Friday, August 23, 2019

A Glimpse On The Official Cover Of Legends Of The First Empire: 'Age Of Death' By Michael J. Sullivan

Since author Michael J. Sullivan has separated ways with his publisher the second half of the Legends of the First Empire series rests on the support of his friends and fans. A Kickstarter campaign had been put up some time ago for Age of Legend, the fourth book in the series. The penultimate book called Age of Death follows the same fate and you can support its publication through this Kickstarter campaign.

Its official cover has been unveiled in the said official Kickstarter campaign page, but we don't have the larger and higher-resolution version of it. As soon as the larger cover becomes available I will post it here.

Check out a glimpse of the official cover of Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan.

 Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan

Synopsis

Winter blankets the land and more than just hope has died. Prevented from invading the Fhrey homeland by the tower of Avempartha, the western army seeks a way across the Nidwalden River before the fane obtains the secret of dragons. As time runs out for both humanity and for the mystic Suri, the only chance for the living rests with the dead. Having made their fateful choice, can a handful of misfits do the impossible, or are they forever lost to an inescapable grave? Do gods really exist? Is it possible to know the future? And what lies beyond the veil of death? In the tradition of Virgil's Aeneid, Dante's Divine Comedy, and Milton's Paradise Lost, the most epic of tales transcend the world of the living. It's time to see what lies in Elan's Age of Death.

From Michael J. Sullivan (New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post bestselling author), comes the second to the last installment in the epic fantasy series, Legends of the First Empire. The series chronicles a pivotal point in Elan's history when humans rise up against the Fhrey who they once saw as gods. Set 3,000 years before the Riyria tales, Legends is a standalone fantasy series which can be read independently of the Riyria stories, but for those who do read both sets of books, lies will be revealed and the truths about historical figures will be unmasked.

Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan will be released on February 4, 2020.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

See The Official Cover Of 'Arlo Finch In The Kingdom Of Shadows' By John August

John August's Arlo Finch In The Kingdom Of Shadows brings back the titular Blue Patrol Ranger for his third adventure. It's really a sad thing because what jolted me back to this series is the currently heart-breaking massive wildfire happening in the Amazon rainforest that loosely remsembles the events of the first book in this series.

It is with a heavy heart then that I share to you the official cover of Arlo Finch In The Kingdom Of Shadows. And may this be a reminder to all that we must take care of Mother Nature. We have nowhere else to live except this beautiful Earth so we must do our part to conserve and save it.

Check out the cover of Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows by John August.

Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows by John August

Synopsis

Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows is a captivating fantasy-adventure story by master screenwriter John August.

After a harrowing summer camp, Arlo Finch is back in Pine Mountain, Colorado, preparing to face a new school, new threats, and two new Rangers in Blue Patrol.

Arlo is about to undertake his most dangerous journey yet: all the way to China to try to bring his father home.

But when the mysterious Eldritch reveal their true agenda, Arlo must make an impossible choice: save his friends and family, or save the Long Woods. Both worlds will never be the same.

Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows by John August will be released on February 4, 2020.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cover Reveal: 'The Last Odyssey' (Sigma Force Series) By James Rollins

I am solwly burning my way through the Sigma Force series by James Rollins. I am became fan of his when I first read Demon Crown a couple of months ago. Since then I bought all hardcover books in the series, and is eagerly awaiting for the next and fifteenth book. And come early next year The Last Odyssey by James Rollins will be in our hands.

It seems a long wait, but don't worry: the official cover of the said book has just been revealed! This consistenly OCD-compliant cover (a design pattern which I am loving so much since the earlier books don't have matching covers) will at least temporarily fill the void of anticipation.

Check out the cover of The Last Odyssey by James Rollins.

The Last Odyssey by James Rollins

Synopsis

To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery? In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.

The Last Odyssey by James Rollins will be released on March 10, 2020.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

'Dead Astronauts' By Jeff VanderMeer Gets Official Cover

If you are eager for some new weird SciFi read from Jeff VanderMeer, then worry no more. Before the current year ends the author will be publishing his latest offering titled Dead Astronauts. Expect a thrilling ride with a blend of the preternatural and wonderful that only he can offer.

To preempt the release months ahead the new book's official cover has been released and it is a melting pot of bright and gorgeous colors. It features a few astronauts as you can expect and it greatly reminds me of a video with a scientific scenario: If a human falls through the atmosphere of Jupiter, will he survive the encounter?

Check out the official cover of Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Synopsis

A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.

Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth―all the Earths.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer will be released on December 3, 2019.

Monday, July 22, 2019

See The Eye-Catching & Eye-Popping Official Cover Of 'Imagine Me' By Tahereh Mafi

It's only a few months ago that I took the courage to buy and read books in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. It was only then when I could see the finale (or is this a finale to the arc only I am really hoping there's more) -- titled Imagine Me -- on the horizon. So you could absolutely say I am a noob on this one.

Noob as I might be I am glad to share to you official cover of Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi and should you love the covers of the previous books you'll love this one as well. It is eye-popping, eye-catching and eye-centeric to say the least. You've got to thank Jenna Stempel-Lobell for the design and Colin Anderson for the art.

