Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Piñata by Leopoldo Gout, Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati, & In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune


 Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Piñata by Leopoldo Gout
Publication: March 14th, 2023
Tor Nightfire
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"A Head Full of Ghosts meets Hereditary in Piñata, a terrifying possession tale by author and artist Leopoldo Gout.

Carmen Sanchez is back in her home country of Mexico, overseeing the renovation of an ancient cathedral into a boutique hotel. Her teen daughters, Izel and Luna, are with her for the summer, and left to fill their afternoons unsupervised in a foreign city.

The locals treat the Sanchez women like outsiders, while Carmen's contractors openly defy and sabotage her work. After a disastrous accident at the construction site nearly injures Luna, Carmen's had enough. They're leaving.

Back in New York, Luna begins acting strange, and only Izel notices the chilling changes happening to her younger sister. But it might be too late for the Sanchez family to escape what's been awakened...

Piñata is a bone-chilling story about how the sinister repercussions of our past can return to haunt us."

This is one of the coolest/weirdest covers I've seen in a while and it absolutely matches how weird and incredible this premise is. I really can't wait to see what Piñata is all about!

Clytemnestra by Constanza Casati
Publication: March 2nd, 2023
Sourcebooks Landmark
Hardcover. 448 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
For fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, a stunning debut following Clytemnestra, the most notorious villainess of the ancient world and the events that forged her into the legendary queen.

As for queens, they are either hated or forgotten. She already knows which option suits her best...

You were born to a king, but you marry a tyrant. You stand by helplessly as he sacrifices your child to placate the gods. You watch him wage war on a foreign shore, and you comfort yourself with violent thoughts of your own. Because this was not the first offence against you. This was not the life you ever deserved. And this will not be your undoing. Slowly, you plot.

But when your husband returns in triumph, you become a woman with a choice.

Acceptance or vengeance, infamy follows both. So, you bide your time and force the gods' hands in the game of retribution. For you understood something long ago that the others never did.

If power isn't given to you, you have to take it for yourself."

Am I getting a little tired of all the Greek mythology retellings lately? Honestly, it's a little overkill, so yes. Am I still going to get excited about them and read them all? Also yes. There have been so many about Clytemnestra lately it seems, but... I don't mind?

In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
Publication: March 28th, 2023
Tor Books
Hardcover. 432 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots--fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They're a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled "HAP," he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio's former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic's assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

I'm very excited about this latest release from TJ Klune! His previous books I've read have been very heartwarming and easy to read, and sometimes that sounds like exactly what I need. I really love how odd this one sounds and think it'll be a lot of fun. 

What do you think of these upcoming releases?


  1. These are all so different but they all sound good!

  2. That third one sounds so unique! And yeah I love a good greek retelling, even if they are getting a little much :)

  3. In The Lives of Puppets sounds like a really good one.

  4. I am super excited about Clytemnestra and hope it will be a good one! The Greek retellings do seem to be very popular right now. I haven't read many and am spreading them out so hopefully I won't get tired of them anytime soon. :-) Piñata sounds like a good one too. And I have been wanting to try something by TJ Klune forever now. I should make that happen.

  5. Great picks this week. I am definitely going to be reading Pinata!