Back Listed Spotlight: Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales #2)

I love reading Holly Black’s books because every time I start a new one I know I’m going to read something I’ve never seen before. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy Valiant as much as I did. I loved it! Maybe even more than Tithe. Keep reading for the full synopsis 🙂

Valiant

(Modern Faerie Tales #2)

by Holly Black

When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.

But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

(Fire and Thorns #1)

by Rae Carson

2.5 Stars. I was really surprised that I didn’t get into this book barely at all. Especially after I saw that both Sarah J Mass and Renee Ahdieh rated it 5 stars. I think writing is what just didn’t do it for me. While the story concept is really strong, the actual execution of it is weak and a bit lazy. I feel like I was told that a lot of stuff happens off the page. The story is also action-packed, which the writing style lends itself to, however, I feel like the writer just used that style to get away with glossing over explanations for her magic system and development for the romance aspect of Elisa’s Journey. I found when things actually happened I didn’t care really because there was no breathing room to or a lack of investment in the character. I hope book two rectifies these issues. 

Crystal Smith Announces Greythorne Publication Date Push Back

On March 31st Crystal Smith took to Twitter and Instagram to announce that due to the uncertain times the Coronavirus has brought upon us, her publisher has pushed the date, yet again.

We Free The Stars Release Date Pushed to 2021

Crying into my wine right now! That’s right, the Twitter rumblings are true. Book #2 in the Sands of Arawiya series has been pushed from it’s highly anticipated release date of July 7th, 2020, to January 19th, 2021.

Hafsah Faizal took to Twitter earlier today, and said this:

Sabaa Tahir Drops A ​Sky Beyond the Storm Cover

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Yesterday, I had just sat down to lunch at my office and clicked on the Insta app… This was the first thing I saw and I almost choked on my food. Can I just say, AHHHHHHHH! I can’t believe it! I love it, and I cannot wait! A Sky Beyond The Storm will be hitting shelves this year y’all! Set your notifications for December 1st, 2020 #EmbersInDecember Let’s make it a thing! Keep reading for a full synopsis 🙂

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm
(An Ember in the Ashes #4)
by Sabaa Tahir

Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir’s beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm?

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

Lightbringer Cover Reveal

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Tis the season for gorgeous cover reveals! I’m having a fantastic reading streak thus far and it’s just bolstered that much more by these beautifully crafted covers we seem to be getting treated to consistently almost every week. Claire Legrand writes the stories I want to read, so when I say the third book in the Empirium Trilogy is one of my most anticipated reads, I’m being 100 with ya. Lightbringer will be hitting shelves October 13th, 2020.

Click Here for a Lightbringer exclusive excerpt, or keep reading for a full Synopsis!

Lightbringer
(Empirium #3)
by Claire Legrand

The incredible conclusion to the trilogy that started with the instant New York Times bestsellers Furyborn and Kingsbane!

In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay―and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation―or the destruction their world has been dreading.

Dana Swift’s Debut YA Fantasy Romance

The Novel is being published this year November 17th, 2020! You can follow Dana on Twitter here
Keep reading for a full synopsis!

Cast in Firelight

by Dana Swift

A YA fantasy about two teens destined to inherit a magical empire, who must put aside their misgivings about each other when a deadly plot is unearthed.

As a powerful witch and heir to the throne, Adraa has been groomed to be Belwar’s next leader. She studies all nine colors of magic, trains in diplomacy, and reluctantly accepts an arranged marriage to the arrogant boy from the neighboring land. But Adraa soon finds not all problems can be solved from the safety of the palace. When she learns that the Vencrin, a group of drug-selling thugs, are destroying her people’s magic she dons a mask and takes to the streets to stop them.

Keeping her identity hidden and herself in one piece in the midst of an underground fighting ring is hard enough, but once her fiancé returns home, a royal guard shows up, insisting on joining her mission. Unaware of Adraa’s true identity, he becomes her partner and newest problem. But before they can uncover the Vencrin’s plans, this mismatched pair of vigilantes will need to learn who they’re teaming up with and, just possibly, falling for.

The Camelot Betrayal Book Cover Reveal!

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I am so in love with this cover! Kiersten White  dropped this cover reveal on her Insta this morning and we are shook! The first book in this series The Guinevere Deception is an amazingly fantastical retelling of King Arthur’s Court. It was one of the first books I read at the beginning of 2020 and I’m so excited that the next installment of the, A Camelot Rising series will be out November 10th of this year (2020) !
Continue reading for a synopsis!

The Camelot Betrayal
(Camelot Rising #2)
by Kiersten White 

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?