03 Jul
New Acquisitions: 7/3/2015

New Acquisitions: 7/3/2015

I know that I got a lot of new books at Book Expo, but even though it’s only been about a month since I’ve been back, I’ve managed to acquire a few more.  Clearly, I’m a book addict, and I should probably seek help. As usual, all descriptions come from Goodreads. From the kind folks at Pyr, we have Blood and Iron and Storm and Steel by John Sprunk.  I’d been eyeing Blood and Iron for some time now, because it seems to have a delightful amount of darkness and vengeance.  Here’s the synopsis of Book 1.  Doesn’t it sound awesome? Set in a richly-imagined world, this action-heavy […]

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01 Jul
“Jinn and Juice” by Nicole Peeler

“Jinn and Juice” by Nicole Peeler

Imagine a world where magical creatures are real and live among us.  We don’t see them, because they keep to themselves and try not to shatter our worldview.  These beings have their own pecking order, and even though we’re at the bottom of the chain, we could be a threat if we were to band together and try to eradicate them.  And so, they hide in the shadows and go about their business.  Now, imagine that all of that is happening in Pittsburgh. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh was the nearest real city to my hometown.  That […]

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30 Jun
June 2015: A Month in Review

June 2015: A Month in Review

Apparently I haven’t done my usual month-in-review post since April.  Ooops.  May was crazy busy, as you can see by comparing the number of books I read/reviewed in May vs. June.  I’m also a bit behind on my Goodreads reading challenge, as my goal is to read 75 books this year, but I’ve only reviewed 28 so far.  Think I can do it? Books I Read in May Books I Read in June Blogging Plans for July So, even though I planned on having a review up before the publication date, I still haven’t finished Oathkeeper, the sequel to Grudgebearer, which I […]

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25 Jun
“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

It all started with the taxidermied raccoon.  I don’t normally read memoirs or books about depression, even if they do promise to be funny.  A little too real, a little too close to home.  In general, I prefer my books to be set in other worlds, other times, other cultures.  I want to experience something new.  But as I was sitting in line for two hours at Book Expo trying to snag a copy of Six of Crows, I started to see people walking around with a book called Furiously Happy.  The cover was intriguing.  The dead raccoon was both […]

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23 Jun
“The Invasion of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

“The Invasion of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen continues the riveting story of a young queen’s struggle to stay true to her ideals in the face of impending doom.  In the previous book, Kelsea Raleigh chose to end human trafficking to the nearby country of Mortmense, and as a result, the Red Queen is now poised to invade the Tearling.  Kelsea knows that she could stop it by restoring the slave trade, but she’s not going to, because by doing so, she’d be reinstating a great evil.  Instead, she desperately tries to find a solution that doesn’t end with either the […]

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18 Jun
Mini-Review: “Kabu Kabu” by Nnedi Okorafor

Mini-Review: “Kabu Kabu” by Nnedi Okorafor

You know that feeling when you read something by an author and then are like “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!” because you’re blown away by these vast and rich worlds that are different that anything you’ve read about in your entire life, and you can’t stop thinking about the stories for weeks?  That’s how I felt after reading Kabu Kabu, a collection of short stories by Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor’s stories can broadly be characterized as SF/F, but unlike most SF/F, they aren’t rooted in a European tradition.  Instead, Okorafor draws from Nigerian mythology to create something truly unique.  The […]

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16 Jun
“Hidden Huntress” by Danielle L. Jensen

“Hidden Huntress” by Danielle L. Jensen

  Stolen Songbird was one of my favorite books of 2014, and so I was incredibly excited to be able to read the sequel, Hidden Huntress.  Hidden Huntress resumes the story of Cecile, a young woman who was kidnapped by trolls in an attempt to break the curse that holds them under the mountain. This post will contain some spoilers from the first book, so if you haven’t read it, jump back to my earlier review. At the end of Stolen Songbird, Tristan manages to free Cecile from Trollus, sending her back to her own world, where she joins her mother in […]

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14 Jun
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 6

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 6

Kushiel’s Dart by raemae on DeviantArt Today I’m hosting the next installment of our conversation about Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.  This week’s reading covers chapters 46-64.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, this post will contain spoilers through the end of chapter 64. Feel free to use the Linky at the bottom of the post to link up your own thoughts about this section! One of the questions from last week dealt with initial impressions of Waldemar Selig’s steading.  Now that we’ve finally met him, what are your thoughts about him?  Do you think he suspects that Phedre […]

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10 Jun
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 5 (late-ish)

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 5 (late-ish)

Protect and Serve. by Lady-Ike on DeviantArt Hi everyone!  Here’s the next installment of the Kushiel’s Dart readalong.  This week’s questions were written by Brittany from Igret’s Corner.  The discussion will contain spoilers through chapter 45, so if you haven’t read that far, jump back to some earlier posts from the readalong instead. In this section we see Melisande betraying Delaunay and Phedre. Did you see this coming? Why or why not? Also, what do you think Melisande’s highest loyalty is to? Melisande is loyal to herself and anything that will give her power.  I agree with Phedre that I […]

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09 Jun
Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 4 (late)

Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Week 4 (late)

Melisande -sketch- by zeldyn on DeviantArt So, I know that I’m behind on the readalong, but since I am technically hosting this coming week, I’m going to try super hard to get caught up really fast.  The Week 4 questions come from Dab of Darkness. Alcuin finally talked with Delaunay about being uncomfortable serving Naamah. He spent 3 days in the sanctuary of Naamah and came out with a lighter heart. What do you think occurred there? I think he bore a certain burden of guilt knowing that he wasn’t enjoying his service to Naamah, and realized through talking it […]

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