Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab Cover Reveal

As of October 13 the cover for Victoria Schwab’s sequel/finale to her Monsters Of Verity Duology, Our Dark Duet was revealed!

Here is the cover!! (originally from EpicReads)

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A Masterpiece!! ❤ ❤ 🎻✨💖🎉🎉

I adore this cover from the color to the details of the background!! ❤ ❤

Its great that it matches This Savage Song perfectly from the somber/mysterious tone the cover gives to the instrument in the background, additionally its interesting to see the background also feature another part of the city of Verity!

Our Dark Duet is set to be released June 13, 2017!

What Are Your Thoughts On This Cover? 🙂

Lets Discuss In The Comments Below!

 

Kingdom Of Ash And Briars by Hannah West ARC Review

kingdom-of-ash-and-briars-24hryabookblogKingdom Of Ash & Briars by Hannah West

Publisher: Holiday House Books

Release Date: September 15, 2016

Pages: 352

Summary: Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting.

An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: *Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy! This in no way influences my thoughts!*

An immersive YA Fantasy that draws inspiration from classic fairy tales and weaves together a wonderfully crafted story that is both magical and filled with adventure!

This book was all kinds of amazing! I need more!! ❤ ❤

Just as a warning, there may be some fangirling ahead!!

This book doesn’t come out for a couple days, but PLEASE do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR if you haven’t already + read it on release day/pre-order it if you can!!

Now I’ll try to explain in the best way I can, why I adored this book and why you should read it too! ❤ 

Fairy tales collide in this magical debut surrounding Bristol, a kitchen maid, who finds herself becoming an elicromancer!

From page one I was immediately transported to the world of Nissera and through Bristol’s 1st Person POV, I really felt both the worlds and the characters come to life!

Plot:

The author introduces us to Bristol who realizes she has magical abilities (shapeshifting) after being brought against her will to a magical lake that awakens Elicromancers called The Water!

With her power resonating in an “Elicrin Stone,” she finds herself meeting Brack and Tamarice who have elicromancer abilities as well and they find it best to train her and fulfill their purpose of keeping peace across the 3 kingdoms:

Volarre, Calgoran, & Yorth.

But things aren’t as they seem, when someone threatens to upset the balance and bring Elicromancers to their former glory. But will do anything (even use dark elicromancy) to achieve it!

She then finds herself tasked with protecting all three kingdoms as best she can to prevent the evil from taking over!

With her power as a Clandestine she takes on a variety of appearances to find a way to unite the kingdoms!

The plot itself is very unique and while it introduces elements seen before, through the author’s writing and her wonderfully developed characters/world + the mix of classic fairy tales she creates a wholly original and immersive story!

I won’t get into tons of spoilers, because I found it fun to make my own connections along the way with Bristol coming to understand the world of Nissera.

I will admit at some moments the pacing is a little slow, but overall the story kept me turning the page!

+  There is a time jump in this novel (explained early on) and I will admit I was unsure how I felt about it in the beginning, but along the way with the characters and intricacy of the plot I grew to not only understand it, but felt it was perfect for the story!

2.Characters/World-Building:
Both of these aspects went hand in hand! The world of Nissera is both magical and fantastical!
You get that right away from the authors descriptions!

The fairy tale elements are seamlessly weave their way into the plot from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, even elements of Mulan.

I loved how each fairy tale connected to tell an epic tale! It was incredibly done!

She wrote her characters wonderfully!
Each and every character is written with such depth and you truly feel connected to each one through Britsol’s eyes!

With the task of taking on a variety of appearance’s Bristol finds herself struggling to understand who she is, while creating such deep connections with the friends she encounters along the way.

There is a war brewing and it was written so well! The build up is the best part! With Bristol traveling across the land to form alliances and prepare for the battle, it also gives background into Bristol’s past + the deeper/intricate plot that unfolds!

+ There are so many swoon-worthy princes in this story!! (Prince Anthony was my favorite BTW) ❤ ❤

I’ve seen so many fantasy series that have multiple books, however according to the author Kingdom Of Ash & Briars is a STANDALONE!
I don’t usually see that in YA Fantasy and it was definitely refreshing to see once I saw how the story wrapped up! However it just brings me to tears because that means:  I WON’T  have another book with these amazing characters and world.
I really felt this story was its own magical fairy tale come to life and loved it with each and every page!! ❤ ❤
Overall a magical debut that pays an homage to classic fairy tales, while weaving them together to deliver a tale magical and original all on its own!! 
If you’ve read this KOAAB or are planning to, let me know in the comments below! 🙂
+ I’ll have a Reading Playlist For KOAAB Coming Sometime This Month!

