Awesome book cover Friday: Wings of Fire

Happy Friday! Today’s book cover pick is Wings of Fire #2: The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland.

Wings of Fire hardcover

Here’s a description:

The WINGS OF FIRE saga continues with a thrilling underwater adventure — and a mystery that will change everything!

The lost heir to the SeaWing throne is going home at last …

She can’t believe it’s finally happening. Tsunami and her fellow dragonets of destiny are journeying under the water to the great SeaWing Kingdom. Stolen as an egg from the royal hatchery, Tsunami is eager to meet her future subjects and reunite with her mother, Queen Coral.

But Tsunami’s triumphant return doesn’t go quite the way she’d imagined. Queen Coral welcomes her with open wings, but a mysterious assassin has been killing off the queen’s heirs for years, and Tsunami may be the next target. The dragonets came to the SeaWings for protection, but this ocean hides secrets, betrayal — and perhaps even death.

Wings of Fire is for young readers, ages 8 and up, and this is the second book in the fantasy-adventure series.

I don’t have a complicated reason for choosing this cover — I just like it! It’s a nice illustration, and, well, dragons are cool.

What do you think? Do you like it? Any plans for the weekend?

Taking destiny into our own hands: a review of Brave Story

Though a child of man knows time, life itself is eternal.

Brave Story by Miyuki MiyabeNote: This review contains minor spoilers.

The tale of Brave Story comes packaged in a gorgeously illustrated, colorful jacket that hints at the adventure awaiting readers courageous enough to delve into the book’s 800-plus pages (if that’s even a concern for you). It’s a meaty story, written by female Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe and translated by Alexander O. Smith. In ways, it reminds me of The Neverending Story (one of my favorite books), but I think it’s much more rich and real than that.

Brave Story is a ghost legend, fantasy epic, and heartbreaking family drama all in one. Part One deals with a typical Japanese haunting and — who would have guessed? — video games since the main character, Waturu, and his best friend Katchan are kids. Then it veers off into much harder-hitting territory than the simple fun and worries of childhood: divorce, a difficult betrayal for any family.

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