NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
The Winner’s Kiss by Maire Rutkoski
Publish date: 24 March 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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This review will have spoilers from the previous novels in the trilogy.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)
Publish date: 8 March 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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I love Cassandra Clare’s books. And after I waiting for Lady Midnight for over a year, I was pretty excited and had quite high expectations. Let me tell you: they have been met.
Lady Midnight was amazing! It is probably Clare’s best work to date and that is saying something. There was something about Lady Midnight that was different from her other books, something to do with the writing. I relished it.
Interview: Ordinary Aussie Author Amie Kaufman and Co-Writers Courted by Eric Balfour and Brad Pitt for TV and Film Deals, Talks the Surreality of Life Right Now
Amie Kaufman, as half of one writing duo with Meagan Spooner as the authors of the young adult fiction sci-fi trilogy These Broken Stars, and half of another writing duo with Jay Kristoff behind the Illuminae Files trilogy, you have had a pretty tremendous couple of years.
I really have! It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of good times -- I still find most of it hard to believe!
Before reading Illuminae, the first book in The Illuminae Files trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I seized a friend and made them flip through the pages. Before even thinking about the words delivered on the page, I was sucked in by the formatting and I had to show someone else. What we were seeing was words swirling off across the page, emulating fighter jets in flight and page upon page of photos that break your heart when you learn what they mean. Personally, I loved how words were sometimes used to create pictures. But never fear there is also plenty of normal-ish text to read (though some is redacted, including all swear words − to which you’ll find yourself trying to fill in the blanks and which somehow gives the missing words more power).