 

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir Review

A Torch Against The NightA Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In The Ashes #2)

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Pages: 452

Summary: Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½ 

*Spoilers Ahead*

My Thoughts: Tahir delivers a sequel with Laia and Elias on the run from the Empire, stakes are heightened, and danger is at every turn! 

“You are a torch against the night – if you dare to let yourself burn.”

A Torch Against The Night picks up right where Ember left off with Laia and Elias running for their lives.

Torch definitely has a different tone/feel than Ember but overall delivers an incredible story with expansion on the politics, magic and world of the Empire.

I.Plot

With the Commandant on their tails and managing to stay one step ahead, Laia and Elias are now traitors to the Empire, but nothing will stop them from helping Darin to escape Kauf Prison.

Similar to Ember, we are again in the minds of Laia and Elias. However, with Helene remaining in the Empire, she provides a 3rd POV that expands on the intricacy of the politics and hierarchy that weaves throughout.

Laia and Elias escape the city of Serra through underground catacombs with soldiers and the Commandant close by.

Early on, the Commandant finds her way to Elias. After a quick but intense battle, Elias emerges victorious with minor cuts and manages to escape his mother. However, he begins to question why he was able to escape so easily.

After suffering from episodes of seizures and blackouts Laia comes to understand why. The Commandant has poisoned him!

Trying to find an antidote at a local market in a nearby town does slow them down. However due to these seizures Elias finds himself drifting in and out of consciousness and drifting to a mysterious forest called the Waiting Place where the Soul Catcher tells him more about the fate he destined to with the limited time he may have left!

However things really pick up when Keenan and other familiar faces from Ember catch up with Laia and Elias on their journey to Kauf.

As for Helene, when her arc is introduced she is being brutally interrogated and must give up the info she can about Elias’s whereabouts. She doesn’t break so easily, but it backfires when she gets tasked with becoming Blood Shrike and hunting down Elias.

However, not everyone can be trusted! As Helene tracks him down, the Commandant we come to learn has a hidden agenda of her own and she won’t let anyone or anything get in her way.
Helene knows the risks involved if she doesn’t complete her task. Deep within her heart she cannot let Elias go. And she doesn’t plan to!

Darin’s life hangs in the balance with each and every obstacle Laia and Elias encounter.

II.World Building

With hints of magic in book 1, I knew it would play a bigger role in Torch and it was miraculously done!

The magic feels like much more of an integral part of this world and is explained in such a unique way that I cannot wait to see how it expanded on in future books!

Helene’s POV gives the reader additional world building/back story and the politics/hierarchy that governs the secrets and darkness that cloud the Empire.

Tahir expands the world beyond Blackcliff Academy with a number of settings explored throughout the novel:

-Kauf Prision
-Harsh deserts
-A forest known as the Waiting Place where souls have not yet passed on
-Tribal camps

With the 1st person POV I was immediately transported back into the brutal world of the Empire + could really picture each and every setting!

III.Characters

Character development is truly the backbone of this novel and it is masterfully done!

My favorite characters by far were Elias and Helene.

Battling the darkness within himself, Elias wants to show he can do good regardless of all the pain he’s caused. His capture/interrogation at Kauf further shows the light that shines within him to set things right.

Helene is stuck. She wants to abide by the Empire’s rules, but being his childhood friend she still loves Elias and doesn’t want to see him get hurt.

The glimpse of the Empire from Ember is seen in more depth in Torch from politics to the magic system, world-building and the secrets that lay hidden deep within. 

No surprise that Tahir’s sequel went above and beyond my expectations! Can’t wait to see what Book 3 has in store!

+ I also have A Torch Against The Night Playlist coming on Monday! (9/5)

Can’t wait to share it!! 

The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson Review

The Beauty Of DarknessThe Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #3)

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

Release Date: August 2, 2016

Pages: 688

Summary: Lia has survived Venda-but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier-as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down. 

In this heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: A Solid Conclusion To The Remnant Chronicles!

As with the sequel, Beauty Of Darkness character development and world building are definitely the highlights of this novel!

The historical texts weaved throughout the trilogy, come full circle and even more backstory is given on the three kingdoms, which really ties together the trilogy as a whole.

