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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coming Attraction: The Summer Prince

It's probably a bit early to be posting this one, but I just couldn't wait. I've had my eye out for a book by Alaya Dawn Johnson for awhile now, ever since I reviewed her short story "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology. It was easily one of my favorite stories from the anthology, and one of the most overlooked, IMO; but the writing piqued my interest enough that I've been meaning to pick up a book by Alaya for some time. And then I found out about this, and knew this was the book I wanted to pick up.
The downside: It doesn't come out until March of 2013.
The upside: My birthday is March 1st, which means I now have a perfect excuse to pick this up...

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Expected publication: March 2013 by Scholastic
Four hundred years ago, the world ended. And now, on the coast of what was once called Brazil, women rule in the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três. The city's Queen only cedes her power to a man once every five years -- to a Summer King, whose story will grip the city like a fever.

For June Costa, art is everything. Her brilliant creations -- from murals and holograms to a delicate pattern of lights in her skin -- have impressed (and irritated) her classmates and teachers alike. Her dream is to win the prestigious Queen's Award, and the instant fame and success that come with it. It's a dream she never questions -- until she meets Enki. Enki, the newly-elected Summer King, is the hottest thing in Palmares Três. But when June sees Enki, she sees more than piercing amber eyes and a lethal samba: She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will create art that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, tragically in love with Enki.

Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.


  1. I want to read this, too! It appeals to me more than her adult vampire novels. I was a fan of hers back in the day when she had a pen name and wrote fanfic :)

  2. I don't even care what this is about. PRETTY.

  3. I also really enjoyed her short story... I read it twice ;)

    Mad Scientist @ Steampunkery & Book Reviews


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