A weekly post that highlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.
There are two picks this week that I’m really excited about reading.
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytales, Magical Realism, Young Adult
Published: June 28th 2016 by 47North
Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.
When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.
During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.
From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.
A while back I read Holmberg’s Paper Magician series and while it had some flaws I found that I really enjoyed her quirky writing style, the way she came up with ideas that were new and her own, that she was also unafraid to use an idea that might be considered silly, even, and go with it. I will pretty much read anything by her, so I’m really excited for this title.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Fairytales
Published: July 7th 2016 by Clean Reads
At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into a genie and imprisoned in a bottle. For a thousand years, she fulfills the wishes of greedy masters—building their palaces, lining their pockets with gold, and granting them every earthly pleasure. All that sustains her is the hope of finding Karim, the boy she fell in love with as a human. When at last she finds a note from her beloved, she confirms he has access to the elixir of life and that he still searches for her.
But someone else also hunts her. Faruq—the man who plots to use her powers to murder and seize the life forces of others—is just one step behind her. With the help of a kind master named Nathan, Adeelah continues to search for Karim while trying to evade Faruq. To complicate matters, she begins to experience growing fatigue and pain after conjuring, and finds herself struggling against an undeniable attraction to Nathan.
As Faruq closes in, Adeelah must decide just how much she’ll risk to protect Nathan and be with Karim forever. How much power does she really have to change her future, and what is she willing to sacrifice for an eternity of love? If she makes the wrong choice, the deaths of many will be on her hands.
I’m looking forward to this read, for starters the cover is absolutely beautiful but the tale itself sounds interesting, too. I love anything genie related, and I’m excited that more middle-eastern books are cropping up.