Thursday, April 15, 2021

New Books And Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Garber, Lori M. Lee, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Brooks, Brandon Mull, Amie Kaufman, And Jay Kristoff

Here are some of the recently announced books or recent cover reveals, including a new books from J. K. Rowling, Terry Brooks, sequels from Diana Gabaldon, Brandon Mull, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and a new Rick Riordan Presents anthology and an entry from Lori M. Lee.

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis

The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series returns with the newest novel in the epic tale.

The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.

Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet . . . on his son’s behalf, and his own.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.


Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon will be released on November 23, 2021.

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes (Rick Riordan Presents)

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes (Rick Riordan Presents)

Synopsis

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents ten new stories--including one of his own--about beloved heroes that sprang from the imaginations of some of the best middle grade authors working today.

"I hope you guys enjoy your trip through the multiverse mansion as much as I did. The real danger is that once you start exploring all the wonders herein, you may want to stay forever."--Rick Riordan

A cave monster . . . an abandoned demon . . . a ghost who wants to erase history . . . a killer commandant . . . These are just some of the challenges confronting the young heroes in this highly entertaining anthology.

All but one of the heroes previously starred in a popular book from Rick Riordan Presents. You'll be reunited with Aru Shah, Zane Obispo, Min the fox spirit, Sal and Gabi, Gum Baby, Nizhoni Begay, Paola Santiago, Sikander Aziz, and Riley Oh. Who is the new hero? Read Rick Riordan's short story to find out!

Ten bestselling and award-winning middle grade authors contributed to this collection: Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, Graci Kim, and Rick Riordan, who also served as the editor.

The cultures represented by these own-voices stories are: Indian, Mesoamerican, Korean, Cuban, Black American, African, Navajo, Mexican, Mesopotamian, and Celtic.

There's something for everyone in this collection of fast-paced and funny adventure stories that show what it takes to be a hero in any time, setting, and universe.


The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes will be released on September 28, 2021.

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee

Synopsis

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Lori M. Lee's middle grade debut about a lonely Hmong girl who discovers she's a powerful shaman warrior in this fantasy inspired by Southeast Asian mythology.

"I love the adventures Pahua has in this book. I also love the sense of humor, the clever plotting, and the fantastic cast of characters. But most of all I love Pahua: her courage, her kindness, and her love for family."--Rick Riordan

Pahua Moua has a bit of a reputation for being a weirdo. A lonely eleven-year-old Hmong girl with the unique ability to see spirits, she spends her summer days babysitting her little brother and playing with her best friend, a cat spirit no one else can see.

One day Pahua accidentally untethers an angry spirit from the haunted bridge in her neighborhood--whoops. When her brother suddenly falls sick and can't be awoken, Pahua fears that the bridge spirit has stolen his soul. She returns to the scene of the crime with her aunt's old shaman tools, hoping to confront the spirit and demand her brother's return. Instead, she summons a demon.

Thankfully, a warrior shaman with a bit of an attitude problem shows up at the last minute and saves her butt. With the help of this guide, Pahua will have to find her way through the spirit worlds and rescue her brother's soul before it's too late. Little does she know she'll have her own discoveries to make along the way. . . .

With its unforgettable characters, unique nature-based magic system, breathtaking twists and reveals, and climactic boss battle, this story based on Hmong oral tradition offers everything a fantasy lover could want.


Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee will be released on September 7, 2021.

The Christmas Pig by J. K. Rowling

The Christmas Pig by J. K. Rowling

Synopsis

A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

One boy and his toy are about to change everything...

Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. And Jack’s newest toy – the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known…


The Christmas Pig by J. K. Rowling will be released on October 12, 2021.

Aurora's End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora's End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Synopsis

The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy's last hope for survival.

Is this the end?

What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.

Wait.... Not. So. Fast.

When we last saw Squad 312, they working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.

But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the team has one last chance to rewrite theirs. Maybe two. It's complicated.

Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem

Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.

Actually saving the galaxy, though?

Now that will take a miracle.


Aurora's End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff will be released on November 9, 2021.

Child of Light by Terry Brooks

Child of Light by Terry Brooks

Synopsis

The electrifying first novel of an all-new fantasy series from the legendary author behind the Shannara saga, about a human girl struggling to find her place in a magical world she’s never known

At nineteen, Auris Afton Grieg has led an... unusual life. Since the age of fifteen, she has been trapped in a sinister prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children’s prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris’s journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by an unusual stranger who claims to be Fae—a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely human be a magical being herself?

