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After a million years of not participating in memes, I'm sort of back. Sort of. When I looked back, it was over two years ago. What happened in those two years?
- Completely brand new design (with a few tweaks from when I first made it)
- Every time I think about a makeover, I keep changing my mind. I mean, I'm really fond of this one.
- I got cobloggers in the form of Ella and Lupe (Ella got introduced. Lupe slipped in fashionably.)
- I'm also coblogging at In Wonderland with Stephanie and 5-6 other peeps
- Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 and I teamed up to bring Novel Newcomers, which features new book bloggers from the past year (I'm really excited about this one)
Anyways... onto our picks! It's Lupe's first time in the meme world. Applause ensues.
This week, Lupe is choosing The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead, the first in her new series, and I'm choosing Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, the sequel to Red Queen, which I adored. And if you keep up with Lupe's Fangirl Friday posts, she discusses her thoughts on the cover and her excitement for the series to come out this year.
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.
Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .
Unfortunately for Lupe, she'll have to wait longer than me for The Glittering Court to come out. Myself, on the other hand.... won't be waiting long for Glass Sword aside from the possibly long hold on the book in the library (unless Amanda Dolan is reading the book, then I'll choose the audiobook yet again).
Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
And now, over to you. What are you waiting for this week? And who's ready for Glass Sword like I am, or ready to be introduced to Richelle Mead's new world like Lupe? Link up, and we'll try our best to visit!