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Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Series: The Conqueror’s Saga (#3)
Published: July 10th, 2018
Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?
Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.
But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.
Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.
Just thinking about reading Now I Rise without the final book hurts a little. The pomegranate starring on the cover is a bit of an acquired taste, but I’m so excited for this book to come out.
I’m rooting for everyone’s happy ending. Don’t tell me they all die or I’ll cry.
Just give it to me.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (#7)
Published: October 30th 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin’s mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.
As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.
I’m looking forward to Kingdom of Ash even more than I am the continuation of A Court of Thorns and Roses, whose cast is dearer to me. This is the finale of a series I’ve followed since Throne of Glass was first released.
I waited two years for Rowan and Aelin and everyone else to get to this point in their story. I’m not much of a wanna see my favorite characters suffer and die kind of reader, so I prefer them to all be safe and Maeve to be dead. I haven’t read Tower of Dawn yet, so maybe that’ll have to tide me over until October.
This book is so far away.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air (#2)
Published: January 8th 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
Speaking of another book that’s so far away, I heard that The Cruel Prince‘s ending leaves your feelings hanging by a string. It’s too much to see ARCs of The Wicked King floating around and not want to know something. Anything. With its promise of dark twisty characters, The Cruel Prince just might be the perfect book for me to read now. Except I’ll have to prepare myself mentally because the sequel is so far away.
So can I have it now? Without slaying lions and all. I’d like to be alive to read it, after all.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices (#3)
Published: December 4th 2018
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.
Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
I’m not sure what I’m expecting from this series, but I’ve waited so long to start Lady Midnight. I almost want to wait until the final book comes out to marathon it, but we’ll have to see.
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist (#2)
Published: June 5th 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist–an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.
I loved Renée Ahdieh’s writing style in her debut duology, and it stands as one of my favorite young adult stories. It was lyrical, but if purple prose heavy writing isn’t your flavor, it probably won’t be your thing. Think Shatter Me (which I also loved), but with less metaphors.
I’m not usually a fan of Western books that incorporate Japanese culture, because too many times it’s ridden with inaccuracies and the occasional insertion of a foreign word makes glossary flipping a real pain. I have a lot faith Ahdieh call pull off an engaging story though, so I can’t wait to get around to the first book.
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades (#2)
Published: November 26th, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Part thriller, part superhero fantasy, here is the fiercely awaited sequel to the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.
Are Nova and Adrian each other’s worst nightmare?
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.
Renegades sold me with their superheroes and villains storyline. The main hero has two dads, and they’re some of the coolest sounding characters of the book. It’s like Boku no Hero Academia metyoung adult books, and the Lunar Chronicles just gives me a lot of faith in Marissa Meyer’s stories.
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Dance of Thieves (#1)
Published: August 7th, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
I just started the audiobook for Kiss of Deception, so it feels a little strange to be eyeing the spin-off series. The cover for this one is absolutely beautiful though, and I prefer this style to the original trilogy by far.
Street thief and Kazi. I mean, come on, it’s like you know I’ll think of Kaz Brekker and be sold on that alone.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium (#1)
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
Just like Dance of Thieves, Furyborn has an absolutely beautiful cover. Designs with an intricate object in focus and stunning borders are some of my favorites. The only other book I own by Claire Legrand is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, which also has a charming cover, but doesn’t sound nearly as interesting as her upcoming release.