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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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The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden ARC {5 Stars}

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden ARC {5 Stars}

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
Published by Harper Voyager on June 13th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Genre-bender, Sci-fi
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .
An emerging AI uprising . . .
And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.

It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.

5 Stars

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser ARC {5 Stars}

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser ARC {5 Stars}

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (Song of the Current)
Published by Bloomsbury on June 6th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

5 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 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
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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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Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers ARC {4.5 Stars}

Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers is a sci-fi that took me completely and utterly by surprise. I didn’t know much what to expect, but remembered that I thought it sounded good when I read the description. If a matriarchal futuristic society based on Indian cultural roots with a gunrunner turned princess trying to solve a murder mystery, stop a coup, and stay alive sounds good to you as well, don’t miss this! The comparisons on the back of the ARC discuss combining traits of Han Solo, Leia and Rey, and I whole-heartedly agree with that assessment :D.

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

Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers ARC {4.5 Stars}

Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers (The Indranan Wars #1)
Published by Orbit on Aug. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 432 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Meet Hail: Captain. Gunrunner. Fugitive.

Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.

But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can't do the one thing she did twenty years ago: run away. She'll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.

A gun smuggler inherits the throne in this Star Wars-style science fiction adventure from debut author K. B. Wagers. Full of action-packed space opera exploits and courtly conspiracy - not to mention an all-out galactic war - Behind the Throne will please fans of James S. A Corey, Becky Chambers and Lois McMaster Bujold, or anyone who wonders what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire . . .

4.5 Stars

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Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu eARC {4.5 Stars}

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda is a graphic novel I have wanted to read since I first heard of it over a year ago. I patiently waited for a physical volume to be released because my library didn’t get the electronic releases as they came out and I’m so glad I waited and could binge the whole first volume all at once. This novel is everything I hoped with gorgeous art, a terrifying but amazing world, and dark but strong characters. There are also a few jokes and happy moments to make things better :D.

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

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu eARC {4.5 Stars}

Monstress: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda (Monstress Vol #1)
Published by Image Comics on Nov. 4th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Page Length: 72 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.

4.5 Stars

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The Root by Na’amen Tilahun {4 Stars}

The Root by Na’amen Tilahun is pretty much everything I want in a book: vast world-building, unique and captivating magic, scary and other-worldly enemy, and characters that actually show the full spectrum of humanity in all its skin colors, genders, and sexualities. I picked this book up because I was so happy to see two heroes with dark skin on the cover, but what I got was so so so much more.

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

The Root by Na’amen Tilahun {4 Stars}

The Root by Na'amen Tilahun (Wrath and Athenaeum #1)
Published by Nightshade Books on June 7th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 410 pages
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A dark, gritty urban fantasy debut set in modern-day San Francisco, filled with gods, sinister government agencies, and worlds of dark magic hidden just below the surface.

When a secret government agency trying to enslave you isn’t the biggest problem you’re facing, you’re in trouble.

Erik, a former teen star living in San Francisco, thought his life was complicated; having his ex-boyfriend in jail because of the scandal that destroyed his career seemed overwhelming. Then Erik learned he was Blooded: descended from the Gods.

Struggling with a power he doesn’t understand and can barely control, Erik discovers that a secret government agency is selling off Blooded like lab rats to a rival branch of preternatural beings in ’Zebub—San Francisco’s mirror city in an alternate dimension.

Lil, a timid apprentice in ’Zebub, is searching for answers to her parents’ sudden and mysterious deaths. Surrounded by those who wish her harm and view her as a lesser being, Lil delves into a forgotten history that those in power will go to dangerous lengths to keep buried.

What neither Erik nor Lil realize is that a darkness is coming, something none have faced in living memory. It eats. It hunts. And it knows them. In The Root, the dark and surging urban fantasy debut from Na’amen Tilahun, two worlds must come together if even a remnant of one is to survive.

4 Stars

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The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson {4 Stars}

The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiography smuggled in using Sanderson’s name to get it past the Evil Librarians. At this point in Alcatraz’s life, he’s starting to get used to his Talent for breaking things and dealing with the fact that everything he knew growing up was a lie perpetrated by a librarian conspiracy. If you enjoyed the humor and lack of fourth wall in book one, you are in for another great read!

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

The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson {4 Stars}

The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz #2)
Published by Starscape on Feb. 16th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 368 pages
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In this second Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz finds himself on a mission to meet Grandpa Smedry when he gets swept up by a flying glass dragon filled with his unusual and mouthy Smedry cohorts.

Their mission? A dangerous, library-filled one, of course!

They are on their way to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria (which some silly people think was long ago destroyed!) where they must find Grandpa Smedry, look for clues leading to Alcatraz's potentially undead dead father, and battle the creepy, dangerous soul-sucking curators who await them.

4 Stars

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Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz ARC {3.5 Stars}

Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz is the second Book of Ore and continues the adventures of two kids in a world of living metal that has been used to make all the technology of their world. This story gets pretty dark and scary for a middle grade, but the world and magic are so freaking cool that I definitely recommend it as long as the reader can handle darker elements. If you’d rather check out my review for book one, here it is.

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

Waybound by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz ARC {3.5 Stars}

Waybound by Benny Zelkowicz, Cam Baity (The Books of Ore #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on April 12th, 2016
Genres: MG, Steampunk
Page Length: 352 pages
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Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner are a long way from home and entrenched in a struggle with no end in sight. The Foundry, an all-powerful company that profits off the living metal creatures of Mehk, is unleashing a wave of devastating attacks to crush the rebel army of mehkans known as the Covenant and capture Phoebe and Micah, dead or alive.

But the Covenant believes that their ancient god, Makina, has chosen Phoebe for a sacred task: to seek the Occulyth, a mysterious object they hope can turn the tide against the Foundry. With her father gone, Phoebe's once unshakable determination is broken, and while Micah tries to uphold the vow he made to protect her no matter the cost, their enemies are closing in and time is running out.

3.5 Stars

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