I’ve been kicking around post ideas in my head for a while now. For some time all I mostly did were weekly memes with a review thrown in every Friday. It felt stale, boring, and lacked originality. I began trying to come up with different post concepts and this one popped into my head late one evening as I watched Jon Snow do his brooding hero routine on my TV screen.
The idea is to spotlight a new or upcoming release every week. I hope to showcase mostly new/debut authors with this but there will certainly be some favorite or well-known authors thrown in as well. Lets give this a shot and see how it goes, shall we?
Title: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (expected trilogy)
Expected Publication: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.
The cover reveal for this book happened just last week and it is fabulous. The detail in the crown, the ashes falling down over the title, and the color scheme all come together for an eye catching cover. I can easily see people picking this book up just on the strength of it’s cover alone. It is an attention grabber!
The idea of an overthrown princess trying to win back her kingdom isn’t a new one. I even have my own WIP sitting around with the same general idea. Why is it done? Because many people, myself included, eat it up like candy. It’s fun and we love reading about evil being overthrown. Who wouldn’t? Here we have the princess whose mother was murdered and she has been physically (and probably mentally) abused over the last decade. Now she and a group of rebels have decided to take back the throne that was stolen from her. To say I’m on board would be an understatement. Gimme gimme!
“I write YA books and I’m also entrusted with taking care of other people’s children. I write books about girls who are strong in all different ways, usually with a healthy dollop of magic and a few dragons.
I live in NYC with my extraordinarily fluffy dog, Neville.”
I hope you enjoyed my first jaunt down Spotlight Lane! Join me again next week as I shine the light on another author.
What do you think about this book? Will you be reading it?