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Updates from the Lair 8/30/15

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!). 

What a week! I think I’m figuring out how to balance working and reading better since I both feel good about the grad school work I got done and finished up two books that I had been currently reading for a while. Starting Wednesday though, hubby was off work and we started the great unpacking. Then a contractor came out to try to find and fill the holes the mice might be getting into and found some rather horrible things hiding on the drop-ceiling tiles in the basement…. We found the mouse family nest and one and a half birds…. Yeah, not so fun. I’m typing this as I’m waiting for the cleaning people to finish taking out every single ceiling tile and insulation in the basement, woot woot.

My Week

The Fifth SeasonOh my god this booooooooook! I’m listening to the audio of The Fifth Season and it is AMAZEBALLS! I’ve always loved Jemisin’s unique style and beautiful writing and amazing ideas, but she is seriously taking it to the next level with this trilogy. Also the narration is fantastic and spot on so this is definitely an audiobook to pick up asap!

Zer0esIt took me a while to get back to and into Zer0es but I’m starting to really enjoy it. The characters are definitely a bit abrasive, but I like edgy and imperfect characters, so that’s not really a problem for me ;-). So far I approve of all the words used to discuss hacking too :D.

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Planning to Pillage – ALA Part 3

Planning to Pillage

Planning to Pillage is my way of showcasing books that I’m excited about for one reason or another. They may have recently shown up in my mail, they may have just gotten a cover, I may have recently requested them. No matter the case, they are books I think you should have on your radar too!

It’s time for another edition of awesome books that I learned about at ALA and have to tell you about :D. This time we’ve gotten into the stack that came with me in the suitcase because I couldn’t bear the thought of losing them *pets the precious*.

(Covers link to Goodreads so you can add these too!)

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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!

Hey loves, sorry this is a bit late, still in the middle of house stuff! I am caught up on sending out prizes though :D. Enjoy your books Steph! Today I’m really excited to add two recent and awesome releases to the list:

Supersymmetry 

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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Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first few chapters. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson is the eagerly awaited sequel to The Alloy of Law and the perfect opportunity for me to use Just Hatched for the OTHER purpose I’ve always intended it: letting me gush about books a ways before their publication date so that you know ASAP how good they are :D. You don’t need to worry about spoilers for The Alloy of Law, since I want to push both books on you while you have time to catch up!

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

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #5)
Published by Tor Books on Oct. 6th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.

5 Stars

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Supersymmetry by David Walton Guest Post + Giveaway! (INT!)

Supersymmetry by David Walton

Supersymmetry by David Walton

Pyr is one of my favorite publishing houses because they strike a brilliant combination of innovative ideas and traditional polish to bring the best sci-fi and fantasy they can though it isn’t always what you are expecting. Therefore, I was thrilled to hear about Supersymmetry and couldn’t resist hosting author David Walton to discuss hard science fiction! Don’t miss the international giveaway of Supersymmetry at the bottom!
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A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder eARC {3 Stars}

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder is the story of sisters in a magical river valley determined to help each other no matter the costs, oh and did I mention one set are sprites? :D I’ve been excited for A Nearer Moon ever since I saw that gorgeous cover, and I might still need to buy a copy just to have such a pretty thing on my shelf, but I was a bit disappointed that A Nearer Moon ended up being just another cute middle grade instead of whatever perfection I had been expecting. Young readers, fan of sisters and sprites, and parents reading to children will find A Nearer Moon delightful and fast, but don’t fall into the high expectation trap that I did.

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

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder eARC {3 Stars}

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on Sept. 8th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 160 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery—and the existence of magic—could mean the difference between life and death in this elegant, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.

Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.

Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.

But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…

3 Stars

Strengths:
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Updates from the Lair 8/23/15

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!). 

I’m slowly climbing back into a normal routine all! We still have a crazy amount of unpacking to do (not helped by the husband working twelve-hour nights this weekend), but it’s at the point where we can live in the house and just walk around the remaining boxes, haha. I even bought some potted flowers to put outside :D. I haven’t gotten a whole lot of reading done again since I’m trying to prioritize working and unpacking, but audiobooks are still the best! We’re heading out to Minnesota at the end of this coming week to meet with all our vendors for the wedding reception, so hopefully I’ll get in some reading then ;-).

Also, any of you have a hybrid Chevy or Ford and have opinions on it? I need a new car….

My Week

Shadows of Self*pets the precious* I’m currently slowly getting through Shadows of Self and loving every stolen minute of it! You know you’re tired when you can’t keep your eyes open to keep reading Sanderson…. But I’m seriously loving this book even more than Alloy of Law and you all should get on that pre-ordering asap.

The Fifth SeasonI’m currently listening to The Fifth Season and oh my god it rocks so much! The narration is fantastic, to the point that I haven’t sped it up like I normally do because I want to savor every sentence. The premise is so so cool and Jemisin has done it again with her unique mix of amazing worlds, refreshingly original writing style, and epic plot. Go listen to this book!

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Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay {4 Stars}

Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay is an intriguing reverse-portal fantasy that ponders the question what would happen if a prince from a fantasy world stumbled into our world? There is of course also a fun mystery and shenanigans in Villain Keeper, but I was continuously enthralled by the realistic way that McKay imagined how people would really react to a young boy claiming he’s a prince from a magical land. Also there are dragons and really beautiful chapter headers, so how can you go wrong ;-).

Note: I received a copy of Villain Keeper from the author. 

Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay {4 Stars}

Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay (The Last Dragon Charmer #1)
Published by HarperCollins on Feb. 3rd, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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The first book in an epic new series for fans of The School for Good and Evil and The Land of Stories.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of slaying a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Great Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons.

Or so he thinks. The longer Caden spends in Asheville, the more he comes to realize that there is unexpected and dangerous magic in this strange land. There just may be dragons here, too. But what if Caden's destiny isn't to slay a dragon, after all?

4 Stars

Strengths:
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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 Steph for winning last week’s giveaway! Enjoy your books (that I will be sending out soon >.>). It’s very good that I took this week off from the blog because it has been a mad house of unpacking and cleaning the old apartment and I’m still feeling rather scattered! However, I went through and figured out which books are actually still physically present (since sometimes I forget to mark that they have departed my possession….) and have some fun titles to add to the giveaway stack :D.

Clariel  Armada

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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Updates from the Lair 8/16/15

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!). 

Oh man loves, packing is exhausting! I’ve done a lot of packing and moving in my adult life, but it has always been my meager belongings and a few pieces of furniture once I moved into a real apartment. Now that I’m moving with the hubby, omg he has so much stuff! I just have the kitchen left to pack and he’s moving the furniture in a van on Saturday, but I haven’t had much time at all for reviews, so the blog will be on hiatus this week until Friday! There will be a SFFFriday though since why not ;-).

My Week

Shattered PillarsI’ve basically only had time for audiobooks this week, so I started Shattered Pillars on audio and am loving being back in this world. This is probably the soonest I’ve ever started a sequel after the first book on audio, so it feels very much like a continuation of the first book and I haven’t forgotten anything :D.

The Night CircusI also started listening to The Night Circus, but I had the settings wrong on the audio so it lost my place when I paused it D:. I’m about a chapter in though and fixed the settings, so I’ll continue it after I finish Shattered Pillars ;-).

Zer0esFinally, I finished my last eARC and so started Zer0es! This is my first Wendig book and I’m getting used to his style, but I love the premise, so I’m excited :). I wish I had more to say but I’ve literally only read the first few pages, haha. I am planning on doing a recap for this one though so I’m reading more closely.

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