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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood of a Thousand Stars & The Cruel Prince

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date:  January 2nd, 2018
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

So when THE Leigh Bardugo tells you that a book is amazing and that it's the first faerie book she ever loved, you know you need to read it.

Basically, I'm sold :) I can't wait to dig into this beauty!

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 
Connect with Holly: Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Tumblr  

Blood of a Thousand Stars (Empress of a Thousand Skies #2) by Rhoda Belleza
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date:  February 20th, 2018
War tears the galaxy apart, power tests the limits of family, and violence gives way to freedom in this exhilarating sequel to Empress of a Thousand Skies.


With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.


Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.


Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering—and erasing—the princess she once was.


Villainous media star Nero is out for blood, and he’ll go to any means necessary to control the galaxy.

Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe.

Rhoda Belleza has clearly been blessed by the cover gods, because wow, this one is just as gorgeous as the first!

Also, I absolutely adored Empress of a Thousand Skies so I cannot wait to get my hands on this stunning sequel :D

Rhoda Belleza was raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up writing XFiles fanfiction and stuffing her face with avocados. When she's not writing, Rhoda obsesses over nail art tutorials, watches kung fu movies, and sews together crooked things that pass for clothes. She's a children's editor at a publishing house and writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment stuffed far too many bikes and far too many shoes. Empress of a Thousand Skies is her debut novel.
Connect with Rhoda: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Are these books on your TBR? Or is this the first time you're hearing about them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! :)


  1. I wanna read them both!! Seriously, they sound SO good and I hope you get to enjoy the reads :D

    Thanks for sharing, here's my WoW!

  2. OOh nice picks! Seeing a lot of Holly Black's new book! I'll admit I am intrigued with that one! Never did read Empress of a Thousand Skies, but this series sure does have amazing covers!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. OOH, we almost had twin picks this week---I very nearly picked Blood of a Thousand Stars. :D So excited for this sequel, book one was so good! I'll admit that the only Holly Black books I've ever read were the Spiderwick Chronicles--now I'll go hide in a corner. xD Cruel Prince looks very good, though!

  4. I just finished Empress of a Thousand Skies last week and am definitely anxious to get my hands on the next book. The Cruel Prince is new to me but it sounds incredible! My WoW.

  5. Wow wow wow great picks!! I absolutely LOVE the covers, especially the second one. Wow!
    Hope you enjoy them when you read them, Brittany :)
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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  6. The Cruel Prince sounds sooo good! I haven't read Empress of a Thousand Stars yet, but it's on my TBR list for one day. lol! Great picks!

  7. The Cruel Prince sounds so good! I've yet to read Empress of a Thousand Stars, so I'm going to skip over reading that synopsis to be on the safe side, haha - but I love the cover Blood of a Thousand Stars. Great picks! :)

  8. WOW!!!!
    I recently saw the hype for this on Twitter, and both of are on the top of my tbr for 2017!!!
    I cannot wait to read them!
    Good choice Brittany! :)
    I hope you enjoy them!

  9. Oh, I love these two covers a whole bunch :D Both books sounds so interesting too. Curious about them both :D Lovely picks Brittany. <3 Hope you will love them so so much :)

  10. I have a copy of Empress but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. I really hope its good because I kind of want to buy the second book just because the cover is pretty. Great choices this week :)
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  11. Yes, yes, yes! Great picks, I'm so excited for both books ��! Happy reading ❤️

  12. That first one is new to me and sounds really good! Thanks so much for visiting my Wednesday post earlier!

  13. I have yet to read anything by Holly Black and I have heard some great things. This new one sounds interesting and I will definitely be adding it to my TBR. I really need to start EOATS soon. I can't believe book 2 is already upon us. Thanks for sharing these. :)

  14. Both books sound super amazing, I really can't wait to read them, I hope you like them when you read them!

  15. Blood of a Thousand Stars looks fabulous, love that cover. and The cruel Prince does too, plus Holly Black- I haven't read her yet. I know she does a lot of these faerie type stories though and I'm intrigued.

  16. Oooh! Both books sound great, especially Blood of a Thousand Stars! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  17. I am so excited for The Cruel Prince! I am writing a book rn with faeries so I consider it as research haha. I have read one book by Holly Black and I remember enjoying it so I am excited.
    Also, the cover for Blood of a Thousand Stars is bloody fabulous. (notice the pun. ok i'll stop)
    Prabhleen @ Booksarelife987

  18. I'm excited for both of these too. Plus, those covers are so beautiful! <3
    Megan @

  19. I'm 110% horrible and STILL haven't read Empress of a Thousand Skies but I REALLY NEED TO!!!! It's definitely on my Summer TBR. That sequel cover is absolutely beautiful! I love it - especially all these space/star/nova designs.

    I haven't heard of Holly Black's new book, but it sounds intriguing. I'm a bit iffy after seeing mixed reviews of her previous books, but if Leigh Bardugo recs it, I'm obviously gonna pick it up. :D

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author