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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley Giveaway!

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley!

Magonia

I’m thrilled to have an ARC of Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley to giveaway today :D. If this cover didn’t already convince you that you need it, here is the beautiful portal fantasy that awaits!
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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs is the fourth in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega and continues the edge-of-your-seat awesomeness that is adventuring with Anna and Charles! This urban fantasy series basically defines what I consider a perfect urban fantasy: creepy and compelling mysteries, unique twists on a very cool world, a leading heroine who is tough, and a romance that doesn’t hog the spotlight but adds to the strength of the characters. If you haven’t started the Alpha and Omega series, check out Cry Wolf and be warned about some minor spoilers below (though really not too many).

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

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #4)
Published by Ace on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal--or at least it starts out that way...
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

4.5 Stars

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Updates from the Lair 3/1/15

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!). 

My loves! I’ve been a bit absent from the blog this week I’m afraid and again allowed comments to go unanswered for much longer than I’d like D:. I know you all forgive me and I appreciate it since it helps me not stress when I get home at 9pm and just want to sleep, haha. However, I also love this place and really want to keep chatting with you all, so I will try to stay caught up when I can ;-). I’m writing this at 11pm on Friday night (sitting on my exercise ball like a good invalid!) because I have a busy weekend of catching up with some friends I haven’t seen for a while and then all the grading and hopefully a bit of post writing and responding to comments! Oh and working on research proposals, research blog posts, starting some experiments and reading research papers…. There’s five days in a weekend right?

My Week

Death Marked I freaking loved book one, so I decided to stop putting off Death Marked when I finished my last eARC before I was completely tired enough to fall asleep, haha. I’m already enjoying sinking back into the fast and fun writing and the cool world, this time with more magic :D. I think these couple weeks will be the weeks of reading those ARCs I was so excited about and then didn’t get to right away!

Lion HeartGoing along with the theme of ARCs I’ve been putting off, I borrowed an ARC of Lion Heart and can’t resist anymore. I woke up at about 5 am Friday morning with insomnia from panic thinking about the upcoming surgery and was so grateful to have Lion Heart next to my bed to distract me. Scarlet’s troubles are worse than my own after all ;-). And I’ve gotten so used to her use of “were” that it is comforting to read it now, ha!

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The Awakened Kingdom by N. K. Jemisin eARC {4 Stars}

The Awakened Kingdom by N. K. Jemisin is a novella that takes place after her Inheritance Trilogy in the beautifully envisioned world of gods, godlings, and mortals with strange powers. The Awakened Kingdom is an absolute delight to read for those who have finished the trilogy because it is narrated by a baby godling just as she comes into existence and explores the world to find her nature. And she is hilarious! However, it very much spoils the events of the trilogy so you probably shouldn’t read it if you haven’t finished and care about being spoiled about the major ending events. I had hoped that it could be read without worrying about the trilogy much so that it could introduce new readers to this amazing world, but alas it can’t be. You don’t have to worry about spoilers in my review though, just the blurb.

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

The Awakened Kingdom by N. K. Jemisin eARC {4 Stars}

The Awakened Kingdom by N. K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy #3.5)
Published by Orbit on Dec. 9th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Length: 124 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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SOME TRUTHS MUST BE LEARNED THE HARD WAY...

As the first new godling born in thousands of years -- and the heir presumptive to Sieh the Trickster -- Shill's got big shoes to fill. She's well on her way when she defies her parents and sneaks off to the mortal realm, which is no place for an impressionable young god. In short order she steals a demon's grandchild, gets herself embroiled in a secret underground magical dance competition, and offends her oldest and most powerful sibling.

But for Eino, the young Darren man whom Shill has befriended, the god-child's silly games are serious business. Trapped in an arranged marriage and prohibited from pursuing his dreams, he has had enough. He will choose his own fate, even if he must betray a friend in the process -- and Shill might just have to grow up faster than she thinks.

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 Ashley for winning last week, I hope you enjoy your books! This week I have some older books and newer book to add to the list!

Talon Archie Greene and the Magician's Secrets Darkmouth

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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Grave Matters Blog Tour Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Grave Matters Blog Tour!