Told with a fresh, energetic voice, this fantasy puzzle box is perfect for fans of Terry Brooks and new readers alike, as one young woman slowly unlocks truths about herself and her world—and, in doing so, begins to heal both.


Child of Light by Terry Brooks will be released on October 12, 2021.

Return of the Dragon Slayers by Brandon Mull

Return of the Dragon Slayers by Brandon Mull

Synopsis

The magical world teeters on the brink of collapse. The Dragon King, Celebrant, has united the dragons into a vengeful army, and only a final artifact stands in the way of them unleashing their fury against humankind. With established allegiances shifting under the strain, Seth and Kendra find themselves in desperate need of new allies.

Seth must face his most dangerous quest--the fulfillment of his pledge to the Singing Sisters. With only Calvin the Tiny Hero at his side, Seth needs to collect the pieces of the Ethergem, including the stones from the crowns of the Dragon King, the Giant Queen, and the Demon King.

Halfway across the world, Kendra finds herself torn between her duty to Dragonwatch and her desire to rescue Bracken. Can she challenge Ronodin's control of the fairy realm without leaving the five legendary dragon slayers to be hunted by Celebrant and his sons?

Left behind at Titan Valley, Knox and Tess must survive the aftermath of the Giant Queen's fall. Will the secret crown in Knox's possession prove too much for him to handle?

In this fifth and final volume of Dragonwatch, our heroes make their last stand at the hidden Kingdom of Selona. For the defenders of light to stand a chance, the legendary dragon slayers must arise, lost secrets must be uncovered, and ancient powers must awaken. Get ready for the gripping, revelatory, and unforeseen conclusion to the epic ten-volume New York Times best-selling Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series.


Return of the Dragon Slayers by Brandon Mull will be released on October 26, 2021.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Synopsis

Once Upon a Broken Heart marks the launch of a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after from Stephanie Garber, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well.

But when Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she becomes desperate enough to offer the Prince of Hearts whatever he wants in exchange for his help to stop the wedding. The prince only asks for three kisses. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’s pledged. And he has plans for Evangeline that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…


Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber will be released on September 28, 2021.

Monday, April 12, 2021

New Series Or Standalone Novel? 'Daughter Of The Deep' By Rick Riordan Announced

Now that Rick Riordan is about to close the curtains on his Greek and Roman mythology series, what is he up to next? He is one of the most popular writers for middle school and young adults, and even now that I am on my 30s I am still reading his stories...

I may be a little late on sharing this news, but he will be kinda stepping off the mythology genre and focus with Sci-Fi ala Jules Verne-like stories intended for his usual readership... And he will do it first with Daughter of the Deep. I am not quite sure though if this is a series or a standalone series... Do any of you got an idea?

Check out the placeholder cover of Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Synopsis

New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

Rick Riordan's trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.


Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan will be released on October 5, 2021.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

'The Anthropocene Reviewed' By John Green Finally Gets An Official Cover

The first non-fiction and 6th book by John Green is almost upon our grasp. In his next book John Green gets personal and reveals his inner thoughts and observations about things. This in turn reveals his hidden and inner workings, something that we can't always get from fiction novels. This is a real-world point of view of things that gives us a facet of the author.

The book is called The Anthropocene Reviewed, which is adapted from John Green's podcast of the same title. The book has been around for pre-order for some time but it is only just recently that we get to see the official cover. And what's more, we will be getting the first edition with the author's signature, so expect some surprise doodle in your copy if you are lucky.

Check out the official cover of The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green.

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green


You may also want to watch the author John Green dicuss about the book cover in the VlogBrothers Youtube channel.


Synopsis

A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet—from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley’s Comet to Penguins of Madagascar—on a five-star scale.

Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene’s reviews have been praised as “observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy.” John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection that includes both beloved essays and several all-new pieces exclusive to the book.


The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green will be released on May 18, 2021.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Peter V. Brett, Eoin Colfer, Kerri Maniscalco, and Jonathan French

Here are some of the recent cover reveals, including a new series from Peter V. Brett, sequels from Eoin Colfer, Kerri Maniscalco, and Jonathan French.

The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett

The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett

Synopsis

A brand-new epic fantasy adventure set in the beloved world of the Demon Cycle, following a new generation of heroes, from New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett

Fifteen years have passed since the end of the war with demons, creatures of darkness who have hunted the night and plagued humanity since time out of mind. The heroes of humanity’s hour of need have become legend, and those who remain struggle to escape their shadows.

Olive Paper and Darin Bales have grown up in this new peaceful world. Demons have been all but destroyed, but dangers still lurk for the children of heroes.

