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Coming Soon: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Title: Royal Bastards

Author: Andrew Shvarts

Series: N/A (as of yet)

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Release Date: May 30, 2017

The Overview: Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children. At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children. -Goodreads

Nik’s Notes:

Royal Bastards is one of those books I had to resist from requesting on NetGalley (if you caught my ARC Management Tips: How to Avoid Over-Requesting post, you’ll understand why this is a big deal). It just looks so dang interesting! But luckily the release date is not that far off. It appeals to me on a few levels – the summary makes it sound cheeky, the context of the story promises a lot of mischief, and the overall “feel” I’m getting from the book is making me reminiscent of Locke Lamora (Lynch), Kvothe (Rothfuss), and Jimmy the Hand (Feist). It’s probably a little unfair to expect so much from a YA debut, but if it’s half as good as these other works, I’ll be happy. :)

Has anyone read this yet? Thoughts??

 by Niki Hawkes

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Coming Soon: Apex by Mercedes Lackey

Title: Apex

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Series: Hunter #3

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Release Date: September 5, 2017

The Overview: Joy has had to make a lot of adjustments since joining the Elite Command. Always being on call to Hunt monsters with her pack of magical Hounds is something she’s used to, but the politics of Apex City are harder to get a handle on–and may pose the bigger threat. Joy already lost Josh because she couldn’t be sure whether he was more her boyfriend or a potential Psimon spy. She couldn’t risk being the weak point that would allow the powerful and corrupt PsiCorps to take down the Hunters, their chief rivals for defenders of Apex City. -Goodreads

Nik’s Notes:

Mercedes Lackey strikes again!! Hunter and Elite are easily my favorite YA releases from the last couple of years. They have interesting characters, great action, awesome fantasy elements (with a slight dystopian twist), and a storyline revolving in no small part around competition. I totally devoured them, and have been waiting impatiently all year for the next book. If you need me, I’ll be stalking the author and Netgalley for an ARC.

WHO ELSE IS EXCITED?!!

by Niki Hawkes

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Coming soon: Elite by Mercedes Lackey

September 6, 2016

Title: Elite

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Series: Hunter #2

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Release Date: September 6, 2016

The Overview: Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city’s Prefect, may make that impossible. In addition to her new duties as one of the Elite, Joy is covertly running patrols in the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters. Her new assignment takes a dark turn when she finds a body in the sewers: a Psimon with no apparent injury or cause of death…Goodreads

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Mercedes Lackey strikes again!! Hunter is easily one of my favorite YA releases from the last couple of years. It had interesting characters, great action, awesome fantasy elements (with a slight dystopian twist), and a storyline revolving in no small part around competition. I totally devoured it, and have been waiting impatiently all year for the next book. It has been a painful wait, but now Elite is coming out soon and I’m thrilled!

What book are you waiting on?

by Niki Hawkes