Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Legacy Of Orisha Book 2: Children Of Virtue And Vengeance By Tomi Adeyemi Gets Official Cover

Despite the understandable postponement of the publication of the sequel of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi I am not grovelling like I used to with other series. I know the minor delay on this book, which is called Children of Virtue and Vengeance, will surely give way to bringing out the best version of it. And I'd rather wait a few months more than have a sloppy one.

But in the meantime I hope you enjoy the cover of the second book in the Legacy Of Orisha series. The cover as you will see has a gorgeous makeover, featuring a hyperrealistic art as opposed to the "loose" modernistic art of its predecessor. Despite the change I am wondering why my OCD is so forgiving this time and it doesn't even trigger me to bawl... We should all thank Sarah Jones for the illustration and Mallory Grigg for the design and art direction.

Checkout the cover of Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi.


Synopsis

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could've imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi will be released on December 3, 2019.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Deathless Book 2: 'The Ruthless' By Peter Newman Official Cover Surfaced

The second book in the second series by Peter Newman is upon us. In a few weeks we will know if the much awaited book called The Ruthless from this breakout author of The Vagrant maintains the excitement and pace of its predecessor or it'd suffer the sophomore slump pitfall.

One thing is for sure, the official cover of The Ruthless has surfaced online. The book is going for a darker theme literally and figuratively. The art, which is actually an interesting sight on its own is predominantly dark in color. It is going dark in a figurative sense however because the branding, tone and everything about it has changed (my OCD is killing me). It's as if this one is totally distancing itself from the covers, look, and feel of the first four books by the author.

This is just mere speculation but it would seem there are a new artist and designer abound...? Were artist Jaime Jones and designer Dominic Forbes still on board in the creation of this entirely new cover? Is this the final version? I hope anyone can confirm this for me. It greatly reminds me of the cover shift and transition between HarperVoyager and Eos on one of Robin Hobb's series....

On the brighter side, at least I can tell myself that what's between the covers of this book would still possess the growing Peter Newman voice and style that we all so loved!

Update: I guess the design team of the publisher is going to be consistent with the redesigned paperback of the first book in the series. Damn! I just hope they wouldn't change the books height and width. I really hate this.

Check out the cover of The Ruthless by Peter Newman.

The Ruthless by Peter Newman

Synopsis

Are you ready to return to The Wild?

Return to a world of crystal armour, savage wilderness, and corrupt dynasties in book two of the new series from Gemmell award-winning author Peter Newman.

The Ruthless by Peter Newmann will be released on June 13, 2019.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

#CoverReveal The Tide Child Book 1: 'The Bone Ships' By RJ Barker (First Book In A New Trilogy)

Since the closing chapter of The Wounded Kingdom trilogy (including Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins, and King of Assassins) by RJ Barker, I've been wondering what's next from this newly discovered author of mine. I first encountered the name when I ventured through Anderida Books for signed limited hardcover editions. After that, it's been an uphill and exciting journey... and the craving left me wanting for more of his stories!

Thankfully, Barker is back with a new trilogy starting with The Bone Ships. Who does not want to read adventures about ships made of dragon bones? This reminds me greatly of The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb, so obviously I am already sold. Designer Hannah Wood has crafted the cover for the said book, and it is a distant flight from the look and feel of the author's previous series (which is a good thing, of course).

Check out the cover of The Bone Ships by RJ Barker.

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker

Synopsis

Enter the Hundred Isles, where ships made from the bones of extinct dragons battle for supremacy on the high seas. Our hero Meas Giryn must unite a crew of condemned criminals for a suicide mission when the first live dragon in centuries is spotted in far off waters...

From David Gemmell, Kitschie and British Fantasy Award-nominated RJ Barker, author of Age of Assassins.

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker will be released on September 26, 2019.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Illustrated Edition Of 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire' By J.K. Rowling And Jim Kay Showcases Stunning Official Cover

It's a 4 out of 4 for illustrator Jim Kay and renowned author J. K. Rowling as we are about to relive Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a magnificent illustrated edition. It's among the thickest books in the series and I am wondering how unwieldy this edition will be once it hits books stores worldwide.

