12.06.2016

The Song of the Shattered Sands series...

 The Song of the Shattered Sands is an epic new fantasy series of mystery, prophecy and death within the ancient walled city of the Twelve Kings . . .


Of sand and malice made
The Song of the Shattered Sands, Book #0.5
Available Now!
ISBN-13: 978-1473218451
Publisher: Gollancz 
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1473218454
Pages: 240
UK Hardcover Edition
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Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this brilliant new story, a prequel to Twelve Kings, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity.

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But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, one of the sadistic creatures known as ehrekh which were forged long ago by the god of chaos. They are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda's struggle becomes a battle for her friends, her life, and her very soul.

Twelve kings of sharakhai
The Song of the Shattered Sands, Book #1
by Bradley Beaulieu
Available Now!
ISBN-13: 978-1473203006
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 592
UK Hardcover Edition
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Read an excerpt from Gollancz Blog
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In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets. It's the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute. It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles
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left by her mother.


As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai. And yet the Kings are no fools-they've ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she's ready to face them once and for all.


Coming 02/09/17
blood upon the sand
The Song of the Shattered Sands, Book #2
ISBN-13: 978-1473203044 // Publisher: Gollancz  // Pages: 592
UK Trade Paperback Edition
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Ceda's mission is partly complete ...so now she must continue to uncover the riddles her mother has left - especially when those scattered clues are incomplete. The answers lie in the desert, where the few remaining members of the Thirteenth Tribe are hidden, and though they doubt
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she can make a stand against the Kings, they are prepared to help her in her quest. The remaining Kings, however, have not been idle. One of their own has been murdered, and the hunt is on to find the culprit. Ceda unlocks the last secrets as their hunt comes closer and closer ...and Ceda may be forced to use the King's tainted power herself, if she is to save her own life - and the city of Sharakhai.

11.29.2016

Out Today! Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


The Fate of the Tearling
The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy, Book 3
by Erika Johansen
ISBN-13: 978-0062290427 // Publisher: Harper // Pages: 416
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The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. 

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. 

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed. 





                            

Back to Forsaken Mountain! The Broken Ones brings us Marc & Penelope's Story.


The Broken Ones 
The Malediction Trilogy, Book #6
by Danielle L. Jensen
Coming June 2017
Publisher: Angry Robot
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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’Angouleme. 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.



11.25.2016

An 2nd Look at a Modern Day Classic: The Queen's Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

" Megan Whalen Turner’s four entrancing novels bring to life the world of the epics. The wonderfully unique hero, Eugenides the thief, is the heart of this series, in which battles are lost and won; political machinations and intrigue decide the fate of nations; and if one calls on the gods, they just might answer. Eugenides’s destiny is entwined with the destinies of three nations, and his personal journey anchors and echoes epic themes that resonate throughout the books. The series is ideal for encouraging critical thinking about deceptive appearances, familial relationships, responsibility, passion, and shifting power dynamics—in both politics and personal relationships."

-- MEGAN WHALEN TURNER’S
The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings Discussion Guide






The thief
THE QUEEN'S THIEF, BOOK #1


Gen is a thief who can steal anything—at least, that is the boast he’s made in wineshops across Sounis. Now his boasting has landed him in prison, so when the king’s magus invites Gen on a quest to steal a legendary religious object, he is hardly in a position to refuse. With little fanfare, Gen, the magus, the magus’s two apprentices, and a soldier embark on a journey that takes them out of Sounis, across the mountainous kingdom of Eddis, and into the potentially dangerous territory of Attolia. The three nations are currently in a tenuous peace, but if the quest succeeds, the balance of power will shift. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the legendary object even exists. And if it does exist, there’s no guarantee that Gen will be able to wrest it from the watchful gods who guard it. Gen, the incorrigible young thief, narrates an unforgettable adventure full of danger, obstacles, and the difficult truth that things are not always what they seem. About the Book Discussion Questions “To miss this thief ’s story would be a crime.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) Newbery ★



the queen of attolia
THE QUEEN'S THIEF, BOOK #2


The talented thief Eugenides has visited the palace of Attolia one time too many. Normally, he leaves a small token for the queen, indicating his presence, and then safely vanishes, unseen by Attolian guards. One excursion, however, does not go as smoothly as planned. The queen is ready for him, and Eugenides finds himself imprisoned in her dungeon. Attolia punishes the thieving interloper as thieves have been punished for generations, guaranteeing that he won’t steal from her again. Once returned to his native land, Eugenides must overcome the physical trauma of torture and then, after the most immediate threat passes, confront the greater problems of despair, bitterness, and terror. Irrevocably altered by his experience in Attolia’s prison, Eugenides emerges from his self-imposed isolation to discover Eddis at war with Attolia and Sounis. He endeavors to end the war and stave off the threat posed by the Mede empire, and if he plays his cards right, he might be able to give Eddis what she desires—peace—and find his heart’s desire, as well. About the Book Discussion Questions “The intense read is thoroughly involving and wholly satisfying.” —The Horn Book (starred review) ★



