Waiting on Wednesday (48) — The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

“Waiting On” Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about (created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.)

Zardi loves to hear stories about magical beings, such as djinnis and sorcerers, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers or longing for forbidden magic will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying tyrant who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.

When Zardi’s own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must risk everything to rescue her. In the deep of night, Zardi, now disguised as a boy, and her best friend, Rhidan, flee toward the docks. There they join with an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad and head out to sea. Soon thrust into strange and wondrous territory, Zardi and Rhidan pursue a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.

Jasmine Richards’s fascinating tale—loosely based on the classic The Arabian Nights—will enchant readers of all ages who crave magic, adventure, and a fantastical new world!

The Book of Wonders is expected to be released on January 17th, 2012 by HarperCollins.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

August 9, 2011



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    Dani @ Refracted Light

    August 10, 2011

    Adding this to my TBR! Is it a MG? Great pick! :)

    My WoW

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    Nic @ Irresistible Reads

    August 10, 2011

    This is the first I have heard of it! Sounds good though :)

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    ashelynn hetland

    August 10, 2011

    I like the sounds of this book! Adding it to my TBR pile, too.

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    August 10, 2011

    Sounds great! Adding it on my list :D

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    August 10, 2011

    OOh that does sound pretty interesting!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    Susan (Reading World)

    August 10, 2011

    Sounds exciting. I'll look for this one.

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    Sash and Em

    August 10, 2011

    Great pick & such a pretty cover!!

    Happy Wednesday!


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    August 10, 2011

    I think this had me hooked at 'djinnis' :D It sounds great! Magic, sailors, scary sultan… sounds like a great adventure!

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    August 10, 2011

    I'm really looking forward to reading this one as well. Great pick!

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    August 10, 2011

    Love the sound of this one, I'm assuming it's Middle Grade? I love a good adventure story!

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    Jessica (Peace Love Books)

    August 10, 2011

    This looks like a really cute read! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    August 10, 2011

    Ooh this one sounds awesome!! Nice pick. =)

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    August 10, 2011

    new follower :)

    thanks for stopping by my blog! this seems like a great read!


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    Lauren M

    August 10, 2011

    This is a middle grade, right? It sounds…magical! I love fantasy. :)

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    August 10, 2011

    wow what a wonderful cover! i hadn't seen this before.

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    August 10, 2011

    re: Thank-you :) The cover of “Frost” is indeed VERY beautiful ^^ I like it way more then the “Stork” cover :)

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    Kailia Sage

    August 10, 2011

    Adding it to my To Read list. 1) the cover is awesome 2) it's MG and 3) it sounds super good! Great pick! I'm glad I found it!

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    Mimi Valentine

    August 10, 2011

    Ooh, this one sounds so good! I love reading books with settings like this one — they're always so interesting! :) Plus, the synopsis sounds AMAZING!

    Awesome pick for your WOW!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    YA Book Queen

    August 10, 2011

    Love the sound of this one! Definitely going to add it to my TBR list, :)

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    Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    August 10, 2011

    Never seen this before…looks great! Hope you enjoy this!

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    August 10, 2011

    This is a new book for me but it qualifies for a definite add to my goodreads :)
    And so jealous that you have an ARC. bad ass. Hope you enjoy it.

    Thank you for you stopping by, new follower.

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    Sash and Em

    August 10, 2011

    ooh we love stuff like Arabian Nights! This one sounds great!

    Check out Em's WoW!

    Also check out the GREAT Giveaways we have going on!

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    August 10, 2011

    Looks good!!

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    Mari - Escape In A Book

    August 10, 2011

    I love the cover on this book :) I remember watching a tv-series about Sinbad the sailor when I was younger.

    Lovely blog design btw!

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    Rida (Raindrop Reflections)

    August 10, 2011

    The book cover looks really pretty- I'm adding this to my tbr pile :)

    You can find my WoW here.

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    August 10, 2011

    This one seems different from what I would normally read, but it sounds pretty good! Feel free to check out my WoW here.

    Rumana @ Relook the Book

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    August 10, 2011

    Oh, love it! Love all things high fantasy!

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    August 10, 2011

    Great pick! I've never heard of this, but it sounds great!
    Thanks for sharing & stopping by The Bookish Babes!

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    August 10, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by Pawing Through Books! This looks like an interesting read!

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    Cana Elene

    August 10, 2011

    Looks like a great book! I will need to add it to my list.
    New Follower!

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    Karis Jacobstein

    August 10, 2011

    Great pick! I hadn't heard of it, but I'm adding it to my list.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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    August 10, 2011

    I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds great! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    August 10, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW!

    Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

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    Mocha ღ Latte

    August 10, 2011

    I haven't heard of the book of wonders until now but the cover itself is enough to pull me in.

    Thank you very much for stopping by my W.O.W post earlier today.
    Hope you have an excellent weekend,

    My W.O.W: http://mochalattereads.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday18.html

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    August 10, 2011

    I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds great! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    August 11, 2011

    Thanks for introducing this one. Looks like an exciting adventure. Looking forward to hearing more about it!

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    August 11, 2011

    Stories about siblings capture my heart so much. This seems like a good book!

    Thanks for visiting my site :) I'm a new follower now…

    P.S. Forgive My Fins is good enough, but not great (at least for me). I hope you enjoy Sweet Venom. I'm considering it for my TBR also.

    ~April @books4juliet

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    August 11, 2011

    This one sounds really good, I am definitely going to have to buy this one.

    – Ivy @ The Story Seekers

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    Jinny (SkyInk.net)

    August 11, 2011

    This sounds like a cute story!

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    August 11, 2011

    i haven't heard of this book. cool cover :)

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    August 11, 2011

    Great pick. Sounds like a fun book to read.

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    Amber Griffiths

    August 11, 2011

    I've not heard of this one either. I love magical fantasies, and this sounds so good! And Sinbad's in this, you say? Even better! I'm a huge fan.

    Books of Amber

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    August 11, 2011

    This sounds adorable! Thanks for the visit :D

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    August 11, 2011

    Oh, very cool! I hadn't heard of this book before, but I'm interested in the Arabian Nights influence. Sounds fresh and creative!

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    Penelope Lolohea

    August 11, 2011

    Okay, this one sounds like a seriously awesome adventure. I'm adding it to my TBR!

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    leanne_luce : YA FOREVER

    August 11, 2011

    Ooooh this sounds one epic adventure!! Very cool pick!

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    Jasmine Richards

    August 11, 2011

    Hi Hafsah @ IceyBooks, thanks for featuring my book. I've been smiling all day. Lots of people were asking if Book of Wonders is MG – it is indeed. This is my first novel and I am ridiculously excited and pleased that so many people liked the look of the cover and sound of the synopsis. ARCS came in recently and so I'm sure Harper Collins will be sending these out to reviewers soon but get touch if you have difficulty getting one. You can find me on Twitter @JNRichards or on Goodreads

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    August 11, 2011

    I hadn't heard of this one and it does sound good!

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    Krazzyme(Young Readers)

    August 12, 2011

    This book had me hooked at Sinbad!
    This is the first time I've heard about it!

    Thanks for visiting

    Krazzyme @Young Readers

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    The Story Queen

    August 12, 2011

    Hadn't heard of this one before! It sounds really interesting though. I'll have to check it out :) Thanks!

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    August 12, 2011

    This one looks pretty cool- thanks for sharing :)

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    Book Sake

    August 13, 2011

    Sounds like a cool book, middle grade I'm thinking. I'll be keeping an eye out for it! Great find.