September 27, 2020

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Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Top Ten Book Titles That Could Be Band Names

Book Titles That Could Be Band Names

It has been a while since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And yes, I know today is Sunday, but I missed a prompt today that I am just dying to do. Today is a good day for it. I’m revving up for a load of reviews but fell in between this weekend. So I’m going to run with it today. Some of these books are upcoming releases and some are already out in the wild. All of them are either loved or those I believe I will be loved, and definitely band worthy book titles. But of course, Leigh Barduogo will play a role, but not the one you might think. So let’s stage dive right in, shall we?


1. Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology #2) By Leigh Bardugo Goodreads LinkThe

*I’d also like to note the added benefit that Leigh Bardugo is a huge music fan. So, I think she would approve. Well. I hope*

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology, #2)


Rule of Wolves Summary:

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology.

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.


The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

Release Date: March 30, 2021

Publisher: Orion Books


2. These Violent Delights By Chloe Gong Goodreads Link

I am also thrilled to have the chance to interview Ms. Gong, which will post closer to publication

Opening Band: You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead… or My Bloody Valentine…

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

These Violent Delights Summary

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books


3. Dracula’s Child By Good By J.S. Barnes Goodreads Link

Opening band Venators Series by Devri Walls- Venators Magic Unleashed Review Link, Legends Rise Cover Reveal (paperback releases September 15th), Devri Walls Devri Walls Dreamcast

Dracula's Child

Dracula’s Child Summary

It has been some years since Jonathan and Mina Harker survived their ordeal in Transylvania and, vanquishing Count Dracula, returned to England to try and live ordinary lives. But shadows linger long in this world of blood feud and superstition – and, the older their son Quincy gets, the deeper the shadows that lengthen at the heart of the Harkers’ marriage. Jonathan has turned back to drink; Mina finds herself isolated inside the confines of her own family; Quincy himself struggles to live up to a family of such high renown. And when a gathering of old friends leads to an unexpected tragedy, the very particular wounds in the heart of the Harkers’ marriage are about to be exposed…

There is darkness both within the marriage and without – for, while Jonathan and Mina wrestle with the right way to raise a child while still recovering from the trauma of their past lives, a new evil is rising on the Continent. A naturalist is bringing a new species of bat back to London; two English gentlemen, on their separate tours of the continent, find a strange quixotic love for each other, and stumble into a calamity far worse than either has imagined; and the vestiges of something thought long-ago forgotten is, finally, beginning to stir…

Release Date: September 22, 2020 (Pushed Back from May 12th, which it still says on Goodreads)

Publisher: Titan Books


4. Ink in the Blood By Kim Smejkal– Review and Interview Link

Opening Band: Curse The Divine By Kim Smejkal Releases Feb 2021- Goodreads Link

Ink In the Blood Review Above

I described this book as … “If My Chemical Romance was a book…” And Ms. Smejka agreed. If that doesn’t make Ink in the Blood a book title that could be a bank name? Hack the post and delete it.

Publisher: HMH Books


5. I Come with Knives (Malus Domestica #2) By S.A. Hunt

Opening Bands: Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica #1) and up and coming band The Hellion (Malus Domestica #3)

In order to avoid spoilers- I am linking my review of Burn the Dark and my interview with the author, S.A. Hunt. You can find information, for those who have read Burn the Dark and/or I Come with Knives on Goodreads.

Also, concert scheduling note- I am featuring this series on September 28th during Sam’s @ The Book Wyrms Den Diversity Tour 

This is the link to all the tour information. And while the tour is full. Please follow it, retweet it, and support it. You can also support it by donating the books on the tour to Sam’s library. Multiple copies are welcome, so don’t worry about knowing who has already sent what!

Burn The Dark Review And S.A. Hunt Interview Above

 

Hellion Release Date: September 22, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books


6. A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Goodreads Link

Opening ACT: Shared Reading of A Deadly Class

A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)

A Deadly Education Summary

Learning has never been so deadly.

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.

Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Publisher: Del Rey


7.  Godsgrave By Jay Kristoff – Nevernight Dissertation Linked

For those that haven’t read the Nevernight Chronicles (I will not shame and bully you as I was, but protect you)- I have linked my Nevernight dissertation…

I mean review. And as a bonus- am providing the information we know, so far about Jay Kristoff’s new series, coming next year.

Opening Band: Empire of the Vampire, Of Course

Nevernight


Empire of Vampire (Empire of the Vampire #1) Summary Goodreads Link

Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1)

Not an official cover, obviously

Twenty-four years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michon, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell the story of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night, whose location is known to a single person: A smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior.

Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.

But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Redeemer destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this undying empire?

Release Date: September 16, 2021

Publisher: Harper Voyager


8. Dread Nation By Justina Ireland– Deathless Divide Review- SPOILERS FOR DREAD NATION

Opening Band: Deathless Divide, of course! 

Deathless Divide Review

Deathless Divide Review Above- Again, Spoilers For Dread Nation

Dread Nation By Justina Ireland– Goodreads Link

I already miss this series– there is an opening for a book three. PLEASE?!

Also, in my review of Deathless Divide is Sam’s review- and it is brilliant. Please check it out!


9. That Way Madness Lies Edited By Dahlia Adler Goodreads Link

Although the cover is not on Goodreads, Ms. Adler did officially announce it on Twitter. I just wanted to clarify that I am not putting anything out there that has not been officially announced!

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Opening Band: His Hideous Heart, of course!– Review Link Dahlia Adler Interview Link

 

That Way Madness Lies Summary

Fifteen acclaimed YA writers put their modern spin on William Shakespeare’s celebrated classics!

West Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!

Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining The Merchant of Venice), Kayla Ancrum (The Taming of the Shrew), Lily Anderson (All’s Well That Ends Well), Patrice Caldwell (Hamlet), Melissa Bashardoust (A Winter’s Tale), Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Much Ado About Nothing), Brittany Cavallaro (Sonnet 147), Joy McCullough (King Lear), Anna-Marie McLemore (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Samantha Mabry (Macbeth), Tochi Onyebuchi (Coriolanus), Mark Oshiro (Twelfth Night), Lindsay Smith (Julius Caesar), Kiersten White (Romeo and Juliet), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (The Tempest).

Release Date: March 16, 2021

Publisher: Flatiron Books


10.  Reverie by Ryan La Sala– Review Linked

Opening Band: Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala Because– Also- WHAT A NAME FOR A BAND?!

Reverie By Ryan La Sala

Be Dazzled Summary– Goodreads Link

Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making–for creation. He’s always chosen his art over everything–and everyone–else and is determined to make his mark at this year’s biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There’s only one small problem… Raffy’s ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition.

Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store–or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca’s insecurities and Raffy’s insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can’t ruin.

But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he’ll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he’s ever wanted: choosing his art, his way.

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Publisher: SourceBooks Fire


And There You Have It!

What do you think? Would any of these make your list? Have any that you would add??? What book titles would draw you to a band? Maybe I should do characters I would name my pet after next?!!! LOL

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