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Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell Cover Reveal + Sale!

Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell Cover

 Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell Cover!

My love for Tammy Blackwell’s books should be pretty well established at this point, but in case you need convincing, check out my reviews for the first in this series, Fragile Brilliance, and the first in her previous series, Destiny Binds, because I pretty much adore them both. I’m SO EXCITED for Infinite Harmony and you should be too because of this:
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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey {4 Stars}

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey is the heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding sequel to The 5th Wave. The aliens are meaner, the feels more devastating, and the plot even twistier if that is possible. The Infinite Sea is a book you need to deliberately schedule time for to avoid missing appointments or horrendously disrupting your sleep schedule. I seriously could not put down The Infinite Sea and then I noticed it was 3am. I called in sick to work (I really did have a headache from all the crying…) and finished it immediately. Due to the nature of these books, there will be major spoilers for The 5th Wave below.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey {4 Stars}

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #2)
Published by Putnam Juvenille on Sept. 16th, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Thriller, YA
Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

4 Stars

Strengths:
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5 Characters You Will Love, Hate Or Both in Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon Guest Post

Guest Post by Gideon Smith’s David Barnett

Today I’m thrilled to welcome David Barnett to the blog, author of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon which is released today! Brass Dragon is the sequel to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl so if you’re a fan of steampunk and pulp adventure stories, be sure to pick both up :D.

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett1) GIDEON SMITH
We need to talk about Gideon Smith. He’s one for the ladies, for sure – he’s tall, fit, has a shock of dark, curly hair which falls over the collars of his shirt. Good looking. Spent most of his life as a fisherman, working on his father’s trawler off Sandsend, a tiny village on the North Yorkshire coast of England, near Whitby. The thing with Gideon is that, at least in the first book, GIDEON SMITH and the MECHANICAL GIRL, he’s a little bit… naive, let’s say. Some people find that endearing. Others think this means he’s a bit of an idiot. Gideon dreamed of adventure, and in the first book he got it. What’s more, he was made the official Hero of the Empire after the events of that book. The hero business isn’t what he thought it was, when he was day-dreaming in Sandsend, though. For starters, people seem to die a lot more than in the stories. And what he’s asked to do on behalf of the British Government… well, Gideon’s basically a good guy. Some of it doesn’t chime too well with him. The more he learns, though, the more he realises at some point he’s going to have to be his own man, which is the journey he take in BRASS DRAGON.
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In a Handful of Dust ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

In a Handful of Dust ARC Giveaway!

In a Handful of DustI was lucky enough to snag an ARC of the much-anticipated and wonderfully-reviewed In a Handful of Dust and I want to share! If you haven’t read the prequel Not a Drop to Drink, it is a crazy intense post-apocalyptic tale and so so good, and I’ve heard similarly awesome things about In a Handful of Dust ;-). Fortunately, In a Handful of Dust is also set much later than Not a Drop to Drink so besides spoiling who survives for yourself, I’m told you can read them out of order fine (please correct me if I’m wrong!).
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Updates from the Lair 9/14/14

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!). 

Sooooooooo the big news this week is this:

Engagement Ring

Yup, the boy’s spontaneous anniversary trip to Niagara Falls was in fact much more devious and I said yes, so Mr. Boy is now Mr. Fiancee :). And the rest of this week has been full of school and work and two author signings (Sarah J. Maas and Melissa de la Cruz) so you can understand that I’m ridiculously exhausted and haven’t read as much as hoped, haha.

(P.S. No there isn’t a date yet and no I haven’t started actually planning anything because omg classes are trying to kill me and I’m not going to think about stressing over another thing until May when I’m done with classes forever! :D)

My Week

I’ve mostly been just making progress on the books started last week and should be finishing my beta read of the sequel to Midnight Thief in the next day or two. I have as of this writing read the first page of Young Elites though and I’m really excited to read the rest :D.

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The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

The Martian by Andy Weir has been slowly generating buzz among my sci-fi loving friends, so I absolutely had to see what the excitement was all about and I can definitely see why now! The Martian was so wonderfully realistic that I had to keep reminding myself that humans haven’t walked on Mars yet so there was no way that this story could be true no matter how convinced I was. It is very clear that Weir invested an absurd amount of research into The Martian, and that, along with a really funny main character, is why diehard sci-fi fans will love it.

The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

The Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Crown on February 11th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Length: 369 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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 to Erin for winning last week’s giveaway and enjoy The Falconer and Echoes of Us :D. It’s a bit of a slow time for ARCs since we’re between big catalogue pushes, so I’ve pulled a few from the BEA stack that I just won’t be able to get to and we’ll continue with a US winner choosing TWO ARCs instead of one this week :D. Here’s what’s new:

The Eye of Zoltar Age of Iron Jackaby

Every week I’ll pick a random link and the email address that submitted that link will get $5 at Amazon or an ARC from my SFFF-Books shelf!

Here are the more stringent rules concerning links for the giveaway:

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Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress eARC {4 Stars}

Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress is a sci-fi novella about first contact with aliens that look fairly human and actually manages to tackle this subject in a believable way without making my science brain hurt :D. I am absolutely loving this trend of sci-fi fitting to the awesome discoveries we’ve made in science in recent years and cannot recommend Nancy Kress’s sci-fi writing enough. She succeeds at logically explaining ideas while still keeping readers on the edge of their seats because all of humanity is on the line!

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

Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress eARC {4 Stars}

Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress
Published by Tachyon Publications on Sept. 9th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Length: 192 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Aliens have landed in New York. 

A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now that plague is heading for Earth, and threatens humans and aliens alike. Can either species be trusted to find the cure?

Geneticist Marianne Jenner is immersed in the desperate race to save humanity, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Siblings Elizabeth and Ryan are strident isolationists who agree only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Marianne’s youngest, Noah, is a loner addicted to a drug that constantly changes his identity. But between the four Jenners, the course of human history will be forever altered. 

Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent human extinction—and not everyone is willing to wait.

4 Stars

Strengths:
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Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs {4.5 Stars}

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs is a collection of short stories from the world of Mercy Thompson, but most of the stories are about and from the point of view of some of our favorite secondary characters. I don’t normally like to read anthologies of short stories, but Shifting Shadows was everything I could want from an anthology and made me fall in love with both the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series all over again. The short stories in Shifting Shadows are all a bit darker than the main series, but also deeply moving because they are about Sam and Ben and Charlie and a little child turned to a werewolf at the youngest age in living memory. Don’t worry, Mercy also makes an appearance ;-). Also, even if you haven’t read all the way through Night Broken, you can safely enjoy most of the stories because there are warnings before each of what spoilers a story contains.

Note: I received a copy of Shifting Shadows from the publisher. This does not affect my review.

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs {4.5 Stars}

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson)
Published by Ace on Sept. 2nd, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 450 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Silver”
“Roses in Winter”
“Redemption”
“Hollow”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Gray”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

4.5 Stars

Strengths:
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Top Ten Underrated Books in SF/F

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

Today’s topic was a mix of struggles for me since first I went through my books to see which I push on people and feel like not enough people have read. Unfortunately that’s not quite what today’s topic is, so I then culled the list of 20 books I had to ones that I think people are turned away from initially for one reason or another. In any case, here are some books not as well known that I wish people would give a chance ;-).

Just Ignore The Cover

Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher The Waking Engine by David Edison Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
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