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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 Barb for winning this week, your books are on their way :D. Here’s some new shiny books for you to win:

Children of Earth and Sky Everland

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 Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson {4 Stars}

The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiography smuggled in using Sanderson’s name to get it past the Evil Librarians. At this point in Alcatraz’s life, he’s starting to get used to his Talent for breaking things and dealing with the fact that everything he knew growing up was a lie perpetrated by a librarian conspiracy. If you enjoyed the humor and lack of fourth wall in book one, you are in for another great read!

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

The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson {4 Stars}

The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz #2)
Published by Starscape on Feb. 16th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In this second Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz finds himself on a mission to meet Grandpa Smedry when he gets swept up by a flying glass dragon filled with his unusual and mouthy Smedry cohorts.

Their mission? A dangerous, library-filled one, of course!

They are on their way to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria (which some silly people think was long ago destroyed!) where they must find Grandpa Smedry, look for clues leading to Alcatraz's potentially undead dead father, and battle the creepy, dangerous soul-sucking curators who await them.

4 Stars

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Waiting on… The Devourers by Indra Das

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Adorable dragons are necessary for everything, but this one is keeping her eye out for more awesome books :D

The Devourers by Indra Das

For readers of Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, China Mieville, and David Mitchell comes a striking debut novel by a storyteller of keen insight and captivating imagination.

On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.

From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.

Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.

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Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz ARC {3.5 Stars}

Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz is the second Book of Ore and continues the adventures of two kids in a world of living metal that has been used to make all the technology of their world. This story gets pretty dark and scary for a middle grade, but the world and magic are so freaking cool that I definitely recommend it as long as the reader can handle darker elements. If you’d rather check out my review for book one, here it is.

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

Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz ARC {3.5 Stars}

Waybound by Benny Zelkowicz, Cam Baity (The Books of Ore #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 12th, 2016
Genres: MG, Steampunk
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner are a long way from home and entrenched in a struggle with no end in sight. The Foundry, an all-powerful company that profits off the living metal creatures of Mehk, is unleashing a wave of devastating attacks to crush the rebel army of mehkans known as the Covenant and capture Phoebe and Micah, dead or alive.

But the Covenant believes that their ancient god, Makina, has chosen Phoebe for a sacred task: to seek the Occulyth, a mysterious object they hope can turn the tide against the Foundry. With her father gone, Phoebe's once unshakable determination is broken, and while Micah tries to uphold the vow he made to protect her no matter the cost, their enemies are closing in and time is running out.

3.5 Stars

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Updates from the Lair 4/24/16

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 clearly really out of it this weekend, I definitely forgot it was Sunday >.>. I had been planning on writing up this post last night after getting back from dinner, but then I just got hit with a wall of exhaustion and went right to bed! This week was crazy intense because I turned in the written portion of my dissertation proposal! It was three days of really long hours and intense editing, but I did it! Now I just have to get through the oral exam and I’m ABD :D. (“All but dissertation” for those of you who haven’t gone through the lovely experience that is grad school ;-).)

My Week

The Girl with the Ghost EyesI obviously didn’t have a lot of reading time this week, but I did make a lot of progress on my audiobook The Girl with Ghost Eyes! This is an excellent book focused on a woman in San Francisco who came to America with her father when she was a child. She has the power to see the spirits and therefore hunts them with her father and has awesome magic. I really love fantasy based on cultures and myths other than my own, so it’s been great getting to learn more about Chinese mythology and magic!

The RookI also kind of randomly got completely addicted to The Rook! I’ve been devouring this book this weekend (and it’s partially to blame for me not getting much blogging done). I got the sequel as an unsolicited ARC, and figured I’d get the first from the library since the series sounded interesting. I’m completely hooked; how did I miss this book when it first came out???? It’s like Kingsmen with more supernatural elements and completely unique super powers. Do not make my mistake, don’t miss out on this series!

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An Artificial Night Read Along {Week 3}

An Artificial Night Read Along

Week 3!

I don’t even know what is going on with this book! Another crazy week of reading, chapters 18-24, spoilers below!

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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 Bridget for winning this week! I hope you enjoy your books :D. It’s been a bit crazy in my world this week (my dissertation proposal is due today!), so I’m sorry for running rather late. However, here are some new books to tempt you:

The Inquisition The Firefly Code

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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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Audiobook {4 Stars}

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is a unique reading experience. I have read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy over the years, and I can still say that this is a book unlike any I’ve read before. It blends subtle magic and sci-fi together with delightfully imperfect characters for a story of the apocalypse that somehow manages to be fresh and original. The audiobook is quite good as well, so if you are looking for a new listen, this is one to consider.

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

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Audiobook {4 Stars}

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan

Published by Tor Books on Jan. 26th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy, Sci-fi
Page Length: 316 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

4 Stars

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Waiting on… After Atlas by Emma Newman

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Adorable dragons are necessary for everything, but this one is keeping her eye out for more awesome books :D

After Atlas by Emma Newman

Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating universe she created in Planetfall with a stunning science fiction mystery where one man’s murder is much more than it seems…

Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation.

To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes…

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

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

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan intrigued me since it seems to start where many first books in a series end: Lucie has already found the boy she loves and gotten out of a horrible and unfair situation, so everything should be good now right? The mix of Light and Dark magic also appealed, though after the first chapter, the magic seems more typical than I at first hoped.

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

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan {Just Hatched}

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Clarion on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

2.5 Stars

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