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The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin ARC {4.5 Stars}

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin follows the adventures of three teens in a world of feudal battles, heroes, monsters, and magic.  Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis, in which evil does its worst deeds by partnering with greedy men, this book – and its predecessor Nethergrim – will keep pages turning as unlikely heroes learn that the myths they learned as children were real …. but the monsters were not truly defeated, and they are returning ……

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

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin ARC {4.5 Stars}

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin (The Nethergrim Trilogy #2)
Published by Philomel on May 10th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In a vast kingdom divided by power-hungry lords, land equals power. With the Nethergrim now awake, her limitless wellspring of evil means opportunity for those willing to do her bidding. One ambitious Lord, eager to overthrow his counterparts and rule the north, succumbs to temptation, helping to let loose the Skeleth, forces of energy that absorb whole anyone who attempts to kill them. In this way the slain end up as slayers, a vicious cycle that never ends.

Yet that will not stop young Edmund--an apprentice wizard--and his friends Katherine and Tom, from trying to stop the evil threatening to overtake their kingdom. Together, they team up with the legendary Tristan in a battle of courage, brains, determination, and sacrifice to stop the Skeleth and save the Barony of Elverain from being conquered.

4.5 Stars

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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!

Another week, another chance to win your choice from over 90 ARCs! Seriously, there are so many to choose from, go check out the list and be overwhelmed by the awesome sci-fi and fantasy choices!

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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October Daye Reread Blog Tour! + Huge Giveaway!

rereadalong

Late Eclipses Favorites

Hello everyone! I’m excited to join the blog tour celebrating the latest addition to the October Daye series: Once Broken Faith. There are two giveaways to enter, one for a copy of Late Eclipses (book four!) and one for the whole kit and caboodle :D. Today I want to take the opportunity to discuss my favorite parts of Late Eclipses from the read along we recently had since this is my favorite of the Toby books so far!

There will be spoilers for Late Eclipses below!!

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The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez {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 Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez is different than your expected urban fantasy as you might expect from the title. From the first page, it’s clear that Constance has a very strange life in that it’s basically the most extreme version of a chosen-one satire ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Last Day of Constance Verity from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez {Just Hatched}

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez (Constance Verity #1)
Published by Saga Press on 384
Genres: Adult, Genre-bender
Page Length: June 14th, 2016 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to assassinate her fairy godmother and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.

Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become one of the world’s great adventurers. It all began at her seventh birthday party when she defeated a snake. She has become a master of exotic martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts gathered from her adventures. But Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she is finally figured out a way to do it: she’s going to kill her fairy godmother and reset her life. The only problem, though, is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.

Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death.

2 Stars

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How Do You Write After the Curtain Falls? {Guest Post}

Four Roads Cross Guest Post

Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone

Today I’m excited to welcome Max Gladstone back to the blog to discuss the latest book in the Craft Sequence, Four Roads Cross, out now!

How do you write after the curtain falls?

The heroes succeed: the Death Star’s blown up, the Emperor’s slain, the bright new day dawns! The curtain falls, the credits roll, music swells, and we’re thrust out into the glaring light of day before we can ask, wait, what happens next? [Read more…]

The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove is the conclusion to the Mapmaker’s Trilogy and delivers long-sought answers to our band of adventurers. This series is one of those with younger characters but a complex and fascinating world, sure to intrigue fans of adult fantasy as well. I ended up listening to this final book on audio and quite enjoyed the narration, so definitely pick up this series if you need an excellent audiobook adventure!

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

The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
(The Mapmakers Trilogy #3)
Published by Viking Penguin on July 12th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 432 pages
Audio Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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The final volume in S.E. Grove’s stunning, bestselling Mapmakers trilogy.

At the end of The Golden Specific, Sophia was on her way home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo. But he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War—Prime Minister Broadgirdle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny. Shadrack is in his thrall as War Cartologer and cannot help his niece.

Sophia leaves right away to track down her best friend and solve the mystery of her parents once and for all. Then Shadrack hears of a horrifying weapon. It is a red fog called the Crimson Skew, and if you inhale it, you become a murderer. Sophia and her companions—and Theo’s army company—are directly in its path. There is a fate worse than death, and it is about to ruin their lives…

4 Stars

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Updates from the Lair 8/21/16

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!). 

Hellooooooo! Another intense week of work, but all good things! I’ve been fitting in reading where I can, but it is proving a bit challenging ;-).

My Week

MerrowI’ve been reading a lot of Merrow this week and really enjoying it. It’s soooooo gorgeous! I love creepy mermaid stories and Merrow are an Irish myth that blends selkies and mermaids.

The Dragon LordsI also have continued to make progress on my audiobooks, Fool’s Gold! It’s gotten a bit more serious than I expected a fantasy satire to get, but still quite enjoyable.

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The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp Audiobook {3 Stars}

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp is a book I had my eye on for a long time. It is a strange fantasy that wanders and pulls on classic fantasy tropes like fairy princesses and witches and things. I had hoped to love it from the title (the full title is The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides), but didn’t find the humor that I had been expecting and got annoyed with the amount the plot wandered. It reminded me a lot of Stardust by Gaiman though, so if you liked that one, maybe try this?

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp Audiobook {3 Stars}

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp
Narrated by Steve West

Published by Tor Books on Oct. 14th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
Audio Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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The Accidental Highwayman is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp.

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher "Kit" Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man's riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.
Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master's quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, gobling attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows….
Fans of classic fairy-tale fantasies will find much to love in this irresistible YA debut by Ben Tripp, the son of one of America's most beloved illustrators, Wallace Tripp (Amelia Bedelia). Following in his father's footsteps, Ben has woven illustrations throughout the story.

3 Stars

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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!

You know life has gotten crazy when my favorite post of the week is late, sorry everyone! To make up for it, check out all the awesome books I’m adding to the winner’s choice pile :D.

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity Caraval Unquiet Land Foxcraft The Elders

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 Hike by Drew Magary {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 Hike by Drew Magary is as odd as its cover implies, but it is not actually the strangest book I’ve ever read ;-). If you enjoy things a bit strange, but with an intriguing mystery, I suspect this would be a fun book for you.

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

The Hike by Drew Magary {Just Hatched}

The Hike by Drew Magary
Published by Viking Adult on Aug. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy, Genre-bender
Page Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tale and video game into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family
 
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.

At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.

3 Stars

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