Olive, Princess of Hollow, has her entire life planned out by her mother, Duchess Leesha Paper: a steady march on a checklist to prepare her for succession. The more her mother writes the script, the more Olive rails against playing the parts she is assigned.

Darin faces challenges of a different kind. Though free to choose his own path, the weight of legacy hangs heavy around his shoulders. It isn’t easy being the son of the man people say saved the world. Everyone expects greatness from Darin, but the only thing he’s ever been great at is hiding.

But when Olive and Darin step across the wards one night, they learn the demons are not all gone, and those that remain hunger for revenge. Events are set in motion that only prophecy can foresee as Olive and Darin seek to find their own places in the world in time to save it again.


The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett will be released on August 3, 2021.

The Fowl Twins Get What They Deserve by Eoin Colfer

The Fowl Twins Get What They Deserve by Eoin Colfer

Synopsis

Irish Twins Myles and Beckett, Artemis Fowl's younger brothers, return in their third and most bizarre adventure yet.

For almost two years, Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye, the Duke of Scilly, has been plotting revenge against the Fowl Twins, who humiliated him in Book One. Teddy plans to give them exactly what they deserve: permanent death.

He threatens Myles with his weaponized jet and Beckett and Specialist Lazuli succeed in disarming the aircraft and causing an accident that kills the duke. But does it really?

Ghosts, clones, and fairy magic come to play in this ultimate and ridiculous showdown between the twins and their worst enemy.


The Fowl Twins Get What They Deserve by Eoin Colfer will be released on October 19, 2021.

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked!

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge... Welcome to Hell.

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she's introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria... even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world... or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves...


Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco will be released on October 5, 2021.

The Free Bastards by Jonathan French

The Free Bastards by Jonathan French

Synopsis

The long-awaited war has come in the sweeping conclusion to the Lot Lands trilogy--another irresistibly swashbuckling, swaggering, foul-mouthed fantasy.

The long-awaited war has come in the sweeping conclusion to the Lot Lands trilogy--another irresistibly swashbuckling, swaggering, foul-mouthed fantasy.


The Free Bastards by Jonathan French will be released on September 21, 2021.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Volume 1 Of 'Dark One' By Brandon Sanderson Gets Official Cover

Brandon Sanderson is no doubt a prolific author. He has written a lot of books in a span of time when other author can only manage one or two. He has published at least 3 comic books in the White Sand combic book series, which ignited me to look for his other works in this same media. And lo, comes Dark One--a new comic book series centering on the perspecptive of the archnemesis, the villain, or a dark lord...

Like with most comic books, Dark One is a collaborative work. It will be published by Vault Comics based on the story by Brandon Sanderson. It will be writtern for comics by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, edited by Adrian F. Wassel, and with the art and colors by Nathan C. Gooden and Kurt Michael Russell.

Check out the official cover of Dark One by Brandon Sanderson.

Dark One by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis

From #1 New York Times Bestselling, Hugo Award-winning author, Brandon Sanderson (The Mistborn Trilogy, The Stormlight Archive series), along with Nathan Gooden, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, comes Dark One, the first book in a series of original graphic novels, from Vault Comics.

Some worlds are made to be broken.

Paul Tanasin is a young man haunted by visions of a dark and fantastic world?visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus, a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer, he’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as the Dark One, and shatter everything. Dark One examines the dual roles we often take on in life―the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer.


Dark One by Brandon Sanderson will be released on May 18, 2021.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Anthony Ryan To Publish 'The Pariah', First Book In The Covenant Of Steel Trilogy

In a surprising turn of events, author Anthony Ryan has announced a new trilogy called The Covenant Of Steel with the first book titled The Pariah. It will be published by Orbit (he is usually published by Ace in the US), which turned out to be a heartbreaking tragedy (as usual for Orbit) becasue there is no US hardcover edition so I will have to import from UK to get a hardcover. I wonder if Anderida Books will have a run of the signed special edition hardcover for this one...

A mysterious cover has been unveiled at the same time the book was announced. This beautiful cover is courtesy of artist Jaime Jones, who is not new to painting cover art for the author as he also did the cover for the UK edition of The Waking Fire, and cover designer Lauren Panepinto.

Check out the official cover of The Pariah by Anthony Ryan.

Sidewinders by Robert V.S. Redick

Synopsis

From the international best-selling author of the Raven's Shadow and Draconis Memoria series comes the spectacular first novel in an all-new epic fantasy trilogy.

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path - one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier's life in the king's army.

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine's rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?


The Pariah by Anthony Ryan will be released on August 24, 2021.