One thing I am sure though: the newly released official cover art of this edition is nothing short of spectacular. Unlike the first three illustrated edition, the cover does not feature a magical vehicle or some form of mechanical conveyance. Instead it showcases one of the fantastic beasts, specifically a dragon, in one of the most exciting scenes of the book. In fact I was actually expecting the cover to feature the Beauxbatons Carriage and Durmstrang Ship for continuity...

Check out the cover of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

And here is the full jacket art.

Full Jacket Cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

You may head over to Pottermore for some more exclusive art found inside the book.

Synopsis

Picture the magic – award-winning illustrator Jim Kay brings his wonderful creative powers to this stunning reimagined edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

This new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life – including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Mad Eye Moody. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finds himself competing in the legendary Triwizard Tournament and facing death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards ...

With the original text – complete and unabridged – this gorgeous edition features foiled jacket, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers.

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay will be released on October 8, 2019.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

#CoverReveal The Trials of Apollo, Book Four: "The Tyrant's Tomb" By Rick Riordan

Apollo, or should I say Lester Papadopoulos, is in for another adventure to pursue the next oracle in The Trials of Apollo: The Tyrant's Tomb. This fourth book on the series is one of my most anticipated book of the year, simply showing that I'll never grow tired of Rick Riordan's writings (considering how old I think I am now).

The official cover of the said book has surfaced online, and thanks to John Rocco the cover is once again superb. Rocco is playing around with perspective and should you have fear of heights: take caution. Another thing I noticed about the cover are the aviary creatures featured, which if you could remember are prevalent to the previous covers as well. What's with Lester and fiendish birds?

Check out the cover of The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan.

The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan

Synopsis

It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan will be released on September 24, 2019.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lorien Legacies Reborn #3: 'Return To Zero' By Pittacus Lore Gets An Official Cover

Once again I am feeling these bittersweet emotions I felt when Pittacus Lore released his final Lorien Legacies book called United as One. I am happy because we will finally get to read the conclusion of this follow-up trilogy called Lorien Legacies Reborn. On the other hand I am sad because this will be the last.

For what it's worth we got 10 full-length novels from this adventuresome Loric universe (not counting the compiled stories). This ultimate Loric adventure is almost upon us and it's called Return to Zero. The new official cover has surfaced  featuring the outer space (not seen before in the previous covers, which all featured some earthbound visuals).

Check out the cover of Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore.

Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore

Synopsis

All bets are off in this third and final book in the epic New York Times bestselling Lorien Legacies Reborn series! This fast-paced, action-packed adventure—which is set in the world of I Am Number Four—is perfect for fans of the Darkest Minds series and the X-Men franchise.

After the battle in Switzerland, the Fugitive Six find their allegiances torn, dividing them into two factions. Taylor, Kopano, and Nigel return to the Academy with Nine, but nothing is the same. As fear and resentment of the Human Garde continues to grow, the United Nations decrees that all humans with Legacies must be implanted with inhibitors. So our heroes will have no choice but to rebel.

And with the Foundation still at large, Isabela, Caleb, and Ran have decided to join forces with their former foes Einar and Five to hunt them down. But when a new threat is revealed, the group may find itself painfully outmatched. Facing capture or annihilation from all sides, the only hope the Human Garde have for survival is to stand together once and for all to fight back against their true enemies.

Return to Zero is the epic conclusion to the story of the Garde that began with the worldwide phenomenon I Am Number Four.

Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore will be released on June 25, 2019.

Cover Reveal: 'Blood Of Empire' (Gods Of Blood And Powder) By Brian McClellan

It's not gonna be released until the later part of this year but I am already so excited for the third book of the Gods of Blood and Powder series by Brian McClellan. Yes, it's gonna be a long wait but at least, as early as now, we early get a look on the cover of Blood of Empire and you'll love it.

This eye-candy of a cover is crafted by Thom Tenery and designed by Lauren Panepinto. It features a group of riders on their way to their mission (just like the first and the second books), which I am sure will be detailed in the novel.

Check out the cover of Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan.