Grave Matters by Lauren M Roy

I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Grave Matters so that I can offer you all a copy of this awesome book! I previously read and really enjoyed the first book, Night Owls, where we were introduced to a vampire that owns a book store and a girl raised to kill supernatural beings her whole life. One of my favorite things about Night Owls beside the bookstore thing was that it didn’t shove a romance in to an awesome urban fantasy adventure just for kicks ;-). Instead we got to meet a lovely guy that we can ship to our hearts’ content as the characters realize what we knew all along ;-).

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The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland Blog Tour

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne Valente is a continuation of the Fairyland series we’ve all loved so much, but this time with a young troll changeling as the protagonist and in a much different setting. I actually read The Boy Who Lost Fairyland without being caught up on the Fairyland books as an experiment to see how well it works without all the background knowledge and I’m happy to say that it is quite doable so you have no excuse not to jump in! Hawthorn’s adventures take place in the human world for the first half of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, but don’t worry because our favorite cast of characters do show up by the end ;-). Don’t miss the giveaway for a copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland at the bottom of the post!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente (Fairyland #4)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 256 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling – a human boy -- in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers. Hawthorn finds himself at the center of a changeling revolution--until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very big, very red assistant.

4 Stars

Strengths:
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Woven by Michael Jensen {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.

Woven by Michael Jensen is the start of a middle grade fantasy focused on a young boy who has a hidden past that is going to come back to bite him in a big way! The magic involves paint apparently and pulling on threads that only the magic user can see; sounds pretty cool :D.

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

Woven by Michael Jensen {Just Hatched}

Woven by Michael Jensen
Published by Scholastic Press on Jan. 27th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

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Updates from the Lair 2/22/15

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!). 

Today is my birthday! :D I’ll be 25 at about 4:00pm if I recall correctly (what my mother told me, I didn’t glance at a clock when born, hehe). The other really big news is I’m having back surgery! March 11th at 10am they’ll make a 1inch incision and use a laparoscopic procedure to cut out the part of the disc that is pinching my nerve with a laser. I’ll have to spend one night in the hospital, but then can go home and should be feeling pretty good right away. I do have to avoid lifting more than 10lbs for six weeks though and my backpack with my computer in it is more than 10lbs…. I’m going to get one of those rolling bags though so that I can be careful. I’m going to be working hard to follow all the doctor’s orders to hopefully keep in good help for many decades to come :D.

My Week

Jinn and JuiceI heard from a friend that Nicole Peeler is hilarious so I had to jump into my earc of Jinn and Juice! It has definitely been a lot of fun so far and I really love the jinni element. I highly recommend this new series for urban fantasy fans that are looking for a jinni in their life :D. I’ll be picking up the paperback when it comes out because it is so gorgeous while still portraying the character accurately <3.

A Darker Shade of MagicI was so so so excited to receive a hardcover of A Darker Shade of Magic this week and immediately started it. I looooooove the magic and world so much and am amusingly reminded of Mistborn partially because the main guy is named Kell ;-). But it also just has a similar fun tone of magic + thieves trying to do the right thing in worlds that are pretty screwed up. Definitely recommended!

I was very excited to get an audio review copy of Winner’s Crime and started it as soon as I was done with my previous (Dove Arising which wasn’t that great). I’ll be honest all, I’m a little bored at 40%. Does it get amazingly better soon or am I just not that into Kestrel? The narration is pretty good, though I have an issue with this quiver/warble she puts at the end of a lot of sentences >.>.

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Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton Audiobook {4 Stars}

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is a story of friendship, betrayal, and coming back from life-shattering events. Seeker is also a book that is hard to pin into a genre since it takes place in a near-future possibly-alternative world with weapons that the characters don’t fully understand. Therefore there seems to be some magic thrown in with the sci-fi setting, though isn’t technology that you don’t understand basically magic anyway? Seeker is a book that doesn’t spoon feed information about how things work, so if you don’t like being confused, you might not enjoy it much. However, I loved discovering the world slowly while watching these three young heroes work through some serious damage in sometimes self-destructive ways. I just love broken characters too though ;-). Also the narrator freaking rocks!

Note: I received an audio copy of Seeker from the publisher. Listening to a book definitely changes my experiences with it!

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton Audiobook {4 Stars}

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Narrated by Katharine McEwan
(Seeker #1)
Published by Delacorte on Feb. 10th, 2015
Genres: Genre-bender, Sci-fi, YA
Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

4 Stars

Strengths:
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