Official Cover Of The Fire Sacraments Book 2: 'Sidewinders' By Robert V.S. Redick Unveiled

After nearly three years since the publication of the first book, the second entry in The Fire Sacraments series by Robert V.S. Redick is finally at hand. Titled Sidewinders, this exciting sequel continues on the story of two dynamic and complicated brothers. The first book was recommend by author Mark Lawrence and his glowing review urged me to buy it, and it didn't disappoint.

It's been so long a wait, but I would assume it would be worth it. The official cover of Sidewinders by Robert V.S. Redick has been unveiled to give way to its official publication a few months from now. You can also see the reveal at the author's official website.

Check out the official cover of Sidewinders by Robert V.S. Redick.

Sidewinders by Robert V.S. Redick

Synopsis

Two brothers flee an army of fanatics across a vast and magical desert in this white-knuckle sequel to Master Assassins from Robert V.S. Redick, author of The Red Wolf Conspiracy.

The worst of rivals, the closest of friends, the two most wanted men in a war-torn world: Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman have cheated death so often it’s begun to feel like a way of life. But nothing has prepared them for the danger and enchantment of the Ravenous Lands. This sprawling, lethal desert is the brothers’ last hope, for they have killed the favorite son of Her Radiance the Prophet, and her death-priests and magical servants are hunting them day and night.

But there are dangers even within their caravan. Some of their fellow travelers worship the Prophet in secret. Others, including Mektu, have become obsessed with a bejeweled dagger that seems to afflict its owners with madness or death.

At stake is far more than the lives of two runaway soldiers. Kandri is carrying an encoded cure for the World Plague, a disease that has raged for centuries—while far from the desert, certain criminals have learned just how lucrative a plague can be. Are they using the Prophet, or being used by her? Who, in this game of shadows, can Kandri trust?

He knows one thing, however: they must reach Kasralys, great and beautiful fortress-city of the east. Only there can the precious cure be deciphered. Only there can Kandri seek word of the lover who vanished one night without a trace.

But Kasralys, never conquered in 3,000 years, is about to face its greatest siege in history.


Sidewinders by Robert V.S. Redick will be released on July 6, 2021.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

John Grisham To Release "Sooley", A Novel Set On A Different Kind Of Court

By now, if you are one of his avid readers, you already would have known that John Grisham does not only write stories about the legal court and the key roles and characters that revolve around it. He has also written stories about a different kind of court. He has written a story about football when Bleachers came out first in 2003 and Playing for Pizza in 2007, and about baseball with Calico Joe in 2012.

The author is back in this type of court and arena, but in an entirely different ball game: basketball! The new story John Grisham will be sharing with us is titled Sooley. Its official cover has been revealed to give way for its release in the second quarter of this year!

Check out the official cover of Sooley by John Grisham.

Sooley by John Grisham

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams…and even bigger challenges off the court.

In the summer of his seventeenth year, Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basketball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quickness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.

During the tournament, Samuel receives devastating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ran­sacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.

Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar­ship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed.

But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los­ing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins.

But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?

Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.


Sooley by John Grisham will be released on April 27, 2021.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

'Empire Of The Vampire' By Jay Kristoff Gets Official Cover

After so long a wait, author Jay Kristoff will be releasing the opener to his new bloody series. Writing solo again this time (although I liked his collaborative works as well), the first book on said series (with the same name) is titled Empire of the Vampire. It will be released in fall of this year, just in time for my birthday! What a nice early birthday present to have.

But what is even earlier than this present is the unveiling of the book's official cover, which you can see below. With such gorgeous cover, aren't you even hyped to pre-order your copy now? By the way if your are interested for a signed special edition, I am sorry to say that they were all sold out a few minutes after being listed in participating store(s)...

Check out the official cover of Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff.

US Editon

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (US Edition)


UK Editon

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (UK Edition)

Synopsis

“From holy cup comes holy light.
The faithful hand sets world aright.
And in the seven martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.”

Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michon, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell the story of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night, whose location is known to a single person: A smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior.

Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.

But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Redeemer destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this undying empire?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Nevernight Chronicle, Jay Kristoff, comes the first illustrated volume of an astonishing new dark fantasy saga.


Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff will be released on September 7, 2021 in the UK and on September 14, 2021 in the US.

