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Care to Matriculate?: Ten Top Schools of Science & Magic | My Musings

**Today's List: Back to School Freebie **

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, “was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!”


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The next Top Ten Tuesday can be anything school related, so I have chosen 10 of my favorite school based SFF books/series. No I didn't include Harry Potter since... duh.

 

For series, I have only included the cover for the first book. Hover to read the publisher's summary.

 

Buy | +GR

Buy | +GR

 

 1) "The Circle of Magic" by Tamora Pierce (MG, F)

Craft Magic taught by individual mentors

 

2) "The Elemental Trilogy" by Sherry Thomas (YA, F)

 How many of Eton's boys are magical? Which side are they on?

 

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Buy | +GR

 

3) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (MG, SF)

Futuristic military school for even the youngest children

 

4) "Hyperspace High" series by Zac Harrison (YA, SF)

High School on a Spaceship

 

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Buy | +GR

 

5) "The Keeper of Lost Cities" series by Shannon Messenger (MG, F)

This is the only non-boarding school on the list

 

6) "The Magisterium" series by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare (MG, F)

Learning elemental magic underground

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Can of Wyrms: One Good Dragon Deserves Another | Review

One Good Dragon Deserves Another - Rachel Aaron, Vikas Adam

A little less Urban, this Fantasy is still just as much fun

 

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.

 

 

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Source: I borrowed this book from a family member, and definitely plan to purchase it. The audiobook is available exclusively through Audible & Amazon.

 

BOOK DETAILS:

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron, read by Vikas Adam, published by Audible Studios (2015) / Length: 18 hrs 9 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #2 of 3 (so far) in the "Heartstrikers" series. Book #3, No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, is out now and will be available on audio 9/13/16.

 

**This review contains spoilers for the previous book(s).**

 

SUMMARY:

I am still a huge fan of Julius & Marci, and am beginning to develop some appreciation for a few of the other dragons as well.

 

One of the strengths of this series is the way it takes some very common fantasy elements and uses them in a unique way. And I really like the narrative voice.

 

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Dragon, Dragons, and more Dragon's | New Audiobook Releases

New Releases

Each week there are dozens of scifi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction audiobooks released. I highlight the most talked about and/or interesting looking ones from that week. The first person to correctly identify any 3 of the 6 books below I took the key words in the title from will get a virtual shout-out in next week's post & tweet. (I'm doing this to try and make it more fun for me to improve my titles.)

 

Disclosure: GMB uses affiliate links, clicking and making a purchase may result in a small commission for me.

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, I have not read these books and thus can't give content warnings.


Today Tor.com is releasing a special compilation composed of 10 full length books, including The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster; Patchwerk by David Tallerman; Lustlocked by Matt Wallace; A Song for No Man's Land by Andy Remic; The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle; The Devil You Know by K. J. Parker; The Absconded Ambassador by Michael R. Underwood; Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon; Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire; The Emperor's Railroad by Guy Haley. They also had a previous compilation.

Buzzed About

Spellwright, Book #3: Spellbreaker

By: Blake Charlton / Narrator: Kevin T Collins / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 23:15

"While hunting neodemons in her role as Warden of Ixos, Leandra obtains a prophetic spell that provides a glimpse one day into her future. She discovers that she is doomed to murder someone she loves, soon, but not who. That's a pretty big problem for a woman who has a shark god for a lover, a hostile empress for an aunt, a rogue misspelling wizard for a father, and a mother who - especially when arguing with her daughter - can be a real dragon. "

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

It's About Time

(Popular books that are now available on Audio)

Ad Astra

By: Jack Campbell / Narrator: Adam Verner / Pub: Tantor Audio / Length: 7:09

 

"In this collection of short stories, New York Times best-selling author Jack Campbell explores what kinds of problems mankind might face as our horizons expand."

 

Whispersync Deal Alert*: Kindle + Audible = $7.60.

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I Fend Off a Threatening Slump | Sunday Summary #16

After falling further behind, rather than catching up, I was briefly tempted to just chuck it all.

