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Updates from the Lair 11/03/13

Updates from the Lair

This week I’ve been still trying to recover from whatever bug I picked up traveling. I moved into the coughing constantly stage which was at first productive and then unproductive and painful :(. I finally slept through the night without waking myself up coughing last night though! I’m taking that as a sign of recovery ;-).

My Week

Cracked by Eliza Crewe I just finished Cracked by Eliza Crewe this week and omg guys you have to get this book when it comes out this week! If you like dark fantasy, you double have to get this book! I’m generally not a fan of dark fantasy, but Cracked made me a fan. The MC is Meda and she eats people’s souls, has a snarky sense of humor and internal dialogue, and runs into a couple of Templars-in-training who decide she is super important to the fate of the world. I was so surprised by the emotions Cracked was able to evoke in me in addition to the frequent chuckling over Meda’s internal dialogue :D.


I started Seraphina on audiobook and I also looooooove it! It’s been a good book week ;). For some reason when I tried this one the first time, I didn’t like the narration, but I really like it now, so *shrugs*. I will say that when Seraphina’s mom’s memories pop in, the narrator switches to a different woman and she sounds waaaay over dramatic. I’m glad that she isn’t the main narrator and kind of wish that the main narrator just narrated the whole thing. Oh well! It’s kind of cool to have a different female narrator for flashbacks since a different character is narrating, but only if both narrators are of equal caliber! Also I love Seraphina’s mind garden, so cool.

Indigo Awakening

After two great books, I’ve run into a bit of a downer in Indigo Awakening. I actually went into it knowing I might not like it since my blogger buddy Micheline didn’t enjoy it, but I need to read it since I foolishly requested Crystal Fire, the sequel, through NetGalley. I’m skimming already hoping I get to a part that is more enjoyable….

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

Reports from Other Lairs

Here are some awesome reviews and discussions you should check out :D


Brandon Sanderson announced two more books after Alloy of Law. He also explained that the Alloy of Law trilogy is not the second trilogy in the Mistborn saga that he promised, since that one is going to be more UF, so that one is still coming, Alloy of Law (1, 2, & 3) are just side projects that he is excited about right now and that’s how he works. I must admit I’m really happy to hear he is still going to be doing the UF Mistborn trilogy :D.

The Magic Breaks cover was revealed and I can’t stop drooling!!!

Spice up your Blog told us about blog habits that can drive away followers, good to know!

Jim C. Hines pointed out the damage that the gypsy trope in fantasy can do to the Roma people who are struggling with stereotypes enough as it is. Did you know that multiple children were wrongly removed from their families recently because they were blonde and so authorities thought they were kidnapped?? DNA testing proved otherwise, doh!

Shoes inspired by fairy tale villains, omg want them all!!!!


Cracked from Obsession with Books

Cracked from Bitches with Books (yes I loved Cracked so much that I want to include all the reviews!)

Merchant of Dreams from Bookworm Blues


Pawn from Xpresso Reads

These Broken Stars from My Friends are Fiction

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

© 2013 – 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. SERAPHINA! Ugh I love, love, love this book, Have you read A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan? SO GOOD.

  2. Glad you’re enjoying Seraphina. I figured it would be one that you’d like.

    I have a copy of Cracked that needs me to read it. :)

    I heard about the debacle over the blonde girl and the accusations of kidnapping. I winces as soon as I saw the stuff making the news, knowing that there would be a big bust-up and controversy hitting innocent families. Sigh. So tired of discrimination and prejudice like that.

  3. Cracked was a fail for me – the only redeeming thing about it was Meda and unfortunately that just wasn’t enough. Did I love her? Yes – the rest of if, worldbuilding, style of and pace of story…eh. I was blown away but the opening scenes and then was underwhelmed by the rest…

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that D: I agree that the opening scene was better than the rest, I think I realized that it was going to be a bit on the light YA side once I got into that and was okay with that ;-) I do wish Meda had remained as entertaining as she was in the beginning.

  4. I had no idea Cracked came out this week! Ugh I loved that book so much I’ll definitely need to pick up a copy. And I’m so glad they sticked with the smoky cover and not the weird templar looking one. I loved Meda’s sass, and the feels were unexpected as well :)

    • I was tracking that pub date closely so that I could make it in time. Sometime this week if I remember correctly ;-) Agreed about the cover! Though I’m not sure what the symbol is supposed to be >.>

  5. I really enjoyed Seraphina, especially the world building, and I’ll be excited to see your review. I’m not sure I want any of those villain inspired shoes since I have far fewer opportunities to wear heels than I have pairs of heels, but they’re certainly very cool! I hope you feel completely better soon :)

    • Hehe, I definitely never wear heels and have no outfits that could go with them, but I just want to own them to pet them >.>

  6. I hope you’re getting better, Anya. No fun not sleeping and coughing, etc. I also posted about the new Magic Breaks cover! And I like the article about what turns bloggers away. I’m working on moving my blog over to so I’m reading lots of blogging articles right now…lol

    I’m going to have to see what Cracked is all about. BTW, commentluv couldn’t find my site, but another site using it found it this morning so not sure what’s up with that.

    • Don’t you love that new cover?? I’m such a fan of the new cover model, I want them to redesign them all!

      Grr… I’ve reloaded commentluv, my host was having some issues this weekend so I’m hoping that was the problem… I can’t figure out what is going on with it otherwise D:

  7. kelpeterson says:

    I’m glad you’re finally edging toward healthy! Strangely, my cold hasn’t been kicking my butt (yet), but my first attempt at NaNoWriMo is doing just that. It’s been years since I did much writing, and two days in, I’m already wondering when I’ll find time to sleep, eat and read.

    Also glad you found some good reading material. I can’t say I loved “Seraphina” after I finally got around to it, but it was an interesting take on dragons and a solid three stars for me. Good luck on making it through Indigo Awakening and its sequel!

    • Haha, definitely one reason why I am not doing NaNo, there is no way I could fit it in! Not to mention I have no idea what I’d write >.>

      Finally done with Indigo Awakening, sigh. Seraphina is especially fun with the narration, I’m a huge fan of audiobooks when I pick a good narrator :D

      • kelpeterson says:

        Yes, I’m beginning to understand why I never tried NaNo before. And, of course, this is the month the library suddenly gets a bunch of titles I’ve been dying to read.

        It sounds like you’re not looking forward to Crystal Fire, but will feel obligated to read and review it anyway to keep your NetGalley stats intact. I wish you luck and much hot chocolate.

        Are you a fan of Diana Wynne Jones? The “Enchanted Glass” audiobook kept me smiling through several long road trips. :)

        • Yeah, Crystal Fire is not something I’m looking forward too, but I’m also okay with DNFing it and giving them feedback on that if I must. Now that I’ve gotten to the actual review book, it will be a bit of a relief!

          Oo, thanks for the audiobook recommendation! I’m always on the look out for more to use my credits on >.>

  8. It sucks being sick, I hope you’re feeling even better soon!
    I loved Seraphina too! Dragons obviously lol. Cracked does sound interesting, I’ve added it to my list of books to check out.
    Hope you have a great week!

  9. LeKeisha Thomas says:

    I guess we all have been sick. I’m still not able to breathe properly. I just got my voice back yesterday, and I’m able to keep food down now. That was not a cold, I don’t care what that Dr told me. LOL! I’ve been trying to read, but I’ve been pretty much incoherent these days. 10 days to be exact. I guess I’ll pick something to read soon. Happy Reading :-)

    • Probably the flu then! And maybe some food poisoning D: I’m so sorry you got so sick! Here’s to a healthier week for all!

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