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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

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The first in an immersive fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction—from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

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Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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    Cimone Watson It's a little early to judge whether the book is cliche. And some black girls want to read swoony romances about black girls! I get what you're…moreIt's a little early to judge whether the book is cliche. And some black girls want to read swoony romances about black girls! I get what you're saying, really, but you really don't know how these tropes are going to be handled until you read it, and unless they're tropes that are problematic in themselves, I don't see reason to be so skeptical right off the bat. Besides, this has to do with West African folklore, which is becoming more prominent in YA, but we really didn't see it a lot for most of the 2010s. There was, and still is, lots of European-based fantasy. Some people don't get that black people want to geek out over stuff sometimes. Yes, social issues affect us, but that isn't our whole lives. Some of us are nerds and like speculative fiction and are happy to see people who look like us getting the full swoony-YA treatment. (Obviously, you can read books about and by black people if you aren't black, too.)(less)
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    Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
    Plot: sounds amazing
    Cover: so pretty
    Title: DEAR GOD WHY WON'T THIS "[BLANK] OF [BLANK] AND [BLANK]" NAMING TREND DIE
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    wow! i love the title and its synopsis sounds so interesting ...more
    Book Belle
    Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Oh, god.

    This book.

    GUYS, *this book*.

    Why are you even reading this review when you could be using that time to add this book to your TBR, yell about how EPIC it sounds to your friends, and countdown to the day you can preorder?

    What a vivid and heartbreaking story about a beautiful badass Black princess and a poor refugee boy (who is a soft cinnamon roll). I am so delighted I got to read this book and that soon everyone else will, too. I hope Karina and Malik steal your heart as much as they
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    Athena
    The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.

    Wow, what an immersive world the author has created! First of all, the world-building is outstanding. Inspired by West African folklore, the world is vivid and lush. I always felt like I was there, staring in awe at this beautiful diverse city of Ziran. The fantastical elements were extremely well done, and the author weaved them in the culture, mythology, and
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    Hannah
    Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorite-ya
    Roseanne tweeted, “My dream in life is for everything I write to have that Saturday morning cartoon/shounen anime energy.” She has definitely accomplished her dream. There have been YA titles recently that have fell flat for me (I’ve talked about “tweet-like books” that are incredibly fast-paced but hold little substance in other reviews of titles that have let me down) but A Song of Wraiths and Ruin just fills me with joy over the future of YA fantasy.

    This book is feminist as heck. Brown does
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    Kilikina
    This book literally sounds like it was made just for me. EASILY in my top 5 my most anticipated books for 2020. It sounds absolutely incredible, and I have the highest of hopes.
    The Artisan Geek
    Nov 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
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    Honestly can't say no to any West and North African folklore at this point! Can't wait!!


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    Hannah F. Whitten
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book SO MUCH. The narrative voice is fresh and unique, and the world and characters are all so layered and three-dimensional. And the PLOT. I was screeching at my kindle through the last 10% of this book, and I desperately need the sequel now. High fantasy lovers, keep your eye on this one.
    ♠ TABI ♠
    Jun 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: edelweiss
    k but a song wraiths sing is like this horrific shrieking, right?? so of course there's gonna be ruin
    Minca Huiberts
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-as-ebook
    Thanks Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for an e-arc!

    As from the beginning of the story, the world, in which Malik and Karina both live, is very well written and developed in the first few chapters. Not only the world itself, also the differences between Malik’s suppressed society and Karina’s royal life but while missing her father and sister who have passed away and soon to be followed her mother. The gravity of the situation is well represented in the city’s streets and further on also in the
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    Jenny
    Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Do you love soft boys and strong girls? Do you long for fantasy that features characters of color and a vivid world filled with African influences? You've come to the right place!

    I was super fortunate to have read one of the earlier drafts in progress and wow - I was absolutely blown away. Having grown up absolutely devouring fantasy stories , I always wanted to see fantasy done without your traditional Eurocentric aesthetics. This satisfied all my cravings - an action-packed fantasy story that
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    Ashlee » Library In The Country
    This title is badass and I want to read this now.
    Aless {the introvert reads}
    Jan 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: new-releases
    A beautiful cover, a beautiful title, an intriguing synopsis, and it's written by an author of color? Oh heck yes. Added to anticipated releases!
    Rena Barron
    Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A Song of Wraiths and Ruin sounds sooo good. It's at the top of my 2020 reading list. Can't wait!
    Dana Swift
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I had the privilege of reading an Advance Reader Copy of this book and it was amazing!
    The world was so unique and interesting and the characters even more so. No often do you see main male leads like Malik, who are not just soft, but sensitive, family oriented and cope with mental illness in a powerful and inspiring way.

    Other things I loved:
    The story telling themes of the book
    The woven history of the land and how it influences the present conflict
    The intensity of said conflict ALL the way
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    Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book rocked my world!
    Sabi
    Jan 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
    That cover is gorgeous ...more
    Emily T
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I got to read an early copy of this book and it was a treat! Avoiding spoilers, I completely fell for this book the moment Karina showed herself to be my favorite kind of delightful mess in a wonderfully cringe-inducing scene that left me saying, "Oh, honey, nooo!" while Malik is SUCH a doll I just wanted to take him home and make him a cup of cocoa. Roseanne Brown has crafted two main characters who feel so authentic, fresh, and flawed in the best of ways, you can't help but root for them and ...more
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    Taschima
    Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I'm already stressed from the summary alone ...more
    Ricky
    Jan 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
    The author herself comps this to Miles Morales.

    I immediately get some strong Children of Blood and Bone vibes.

    Sign me up!!

    (Also, sorry, SJM, but this is now the best fantasy novel to use "Ruin" in the title. Sorry, I don't make the rules! Lol.)
    Amanda
    Sep 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    This sounds really cool. It is so weird that I'm already adding a 2020 releases shelf.
    Laura
    Oct 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
    THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE BETS IN HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS EXCEPT WITH KILLING EACH OTHER, AND I CAN'T WAIT.
    Crystal
    Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Seriously cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book!!! Definitely my most anticipated 2020 read!
    Ameema Saeed
    A sweeping fantasy in the vein of Children of Blood & Bone, and Game of Thrones. I fell into this story very quickly, and didn’t want to leave it! With a fascinating world, and compelling characters, I can’t wait to see this story continue to grow!
    Nadhira Satria
    Feb 20, 2020 is currently reading it
    Shelves: most-anticipated
    GOT APPROVED BY EDELWEISS. LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOO
    Doris Raines
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK. LOTS TO READ THANKS.
    Shorouk Abd Elhamed
    Jan 06, 2020 marked it as anticipated-2020
    Pre reading:
    Okay I am boring but the cover
    also fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore!! in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction
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