 

The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer, is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Caution: Her site has sidebar ads that sometimes contain cover images which may be offensive to some.


Last week I wrote about how I read too much and got behind on writing and other blogging tasks (as well as real life stuff as well). This week I spent 3 days fighting an on & off migraine. I couldn't help thinking that if I didn't have the blog, I would have a lot less stuff on my to do list.

 

But that same day, I saw an announcement for SciFi Month (coming up in November). I looked at my calendar and spent the next hour brainstorming how I could rearrange things to better participate. I was reminded of how much I enjoy sharing the books I love. Add to that that I won the $5 Amazon Gift Card from the SFF Friday link up again this week (I won it back on the very first week I participated) and I was encouraged not to give up.

 

However, I am most definitely behind on the Twitter research for my Creating Community efforts. So if you have any Twitter tips, please visit the link and share. As specific question, is it possible to add 2 links to the same Tweet? (If so, how?)

Last Week on GMB

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Spooky but not Scary: The Poe Estate | Review

The Poe Estate - Polly Shulman, Jorjeana Marie, Listening Library

A YA Contemporary Fantasy that wasn't too much for this non-horror fan.

 

Sukie's been lonely since the death of her big sister, Kitty - but Kitty's ghost is still with her. At first that was comforting, but now Kitty's terrifying anyone who gets too close. Things get even weirder when Sukie moves into her family's ancestral home, and an older, less familiar ghost challenges her to find a treasure. Her classmate, Cole, is also experiencing apparitions. Fortunately an antique broom's at hand to fly Sukie and Cole to the New York Circulating Material Repository's spooky Poe Annex. As they search for clues and untangle ancient secrets, they discover their histories intertwine and are as full of stories of love, revenge, and pirate hijinks as some of the most famous fiction.

 

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Source: I purchased this book myself from Audible.

 

BOOK DETAILS:

The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman, read by Jorjeana Marie, published by Listening Library (2015) / Length: 6 hrs 46 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is book #3 in the "The Grimm Legacy" trilogy (also known as "The Repository" series). The books can be read as standalones, but some characters do carry over. The author is not currently planning to write any additional books in this series.

 

SUMMARY:

I almost didn't read this book, which would have been a shame. I hadn't liked the previous book in this series and am decidedly not a horror fan; but I did like the first one, and was able to get this one from the library, so I gave it a chance. Turns out that it's my favorite one of the three.

 

While there are some spooky parts, and they learn about the murder of  a young child in the past, the book didn't strike me as scary at all (and I'm a wimp).

 

Aside from the story itself, I love the whole cast of characters. We get some from the first book and some great new ones.

 

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But I Wanted You to Have a Normal Life | My Musings

**Today's Topic: Dangerous Secrets Kept or Shared**

Wherein I present a hated or loved trope and discuss it using examples.


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**This discussion contains minor spoilers for the following book: The River's Edge**

 

Today's Topic = Dangerous Secrets

 

Welcome to my first ever "Rants & Raves." This will be an every-other-month subfeature of "My Musings," the weekly discussion post here at Got My Book.

 

I have decided to start off with my current biggest pet peeve. I hate it when parents or other responsible adults keep important secrets from the main characters that put them in danger of dying, of harming others, or even just of experiencing shocking life changes they are completely unprepared for.

 

I am not talking about secrets maliciously kept by antagonists here. These are instead the secrets kept by loving parents/guardians, who claim benevolent reasons. Things that the character in question had a right to know and needed to know in order to be prepared.

 

All of these examples come from books I enjoyed enough to purchase.

 

The Rants

 

The River Immortals, Book #1: River’s Edge

By: Erin Keyser Horn / Narrator: Carin Gilfry Lawrence

"18-year-old Kasia Maier planned to spend her summer studying turtles in the sand prairie, not trudging through fearsome backwaters with her new coworker, Blayne. And when a monster drags Blayne into the Mississippi River, Kasia never expected herself to jump in after him. She saves him, but soon she's discovering the monstrous in other places... including herself.