Check out the cover of Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi.

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis

The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars.

Ella Sommers.

Which is the truth and which is the lie?

Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.

The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released on March 31, 2020.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cover Reveal: 'Infinity Son' By Adam Silvera (The Author's First Foray Into Fantasy)

Adam Silvera is jumping ship to fantasy with his next novel called Infinity Son? Of course not! He is expanding his horizon by adding to his list of triumphant bestselling young adult contemporary novels a new fantasy series. As a reader, it's a fresh breath of air if one of your favorite authors shuffles through genres, showing us they have many more tricks hidden away.

The cover of this new novel has been revealed and it is bright and shiny. It is designed by Erin Fitzsimmons with the art crafted by Kevin Tong. It features a phoenix forming the infinity symbol, which I would say reminds me of the original cover of Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst where the Dragon symbol formed an ampersand. For the merit of this particular cover I find it both complex and simple in many ways... if that makes sense.

Check out the cover of Infinity Son by Adam Silvera.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Synopsis

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera will be released on January 14, 2020.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Official Cover Of 'Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, And The Making Of A Family' By Mitch Albom

As Mark Twain would say, "Truth [or reality] is stranger than fiction...," but in this case reality could be more inspirational than fiction. That is maybe one of the reasons why Mitch Albom's stories based on real events are a hit among fans and new readers alike. His stories are like a sweet and sorrowful ballad that masterfully strums the strings of our hearts.

Thus in his next book author Mitch Albom returns to true-to-life story, featuring a little girl, her family, and a tragedy that could either break or make their bond. His latest book is called Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family and an official cover has surfaced online.

Check out the cover of Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom.

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

Synopsis

Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.

With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”

Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.

Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom will be released on November 5, 2019.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cover Reveal Roundup Of Few Upcoming Novels For This Year & The Next

Here are a few cover revelations for this and next year's upcoming books.

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardian by John Grisham

Synopsis

The suspense never rests in John Grisham’s pulse-pounding new legal thriller. The latest novel from the New York Times #1 bestselling author moves at breakneck speed, delivering some of his most inventive twists and turns yet.

In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues behind. There were no witnesses, no real suspects, no one with a motive. The police soon settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.

Quincy was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison with no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. Then he wrote a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post.

Guardian handles only a few innocence cases at a time, and Post is its only investigator. He travels the South fighting wrongful convictions and taking cases no one else will touch. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy exonerated.

They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another one without a second thought.

The Guardian by John Grisham will be released on October 15, 2019.

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson will be released on January 21, 2020.

The True Bastards by Jonathan French

The True Bastards by Jonathan French

Synopsis

The sequel to The Grey Bastards--another irresistibly swashbuckling, swaggering, foul-mouthed fantasy.

Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half orcs sworn to her command. But in the year since she took power, the True Bastards have struggled to survive. Tested to the breaking point by the burdens of leadership, Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine, desertion, and the scorn of the other half-orc chieftains, even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots' very existence. Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave--and suddenly only one, faint hope for salvation remains.

The True Bastards by Jonathan French will be released on October 8, 2019.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cover Of Spellslinger 6: 'Crownbreaker' By Sebastien De Castell Revealed

It's been only a month since I received my copy of Queenslayer, the fifth book in the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell, and we already have great news coming in for the next and final book. The finale is called Crownbreaker and it will be released within the year!

The official cover has just been unveiled and it is highlighted by a golden motif with the usual game card head-to-head look. Would this cover have a metallic shimmer as the following art implies? I am not sure... but what do you think?

Check out the UK edition cover of Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell.

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell

If you are interested to see the US edition cover, here it is!

Crownbreaker (US Edition) by Sebastien de Castell

Synopsis

The sixth - and final - instalment of the inimitable SPELLSLINGER series.

Kellen and Reichis are settling into their new lives as protectors of the young queen and dealing with the constantly shifting threats to her reign and to her life. For the first time in his life, Kellen feels as if he's becoming the kind of man that his mentor Ferius had wanted him to be. Even Reichis has come to appreciate having a noble purpose - so long as no one minds him committing the occasional act of theft from the royal treasury.

But what seems to be a simple card game between Kellen and an old man is soon revealed to be a deadly game of wits in which a powerful mage has trapped the queen's spellslinger in order to kill him.

Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell will be released on October 17, 2019.

Friday, June 7, 2019

#CoverReveal: The Book of Dust: 'The Secret Commonwealth' By Philip Pullman

The second book in The Book of Dust series by Philip Pullman just got an official cover! Called The Secret Commonwealth  this book will bring us back to the His Dark Materials universe that awed and enthralled fans, including me.

Just like its predecessor, the cover features an art that emulates the look anf feel of wood-carving, which is kind of unique in this day and age. It is highlighted by a reddish-orange hue -- brought about by the scenic depiction in the picture os a sunrise or sunset as a train passes by... off to somewhere promising, exciting ang myterious.

