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Flames to Embers {September 2014 Part 1}

Flames to Embers

I’m not able to get to all the books I receive for review consideration, so to reduce stress and start with a clean slate each month, I feature the ones that I didn’t get to read in Flames to Embers. All the books I request start out as flames in my heart, but for various reasons, some of them burn down to embers and I lose desire or time to read them. I hope that you find something that draws your interest though and feel free to encourage me to give something another try!

September apparently is always a crazy month for releases because it has been decided by thee above that it is the perfect time to get books started on buzz for the holidays. I’m not sure I believe it, but whatever! Therefore, I had A LOT of exciting books to read in September and I gave up the possibility of reading them all a while ago. This will be the first part of September so that we don’t have a waaaaay too long post ;-).

Shattered Egg & Spoon Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon Stories of the Raksura Shatterwing

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Princess of Thorns Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

I nabbed a copy of Princess of Thorns and then got approved for the eARC so I am thrilled to be able to giveaway the physical copy I have :D. I’ve heard great things from friends who have already finished it, so don’t miss out on this great new retelling!

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay Giveaway

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

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Top Ten Hard-to-Read SF/F Books

Top Ten Tuesday

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

This was a tricky topic for me since I don’t tend to try to read really intense issue books and am pretty good and finding just the right level of darkness for my preferences. However, I do tend to prefer books that I can speed through, so I decided to include books with writing that just required more patience than I generally have as well as books that made my heart hurt so much I couldn’t see through my tears!

Writing that Required Patience

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley The Martian by Andy Weir The Thousand Names by Django Wexler The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
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Silverblind by Tina Connolly eARC {5 Stars} + Giveaways (INT!)

Silverblind by Tina Connolly is the third companion novel in the Ironskin series and tells the story of Adora Rochert as she navigates the difficult world of science as a woman who loves to study things like wyverns and fae :D. If you haven’t read Ironskin or Copperhead, you can easily still love the socks off Silverblind, though you’ll probably want to immediately go pick up the first two books, so you’ve been warned! Since Silverblind takes place more than a decade after Ironskin and Copperhead, there are some minor spoilers though nothing shocking really. I really can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am with the world of Silverblind and everything else within these pages. If you are at all interested in the premise, go read them right now (and be sure to enter the giveaways at the bottom)!

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

Silverblind by Tina Connolly eARC {5 Stars} + Giveaways (INT!)

Silverblind by Tina Connolly (Ironskin #3)
Published by Tor Books on Oct. 7th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Steampunk
Length: 272 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers--to disguise herself as a boy.

While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who's about to get steamed by a silvertail-- and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn't spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can't bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.

The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?

5 Stars

Strengths:
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Updates from the Lair 9/28/14

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!). 

I was so productive this weeeeeeek! (Watch me crash, pow!) I finished a few books and got lots done at work and for classes, yey :D. I’m seriously exhausted but really happy with myself. Normally I have at least one day a week where I sleep about twelve hours for no real reason, but I got up on time every day this week, I’m seriously impressed with myself ;-).

My Week

Infinite Harmony by Tammy BlackwellI absolutely devoured Infinite Harmony this week! This is a companion novel in the Shifters & Seers series about an Immortal who we fell in love with in the previous book and a girl with cystic fibrosis. I cried a lot not because of really sad things happening to Ada, but because of the deeply moving discussions about life, death, religion, and growing up. I also laughed my butt off because Tammy Blackwell is a true nerd and gets my humor so well ;-). Seriously all, I know I push her books frequently, but they are so awesome! (The cover is linked to GR, go go go!)

Captive by Aimee CarterI also started Captive this week :D. I got a bit distracted by Infinite Harmony ripping out my heart, but I’m back to making progress and getting back into this dangerous world. I’m happy to report the labyrinth on the cover has a very important role! The beginning has been a bit slow, but I think I’ll get into the action very soon ;-).
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Spoils, Tribute, and Planning to Pillage

Spoils and Tribute

Spoils and Tribute is a feature of On Starships and Dragonwings where I tell you about the books I’ve bought and received recently (my version of Stacking the Shelves). I promise that I paid for all my spoils and I’m not letting the “tribute” go to my head ;-). Planning to pillage is just my version of Waiting on Wednesday where I share books that have caught my eye!

I’ve actually been shockingly good at not requesting too many books and therefore am exceedingly excited about those that I’ve gotten instead of feeling overwhelmed ;-). This is also about a month’s worth, so it is not nearly as crazy as it looks >.>.

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Iron Trial by Holly Black
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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 Benni for winning last week’s giveaway and I hope you enjoy The Ploughmen and Mirror Empire :D. We’ll continue the two books edition for at least one more week and here are the new ones on the pile:

Winterfrost The Young World Stitching SnowSalt & Storm

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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Flames to Embers {August 2014}

Flames to Embers

I’m not able to get to all the books I receive for review consideration, so to reduce stress and start with a clean slate each month, I feature the ones that I didn’t get to read in Flames to Embers. All the books I request start out as flames in my heart, but for various reasons, some of them burn down to embers and I lose desire or time to read them. I hope that you find something that draws your interest though and feel free to encourage me to give something another try!

It probably says something that I haven’t had the chance to do this Flames to Embers post until over halfway through September, but it is time to bid farewell to the books from August that I didn’t get to and probably won’t at this point. Let me know which ones I should try to get back to when I’m no longer blogging ;-).

Ark Storm  Ultra Thin Man

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Mortal Heart ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Mortal Heart ARC Giveaway!

I was able to snag an ARC of Mortal Heart at a publisher event last week and so of course have to share :D. If you have not yet start the His Fair Assassin series, you definitely should check it out, but the books are each about a different girl and stand on their own pretty well actually :).
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Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday

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

I remember that I used to make my seasonal TBR list purely based on the next ten books that I needed to read for review and frequently would then feel guilty when I didn’t get to them all. No more! There are certainly ARCs on this list, but they are the ARCs coming out this fall that I most want to read without worrying about when they come out ;-).

Upcoming ARCs

The Name of the Blade Dreamer's Pool Silverblind Mortal Heart In a Handful of Dust
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