 

Now she's wavering on the edge between a dwindling humanity and a dreadful immortality. The river is tempting one moment, terrifying the next. She doesn't understand who she is or where she belongs. Blayne, the one person with the potential to help her, is also the hardest to resist. If she can't stop her own transformation into a river spirit, he will be her first victim. And that's just the beginning - even greater threats are lurking in the shadows."

My Review

 

My Comments:

Kasia's mother taught her two things over and over - 1) Stay away from the water and 2) all men are "scum." Turns out that Kasia is 1/4 Rusalki (Russian siren), and going into the water is changing her into a creature whose kiss can drain the life from men. But her mother never told her that, just insisted that she obey the two rules. She didn't even think men are scum, she just wanted Kasia to stay away from them.

 

This was a bad plan! First off, Kasia had no idea what would happen to her when she went into the water to save Blayne; and since it appears to be irreversible... Secondly, I think it is a monumentally stupid idea since Kasia may have just decided that, as all men are scum anyway, they deserve to die and she should embrace her murderous new abilities.

 

Just tell the truth!


Witch Fairy, Book #1: True of Blood

By: Bonnie Lamer / Narrator: Emily Durante

"Xandra Illuminata Smith has lived for the last three years with ghosts as parents but her life gets even stranger after her seventeenth birthday when she finds out that her mother is actually a Witch in hiding and her biological father, whom she knew nothing about, is a Fairy and King of the Fae realm.

 

Xandra is the first Witch Fairy to be born in thousands of years for very good reason. No one should be able to control that much magic and Xandra was never meant to be born at all but her mother has managed to keep her hidden away until now.

 

The Witches want her dead and the Fairies want her blood, for only her blood will reopen the gateway to the Fae realm and allow them back into this realm to take revenge on humans and Witches alike for having banished them hundreds of years ago.

 

Xandra has very little time to learn how to use her powerful Witch and Fairy magic that has been bound since her birth while running from the Fairies who managed to jump realms and want to take her blood to set the others free."

My Review

 

My Comments:

You have powerful & dangerous magic, which will be unbounded now that you are 17. But I haven't told you about it, let alone taught you how to use it. Oh, and everybody wants to kill you. How could this possibly go wrong? (To be fair, she taught her some aphorisms that turned about to be useful.)

 

What makes this even worse is that the reason Xandra was born was because her grandparents hadn't taught her mother what she needed to know to avoid conceiving the child of prophecy. Having made a horrible, potentially destructive, mistake due to ignorance, how could she keep her own daughter even more ignorant?

 

Teach your kids what they need to know to avoid world destroying mistakes & defend themselves!


Other books/series I've reviewed here, so far, that have this trope: Compendium, Henchgirl, Burning Bright (also Birthright), XODUS.

 

The Raves

 

The Raven Cycle, Book #1: The Raven Boys

By: Maggie Stiefvater / Narrator: Will Patton

"Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

 

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

 

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

 

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore."

My Review

 

My Comments:

This book is the perfect contrast to River's Edge. Every psychic who has ever read Blue has predicted that she would kill her true love if she kissed him. Although she did keep secrets about Blue's father, her mother made sure that she was aware of the predictions. And she apparently did this without traumatizing Blue too much. I especially like the passage where Blue talks about how her expectations of what it all meant changed as she grew older.


See Me

By: Wendy Higgins / Narrator: Cris Dukehart

"While most 17-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he'll look and imagining his Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own. However, when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle, she discovers that there's more to her betrothal and McKale's clan than she'd been led to believe. What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants - and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn's family and McKale's clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their ancient bloodlines."

My Review

 

My Comments:

I need to start by saying that her parents did keep some aspects of her situation a secret. And, while I agree with them that the 6 year old Robyn didn't need to know everything, I also agree with her that they should have fessed up sooner.

 

But they did an awesome job of preparing her to not only understand but also be excited about being the girl chosen to marry McKale and help save his clan. And they did it without depriving her of a normal life.

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6 Down 0 to Go: The Wrath of the Great Guilds | Review

The Wrath of the Great Guilds: The Pillars of Reality, Book 6 - Jack Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Audible Studios

My favorite YA SF series has come to an excellent end.

