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Updates from the Lair 4/26/15

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Hi lovelies! I’m writing this from the fiancee’s house since I finally got to go out and visit him this weekend! We went shopping for simple wedding bands for the upcoming legal marriage ceremony, applied for our marriage certificate, and bought some new clothes to look nice even though it’s just a legality thing ;-). The semester is almost over and I’m so freaking excited!!!

My Week

UprootedI had a lot of insomnia this week, so one night I started Uprooted at about 3am and read until 6am! It is not middle grade as I thought from the cover, and instead is YA/bordering on adult fantasy with cool magic and a wizard. I haven’t had a chance to read much since that night, but I’m enjoying it quite a lot :D.

An Ember in the AshesI’m almost done with my audiobook of An Ember in the Ashes. It has wonderful narration and is pretty intense, but also depressing enough that I haven’t found myself looking for more listening time since it just kind of puts me in a stressed mood D:. I clearly need fluffy fantasy right now, ha.

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Heart of Betrayal ARC Giveaway

I’m very excited to have a hotly anticipated sequel to share with you today :D. I’ve finished The Heart of Betrayal and so that means it’s time for me to pass it on to you so that I can have an excuse to buy a pretty hardcover ;-). Don’t know what this epic YA fantasy series is about? Here’s book one’s blurb:

The Kiss of Deception

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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Dewey’s Read-a-thon is Today!

Dewey's Read-a-thon

It’s Read-a-thon Time!

So I love the idea of read-a-thons because I love the excuse to do nothing but read. However, my fiancee lives two hours away and so for the past three years, every Saturday has been spent hanging out with him because we don’t see each other during the week. He’s started working weekends lately though because of a change in his schedule. I carefully calculated which weekends he was scheduled to work and lo and behold Dewey’s Read-a-thon was finally at a time when I could prioritize reading!

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Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

Sci-fi And Fantasy Fridays

Link-up Your Sci-fi and Fantasy Reviews and Giveaways!

I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan, to the point that that is really all I read anymore. Therefore, I decided to start a weekly feature where I get all of you to gather the sf/f reviews and giveaways you’ve published and found so that we can all discover new books, blogs, and giveaways in our favorite genres!

Congrats to Kelly for winning last week, enjoy your books!! I’m getting to the point where I’ll need to be giving away boxes of these books soon, so keep your eye out for bigger ARC giveaways in the coming month ;-).

The Lost Planet Arclight Unremembered

Every week I’ll pick a random link and the email address that submitted that link will get $5 at Amazon or two ARCs from my SFFF-Books shelf!

Here are the more stringent rules concerning links for the giveaway:

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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey eARC {3 Stars}

The Girl at Midnight is a story of feathered and scaled beings living hidden alongside humans and the human girl that ends up in the middle of a war. While I initially thought The Girl at Midnight would be very atmospheric and mysterious, it turned out to be a pretty straightforward quest for the item of ultimate power that would save everything with some really age inappropriate romance thrown in for good measure. I had extremely high expectations for The Girl at Midnight, so I am definitely disappointed that it ended up being not AMAZING, but it is still a fun YA fantasy that could develop into a cool series.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Girl at Midnight from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey eARC {3 Stars}

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Published by Delacorte on April 28th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

3 Stars

Strengths:
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Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge eARC {4 Stars}

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is a retelling of Red Riding Hood with a whole lot of creepy and spooky thrown in for good measure. Crimson Bound stands separate from her previous novel, Cruel Beauty, so have no fear, you can read them in either order but you won’t be able to resist reading both eventually ;-). Hodge returns with another amazing world and magic that is just creepy enough for me to be hooked without completely scaring the bejeezus out of me! I did have a horrible dream where my hands wouldn’t stop tingling though, which I think we all know can be blamed on Crimson Bound’s secondary character who doesn’t have hands….

Note: I received an advanced copy of Crimson Bound from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge eARC {4 Stars}

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Published by Balzer & Bray on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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When Rachelle was fifteen, she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

4 Stars

Strengths:
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Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone Read-Along {Week 2}

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone Read-Along

Week Two!

We are on week two of our read-along of Two Serpents Rise, meaning we’ve read up to Chapter 29! Thanks to Lisa for this week’s questions :D. Spoilers below for those who haven’t read Two Serpents Rise!

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Updates from the Lair 4/19/15

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Blagh…. Grading is driving me nuts this week. Otherwise it’s been a pretty normal week. Except for the engagement ring breaking and the diamond falling out and getting lost…. It’s insured so we already brought the band in to be fixed but that was not a fun evening looking all over the apartment to see if we could find the diamond, sigh. Always get the insurance!!! You don’t think it’s a sign do you? >.>

My Week

The Grace of KingsI’ve only got a few hours left of reading for The Grace of Kings! The first half was pretty slow going, but the second half picks up quite a bit and actually focuses in on the main character instead of jumping between a million characters during a huge war.

An Ember in the AshesI snagged a review copy of the audiobook of An Ember in the Ashes and so started that this week. It’s cool so far, the narration is solid and the bad guys have magical parasitic masks of living metal! I haven’t gotten to the part that pushes this book into the 4.22 average rating on Goodreads, but I’m quite hopeful.

The Perilous Princess PlotI was in the mood to break from epic fantasy one evening and so picked up The Perilous Princess Plot for some light-hearted fun and it was perfect! There are so many puns, I was laughing non-stop :D. There are also footnotes about time-traveling goats! I’m laughing just remembering reading this book! It does have detached limbs in the illustrations though so not really sure what age group it would be best for.

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Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Off the Page ARC + Swag Box!

Off the Page Giveaway

I was very surprised last week to have a lovely box arrive with pink packing paper, a cookie, and an ARC of Jodi Picoult’s latest book! Off the Page is a companion to Between the Lines telling the story of what happens after a prince escapes from his book to live in the real world:

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes OFF THE PAGE, a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships.

Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. Includes twelve full-color illustrations, and black-and-white decorations throughout.

Full of humor and witty commentary about life, OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot are sure to appreciate this novel about love, romance, and relationships.

Sounds like a whole lot of fun right? :D I’m not only giving away the ARC with its pretty box, I’ll be including the entire swag box that came with it, including a postcard from the prince and all the pink scrunchy paper you could want ;-).

This giveaway will need to be US only because I’ll be paying the shipping costs. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and I’ll be checking entries so please don’t cheat!

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Good luck!
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {ARCs and $5 Giftcards Weekly!}

Sci-fi And Fantasy Fridays

Link-up Your Sci-fi and Fantasy Reviews and Giveaways!

I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan, to the point that that is really all I read anymore. Therefore, I decided to start a weekly feature where I get all of you to gather the sf/f reviews and giveaways you’ve published and found so that we can all discover new books, blogs, and giveaways in our favorite genres!

I ran enough behind this week that I’m still waiting to hear back from the winner ;-). But in the mean time, let’s add some books to the pile!

The Arctic Code The Midnight Witch The Perilous Princess Plot Flash Point

Every week I’ll pick a random link and the email address that submitted that link will get $5 at Amazon or two ARCs from my SFFF-Books shelf!

Here are the more stringent rules concerning links for the giveaway:

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