January 2019 Book Birthdays: 8 Books

Welcome to a new monthly installment! This originated as an anticipated new release list for the first half of 2019 but it was way too long, so I cut it down to the first quarter of 2019, and then I ultimately decided it was just more manageable for me to do this at the beginning of each month! This way it’s fresh in my mind and all the covers will be released and it will just be overall pleasant for everyone involved!

I have six books on this list ranging from middle grade, young adult, to adult (with the majority being YA this month). I am beyond excited for all of these books!

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

(These dates reflect US releases.)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (January 8)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Five years. That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished―the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box―she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it. 

Ok so I was completely enamored by this cover but briefly skimming the dozens of 5-star ratings has me convinced that I absolutely need this. I’m probably going to cry reading it, but what else is new!! Continue reading “January 2019 Book Birthdays: 8 Books”

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Discussion: What I’m Hoping For in Leigh Bardugo’s New Grishaverse Novel

Leigh Bardugo recently edged herself into my auto-buy author category, so naturally when all of Twitter informed me that her next Grishaverse edition, King of Scars, is expected in winter of 2019, I exploded.

King of Scars is an upcoming duology centered around Nikolai Lantsov, who makes appears in both of Bardugo’s Grishaverse series. Nikolai was first introduced in Siege and Storm as Sturmhond, a pirate/commander who is soon discovered to be the prince of Ravka. Later in the Grishaverse timeline, he makes an appearance in Crooked Kingdom.

While I was underwhelmed with Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, Nikolai was probably one of my favorite characters (and I’m definitely not alone). The ending of both Grishaverse series left some loose ends that I’m hoping to be furthered addressed in this new series.

Summary

“Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself.  But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.” (Source)

The rest of this post will contain spoilers.

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