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‘A Tempest Of Tea’ by Hafsah Faizal Cover Reveal

As of February 10, NYT Bestselling author Hafsah Faizal revealed the cover to her newest YA Fantasy duology via Instagram with the first novel titled A Tempest Of Tea ― slated for a Winter 2024 release!

According to Publishers Weekly the story is “Set in Ettenia, an amalgamation of 1920s and Victorian London with a dash of ancient Rome, the novel follows a gang of outcasts in a deadly heist led by Arthie Casimir to save her tearoom—which fronts an illegal blood house, where local vampires can purchase fresh blood.”

Cover artist is Valentina Remenar and art director is Aurora Parlagreco.

From Hafsah Faizal, New York Times–bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame, comes the first book in a hotly-anticipated new fantasy duology about an orphan girl and her crew who get tangled in a heist with vampires, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows.

On the streets of White Roaring, Arthie Casimir is a criminal mastermind and collector of secrets. Her prestigious tearoom transforms into an illegal bloodhouse by dark, catering to the vampires feared by society. But when her establishment is threatened, Arthie is forced to strike an unlikely deal with an alluring adversary to save it—and she can’t do the job alone.

Calling upon a band of misfits, Arthie formulates a plan to infiltrate the dark and glittering vampire society known as the Athereum. But not every member of her crew is on her side, and as the truth behind the heist unfolds, Arthie finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy that will threaten the world as she knows it. Dark, action-packed, and swoonworthy, this is Hafsah Faizal better than ever.

A Tempest Of Tea by Hafsah Faizal is set to be released February 20, 2024!

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Stephanie Garber Announces ‘Once Upon A Broken Heart’ Book 3 Title

On December 13, Stephanie Garber revealed through Instagram, the title of the third and final book in her NYT Bestselling Once Upon A Broken Heart series which will be called A Curse For True Love, which will be releasing September 2023!

Evangeline Fox has grown up believing in true love, happy endings and the legends about immortals like the Prince Of Hearts. But, when she learns the love of her life will marry someone else, she turns to the prince for help.

Brief plot details reveal that the finale will contain as follows: “Two villains do battle for the heart of one girl in A CURSE FOR TRUE LOVE, the deadly conclusion of the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Once Upon A Broken Heart trilogy.”

Additionally, through her post Garber also stated “I hope you all love the title! I’m really excited that it’s no longer a secret and that I’ll get to share even more about this book in the upcoming months!”

A Curse For True Love is available for preorder through retailers such as Bookshop, B&N, and more!

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game— and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy.

A Curse For True Love by Stephanie Garber is set to be released September 12, 2023!

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‘A Crown Of Wishes’ TV Series In Development for Disney+

On November 3, it was reported through exclusively through Deadline that NYT Bestselling and award-winning author Roshani Chokshi’s YA fantasy A Crown Of Wishes, is currently in development for a TV series with Disney+ alongside Avantika set to headline the project.

Chokshi’s 2017 novel centers around Princess Gauri (which Avantika will star) who finds herself facing a future of exile thanks to her malevolent brother, King of Bharata. However, she soon joins forces with notoriously cunning Prince Vikram from a neighboring land, where he can promise her freedom…if they team up to win the mythical competition known as the Tournament Of Wishes. Though one wish will be granted to the winner, the pair have differing agendas and in their alliance— a romance develops.

“i genuinely have tears in my eyes posting this right now. @/roshanichokshi wrote one of my favorite books till date….ever since i read ‘a crown of wishes’ two years ago, it became my passion to see the novel come to life. so, to now, have the HONOR of being able to headline and EXECUTIVE PRODUCE (how cool is that?!?!) this fantasy show – that’s going to launch a new era of princesses for disney – is absolutely crazy.”

Avantika via Instagram on Nov. 3, 2022

Avantika will not only star as Princess Gauri, but also executive produce the TV adaptation. Zanne Devine with Montana North Media is set to executively produce alongside Avantika, with co-producer Raj Raghavan of ColorCreative and Jessica Sonnefeld Jolles of Montana North co-producing.

According to her Instagram post, Avantika also stated in excitement “A NEW ERA OF DISNEY PRINCESSES.” In posting the announcement on Instagram Chokshi said “I can’t imagine a more beautiful, ferocious or clever Gauri than @iamavantika. She’s been a joy to work with from the very beginning and I’m so excited about what lies ahead… I couldn’t be happier that it’s getting new life on the small screen. To those of you who have been with me since The Star-Touched Queen days, there aren’t enough words of thanks. I hope you’re as excited as I am…”

A Crown Of Wishes is a spin-off and standalone follow-up to Chokshi’s debut novel The Star-Touched Queen, a series based in Hindu mythology. Avantika is known for her role in the DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) Spin from 2021.

