28.11.16

Interview with... Nicole Castroman!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely NICOLE CASTROMAN, author of the forthcoming novel BLACKSOULS!

BLACKSOULS

Author: Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Publisher: Simon Teen
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Summary:
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.


Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
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Where do you like to write? 

Nicole Castroman: I always write in my study. I have to have relative quiet and my home is the best place for that. I’m amazed when I hear authors write in coffee shops and things. I would get too easily distracted and people watch.

Why do you write for younger audiences? 

Nicole Castroman: Why not? ☺ I think younger audiences are more open to different kinds of stories, and no topic is off limits. YA is known for being brave and taking risks. 

27.11.16

#SST: TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim // #Interview + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my Sunday Street Team post for

TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim!

Today I have an interview with Tara about the book and at the bottom of the post you can win some goodies, so make sure you keep scrolling! But first, let's learn more about the novel.

TIMEKEEPER

Author: Tara Sim
Series: Timekeeper #1
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Summary:
Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
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What is the best part about being an author?

Tara Sim: Interacting with the community, I think. I’ve made so many new, amazing friends since becoming an author. They’re the type of friends who really understand writing and books in a way my friends growing up never did. I also love the dedication and support of my readers!


Do you find it difficult to balance being an author with the other aspects in your life?

Tara Sim: Sometimes, yes. I work full time, and being an author is like having another full time job on top of that. I usually have to multitask at my day job by responding to author-y emails on my phone. When I have a deadline is when it gets craziest, and my social life completely dies, but when I’m not on deadline it’s a lot easier to take breaks and wind down.


What has been the best book you’ve read in the past six months?

Tara Sim: Oh man, I can’t pick just one. Here are some of my favorite reads of 2016 so far: A Gathering of Shadows, This Savage Song, And I Darken, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Raven King, The Reader, A Shadow Bright and Burning, and The Abyss Surrounds Us (although technically I read it last year but shh).


What do you hope readers take away from TIMEKEEPER?

Tara Sim: I hope it brings some sort of magic into their lives. I’ve already had readers telling me it’s cured their reading slumps, which is pretty awesome, or that it’s made them feel good in some way. I hope it shows readers that no matter how bleak the world is, you can still find magic/love where you least expect it.

25.11.16

Teaser Interview With... Sandhya Menon!

Are you excited about 2017 releases? I know I am, so I emailed a bunch of authors that are writing the books I am most excited about to ask if I could interiew them and thankfully they said yes! So here is a series of interviews with authors that have some pretty spectacular sounding books that I can't wait for in hopes that you get just as excited about these books as well.

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

Author: Sandhya Menon
Series: N/A
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Summary:
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. 

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 


Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
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Why do you write for younger audiences?

Sandhya Menon: I think adolescence is when people become more and more aware of their place in the world. They’re looking around, trying to find other people like themselves. Books like WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI—I hope—will show teens like Dimple or Rishi, who aren’t part of the majority, that they’re not alone. There are others like them out there loving, laughing, and living their best lives.

23.11.16

Interview with... Heather Demetrios!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely HEATHER DEMETRIOS, author of the forthcoming novel BAD ROMANCE!

BAD ROMANCE

Author: Heather Demetrios
Series: N/A
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date: June 13, 2017

Summary:
Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape. 


Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.
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Where do you like to write?

Heather Demetrios: I usually write in my office. I live in a tiny 2-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn and I’ve tricked out my office so that it’s filled with things that inspire me. And the walls are green! I also have corkboards up for every book I’m working on, with pictures and quotes and such that inspire me. 

Why do you write for younger audiences?

Heather Demetrios: I had a tough time growing up. I came from a broken home and we were broke. Books were my escape. They were vitally important to my well-being and allowed me to dream big. I wanted to write for teens that need an escape, or that need to be seen, or that want to know more about the world and their place in it. 

Describe BAD ROMANCE in 10 words or less.


Heather Demetrios: My raw, bloody, broken heart. True Fiction. Unflinching. Battle cry.

22.11.16

Interview with... Linda Poitevin!

Hello and welcome to my interview with

Linda Poitevin, author of SINS OF THE ANGELS!

You can learn more about the book series and the author below. But first, let's learn more about the book!

SINS OF THE ANGELS

Author: Linda Poitevin
Series: Grigori Legacy #1
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Summary:
A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel... 

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell. Aramael is a Power--a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul. 


Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.
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Describe SINS OF THE ANGELS in 10 words or less. 

Linda Poitevin: Warrior angel meets lady cop. Universal chaos ensues. ;)

How long did it take you to write the first draft? 

