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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!

I’m writing this post super early since I’ll be traveling for Turkey Day ;-). Therefore, congrats to whoever won and enjoy the books :D. Also, since it is obviously a bit of a slow week for those of us in the states, I don’t have anything new to add to the pile! The winner will still be able to choose two ARCs if they are in the US though, just don’t get trampled in shopping lines! (I’m driving all around Minnesota for the record and will not be in any shopping lines *hides*).

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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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier is a beautiful fairytale full of broken characters and a disturbing mystery. If you are tired of worrying about romance ruining perfectly good friendships, but also kind of like the sweet naïveté of the adorable secondary characters sometimes, Dreamer’s Pool is probably your book. Dreamer’s Pool is also your book if you love writing that just keeps pulling you back in and character development that wrenches your heart but makes your proud at the same time. Basically, Dreamer’s Pool is rockin’ and the narration of the audiobook is pretty darn good as well!

Note: I received an audiobook copy of Dreamer’s Pool from the publisher. Audiobooks change my experience with the story.

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier
Narrated by Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan, Scott Aiello
(Blackthorn and Grim #1)
Published by Roc on Nov. 4th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
Amazon - IndieBound - Book Depository - Goodreads
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In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:
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Unmade by Amy Rose Capetta ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Unmade

Entangled came out last year and was billed as Firefly for young readers and I have it on good authority that it is hilarious! Therefore, I’m very excited to be able to giveaway an ARC of the sequel, Unmade :D.
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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

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

I’m trying to be very honest with myself when making these TBR lists, and I mostly succeed for the fall TBR by reading 6/10! And I’m still planning on getting to three of the last four as soon as I can, possibly even this week :D. Therefore, this list is comprised of books that I am super duper excited about and am quite determined to read ;-).

ARCs I Can’t Resist

Death Marked This Shattered World Beastkeeper The Winner's Crime
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Book Nerds Unite Giveaway {$150 Prize!}

Book Giveaway

I’m very excited to be a part of a multi-blogger giveaway, Book Nerds Unite: Sharing is Caring :D. There are two prizes, one for $150 at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one for $50, so be sure to enter!

Tis the season…and all that jazz. You know how it goes. The holiday start (earlier and earlier these days) and it is all about giving. Well now it is time for some getting. With the help of 19 other bloggers we bring to you, Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway.

Book Nerds Unite: Sharing is Caring Giveaway
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Updates from the Lair 11/23/14

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!). 

Lovelies! I just spent a large chunk of time responding to comments because I’d gotten behind and I feel the need to make sure you all know that I freaking love you! You have no idea how much of a fool I look like when reading and responding to comments because of the grin on my face. The boy seriously has laughed at me before! Anytime I’m feeling down about blogging for some silly reason, I just need to read over comments and talk to you because I instantly feel better, so hugs all around!

Oh you want to hear about my week too????? Well I got the last steroid injection and am feeling pretty good (and sleeping laying down *gasp*), though kind of sore now that I’m moving like normal humans are supposed to >.>. And otherwise my week has been kind of all over, but fairly productive as I prepare for THE GREAT MINNESOTA ADVENTURE! i.e. the week the boy and I take every holiday to drive to and all over Minnesota to visit with all of our family. Fortunately the boy drives most of it so I’ll get to read, though he’ll need me to take over in Wisconsin since he finds it boring to drive through ;-). Audiobook time! Anyway, can you tell I’m hyper on comment love???????

My Week

Hammered I haven’t had much time to actually READ, but I have had time to listen to the audio of Hammered! I have to admit that I’m clearly not in an Atticus mood since Hammered isn’t doing much for me. I think that I got so attached to the every-day dynamics with Oberon and his staff that since Hammered takes place mostly away from home, I’m just not getting what I had come to expect. I just got through the part where we find out why everyone hates Thor so much. I also just wasn’t that into how that information was delivered >.>. I’m such a downer on this one right now D:

A Court of Thorns and Roses Yes, I caved and started A Court of Thorns and Roses even though that is a ridiculous decision! I’m only like 50 pages in since I’ve been reading it right before bed and I’ve just been exhausted this week. I’m worried about the Beauty and the Beast retelling aspect since that is just a hit or miss tale for me, but I’m loving that the Fae are creepy and where masks because MASKS ARE AWESOME! I’m having so much fun imagining the beautifully described masks and trying to figure out why they wear them :D.
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Advice for Starting a Blog

Book Discussion

My Advice for Starting a Blog

You may have noticed that I’ve been blogging here for a while (3 years? I don’t even know >.>), but what you may not know is that I recently have been getting a second blog up and running for my research lab (science!). I still remember back to when I was first starting up this blog and I’ll tell you a secret: I didn’t even know about the book blogging community! I just wanted to make a blog to try it out and reading was the only hobby I had ever stuck with long term so it seemed to be a reasonable thing to blog about, ha. If you really want to take a walk down memory lane with me, go ahead and check out my original WordPress.com blog ;-).

In any case, I frequently see advice from experienced bloggers to people thinking or in the process of starting a blog (such as Kelly’s post that originally inspired this one) and to be honest, those articles kind of overwhelm me even though I already have a blog D:
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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 this past week and excellent choices (Stitching Snow and The Ophelia Prophecy!), enjoy :D. As usual it seems, I still need to clear out a lot of these ARCs, so we’ll do two books to US winner’s again and here are the new ones on the pile:

Burn for Me The Courage of Cat Campbell

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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Captive by Aimee Carter ARC {4 Stars}

Captive by Aimee Carter continues Kitty’s fight for survival in a future where the results from a test determine your entire future and worth to society and she is about to find out just how dark her country’s secrets are in Elsewhere. If you haven’t read Pawn, I definitely recommend stopping now and going to check out that review instead since there are some crazy awesome plot twists that you don’t want to spoil ;-). I know Pawn was a fairly divisive book, so really if you enjoyed Pawn, you’ll love Captive, but if you didn’t, Captive continues in the same style though darker, so you’ll have to decide for yourself whether to continue the series.

Note: I read an advanced copy of Captive. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Captive by Aimee Carter ARC {4 Stars}

Captive by Aimée Carter (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Published by Harlequin Teen on Nov. 25th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
Amazon - IndieBound - Book Depository - Goodreads
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For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

4 Stars

Strengths:
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This Shattered World Bound Manuscript Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World Manuscript Giveaway

At BEA I was very lucky to grab a bound manuscript of This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner! I absolutely loved the first book, These Broken Stars, but this is a companion so you don’t have to worry about catching up if you haven’t gotten to These Broken Stars yet (but you should >.>). This Shattered World sounds like it’ll have a more space sci-fi feel to it:
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