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Blood Rose RebellionAuthor: Rosalyn Eves
Series: Untitled #1
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
Why I'm Excited For It
This one sounds SO good. I am really excited to see how the magic overlaps with the world. I am hoping this has a cool magic system with badass characters. I have really high hopes for this one!
Author: Andrew Shvarts
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.
At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.
Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.
Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.
The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .
Why I'm Excited For It
This book just sounds great. I love when the underdogs don't feel like they should even participate in a fight and then are the reason the war is won and that is the vibe I'm getting from this one. Also the title is hilarious and I can't wait to tell my mom I want a copy of ROYAL BASTARDS for my Christmas pre-order present. She will be thrilled.Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab
London's fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.
Why I'm Excited For It
!!!! THE FINALE TO THIS SERIES!!!!!!! THE LAST ONE ENDED ON SUCH A CLIFFHANGER THAT I SCREAMED INTO A PILLOW AFTER I FINISHED. I NEED THIS NOW.
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Stealing Storms #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
Why I'm Excited For It
I have this one pre-ordered because it sounds FANTASTIC. I'm so excited for see how the magic, the royalty, and everything else in this one mesh together. This one has a great cover, is being published by Tor, and has a great sounding summary. That is the trifecta of reasons for anyone to pre-order a book.
Gilded CageAuthor: Vic James
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.
Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
Why I'm Excited For It
This sounds so good. I need it immediately. It has a little bit of everything I want: magic, class based issues, and romance. I think this one is going to be fantastic.
Dark Breaks the DawnAuthor: Sara B. Larson
Series: Untitled Duology #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.
But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.
In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
Why I'm Excited For It
Can I just point to the summary again? Also Sara B. Larson writes some fantastic fantasy novels so I'm really excited to see what she brings out next.
The Traitor’s KissAuthor: Erin Beaty
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, The Traitor’s Kiss is Jane Austen with an espionage twist.
Why I'm Excited For ItJANE AUSTEN WITH AN ESPIONAGE TWIST. Like can we please have all the Jane Austen with twists novels forever and ever?? I can't wait for this one. I think I'm going to buy Dani a copy too.
Tiger’s WatchAuthor: Julia Ember
Series: Ashes of Gold #1
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: August 2017
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as an inhabiter, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But when the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.
Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi sees a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander – a side that draws them to Xian.
When their spying reveals that everything the inhabiter's academy taught was a lie, Tashi faces a choice: save their country or the boy they've started to love? But while Tashi grapples with the decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn't question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabiter’s bond to their animal is for life – when Katala dies, so will Tashi.
Why I'm Excited For ItI loved UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember so I'm really excited for TIGER'S WATCH! I think Julia is really good at writing queer pairings and characters, along with great plots and an intrinsic world, so I'm very excited for this.
ImpassionedAuthor: Rebecca Ross
Series: Untitled Trilogy #1
Publication Date: 2017
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna Colbert desires only two things: to master her passion and be chosen by a patron.
Growing up at the renowned Magnalia House in the kingdom of Valenia should have prepared her well. While some are born with intrinsic talent for one of the five passions of life, Brienna knows she is lacking. After spending four years failing to master art, music, dramatics, and wit, she settles for knowledge, the last of the passions, instructed by the rigid (yet handsome) Master Cartier. But summer’s first night awakens Brienna’s greatest fear: the solstice does not go according to plan.
When a disgraced lord offers her patronage, Brienna accepts, knowing he needs her ancestral memories to aid his secret plans for retribution. Yet Brienna soon learns that she is assisting three exiled lords in a dangerous attempt to not only dethrone the king of Maevana, but to restore the rightful queen upon the northern throne.
But the plans become tangled when Brienna discovers an unexpected connection to the House she is sent to destroy, and she must ultimately decide whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood.
Why I'm Excited For ItI just get chills when I read this summary. It sounds FANTASTIC and I am so looking forward to getting my hands on it.
Shimmer and BurnAuthor: Mary Taranta
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.
Why I'm Excited For It
This sounds fantastic. I am really excited for the "political machinations" part of this one because that is why I LIVE for fantasy novels!