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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!

Oh I’m dreaming of the winter when I won’t be traveling as much! So as you probably know, I’m out of town again this week and haven’t had a chance to get the winner picked for last week, but I will as soon as I get back ;-). In the mean time, I’m adding some exciting upcoming releases to the pile :D.

Ash and Bramble Toymaker's Apprentice

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 Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán {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.

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán is probably one of the most original fantasies I’ve seen for a long while! Like Mr. Martin says on the cover, it really does seem like Jurassic Park + Game of Thrones from what I read. I must admit that I was never a child obsessed with dinosaurs, so I suspect I am not the target audience of The Dinosaur Lords, but I’m glad to have found out for myself what everyone was talking about!

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

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán {Just Hatched}

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán (The Dinosaur Lords #1)
Published by Tor Books on July 28th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden – and of war. Colossal planteaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meateaters like Allosaurus and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from batsized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons.

Thus we are plunged into Victor Milán's splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…and the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. Where we have vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engaged in battle. And during the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac – and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.

2 Stars

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Beastly Bones Signed ARC Giveaway!

Book Giveaway

Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Beastly Bones Signed ARC

I remember last year how excited everyone understandably was for Jackaby so I of course had to snag a signed ARC of Beastly Bones to share with you all :D.

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Earth Flight by Janet Edwards ARC {4 Stars}

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards is the thrilling conclusion to the Earth Girl trilogy, which tells the story of a future where most humans can portal to the stars except a few, and a girl named Jarra who is training to be an archeologist uncovering Earth’s lost technology :D. There are major spoilers below for the first two books, so check out my reviews of Earth Girl (4 stars) and Earth Star (5 stars!) instead to be safe. Before you do that though, know that this is my favorite YA sci-fi trilogy for so so many reasons and you should definitely binge read it asap!

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

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards ARC {4 Stars}

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards (Earth Girl #3)
Published by Pyr on Sept. 8th, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Length: 300 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portaling to other planets.

Except now she's the most famous Earth girl in the universe - but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra's actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity's worlds.

On top of everything, the first alien artifact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth - or else the alien artifact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars - but never to reach them?

4 Stars

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Updates from the Lair 8/30/15

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 a week! I think I’m figuring out how to balance working and reading better since I both feel good about the grad school work I got done and finished up two books that I had been currently reading for a while. Starting Wednesday though, hubby was off work and we started the great unpacking. Then a contractor came out to try to find and fill the holes the mice might be getting into and found some rather horrible things hiding on the drop-ceiling tiles in the basement…. We found the mouse family nest and one and a half birds…. Yeah, not so fun. I’m typing this as I’m waiting for the cleaning people to finish taking out every single ceiling tile and insulation in the basement, woot woot.

My Week

The Fifth SeasonOh my god this booooooooook! I’m listening to the audio of The Fifth Season and it is AMAZEBALLS! I’ve always loved Jemisin’s unique style and beautiful writing and amazing ideas, but she is seriously taking it to the next level with this trilogy. Also the narration is fantastic and spot on so this is definitely an audiobook to pick up asap!

Zer0esIt took me a while to get back to and into Zer0es but I’m starting to really enjoy it. The characters are definitely a bit abrasive, but I like edgy and imperfect characters, so that’s not really a problem for me ;-). So far I approve of all the words used to discuss hacking too :D.

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Planning to Pillage – ALA Part 3

Planning to Pillage

Planning to Pillage is my way of showcasing books that I’m excited about for one reason or another. They may have recently shown up in my mail, they may have just gotten a cover, I may have recently requested them. No matter the case, they are books I think you should have on your radar too!

It’s time for another edition of awesome books that I learned about at ALA and have to tell you about :D. This time we’ve gotten into the stack that came with me in the suitcase because I couldn’t bear the thought of losing them *pets the precious*.

(Covers link to Goodreads so you can add these too!)

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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!

Hey loves, sorry this is a bit late, still in the middle of house stuff! I am caught up on sending out prizes though :D. Enjoy your books Steph! Today I’m really excited to add two recent and awesome releases to the list:

Supersymmetry 

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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Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first few chapters. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson is the eagerly awaited sequel to The Alloy of Law and the perfect opportunity for me to use Just Hatched for the OTHER purpose I’ve always intended it: letting me gush about books a ways before their publication date so that you know ASAP how good they are :D. You don’t need to worry about spoilers for The Alloy of Law, since I want to push both books on you while you have time to catch up!

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

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #5)
Published by Tor Books on Oct. 6th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.

5 Stars

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Supersymmetry by David Walton Guest Post + Giveaway! (INT!)

Supersymmetry by David Walton

Supersymmetry by David Walton

Pyr is one of my favorite publishing houses because they strike a brilliant combination of innovative ideas and traditional polish to bring the best sci-fi and fantasy they can though it isn’t always what you are expecting. Therefore, I was thrilled to hear about Supersymmetry and couldn’t resist hosting author David Walton to discuss hard science fiction! Don’t miss the international giveaway of Supersymmetry at the bottom!
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A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder eARC {3 Stars}

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder is the story of sisters in a magical river valley determined to help each other no matter the costs, oh and did I mention one set are sprites? :D I’ve been excited for A Nearer Moon ever since I saw that gorgeous cover, and I might still need to buy a copy just to have such a pretty thing on my shelf, but I was a bit disappointed that A Nearer Moon ended up being just another cute middle grade instead of whatever perfection I had been expecting. Young readers, fan of sisters and sprites, and parents reading to children will find A Nearer Moon delightful and fast, but don’t fall into the high expectation trap that I did.

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

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder eARC {3 Stars}

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on Sept. 8th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Length: 160 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery—and the existence of magic—could mean the difference between life and death in this elegant, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.

Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.

Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.

But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…

3 Stars

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