Cover Reveal | Piper Prince by Amber Argyle

Piper Prince by Amber ArgyleTitle: Piper Prince
Series: Forbidden Forest #2
Author: Amber Argyle
Release Date: April 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pre-order links:
Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis:
All magic is light. If that light be darkened, shadow and punishment come.

Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, a curse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between the humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing.

Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse.

But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intent on keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.

First book in Forbidden Forest series:
Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle

About The Author:
Amber ArgyleBestselling author, Amber Argyle, writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She’s fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.

To receive her starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: http://amberargyle.com/freebooks/

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4 Fantasy Book Series I have Only Discovered This Year via Twitter

There were many book series we can binge-read, most of them were even turned into movies. Sadly, we cannot know it all. But one of the perks of being socially active in Twitter is discovering books and having an interest to read said books. I am not talking about those that were newly released because that’s given already, but books that were actually published a few years back.

And this 2018, I’ve learned four Fantasy book series that most of you might have already read, but lucky me because I am just uncovering these books for the very first time.

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie1. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie | Amazon • Book Depository
2. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie Amazon • Book Depository
3. Half a War by Joe AbercrombieAmazon • Book Depository

Shattered Sea trilogy tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king. Born with a crippled hand, he can never live up to his father’s expectations of what a real man should be and his destiny is not the throne but the Ministry, not the sword and shield but the book and the soft word spoken. But when his father and brother are killed, Yarvi is propelled to kingship and must sit in the Black Chair, between gods and men, and half a man must find a way to rule as half a king.

I’ve learned about this series via @NatashaBardon’s tweet:

Themis Files Trilogy by Sylvain Neuvel1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel | Amazon • Book Depository
2. Walking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | 
Amazon • Book Depository
3. Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel | 
Amazon • Book Depository

Themis Files trilogy begins with Sleeping Giants. It follows a group of scientists, led by a physicist named Rose Franklin, as they track down and assemble a giant robot of mysterious origins, scattered across the Earth.

I’ve first learned about this series when Sarah from @thebooktraveler recommended the audiobooks:

The Girl of Fire & Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson | Amazon • Book Depository
2. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson | 
Amazon • Book Depository
3. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson |
 Amazon • Book Depository
(Note: Buy links for these new cover editions will be available 7/23/19)

Girl of Fire & Thorns trilogy is about an insecure princess with an unclear destiny who becomes a secret bride, a revolutionary, a queen, and—finally—the champion her world so desperately needs. Her future is unknown and her potential is tremendous—even if she doesn’t realize it. A sweeping fantasy series about a young woman finding her true strength, perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

I haven’t heard about this series since just recently when author, @raecarson shared the new cover editions on her twitter:

Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve.png1. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve | Amazon • Book Depository
2. Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve |
 Amazon • Book Depository
3. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve | 
Amazon • Book Depository
4. A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve | Amazon • Book Depository
(Note: You can pre-order the Mortal Engines Quartet box set in hardback releasing 11/1/18 here: AmazonBook DepositoryWordery or the illustrated here: Book Depository)

Mortal Engines quartet / The Hungry City Chronicles is a series set in a post-apocalyptic world where Earth has been reduced to wasteland by a devastating conflict known as the Sixty Minute War. To escape the earthquakes, volcanoes, and other instabilities, a Nomad leader called Nikola Quercus installed huge engines and wheels on London, and enabled it to dismantle (or eat) other cities for resources. The technology rapidly spread, and evolved into what is known as Municipal Darwinism.

A few months back, @scholasticuk reveal the new covers, designed by Scholastic’s Jamie Gregory and illustrated by sci-fi artist Ian McQue:

BOOK FLASH: Mortal Engines in theaters December 14, 2018. Watch the new trailer here:

Discussion Time
How about you? Do you have any book series discovered recently? Let me know in the comments below!

 

The Cosmic Change of Friendship by Maura Milan

Ignite The Stars by Maura MilanIgnite the Stars by Maura Milan
Series: Ignite the Stars #1
Published by: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Synopsis:
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine.Behind The Pages With Maura MilanTale Out Loud is here again to bring you another wonderful special guest at Behind The Pages! So, let’s all welcome Maura Milan!

She is a Filipino debut young-adult author whose book was released last month. One of the central theme in her book, Ignite the Stars, is friendship and in today’s author guest post, she’ll talk about her own experience and why female friendship is important.


THE COSMIC CHANGE OF FRIENDSHIP

The female friendships in my life have been some of the most epic relationships of my entire life. Starting with my childhood best friend, who I shared everything with: Goosebumps books, ugly scrunchies, and our love for the movie Free Willy. To my best girlfriend in high school, who I dyed my hair with; I chose teal blue, and she chose a more a flattering reddish brown. We got our first cellphones together and texted each other’s <3’s. And now all the girlfriends I’ve found as an adult, who were there for me after the worst breakups of my life, who picked me up when I was putty, I owe so much to them, and I continue to cheer for because I just love them so much.

