#Giveaway + @OwlCrate Unboxing October 2016


After loving the September box that featured Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, I thought I’d get another OwlCrate to see what kinds of goodies were featured.

I’m excited to see Sarah Porter’s Russian fairy tale retelling featured in such a large subscription box.  Along with a copy of Vassa in the Night, there was a hand-written note from the author.  It’ll take a little bit of deciphering since the author has a tilted script, but it contains a little sketch.  There was also a signed bookplate.

Other bits and pieces that were included are an adorable Oz-related notebook, Once upon a dream bracelet, cloth bookmark, art card and matching pin, and a beanie fashioned after Peter Pan.

Except for the book, I can’t say that I’ll be keeping many of these goodies.  They will make lovely presents for a variety of friends, and Christmas is just around the corner.  But I also wanted to give my readers a present as well!  So here’s a giveaway for an advanced readers copy of Vassa in the Night.

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The Librarians TV Series and Now Book Series?!?

One of the coolest tv series to hit the fall schedule for book lovers is undoubtedly The Librarians!  Following the wit and humor provided by the original television movies, fans have fallen in love with these new characters and the recurring appearance of Noah Wyle.

Now those fans can get even more of these characters as a new book was just released, and it’s getting good reviews all across the web.  So, go out and find it!  And don’t forget to check out season 3, which starts soon in November.  I’m so excited to see where this series goes now that magic has been released.

What about you?  Have you seen this show?  Do you love it or hate it?  Are you excited for this new season?

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp (The Librarians #1)

Published October 2016 by Tor Books

The story toggles between the past, as Flynn Carsen tries to find Aladdin’s Lamp before an ancient criminal organization known as the Forty Seals gets hold of it, and the future, when Eve Baird and a new group of Librarians — protectors of ancient artifacts like King Arthur’s sword Excalibur — stumble on a mystery in Las Vegas that seems to relate to the Lamp and the powerful djinn it can summon.

The Librarians Season 3 Poster

Here’s the official synopsis floating around the internet: “Our heroes will face their greatest challenge yet as they go up against the ancient Egyptian God of Chaos to stop him from releasing pure evil into the world. The stakes are especially high, and one Librarian may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world.

“The team also confronts a new antagonist, D.O.S.A. — The Department of Statistical Anomalies — whose mission is to apprehend the Librarians and take control of the Library and all the magical artifacts hidden inside. Discovering that there are brand new artifacts in the world, the Librarians find themselves torn between the power of magic and the harm those who use it can cause.”

September Reads- New Releases I’m Excited to Read

September was a crazy month, both in real life and the publishing world.  There were so many new books that came out I was already dreading not having enough time to read them all.  And then art took up all my free time to get ready for the art show.  Plus 2 weddings.  Travel.  And a variety of other things that came up.  Needless to say, I didn’t get much reading accomplished last month.

I definitely want to share with you those books though because they are pretty fantastic.  Just be warned that this list will be long!

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Throwback Thursday: The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey

The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey

It’s been awhile since I had a chance to re-read a book, so I chose a shorter one to focus on.  I don’t remember what exactly triggered my desire to re-read The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey, but I’m glad that I picked it up.

I think my favorite part of this book is how the author interwove the “parables” into the main story without compromising either part.  Or it might be that the narrator breaks the fourth wall occasionally, which I greatly enjoy in both books and movies.  I do know that the initial reason I picked it up, when I was younger, was because of my love for the 1001 nights.  And although I haven’t read all of those tales, I have read quite a few re-tellings/adaptations that were quite fun.

I haven’t had a chance to read The Wrath and the Dawn yet, but with all the amazing reviews, it may bump this version from my favorite version’s seat.  Here are just a few of the others I’ve read over the years:

Shadow SpinnerCastle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)Keturah and Lord Death

What do you think?  Have you read any of these?  Which is your favorite version?  Did I miss it?  Let me know in the comments!

#BookHaul Surprises

This week was full of surprises!  I’m so excited to add these titles to my TBR/review stack.  Not that I need any more books to read, but I’m always excited to get new stuff 🙂

Earlier, I found a copy of Peternelle van Arsdale‘s debut The Beast is an Animal.  It sounds like a great combination of fantasy and thriller.  It comes out in March 2017.

And yesterday, one of my co-workers brought me a copy of Veronica Roth’s newest, Carve the Mark to be released in January 2017.  I think all the pages have a watermark disclaimer that this is not the final manuscript.  I was not expecting this at all but am looking forward to seeing how Roth’s writing has improved.  Admittedly, I liked the concept of Divergent, but didn’t care for the rest of the series, so my hopes are high that this will be better.  I guess we’ll find out!

Several months ago, I had signed up for a contest through Kim Harrison, author known for her Rachel Morgan/Hollows series, to become a superfan.  Well, I was chosen and received 2 mass market paperbacks of The Drafter.  And I thought that was the end of it until I opened a package yesterday, and inside was an advance copy of The Operator with a note about how these were special editions for the superfans.  Since this one comes out in November 2016, I better squish it to the top of my list.  Otherwise, how can I call myself a superfan?


Are you excited about any of these titles?  Which would you read first?