1.20.2017

Cover Reveal: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray


Defy the Stars
 Defy, Book # 1
Coming April 4, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0316394031
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 512
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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In her most epic and ambitious work to date, bestselling author Claudia Gray takes readers on an interstellar journey exploring what it means to be human.

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.


1.18.2017

The Broken Ones by Danielle Jensen Cover Reveal!


Cover Art by Steve Stone

THE BROKEN ONES
A Malediction Trilogy Prequel, Book #0.6
coming june 6, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0857666970
Publisher: Angry Robot 
Pages: 352

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A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).
Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its leader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.

Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angoulême. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together might be the greatest risk of all.









Danielle L. Jensen was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous, and it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, and Warrior Witch

1.15.2017

The Wicker King by Kayla Ancrum


the wicker king

coming october 31, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1250101549
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 336
Find it on Amazon, Goodreads
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The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.

Written in vivid micro-fiction with a stream-of-consciousness feel and multimedia elements, The Wicker King explores a codependent friendship fraught with madness, love, and darkness. 

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not. 

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

1.10.2017

Cover Revealed: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown


iron gold
Iron Gold Trilogy, Book #1
by Pierce Brown
COMING August 22, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0425285916
Publisher: Del Rey 
Pages: 480
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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When you break the chains, what do you unleash?

The new trilogy takes place after the end of Morning Star and will center on the consequences of the hero’s actions as well as on those folks now living and growing up in a landscape that’s had its ruling order shattered.


"ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to write a new trilogy?

PIERCE BROWN: To be honest, I was curious. Not just about what happens to an empire once it has been broken, but what rises from the ashes. What happens to rebels once they take on the mantle of rule. Authority is a pressure cooker of responsibility that twists and hardens. Darrow and Mustang will learn it was easier to throw proverbial Molotov cocktails than it is to govern ten billion souls.

The book picks up 10 years later, correct? What’s the state of the galaxy?

Yes. And the solar system is in turmoil. The new Solar Republic, led by Darrow and Mustang, has replaced the Society on Mars, Earth, and Luna, and is locked in an existential struggle with the remaining Golds of the Core. A decade-long peace still exists between the Republic and the Golds of the Rim worlds, but something stirs in the darkness out beyond the asteroid belt.
How will Darrow and Mustang factor into this new story — or not?

Both will be integral characters. They’re barely into their mid-30s, so I’d wager they have a few more tricks up their sleeves.

How is this trilogy similar to the types of grand space-hopping stories you established in Red Rising, and how is it notably different?

It has the firefights and midnight duels and blood feuds, but many of the characters are not wrecking balls like Darrow. They must use other means to achieve their goals. Not everyone can blast through the bridge viewport of a Dreadnought, after all…"
--from EW.com interview with Pierce Brown 

Fierce New Look for Cinda Williams Chima's Shattered Realms Series!



shadowCASTER
Shattered Realms Series, Book #2
COMING april 04, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0062380975
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 560
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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From New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic, and two principled and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they stand to lose.


Alyssa ana’Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf line, is a hardened warrior, more comfortable striking with a sword than sitting at court. After a brush with death, Lyss resolves to end the war that has raged her whole life, and goes on the offensive. She knows that if her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even becomes queen.

Across enemy lines in Arden, Halston Matelon has been fighting for his king since he was a lýtling. Lately, though, he finds himself sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of the wolflike warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death. 

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the perils of power, and two principled and conflicted characters, drawn together despite everything they stand to lose. 



flamecaster
Shattered Realms Series, Book #1
Paperback Edition Coming 03/07/17
ISBN-13: 978-0062380951
Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition
Pages: 560
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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A New York Times bestseller now in paperback, this dazzling beginning to the Shattered Realms series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work. Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.


Hardcover Edition 
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. Can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.




Happy Book Birthday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard







windwitch
The Witchlands, Book #2
by
 Susan Dennard
now available!
ISBN-13: 978-0765379306
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 416

Find it on: AmazonGoodreads
Read an Excerpt!
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Susan Dennard returns with a follow up to New York Times bestselling novel Truthwitch.

