Wednesday, 31 January 2018
WOW: Smoke in the Sun and Book Review: The Cruel Prince
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.
When the cover for this upcoming sequel dropped tongues wagged like crazy. It looked incredible and I'm looking forward to what this climatic finally will bring. Hurry up May 2018.
Release Date: May 3, 2018
Summary: The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.
Book Review: The Cruel Prince
Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of Air #1) by Holly Black
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Summary on Goodreads: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
The Cruel Prince is a tale best read at a slow pace to fully take in all the worldbuilding and intricate storytelling. Holly Black creates a world where the rules of the human world don't apply and princes can have legs of beasts. It starts off with a double murder and takes you deep into a world where life and death clash at a moment's notice. The Fae don't play fair no matter the rules and our main character Jude as a human risks all to belong and save those she cares about. If you enjoy deep storytelling this book is for you. Also if young adult books, fae, and Holly Black is your jam. I got an e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Stars
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