New Releases October 2019

Once again, we have a month jam-packed with so many amazing SFF releases across the ages!  I’ve already had a chance to read a few of these, so you can find my reviews of Smarter Than a Monster up now and Master of the Phantom Isle should go live very soon!  I’m working on The Never Tilting World right now for review and have a review copy of The Library of the Unwritten to read next!  Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze one or two more into my reading schedule this month as well 🙂

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Are you excited about @nickydrayden’s #EscapingExodus? + Giveaway!

Well, you should be!  As part of the street team, I was lucky enough to receive some wonderful swag!

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This art is absolutely gorgeous!  I love the patterning, color choices, and the composition!  @Seageart has done a magnificent job!  Also, I have extras of the two character art cards, so I’ll randomly pick two commenters on this post to receive their very own character art cards!  And don’t forget to put Escaping Exodus on your wishlist as an October release!!

Throwback Thursday: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)

Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Roc

I’m pretty upset with myself for not starting this series sooner!  I’ve been collecting this series since its US release, but kept setting it aside for other reads.  In spite of hearing fantastic things!  I honestly could not tell you why I wasn’t as interested in picking this one up to read until recently.  Perhaps the cover wasn’t eye-catching enough?  Unknown!  But it’s all good now as I listened to this book as an audio and loved it!

This book creates an intense pace, delightful characters, deep-seated secrets, and an investment to learn more about the world and the characters’ backstories.  If you like thrillers, steampunk, libraries, secrets, things to get a little creepy, or the battle between order and chaos, you should have already been reading this series a long time ago!

So far, it looks like five titles have been released with a six scheduled for a December/January book birthday and a seventh that has been announced.  I know the first four books are sitting on my shelf, and I’ve just bumped them up much higher on my TBR.  Plus, I gave book one to a friend, so I’m sure she’ll want book two very soon 🙂

Have you read this series yet?  Want to yell at me for just now jumping on this train?  Go for it in the comments below!

The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library #6)

Summary:

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.
 
One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…

All the Book Mail from January! (It’s Quite a Bit)

It’s been awhile since my last book haul post, and I’ve gathered several fun new titles for my personal library.  I’m just so excited to read them!  Do you see any here that are on your TBR?

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This is my Book Outlet purchase from the Boxing Day sale.  I used this opportunity to pick up several new manga, an isekai light novel, an art book, the newest Invisible Library volume, and a paperback copy of Godsgrave (so I can keep my hardcover in good condition).

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Pre-Holiday Book Haul and Kickstarter

With all of the craziness that comes with the end of the year and holidays, I’ve been unable to document all the lovely books that I’ve been blessed with.  Both pre-holiday and as Christmas presents.  In this post, I will focus on the goodies not associated with the holidays.  Another post will deal with all the lovely secret santas that I participated in.  I’m really excited to share all of these wonderful books!

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Saturday Spotlight: Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

Forest of Memory

Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Tom Doherty Associates

It’s a good thing that this was a short story/novella as the typing, which was explained as being on an old typewriter, was frustrating indeed with plenty of errors and typos. I found the story to be quite intriguing and the format worked perfectly for it. It had one of those endings though that raises a lot of questions and doesn’t answer any of the previously stated questions that bugs me and leaves a bad feeling in my mind. Once again, I must acknowledge that it fits the narrative perfectly!

I definitely see myself recommending this to other people and would read more stories set in this universe.

Summary:

Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s lives have value, after all.

But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.

The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I., and made her his unwilling guest.

There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her.

Cover Comparisons: Flower Featured

I’ve done similar posts in the past that list similar covers based around a theme.  I don’t remember which blog was hosting that and haven’t seen it recently, so I thought I’d share a spring-related theme.  Covers that feature a flower or flowers.  So not just covers that have flowers on them, but the ones that are primarily covered in a flower or flowers.  This has been so much fun to search for, and I loved to see some of your flower covers in genres I haven’t covered or might have missed 🙂

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Series Sunday: Review & Fanart!: Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Since learning I could listen to audiobooks at work, my two favorites, so far, have been Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight and Godsgrave!  There was even a scene in Godsgrave that I really wanted to recreate.  I let it percolate in my mind for a little bit before sketching it out and stippling the entire thing.  Although this piece was on 9×12 paper and relatively small, the tiny dots made my hand cramp up and it took a bit longer to finish.  But I can officially say that I have completed it 🙂  I’m so proud of my little picture.

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Book Review: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

The Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)

Hardcover, 353 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Harper Voyager
 I was consumed by this book!  I loved every second of it, and it was exactly what I needed in my life right now.  Unfortunately, it took me forever to write this review because I couldn’t sort out my feelings into coherent words.  Here’s my attempt at sharing what I felt while reading this amazing book!  Word of caution: there are probably small spoilers throughout.

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