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Cover Color Guessing Game

One of my favorite things about series is the matching covers with beautiful variations on a theme. When the variation is the main color, I like to try to guess what the color scheme of the next book of a series is going to be :D. And now for the first time I’m letting you all in to the colorful craziness that is my brain to see what my current guesses are!

Complete Examples

Allegiant

Cover Color Guessing Divergent

I loved the blue, green, and orange background covers with the elements in the sky (though I’m still not sure why they are there >.>). I’m pretty sure I had a passing thought that the cover of Allegiant would be orange/red, or at least I like to think I did ;-).

Endsinger

Cover Color Guessing Lotus Wars

I was so freaking pumped when the cover to Endsinger was revealed because I definitely did guess that it would be yellow :D. I actually didn’t love Kinslayer’s cover at first, but my love of that book apparently made it grow on me and now I’m gleefully petting my copies of the first two as I wait to get my hands on Endsinger!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Cover Color Guessing Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I’ll be honest: I’ve never loved these covers. I just don’t get why they are a random girl with stuff on her face. However, I do love the color variations!

Guess with me!

Storm (Paper Gods #3)

Cover Color Guessing Paper Gods

I’ve been enjoying the Paper Gods series and the covers are gorgeous. The watercolor pastels obviously have to be continued to the third cover, but I’m thinking that it is going to be blue both because of the title Storm and because it would look pretty on my shelf ;-).

Bone Season #3

Cover Color Guessing Bone Season

I know I’m horrendously impatient that I’m already thinking about book three when Mime Order’s cover was just revealed, but it is just so much fun! This one I’m a bit stumped on since the blue and red mirror each other so nicely and there isn’t a third main color that clearly would work for the third book. I’m thinking though that they might take advantage of the gold designs in the first two and make the third cover gold with red and blue accents. Thoughts?

Throne of Glass #4

Cover Color Guessing Throne of Glass

Again with the impatience ;-). I love the rich, jewel tones of the Throne of Glass covers and am really hoping that book four is purple, probably partially because it is my favorite color, but it is also the color of royalty right? The series just wouldn’t be complete without a purple cover, ha. We should also see if we can guess what weapon will be on the cover, thoughts?? :D

What colors do you predict for these series? Feel free to guess something different than me ;-). What other series do you have guesses for??

My favorite reading spot -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!

Congrats to Brittany for winning last week and enjoy Jackaby and Exquisite Captive! As I’m continuing to try to cut down on ARC, we’re again going to do TWO books for US winners and here are the all new ones to choose from:

The Iron Trial Giveaway A Tale of Light and Shadow The Witch's Boy Clariel The Walled City

Yeah, you see my problem now eh?

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

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

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The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter {3.5 Stars}

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter is a historical fantasy that tells the story of a young man sort-of kicked out of magic school and a young woman determined to learn as much magic as she can despite women not being allowed to learn magic and having no magical abilities. The Midnight Queen is set in an alternative Regency-inspired setting where the Roman, Greek, and Norse gods are stilled worshipped in the areas we know as Britain and France, and of course where magic is very much existent and known to the populace. I loved the poetic writing of The Midnight Queen and found myself actually enjoying a Regency setting where I used to think I would never like more historical settings ;-).

Note: I received a copy of The Midnight Queen from the publisher. This did not influence my review.

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter {3.5 Stars}

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Published by Ace on Sept. 2nd, 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy
Length: 432 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented—and highest born—sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover…

Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.

Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father’s wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings.

Sophie and Gray’s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king’s closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost…

3.5 Stars

Strengths:
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Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell Cover Reveal + Sale!

Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell Cover

 Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell Cover!

