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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!

Things have been mercifully quiet on the book front since I got back from BEA, so I only have a few things to celebrate and most are actually due to BEA still, haha. I’ve been quite good at not purchasing more books, though that just makes me want to congratulate myself by going out and buying a book >.>.


Spoils and Tribute

Traitor’s Blade (Wunderkind Publicity, Solicited) – I met with the lovely people of Wunderkind Publicity while at BEA and mentioned that Traitor’s Blade was one of the books high on my list for this summer. They were nice enough to send me a finished copy this week *pets*.

Shattering the Ley (DAW, Solicited) – This one is being pitched as the next Rothfuss or Sanderson, so obviously I’m all over that!

The Name of the Blade (Candlewick, Solicited) – They had run out of this one at BEA when I went to chat with Candlewick folks, so one of the publicists took down my info and sent me a copy, yey and thank you!!!

The Vault of Dreamers (Macmillan, Solicited) – I picked up a signed copy of this at BEA, but gave that to a friend who couldn’t attend BEA, so this is great to have a copy to read myself.

Flight of the Golden Harpy  Bone Season Paperback The Queen of the Tearling

Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus (Tor, Unsolicited) – Just got this in the mail the other day. I had had it on my wishlist but haven’t been seeing that great of things about it, so I haven’t decided what to do yet. Thoughts?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury, Unsolicited) – “What?? Anya, you put this in the wrong section!” No, I didn’t, I swear! Apparently there is a Bone Season reread happening on Goodreads in August and the lovely people at Bloomsbury sent me the paperback so that I can read-along. Am I going to you ask? Hell yes! I’ve been wanting to read this one for so long so this is the PERFECT kick in the pants and I hope you join in too :D.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (HarperCollins, Unsolicited) – I started the eARC of this a while ago and haven’t yet found the time to get back to it but quite enjoyed what I read. Therefore, I’ll definitely be prioritizing finishing this one since it sounds awesome!

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough The House of the Four Winds Stories of the Raksura The Jewel Exquisite Captive The Perilous Sea In A Handful of Dust

The Fire Wish (Random House, NetGalley) – Jinnis might be my new favorite fantasy being and I’m really liking this trend so I was pumped to get approved for The Fire Wish!

The House of the Four Winds (Tor, NetGalley) – *flails* It’s so preeeeeeeettyyyyyyy! :D

Stories of the Raksura (Night Shade, Edelweiss) – I went a bit crazy on Edelweiss this week and decided to download all those eARCs I’d been eyeing and not sure about, but want to take a peek at. I haven’t read the Cloud Roads books, but I have them waiting for me and want to jump into this world.

The Jewel (HarperCollins, Edelweiss) – I didn’t grab this one at BEA since I was convinced it wouldn’t be an Anya book, but now word is starting to trickle in that it might not be just another romance full of teen angst, so I decided to find out for myself!

Exquisite Captive (HarperCollins, Edelweiss) – I also didn’t grab this one at BEA because I wasn’t drawn in by title or cover, but everyone is going crazy about it, so again, I must investigate.

The Perilous Sea (HarperCollins, Edelweiss) – I haven’t read Burning Sky yet but I want to, so I’m trying to make that more likely by pressuring myself ;-).

In a Handful of Dust (HarperCollins, Edelweiss) – Same as above, I haven’t had a chance to read Not a Drop to Drink yet, but I know lots of you loved it, so I’m preparing myself to go on a binge.


Shadow and Bone Siege and Storm Ruin and Rising

So when I first wrote up this post, I had purchased no books I was so proud of myself! Then I went to the Fierce Reads event >.>. I actually only bought Ruin and Rising since I of course had the other two already, but I wanted to show you the pretty signatures :D.

Spoils and Tribute

So before the Fierce Reads event I was of course hanging out in a bookstore and couldn’t avoid peeking in the used book section >.>. I was able to hold out for a while, but then I saw the pristine hardcover of Rebel Spring for like $5 and could not resist. It wonderfully matches my unread hardcover of Falling Kingdoms! I will read these books sometime I promise! I also spotted a beautiful hardcover of The Scorpio Races for a similar steal and had to give it a good home. I tried this one previously from the library and couldn’t get into it at the time, but I think I’m ready to try again now that I’m craving unconventional fantasy. The stack of ARCs is not in the wrong section! I scavenged those from my friend’s extras pile since I wasn’t able to grab some of them at BEA. This is fortunate for you since it means I’ll be able to give them away after I read them :D.

