June Releases 2018 – Just a Bit Late :)

Better late than never, right?  Here’s a bunch of awesome looking books that are already out or due out later this month.  So many good books!

 

Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)The Lost Books: The Scroll of KingsA Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)StarlessThe Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence, #1)The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great WarForever Fantasy Online (FFO, #1)Bring Me Their HeartsGuardians of the Taiga (Wild Rescuers, #1)Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)HeartseekerDungeons & Workouts: From Weak and Meek to Buff and Tough. The Ultimate Fitness Training for Every Gamer

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Book Review: Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Onyx and Ivory

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

This book made the last few workdays fly on by. I’ve enjoyed participating in the street team and am so glad that I picked up the audiobook as it is read by one of my favorite narrator, Kristine Hvam, who also did the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Things I enjoyed most: character depth, elemental magic, horses!, friendship, slow-burn romance, and pacing. Things I didn’t like: give me a minute… um… yeah can’t really think of anything right now, so there you go.

Definitely check this one out! I felt like the author did a really good job wrapping up a lot of threads while leaving plotlines open for the sequel. And I can’t wait to read it 🙂

Summary:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

May 2018 New Releases

May is so full of wonderful book releases that I’m sure to have missed a couple!  But here’s all the ones on my list!  Let me know your favorites down below.  (PS this is my birthday month, so it feels like these are all presents just for me!)

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)Evangeline of the BayouThe Poppy WarThe Rose LegacyAcross the Dark Water (Riders of the Realm #1)The Queen UnderneathSpindrift and the OrchidThe Ghost, The OwlThe Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)War Storm (Red Queen, #4)A Dark Descent (Ages of Oz)Onyx and IvoryWitchsign (Ashen Torment, #1)Furyborn (Empirium, #1)All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s StepmotherSpectacle Vol. 1The Ancient Magus' Bride Official Guide Book MerkmalLIFEL1K3 (Lifelike, #1)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

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Hardcover, 53 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Diamond Book Distributors
I was ridiculously happy to learn that one of my favorite artists, Sara Richard, had a comic/graphic novel coming out this year!  After hearing this exciting news, I found that NetGalley had digital arcs for people to review.  When I downloaded it the first time, I honestly just went through and looked at all the gorgeous art without “reading” the story.  Owls are a favorite for Sara Richard to make into art, and she’s gotten really good at them.  Ghosts also lend themselves well to her art nouveau styling, and the match makes this book absolutely fabulous!

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Book Review: Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Sanity & Tallulah

Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

This is a really fun graphic novel that uses a lot of science. It may not all be correct science as we know it (taffimatter seems a bit farfetched), but I enjoyed that the author didn’t dumb done the science even though this is marketed toward middle grade readers. In fact, I would argue that the science jargon might make the reader inclined to ask questions and do some research if it sparks their interest. For those readers less interested in the science aspect, there are plenty of things to latch unto in this story. Thing one is a three-headed kitten! Initially what caught my attention. LOL Also, this story takes place on a space station that’s deep in space and nowhere near Earth. It reminded me a lot of the Disney Channel Original movie, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century. Down to the white and colored female leads, although here the WOC takes center stage, which I enjoyed greatly. I’m looking forward to reading more about their misadventures in future books and will be recommending it highly to anyone interested in graphic novels, animals, space, or a good romp.

Summary:

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn’t long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it’s too late?

Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

March Releases 2018

So I just realized that I never posted about the upcoming SFF books that published in March!  There goes my plan to extol their amazing-ness before publication.  But better late than never!  Plus, I’ve already scheduled my April releases post.  Now on to the books 🙂

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Blog Tour Book Review + Giveaway: Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Tor Teen
So, some life stuff happened and I’m only 1/2 way through this book!  So I’m giving you my initial thoughts for this blog tour and 2 giveaways!!  One for a signed UK mass market paperback (US only unless you pay for shipping!) and one for a sea fox taro card designed by myself and signed by Susan Dennard (INT since it’s flat)!
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Book Review: Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
A cute MG that features a brave princess, her best friend/maid servant, and a snarky unicorn. I hope they change the cover to match the unicorn’s description though as he is described as a blue unicorn with gold horn and white mane/tail. The cover has it backwards! I don’t think that adults or teens would find as much enjoyment in this tale, but there are good lessons such as believing in yourself, looking past appearances, working through problems, and even tackling xenophobia and compromise. Definitely a title to recommend and shelve in school libraries.

Summary:

Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother–and their kingdom.

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate’s ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.

But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants–and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.