Monday, August 10, 2020

Cover Reveal: 'The Ickabog' By J.K. Rowling Is A Collaborative Work With Fans

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling was a vaulted draft that would have never found the light of day. After many years the author decided to dust it off and revisit it again. Rather than just publising it straight away, the author made it a collaborative effort with her fans world-wide, making this book very special.

J.K. Rowling campaigned over social media to collaborate with budding and young artists to illustrate and interpret the story. This was after the author periodically released a few chapters until it was completed on the book's official website. Now we will not be only getting a new story to enjoy but will also have fantastic art from children and children at heart around the world.

Check out the cover of The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis

From J.K. Rowling, a warm, fast-paced, funny fairy tale of a fearsome monster, thrilling adventure, and hope against all odds.

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them.

But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands… the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it’s just a myth…

And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children -- best friends Bert and Daisy -- embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more.

Featuring full color illustrations by children from across the United States and Canada, this original fairy tale from one of the world’s most celebrated storytellers will captivate readers of all ages.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling will be released on November 10, 2020.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Jack Brigance Returns In 'A Time For Mercy' By John Grisham

John Grisham's fame and career was catapulted to overdrive when he published The Firm in 1991. But the said book was not really his debut novel -- that honor belonged to A Time to Kill, which featured the protagonist named Jack Brigance. But the latter eventually got traction when readers of The Firm tried to look for other titles by the author. And more than 3 decades later it spawned 2 sequels...

Following A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row, A Time for Mercy pits the protagonist into yet another explosive court drama. It will be released in Fall later this year and the gorgeous cover has just been released for us to gawk at. I am loving the covers of his recent books as they almost always feature nature and scenic landscapes...

Check out the official cover of A Time for Mercy by John Grisham.

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Synopsis

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham will be released on October 13, 2020.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cover Reveal: Next Cormoran Strike Installment Titled 'Troubled Blood' By Robert Galbraith

One of the best gifts that I will be receiving this year is the fifth installment of the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, also known as J.K. Rowling. It is called Troubled Blood and it will be released just a few days ahead of my birthday.

If, like me, you are hungry for any Robert Galbraith or J.K. Rowling books the wait feels like too far in between. With the delay of Fantastic Beasts 3, which in turn delays the screenplay book release, it is just too much to bear considering the current world climate. The author is releasing The Ickabog in installment but reading a complete book feels different. That is why the upcoming release of Troubled Blood may be just the saving grace for me.

Check out the UK edition official cover of Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym of J.K. Rowling).

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (UK Edition)


For US edition, you can see some slight difference:

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (US Edition)

Synopsis

Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough - who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot's disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly . . .

A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith will be released on September 15, 2020.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Official Cover Of 'Ready Player Two' By Ernest Cline Stays Consistent With The Original

I was already a fan of Ernest Cline even way before the movie adaptation of his novel Ready Player One hit the cinemas in 2018. I always consider his writing very readable and a "light" SF read. He may not be as prolific as other authors, but I love the two books he's published so far. The news for a Ready Player One sequel was a suprise to me becuase I truly thought it's good as it was being a standalone novel.

But then a sequel had been long time in the works and nearly took a decade of interval since the first one. From the title Ready Player Two to the familiar-looking official cover below, this sequel by Ernest Cline has used simplicity and being direct-to-the-point the right way. I am just curios how he will expand he universe he has already created. Will we have a new central protagonist as he title suggest, or will we be wisked away to a new location?

Check out the cover of Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Synopsis

The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the “ridiculously fun and large-hearted” (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline will be released on November 24, 2020.

Friday, June 19, 2020

'Aru Shah And The City Of Gold' By Roshani Chokshi Gets Official Cover

The very first Rick Riordan book is about to come to a close. Roshani Chokshi's Pandava Quartet became an instant success after the release of the first book in the series called Aru Shah and the End of Time. It was followed up by Aru Shah and the Song of Death and Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, which are both equally good.

Come 2021, the closing chapter titled Aru Shah and the City of Gold will finally come into our hands. And to make you even more excited its official cover has been unvieled, featuring a vibrant and beautiful art by Abigail L. Dela Cruz. But wait -- if romours are to be true -- is there supposed to be a fifth book which was not originally planned? I am not complaning if this will turn out to be not a rumor a all!

Check out the cover of Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi.

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

Synopsis

Aru has just made a wish on the Tree of Wishes, but she can't remember what it was. She's pretty sure she didn't wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper's daughter, like her. Aru also isn't sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The devas have been too devious up to now. Case in point: two of the Pandavas' mentors, Hanuman and Urvashi, have been mysteriously detained in Lanka, the city of gold. Why? The Pandavas need to find them and get some answers before the Otherworld's magic fades completely in the human realm. Aru's biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they've done before she has to wage the battle of her life?