Banner: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Monday, January 11, 2021

New And Upcoming Book Releases, Including By Nnedi Okorafor, Paula Hawkins, Ryan Graudin, Amie Kaufman, Kristin Cashore, And Melissa Albert

Here are some of the recent amd upcoming releases, including a thrilling sci-fi from award-winning Nnedi Okorafor, a new collaborative story from Ryan Graudin and Amie Kaufman, a new thriller from Paula Hawkins, a new Graceling Realm novel by Kristin Cashore, and a collection of stories from the world of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Synopsis

An alien artifact turns a young girl into Death's adopted daughter in Remote Control, a thrilling sci-fi tale of community and female empowerment from Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Nnedi Okorafor

“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­―a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks―alone, except for her fox companion―searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?


Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor will be released on January 19, 2021.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Synopsis

Look what you started.

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women in particular. Laura is the troubled one-night stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is the grief-stricken aunt, already mourning another family member who died only weeks earlier. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor who found the bloodied body but is keeping secrets from the police. Three women, mostly unknown to one another, with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are—for different reasons—simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?


A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins will be released on August 31, 2021.

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin

Synopsis

Bestselling authors Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin invite readers into a wondrous world where lost things are found, and where two cousins must come face-to-face with the impossible…

Whenever Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were legendary.

With the whole family reuniting for one last summer vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are prepared for an extraordinary trip of their own. Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse—then accidentally slip into another world!

The World Between Blinks is a magical place, where all sorts of lost things and people wind up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history and a few they thought were just myths, from pilot Amelia Earhart to the fabled city of Atlantis.

But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s journey home doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world forever.

This first book in an exciting, fast-paced fantasy adventure series—featuring fun, interesting facts about history––is perfect for fans of Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series!


The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin will be released on January 5, 2021.

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Synopsis

The highly anticipated next book in the New York Times bestselling, award-winning Graceling Realm series, which has sold 1.3 million copies.

For the past five years, Bitterblue has reigned as Queen of Monsea, heroically rebuilding her nation after her father's horrific rule. After learning about the land of Torla in the east, she sends envoys to the closest nation there: Winterkeep--a place where telepathic foxes bond with humans, and people fly across the sky in wondrous airships. But when the envoys never return, having drowned under suspicious circumstances, Bitterblue sets off for Winterkeep herself, along with her spy Hava and her trusted colleague Giddon. On the way, tragedy strikes again--a tragedy with devastating political and personal ramifications.

Meanwhile, in Winterkeep, Lovisa Cavenda waits and watches, a fire inside her that is always hungry. The teenage daughter of two powerful politicians, she is the key to unlocking everything--but only if she's willing to transcend the person she's been all her life.


Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore will be released will be released on January 19, 2021.

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Synopsis

A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve “lush and deliciously sinister fairy tales” (Kelly Link) by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country!

Before The Hazel Wood, there was Althea Proserpine’s Tales from the Hinterland...

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans alike, Melissa Albert's Tales from the Hinterland features full-page illustrations by Jim Tierney, foil stamping, two-color interior printing, and printed endpapers.


Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert will be released on January 12, 2021.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

#FanMade Cover Of 'Ready Player Zero' By Ernest Cline (A Prequel To 'Ready Player One' And 'Ready Player Two')

I just finished reading Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. Whilst it was totally fun, some plot points and writing devices used in the story were illogical to the progress of the plot. This is the very reason why I gave it a low score in Goodreads. You're asking me to give a solid example? Here it is: Just imagine that failure to accomplish a set of tasks in a very limited time means death and destruction of the known world, would you keep the details of some tasks to your self and not share it with the persons helping you out to solve a riddle for the sake of suspense and thrill of the readers? I bet you would say no, but this is the very device the author used to keep the readers on the edge of their sits. It might make the story thrilling but it is a totally imprudent decision for the character(s) to do. Yeah, it is a first person perspective story so I forgave it for the unreliability of the narrator.

Jaded as I may I still scoured for some information if there will be a new book after the one I just recently finished. And I found out that instead of the sequel (presumably titled Ready Player Three), we will be getting a prequel called Ready Player Zero instead. It will be for some time though. At least I will still have enough time to vent off my frustrations and totally forget about those foolish things, so I could read the prequel then in a fresh mind.

Here is what exactly author Ernest Cline has to say about the matter on one of his interviews: "It's a coming of age story. It won't be called Ready Player Three it'll be more like Ready Player Zero. I do plan to take a break, but someday I'll write that book too, which is more based on my own childhood – growing up, playing Dungeons and Dragons and video games as a kid. It's like Stand By Me. It's a huge part of my childhood being immersed in all the escapism so that I could write Ready Player One."

Check out the fan-made cover I created for Ready Player Zero by Ernest Cline. 

Ready Player Zero by Ernest Cline (Fan Made)

What do you think? Are we ready for a Ready Player One prequel or do we even need it at this point?