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The Red Palace by June Hur Cover Reveal

On March 22, June Hur revealed the cover to her upcoming Historical Fiction Mystery novel titled The Red Palace through Twitter, which is being released early 2022!

Hur has pitched her novel as a “romantic YA historical mystery about a palace nurse and a royal investigator teaming up to look into a pattern of grisly murders when the Crown Prince becomes the prime suspect.”

The Red Palace will feature “a tragic crown prince, slow-burn romance, and a killer on the loose,” according to her cover reveal tweet.

Cover artist is Sunga Park and designer is Liz Dresner. Hur is an author of historical mystery novels and began writing after “obsessing over books about Joseon Korea.” Novels include The Silence Of Bones and The Forest Of Stolen Girls.

June Hur, critically acclaimed author of The Silence of Bones and The Forest of Stolen Girls, returns with The Red Palace—a third evocative, atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kerri Maniscalco.

To enter the palace means to walk a path stained in blood…

Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, eighteen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. All she wants is to keep her head down, do a good job, and perhaps finally win her estranged father’s approval.

But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders four women in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher’s innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.

In her hunt for the truth, she encounters Eojin, a young police inspector also searching for the killer. When evidence begins to point to the Crown Prince himself as the murderer, Hyeon and Eojin must work together to search the darkest corners of the palace to uncover the deadly secrets behind the bloodshed.

The Red Palace by June Hur is set to be released January 25, 2022!

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Young Adult Book Cover Reveals For Late May & Early June!

Today on The Booked Shelf we’ll be highlighting the fantastic cover reveals from the last few weeks!

1. Ravage The Dark by Tara Sim

On May 26, The NOVL revealed the cover to Ravage The Dark which is the sequel and conclusion to Tara Sim’s Scavenge The Stars which released earlier in January 2020. Alongside the cover reveal, was a summary:

For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor’s ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough. She has people counting on her; counting on her for protection, for leadership, for vengeance. And after escaping Moray by the skin of her teeth, she’s determined to track down the man who betrayed her and her friends: Boon.

Cayo Mercado has lost everything: his money, his father, his reputation. Everything except his beloved sister. But he’s well on his way to losing her, too, with no way to afford the treatment for her deadly illness. In a foreign empire also being consumed by ash fever, Cayo has no choice but to join Amaya in uncovering the mystery of the counterfeit currency, the fever, and how his father was involved in their creation. But Cayo still hasn’t forgiven Amaya for her earlier deception, and their complicated feelings for each other are getting harder and harder to ignore.

Through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other.

Ravage The Dark by Tara Sim is set to be released March 2021!

2. Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney

The Root revealed the cover to L.L. McKinney’s upcoming graphic novel called Nubia: Real One on May 28. Alongside McKinney Nubia will have Black creatives such as artist Robyn Smith for illustrations and colorist Brie Henderson.

According to the article Smith stated, “Young black girls and their influence on art and culture has always been present but for the most part goes uncredited. I’d tell all the young black girls interested in art to take hold of what they create and keep going. Push past the discouragement of underrepresentation. Tell your stories because we need them.”

Nubia is considered to be one of the first Black women superheroes from DC Comics. Alongside the cover reveal was also an exclusive look at the art. Here’s the full summary:

Can you be a hero…if society doesn’t see you as a person?

Nubia has always been a little bit…different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor’s cat. But, despite having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. And even if she was, they wouldn’t want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she’s reminded of how people see her; as a threat. Her Moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can’t deny the fire within her, even if she’s a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst.

When Nubia’s best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all—her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class—to become the hero society tells her she isn’t.

Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney, Brie Henderson, and Robyn Smith is set to be released February 2, 2021!

3. The Forest Of Stolen Girls by June Hur

June Hur revealed via her Twitter, the cover to her next YA historical mystery novel titled, The Forest Of Stolen Girls on June 8. The cover illustrator is Pedro Tapa. Her Here’s the full summary:

Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest, near a gruesome crime scene. The only thing they remember: Their captor wore a painted-white mask.

To escape the haunting memories of this incident, the family flees their hometown. Years later, Detective Min—Hwani’s father—learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared under similar circumstances, and so he returns to their hometown to investigate… only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village—and reconnects with her now estranged sister—Hwani comes to realize that the answer lies within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

The Forest Of Stolen Girls by June Hur is set to be released April 2021!

4. Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales

On June 8 via Gonzales Twitter revealed the cover to her upcoming YA Contemporary titled, Perfect On Paper. Cover designer is Jonathan Bush. Here’s the full summary:

Everyone in school knows about Locker 89. If you slip a letter in outlining your relationship woes, along with a fiver, an anonymous source will email you with the best advice you’ve ever gotten.

Darcy Phillips, a quiet, sweet junior, is safe in the knowledge no one knows she’s the genius behind locker 89. Until Brougham, a senior, catches her.

The deal Brougham offers is tempting: in exchange for his silence–and a generous coach’s fee to sweeten the deal–Darcy can become Brougham’s personal dating coach to help him get his ex-girlfriend back.

And as for Darcy, well, she has a fairly good reason to want to keep her anonymity. Because she has another secret. Not too long ago, she abused locker 89 to sabotage the budding romance of her best friend, Brooke. Brooke, who Darcy’s been in love with for a year now.

Yeah. Brooke can’t find out about that. No matter what.

Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales is set to be released March 2021!

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Young Adult Book Cover Reveals For June 17 & 18!

Throughout the these past couple days, there have been tons of cover reveals for upcoming Young Adult & crossover fantasy titles!

1. The Silence Of Bones by June Hur

Via the Fierce Reads website, on June 17 the cover for June Hur’s historical murder-mystery set in 1800’s Korea, The Silence Of Bones was revealed! The article also shared a note from Hur on the cover and her inspiration for her novel.

The Silence Of Bones by June Hur is set to be released April 21, 2020!

2. A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell

This upcoming anthology features 16 stories featuring “prominent authors of color”and Bustle revealed the cover alongside the introduction to the anthology from Caldwell!

A Phoenix First Must Burn is a science fiction-fantasy anthology that will spotlight Black girls and non-conforming teens.

The anthology will feature authors such as Elizabeth Acevedo, Somaiya Daud, Rebecca Roanhorse, and more!

A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell is set to be released March 10, 2020!

3.Empire Of Dreams by Rae Carson

Revealed through Carson’s twitter on June 17, was the cover for her next fantasy novel Empire Of Dreams!

Carson will return to the world of The Girl Of Fire And Thorns in this standalone fantasy.

Empire Of Dreams by Rae Carson is set to be released February 4, 2020!

*Date to be confirmed b/c Carson’s twitter says April 2020, while Goodreads and other retailers say Feb. 2020!

4. Realm Of Ash by Tasha Suri

On June 18, Book Riot revealed the cover for Tasha Suri’s upcoming epic fantasy novel, Realm Of Ash which is the sequel to Empire Of Sand!

This upcoming sequel is set to focus on Arwa, Mehr’s sister from Empire Of Sand.

Suri shared on twitter that Realm will feature “politics, betrayal, curmudgeonly old women, gentle ravenclaw princes (1), blood, fury, pigeons (mostly pigeons), and finding your way home…”

Realm Of Ash by Tasha Suri is set to be released November 12, 2019!

5. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

The sequel to Duncan’s gothic fantasy debut, Wicked Saints had its cover reveal through Paste Magazine on June 18!

Alongside the reveal to Ruthless Gods, an excerpt was also revealed.

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan is set to be released April 7, 2020!