 

The Great Guilds, fearing the loss of their control of the world of Dematr, have gathered their power and joined it with the relentless legions of the Empire. The full might of that host will fall upon the fortress city of Dorcastle. If Dorcastle falls, the revolt led by Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain will fail, and their world will soon descend into chaos.

 

Only Mari, believed to be the daughter of an ancient prophecy, can inspire the people and lead the defense of Dorcastle. The prophecy says she has a chance to win, but it doesn't say she will survive. Alain will stand by her, both willing to die for the other, but neither one knows if their sacrifices will mean victory.

 

As they battle the Imperial legions and see friends fall, Mari and Alain face their greatest challenges. And if they somehow win in the face of impossible odds, neither one can be certain what sort of world that victory will produce.

 

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Source: I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audible Studios.

 

BOOK DETAILS:

The Wrath of the Great Guilds by Jack Campbell, read by MacLeod Andrews, published by Audible Studios (2016) / Length: 10 hrs 47 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is the 6th & final book in "The Pillars of Reality" series. Books 5 & 6 will remain available exclusively in audio until closer to the end of 2016, when the other formats will become available.

 

**This review contains spoilers for the previous book(s).**

 

SUMMARY:

Pushing play to start this book was difficult. On the one hand, after 5 books, I felt certain that I would love it and was anxious to find out what happened. But, on the other hand, as it is the last book I was reluctant to finish and be done.

 

To get it out of the way, the 2 issues I had with the book were: I was disappointed by the continued absence of many of my favorite characters for the majority of the book. And the central battle lasted way too long for me considering the lack of diversity in weapons, tactics, and participating characters.

 

That said, I was very happy with where he took these characters whom I've come to love.

 

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Before, the Borrowed, Blade | New Audiobook Releases

New Releases

Each week there are dozens of scifi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction audiobooks released. I highlight the most talked about and/or interesting looking ones from that week. The first person to correctly identify which 3 books below I took the key words in the title from will get a virtual shout-out in next week's post & tweet. (I'm doing this to try and make it more fun for me to improve my titles.)

 

Disclosure: GMB uses affiliate links, clicking and making a purchase may result in a small commission for me.

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, I have not read these books and thus can't give content warnings.


Last Tuesday had an unusual number of books that didn't go live until after I had already published my post. Some of those books are included below. Since I have been planning & testing some updates to my blog, in the future (starting the week after next) this post will be published at 12:01 on Wed morning to allow me to ensure it is complete.

Buzzed About

Court of Fives, Book #2: Poisoned Blade

By: Kate Elliott / Narrator: Georgia Dolenz / Pub: Hachette Audio / Length: 13:01

"Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives--the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos--the prince she still loves--is fighting against their country's enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal's life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion.... She must become a warrior."

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1


Ghost Talkers

By: Mary Robinette Kowal / Narrator: the author / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 8:14

"Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels."


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I Read Too Much | Sunday Summary #15

How can you read too much you say? You can when you end up behind on everything else. / I am making some progress on learning Twitter.

 

The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer, is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Caution: Her site has sidebar ads that sometimes contain cover images which may be offensive to some.


I had an extra day off this week and went a little nuts with my reading. But that means that I got behind on writing posts (and also on unimportant things like laundry, dishes, etc).

Last Week on GMB

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Good Enough to Go On: True of Blood | Review

True of Blood: Witch Fairy Series, Book 1 - Bonnie Lamer, Bonnie Lamer, Emily Durante

I liked this YA Contemporary Fantasy better after reading more of the series.

 

Xandra Illuminata Smith has lived for the last three years with ghosts as parents but her life gets even stranger after her seventeenth birthday when she finds out that her mother is actually a Witch in hiding and her biological father, whom she knew nothing about, is a Fairy and King of the Fae realm.

 

Xandra is the first Witch Fairy to be born in thousands of years for very good reason. No one should be able to control that much magic and Xandra was never meant to be born at all but her mother has managed to keep her hidden away until now.

