Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week my Can’t-Wait-For is The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna!The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Representation: Brown MC
Published on: 23rd August 2022
A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family--and a new love--changes the course of her life.
As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don't mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she's used to being alone and she follows the rules...with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.
But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and...Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he's concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.
As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn't the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn't know she was looking for....
I fell in love with Mandanna’s debut The Lost Girl (which is a story about cloning, not a Peter Pan retelling) as a teenager, and have been eagerly following her career ever since. But I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited for one of her books as I am for this one! I have a HUGE love for contemporary witch stories, I adore protective librarians, and have a very special place in my heart for unprepared grown-ups ending up mentoring and/or emotionally adopting a bunch of kids – young children or teens, either is good! And I’m willing to bet Mika ends up a mentor/big sister/mother to her three students.
This just sounds so sweet and escapist, exactly the kind of thing I’ve been craving, and I already know I love Mandanna’s writing. Which all together has me making grabby hands for The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches!