Summer 2018 HarperCollins Releases I'm Excited For

Friday, 20 October 2017
So HarperCollins recently did a massive amount of cover reveals, so I feel like I should go through them and point out some of my favourites for you all!

1) Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett 

Summary: They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father, the former royal Master of Horse, after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now, Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt.

Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals, like the horses she rides. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who would assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death, and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of a remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king, and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Why I'm Excited: Firstly, that is one long synopsis. Second, she can influence the minds of animals, which if pulled off well (I'm really hoping this isn't cliche and boring) might actually make this book interesting and stand out from the mass pool of YA fantasy that is honestly starting to all sound the same apart from the diverse novels.

2) My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Summary: You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights

Why I'm Excited: Because I love these authors and they can do no wrong in my eyes. If you enjoyed My Lady Jane then you will definitely want to check this one out! Also, I am totally up for a good, creative Jane Eyre retelling.

3) Contagion by Erin Bowman

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Thea Sadik has landed a dream internship working with Dr. Lisbeth Tarlow, a renowned scientist. But when her ship is ordered to respond to a distress call, she and the rest of her crew discover horrors beyond their wildest nightmares.

Every member of the Black Quarry project appears to be dead. The only clue left to shed light on what could have decimated an entire project is a three-line message, written in blood. When one of their own is injured and presents strange symptoms, they realize that he’s been infected by a contagion—but instead of killing him, it consumes him, taking over his body and his mind until he is nothing more than a host for the parasite, rabid and eager to infect others. And the Black Quarry crew? Turns out they’re not quite dead after all.

Now Thea is in a race against the clock to escape the contagion and its victims—and not everyone will make it off the planet alive.

Why I'm Excited: I'm a massive Erin Bowman fan, and this is another one of those books whose Pinterest board I've been eyeing up for a while. If you've read the Taken trilogy and/or Vengeance Road, then you know that Erin is a great writer, and I'm also a massive sucker for a good sci-fi book. There aren't enough in YA.

4) These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Summary: Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Why I'm Excited: Pirates.

Honestly, everything else kind of seemed boring or like something I've read/seen before. Maybe my mind will change once people start to get ARCs and such, but as for now, I am not really too interested in anything else from Harper for Summer 2018. I guess I'm just hard to impress when there's so much slush in YA. 💁

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