Check out the cover of The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman.

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Synopsis

"It's a stunning achievement, this universe Pullman has created and continues to build on." --The New York Times

Return to the parallel world of His Dark Materials in the second volume of Philip Pullman's new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust, and discover what comes next for Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." (The New York Times Magazine)

Lyra Silvertongue's adventures in the North are long over--the windows between the many worlds have been sealed, and her beloved Will is lost to her. She does still have the alethiometer: the truth-telling device given to her by the master of Jordan College, which guided her journey.

Lyra doesn't know the full story of the alethiometer, though. Or the role that young Malcolm Polstead played in bringing both the instrument and baby Lyra to Jordan. She's now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. To her, Malcolm is Dr. Polstead, an overly solicitous professor she would prefer to avoid.

But intrigue is swirling around Lyra once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. They learn of a city haunted by daemons, of a desert said to hold the secret of Dust.

Powerful forces are about to throw Lyra and Malcolm together once again. And the dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman will be released on October 3, 2019.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Crescent City: 'House Of Earth And Blood' By Sarah J. Maas Gets Stunning Official Cover

Early next year, author Sarah J. Maas will be sharing with us a new series called Crescent City. The first book in this series is called House of Earth and Blood and it will be featuring her newest heroine Bryce Quinlan. Knowing the author's specialty you won't be surprised that we will be meeting a mixture of human and fae alike -- or even a hybrid of both races!

An official cover has been unveiled and it is as beautiful as the covers of her previous books, if not better.

Check out the cover of House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maa

Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion-otherwise known as Crescent City-has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city-and Bryce's world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city's most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there's far more to Bryce than meets the eye-and that he's going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir...

With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom-and the power of love.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas will be released on January 28, 2020.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Arc Of A Scythe #3: 'The Toll' By Neal Shusterman Gets A Simplistic Yet Thought-Provoking Official Cover

The final book in the Arc of the Scythe trilogy is about to land in our hands by the end of this year, and any faithful fan is excited to read the closing chapter of this series. The story in itself is a thought-provoking analysis of the contemporary times and the cover of this book affirms just that.

Just recently the cover of The Toll by Neal Shusterman has been unveiled and, true to form, it features three personages in the cover, following the pattern of the previous covers having one and two personages respectively. And as the series closes the parallelism in the real world is getting bolder and bolder and you will not be surprised why the central figure in the cover is clerical in nature.

Check out the cover of The Toll by Neal Shusterman.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman will be released on November 5, 2019.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Some Cover Reveals Of Titles I Am Looking Forward To This Year And The Next

Here are a few recent cover revelations of books ot titles I am looking forward to this year and the next.

The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Synopsis

One week after their eleventh birthday, the Fowl twins–scientist Myles, and Beckett, the force of nature–are left in the care of house security (NANNI) for a single night. In that time they befriend a troll who has clawed his way through the earth’s crust to the surface. Unfortunately for the troll, he is being chased by a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun, who both need the magical creature for their own gain, as well as a fairy-in-training who has been assigned to protect him.

The boys and their new troll best friend escape and go on the run. Along the way they get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily), and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.

The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer will be released on November 5, 2019.

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer--or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him--and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device--is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco will be released on September 10, 2019.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee and Stephanie Hans

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee and Stephanie Hans

Synopsis

This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity... except for Amora. Asgard's resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.

But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard's most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.

When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he's meant to be.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee and Stephanie Hans will be released on September 3, 2019.

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis

The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Skyward!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the second book in an epic series about a girl with a secret in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she's a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true--he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure there's more to the story. And she's sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars--and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself--and she'll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson will be released on November 26, 2019.

The Warrior's Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Warrior's Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Synopsis

Simon and Kestra are hurtling down paths ever farther from each other as the battle for control of Antora rages.

Simon, newly king of the Halderians, is pressed on all sides by royal duties. Harlyn Mindell is his betrothed and intended queen, but Simon can't give up hope for a life with Kestra.

Kestra, exiled, feels her magic growing -- and despite everyone's warnings, she knows she must embrace it. That power is the key to the kingdom's future.

Both still strive to defeat the evil Lord Endrick, but danger awaits them on the murky road forward. And is a common enemy enough to help them survive -- or to carry them back to each other?

Jennifer A. Nielsen delivers breathtaking twists and shocking revelations in an epic and action-packed third installment of The Traitor's Game.

The Warrior's Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen will be released on March 3, 2020.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Doubleday And Erin Morgenstern Showcase 'The Starless Sea' Official Cover

After more than eight years author Erin Morgenstern returns with her second novel, featuring more fantastical and magical tales of love, swashbuckling adventure, and mysterious settings and characters. The book is called The Starless Sea and is set to be released late this year.

Its official cover has been unveiled and we have Dan Funderburgh to thank for the idyllic art and John Fontana for the magical design. Just like the cover of The Night Circus, the overall mood is so mysterious and does not give away much, which makes me even more interested and excited.

Check out the cover of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern will be released on November 5, 2019.

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.