The King of attolia
The queen's thief, book #3


As the new king of Attolia, Eugenides has all the accoutrements of a monarch: the throne, the title, the crown, the raiment. What he lacks is the respect normally due a monarch. The people of his new country either resent him for kidnapping their queen and forcing her into marriage, or else they see him as her puppet, completely useless in his own right. Eugenides does little to discourage this perception. He seems apathetic, weak, and crippled, prey to the practical jokes of his soldiers and blind to the poorly concealed insults of his attendants. But for those who will see it, there is a strong, tender bond between Eugenides and his wife, and the few who look beyond Eugenides’s appearance might note a will stronger than tempered steel and a mind twice as sharp. About the Book Discussion Questions “One of the most fascinating and original children’s fantasies to appear in years.” —The Horn Book (starred review) ★



a conspiracy of kings
THE QUEEN'S THIEF, BOOK #4


While Eugenides is winning the heart of the queen of Attolia and becoming her king, Sophos, the unwilling prince of Sounis, has disappeared. Everyone presumes that Sophos is dead, but that isn’t the case. Kidnapped and sold into slavery, the scholarly heir to the Sounis throne finds himself working among field hands by day and reciting poetry by night, all the while concealing his true identity. When Sophos orchestrates an escape, he reunites with the magus and journeys to Attolia, this time to negotiate an alliance to protect Sounis from the threats of Melenze and the Mede. A different type of hero than Eugenides, but no less heroic, Sophos surrenders his country in order to save it, and in doing so gains the esteem of his people, realizes his love for a queen, and proves himself a worthy king.
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thick as thieves
THE QUEEN'S THIEF, BOOK #5

Coming May 16, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0062568243
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 352
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Thick as Thieves is the eagerly anticipated new stand-alone novel set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. New York Times—bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.

Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. Set in the world of the Queen’s Thief, this epic adventure sees an ordinary hero take on an extraordinary mission. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans, and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companion stories The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. Thick as Thieves includes two maps, a map of the world of the Queen’s Thief, and a map of Kamet’s journey.


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11.18.2016

Cover Revealed: Ash and Quil by Rachel Caine


Ash and Quill 
The Great Library, Book #3
ISBN13: 9780451472410
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 368
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The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny....

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library....

11.17.2016

YA Book Club Today!


11.14.2016

What I'm Excited About: Announcement Reveal by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy



Good Boy
Wags Series, Book One
by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Coming Janurary 31, 2017
Find it on: Goodreads

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs. 
Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score. 
But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

11.02.2016

Cover Revealed: Library of Fates by

Library of Fates

 by Aditi Khorana
Coming 07/18/17
ISBN-13: 978-1595148582 // Publisher: Razorbill 

Pages: 354
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

10.27.2016

Cover Revealed: The Arsonist by Stephanie Oaks


The Arsonist

The Arsonist hits stores in August 2017!

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

At turns heart-racing and heartbreaking, The Arsonist is an intricate tapestry—of love, loss, and the mysterious connections between us all.

10.26.2016

Cover Revealed: Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau



Dividing Eden
Dividing Eden, Book #1
by Joelle Charbonneau
Coming 06/06/17
ISBN-13: 978-0062453846 // Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 336
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A sweeping fantasy, by the bestselling author of The Testing, about two royal siblings forced to compete for the crown.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option: to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

10.20.2016

Cover Revealed: Thief's Cunning by Sarah Ahiers


Thief's Cunning
Assassin's Heart, Book #2
Coming 06/13/17
ISBN: 9780062363855 // Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 416
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Allegra Saldana has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.

At least that’s what Lea has told Allegra her whole life, but lately Allegra’s been feeling like things are being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. So when Allegra finally learns the truth—I’m a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of.  But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.

In this dark and enthralling fantasy that fans of Sarah Maas and Leigh Bardugo will devour, one girl must decide whether she’s destined to pay for the wrongs of her family’s past…or if the future is hers for the taking. 



Assassin's Heart 
Assassin's Heart, Book #1

by Sarah Ahiers
Now Available
ISBN-13: 978-0062363787
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Pages: 432

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In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.


Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.



Cover Revealed: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May


The Fallen Kingdom 
The Falconer Trilogy, Book Three
Coming 06/13/17
ISBN-13: 978-1452128832 // Publisher: Chronicle Books 
Pages: 400
Find it on AmazonGoodreads
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My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.

First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.


Then one of them killed me.


Now I'm fighting for more than revenge.

The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.
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