Melissa de la Cruz, whose latest novel, The Ring and the Crown, comes out in April, shares which new books she's looking forward to reading in the coming months.
My latest novel, The Ring and the Crown, is an alternate historical fantasy that imagines a world in which the sun has never set on the British Empire, where Avalon is real, and the British won the French crown in 1429 and defeated the American rebels in 1776. The Franco-British empire is the most powerful one the world has ever seen, and at the turn of the twentieth century, its fate is in the hands of Princess Marie-Victoria, a sickly, weak seventeen-year-old girl who longs for a smaller, simpler life.
The book was inspired by The Ambassadors, about rich American girls coming to London to secure titled husbands, War and Peace, about court life and noble courtship, and The Mists of Avalon, with its formidable sorceresses and forbidden love. I wanted to write a book that contained all these elements and introduced a dynamic set of four main characters—the reluctant princess, the woman scorned, the social climber, and the wily enchantress.
Their lives and loves are played out in an epic story of love, war, magic, and fabulous dresses and parties. My publisher and I have nicknamed it Glam of Thrones—it is a frothy, delicious concoction, a magical soap opera, and the most fun book I've written yet.
I hope you enjoy it, and here are a few books that I am looking forward to enjoying this spring.
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl I'm a huge fan of Beautiful Creatures and the lyrical and deeply affecting writing in Garcia and Stohl's Southern Gothic tale. I am counting down the days to see what Ridley and Link are up to in the spinoff. Narrated by my favorite character in the series, bad-girl Ridley and set in the mean streets of New York, it's bound to be wickedly good fun from the powerhouse duo.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo I was captivated by the Grisha trilogy and its sumptuous landscape of alternate-fantasy Russia (Ravka) as well as the twisted love triangle between brave but wounded Alina, handsome, fearless Mal and the seductive Darkling. I can't wait to see how it all ends—and I have to be honest, I'm worried for them. Bardugo has promised a satisfying ending with a high body count. Eep!
Dangerous by Shannon Hale The heroine is named Maisie Danger Brown (Danger is her middle name--SOLD!) in a thrilling science-fiction tale from the acclaimed author of The Goose Girl. I love Shannon Hale's smart, resilient, and lovable heroines and can't wait to see what she has in store for us in this end-of-the-world alien apocalypse story.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han Han's Shug is one of my all-time favorite romances—incredibly sweet and sad at the same time, like the end of a summer day. In her latest, inspired by her own true life experience, Lara Jean writes letters to all the boys she's had unrequited crushes on, to let them know she's moved on. When the letters are accidentally mailed to the boys, she has to deal with the fallout—and I can't help but imagine, a few delicious surprises.