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak―which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her―yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge―especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

Praise for Truthwitch:

Make room on your all-time favorites shelf: Truthwitch is an instant new classic. It reminded me of why I started reading fantasy in the first place: its fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, and dazzling intrigue harken to the best of Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Hobb, and Jacqueline Carey. And while it pays homage to the epic fantasies that have come before it, it also lays the foundation for a bright new chapter in the genre. I haven't been so enthralled and inspired by a book since I first read Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three. Do not miss out!” ―Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series



Happy Book Birthday: Alchemists of Loom by Elisa Kova




The Alchemists of Loom

Loom Saga, Book #1
Now Available


ISBN-13: 978-1619844414 

Publisher: Keymaster Press
Pages: 352

Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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Her vengeance. His vision.


Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.









Cover Revealed: Black Witch by Laurie Forest



the black witch
by Laurie Frost
Series: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book #1
Coming May 2, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN-13: 978-0373212316
Pages: 608
Find it on Amazon, Goodreads
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A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.

So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.


"I absolutely loved The Black Witch and will have a very hard time waiting for the second book! Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!" --Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author 
"I absolutely devoured The Black Witch--a power-packed read that elegantly tackles a very tough, relevant subject in a fantasy setting, perfect for new and old readers of the genre!" --Lindsay Cummings, #1 New York Times bestselling author 
"The Black Witch is a refreshing, powerful young adult fantasy. This strong debut offers an uncompromising glimpse of world-altering politics amplified by a magical setting in which prejudice and discrimination cut both ways." --Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author

Wandfasted 
The Black Witch Chronicles, Book #0.5
BY LAURIE FROST
Coming July 1, 2017
ASIN: B01N00Y9X9
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 640 (according to B&N.com)
Find it on Amazon Kindle, Goodreads
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     When they painted "Heretics" on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get.

     Until they sent the dragons.

     But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her.

     Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of Death. The Crow Sorceress.

Our Deliverance.

      The Black Witch.

- From WANDFASTED

1.06.2017

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


A MONSTER CALLS 
by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition 
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 978-0763669089
Find it on Amazon, Goodreads
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An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.





"The new film A Monster Calls centers around storytime. But with protagonist Conor’s (Lewis MacDougall) mother sick in bed, the task of storyteller falls to a giant tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson), who appears to him every night at 12:07 a.m. with a new dark fairytale to tell. The Monster’s stories (featuring sorcerers and princes and ambiguous morals) are themselves animated, but the centerpiece of the story is obviously the big guy himself. In A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film, out now from Insight Editions, the process of creating the creature, starting with sketches and on through green-screen, is fully detailed. 
 In the excerpts below, fans can see how the Monster started out as illustrated sketches as animators figured out how to adapt Patrick Ness’ illustrated novel for the big screen, and then became fully-fledged." -FROM SEE THE MAKING OF THE MONSTER IN A MONSTER CALLS ART BOOK VIA EW.COM


PHOTO PROVIDED BY INSIGHT EDITIONS FROM A MONSTER CALLS: THE ART AND VISION BEHIND THE FILM. © 2016 A MONSTER CALLS, TELECINCO CINEMA, S.A.U, AIE, PELÍCULAS LA TRINI AND APACHESENTERTAINMENT, S.L. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY INSIGHT EDITIONS FROM A MONSTER CALLS: THE ART AND VISION BEHIND THE FILM. © 2016 A MONSTER CALLS, TELECINCO CINEMA, S.A.U, AIE, PELÍCULAS LA TRINI AND APACHES ENTERTAINMENT, S.L. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY INSIGHT EDITIONS FROM A MONSTER CALLS: THE ART AND VISION BEHIND THE FILM. © 2016 A MONSTER CALLS, TELECINCO CINEMA, S.A.U, AIE, PELÍCULAS LA TRINI AND APACHES ENTERTAINMENT, S.L. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.