Cover Reveal! Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

I am so excited to be able to share this cover reveal with you guys! An awesome new graphic novel will be coming out this fall on October 13th. It is available for pre-order right now so make sure to check out the links below. Without further ado…. the cover for Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater.

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Look at how gorgeous this art is! I am really looking forward to reading this graphic novel. I adore Maggie Stiefvater so I’m thrilled that she is branching out and writing a graphic novel.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem unearth the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. For their last summer before college, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined.

While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is a story of shadows literal and imagined—and those that take form and haunt us.

About Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels ShiverLingerForever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in the Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. Her latest book is All the Crooked Saints, which became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem:

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist working predominately in comics and illustration. Beem’s past comics credits include Adventure Time, and The Family Trade, among others. She has worked with some of the biggest comics publishers in the industry including DC, Boom! Studios and Image Comics.
About DC
DC is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC UNIVERSE subscription streaming service. For more information, visit dccomics.com.

Links To Preorder

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And to entice you further… check out more of the stunning illustrations you will find inside the book.

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Shelf Control – December 15, 2016

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


10626594Title: The Scorpio Races
Author:   Maggie Stiefvater
Published: October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
Length: 409 Pages

Goodreads Summary: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: Fall 2015… I think…

Why I Want To Read It: I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and had started The Raven Cycle series by the same author and knew I wanted to read everything that she has written so I bought it but for some reason just haven’t gotten around to it  yet. I’m really hoping to get to this early in 2017 because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

17378527The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

439 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

Review: Wow!  This book was everything I could have asked for in this series finale.  The adventure of a lifetime for these characters and being able to go along for the ride was awesome.  There was such an array of emotions throughout this entire book.  And the ending… oh that ending!  I really am a bit speechless still and I finished this book over a month ago.  The final pieces of the puzzle fall into place and it’s just amazing to see the whole thing come together.  I absolutely love these characters and the story of the coolest friendship anyone could have.

5/5 Stars

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

17378508Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press

391 Pages

Goodreads Summary: There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Review: This book has yet again reminded me how much I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.  Everything is told in such flowing detail that losing yourself in the story is no problem at all.  The characters feel like they are your own personal friends.  This story was a bit centralized around Blue, which I loved because she is just so rad.  It was interesting to see her character expand and come into her own now that she feels as though she belongs.  She has seemingly found her place with her friends.  The amount of adventure in this story reaches a new high and brings a lot of emotion to the table.

5/5 Stars

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

17347389The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2)

Published September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press

437 Pages

Goodreads Summary: If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

Do NOT read this review if you have not read The Raven Boys yet.

Review: When I started reading this book, Ronan was probably my least favorite of the Raven Boys.  He just seemed so, so angry and explosive for no reason.  But then getting into the story and reading more about him and diving deeper into his character, I grew to love him!  He is probably the most complex character in the series and I loved being able to get to know him better.  See the things that make him the way he is.  Like the first book, The Raven Boys, the writing was beautiful and so imaginative.  One of my favorite things about this series is that Maggie writes it in a way that makes it very easy to visualize the scene taking place.  I think her work as an artist helps with that a lot.  I love the whole concept of the Greywaren and the things that Ronan can do.  I don’t really know what else to say without giving things away.  So just go read it already! 🙂

5/5 Stars