 

The Witches want her dead and the Fairies want her blood, for only her blood will reopen the gateway to the Fae realm and allow them back into this realm to take revenge on humans and Witches alike for having banished them hundreds of years ago.

 

Buy Now | +Goodreads

Whispersync Deal Alert*: Kindle + Audible = $2.98.

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Source: I purchased this book myself from Audible

 

BOOK DETAILS:

True of Blood by Bonnie Lamer, read by Emily Durante, published 2013 / Length: 7 hrs 35 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #1 of more than a dozen books in the ongoing "Witch Fairy" series. Books #1-4 are available in audio so far.

 

SUMMARY:

I had some issues with this book the first time I read it, but I liked it better after reading #1.5 (which tells this part again from Kallen's perspective) and #2. My biggest problem with the book is that it contains one of my strongest pet peeves - parents who keep dangerous, potentially life threatening, secrets from their children. If it weren't for Kallen, her mother's failure to prepare her would have ended with her death on the first day. (I have a rant post planned on this subject, so I won't say more here.)

 

I chose to read the next books in the first place because, even with the problems, the book had a lot of memorable scenes that I enjoyed.

 

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Oh the Horrors... or Not: Spoilers | My Musings

**Yes/No: Do you seek or read spoilers?**

The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole @Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @It Starts At Midnight. “So often book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants).”


Yes or No: Wherein I ask a simple question and invite you to answer.

 

Note: This is not a discussion about people who fail to label their spoilers.

 

As I said in my recent post "Love It or DNF It," when I was younger I had a friend who always read the end of a book first. At the time, I though that was terrible. I personally always made sure that none of my friends or family spoiled any books, TV shows, or movies for me (we didn't have the internet).

 

But as I have gotten older, that has changed. The first memory I have of the change is when I was binge watching a TV show via Netflix (on the old DVD plan). A certain character met a new man who made her very happy. Because this was a show where lots of bad things happened, I called my brother and made him tell me if the new guy was going to die or not. I had to work to convince him that I really wanted to know. (It turned out that I was right and the man was murdered.)

 

Thinking back on my reasons for calling my brother, they came down to not wanting to invest emotionally in a doomed relationship. After I knew what was going to happen, I was able to relax and enjoy the episodes with them together, since I wasn't anxious about the outcome.

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Parenting Done (Mostly) Right: See Me | Review + Author Interview

See Me - Cris Dukehart, Wendy Higgins

This YA Contemporary Fantasy busts a couple of tropes and contributes to a couple of others.

 

While most 17-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he'll look and imagining his Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own. However, when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle, she discovers that there's more to her betrothal and McKale's clan than she'd been led to believe. What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants - and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn's family and McKale's clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their ancient bloodlines.

 

Buy Now | +Goodreads

Whispersync Deal Alert*: Kindle + Audible = $6.98.

Disclosure: GMB uses affiliate links, clicking and making a purchase may result in a small commission for me.


Source: I borrowed this book from the library via Overdrive, and am planning to purchase it soon.

 

BOOK DETAILS:

See Me by Wendy Higgins, read by Chris Dukehart, pub by Tantor Audio (2014) / Length: 8hrs 21min

 

SERIES INFO:

This book is standalone. There may or may not ever be a sequel featuring her younger sister.

 

SUMMARY:

Lately my biggest bookish pet peeve has been parents etc. who keep really life changing (and even life threatening) secrets from their children. I'm also a bit tired of kids who have been told things but refuse to believe/prepare. So this book gets kudos for going in a completely different direction. Add in the fact that her parents have a bigger role in the book than many YA parents manage and I'm sold.

 

Although Robyn's parents haven't told her everything, which does cause some drama, they have done their best to prepare her for her faerie mandated wedding and to make her see it as something special rather than something awful. (I do think that they should have been able to make arrangements for them to meet at least once before the time came, Ireland isn't the moon after all.) And she has accepted it, and is excited as well as understandably nervous.

 

Please see below for a note about the subplot, which I really wish had been left out.

