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The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin eARC {5 Stars}

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin eARC {5 Stars}

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth #3)
Published by Orbit on Aug. 15th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 432 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

5 Stars

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

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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab {4 Stars}

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab {4 Stars}

A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)
Published by Tor Books on Feb. 21st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 624 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

4 Stars

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The Midnight Star by Marie Lu Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu is the concluding book of the Young Elites trilogy. Adelina must confront the growing darkness in her and decide whether her sister’s life is worth rejoining with her friends-turned-enemies to save the world. If you’ve been wondering what these Young Elite powers really are, this is the book for you!

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

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Narrated by Carla Corvo, Lannon Killea
(The Young Elites #3)
Published by GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on Oct. 11th, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 316 pages
Audio Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

4 Stars

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The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin was one of my most anticipated sequels this year because the previous book, The Fifth Season (huge award winner!), was probably my favorite book last year. The things I loved about The Fifth Season are continued and made more epic in this sequel, and they include a unique and fascinating world, part of the story told in second person that actually WORKS, and amazing narration for the audiobook. As a bonus, lots of underrepresented voices are important in this series, including many characters of color, a transgender character, and many non-straight characters *celebrates*.

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

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles
(The Broken Earth #2)
Published by Orbit on Aug. 18th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 448 pages
Audio Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.

4 Stars

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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
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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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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
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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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The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May eARC {4 Stars}

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May continues the break-neck adventure started in The Falconer, filled with steampunk and fae goodness along with a bit of supernatural love story. If you loved The Falconer, but didn’t like being tortured with that cliffhanger, I think you are going to quite enjoy continuing the story ;-).

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

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May eARC {4 Stars}

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (The Falconer #2)
Published by Chronicle Books on June 21st, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

Rich with imaginative detail, action, fae lore, and romance, The Vanishing Throne is a thrilling sequel to The Falconer.

4 Stars

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The Last Star by Rick Yancey Audiobook {5 Stars}

The Last Star by Rick Yancey is a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. There is really no way to talk about this book without spoiling the previous ones, so if you haven’t read The 5th Wave yet, check out my review and get on that! Now that it’s just us insiders here, trust that you should take a vacation day because you aren’t going to want to put this book down.

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

The Last Star by Rick Yancey Audiobook {5 Stars}

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Narrated by Ben Yannette, Phoebe Strole
(The 5th Wave #3)
Published by GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24th, 2016
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
Audio Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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The Last Star is the heart-stopping finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner.

'Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' The New York Times

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.

5 Stars

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Half Lost by Sally Green Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Half Lost by Sally Green is the conclusion to the Half Bad trilogy and wow did this trilogy wreck my emotions. Before I jump into specifics about this book below (with spoilers for the first two books), let me just say to those of you who haven’t started this trilogy that it is totally worth it. If you want morally ambiguous YA with homosexual relationships valued equally and cool magic, READ THIS NOW! Okay, now that I’ve addressed the uninitiated, let’s get to the good stuff ;-). I am literally tearing up as I read the description of this again and I finished it weeks ago!

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

Half Lost by Sally Green Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Half Lost by Sally Green
Narrated by Carl Prekopp
(The Half Bad Trilogy #3)
Published by Viking Penguin on March 29th, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
Audio Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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This is the final battle.

The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.

Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.

4.5 Stars

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The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells ARC {4 Stars}

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells is the first in a spin-off trilogy set in the same world as her previous Raksura books. I found this a great place to jump in even though I haven’t read the previous trilogy, so have no fear! The Three Worlds are full of a vast array of intelligent and semi-intelligent species along with a unique ecosystem for them to live (giiiiiiiiiaaaaant trees!). I loved getting to know these characters and discovering this world and I’m definitely now hooked on these books.

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

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells ARC {4 Stars}

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells (The Books of the Raksura #4)
Published by Nightshade Books on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 400 pages
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An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura, shape-shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups. The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas, near the deeps of the impassable Ocean. They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.

Prior to the groundlings’ arrival, the Indigo Cloud court had been plagued by visions of a disaster that could destroy all the courts in the Reaches. Now, the court’s mentors believe the ancient city is connected to the foretold danger. A small group of warriors, including consort Moon, an orphan new to the colony and the Raksura’s idea of family, and sister queen Jade, agree to go with the groundling expedition to investigate. But the predatory Fell have found the city too, and in the race to keep the danger contained, the Raksura may be the ones who inadvertently release it.

The Edge of Worlds, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, returns to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads for the first book in a new series of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

4 Stars

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