Lia undertakes her role as a queen and in doing so, becomes immersed in  the politics of not only her kingdom (Morrighan) but also the strategies of war to prepare for the final battle between the Komizar.

I loved that Lia was able to return to her Kingdom and make things right with her people + show her parents what a powerful leader she could be!

Kaden continues to reveal more about his past (especially his father) and becomes unsure of where his relationship with Lia is headed.

Sadly there were some issues I had with this final novel:
Pacing/Length: With the wonderful pacing of book 2, Beauty Of Darkness really dragged and the story suffered for me because of it.

Along the lines of pacing, there were many moments in terms of plot that I felt really didn’t add much to the novel + felt quite forced.
Such as:
-The extended lengths of time prepping for the battle. When they first get to an outpost, it of course makes sense with the plot + perfectly fine when Lia returns to her kingdom! However, the rest of the novel (up until the final/ending) just felt like it was them in the palace & I personally felt there wasn’t much going on plot-wise, besides character development + Lia/Rafe development.

I’m still not sure how I feel about Kaden+Pauline 😥 Towards the end I was liking their relationship a lot more, but the way their relationship started felt a little forced to me considering all the Lia+Kaden development from Heart Of Betrayal!

Regardless of those issues:
Continuing with the plot, the final battle between the Komizar & Lia was fast-paced & I honestly had no clue how it would end!
Considering Lia/Rafe’s uncertainty’s about their relationship I loved how he came to visit her in Venda with Kaden & the others at the end!

 I really loved the ending and joining Lia on her adventure to not only find her voice but also where she belongs+ finding her happy ending!

The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson Review

The Heart Of BetrayalThe Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Pages: 470

Summary: Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

**NOTE: Upon reflection, I’ve lowered my rating to 3 stars

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My Thoughts: Character development is at the core of this story and leads to an ending that will leave you wanting the final installment right away!

While I did enjoy The Kiss Of Deception, there were aspects in the characters/world-building that felt lacking and just weren’t clicking with me. However, Heart Of Betrayal changes it all!

While the romance kept The Kiss Of Deception interesting, the sequel reveals there is much more at stake and the romance is not at the center this time around.Which definitely left tons of room for character development/world-building.

Lia, now seen as a traitor and held prisoner in Kaden’s territory of Venda, she gets introduced to the leader, Komizar who from his first introduction, is revealed to be quite a political mastermind.

Throughout this book we come to know more about the enemy territory of Venda and learn its not all it seems. Similar to Lia, I grew to love Venda throughout the course of this story.

I was given so much insight into the politics, people, and struggles much more than the previous territories mentioned in book 1.

As Lia plots her escape, she can’t help but grow attached to Venda and in doing so, the people come to adore her! Even those in Sanctum Hall. However, the Komizar is there at every turn to gain more power and believes using Lia is the only way to get there.

The pacing was never dull and with each +every moment I felt gave more insight into the overall plot + came to learn so much more about the world + even Lia’s gift!

More back story is given to Kaden (his father & his childhood) and in turn, gives Lia’s relationship with him much more development as well!

+ I think it was hinted at by Lia that Kaden seemed to be showing signs of the “Gift”! I’m definitely interested to see where that leads in The Beauty Of Darkness!

Rafe & Lia work out heir issues after knowing each other’s identities and in turn, develop in secret a plan to escape when the Komizar reveals that he wants to marry Lia. However, trouble arises when Lia sees the marriage as the only way she can truly establish a life for herself (considering she is now seen as a traitor by her own kingdom).

**Now onto Major Spoilers**

When the Komizar kills Aster, from there towards the end, those pages were so stressful!

I had no clue what would happen next + when Lia & Rafe finally escaped, I had no idea Kaden would end up staying in Venda!! 

+ With all the backstory given on Komizar + the burden with being given that title, I did not expect for him to die because of Lia in this book!

Overall a spectacular sequel! Development in every way from characters, to politics and world-building establishes a lot for book 3 & I cannot wait to see how Lia’s story concludes in Beauty Of Darkness!

 

 

The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Review

The Kiss Of DeceptionThe Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

Release Date: July 8, 2014

Pages: 486

Summary: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: A solid start to a trilogy filled with intrigue, deception & a romance that will keep you turning the page!

I’m still debating leaving this at a 4 or 3.5!

I went into this story with a basic idea of a plot! A runaway princess who meets an assassin & a prince and the reader has to figure out who is who!