Filled with wondrous magic, unforgettable creatures, manipulative gods, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, this penultimate book in the Pandava series will leave readers wishing they could read the finale right now.

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi will be released on April 6, 2021.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Official Cover Of 'A Desolation Called Peace' By Arkady Martine Released

If you are eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, then you are in for a treat. The title of the sequel is A Desolation Called Peace and an official cover has just been revealed recently.

Check out the cover of A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine.

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

Synopsis

A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to Arkady Martine's genre-reinventing Hugo and Nebula finalist debut, A Memory Called Empire.

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass―still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire―face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

Whether they succeed or fail could change the fate of Teixcalaan forever.

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine will be released on March 2, 2021.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Another Round Of Cover Reveals For New Titles To Be Released This Year And The Next

Check out the covers of these upcoming titles if any of these peaks your interest.

The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie

The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie

Synopsis

Second in the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE is the next instalment of a series which is revolutionising fantasy . . .

Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . .

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.

The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie will be released on September 15, 2020.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Synopsis

"Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end - a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read." -- James Islington

In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this must-read epic fantasy series by breakout author Evan Winter.

Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the 'true' Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter will be released on November 10, 2020.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Synopsis

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ​ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.

And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, an all-new fantasy from Greg’s best friend—the follow-up to the instant #1 bestseller Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney will be released on October 27, 2020.

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell

Synopsis

Swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron: the first book in a new swashbuckling fantasy series by the bestselling author of The Greatcoats.

Damelas Shademantaigne picked a poor night to flee a judicial duel.

He has precious little hope of escaping the wrath of Vixen, the most feared duelist in the entire city, until he stumbles through the stage doors of the magnificent Operato Belleza and tricks his way into the company of actors. An archaic law provides temporary respite from his troubles--until one night a ghostly voice in his head causes Damelas to fumble his lines, inadvertently blurting out the dreadful truth: the city's most legendary hero may actually be a traitor and a brutal murderer.

With only the help of his boisterous and lusty friend Bereto, a beautiful assassin whose target may well be Damelas himself, and a company of misfit actor who'd just as soon see him dead, this failed son of two Greatcoats must somehow find the courage within himself to dig up long-buried truths before a ruthless band of bravos known as the Iron Orchids comes for his head.

Oh, and there's the that matter of the Vixen waiting to duel him...

Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell will be released on September 7, 2021.

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng

Synopsis

To secure lasting peace for the Earth Kingdom, Korra must trust an unlikely ally!

On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom's future is endangered by its past. As Kuvira works to reclaim her honor, the devious commander Guan undermines the peace Avatar Korra has established to take power for himself. Korra and Kuvira must learn to work together to ensure the future of the Earth Kingdom.

Enjoy the continuing Avatar adventures, now with a new sketchbook section and artist commentary! Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Michelle Wong (Goosebumps: Download and Die), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of the beloved television series!

Collects The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part One, Two, and Three.

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition by Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong, Killian Ng will be released on September 22, 2020.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

News Roundup: New Titles I Am Looking Forward To, Plus Cover Revelations

Reading is one of my recourse in these dark and trying times. When anxiety and fears invade my mental space I drown them all down in the world I glean upon the far reaches of the pages of books. Books serve as my security blanket that is why I am always delighted when I discover new titles from my favorite authors.

Here are a few new titles that will be released next year. I hope you will find them interesting as well.

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

Synopsis

Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel's A History of What Comes Next weaves a sci-fi thriller that blends a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with the amorality of progress, and the nature of violence.

Always run, never fight.
Preserve the knowledge.
Survive at all cost.
Take them to the stars.

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.

But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.

A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them...

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel will be released on February 2, 2021.

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a thrilling World War II story of espionage and intrigue, as one girl races to save her father and aid the French resistance.

Six hundred and fifty-seven days ago, Meg Kenyon's father left their home in France to fight for the Allies in World War II, and that was the last time Meg saw him. Recently, she heard he was being held prisoner by the Nazis, a terrible sentence from which Meg fears he'll never return. All she has left of him are the codes he placed in a jar for her to decipher, an affectionate game the two of them shared. But the codes are running low, and soon there'll be nothing left of Papa for Meg to hold on to at all.

