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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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Updates from the Lair 2/15/15

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!). 

Hi lovely people! Just so you know (since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and all) I love you all so much and really appreciate being able to talk to you about books and life :D. How was my week? Hmmmm, strange, that’s definitely the theme for the week. I had my MRI of my back on Wednesday and they had to put me under general anesthesia because of how much pain I am in laying flat. Before they could bring me into the room though a code was called for the child that was in there and everyone was freaking out so I hung out on my gurney in a corner for a while which was obviously a bit weird. Everything else went fine though, I didn’t have any of the negative side effects of anesthesia, woot! The one problem though is that even though I was unconscious, apparently my muscles and nerve still freaked out because Wednesday evening and all day Thursday were very painful in new and exciting ways. I’m better now though and spending Valentine’s Day weekend getting caught up on grading and hopefully blog things! Grades are due this evening and then I have two grant proposals due on Friday this week so it’s another crazy week but this should be the end of the craziness for a while :D. Oh and I had an exam that went really well despite massive amounts of pain killers, ha.

My Week

The Awakened KingdomI plowed through The Awakened Kingdom on Saturday morning because I couldn’t resist this novella ;-). It does spoil the major events of the Inheritance Trilogy, but if you have read the trilogy or don’t care about being spoiled, you should DEFINITELY pick this one up because it is so hilarious. A baby godling is the narrator and as she figures things out, she relates them to the reader in really amusing ways.

Kushiel's DartI’m slowly working my way through Kushiel’s Dart with buddy readers Pabkins and Leeanna! I can see why so many fantasy fans adore this series since the world and writing are amazing. I am also really excited to see how sex is handled given Phedre’s preferences and what it really means to be struck by Kushiel’s Dart :D.

Dove ArisingI got the chance to snag an audio copy of Dove Arising so that is my latest audiobook and I’m really enjoying it. The narrator is a bit girly but that is how the main character’s voice is described, so holding true to the character is important. I’m loving the sci-fi Hunger Games style plot that seems to be emerging ;-). I discovered I can listen while grading projects pretty easily as long as the students didn’t screw up too much, so I’ve been getting a fair amount read!

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Updates from the Lair 2/08/15

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!). 

Another crazy week! I was able to get a couple of bloggy things done though because one morning I woke up at 7 am for no reason and wrote some reviews for once :D. I also was able to actually get a lot of reading done last weekend because the boy was working night shifts. And now I have an exam and deadlines next week so that’s probably going to be my only blogging time for a while ;-).

My Week

SeekerI’m over halfway through Seeker on audio and still really enjoying it! It takes a while but now I’m finding out about all the history and science/magic (same thing after a while after all) that the Seekers have control over. Plus I really love broken characters so these four are working well for me, ha! Also the audiobook is really excellent, the narrator is Scottish and a delight to listen to but also does the Chinese voices really well to my ear :D.

Dead HeatWoot, woot! I snagged a copy of Dead Heat from NetGalley and couldn’t resist diving in. The supernatural mystery is so compelling and it’s great to be hanging out with Anna and Charlie again *swoons*. The end of Fair Game freaking tortured me so I’m SOOOOO excited to find out what is going to happen next with the Fae! READ THIS SERIES!

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