Wishlist Wednesday: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. When I first heard of this book, I squealed with excitement and I hope you do, too.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.

The Kingdom of Back Marie LuTitle: The Kingdom of Back
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish: to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in eighteenth-century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

As Nannerl's hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

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I love anything Marie Lu writes, and I am intrigued by the fact that she has stepped into the historical fiction realm. There are so many exciting aspects about it so far. Mozart, a female who is obviously going to kick butt, and magic. I am here for it!

About Marie Lu

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I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

30 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

  1. Literary Feline says:

    A female Mozart and magic?! Oooo! I want to read this! And look at the cover… So pretty. I really enjoyed Warcross and hope to dive into Wildcard soon. I will add this new book by Lu to my wish list. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Have a great week!

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