Saturday, January 11, 2020

News Roundup: Official Covers Of Few Of The Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2020

Here are a few titles I am looking forward to in the year 2020 that have their official covers release recently.

Elementals: Battle Born by Amie Kaufman

Elementals: Battle Born by Amie Kaufman

Synopsis

Tensions are at an all-time high in the final book of this rip-roaring adventure series about siblings with magical shapeshifter powers, from New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman.

Though Anders and his friends have delayed a war between ice wolves and scorch dragons, their mission is far from over. With adults on both sides looking for them, they’ve sought refuge in Cloudhaven, a forbidden stronghold that could hold the key to saving their home.

Meanwhile, Holbard has been ravaged, and its citizens are reeling. Many have been forced into bleak camps outside the city, and food is running short.

To rebuild Vallen and unite scorch dragons, ice wolves, and humans, Anders and Rayna must put everything on the line…before the damage done is beyond repair. But the price of peace may hit closer to home than they could’ve ever imagined.

Elementals: Battle Born by Amie Kaufman will be released on June 2, 2020.


The Black Song by Anthony Ryan

The Black Song by Anthony Ryan

Synopsis


A matchless warrior is pitted against a near-God in the second epic installment of the Raven’s Blade series.

It has long been our lot in life, brother, to do what others can’t.

Vaelin Al Sorna was known across the realm as the greatest of warriors, but he thought battles were behind him. He was wrong. Prophecy and rumor led him across the sea to find a woman he once loved, and drew him into a war waged by the Darkblade, a man who believes himself a god—and one who has gathered a fanatical army that threatens all of the known world.

After a costly defeat by the Darkblade, Vaelin’s forces are shattered, while the self-proclaimed immortal and his army continue their terrible march. But during the clash, Vaelin regained some of the dark magic that once gave him unrivaled skill in battle. And though the fight he has been drawn into seems near unwinnable, the song that drives him now desires the blood of his enemy above all else…

The Black Song by Anthony Ryan will be released on August 4, 2020.


The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

Synopsis


“If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?”

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves.

Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to the breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage.

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel will be released on March 10, 2020.

Friday, December 27, 2019

'Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance' Library Edition By Faith Erin Hicks, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Peter Wartman, & Ryan Hill

I loved and completed all the comic book trilogies that Gurihiro and the original creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender shared with us in the last couple of years. I am especially partial to the compiled library editions with the insightful footnotes and annotations. That is why I was kind of disheartened when after 5 amazing comic book trilogies they parted ways to give way to other voices and perspectives, which in retrospect may actually be a good thing.

Then came a new wave of Avatar: The Last Airbender comic book trilogies courtesy of writer Faith Erin Hicks, still guided by the original creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. These new stories, albeit making sure the characters evolve and mature, are illuminated by artists Peter Wartman and Ryan Hill. The first one in this new wave is called Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance and the much awaited library edition is finally coming our way! But seeing some previews I don't think this will have footnotes and annotations unlike the first wave.

Check out the official cover of Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance Library Edition by Faith Erin Hicks, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Peter Wartman, & Ryan Hill.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance Library Edition by Faith Erin Hicks

Synopsis

Aang faces a decision from which there is no return!

When Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries--the factory owned by Toph's father--Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with a cold shoulder. As soon as the team is asked for help at a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear: a massive bender-versus-non-bender conflict has gripped the town and is threatening to turn violent. In order to heal the divide and save the town, Aang and the team will all face tough decisions about power and identity that could tear them apart.

Written by Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Nameless City) and drawn by Peter Wartman (Stonebreaker), in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, this is the ultimate continuation of Avatar!

Collects Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance parts 1-3 (ATLA volumes 16-18).

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance Library Edition by Faith Erin Hicks, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Peter Wartman, & Ryan Hill will be released on May 26, 2020.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Sequel Alert: 'A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor' By Hank Green Gets Official Cover And Release Date

The Green Brothers, also known as the VlogBrothers, are two of the most fun and inspiring siblings that I am following over social media and publishing world. Their releationship with each other is what I'm hoping to be like how I should be with my own brother. They are a quirky duo who never fails to be charitable, informative, and there for each other.

One more thing I like about these brothers is that they are both authors. Authors of some of my favorite books, which I am sure you've also heard of. The younger sibling (older sibling is John), Hank, is relatively newer to writing fiction but he already has a sequel to his debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. The sequel is called A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor and its official cover and release date have been unveield.

Check out the cover of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Synopsis

April May and the Carls are back in the much-anticipated sequel to Hank Green's #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. Well, that’s not exactly true. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame and untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into Carl’s path, giving them their name, becoming their advocate, and putting herself in the middle of an avalanche of conspiracy theories.

Months later, the world is as confused as ever. Andy has picked up April’s mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online about the world post-Carl; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April; and Miranda infiltrates a new scientific operation . . . one that might have repercussions beyond anyone’s comprehension.

As they each get further down their own paths, a series of clues arrive—mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers; unexplained internet outages; and more—which seem to suggest April may be very much alive. In the midst of the gang's possible reunion is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It’s a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions. How will we live online? What powers over our lives are we giving away for free? Who has the right to change the world forever? And how do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green will be released on July 7, 2020.