I’m sure the author intended to keep the identities a secret till the very end, however I figured out who was the prince + the assassin the moment both guys met each other and were introduced!

So it was kind of a let down for me knowing very early on!

There were aspects from the world-building, plot + characters that I really enjoyed,yet some aspects I didn’t!

1.World Building

From the very beginning readers are introduced to this ancient/medieval world with royalty, festivals, deeply rooted religion/faith which plays quite an important part, not only in this world and the many kingdoms/citizens, but also in the main character Lia’s life!

There was an introduction to many languages that are spoken across the kingdoms + politics, which is loosely touched upon in the beginning, however discussed more towards that last 1/2 of the novel! (Which were +‘s on world building)

However my main issues that come with the world introduced was the excerpts of religious texts/stories, while very important (especially towards the end), really slowed the pacing for me!

As a whole I could definitely picture the setting in my mind, however while reading there are many elements introduced that give it rich world-building, yet I still felt it came off as flat and it appeared to me that it was somehow incomplete.

2.Pacing

That was my biggest issue.

The first chapter or so are paced well, however as the plot progresses and Lia escapes, the pacing is EXTREMELY slow!! Which made reading this novel quite a task!

And the pacing doesn’t really pick up, in my opinion, until the last 1/2 or so of the novel when secrets among other plot points are introduced!

3.Plot/Characters

The romance definitely makes the novel more interesting, not gonna lie!
Pearson does a great job at establishing her characters motives/voice and making them distinct from one another (especially the 2 main male characters) Another plus!

However, reading Lia’s voice (1st person POV) sadly wasn’t too original. Her personality/voice felt very similar to other heroine’s I’d read before! Though I will admit when secrets are revealed and I nearned toward the end, I did enjoy Lia a lot better + felt more connected to her as a character!

Along the note of plot/characters the tone of this novel gave me serious Winners Curse vibes! I couldn’t help but compare Kestrel to Lia, the romance, etc.,  that made me feel like I’d read this story before!

(Let me know if you thought that too, if you’ve read TWC + this novel!)

The plot definitely kept me turning the page! I was always wondering what would happen next!

**PLOT SPOILERS***

In the beginning, Lia flees her kingdom to escape her arranged marriage!
It was great to see her come to learn more about the cities/towns in her kingdom + learning who she was away from her royal lineage/ royal position!
With her friend Pauline, they reach a small town (Terravin) & they become waitresses at a local inn.
She meets two travelers who we come to know as the assassin & the prince! They both begin to develop feelings for her and there is mystery + intrigue along the way! She comes to learn she is being hunted, so she keeps her guard up, while also just trying to live her own life!
However, when it becomes too much for she flees and comes to know who the real assassin is!
The rest of the last 1/4 of the book is her understanding the assassin and trying to think of a plan to escape!
Then the prince comes to save her & they both stay as captives of the assassin & his army!

I will admit regardless of those issues, I am definitely interested to see where the plot is headed!

Overall the plot weaves together in quite an interesting way! While the romance is quite apparent, the story itself, with mystery and politics that get established throughout the story definitely will keep you wondering what happens next!

Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes Review

9780062379962_31a31Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Pages: 382

Summary: Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: This book was perfection! ❤ ❤

I’ve been meaning to read Paula Stokes books for quite some time & I absolutely loved this one!! It is definitely an addition to my All-Time Favorites list ❤

Maguire feels she will cause harm anywhere she goes and put other people at risk b/c she has bad luck. There were accidents that happened when she was younger like the family car crash in which she was the only one that survived, a house fire, a faulty roller coaster ride where she escaped without a scratch! Which is why she keeps to herself and does “5-second” checks to ensure she won’t bring harm to anyone.

But early on she is convinced by her therapist, Dr.Leed, she should join some sort of activity! (she picks tennis)
Additionally, she makes a list of challenges to help her overcome her “bad luck” and hopefully finish in time to go to Ireland in the winter to meet relatives and honor her father’s death.

Stokes makes her characters engaging and likable though many are ones I’ve read before (the jealous “ex-girlfriend”, the new outgoing-best friend, the swoon-worthy guy)! But with each and every page, there is so much heart in these characters which truly made this book wonderful to read!

It was great to see how her relationship developed with Jordy. I absolutely loved his introduction in the beginning when he met her in the therapy office (sitting w/ Maguire & getting her icecream ❤ )

Over the course of the story they help each other with their own challenges & begin to develop a relationship (which took its time & was never rushed) Their banter/witty remarks not only made the book fun to read but really made their relationship more interesting!