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan

Synopsis

As the final battle approaches, Mad Ben Styke must find an unlikely and dangerous ally in order to turn the tides of war in this epic fantasy tale of magic and gunpowder by acclaimed author Brian McClellan.

The Dynize have unlocked the Landfall Godstone, and Michel Bravis is tasked with returning to Greenfire Depths to do whatever he can to prevent them from using its power; from sewing dissention among the enemy ranks to rallying the Palo population.

Ben Styke's invasion of Dynize is curtailed when a storm scatters his fleet. Coming ashore with just twenty lancers, he is forced to rely on brains rather than brawn - gaining new allies in a strange land on the cusp of its own internal violence.

Bereft of her sorcery and physically and emotionally broken, Lady Vlora Flint now marches on Landfall at the head of an Adran army seeking vengeance against those who have conspired against her. While allied politicians seek to undo her from within, she faces insurmountable odds and Dynize's greatest general.

Continue the epic fantasy series by the author whose debut novel Brandon Sanderson called "just plain awesome!"

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan will be released on November 26, 2019.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Anthony Ryan Returns To Raven's Shadow Universe With "The Wolf's Call" (A Raven's Blade Novel)

When I read Anthony Ryan's Blood Song featuring Vaelin Al Sorna I instantly became a fan of the series and of the author himself. I was newly discovering new authors and series to read by then and it's one of the books that solidified my love for SFF and High Fantasy. I waited for every book in the trilogy and imagine how sad I was when it ended...

But that was then, now imagine how happy I am knowing new adventures are abound in this universe with a new duology called Raven's Blade. It starts with The Wolf's Call and continues some years after the events of Queen of Fire, the final book in the original Raven's Shadow trilogy.

Check out the official cover of The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan.

The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan

Synopsis

Anthony Ryan's debut novel Blood Song—the first book of the Raven's Shadow series—took the fantasy world by storm. Now, he returns to the world of this acclaimed series with The Wolf's Call, which begins a thrilling new story of razor-sharp action and epic adventure.

Peace never lasts.

Vaelin Al Sorna is a living legend, his name known across the Realm. It was his leadership that overthrew empires, his blade that won hard-fought battles - and his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had ever seen. He won titles aplenty, only to cast aside his earned glory for a quiet life in the Realm's northern reaches.

Yet whispers have come from across the sea - rumours of an army called the Steel Horde, led by a man who believes himself a god. Vaelin has no wish to fight another war, but when he learns that Sherin, the woman he lost long ago, has fallen into the Horde's grasp, he resolves to confront this powerful new threat.

To this end, Vaelin travels to the realms of the Merchant Kings, a land ruled by honor and intrigue. There, as the drums of war thunder across kingdoms riven by conflict, Vaelin learns a terrible truth: that there are some battles that even he may not be strong enough to win.

The Wolf's Call by Anthony Ryan will be released on July 23, 2019.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cover Of Sun Eater # 2: 'Howling Dark' By Christopher Ruocchio May Be The Best Sequel Cover Of The Year

A while back I posted the cover of Howling Dark (UK Edition) by Christopher Ruocchio and it's nothing short of beautiful... But let me clarify this first: I still do believe that we should not judge a book by its cover. But! When I saw the US edition of said book I was left awed and breathless. It is so breathtaking and beautiful that I have to conclude it is this year's best sequel cover AFAIC!

Before I give you the cover I just would like to thank Kieran Yanner for the very astounding art. She took over from Sam Weber, who did the cover of the first book Empire of Silence. This new cover has certainly blown my expectations away and it definitely surpassed its predecessor by miles. Now, all I'm thinking about is how are they going to surpass this when the third book in the series comes out. Will they ever pull it off again? I really hope so.

Check out the unbelievably beautiful cover of Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio.

Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio

Synopsis

The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian Marlowe is lost.

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails...the galaxy will burn.

Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio will be released on July 2, 2019.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cover Reveals For Plenty Of Rick Riordan Presents Books, Including Books By Rebecca Roanhorse, J. C. Cervantes, And Kwame Mbalia

I, for one, used to grumble deep within me that Rick Riordan can't write fast enough (Sorry!). He writes a lot but the gap in waiting for his next book is excruciating. But now that many more authors are behind and in league with him, through his imprint Rick Riordan Presents, I cannot keep up with the many books that he and his allies have written for us.

