The Beast is An Animal

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Author: Peternelle van Arsdale
Publication Date: February 28
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: N/A

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul. 

I love any kind of fairytale retelling, but this one – which is so divorced from the traditional Beauty and the Beast – sounds fantastic. Not to mention, it comes out just in time to read it before going to see Disney’s remake starring Emma Watson (which will be perfect!!!)

The cover is perfect for this story I think. Its very beautiful, but at the same time somewhat haunting. Its a nice break from putting a generic stock photo model in a dress on all book covers.

Long May She Reign

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Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Publication Date: February 21
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: N/A

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown. 

I’m very excited about this book. Usually I don’t go for books because of something its been compared to, but The Queen of the Tearling and The Girl of Fire and Thorns are two of the best books I’ve read in the last year or so since I started paying more attention to what I was reading and blogging about it.

The synopsis itself excites me as well because of how completely absurd (and somewhat frightening it is) to consider the 23rd person in line becoming the queen. I love a book with a good political plot, following court drama from the POV of someone who seems to be an outsider.

I do really love the cover as well, its very magical and extravagant and I’m not exaggerating when I say I would be tempted to buy the book just for the cover.

Wintersong

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Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publication Date: February 7
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Series: N/A

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

This reminds me somewhat of Sun and Moon; Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, which is that it has a girl being married off to a monstrous character and I think it will be a very different story.

I’m not ashamed to say that one of the things that drew me to this book was the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous!!