My love for Tammy Blackwell’s books should be pretty well established at this point, but in case you need convincing, check out my reviews for the first in this series, Fragile Brilliance, and the first in her previous series, Destiny Binds, because I pretty much adore them both. I’m SO EXCITED for Infinite Harmony and you should be too because of this:
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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey {4 Stars}

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey is the heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding sequel to The 5th Wave. The aliens are meaner, the feels more devastating, and the plot even twistier if that is possible. The Infinite Sea is a book you need to deliberately schedule time for to avoid missing appointments or horrendously disrupting your sleep schedule. I seriously could not put down The Infinite Sea and then I noticed it was 3am. I called in sick to work (I really did have a headache from all the crying…) and finished it immediately. Due to the nature of these books, there will be major spoilers for The 5th Wave below.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey {4 Stars}

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #2)
Published by Putnam Juvenille on Sept. 16th, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Thriller, YA
Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

4 Stars

Strengths:
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5 Characters You Will Love, Hate Or Both in Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon Guest Post

Guest Post by Gideon Smith’s David Barnett

Today I’m thrilled to welcome David Barnett to the blog, author of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon which is released today! Brass Dragon is the sequel to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl so if you’re a fan of steampunk and pulp adventure stories, be sure to pick both up :D.

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett1) GIDEON SMITH
We need to talk about Gideon Smith. He’s one for the ladies, for sure – he’s tall, fit, has a shock of dark, curly hair which falls over the collars of his shirt. Good looking. Spent most of his life as a fisherman, working on his father’s trawler off Sandsend, a tiny village on the North Yorkshire coast of England, near Whitby. The thing with Gideon is that, at least in the first book, GIDEON SMITH and the MECHANICAL GIRL, he’s a little bit… naive, let’s say. Some people find that endearing. Others think this means he’s a bit of an idiot. Gideon dreamed of adventure, and in the first book he got it. What’s more, he was made the official Hero of the Empire after the events of that book. The hero business isn’t what he thought it was, when he was day-dreaming in Sandsend, though. For starters, people seem to die a lot more than in the stories. And what he’s asked to do on behalf of the British Government… well, Gideon’s basically a good guy. Some of it doesn’t chime too well with him. The more he learns, though, the more he realises at some point he’s going to have to be his own man, which is the journey he take in BRASS DRAGON.
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In a Handful of Dust ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

In a Handful of Dust ARC Giveaway!

In a Handful of DustI was lucky enough to snag an ARC of the much-anticipated and wonderfully-reviewed In a Handful of Dust and I want to share! If you haven’t read the prequel Not a Drop to Drink, it is a crazy intense post-apocalyptic tale and so so good, and I’ve heard similarly awesome things about In a Handful of Dust ;-). Fortunately, In a Handful of Dust is also set much later than Not a Drop to Drink so besides spoiling who survives for yourself, I’m told you can read them out of order fine (please correct me if I’m wrong!).
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Updates from the Lair 9/14/14

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!). 

Sooooooooo the big news this week is this:

Engagement Ring

Yup, the boy’s spontaneous anniversary trip to Niagara Falls was in fact much more devious and I said yes, so Mr. Boy is now Mr. Fiancee :). And the rest of this week has been full of school and work and two author signings (Sarah J. Maas and Melissa de la Cruz) so you can understand that I’m ridiculously exhausted and haven’t read as much as hoped, haha.

(P.S. No there isn’t a date yet and no I haven’t started actually planning anything because omg classes are trying to kill me and I’m not going to think about stressing over another thing until May when I’m done with classes forever! :D)

My Week

I’ve mostly been just making progress on the books started last week and should be finishing my beta read of the sequel to Midnight Thief in the next day or two. I have as of this writing read the first page of Young Elites though and I’m really excited to read the rest :D.

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The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

The Martian by Andy Weir has been slowly generating buzz among my sci-fi loving friends, so I absolutely had to see what the excitement was all about and I can definitely see why now! The Martian was so wonderfully realistic that I had to keep reminding myself that humans haven’t walked on Mars yet so there was no way that this story could be true no matter how convinced I was. It is very clear that Weir invested an absurd amount of research into The Martian, and that, along with a really funny main character, is why diehard sci-fi fans will love it.

The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

The Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Crown on February 11th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Length: 369 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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 Erin for winning last week’s giveaway and enjoy The Falconer and Echoes of Us :D. It’s a bit of a slow time for ARCs since we’re between big catalogue pushes, so I’ve pulled a few from the BEA stack that I just won’t be able to get to and we’ll continue with a US winner choosing TWO ARCs instead of one this week :D. Here’s what’s new:

The Eye of Zoltar Age of Iron Jackaby

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

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

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