Here is the cover reveal highlights from all of JULY & AUGUST! Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!
I missed this post last month, so this month you get twice as many awesomely beautiful covers… and some duds in my opinion. Hope ya’ll enjoy.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 14th 2019
The darkness speaks to those who listen. Those who listen are those who have accepted the darkness.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing in Arawiya, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)
Published by Delacorte Press
February 5th 2019
The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.
Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.
To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.
Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.
Firestarter by Tara Sim (Timekeeper #3)
Published by Sky Pony Press
January 15th 2019
The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause, or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time.
As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.
Tarot by Marissa Kennerson
Published by Razorbill
February 19th 2019
Anna was never supposed to exist. Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers—the exact opposite of the King’s land of fixed fates and rigid rules—and weaves them into four glorious tapestries.
But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving.
Anna thinks she’s found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just decoration. They’re the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create—as long as the terrors from the old world don’t catch up with her first.
King of Fools by Amanda Foody (The Shadow Game #2)
Published by Inkyard Press
April 30th 2019
Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…
On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.
Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.
As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…
Or die as legends.
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
March 5th 2019
Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renaltan crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry the next prince of Achleva – Renalt’s greatest enemy. Surrounded by spirits and dogged by accusations of witchcraft, the only thing that eclipses Aurelia’s apprehension of her impending wedding is her fear of those who’d kill her to keep her from it.
When an assassination attempt forces Aurelia to use forbidden blood magic under the eyes of the court, she is driven from Renalt by the witch-hunting Tribunal and a mob out for blood. To escape with her life, she must cast off her name and crown and take refuge in the land she was once meant to rule: Achleva.
Alone and unknown for the first time, Aurelia throws herself into studying the magic that might one day help her reclaim her old life, even as she begins to imagine a new one with a man who could never rule beside her. But no matter how hard she wants to move forward and forget the past, her fate seems to be inextricably connected to the leader of the tyrannical Tribunal, the unquiet ghost of a forgotten queen, and the answer to an ancient mystery, hidden deep in a crumbling tower and a cage of poison vine called bloodleaf.
Aurelia is an unwitting pawn in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war— and if she can’t change the game before the Tribunal closes in, she may face losses far more devastating than her crown.
Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra (Asiana #2)
Published by Harper Voyager
March 5th 2019
A young female assassin must confront the man who slaughtered her family, risk her heart, and come to terms with her identity as a warrior and as a woman in this exciting fantasy from the author of Markswoman.
In her duel with Tamsyn, the Order of Kali’s dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, Markswoman Kyra emerged victorious. Yet the powerful Tamsyn left her mark on the young assassin. Deeply wounded by Tamysn’s blade, Kyra is struggling to recover and reclaim her old life.
Her return to the caves of Kali is bittersweet, for she no longer feels as though she belongs. Her beloved teacher is dead. Her best friend Nineth is missing. Gone, too, is Rustan, the Marksman who helped her train for the duel–and became far more than a teacher and friend.
The Marksman, too, is changed. Shaken by his feelings for Kyra and the truth about his parentage, Rustan has exiled himself from the Order of Khur and set off on a quest for answers. His odyssey leads him to the descendants of an ancient sect tied to the alien Ones. They promise to share their knowledge of Asiana’s past if Rustan will apprentice himself to them. To do so, though, means he must renounce his Order—and forsake Kyra.
Yet fate will bring these two highly skilled fighters together once again when Kai Tau, the man who slaughtered Kyra’s family, wages war on the Orders of Asiana.
Hungering for justice, Kyra rides into battle, aided by her new companions: the wyr-wolves, who are so much more than what they seem. Determined to keep the woman he loves safe, Rustan joins the fight to ride by her side.
But will this final confrontation ultimately cost them their love . . . and their lives?
The Kingdom Of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad Trilogy #2)
Published by Harper Voyager
January 22nd 2019
Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabadand quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family and one misstep will doom her tribe.
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid-the unpredictable water spirits-have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.
Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta (Once & Future #1)
Published by Little, Brown and Company
March 5th 2019
I’ve been chased my whole life. An illegal immigrant in Mercer-controlled territory, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until now.
When Ari crash lands on Old Earth, and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she becomes the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. Merlin awakes to find that having aged backward over the last forty-one Arthurs, he is now-wretchedly-a teenager. Ari may be Merlin’s final chance to complete the steps of the cycle: 1) Train Arthur 2) Defeat the greatest evil in the universe. 3) Unite all of mankind. No pressure.
I don’t know about prophecies or kings, but I do know this: Mercer is evil. They’ve imprisoned my parents, enslaved worlds, and now they’re after my friends. I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia A. Cole (Faloiv #2)
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
April 16th 2019
In the forty years since the Vagantur landed on Faloiv, the planet has existed in a tenuous peace between the humans who live in the enclosed community of N’Terra and the Faloii, the indigenous population. But after uncovering the shadowy secrets of the Council’s newly elected leader and helping a kidnapped Faloii man escape, sixteen-year-old Octavia knows that conflict is looming. Her discovery of a separate population of humans—including her grandparents—only serves to show her how out of touch humans are with reality on Faloiv.
Then the Faloii discover the N’Terran’s latest experiment: an artificially weaponized creature, and Octavia realizes that it’s up to her to prevent her people from causing any further destruction. More determined than ever, Octavia and her friends set out to understand the scope of humanity’s history. However, nothing can prepare them for the full weight of what they discover about both their home on Faloiv and the Origin planet. And as she learns to control her ability to communicate through the Artery, the network that connects everything on Faloiv, Octavia must act to change her people’s future before the natural balance on the planet shifts forever.
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Dark Stars #1)
Published by HarperTeen
February 5th 2019
Dorothy spent her life learning the art of the con. But after meeting a stranger and stowing away on his peculiar aircraft, she wakes up in a chilling version of the world she left behind—and for the first time in her life, realizes she’s in way over her head.
New Seattle, 2077
If there was ever a girl who was trouble, it was one who snuck on board Ash’s time machine wearing a wedding gown—and the last thing he needs is trouble if he wants to prevent his terrifying visions of the future from coming true.
But destiny isn’t an easy thing to pin down in this twist-filled trilogy, and with the irresistible romance of Outlander and sci-fi scope of Passengers, this is one cliffhanger that’s sure to have readers counting down to the next installment.
Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,