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire. 

A Crown Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi is out now!

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Margaret Rogerson Announces ‘Sorcery Of Thorns’ Novella Releasing In 2023

On June 13, Margaret Rogerson revealed through her Instagram that the NYT Bestselling 2019 standalone YA fantasy standalone novel Sorcery Of Thorns would be receiving a follow-up novella slated for a January 2023 release with Simon Teen titled The Mysteries Of Thorn Manor.

According to her post, the story will take place “two months after” the epilogue in Sorcery Of Thorns and is pitched as “a lighthearted, romantic comfort-read mystery that reveals previously untold secrets about the world and characters.” The book is planned to be released as a hardcover.

As for what inspired the novella Rogerson stated ” The truth is that I was in a dark place after Covid isolation and lost a lot of confidence in my writing. I decided to try this as a way to help rediscover my love of writing, and hopefully bring some comfort and happiness to my readers, too, since many of you have asked for some extra content like this…”

Rogerson also revealed that Charlie Bowater will return to design the cover. No additional news yet as to other translations for the title.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

The Mysteries Of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson is set to be released January 17, 2023!

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‘The Atlas Six’ Acquired by Tor Books And New Edition Coming In 2022

On September 28, it was announced through Tor Books that The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, an independently published dark academic fantasy that took the book community by storm, is being released with a new hardcover edition in addition to the release of two more books in the planned trilogy.

Originally self-published in 2020, The Atlas Six follows six uniquely talented magicians from around the world who are invited to compete in an academic fellowship as part of the The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of knowledge that has been lost to the greatest civilizations of ancient times. However, elimination holds deadly consequences.

According to Tor’s article, Blake’s “newly revised” edition of her novel will include “new illustration material” which will be releasing in 2022. The first novel now has an ebook version available for purchase through Macmillan.

The novel has garnered over 9.5 million views on Booktok and was recently placed into Barnes & Noble stores earlier this summer. Cover artist for the new edition of The Atlas Six is Jamie Stafford-Hill.

According to the FAQ page, the hardcover edition will contain revisions from the author, be edited and include new interior art. A pre-order campaign is to be announced soon as well.

The highly-anticipated sequel titled The Atlas Paradox is slated for October 2022. Olivie Blake is the pen name for Alexene Farol Follmuth. The official website for the novel can be found here.

The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.

Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person’s inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality—an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society’s archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.

Most of them.

The new edition of Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is set to be released March 1, 2022!

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Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes Cover Reveal

On August 18, Penguin Teen revealed the cover to a forthcoming Romance from J.C. Cervantes titled Flirting With Fate, slated for an April 2022 release!

In this Los Angeles-set contemporary fantasy romance, three tight-knit sisters and a fifth-century saint are tasked with helping their grandmother to retrieve a blessing after it landed with a boy who was present during an accident. If the mistake isn’t corrected, their grandmother will linger as a ghost forever.

Cervantes has pitched her novel as a “Mexican fairytale magical romcom.” Alongside the cover was also an excerpt. Cover artist is Karina Perez. This novel also serves as Cervantes’s Young Adult debut.

Cervantes is the NYT Bestselling author of The Storm Runner trilogy, which is published under Rick Riordan’s middle grade imprint Rick Riordan Presents.

Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved Nana’s deathbed. For generations, blessings have been passed to the women in her family upon death, but due to a freaky flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she arrived seconds too late to for Nana’s blessing—instead, all she gets is the wash of regret on her sisters’ faces.

Until Nana pops up with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed, landing with the boy from the night of the storm. If Ava can’t straighten out the mistake, Nana will linger as a ghost forever, which she’s not exactly excited about. To help her on her quest, Ava will have her two older sisters and Nana’s rather bumbling spiritual guide, Medardus, who is, of all things, the patron saint of teeth.

For solitary Ava, being asked to befriend some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She’s gotten along just fine being wary and protecting her heart; keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava and the gang embark on their mission to retrieve Nana’s blessing, she starts to wonder if what she might gain by getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk.

Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes is set to be released April 19, 2022!

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A Magic Steeped In Poison by Judy I. Lin Cover Reveal

On May 6, Fierce Reads revealed the cover to Judy I. Lin’s upcoming YA fantasy debut inspired by Chinese history and mythology titled A Magic Steeped In Poison, set to be released in Spring 2022!

