Waiting on Wednesday: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Some of my favourite things are badass female characters and space, so you can imagine my excitement when I read the synopsis for this one;

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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.

I also love the ‘thrown together to save the world’ trope (you can probably tell) so this book sounds right up my street. The publishers have likened it to the Lunar Chronicles and Red Rising, which is also very exciting.

I also seen some talk of diverse PoC characters, and the author is Filipino, so thats also something to look forward to!

This will be the first of two books, with the second hopefully published in 2018.

Also that cover is so amazingly beautiful!

This releases on;

7th February 2017

so not that long to wait in the scheme of things. I’m about to go and put this one on my never ending wishlist.

[Goodreads]

 

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Waiting On Wednesday: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

So I’ve been doing a little digging recently on Goodreads, trying to keep up with listing for Top Ten Tuesdays, and I found this book and was instantly hooked by the synopsis;

25752041Being 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 . . .

If you know me, you’ll know that close friendship groups are kinda my thing, and this book definitely sounds like it has the ‘unseeming gang of friends thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, trying to save the world’ thing going on.

I also love when an author chooses a unlikely narrator for their story, we have so many high fantasy books from the point of view of royalty or magic wielders, etc., it’s such a refreshing change to see what this book will be like from the point of view of someone who is on the fringes of high society, but is also an outcast.

Now I’ve got you all excited, here’s the release date;

6th June 2017

I’ll be awaiting the cover reveal in the mean time!

[Goodreads]

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beast by Brie Spangler

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated YA releases!
 

I’m pretty excited about the release of Beast by Brie Spangler, a book which not only has elements of one of my favourite romance troupes (beauty and the beast is the best cheesy cliche) but also features a transgender character!

 

Synopsis taken from Goodreads

 

Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

Sounds pretty amazing, right? It also has a pretty amazing cover, which is always a bonus.

And we don’t even have that long to wait;

Release date: October 11th 2016


 

Waiting on Wednesday: Meg Cabot’s BOY Series Returns!

So you may not know but Meg Cabot has recently been revisiting some of her old series, starting with The Princess Diaries last year (with Royal Wedding) and then onto The Mediator series (with Remembrance last November) and earlier this year Meg announced she would be returning to her Boy series this November with…

The Boy is Back

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Think of it as a standalone!

The Boy series always follows a new couple in each book, with occasional cameos from past characters scattered through the series so you don’t have had to read the rest of the series first. The whole boy series consists of cute romance stories, with mostly cliché storylines such as enemies to lovers, the boy next door and office romances, but are all brilliantly told with amazing humour and friendships.

Synopsis;

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

Sounds pretty cute, right? I was also like the biggest Meg Cabot fan ever when I was younger- I actually made it my mission to own all the books ever published by her under the name Meg Cabot and I had achieved it (as of 2009 anyway, when I gave up). I still haven’t given any of them away, and I’m always excited when I hear she has new books out. (Also on a side-note THIS BOOK IS YELLOW and I always need more yellow books for my rainbow book shelves).

This is an adult book, as is the rest of the Boy series.

UK Release Date: 17th November 2016


 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which you discuss books you are highly anticipating. I’m going to try and post a Waiting on Wednesday post from now on, because I have a LOT of books I’m anticipating at the moment.

I’m currently writing my Cursed Child review, its incredibly hard to express how I feel about the play without spoiling it, which is why it’s taken so long. Hopefully it’ll be up before the end of the month!