Through their relationship they help and support each other, they motivated each other every step of the way.
Over the course of the story Maguire fears her being out in public is causing harm to others, while bad things do happen, she comes to accept that not everything is perfect and you can’t always be in charge of the universe, which I found quite relatable a times.

She faces her fears in:  driving Jordy’s sister Penn to his tennis match, riding a roller coaster, “take something back from the universe” and along the way makes such wonderful and supportive friends!

Reading this book, taught me everything may not be perfect and there may be moments here and their of unluckiness and that’s no reason to worry because as long as I grow from it and not let it get to me I will be okay!

Overall this story is filled with a plot equally as memorable as its complex characters + an over all message that you can’t always perfect everything in life, and that doesn’t mean you have bad-luck, it just means your human!

Book Bytes I #3

Book Bytes is a feature I created to give quick updates in the book community such as cover reveals,  book adaptation & so much more!

The Sun Is Also A Star.jpg1.Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star Cover Reveal + Excerpt

On April 4th EW posted an article revealing the cover for The Sun Is Also A Star!

From the author of Everything,Everything, Nicola’s newest YA Contemporary will center around “Natasha — a devotee of science and hard facts, whose family is hours from being deported to Jamaica — and Daniel — a well-behaved star student who falls instantly under Natasha’s spell. Will they let themselves fall in love, or choose one of the millions of other paths fate may have in store?

W/ that cover reveal also came an excerpt which you can read Here.

It will be released November 1,2016!

2.Samantha Shannon Book Deal 

Also on April 4th, Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season, announced she sold a new fantasy book titled:

The Priory Of The Orange Tree

It will be a standalone.

You can read the summary from the press release Here.

A Shadow Bright And Burning.jpg3. A Shadow Bright And Burning Cover Reveal

On April 12, Jessica Cluess’s cover for A Shadow Bright And Burning was revealed + an excerpt which you can read Here!

This YA Fantasy will be Book 1 in the Kingdom Of Fire Series, which will be out September 2016!

Summary: Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

4. Tales Of The Peculiar Cover Reveal 

On April 14, the cover for Ransom Riggs’s Tales Of The Peculiar was revealed on USA Today.

You can get more information about the book + read an excerpt Here!

This novel will be a “collection of fairy tales set in the same universe as Miss Peregrine’s.”

It will be released Sep. 3, 2016!

5. Caraval Cover Reveal + Excerpt

On April 15, the cover for the 2017 YA Debut Caraval by Stephanie Garber + an excerpt was revealed!

This novel is a “sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.”

Check out the Cover + Excerpt Here.

A Torch Against The Night6. A Torch Against The Night Cover Reveal

On April 18, the cover for the sequel to An Ember In The Ashes,  A Torch Against The Night was revealed!

+ Ch.1 was also released! You can read it on the EW article Here.

A Torch Against The Night is set to be released August 2016!

 

 

7. Stalking Jack The Ripper Cover + Excerpt

On April 20, the cover for Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was revealed!

This 2016 YA Debut centers around Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is a lord’s daughter, but behind his back studies forensic science in her uncle’s lab!

It will be released September 2016!

Full article can be read Here.

8. None Of The Above TV Option 

Also on April 20, Deadline announced upcoming projects for Lifetime.

I.W. Gregorio’s None Of The Above, which centers around a girl who figures out she is intersex, was announced to already have Stephen Chbosky attached to direct!

More can be read on the Deadline article Here.

The Midnight Star Cover Reveal9.The Midnight Star Cover Reveal

On April 21, Marie Lu’s third and final book in her Young Elites Trilogy, had the cover revealed on Mashable!

The Young Elites centers around Adelina who discovers, she among others, have superpowers after a blood fever!

Full Article includes a Q&A w/ Marie about the last book!

It can be found Here.

 

 

10. The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Books

On April 22, it was announced that Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles Series would be getting a coloring book!

It is set to be released winter 2017!

Additional Info + a sneak peek can be found on the Bustle Article Here!

11. Windwitch Cover Reveal

On May 3, Susan Dennard’s sequel to Truthwitch had a cover reveal!

Revealed on EW, the article features both the cover + an excerpt!

Full article can be found Here.

Windwitch will be released January 3,2017!