Linda Poitevin: Ten years

Which was your favourite scene to write? 

Linda Poitevin: That’s tough, without spoilers! I think it would have to be the black moment in the book...when our heroine realizes how she feels about our warrior angel, but knows there is no future for them. There was a lot of emotion in that scene, and I love writing emotional scenes.

21.11.16

Interview with... Tricia Levenseller!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely TRICIA LEVENSELLER, author of the forthcoming novel DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING!

DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Series: N/A
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Summary:
A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?


Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
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What is your writing routine?

Tricia Levenseller: First off, thanks so much for having me! I’m so excited to chat with you!

I’m not one of those authors who writes every day. I’m big on setting writing goals, and those usually change from book to book. For DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING’s sequel, I set a goal of writing 500 words, six days a week. Because that’s a fairly small and doable amount, I usually surpassed it. I’ll also put restrictions on myself. “No Netflix or Xbox until your writing is done.” For my current project, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. My goal for this is to write 2,000 words, six days a week for the month of November.

Why do you write for younger audiences?

Tricia Levenseller: I think there’s so much power in writing about teens. Rowling could have had Dumbledore kill Voldemort. Coin could have killed Snow instead of Katniss. But don’t these stories mean so much more to us when we see younger characters taking out the bad guys? So many important decisions are made when we’re teens as we choose who we want to be and how we’ll behave. I think it’s fascinating writing about those problems while also trying to save the world.

18.11.16

Interview With... Katie A. Nelson!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely KATIE A. NELSON, author of the forthcoming novel THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP!

THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP

Author: Katie A. Nelson
Series: N/A
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Summary:
Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he's paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.

A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie Nelson’s taut debut is perfect for fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Kate Brian’s Private series, and anyone who’s encountered the cut-throat world of competitive high school.
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Where do you like to write?

Katie A. Nelson: I spread out when I write, with notebooks and random post it notes covered in scribbles all over the place, so I have to write at a desk or table. We have a big desk downstairs where our family desktop computer is, so usually I write there. But if my kids and husband are home, it can be pretty distracting, so in those cases I take my laptop and lock myself in my room with my noise canceling headphones.


Why do you write for younger audiences?

Katie A. Nelson: So many reasons! From a purely practical standpoint, most of the ideas that I have for stories involve teenagers. I love the possibilities that come with that age: you’re figuring out who you are and how to find your place in the world, but also figuring out how your choices can re-make the world into the kind of place you want to live in. There’s a line in the song “I was a Teenage Anarchist” that asks, “Do you remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?” I wasn’t ever an anarchist, but I do remember that feeling, and writing about teenagers allows me to live in that state, even if it’s only vicariously. 


Describe THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP in 10 words or less.

Katie A. Nelson: THE GREAT GATSBY meets a prep school debate team. 

15.11.16

Interview with... Cale Dietrich!

I'm sure you're all watching with great anticipation for my 2017 Anticipated Releases weekly posts in which I gush over books coming out next year that I'm excited about. But there are some that I am even more excited about than others, so I contacted those authors and asked if I could interview them. Lucky me, they said yes. So I have a bunch of author interviews in November so that you guys can learn more about some super awesome sounding books and add them to your TBR! 

Without further ado, here is a fantastic interview with the lovely CALE DIETRICH, author of the forthcoming novel THE LOVE INTEREST!

THE LOVE INTEREST

Author: Cale Dietrich
Series: N/A
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 17, 2017

Summary:
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
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What is your writing routine?

Cale Dietrich: It varies quite a lot, so there’s no definite answer for this! It depends on so many things, like, how inspired I am, or what stage of the process I’m at. I’m currently doing NaNo, so I’m trying as hard as I can to stick to some sort of schedule of hitting 2000 words a day. But most of the time, I write when I feel like it, usually with coffee and or snacks.

Why do you write for younger audiences?

Cale Dietrich: Ohh good question! I’ve honestly never thought about why I write YA instead of adult or MG. I think I write YA because I love it so much. Seriously, pretty much all of my favourite books are YA books. Plus, I think there’s a lot of enthusiasm in YA and in the YA community, which I really love about it.

Describe THE LOVE INTEREST in 10 words or less.

Cale Dietrich: Two spies compete over girl, fall for each other instead. 

11.11.16

Interview With... Lisa Maxwell!

Are you excited about 2017 releases? I know I am, so I emailed a bunch of authors that are writing the books I am most excited about to ask if I could interiew them and thankfully they said yes! So here is a series of interviews with authors that have some pretty spectacular sounding books that I can't wait for in hopes that you get just as excited about these books as well.

