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Half Wild by Sally Green Audiobook {4 Stars}

Half Wild by Sally Green is the sequel to dark fantasy Half Bad and continues Nathan’s rather dismissal adventures in trying to stay alive and maybe fight against the White Witches of England ;-). Fortunately, he has pretty awesome friend(s) to help him out and Half Wild actually has some big developments in terms of epic rebellions actually getting going! Unfortunately, a lot of other bad things happen to Nathan D: *hugs*. If you haven’t read book one, there will be spoilers below for it, so check out my mini-review of Half Bad instead :D.

Note: I received an audiobook copy of Half Wild from the publisher. Listening to a book significantly alters my experience with it.

Half Wild by Sally Green Audiobook {4 Stars}

Half Wild by Sally Green
Narrated by Carl Prekopp
(The Half Bad Trilogy #2)
Published by Viking Penguin on March 24th, 2015
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

4 Stars

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews is the eighth book in the Kate Daniels series, so definitely stop now if you don’t want to be spoiled, but know that this is an urban fantasy series you can’t miss! For those of you who have read most of the previous books, be prepared for a story that gets back to some good ol’ supernatural mystery solving while paving the groundwork for a damn epic showdown with Roland! Oh and sexy times ;-).

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

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #8)
Published by Ace on Aug. 4th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

4 Stars

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The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss – What Pet Should I Get Celebration

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Today I have a post that is a bit unusual for you all ;-). I grew up reading Dr. Seuss of course, my favorite was Red Fish, Blue Fish as I recall, and so I was thrilled to hear that a new book by Dr. Seuss had been discovered, complete with full illustrations and everything! Therefore, today I’m reviewing another of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful books, The King’s Stilts. This is actually not one that I was familiar with from my childhood, so it was a lot of fun to discover the joy of Dr. Seuss all over again and find a surprisingly interesting fantasy world to boot!

The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss – What Pet Should I Get Celebration

The King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss
Published by Random House on Oct. 12th, 1939
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 56 pages
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Celebrate the 75th birthday of Dr. Seuss's classic treatise on the importance of a balanced life with our Anniversary Edition featuring cover art from the books original publication! A Seussian spin on a conventional fairy tale, The King's Stilts is as topical today as when it was first published in 1939. It's the story of a devoted king who works hard and plays hard—and whose entire kingdom is threatened when his beloved stilts are stolen and he is too distraught to do his job. Written in prose instead of rhyme (unlike Seuss's later works), The King's Stilts nevertheless addresses subjects that we know Dr. Seuss was passionate about throughout his life: duty (as in Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg); the abuse of power (as in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Yertle the Turtle); deceit (as in The Bippolo Seed and How the Grinch Stole Christmas)--and even cats (as in The Cat in the Hat and I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today)! A perfect way to introduce new readers to an old classic, or to reward existing fans with a collectible new edition. Follow the Good Doctor's advice: After a hard day of work, have fun with a great book likeThe King's Stilts!

4 Stars

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Full Fathom Five Read-Along {Part 2}

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone Read-Along

Part Two!

Welcome back to another week of the Full Fathom Five read-along :D. If you haven’t started reading the Craft Sequence, be sure to check it out for an awesome mash-up of court-room/police drama and unique fantasy! There are spoilers below up through Chapter 32 of Full Fathom Five ;-). And don’t forget to join our SF/F Read-Along group to suggest books and join in!

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Updates from the Lair 7/26/15

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!). 

Hello lovely people! I’ve had a pretty typical week except for one big announcement: Brandon Sanderson is coming to my local indie store in October!!!!!!! :D I’m so pumped! I’ve met him once before but it was just a signing so I didn’t get to hear him speak and I freaking can’t wait! He seemed so nice at the signing and I would love to hear a more in-depth Q&A or whatever he decides to talk about :D. Let me know what questions I should ask ;-).

