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Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong {Just Hatched}

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Note: I received an advanced copy of Loki’s Wolves from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong {Just Hatched}

Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong (The Blackwell Pages #1)
Published by Little Brown on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 358 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

2 Stars

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The Found and the Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin {2 Stars}

by Ursula K. Le Guin
Published by Saga Press Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Novella, Sci-fi
How I got my copy: Publisher

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

This is going to be a very different review than I normally post because I want to get down my thoughts, but they are scattered and completely due to where my brain is at currently. This is very much a time when my rating is a reflection on my experience only and not any attempt at an objective evaluation of these stories. Basically, I can’t evaluate these stories in a way that I consider fair because they just aren’t working for my reading mood right now.

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Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland {Just Hatched}

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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.

Young fans of the Wings of Fire series will enjoy watching the history of the current series unfold as legendary dragons emerge from their eggs and start down the paths that lead to conflict within families and between the dragon nations.   Fans will enjoy knowing where the paths lead as they follow the tales of young heroes and villains, awkward and questioning as youngsters themselves, wondering if somehow all of the heartbreak could have been avoided with different choices.  But, as with classic Greek tragedy, we realize that some destinies cannot be avoided, even with the magical gift of foresight.

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

Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland {Just Hatched}

Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire - Legends #1)
Published by Scholastic Press on June 28, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 400 pages
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Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning... of the end.

In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus -- capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.

In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold -- and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.

And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.

Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy... darkness is born.

2 Stars

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

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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
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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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Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings {Just Hatched}

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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.

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings is a middle grade story of a young girl seeking to rescue her father after he doesn’t return home from a fishing trip. The thing that makes Song of the Deep stand out, however, is that it is the novelization of a video game by the same name where you experience Merryn’s adventure first hand!

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

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings {Just Hatched}

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings
Published by Sterling on July 12th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, MG, Steampunk
Page Length: 176 pages
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Twelve-year-old Merryn lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. Each day, her father braves the tumultuous waves and returns home in time for dinner. One stormy evening, he doesn’t come back. Merryn has a vision that he’s been dragged underwater by a terrifying sea creature, and he needs her help. Determined to rescue him, Merryn builds a tiny submarine and embarks on a journey through the undersea worlds she’s only heard about in her father’s lullabies. As she faces the dangers and wonders of the world below the waves, she realizes that her father’s stories were all real.

Readers can also experience Merryn’s daring journey firsthand in the new Song of the Deep video game from acclaimed developer Insomniac Games.

2 Stars

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Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin {Just Hatched}

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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.

Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin is a story about a young woman with a special connection to the forest she swore to protect and a queen to help. From first impressions, Woodwalker seems like a pretty straight forward fantasy adventure with a plucky heroine, a bit of interesting magic, and a queendom in need of saving.

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

Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin {Just Hatched}

Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin
Published by Harper Voyager on May 17th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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“What on earth would I gain from that?” I asked him. “Risk my own neck by violating my banishment just to leave you? The sentence placed on me if I return is execution. If I’m entering the mountains again, I’d damn well better get something out of it.”

Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne.

And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker—a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she’s hung from, she not only feels a duty to aide Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more.

A grand quest in the tradition of great epic fantasies, filled with adventure and the sharp wit—and tongue—of a unique hero,Woodwalker is the perfect novel to start your own journey into the realm of magical fiction.

2 Stars

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Everland by Wendy Spinale {Just Hatched}

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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.

Everland by Wendy Spinale is a Peter Pan retelling set in a post-war England where London has been completely decimated and the kids remaining are barely surviving. I was drawn in by that gorgeous cover immediately and am happy that the steampunk wings show up right away. However, this seems like a retelling that is a bit too gimmicky for my taste.

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

Everland by Wendy Spinale {Just Hatched}

Everland by Wendy Spinale
Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th, 2016
Genres: Alternative History, Steampunk
Page Length: 320 pages
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Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

2 Stars

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson {Just Hatched}

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I’m about a hundred pages into this well-written novel of political intrigue and simmering rebellion.  It features a strong and highly intelligent young woman, Baru Cormorant, born on a peaceful, tropical island that was conquered during her early childhood.  She studies hard at the imperial school with the intent of changing the system from within …. in direct conflict with her strong, warrior mother who believes that more direct measures will be necessary.

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

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson {Just Hatched}

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Published by Tor Books on September 15th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 399 pages
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THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman's mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it.

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They'll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she'll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery - and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

2 Stars

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Star Wars Psychology Edited by Travis Langley {Just Hatched}

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Star Wars Psychology is a book outside of my normal reading selections, but once in a while I like to try something different ;-). I of course grew up a Star Wars fan given how nerdy my parents are and am loving the new wave of Star Wars fandom. I also really enjoy pop science non-fiction from time to time, so I thought this one could be fun. It didn’t quite work for me, but fans who want to also learn a bit about psychology will probably enjoy it!

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

Star Wars Psychology Edited by Travis Langley {Just Hatched}

Star Wars Psychology by Travis Langley
Published by Sterling on Oct. 27th, 2015
Genres: Non-fiction, Sci-fi
Page Length: 320 pages
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This essay collection offers a fascinating psychological analysis of the compelling and complex universe of George Lucas's richly rendered Star Wars series. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this psychologically spellbinding world.

2 Stars

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Death Wave by Ben Bova {Just Hatched}

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Death Wave by Ben Bova is definitely a dark book.  The setting is the near future Earth, where climate change has rewritten the map of the planet’s shorelines, causing waves of refugees to seek shelter inland, while improvements in robotics have eliminated countless jobs.  The good news is that humanity has united and begun to establish colonies within our own solar system and has managed to send explorers to a planet in a nearby system ….. where they have encountered a New Earth, created by alien machines and somehow populated with humans … or so they would like us to think.  But since the aliens are providing humans with new technologies and seem friendly, much of our population is willing to look the other way and profit by our apparent good fortune.

The crisis of the book is that a wave of gamma radiation is hurtling through space toward Earth, scheduled to arrive in two thousand years.  Naturally, human rulers are not too quick to take action, even when they find out that other intelligent species are closer to the edge of the titular death wave.  Leaving our intrepid main characters to make the difficult decision about what to do with their knowledge …. and compassion.

Death Wave by Ben Bova {Just Hatched}

Death Wave by Ben Bova (Star Quest #2)
Published by Tor Books on November 17, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi
Page Length: 416 pages
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Six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind’s expansion beyond the solar system

In Ben Bova’s previous novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.

When Kell and his team return to Earth, many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell’s news. He must convince Earth’s new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy’s heart.

2 Stars

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