12.Anna Dressed In Blood Optioned For Film

On May 3 Kendare Blake’s 2011 YA Paranormal novel was announced not only to have an actress/actor attached, but also to have a director!

Stephanie Meyer is set to direct w/ principal photography beginning in November!

Additional information can be found on the Deadline article Here!

13. History Is All You Left Me Cover Reveal

On May 9 Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not, revealed the cover for his newest book!

Releasing January 2017, “OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth—both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.”

You can see the cover  + read a Q&A w/ Adam on the Bustle article Here.

14. Flower by Shea Olsen + Elizabeth Craft Cover Reveal

On May 10 Hypable revealed the cover for this 2017 YA Release!

You can see the cover reveal Here.

+ Here is a summary: These are the things that I’ve always wanted:

To get the top grades in my class.

To make my grandmother proud.

And most of all, proof that I could succeed where the rest of my family had not: a Stanford acceptance letter, early admission.

My mother and my sister were obsessed with boys and love and sex. So obsessed that they lost sight of their futures, of whatthey wanted. And in the end, they lost everything.

I’ll never let a boy distract me. I promised my grandmother that.

But that was before Tate.

Before the biggest pop star on the planet took an interest in me.

Before private planes and secret dates and lyrics meant for me alone.

There’s so much I don’t know. Like why he left music. Where he goes when we’re not together. What dark past he’s hiding. But when we kiss, the future feels far away. And now…I’m not sure what I want.

15. Empire Of Storms Cover Reveal

On May 12, Bloomsbury revealed the cover for the 5th Throne Of Glass book:

Empire Of Storms

You can see the cover on Sarah’s Tumblr Here.

16.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Book 3

On May 13 Jenny Han announced there would be a 3rd and final book to her To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before titled:

Always And Forever Lara Jean

Set to be released Spring 2017!!

Blacksouls Cover17. Blacksouls Cover Reveal

On May 19 the cover to Blacksouls, the sequel to the 2016 debut by Nicole Castroman Blackhearts, was revealed on USA Today!

Check out the USA Today article Here to get a summary for book 2 and what readers can expect from the sequel!

It will be released 2017!

 

 

A Conjuring Of Light18. A Conjuring Of Light Cover Reveal

On May 23 VE Schwab revealed on twitter the cover to the 3rd and final book in her Shades Of Magic Trilogy!

This novel is set to be released February 21,2017!

You can read more about book 3 + an excerpt on the EW Article Here!

 

 

 

 

19.Between Shades Of Gray Film (Behind The Scenes)

All throughout the month of May, Ruta Sepetys, author of many spectacular YA-Historical Fiction novels, tweeted more photos from the set + locations  for the film adaptation of her novel Between Shades Of Gray!

Take The Key And Lock Her Up20. Embassy Row #3 by Ally Carter Title/Cover Reveal

On May 30, the cover/title for the third and final book in Ally Carter’s Embassy Row Series was revealed on Hypable!

Book 3 will be titled Take The Key And Lock Her Up!

This series follows Grace Blakely, granddaughter of an Ambassador, who finds herself back on Embassy Row & tries to solve the mystery surrounding her mother’s death!

She suspects her mother was murdered, the problem is no one believes her!

It is set to be released January 2017! You can read more about Book 3 from the Hypable article Here!

Shadow Run  Cover Reveal21. Shadow Run by Adirenne Strickland + Michael Miller Cover Reveal

This 2017 debut had its cover reveal on Hypable + an excerpt which you can read Here!

Firefly meets Dune in this YA Sci-fi adventure!

Summary: Qole is the captain of the Kaitan, a starship that uses magnetic nets to “fish” for Shadow, a volatile cosmic energy. Shadow is dangerous, can cause madness and death, but as the last generation of a native fishing family, her DNA and heritage give her a unique connection to it, a power over it. Qole is determined use that “affinity” to protect her small but loyal crew of misfits, orphans, and outlaws. Which is why she’s so suspicious of offworlder Nev, her startlingly handsome new crew member.

What Qole doesn’t know is that Nev is actually Prince Nevarian Dracorte. He’s convinced that Shadow is the key to preserving the royal Dracorte legacy, and that Qole is the key to harnessing its power. When her cooperation proves difficult, Nev resolves to get her back to his home planet by any means necessary, but he’s not the only one. A rival royal family is also after Shadow affinity, and unlike Nev, they’re more interested in gaining Qole’s abilities than keeping her alive. His mission to exploit her becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. The Kaitan’s crew goes from fishermen to prey as they make a death-defying run across the galaxy, and Qole and Nev are forced to revise their ideas of family and loyalty, with the fate of their worlds hanging in the balance.

