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Night Shift Anthology {3 Stars}

Night Shift is an anthology with stories from Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane consisting mostly of urban fantasy/paranormal genre stories with one exception. Night Shift claims to delve into the stories that happen after dark and I guess a fair amount of screen time is spent at night, but it’s a bit of a stretch at times ;-). What Night Shift does do well is give you a chance to try out several authors’ styles and possibly find a new series to try out! I know I certainly did :D. If you’re looking for a sexy and fun introduction to four worlds of magic and grit, Night Shift might just be perfect for you.

Note: I received a copy of Night Shift from the publisher. Also I’m structuring this review a bit differently because the individual stories impacted me quite differently.

This book has adult content.
Night Shift Anthology {3 Stars}

Night Shift by Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane, Nalini Singh (Kate Daniels, Psy-Changeling, SPI Files)
Published by Berkley on Nov. 25th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 378 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella,Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

3 Stars

Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh
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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 Betsy for winning the giveaway this past week! Enjoy Scorched and The Leveller! This week I’ve added:

The Lost Track of Time All that Burns Sylo

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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5 Facts About Master of Plagues by E. L. Tettensor + Giveaway!

Master of Plagues by E. L. Tettensor

Master of Plagues by E. L. Tettensor Tour

Today I’m very excited to welcome E. L. Tettensor to the blog to talk about her awesome Nicolas Lenoir series! If you haven’t read book one, Darkwalker, you should get on that, but after you read this guest post because it is spoiler-free :D. You should then be sure to mark down Feb. 3rd to go get your copy of Master of Plagues because you don’t want to miss out on this crazy “flintlock fantasy mystery” series! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom too :).

I have a theory about reading, and specifically, about enjoying the books we read. It basically goes like this: reading is a lot like eating, in that our expectations greatly affect the extent to which we enjoy the experience. If you bite into something assuming it will be sweet, only to find that it’s salty, you’ll probably recoil in disgust. But if you took that same bite expecting salty, you might have a very different dining experience. Similarly, if you open a book expecting rip-roaring adventure, only to find a slow-burn character study, you might be disappointed. Not because you don’t like character books, but because that isn’t what you were looking for this time around.
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Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson is a sequel to Legion and tells the story of another of Stephen Leeds’ very strange cases that take advantage of his genius that manifests with 47 different “aspects” ie hallucinations of people. There aren’t really spoilers for Legion below, so no worries. You can easily read Skin Deep without having read Legion since it focuses on a completely different mystery ;-). I love the plot of Skin Deep since it is that sort of near-future sci-fi where it could perhaps happen next year or next decade depending on how fast technology advances! My inner geek was very much pleased :D.

Note: I listened to Skin Deep on audio, which very much changes my reading experience.

Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Oliver Wyman
(Legion #2)
Published by Subterranean Press on Nov. 24th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Length: 208 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…

4.5 Stars

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What if you could live forever? {Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniversary Tour!}

Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniversary

What if you could live forever?

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Tuck Everlasting, the lovely folks at Macmillan have asked me to muse on the question of what if you really could drink from a secret spring and become immortal! My first instinct was of course “Omg yes then I could read ALL THE BOOKS.” However, this question kept rattling around in my head and my memories from reading Tuck Everlasting in school drifted back to the surface. This of course is a question that is addressed often in speculative fiction and most of the time the answer seems to always come back to “Well, there are some major downsides that kind of balance out the upsides soooooo…. maybe?” And then my thoughts started to get pretty deep, so this discussion is actually going to end up being a bit deeper than expected, you’ve been warned ;-).

Want to buy the gorgeous 40th Anniversary edition? Go to Macmillan’s page to buy it straight from them :D.

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Best Audiobooks of 2014 Giveaway Hop (US/Can)

I Love Audiobooks Giveaway Hop

My Favorite Audiobooks of 2014

I’m so excited to be participating in the Best Audiobooks giveaway hop again this year :D. First I’m going to share the five audiobooks I loved most this year and then I’ll be giving away one Audible book in addition to the grand prize of three audiobooks of the winner’s choice :D. The giveaways are open to everyone as long as you can use Audible books!

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier Dark Triumph Hounded

White Cat Legion Skin Deep
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Updates from the Lair 1/24/15

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!). 

What?? Did you fall through a wormhole and miss Saturday? No, don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me ;-). Tomorrow is going to be a fun giveaway, so I’m posting Updates today instead :D. I’m really proud of how productive I was with work and school this week. I graded all my students’ work right away, got lots of research and homework done, but not a lot of reading. That’s good though since it means my priorities are finally straightened out a bit, ha!

My Week

A Court of Thorns and RosesI am finally turning my attention fully to A Court of Thorns and Roses :D. Unfortunately “my full attention” only amounts to about twenty pages currently, but they were enjoyable pages, ha. I finally got to find out why everyone is wearing party masks and my interest is definitely peaked! It probably speaks to how exhausted I’ve been each night that my eyes started going double pretty quickly and I didn’t stay up all night reading ;-).

The Boy Who Lost FairylandI am very lucky to be on the tour for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland and had to start reading my eARC right away! I have actually been able to make more progress on Fairyland because I have four hours of office hours during the week when I help students who stop by, but no one has been stopping by much since it is the beginning of the term. Of course I’ve been using that waiting time quite well ;-). I also had to wait for my doctor’s appointment for a while and they apologized but I didn’t mind, haha!
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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 Ria for winning last week, enjoy buying something fun :D. Here is what I’m adding to the pile this week!

Etiquette and Espionage The Fog Diver The Lightening Catcher: The Secrets of the Storm Vortex

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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Hammered by Kevin Hearne Audiobook {3 Stars}

Hammered by Kevin Hearne is the third book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, the story of a very old druid living in the modern world and trying to avoid pissing off too many old gods at one time ;-). There will definitely be spoilers below for those of you who haven’t read Hounded (book one, 4.5 stars!) and Hexed (book two, 3 stars), so feel free to check out those reviews instead just to be safe. For those of you who have read the series, I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on whether I should continue. I had high hopes for Hammered, but it ended up falling fairly flat for me. Since this is now a two-book trend, I’m worried that this just isn’t the series for me :(.

Note: I listened to Hammered on audio, which definitely impacts my reading experience.

Hammered by Kevin Hearne Audiobook {3 Stars}

Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
(Iron Druid Chronicles #3)
Published by Del Rey on July 5th, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 310 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

3 Stars

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Middle Grade ARC Giveaway! {Beastkeeper+}

Book Giveaway

Beastkeeper, Villain Keeper, The Box and the Dragonfly, and Stolen Magic Giveaway

Hello lovely people! You have probably guessed by now that middle grade fantasy holds a special place in my heart full of wonder and whimsy :D. Therefore, I wanted to do a giveaway highlighting some of the GREAT middle grade fantasy that is coming out in the coming months so you can read it early! Which books am I giving away you ask? (hint: look up!) Here is more information on them all (click the images for Goodreads) ;-)

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