Suddenly, an impossible chance to save her father falls into Meg's lap. After following a trail of blood in the snow, Meggie finds an injured British spy hiding in her grandmother's barn. Captain Stewart tells her that a family of German refugees must be guided across Nazi-occupied France to neutral Spain, whereupon one of them has promised to free Meg's father. Captain Stewart was meant to take that family on their journey, but too injured to complete the task himself, he offers it to Meg, along with a final code from Papa to help complete the mission -- perhaps the most important, and most difficult, riddle she's received yet.

As the Nazis flood Meg's village in fierce pursuit, she accepts the duty and begins the trek across France. Leading strangers through treacherous territory, Meg faces danger and uncertainty at every turn, all the while struggling to crack her father's code. The message, as she unravels it, reveals secrets costly enough to risk the mission and even her own life. Can Meg solve the puzzle, rescue the family, and save her father?

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen will be released on March 2, 2021.

Brother Red by Adrian Selby

Brother Red by Adrian Selby

Synopsis

When the trade caravan Driwna Marghoster was hired to protect is attacked, she discovers a dead body hidden inside a barrel. Born of the powerful but elusive Oskoro people, the body is a rare and priceless find, the centre of a tragic tale and the key to a larger mystery...

For when Driwna investigates who the body was meant for, she will find a trail of deceit and corruption which could bring down a kingdom, and an evil more powerful than she can imagine.

A gritty and epic standalone fantasy adventure, to appeal to fans of Mark Lawrence, Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher and Joe Abercrombie. From Adrian Selby, author of Snakewood and The Winter Road.

Brother Red by Adrian Selby will be released on January 21, 2021.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

'Midnight Sun' By Stephenie Meyer Hits Bookstores In August 2020

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer, which is a reverse-perspective retelling of the Twilight novel by the same author, had long been overdue and some of us thought it may not even be published at all. It had suffered a lot of ordeal after chapters of one of its earlier drafts had leaked online, was overtaken by the Shades of Grey mania, and a movie of the same name but of entirely different story (or is it) made some of us forget the book entirely.

Now, 12 years after it was initially anticipated, the author has surprisingly announced that the said book will finally be published in August of this year. Following this announcement is the unveiling of its familiar-looking and fitting cover art and its synopsis .

Check out the cover of Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Synopsis

It's here! #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly-anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer will be released on August 4, 2020.

Friday, April 24, 2020

'Battle Ground' By Jim Butcher Finally Gets A Glorious Cover

Every fan was surprised when Jim Butcher via the Peace Talks teaser trailer announced that there will be two Dresden Files releases this year. That was when the said book got enormously long so he decided to split the book into two.

The second book in the split will be released a few months after Peace Talks and it will be called Battle Ground. Its official cover has finally been revealed during Penguin Random House’s virtual convention in Reddit under r/Fantasy. As always we have artist Chris McGrath to thank for this glorious art.

Check out the official cover of Battle Ground by Jim Butcher.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

Synopsis

Things are about to get serious for Harry Dresden, Chicago's oly professional Wizard, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.

Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher will be released on September 29, 2020.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

'Dragonwatch: Champion Of The Titan Games' By Brandon Mull Official Cover Unveiled

The world is in dark ages once again and our normal lives have been disrupted, forcing us all to cower into the safety our homes. After so many weeks of staying home, boredom surely strikes. But for introverted persons like me we revert back to our hobbies to pass the time. One of these hobbies is reading, but for a person who prefers physical books instead of e-readers we face another issue.

All of my orders and deliveries have either been cancelled or have been returned to the shipper. Such is the fate if your shipping address is in New York or in some other places that are in lock down. These are trivial little things, but we should focus on the bright side in this time and age. If I couldn't get my books then maybe cover revelations could at least make me feel better. And one of these cover revelations is for the fourth book in the Dragonwatch series.

The fourth book in Brandon Mull's Dragonwatch series is called Champion of the Titan Games. It will be released in fall of this year and below is its cover to preempt its fast approaching arrival.

Check out the cover of Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull.

Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull

Synopsis

The war against dragons intensifies. Will Kendra and Seth find the help they desperately need from the Giant Queen? This fourth book in a five-book series leaves the underwater dragon preserve of Crescent Lagoon for a gladiator-style arena at Titan Valley, the magical realm of towering giants and enslaved dragons. Our two young heroes have never felt so small or faced a challenge so... giant!

Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull will be released on October 13, 2020.

Friday, April 3, 2020

#CoverReveal The Eldest Curses: 'The Lost Book Of The White' By Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Cassandra Clare has always been so lucky to have her books be graced by wonderful covers. The only problem is they keep on changing branding from edition to edition, and from book to book in a series and that's sometimes frustrating for people with OCD like me. I have to always console my self that it is for the better... But my inner self is not always satisfied!