Now I can barely swim to the surface of the ocean of these mythology-inspired novels that are surely great and fun to read. They offer me inside knowledge of the less represented mythologies around the world in the contemporary or futuristic settings -- what more could I ask for?

Here are some of the upcoming titles from said imprint with their newly revealed fantastic covers.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Synopsis

A seventh-grade girl and her brother, aided by various Navajo gods disguised as relatives, must stay one step ahead of a shape-shifting monster as they follow in the footsteps of the legendary Hero Twins to save their family.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse will be released on October 15, 2019.

The Fire Keeper by J. C. Cervantes

The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes

Synopsis

Zane Obispo's new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can't control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there's a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn't know what to do with his feelings for Brooks. One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed. To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld? In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.

The Fire Keeper by J. C. Cervantes will be released by September 17, 2019.

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Synopsis

Pitched as an MG American Gods, the book stars a seventh-grade boy who accidentally creates a hole into the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods of African-American legend. He must race to find Anansi, the Weaver, and repair the rip before the iron monsters wreaking havoc in the Midpass consume their world and ours.

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky by Kwame Mbalia will be released someting in 2020.

Rick Riordan Presents

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Cover Of 'The Girl Who Lived Twice' By David Lagercrantz Is Reminiscent Of Stieg Larsson's Original

The cover of The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz is hitting me real hard with nostalgia. Despite its difference in color scheme it greatly resembles that of Stieg Larsson's original Millennium Series novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Does the cover imply that this novel will wrap up everything, bringing us to where it all started? I feel like this will be the closing act of this arc, if not the entire series. If that is the case, do you think this novel will give the it a proper and satisfying ending?

Check out the cover of The Girl Who Lived Twice By David Lagercrantz.

The Girl Who Lived Twice By David Lagercrantz

Compare it with the cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Synopsis

The sixth Lisbeth Salander story--the crime-fiction phenomenon that has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide.

Book four in the series, The Girl in the Spider's Web, is now a major film from Sony Pictures starring Claire Foy.

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz will be released on August 27, 2019.

Cover Reveal: 'The Institute' By Stephen King

Stephen King is back to terrify the kids in all of us... He is a prolific writer, but I think he does not write fast enough for my liking. On the otherhand the good thing about the release of his next novel is it will be timely for my birthday this year. What a great treat indeed.

His next novel that will scare the shit out of us is titled The Institute. That's not really a chilling title, is it? But knowing King's style you will be up for a great surprise. Similaryly, don't be fooled by the not-so-harmful cover art, which you can see below.

Check out the cover of The Institute by Stephen King.


Synopsis

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.

The Institute by Stephen King will be released on September 10, 2019.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Shatter Me #5: 'Defy Me' By Tahereh Mafi Gets A Chilling And Icy Official Cover

The dystopian world (others may claim otherwise) featured in the Shatter Me universe by Tahereh Mafi may be a troubled and dangerous one, but the nothing can be said the same when it comes to the covers of the books in the series. The covers are beautiful and ocularly unique and Defy Me, the upcoming and fifth book in the series, in particular is a chilling and icy one.

Continuing the story of Juliette and Warner, this penultimate installment in the series will pave the way to the grande finale of the series. Have your fill of this stunning cover and see beyond what the naked eye can see...

Checkout the cover of Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi.

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis

Juliette and Warner’s story continues in the thrilling fifth installment of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is.

Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn’t know who she can trust.

She’s desperate for answers, but to get them, she’ll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released on April 2, 2019.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

#CoverReveal: Sun Eater Book 2: 'Howling Dark' (Gollancz, UK Edition) By Christopher Ruocchio

Last year (2018), author Christopher Ruocchio had a blast of a debut with the first book in his Sun Eater series called Empire of Silence. He made it clear that he'd be a new voice to watch out for. And come a few months from now he will be releasing the sequel called Howling Dark, which would either establish his name in the epic SFF genre or... I cannot imagine the alternative if there's really one.

