Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Finds and New Reads

Friday Finds and New Reads

This is where I talk about new books that really stand out to me or sound unique, and what new books I have to read or will be getting soon.

 I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far! It always seems to be a crazy time of the year with so much activity and fun things to do. And reading has become one of those things for me. So let's get to it.

First up today we have The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson:

Summary: Four hundred years ago, the world ended. And now, on the coast of what was once called Brazil, women rule in the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três. The city's Queen only cedes her power to a man once every five years -- to a Summer King, whose story will grip the city like a fever.

For June Costa, art is everything. Her brilliant creations -- from murals and holograms to a delicate pattern of lights in her skin -- have impressed (and irritated) her classmates and teachers alike. Her dream is to win the prestigious Queen's Award, and the instant fame and success that come with it. It's a dream she never questions -- until she meets Enki. Enki, the newly-elected Summer King, is the hottest thing in Palmares Três. But when June sees Enki, she sees more than piercing amber eyes and a lethal samba: She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will create art that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, tragically in love with Enki.

Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

I definitely wanted to read this the moment I read the description. It sounds so unique and fast paced and fun. A high fantasy world with intrigue and so much more. Oh, and isn't this cover gorgeous! I also hope that there will be more and won't just be a stand-alone *crosses fingers*

And next we have Dualed by Elsie Chapman:

Summary: Would you live through the ultimate test of survival?

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Not only does this have an amazing cover, but it also has a pretty fantastic premise. I'm more than a little excited about this one and can't wait to get my hands on it!

And now for some new reads:


What I am and will be reading:

Arise by Tara Hudson

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Once by Anna Carey

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Up for review:

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  

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