Sad to say that the second book in The Eldest Curses series suffered the same issue. The covers' branding, layout and cover art style drastically changed, but I can't help it cause the cover of The Lost Book of the White is that good. Can we have a redesigned edition of the first book, The Red Scrolls of Magic, in hardcover as well? The good thing about this redesigned cover is it's trying to be consistent with the covers of her recent releases...

Checkout the cover of The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu.

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare and award-winning author Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series, which continues the love story between Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel.

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are settling into domestic life with their son Max when the warlocks Ragnor Fell and Shinyun Jung break into their loft and steal a powerful spell book. Realizing that Ragnor and Shinyun are being controlled by a more sinister force, Magnus and Alec set out to stop them and recover the book before they can cause any more harm. With the help of Clary Fairchild, Jace Herondale, Isabelle Lightwood, and Simon Lovelace (who is fresh from the Shadowhunter Academy), they track the warlocks to Shanghai.

But nothing is as it seems. Ragnor and Shinyun are working at the behest of a Greater Demon. Their goal is to open a Portal from the demon realms to Earth, flooding the city of Shanghai with dangerous demons. When a violent encounter causes Magnus’s magic to grow increasingly unstable, Alec and Magnus rally their friends to strike at the heart of the demon’s power. But what they find there is far stranger and more nefarious than they ever could have expected...

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu will be released on September 1, 2020.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Jim Butcher To Release Two Dresden Files Novels This Year: 'Peace Talks' & 'Battle Ground'

With the current situation we are facing right now, we can at least summarize that 2020 is a bitch of a year. But seeing a silver lining in this dire situation is what makes humankind resilient. Despite all these dark events of the last months, it's always heartening to see twinkling bright lights from time to time. For a bookworm like me announcements or publications of the books of my favorite authors are examples of those... so just imagine when Jim Butcher announced that he is finally to publish Peace Talks in in the next few months!

If you think that's the only good news you'll hear from him, think again. In the Peace Talks book trailer released just hours ago Jim Butcher has surprised his legions of fans by announcing the release of the 17th Dresden Files novel -- only 3 months apart from the release of the former -- and it's gonna be called Battle Ground!

Watch the said book trailer and make sure to watch it until the end!


Here is the placeholder cover of Battle Ground by Jim Butcher.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

Synopsis

Things are about to get serious for Harry Dresden, Chicago's oly professional Wizard, in the next entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.

Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher will be released on September 29, 2020.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Official Cover Of The Poppy War, Book 3: 'The Burning God' By R. F. Kuang Revealed

The final book in The Poppy War trilogy by R. F. Kuang is upon us. The Burning God comes out in a few months and we just got the first look on it's official cover, which you can see below. This award-winning high fantasy is a treasure because we rarely get to have high fantasies in this oriental setting.

Following the tradition of the first two books we have a minimalistic guohua-style painting featured in the front piece. This almost entirely black and white look is highlighted by a burning effect on the bottom part -- a nod to the book's title.

We have JungShan Chang to thank for this fantastic cover art, and Dominic Forbes for this simplistically eye-catching jacket design.

Check out the cover of The Burning God by R. F. Kuang.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Synopsis

The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead.

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?

The Burning God by R. F. Kuang will be released on November 17, 2020.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cover Reveal: 'The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue' By V. E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab has been one to watch out for after A Darker Shade of Magic took the breath out of me. Since then I vowed to get a copy of each and every one of her books and savor each tale full of unique voices, ghastly and chilling stories, all in varying genres of entertaining reads.

She is best known to tackle on Gothic and dark tales even when she writes for young readers. That is why there is no surprise that her next outing will have to deal with the same genre-defying horror. It is called The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and will be released fall this year. You can see below its official cover which was just recently revealed.

Check out the cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Synopsis

In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever―and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab will be released on October 6, 2020.

Monday, March 16, 2020

'Bird Box' Sequel 'Malorie' By Josh Malerman Gets Redesigned Official Cover

Well, it's no surprise that after the success of the adapatation of Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, the source material will attract more attention and thereby gaining more readership. And if you are one of those people who thought reading the book will fill you in on the gaps the movie left us with, then you will simply cry after reading as it will just give you more unanswered questions.

Lucky for us a sequel is coming our way, but I won't hold my breath that all the questions will be answered, if not adding more questions to the lot. It is out in a few months and a new official cover has been release, reminiscent to the poster of the movie... This is actually a redesign as opposed to the simplistic painting version of the original one that was release a few months ago.

Check out the official cover of Malorie by Josh Malerman.

Malorie by Josh Malerman

Synopsis

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror.

Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.

Malorie by Josh Malerman will be released on July 21, 2020.

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.