Lin’s forthcoming novel follows Ning, a commoner who unknowingly brews a poison tea that killed her mother and now threatens to take her sister, Shu. To have a chance at saving her, she enters the kingdom’s magical tea-brewing competition. But the other competitors, court politics and secrets make it far more impossible, even dangerous than she imagined.

According to the blog post, Lin stated that the cover artist, Sija Hong, captured “so many elements” such as, “the water lilies and lotus flowers, the carps and snakes, and then my main character Ning is in the center. Holding a teacup, wielding her magic. Scared, but defiant.”

Lin has stated that her novel will be filled to them brim with her love of “Taiwanese tea / HK Wuxia movies / Chinese Legends / Song Dynasty ~vibes~”

Cover artist is Hong and designer is Rich Deas. Lin’s duology will be titled “The Book Of Tea.”

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

A Magic Steeped In Poison by Judy I. Lin is set to be released March 22, 2022!

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Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz Cover Reveal

On March 30, revealed the sequel cover to Ortiz’s 2020 debut Blazewrath Games which will be titled, Dragonblood Ring, releasing October 2021!

Blazewrath Games is a YA Contemporary Fantasy novel where dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament. The series follows Lana Torres who longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first World Cup appearance. When she’s given the chance to compete, Lana realizes the safety of the cup is jeopardized and soon she’s navigating an international conspiracy.

Dragonblood Ring will continue Lana’s adventures established in Amparo’s first novel. With a blue backdrop, the sequel cover even shows a couple new dragons front and center.

Alongside the cover reveal was also an excerpt of the first chapter. Cover artist is Setor Fiadzigbey and designer is Melia Parsloe.

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay.

Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport. 

Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz is set to be released October 12, 2021!

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‘Shadow And Bone’ Official Trailer Revealed With Additional Stills

On March 30, Netflix officially revealed the full-length trailer to the highly-anticipated series Shadow And Bone, which is premiering April 23!

The trailer unveiled more details as to what viewers can expect for orphan Alina Starkov, a mapmaker in the First Army who soon discovers a magical power that can unite her country. She’s soon separated from her childhood friend joining the Grisha elite, but there’s mysterious forces in the background, such as team of thieves who are about to cause trouble for everyone involved.

The Six Of Crows storyline is given more of a spotlight featuring Kaz, Inej, Jesper, even hints as to Nina and Matthias. According to the trailer, the crows are given the opportunity to make 1 million kruge for capturing Alina, which establishes how their stories will intertwine. According to Entertainment Weekly the Crows will be tasked with “capturing the Sun Summoner and smuggling her across the Fold.”

Notable scenes from the trailer include a Alina with her sun summoner powers, her lesson with Baghra, General Kirigan (The Darkling) using his shadow-summoning abilities, even the crows in Ketterdam and the Shadow Fold (or Unsea). The trailer also revealed shots that highlight more of the setting from Ketterdam, to The Little Palace, Unsea, First Army camp and more.

Through a twitter thread, showrunner Eric Heisserer offers insight to exclusive photos that were also revealed across various outlets. The full trailer is available to watch through YouTube.

The show will be starring Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Ben Barnes (General Kirigan), and Archie Renaux (Mal Oretsev) from the original series. Next from the Six Of Crows cast there’s Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Amita Suman (Inej Ghafa). Including Nina Zenik (Danielle Galligan) and Matthias (Calahan Skogman).

Shadow And Bone is premiering on Netflix with 8 one-hour episodes.

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. 

Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo is out now!

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Adrienne Young Returning To Fable World In An Upcoming YA Fantasy Standalone

On March 26, Wednesday Books and Reese’s Book Club announced through Twitter that Adrienne Young will be releasing another novel set in the world of Fable during Fall 2021, which will be titled The Last Legacy.

The novel has been pitched as a story about “family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.” Focused on 18-year-old Bryn Roth, she is summoned by her uncle back to Bastian, where she is eager to prove herself and have a place among her long-lost family.

Fable follows the daughter of a powerful trader in the Narrows, who gets abandoned by her father on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. After joining forces with a young trader named West, she plans to find her father and ultimately earn her place beside him and his crew.

The Fable novels are a nautical, adventure fantasy series.

Cover designer is Kerri Resnick. Young is also the NYT Bestselling author of novels such as Sky In The Deep and The Girl The Sea Gave Back. The full summary for The Last Legacy is:

When a letter from her uncle Henrick arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows.

Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago.

With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young is set to be released September 7, 2021!