Planning to Pillage

(i.e. new to the wishlist)

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows + Girl who is a spy + Awesome cover with crazy cloak? I’m game :D

The Midnight Queen

This one looks like it will be delicious traditional fantasy with some twists, yey!

What have you gotten recently? What are you looking forward to?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings-Anya

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  1. Is it bad that I’m comforted to know there are people out there WAY worse about book buying than I? ;) Awesome book haul!

    I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on “The Bone Season.” I borrowed it from the library when it first came out and…eh… I sincerely hope they’ve fixed all the typos in the paperback (and maybe done some serious editing while they’re at it). Yeah, that book and I didn’t quite get along.

    I’ve actually been good. I haven’t bought a single book since my quick Amazon order after my massive Better World Books splurge last week. *cue innocent face*
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    • Haha, to be fair, I’m not actually on a book buying ban ;-). I just haven’t really felt like buying more books that will sit on my shelf and not be read lately :(

      I was quite skeptical when Bone Season was blowing up since the description just didn’t appeal to me. However, my book bestie absolutely adores it so I must try for her ;-).

      I still need to check out Better World Books, it sounds like lots of fun!

  2. The Midnight Queen sounds SO good! I love books with badass girls breaking the rules!
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  3. The vault of dreamers sounds interesting :) The bone season is pretty good and I can’t wait to read my eARC from The queen of tearling. I love the cover. I see some books from Edelweiss/Netgalley there I also downloaded and I can’t wait to read them all. YOU HAVE PRINCESS OF THORNS. *flails*

    Happy reading.
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    • Yey, lots of great books to read :D

      Oo, good to know there is interest in a Princess of Thorns giveaway ;-)

  4. So stories of the Raksura isn’t the first in a series I take it?
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    • It is two short stories in the same world as the Cloud Roads books, but I think the focus is on different characters so I should be able to read them out of publication order?

  5. Ah! I’m so jealous of your haul this week! :) So many books I can’t wait to read! I hope you enjoy them!

  6. GIRL, WHOA! SO much awesome in this post! I’m reading The Fire Wish right now. I am happy that NetGalley had a good heart and decided to give me books again. I’m going to do better this time around.
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  7. Nice haul of books. It’s always nice to have your own copies of books to own. The Fierce Reads event looks like it was awesome. Enjoy your new goodies.

    Books of Love
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    • Thanks! Yeah, exactly, I just like looking at them on my shelves and lending them out so much that I need my own copies!

  8. Oh, wow, your new pile of wonder is stunning. Truly. Shattering the Ley sounds interesting – but I fear nothing comes quite close enough to Rothfuss these days … :)
    Here’s my Stack for this week:

    • Yeah, sadly Shattering the Ley definitely didn’t come close to Rothfuss’ writing…. I actually didn’t finish it D:

  9. I’ve been trying to keep a leash on my book buying this summer and am totally failing as well. At least there are no big events near me to tempt me, that Fierce Reads event looks awesome! I would have gone nuts!

    • Haha, I’ve literally just been avoiding bookstores because I know I can’t resist once I’m in one! But then I had to go in one and look what happened!!

  10. Loving the cover of The Midnight Queen–I’ll be adding that one to my wish list. Great haul! Love all the books :-) isn’t the PB of The Bone Season so pretty? Love it! Enjoy them all

  11. Ooh, what lovely loot you have accumulated!

    I recently went to a charity “pay-by-the-centimeter” book sale and there were literally thousands of books for no money at all, so while keeping a really tight rein on myself, I still managed to come home with about 20 new, beautiful and very cheap books :)
    Having said that, I’m very jealous of your signed Grisha books! ;)

    • Omg that is awesome! Especially since it was a charity event, I love when I can justify spending books for a good cause ;-). When I was at BEA I got a couple of books in a bag that I didn’t really think fit me and happened to go to an event at a charity bookstore so I just handed the two books to the staff and they were happy and so was I :D

  12. I see one or two I would be willing to steal from you on that pile.
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  13. The Scorpio Races is one of my all time favorite books, definitely give it a second chance :)
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    • Woot, will do :D. I was definitely more into traditional fantasy at the time and so didn’t get what I was expecting, but now that I know, I think I’ll really like it!

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