 

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Dark, Defiant, Doom | New Audiobook Releases

New Releases

Each week there are dozens of scifi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction audiobooks released. I highlight the most talked about and/or interesting looking ones from that week. The first person to correctly identify which 3 books below I took the key words in the title from will get a virtual shout-out in next week's post & tweet. (I'm doing this to try and make it more fun for me to improve my titles.)

 

Disclosure: GMB uses affiliate links, clicking and making a purchase may result in a small commission for me.

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, I have not read these books and thus can't give content warnings.


Buzzed About

Arabella of Mars

By: David D Levine / Narrator: Barrie Kreinik / Pub: Macmillian Audio / Length: 10:32

"Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

 

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother, Michael, with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

 

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations."

It's About Time

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DemonWars, Book #1: The Demon Awakens

By: RA Salvatore / Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 25:24

"A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elbryan is raised to become a formidable ranger--a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontation.

 

Meanwhile, on a far-off island, a shower of gemstones will fall onto the black sand shores. These heaven-sent stones carry within them an incredible power--the key to all that is good in the world and all that is evil, and it is up to one young monk to liberate them from the corrupt monastery that harvests them. Pray that they don't fall into the wrong, clawed hands..."

Also coming out today are: Book #2 and Book #3

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How Many Topics Can I Do at the Same Time? | TTT

**Today's List: REWIND -- go back and do a topic you missed over the years**

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, “was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!”


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This is an unscheduled post. I remembered on Sunday night that the TTT this week was "choose your own" from the list of past topics, and I decided to just scroll through them out of curiosity. Shouldn't have done it, since I couldn't resist throwing something together.

 

This is a combination post: Top Ten 1) Underrated books that 2) I want to reread because 3) I loved them and never wrote a review for them. Specifically it is books I love, with fewer than 500 ratings on Audible, that didn't make my review calendar for 2016. (You can expect them early in 2017.)

 

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Buy | +GR

 

1) Alex Finch: Monster Hunter by Cate Dean (YA, F)

If You Like: Snark & cheerleader sidekicks who think

 

2) Die For Me by Amy Plum (YA, F)

If You Like: Lots of feels & sexy French boys

 
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I Finish a Series | Sunday Summary #14

I am a chronic series dropper, but this week I finished one. (And was happy with the ending) / I am also working on diversifying my discussion posts.

 

The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer, is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Caution: Her site has sidebar ads that sometimes contain cover images which may be offensive to some.


On Monday I received and listened to the final book in my current favorite series, "The Pillars of Reality" by Jack Campbell. This is a series with 6 books and, although I will always like the first 3 best, I loved every one. I am crossing my fingers hard for a spin off series (such as he has done with his adult SF series).

 

As I have been scheduling and blogging ahead, I have identified a number of different types of discussions I would like to do & created a rotation. I will be updating my Features page to reflect the changes as soon as the last new sub-type has been debuted.

 

Do you borrow digital books from the library? If so Jamie Canaves is asking that you to Be Kind, Return your books as soon as you are done with them (rather than just waiting and letting them expire).

Blogger News

There are 2 blogger "events" that I know of, and will be taking part in, during August.

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Trying to be a Lover as well as a Fighter: Firefight | Review

Firefight - MacLeod Andrews, Brandon Sanderson

I love David's character growth in this YA Superpowered Dystopia.

 

They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand.

 

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

 

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

 

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Source: I purchased this book myself from Audible

 

BOOK DETAILS:

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, read by MacLeod Andrews, published by Audible Studios (2015) / Length: 11 hrs 39 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #2 of 3 in "The Reckoners" trilogy. All three, and a novella, are out and available on audio.

 

**This review contains spoilers for the previous book(s).**

 

SUMMARY:

I have read some reviews of this book by people who don't like the romance. That's my favorite part, along with all the changes happening within the various characters. The action for me will always be secondary and I only enjoy it if it is firmly rooted in the characters and how & why they fight the way they do.

 

I have marked this with Diversity, since Val is Hispanic & Mizzy's African American and there are more roles for females in this one. (In the last one, Abraham was like the token "black guy" and Tia & Megan were the only females with true speaking parts)

 

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