Have I made it completely clear to everyone how much I love These feathered flames? Because if not, hi! I am beyond in love with everything about this YA debut! From the complicated sister bonding to the mysterious and unique magic this world brings to the sapphic angst.
As it is one of my absolute favourites of 2021 already, I think it’s safe to say I about dropped dead when Alexandra Overy contacted me for the cover reveal of the sequel! These feathered flames ended on a note that gives This cursed crown SO much potential (and me SO much stress), and I’m dying to see where Asya’s and Izaveta’s stories will take us!
This cover is absolutely stunning, so what if we just take a look at it? Let me introduce you to These feathered flames again first though!
A queer retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale.
When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.
But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.
As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.
Why you should pick it up
- an intriguing and unique magic system
- beautiful prose
- high stakes plot
- complicated sister bonding
- sapphic enemies to lovers I REPEAT SAPPHIC ENEMIES TO LOVERS
- three dimensional characters
- they’re charming yet morally grey
- build up oh my–
- twists twists twists!!
- cliffhanger that’ll leave you craving for more
- emotionally damaged birds (Asya and I…get it? ‘Cause she’s the Firebird and I’m Birdie? Yeah!!!)
Now, let’s not beat around the bush anymore, shall we? I mean, I’ve been DYING to show you this! Here it is, in all its glory, the cover for This cursed crown by Alexandra Overy!
This cover was illustrated by Marisa Aragón Ware!
Isn’t it drop-dead gorgeous? I love all the details of the actual story that are reflected in this cover! “Magic demands sacrifice” and oh my am I not ready!
So mark your calendars y’all, because the beauty that is This cursed crown will be releasing April 5th, 2022! I can’t wait!
I hope you’re all as in love with this cover as I am! And if you haven’t picked up These feathered flames yet, what are you waiting for! I for one urge you to read it and anticipate its sequel with me! So yes, This cursed crown will DEFINITELY be on my most anticipated reads of 2022 list, but what’s a sequel YOU are dying to read?