And it's that time of the week again! So what am I waiting on this week?
BEYOND THE RED by AVA JAE
Summary: Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.
Published: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
First of all, isn't that cover just BEAUTIFUL?! The twin suns, the vibrant red of the sands? Total cover porn.
Next, did someone mention aliens? And humans? Living on the same planet together? Oh my... that's a war waiting to happen right there! Also, Eros sounds delicious. I'm extremely confident that I shall be adding him to my jar of already overflowing book-boyfriends very soon. Kora sounds like she's going to rock everyone's socks off. As BTR touches on subjects such as sexism, I am intrigued in seeing how Kora reacts to it.
Needless to say, I shall be requesting this book the very moment ARCs appear at Sky Pony Press. Very good feelings about this book, and it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a good ol' story that involves our extraterrestrial neighbors.
Interested in reading more about BEYOND THE RED? You can read my interview with the lovely Ava Jae herself right HERE!
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