That’s why it was so important for me to spotlight female friendship in Ignite the Stars. Ia and Brinn are the ride-or-die kind. But they don’t start out that way. Ia has been fighting against the Commonwealth for years; she wants to tear it down because she doesn’t believe in its policies and their ways of doing things. Whereas Brinn is the complete opposite; she’s patriotic and believes in all the Commonwealth ideals. So the two are on completely different sides. I also want to point out that there’s no right or wrong side—that’s not the point of the story or of this friendship. The point is the change that happens when they come into each other’s lives. These characters are poking holes into the other’s beliefs, and they have no choice but to form new ideas because of it.

There’s certain friendships that don’t start off completely safe; the kind that challenge each person to think outside the box. And if they’re lucky, something new between the two people will develop—and that’s respect.

That’s the kind of friendship that Ia and Brinn have. It was really fun writing these two, and their friendship will continue to evolve even in book two. I’m excited for everyone to real all about it!

About The Author:
Maura MilanMaura Milan currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found hanging out in cafes and drinking matcha lattes. In her free time, Maura enjoys watching Korean dramas and hanging out with her schipperke, Thor, who she believes should become a professional comedian.

She has also placed a number of short films in festivals all over the United States and her most notable short film, “Crocodile” is based on her days running around the Australian outback during her summer vacations visiting the Aussie side of her family.

Follow Marie Muara Milan:
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Pre-order + Swag Giveaway Incentives (January-April 2019)

Did you like the previous pre-order campaign lists I made just for you?

Hope they’ve help you a lot because today marks the start of me, sharing the Swag Party for 2019 new book releases. I know I’ve convinced you to stretch out your grabby crabby hands to get all the amazing books out there for the past few months but AGAIN, I want to spice up your cozy bookish nook and add some more pinch of sweetness to your lovely reading life!

So, if you pre-ordered and haven’t send your proof of purchase, don’t worry because you ain’t late for the party yet! Just follow the details’ links. Or if there’s a book you know that is not in this list, comment below and I’ll add them up.Tale Out Loud DividerEven If I Fall by Abigail JohnsonEven If I Fall by Abigail Johnson
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Pre-order links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Wordery

Pre-order and you’ll get (INT’L):
📖 Bookmark
📖 Signed bookplate
📖 Cloud charm necklace with quote card (US only)
📖 Digital copy of the original flash fiction piece that inspired Even If I Fall
Details here


The Winter of the Witch by Katherine ArdenThe Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Pre-order Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Pre-order and you’ll get:
📖 Signed bookplate
Details here


Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn MarshSong of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Pre-order links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Pre-order and you’ll get (INT’L):
📖 Signed Song of the Dead bookmark
📖 An 11×17 beautiful map of the world of the Reign of the Fallen series (art by Jessica Khoury)
📖 4 new character cards including everyone’s favorite bear, Lysander! (art by Jo Painter)
Details here


The Birds, the Bees, and You and MeThe Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Pre-order Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Pre-order at One More Page and you’ll get:
📖 Enamel pins
Details here


King of ScarsKing of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Pre-order links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Pre-order and you’ll get:
📖 King of Scars enamel pin (US only)
📖 Win an exclusive print signed by author Leigh Bardugo featuring new character art of Nikolai Lantsov by artist Kevin Wada (UK only through Waterstones)
Details here


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Pre-order links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Pre-order and you’ll get:
📖 The Priory of the Orange Tree exclusive signed poster
Details here

Freebie Wallpaper | Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Last month, I joined the blog tour for Mirage (full review here). There’s this line in the end that kinda stuck with me and I think these words hold so much power to anyone who will going to read it. So today, I’m sharing it to everyone through a free downloadable wallpaper.  Hope you’ll like it! And if you do, drop your comments down below. I would love to hear from you!Tale Out Loud DividerMirage by Somaiya DaudMirage by Somaiya Daud
Series: Mirage #1
Published by: Flatiron Books
Publication date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pre-order Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Waterstones

Synopsis:
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty―and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and one wrong move could lead to her death…Mirage Wallpaper

Mirage Wallpaper Preview1680 x 1050 | 1920 x 1200 | 2560 x 1400 | iPhone

Credit: Vectors used from Visnezh at Freepik. Thank you so much!

Cover Reveal | Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
Title: Teeth in the Mist
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Release Date: June 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Horror-Fantasy

Synopsis:
A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of Faust, spans generations as an ancient evil is uncovered—perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs.

Seventeen-year-old Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember—so she and her best friend Poulton decide to explore the ruins. But are they really alone in the house?

In 1851, sixteen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward—one of three, all with their own secrets. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

This haunting horror and captivating mystery redefines the horror and fantasy space.

About The Author:
Dawn KutagichDawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide.

Her debut novel, The Dead House, was a YALSA Top 10 Pick, An Audie Award Nominee and an Earphone Award Winner. It has been optioned for TV by Lime Productions. She is also the author of The Creeper Man / And the Trees Crept InNAIDA and the forthcoming Teeth in the Mist, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Orion Children’s Books. If you enjoy a creeping chill along your spine, mystery and little bit of terror, then you’re in the right place!

Follow Dawn Kurtagich:
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