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

Book Bytes I #2

Book Bytes is a feature I created to give quick updates in the book community such as cover reveals,  book adaptation & so much more! 

Of Fire And Stars Cover1. Of Fire & Stars by Audrey Coulthurst Cover Reveal

This YA Fantasy got its cover reveal from EpicReads on the 16th of Feb.

Here is my cover reveal post if you want to learn more about it!

 

 

2. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Summary+Title Reveal

This YA Historical-Fiction Thriller will be released Sept. 2016 & centers around Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is a lord’s daughter, but behind his back studies forensic science in her uncle’s lab!

Publisher: jimmy patterson

Full Summary Can Be Found Here! 

Three Dark Crowns3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Cover Reveal

On Feb. 18, Hypable revealed the cover for Kendare Blake’s new series!

Full Article w/summary & Q&A can be found here! 

 4. Gemina Cover Reveal (Illuminae #2)

Gemima will be released Oct. 18th

The cover was revealed on USA Today and has a small Q&A w/ Amie + Jay

Full Cover Reveal + Q&A

*I’ve been wanting to read Illuminae for a while now, if you’ve read it, let me know how it is in the comments below*

tumblr_o3a68mKELH1r742h8o1_5405. Gallagher Girls 10th Anniversary Cover Reveal

On Feb. 29 Ally Carter reveled the new covers for Gallagher Girls!

Being a huge fan of this series, I was very eager to know what the new covers would look like! ❤

While they do have a completely different look, they still have the same feel as the originals!

+ Ally revealed that there will be 6 special epilogues that take place after GG6!

Can’t wait to read the epilogues!!

 

6.Frostblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #1) Cover Reveal

Also on Feb. 29,YA Debut Author Elly Blake,  had the cover revealed for her 2017 release Frostblood!

Its a YA Fantasy set in a world where “Flame & Ice Are Mortal Enemies.”

From the premise, this books sounds like a great start to a new series

Full Summary can be found on ForeverYoungAdult’s Cover Reveal Post!

7.Throne Of Glass Book 5 Title Reveal

On March 10, Bloomsbury Publishing revealed the title for the 5th Throne Of Glass Book!

Throne Of Glass 5-Empire Of Shadows.jpg

8.Timekeeper by Tara Sim Cover Reveal

Revealed March 11, in this 2016 YA Debut, Timekeeper “takes place in an alternate Victorian England, in a world where clocks don’t just tell time, they determine how-and whether-it passes.”

Full Summary can be found on BNTeen’s Blog Here!

9. Blackhearts Sequel

2016 Debut Author Nicole Castroman announced March 18, that Blackhearts will be getting a sequel titled Blacksouls!

Quick summary can be found Here!

It will be released Spring 2017!

10. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly TV Option

A Criminal Magic, where magic is outlawed in the 1920’s , has been optioned by Warner Brothers to be brought to TV!

Not much info has been released, but here is a tweet from the author herself:

 

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

Book Bytes I #1

Not too sure if something like this has already been created in the book blogosphere, but Book Bytes is a post I created to give quick updates on what is happening in the book community.

From cover reveals to movie options etc., I will find as much as I can for each post!

This Feature will be posted when I’ve gotten enough news to share/figure out big news in the book community!

PenguinTeen Tour

Announced Feb. 3, Hypable posted the tour stops for the PenguinTeen authors!

They Include:

  • Karen Bao
  • April Geneieve Tucholke
  • Alison Goodman
  • Alwyn Hamilton
  • Rachel Hawkins
  • Sabaa Tahir

Star-Touched Queen’s new Release Date

Roshani Chokshi announced on her twitter, Feb. 1 that TSTQ will now be coming out April 26!

Here is my Cover Reveal Post if you would like to know the summary!

Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (Wolf By Wolf #2)

Full Wolf By Wolf Review

On Feb. 3, EW posted an article showing the cover for Blood For Blood, the sequel to Wolf By Wolf! + An excerpt!

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ADSOM Headed To TV

V.E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab) announced on her twitter that there is currently talks for ADSOM to become a TV show! W/ Victoria herself writing the pilot!

More can be found on this Deadline Article

 

If you would want this post to be a regular feature on my blog/if this type of post interests you def. leave a comment!

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