The official cover of the UK edition of Howling Dark has been unveiled (but I am still waiting for the US edition to match my first book). It is such one colorful and gorgeous cover that definitely exceeded the somber aura of the UK edition cover of its predecessor. This cover was designed by Patrick Knowles, giving life to Hadrian Marlowe (the main character of the novel).

Check out the cover of Howling Dark (UK Edition) by Christopher Ruocchio.

Howling Dark (UK Edition) by Christopher Ruocchio

Synopsis

The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian Marlowe is lost.

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails...the galaxy will burn.

Howling Dark (UK Edition) by Christopher Ruocchio will be released on July 2, 2019.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

City Of Ghosts Book 2: 'Tunnel Of Bones' By Victoria "V.E." Schwab Gets Official Cover, Synopsis, and Release Date

I really loved Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood and Co. series. That is why when the series ended I was clamoring to find some similar books to fill in the void it left me. I tested some waters on select titles and City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, also known as V.E. Schwab for adult readers, definitely hit the mark and was exactly what I was looking for.

Thankfully it's not a stand alone book, and the second book in the series is about to hit bookstores this year. This second book is called Tunnel of Bones -- you can see below its official cover and you can read on for its synopsis.

Check out the cover of Tunnel of Bones by Victoria "V.E." Schwab.

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Synopsis

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria "V.E." Schwab will be released on September 3, 2019.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Step Aside Greg Heffley -- "Diary Of An Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal" By Jeff Kinney Is Coming

In an unexpected twist of fate author Jeff Kinney has surpassed mine and every one's expectations. When we hear the name Jeff Kinney we always remember Greg Heffley in his widely popular comic book (aka journal) series called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This series shows no sign of stopping and there's already a dozen of these enjoyable books that brought smiles to my every year, and probably yours too.

This year he is breaking this pattern and come summer he will be releasing another Diary or Journal with a simple twist. Instead of focusing on the perspective of the beloved Greg Heffley we will be getting (probably a series) one in the perspective of Rowley Jefferson, who is Greg innocently adorable best friend. The book is called Diary Of An Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal.

Checkout the cover of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney

Synopsis

Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world—one fans won’t want to miss!

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney will be released on April 9, 2019.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

'Bloodchild' By Anna Stephens Gets Official Synopsis, Plus Updates On UK Edition Books I Look Forward To

Here is to kicking off the new year!

As mentioned on one of my old blog posts, I do collect UK edition books but rarely. Examples of the books that belong in this category are Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series, Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season series, and a select signed limited hardcover editions only sold at Anderida Books.

This year of 2019, I have already bought a signed limited hardcover edition of King of Assassins by RJ Barker (thanks, Anderida), preordered The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, posted some cover and other details for Crowfall by Ed McDonald, and soon Anna Stephens' Bloodchild will have it's official cover revealed as well. I have preordered a copy along with a few other interesting titles. You should do the same.

So for those of you wondering where I get my UK edition books, and/or hardcovers that are not available in most bookstores: Anderida Books is the answer.

Anderida Books

For now, read on for the synopsis of Bloodchild by Anna Stephens that I was able to get from Goodreads.

In this epic grimdark conclusion to the Godblind Trilogy, heroes, armies, and gods both good and evil will battle one last time, with the fate of the world itself at stake... The great city of Rilpor has fallen. Its walls have crumbled under the siege by the savage Mireces; its defenders have scattered, fleeing for their lives; its new rulers plot to revive the evil Red Gods using the city's captured, soon-to-be-sacrificed citizens. Now, with the Fox God leading the shattered remnants of the Rilporian defence and the Mireces consolidating their claim on the rest of the country, it's up to Crys, Tara, Mace, Dom and the rest to end the Red Gods' scourge once and for all. While the Rilporians plan and prepare for one final, cataclysmic battle to defeat their enemies, the Blessed One and the king of the Mireces have plans of their own: dark plans that will see gods resurrected and the annihilation of the Dancer for all time. Key to their plan is Rillirin, King Corvus's sister, and the baby--the Bloodchild--she carries. As both sides face their destinies and their gods, only one thing is clear: death waits for them all.

Bloodchild by Anna Stephens will be released on August 22, 2019.