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Closing down :( (for now?)

I think we all saw this coming, but I tried resisting for as long as possible. It is clear to me that writing reviews isn’t something that I have the energy or desire for at the moment and things are going to just get crazier as the semester starts. I am, however, still reading because otherwise I can’t sleep, so this will update with recent ratings and reviews and I encourage you to click through and follow my Goodreads if you want updates from me :).

Anya’s bookshelf: read

The Stone Sky
it was amazing
HOLY SHIT SO AMAZING!!!!-solid plot arc all on its own
-such amazing and epic reveals
-satisfying conclusion
-more awesome writing with second person
-find out the whole history of how things got this way

-really hard read for parents…

tagged:
aoc, 2017-must-read, and have-ecopy
Spell Booked
liked it
I bought this on a whim because retired witches sounded awesome. These witches aren’t actually retired so more like end of their career witches for at least the first book?The story was fun, the magic fairly well thought out, the myste…

Down Among the Sticks and Bones
really liked it
Really glad to be catching up with this series. I loved learning about Jack and Jill’s adventure though it doesn’t seem like it would stand on its own very well. Beautiful writing as ever!
tagged:
keep-an-eye-out-for and omg-need-like-air

 


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I may come back at some point when life gets easier to manage, but I don’t really foresee that happening anytime soon. Hopefully I’ll stay active on Goodreads though, and you’re always welcome to find me on social media or email for book recommendations or gushing!

Love you all forever!

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce {4 Stars}

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce {4 Stars}

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (The Song of the Lioness, #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on January 1, 2005
Genres: Fantasy, MG, YA
Page Length: 274 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins - one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

4 Stars

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Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn {5 Stars}

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn {5 Stars}

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn (Whisper Hollow #1)
Published by Penguin on Oct. 27th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Page Length: 292 pages
How I got my copy: BookLender
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In an all-new series, New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead…

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house—and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.

When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

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!

Hello everyone! Prizes have been sent out for the last couple of weeks, thanks for your patience during the delay! This week I have a couple of exciting additions to the pile:

Den of Wolves The Accidental Highwayman

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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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 Micheline for winning last week! Hope you love whatever you choose :D. This week has been a bit mad for me, so I don’t have anything new to add to the pile, but there are lots of amazing books to choose from still :D.

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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Adam by James Bushill {4 Stars}

Adam by James Bushill is a sci-fi thriller with a twist on the idea of artificial intelligence and a whole lot of action. I was excited by the prospect of a sci-fi inspired by Frankenstein and loved the futuristic world portrayed in this story right away. While I wished for a bit more discussion about why Adam chooses to do what he does, I heartily enjoyed reading this indie and definitely recommend it.

Note: This is an expedited review; I was paid to provide an unbiased review to the author and they chose for it to be published. For details, see my review policy.

Adam by James Bushill {4 Stars}

Adam by James Bushill
Published by Author on March 11th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 300 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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2101. The asteroid Metis. A runner jogs along a silent tunnel, tracked by a pool of light. Then there’s a noise, a low rumble, and in the distance, another light, which becomes two headlights moving fast, the lights of an enormous mining truck. Its cab is completely empty.

Ten years earlier, Victor and his wife created Adam, the world’s first biological supercomputer. They dreamed of changing the world.

Now, Victor sleeps alone in a hospital corridor in the pollution-shrouded city of Missoula, Montana, his dreams in tatters.

He doesn’t think his life could get any worse.

But then he’s forced to return to Metis.

And when that mission becomes a desperate fight for survival amid the dark tunnels of the abandoned mine, he must finally confront the terrifying consequences of his past actions.

4 Stars

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Updates from the Lair 11/01/15

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!). 

Happy November! I’m quite glad October is over since it ended up being a rather crazy roller coaster of a month ;-). We had a few trick-or-treaters last night, but it was raining so we were left with extra candy that I really don’t need to eat…. I discovered how to fit in more reading time: have the husband enroll in online classes that eat every second of his free time! Really, I’ve been working on my dissertation during that time mostly, but it’s still been nice to have extra productivity time.

My Week

Sweep in Peace

I’ve just finished Sweep in Peace, which is the second book in the serially published Innkeeper Chronicles. I don’t like reading on my computer, so I wait until the full story is done and read the book version. I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first book, but it is a fun series that really plays with mixing urban fantasy and alien science fiction! Also omg look at that cover *drools*.

Simon Thorn and the Wolf's DenI’ll be finishing Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den very soon and I am quite enjoying it. It’s a good middle grade in that it is action-packed and interesting, though I did see the twist coming ;-). This is going to be a great series for the younger generation and their parents who loved Animorphs though, haha.

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Book Blogger Trick-or-Treat! {Halloween Manicures}

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I’m really excited to join in the ladies of Great Imaginations for another year of trick-or-treating around the blogosphere! Last year I discussed my love of all things adorable for Halloween since I’m such a scaredy cat ;-). This year, I decided to feature my latest hobby for more of the non-scary side of Halloween with awesome Halloween-themed manicures! (Not book related at all today, sorry, not sorry!)

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Updates from the Lair 5/03/15

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!). 

Happy May! Man, what a crazy week it has been! For the last week and a half I was having some major insomnia, to the point of only being able to sleep for about three hours at a time before I woke up, got up, did some work, then went back to sleep a few hours later for a few more hours *sigh*. I seem to finally be out of that weirdness though! Classes are done (my last class ever!) and I have one final next week that I’m not worried about, so things should be less crazy going forward :D. I’m also all done with the last grading of the semester!

My Week

The Mad Apprentice

I started listening to the audio of The Mad Apprentice this week and I think I’m going to like it more than book one. My main concern with the world from the previous book was that these clearly sentient creatures were being captured and kept as slaves by the main character. However, in the very beginning of this book, Alice has an internal monologue about treating her creatures fairly and wanting them to be allies, so I’m happier!

The NoviceI started The Novice as my current physical ARC and it’s going all right. I haven’t had much energy for reading I’m afraid, but I’m liking the “demons” that are showing up because they are basically adorable little dragons (see his left shoulder on the cover!). Dragons!!!

The Tale of the Dueling NeurosurgeonsI was struck by a desire to read a non-fiction this week so I read the first couple chapters of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons because I looooooove pop science neuroscience books! At first I was excited, because the book is supposed to highlight lesser known case studies that revealed things about the brain, but so far I’m just kind of disturbed and disappointed with a lack of explanation of what neurological problem the first cases had. The emphasis has been much more on the disturbing behavior leading up to autopsy. I might skip ahead to more recent cases since they are probably better understood?

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Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci ARC {4 Stars}

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci is the sequel to Tin Star, but where Tin Star was lonely and introspective, Stone in the Sky is action-packed and addictive. I am so glad that I took the advice of other reviewers (Christina!) and dove into Stone in the Sky because once I was past the chapter of info-dumps, I couldn’t put Stone in the Sky down. I stayed up until 3am reading when I had meant to read just a few chapters and then I finished the next night :D. If you are a fan of space adventures and hard sci-fi with romance, just jump right into Stone in the Sky, no real need to read the first book!

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

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci ARC {4 Stars}

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star #2)
Published by Roaring Brook Press on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it's discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula's worst enemy.

4 Stars

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