Saturday Spotlight: Akata Witch and Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

I’m so excited to read this series!  I don’t remember how I found out about it at first, but now I’m seeing it everywhere, and that makes me so happy!  Since I love learning about different cultures, I’m fascinated by the concept of African mythology and practices to be included.  It’s definitely different than the average fantasy being published, and I’m ready to have my mine blown by something new.  Akata Witch just came out in paperback earlier this week, and Akata Warrior published later this year!

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)

Paperback, 349 pages
Publication: July 11th 2017 by Speak

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Fangirl Friday: #ALAac17 Author Signings : Books from Home

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Today’s Fangirl Friday continues to focus on author signatures in my collection, but this time, I wanted to present something a little different.  As I recently attended ALA Annual in Chicago for work, I was able to meet a few authors and snag a few more signatures.  I wasn’t able to personally meet very many authors as I was quite busy attending work-related sessions, so many of these were acquired via my husband standing in line since he was there on vacation.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga, #2)

Hardcover, 488 pages
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Keymaster Press
I plan on reading the first book during my upcoming vacation, so that when I get back, I’ll be ready to read my pre-order of this one!!  I’m also excited about the pre-order swag/incentives that the author is offering here.  Also, the cover art for both books are absolutely gorgeous!

Summary:

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

Cover Reveal: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

 

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything and everyone are what they seem, Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and, ultimately, self-discovery. Don’t miss the beautiful cover for Rebecca Ross’s debut young adult fantasy, THE QUEEN’S RISING, and pre-order your copy today!

 

 

THE QUEEN’S RISING Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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THE QUEEN’S RISING Pre-Order Links:

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Rebecca Ross Bio:

Rebecca Ross received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. In the past, she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college. She resides in Northeast Georgia with her husband and her dog. THE QUEEN’S RISING is her debut novel. Visit her on the web at www.rebeccarossauthor.com or on Twitter @_RebeccaRoss.

 

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)

Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
So, there were several cover reveals yesterday, and this was one of my favorites!!  Not just because Tamora Pierce is all of my all-time favorite authors, but now that it has a cover, it makes the release seem more real!  After being pushed back several times, Tempests and Slaughter will finally be released in February, and how awesome is that cover art?!  Have you been waiting as long as I, or are you new to Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe?

Summary:

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

2017 #BEAleftbehind & BookOutlet Book Hauls

Considering I leave to attend ALA in a couple days, I thought it might be a good time to recap some recent book hauls.  Namely the books a co-worker picked up at BEA for me and my most recent Book Outlet sale purchases.

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The most exciting book from BEA was The Tea Dragon Society as it is signed by the author/illustrator, and I love this art and story combo!  You can read the webcomic online for free here or purchase the book when it publishes in October from Oni Press.  The same co-worker who picked up that one also snagged a copy of Holly Black’s newest, The Cruel Prince.  Can’t wait to read this one!  A second co-worker surprised me by bringing back a final copy of Daughter of the Pirate King and an arc of The Glass Town Game.  If I remember correctly, she picked them up at the Owlcrate booth 🙂

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I’m not sure that you can tell yet from looking at my blog, but I recently discovered how much I love Tor.com’s novella line of titles.  And since I’m a couple years behind in reading them, I picked up four of the most intriguing ones available on Book Outlet.

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Impersonations by Walter Jon Williams

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

In addition to those, I also picked up Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher, which I’ve been hearing wondrous things about.  The Secret Loves of Geek Girls looked like a fun mix essays and topics, and I decided that I needed a second copy of The Throne of Glass Coloring Book since I couldn’t bring myself to actually color in the one I pre-ordered.

I should be posting reviews of Binti and The Tea Dragon Society in the near future as I have finished reading those.  But I’m also hoping to read through most of these fairly soon as well!

Waiting on Wednesday: Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex, #2)

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by DAW

After loving the first book (check out my review here!), I was so excited to learn that a sequel was coming out this year.  The cover is just as detailed and amazing as the first one, and it sounds just as fun.  Definitely check this series out, if you haven’t already 🙂

Summary:

Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role. Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.

It doesn’t help that Aveda’s finally being forced to deal with fallout from her diva behavior—and the fact that she’s been a less than stellar friend to Evie. Or that Scott Cameron—the man Aveda’s loved for nearly a decade—is suddenly giving her the cold shoulder after what seemed to be some promising steps toward friendship. Or that the city has been demon-free for three months in the wake of Evie and Aveda’s apocalypse-preventing battle against the evil forces of the Otherworld, leaving Aveda without the one thing she craves most in life: a mission.

All of this is causing Aveda’s burning sense of heroic purpose—the thing that’s guided her all these years—to falter.

In short, Aveda Jupiter is having an identity crisis.

When Evie gets engaged and drafts Aveda as her maid-of-honor, Aveda finally sees a chance to reclaim her sense of self and sets out on a single-minded mission to make sure Evie has the most epic wedding ever. But when a mysterious, unseen supernatural evil rises up and starts attacking brides-to-be, Aveda must summon both her superheroine and best friend mojo to take down the enemy and make sure Evie’s wedding goes off without a hitch—or see both her city and her most important friendship destroyed forever.