THE LAST MAGICIAN

Author: Lisa Maxwell
Series: N/A
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 18, 2017

Summary:
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
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What was the most surprising thing about becoming a published author?

Lisa Maxwell: The most surprising thing is that people actually read and buy my books. I’m sure that sounds odd, but when I first started writing, I figured I’d be the only one who would ever read these stories. It is such an honor each and every time someone takes the time to sit down with my characters or is willing to part with their hard-earned money to have one of my books on their shelf. It really never gets old, and I don’t think it ever will.

Why do you write for younger audiences?

Lisa Maxwell: When I was a teenager, there wasn’t really “YA literature.” There wasn’t a whole section of books meant just for me, for what I was dealing with or my world view. I think I love writing for a younger audience because I get to make the stories and books that I wish I’d had. When I was in middle school and high school, I read so many assigned books that changed me—that changed how I thought or who I wanted to be. That period in your life is such an exciting and terrifying and thrilling one, because you get to start choosing who you’re going to be, who you want to be as an adult. I love having the chance to be part of that moment for readers.

10.11.16

Top 10 2017 Science Fiction Books I'm Excited For!

Today is the next instalment of the series of 2017 books I'm looking forward to and/or have pre-ordered. You can see the schedule of what you can expect below! I hope you guys learn about some great 2017 releases with these posts. If you want to see all the books I have shelved as 2017 Release, you can check out my Goodreads Shelf!


Overall (October 13) | Contemporary (October 20) | Retellings (October 27) | Fantasy (Last Week) | Science Fiction (This Week) | Historical Fiction (Next Week)

27 Hours

Author: Tristina Wright
Series: N/A
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Summary:
Rumor Mora wants revenge. He’s lived all of his seventeen years on the colonized moon of Sahara, and he can’t remember a time when humans weren’t warring with the gargoyles—frightening beasts that attack human colonists during the night. Now the gargoyles have gone too far—they attacked his city and burned it to the ground. The sole survivor of the attack, Rumor is determined to avenge the death of his father, and no one is going to stand in his way. No one. Not even the incredibly hot boy who keeps trying to tell him that the gargoyles aren’t the monsters he thinks they are.

Nyx Llorca wants understanding. She was born deaf, and the moon vibrates under her feet in an urgent language she can’t figure out. As war between humans and gargoyles rages around her and the vibrations grow more insistent, she's terrified that the moon is trying to warn her of something much bigger and more terrible to come. And if that isn't enough, she's fallen in love with her best friend and is terrified admitting the truth will destroy their friendship.

Jude Welton wants peace. He has lived most of his life in the forest community of Azrou, far from the colonies, and the bias of the humans who use the slur “gargoyle” to describe the creatures who live on Sahara. He belongs to a group of people who believe that the humans and creatures—called chimera—can exist together in peace. But when his chimera friend, Vala, goes missing, Jude must step out of his peaceful existence and directly into the war. And the angriest boy he’s ever met just happens to know where Vala is. Rumor is Jude’s key to getting her back—if only Jude can convince him that not all chimera are evil.

Braeden Tennant wants belonging. As the son of a colony commander, he's grown up with expectations of a military future, of continuing the unending war against the gargoyles. All he wants to do is steal a spaceship and leave Sahara—maybe take an automata cat with him. But when he finds the seeds of friendship with Rumor's arrival and is pulled into a vast conspiracy involving his friends, the gargoyles, the forest rebels, and his moms, he has to decide where his loyalties lie once and for all.


27 HOURS is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

Why I'm Excited For It

Queers in Space. That’s pretty much all you need to know about this one. I am so stoked for this one, you have no idea.

The Sandcastle Empire

Author: Kayla Olson
Series: N/A
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Summary:
When all hope is gone, how do you survive? 

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. 


This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom. 
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Why I'm Excited For It

This one sounds sooooo good. So good, in fact, that I asked Kayla Olson if I could interview her about the book, which you can read here. I love future worlds that have political overtones so this seems like it's going to be the book for me!

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Author: Rhoda Belles
Series: N/A
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Summary:
Empress
Rhee, better known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

***


Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy in her exhilarating debut, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Pierce Brown. 
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Why I'm Excited For It

I don't even know where to start with this one because all of it sounds ah-mazing. Every time you read another sentence in that summary, you think OMG. And then it ends by saying "fans of Marissa Meyer and Pierce Brown" which are magic words over in this sphere.