? Let me know in the comments :)


  1. Well with that cover you've got my full attention. Wow what a beautiful thing. I love books about fairies but I haven't read many. I hope you'll love this one.

    Here is our WOW

  2. I actually hadn't heard of this one before. And you are right, the cover is absolutely beautiful. Love the synopsis!

    Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

  3. Yay. This is one of my picks this week too. Isn't the cover beautiful?.?. June seems so far away. Great pick.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

  4. That cover is awesome and this book sounds awesome. WOW just wow!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. I'm so with you on the cover love. THAT. IS. GORGEOUS. YUM!!! Also the blurb sounds pretty awesome. I had never heard of this book before! Great choice!

  6. Oh my WOW! Seriously lusting after that cover! I would add it to my shelf just for that, but the premise sounds fantastic, as well! Off to add it to my TBR! :) Thanks for sharing & stopping by my WoW. Happy Wednesday! :D

  7. Beautiful cover, and the story sounds interesting. I'll definitely be reading it at some point.

  8. My goodness that does sounds like a good book. Great pick and Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

  9. I've got a book crush now! That cover is absolutely gorgeous! And the plot also sounds very interesting. I love anything about faeries.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  10. Oh my - you did it again this week Carmen! I looked at the cover (♥♥!!!) and I read the synopsis and then made a beeline to Goodreads to add this one myself! Yes I definitely have cover lust for this one too but I really LOVE how the plot sounds :D Thanks for spotlighting another great one! MWAH!

    1. Aww, you just gave me all the warms&fuzzies <33 ^^ I saw the cover reveal for this one a few weeks ago and was like O___O
      Would have stopped by your blog, but you didn't do a WoW post this week, did you?

  11. Love the cover.
    Hope you get to read it soon!
    <3 Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  12. This is actually the first I've heard of this book. It sounds really good though! I haven't read many faerie books.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  13. This is a new book, I haven't seen it anywhere else.

    I actually don't do Top Ten Tuesday, but I saw your post.
    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll check them out.

    Rivie @ Bookshelf

  14. I don't read a lot of fantasy/fae books, but I do love that cover!

  15. Great cover! Looks like a great read.


  16. This sound interesting. I sure love the cover!

  17. I love the cover too.... must've been a week for awesome covers!! And fairies... Definitely my kind of book!!

    Thanx for visiting my WoW...last week!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace