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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!

Hello loves! Congrats to Sil for winning last week, your books are on their way :D. Here are the new additions this week, two awesome upcoming books!

Mirror in the Sky Voyage to Magical North

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 Rook by Daniel O’Malley {4.5 Stars}

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is a book that completely flew under my radar for which I am exceedingly chagrined. To be fair, it came out back in 2012 when I was just starting to pay attention to new books coming out, unlike my current obsessed state. However, this whole situation therefore made me exceedingly glad that the sequel showed up unexpectedly on my doorstep, since I went right out and grabbed The Rook from the library and proceeded to lose an entire weekend in a mysterious time contraction event.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley {4.5 Stars}

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (The Checquy Files #1)
Published by Little Brown on Jan 11th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Page Length: 486 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rookis a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

4.5 Stars

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Fandom of the Month Box Review – Mythical Creatures

Fandom of the Month Club Review

Fandom of the Month Club Review

Hello loves! Today I have something a bit different for you, though still fairly book related since it’s mythical creature jewelry :D. I’ve been eyeing Fandom of the Month for a while, but am not really into not knowing what fandom I’ll get each month. However, I saw that they were doing a special edition that was mythical creatures themed and the proceeds went to a no-kill shelter. This seemed a great chance to try them out with a theme that I knew I’d like (plus you know, hoping for a dragon, hehe).

I have to say, though, that I ended up a bit disappointed at the quality of the items included and really would have preferred fewer items that looked better. Update: I forgot to mention the price, it was $20!

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Half Lost by Sally Green Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Half Lost by Sally Green is the conclusion to the Half Bad trilogy and wow did this trilogy wreck my emotions. Before I jump into specifics about this book below (with spoilers for the first two books), let me just say to those of you who haven’t started this trilogy that it is totally worth it. If you want morally ambiguous YA with homosexual relationships valued equally and cool magic, READ THIS NOW! Okay, now that I’ve addressed the uninitiated, let’s get to the good stuff ;-). I am literally tearing up as I read the description of this again and I finished it weeks ago!

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

Half Lost by Sally Green Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Half Lost by Sally Green
Narrated by Carl Prekopp
(The Half Bad Trilogy #3)
Published by Viking Penguin on March 29th, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
Audio Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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This is the final battle.

The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.

Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.

4.5 Stars

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Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand eARC {5 Stars}

Things You Should Know About Some Kind of Happiness:

  • It is not a fantasy story.
  • The protagonist is a very realistically written young girl dealing with many issues in her life.
  • There are many secrets hidden in and around Hart House.
  • Not all of these secrets are nice.
  • The tale starts off slowly but will soon have readers flipping through pages, to discover if they have deduced some of the secrets … and afraid that they will be right.

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

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand eARC {5 Stars}

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 17, 2016
Genres: Genre-bender, Literary, MG, Mystery
Page Length: 374 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real--and holds more mysteries than she'd ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination.

5 Stars

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Updates from the Lair 5/22/16

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!). 

Did I completely forget to write this post yesterday? Yes, yes I did. Oh well! First week of teaching is done and went really well :D. What was I doing last night instead of prepping this post? This:

My Week

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier {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.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard at first looks like a typical cute middle grade with adventure and fun magic. However, as soon as I started, I knew it was going to be something more; one of those middle grade stories that captivates young and old(er) readers alike. If you are looking for a middle grade full of unique magic and just enough darkness to keep things interesting, definitely pick this one up.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier {Just Hatched}

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble #2)
Published by Amulet on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 464 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now Peter and Sir Tode have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: find a 12-year-old girl named Sophie Quire.
Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she works as a bookmender and dreams of leaving the confines of her city walls. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up searching for a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

4.5 Stars

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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 Caitlyn for winning last week! You’re books will be on their way shortly ;-). I don’t have anything new to add to the pile this week, but there are still lots of books to choose from!

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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Everland by Wendy Spinale {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.

Everland by Wendy Spinale is a Peter Pan retelling set in a post-war England where London has been completely decimated and the kids remaining are barely surviving. I was drawn in by that gorgeous cover immediately and am happy that the steampunk wings show up right away. However, this seems like a retelling that is a bit too gimmicky for my taste.

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

Everland by Wendy Spinale {Just Hatched}

Everland by Wendy Spinale
Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th, 2016
Genres: Alternative History, Steampunk
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

2 Stars

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Waiting on… Three Dark Crowns

Waiting on Wednesday

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

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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