Monday, February 24, 2020

'The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges' By Eoin Colfer Official Cover, Synopsis, And Release Date

One of the reasons why the stories by Eoin Colfer endures is because of his playfulness as a writer. As a young reader back then I never get the dull feeling when reading his books. The Artemis Fowl books were some of my all-time favorite reads that cultivated me to read more and more.

Now the author has moved on to his spin-off series after having completed the story arc of his original character. Focusing on the similarly genious and naughty twin siblings the new series called The Fowl Twins is now on its second offering and the official cover, synopsis and release date have just been revealed.

Check out the cover of The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer.

The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer

Synopsis

The second Fowl Twins adventure, a spinoff of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series, starts with a bang--literally. Artemis's little brothers Myles and Beckett borrow the Fowl jet without permission, and it ends up as a fireball over Florida. The twins plus their fairy minder, the pixie-elf hybrid Lazuli Heitz, are lucky to escape with their lives. The Fowl parents and fairy police force decide that enough is enough and the twins are placed under house arrest. But Myles has questions like: Who was tracking the Fowl jet? Why would someone want to blow them out of the sky? What is the bigger picture? These questions must infuriate someone, because Myles is abducted and spirited away from his twin. Beckett and Lazuli must collaborate to find Myles and rescue him. Their chase will take them across continents, deep underground, and into subacquatic super villain lairs. They will be shot at, covered in spit, and be at the receiving end of some quite nasty dwarf sarcasm. Will Beckett be able to come up with a genius plan without a genius on hand?

The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer will be released on October 20, 2020.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Slew Of 'Rick Riordan Presents' Titles You Should Be Excited For This Year And The Next!

A slew of Rick Riordan Presents books are coming our way! Are you excited of this news as I am? In the next months or so we will be having at least four of these much awaited books and we can be rest assured that our hunger for all things mythology will be satiated for the whole year round.

Here are the said titles with their official cover arts, descriptions, and release dates!

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda


City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Synopsis

Disney and Rick Riordan Presents has bought City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda, a middle grade novel inspired by Mesopotamian mythology. In the story, Sikander Aziz, a Muslim boy born and raised in New York City, teams up with legendary hero Gilgamesh to defeat the ancient god of plagues before the entire population of Manhattan is wiped out.

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda will be released on January 5, 2021.

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez


Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Synopsis

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the sequel to the critically acclaimed Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence. Among many other challenges, Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right with our world when there is a rogue Gabi from another universe running loose.

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez will be released on May 5, 2020.

The Shadow Crosser by J. C. Cervantes


The Shadow Crosser by J. C. Cervantes

Synopsis

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the epic finale to the Storm Runner trilogy, written by J.C. Cervantes, a tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem featuring gods from both Maya and Aztec mythology.

Zane Obispo has been looking forward to his training at the Shaman Institute for Higher Order Magic, and not only because it means he'll be reunited with his best friend, Brooks. Anything would be better than how he has spent the last three months: searching for the remaining godborns with a nasty demon who can sniff them out (literally). But when Zane tracks down the last kid on his list, he's in for a surprise: the "one" is actually a pair of twins, and they're trying to prevent a mysterious object from falling into the wrong hands.

After a shocking betrayal, Zane finds himself at SHIHOM sooner than expected. Even more shocking is the news that the Maya gods have gone missing. The bat god, Camazotz, and Ixkik' (aka Blood Moon) have taken them out of commission . . . and the godborns are their next target. The only thing the villains need now? The object that the twins possess.

Zane knows the godborns aren't strong enough yet to stand up to Zotz, Ixkik', and their army. There might be a way to save the gods, but it involves locating a magical calendar that can see across time and space . . . not to mention traveling more than thirty years into the past. In The Shadow Crosser, Zane and his friends embark on their most treacherous mission yet--a mission that, with one blunder, could change history as we know it, and worse, destroy the universe.

The Shadow Crosser by J. C. Cervantes will be released on September 1, 2020.

Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia


Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

Synopsis

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times best-selling Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia. Tristan Strong, just back from a victorious but exhausting adventure in Alke, the land of African American folk heroes and African gods, is suffering from PTSD. But there's no rest for the weary when his grandmother is abducted by a mysterious villain out for revenge. Tristan must return to Alke--and reunite with his loud-mouthed sidekick, Gum Baby--in order to rescue Nana and stop the culprit from creating further devastation. Anansi, now a "web developer" in Tristan's phone, is close at hand to offer advice, and several new folk heroes will aid Tristan in his quest, but he will only succeed if he can figure out a way to sew broken souls back together.

Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia will be released on October 6, 2020.

And as a bonus here is a redesign of the award-winning Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez alongside its sequel also described above.

Sal and Gabi redesign

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Trials Of Apollo Final Book: 'The Tower Of Nero' By Rick Riordan Official Cover Stuns

Rick Riordan has stood the test of time in the publishing industry and that speaks volumes on the value and quality of his novels that opened up the mystical world of the ancient heroes and gods in a new light to modern readers. He is too successful and influential that he created an Imprint called Rick Riordan Presents that helps other writers of not-so-represented mythologies and got so well accepted as well it's been producing some of the best and award-winning novels...

His latest offering is the final book in the explosive The Trials of Apollo series. Titled The Tower of Nero, the book's official cover has been unvield. Now let me tell you one of the reasons why Riordan's books stood the test of time and that's the fantastic cover arts by John Rocco, giving the books vibrant and adventurous visuals for us to enjoy while reading them. Yes, yes I know people said to never judge a book by its cover but these said art are an entity on their own worth noting... just take the following cover for example.

Check of the cover of The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan.


Synopsis

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan will be released on September 29, 2020.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cover Reveal: 'Piranesi' By Susanna Clarke

The moment the book was listed on some online books stores I preordered it right away. Yes! That is how excited I am of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I am not sure if this is really a direct follow-up to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell but I can assume this is set in the same ethereal world of magic!

You see I'm in love with Susanna Clarke and it started after having read her first novel. At first I was daunted by its sheer size, but then I started reading the words (and looking at the eerie in-page arts) I got hooked and entertained by it right away. So gothic... so bizarrely beautiful! So I am really watching out for new books from this author! That's how hungry I am of her works, unfortunately there are not many becaase the releases are far in between...

Check out the official cover of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

For readers of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke will be released on September 15, 2020.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dresden Files: 'Peace Talks' By Jim Butcher Finally Gets An Official Cover

It took quite a while before we finally got news on the release of the sixteenth Dresden Files novel by Jim Butcher titled Peace Talks. That is understandable because he is now juggling with another series called The Cinder Spires. These new updates from the said installment is such a fresh breath of air, satiating my hunger for this world.

Just imagine when I found out that the official cover has been released and it is magnificent as ever. I think this is one of the book in the series that will have a white- or light-colored spine--there's been only two books previously to have this scheme and the rest are all in black. We have Chris McGrath to thank for this cover art...

Check out the cover of Peace Talks by Jim Butcher.

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Synopsis

HARRY DRESDEN IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION, in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.

When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago--and all he holds dear?

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher will be released on July 14, 2020.

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.