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Three Parts Dead Read-Along {Week 3}

Three Parts Dead Read Along

Week 3!

It’s the final week of the Three Parts Dead read-along! Well, it was last week actually, but I got behind so I’m doing it this week :D. Since there will be spoilers below if you haven’t read Three Parts Dead, let me just say that it is a very unique fantasy world crossed with a legal thriller plot and you should definitely check it out if that sounds intriguing!
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Updates from the Lair 3/29/15

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!). 

Yey for another crazy week! Between late nights working and migraines, I didn’t have any time to myself to get much reading or blogging done. I had been hoping to get caught up this weekend, but the weekend is ending up devoted to grading and homework with a bit of hanging out with friends thrown in to keep me sane. Seems like this is just going to be the norm for the rest of the semester….

My Week

Crimson Bound I made a bit of progress in Crimson Bound and have gotten enough information about the magic that I’m quite intrigued! I’m being pulled right back into a cool and unique magical world with enough inspiration from Red Riding Hood to be cool, but not so much that things feel predictable. Really this is more the story of what happens after Red Riding Hood meets the wolf >.>.

Half BadI finished my audiobook of Half Bad this week and ended up quite enjoying it. It wasn’t as depressing as I worried it would be and proved to be nicely unpredictable with cool magic and a delightful narrator. I definitely recommend the audiobook if you’re curious about it!

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When should we send publicists review links?

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Sending Publicists Review Links

As I stumbled along figuring out this whole reviewing thing, one thing that eventually came up is emailing in reviews to publicists. You should definitely do this if you receive a physical ARC, and it is a strategy some bloggers use even when they didn’t receive the book for review since it can get you onto a publicist’s radar. I thought I had things all figured out; I’d write up my review, schedule it, email the publicist attached to the ARC the link and pat myself on the back. However, I never used to think about WHEN I should send in those review links….

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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!

Wow this week seriously got away from me! But I have a shiny ARC of a very cool hard sci-fi to tempt you with :D. I read Stone in the Sky and LOVED it and honestly you can just right in without reading the (less fun) first book ;-).

Stone in the Sky

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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Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks ARC {5 Stars}

Finding Serendipity by Angelic Banks is a charming middle grade story of a girl discovering the true magic of words in the world created by her mother’s fantasy series! Finding Serendipity has everything that I love in a middle grade: writing that will appeal to both younger and more “mature” children (hehe), whimsy, illustrations, and a unique idea with a strong heroine to adventure with! Apparently Angelica Banks is actual a pseudonym for two writers from Tasmania who decided to give children’s books a try and I’m so thrilled that they did :D. (Just so you know, Finding Serendipity was the book I read while I was sitting around in the hospital, so my experience was probably a bit influenced by that ;-).)

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

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks ARC {5 Stars}

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on Feb 3rd, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday’s mother—the famous author Serendipity Smith—has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End.

5 Stars

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Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy is the second in an urban fantasy series that borrows a bit from the high fantasy template while keeping the parts that make urban fantasy so much fun. There will be some minor spoilers below for the previous book, so feel free to check out my review of Night Owls to be safe ;-). What do I mean though when I say high fantasy elements? Grave Matters has about six main characters that the PoV switches between and through their interweaving views, the full meaning of the plot comes to light. Plus very little romance ;-).

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

This book has adult content.
Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy (Night Owls #2)
Published by Ace on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…

Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…

3 Stars

Strengths:
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Updates from the Lair 3/22/15

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!). 

Sorry for being so late on today’s post loves! Having a nice lazy weekend I guess ;-). I’ve been switching off feeling crazy productive and sleeping 12+ hours this week. Definitely still healing and the incision is getting all itchy, but I’m feeling great and working hard at getting in all my steps for the day! I did 5k on average this week and now I’m going to aim for 6k this week (and if I make it, then I get pizza on Friday >.>).

My Week

Stone in the SkyI spontaneously grabbed my ARC of Stone in the Sky this week but I wasn’t sure how far I’d get. I was pretty bored during much of Tin Star, but Stone in the Sky was SO much better! I stayed up to 3am the first night and finished it the next day. There is action, intrigue, cool alien travels, seeing the galaxy, everything I wanted from book one :D. You honestly could just start with this one since there is a bunch of info dumping at the beginning anyway.

Half BadI hadn’t been making much progress on my audio of Half Bad because I didn’t get to drive for a week after the surgery, but then when I turned on the radio on my first day driving, I realized my favorite radio station was bought out D:. Now there are just oldie rock stations and country, which are fine when I’m in the right mood, but when I’m trying to get pumped up for the day I need my alternative ;-). So instead I’ve been listening to Half Bad and gotten to the part where the beginning is explained and am excited that it isn’t as depressing as I feared, haha.

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A Reading Old Books Strategy: Turn the Wifi Off

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How I’m Getting to Older Books

I think we all have the problem of new shiny things appearing faster than we can actually read them all. Whether it be eARCs, eBook deals or library downloads, it’s just so fun to download new things to your e-reader. I know I personally tend to want to download even more than normal when I don’t have as much time to read since hoarding books soothes my sadness at not being able to read them ;-). However, that puts us into a bit of a dilemma: books fall through the cracks and you don’t get to them. EBooks seem even harder than physical books to keep track of too since you can’t easily glance through the hundreds you have like you can a stack of physical books, hehe.

Recently I stumbled across a strategy for getting to those older books hiding on your eReader!

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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 Catherine for winning this past week, enjoy your books! This week I’m really excited to add Finding Serendipity to the pile since I just finished it and LOVED it, along with a couple books for non-middle grade readers ;-).

Finding Serendipity Masque of the Red Death Otherbound

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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Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler eARC {3 Stars}

Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler is an urban fantasy that has heard the call demanding diversity in fantasy and come to the rescue! I fell in love the all the excellent secondary characters in Jinn and Juice, including the black transgender drag queen who is so kind and strong she could have her own spin-off series (give me that series now!). Jinn and Juice also manages to avoid the alpha-male romance dynamics that plague jinni/master stories, so I was pretty darn impressed. Ultimately the ending gets a little long, but it is a fun ride that I will be buying another ticket for ;-).

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

Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler eARC {3 Stars}

Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler (The Jinni #1)
Published by Orbit on April 7th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude—only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human?

Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...

3 Stars

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