My Week

A Nearer MoonI read A Nearer Moon rather spontaneously this week and since it was such a short book, I’m already done! It is quite cute, though not as whimsical as I was hoping from the cover ;-). It’s still a nice read about sisters and water sprites though :D.

Supervillains AnonymousMy next e-read has been Supervillains Anonymous and it is lots of fun! I read the first book last year and it had such a killer cliffhanger that I had to request book two ;-). It’s fun to be finding out more about this tongue-in-cheek superhero-filled world and Gail is a great MC!

PrudencePrudence is my current audio and oh man it is so fun! Rue is freaking hilarious and her friends are absolutely great. The narration is also FABULOUS making it a super addicting listen. I definitely found myself vacuuming more than strictly necessary to keep listening :D. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I finish and have to wait for book two D:.

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What Happens When Heroes Grow Up – Max Gladstone {Guest Post + Giveaway}

Max Gladstone Guest Post and Giveaway

Guest Post by Max Gladstone + Giveaway!

Today I’m very excited to welcome Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence (which you should read asap!), as he discusses an idea behind his upcoming book Last First Snow. If you aren’t compelled to immediately order Last First Snow after reading this post, you can enter to win a copy as well :D. Also spoilers for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings below!

We have young champions aplenty—the boy wizard and the girl knight stand up to the Dark Lord, sacrifice what’s dearest to them, and save the world. So far, so good. We end up less a ring finger, an ancestral sword, an elder wand, a mentor or a parent or even two, but we can rebuild. We can make a better world out of the damage we inherited.

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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 Kristen for winning last week and enjoy your books! I’m still in the middle of moving and packing, but I saved out a couple of ARCs to add to the pile ;-)

The Deepest Night What's Left of Me

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 Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan ARC {3 Stars}

The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan is a fun middle grade adventure featuring weather magic and, you guessed it, a magical weatherbox ;-). The magic of The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox was unique, especially for a middle grade, however the writing lacked the humor or whimsy that I need to really enjoy a middle grade story. If you know a kid obsessed with weather though, this is the perfect book!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan ARC {3 Stars}

The Maloney's Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan
Published by Roaring Brook Press on July 28th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Neil and Liz measure their lives by the regularity of the seasons, until one year when autumn doesn’t arrive and all weather breaks loose.

Neil and Liz Maloney have a secret: Their father is the keeper of the Weatherbox, a magical phone booth that rings four times a year, signaling the changing of the seasons. But this summer when the family gathers to send off the season, the phone doesn’t ring and autumn does not arrive. Instead a mysterious tourist of magic shows up at their doorstep, along with two nonsensical hags and one cat-shaped bog beast. The only one not taken by surprise is their neighbor Mrs. Fitzgerald, who seems to be able to make the elements of weather itself do her bidding.

Now it’s up to Neil and Liz to discover the source of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s power and restore order to the climate.

3 Stars

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Daughter of Dusk ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne ARC

Daughter of Dusk

I’m really excited about this ARC giveaway because I was lucky enough to beta-read Daughter of Dusk and LOVED it so I’m pumped to share an ARC with you all! I picked up this ARC at ALA because I knew it would make for an extra special giveaway :D.

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The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove {4 Stars}

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove is the first in a fantasy series staring a young girl, a very intriguing world where time is broken, and a surprisingly sympathetic villain. Probably the most important thing to know about The Glass Sentence to begin is that it takes place in an alternate world where the world has broken into different Ages of time, some in the far past, some close to modern day, and some possibly in the far future. By moving physically, you move to how that area was at a time possibly different than the day the Great Disruption happened. If that premise doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will ;-). The Glass Sentence is pitched as a new Golden Compass and while I didn’t love it quite as much as Golden Compass, it is definitely in a similar “grown-up middle grade” vein where even I had to look up words and get a blankie to hide behind, but the main character is a pre-teen.

Note: I received a copy of The Glass Sentence from the publisher. This doesn’t affect my opinion.

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove {4 Stars}

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1)
Published by Viking Penguin on June 12th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 512 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

4 Stars

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