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Received in October

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Blu Rays:
Beyond the Sky Blu-ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey by Gordon Doherty

Daw:
Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Del Rey / Bantam:
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories by George R. R. Martin

Disney Hyperion:
The Adventurers Guild #2 Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark

Entangled Teen:
Toxic by Lydia Kang

Hachette Books:
Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Story by Maurice

HMH:
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Harper Collins / Avon:
Diamond Fire: A Hidden Legacy Novella by Ilona Andrews

Harper Voyager:
Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster
The Rift Coda by Amy S. Foster
The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless
<em>The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The Kingdom of Copper by S. A Chakraborty

Macmillan Children’s / FSG / Henry Holt / Swoon:
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Lonely Dead by April Henry
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Mist, Metal, and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare
All We Could Have Been by TE Carter
A Soldier and A Liar by Caitlin Lochner

Midnight Ink:
Fatal Festival Days by Jamie M. Blair

Pegasus Books:
The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

Pyr:
The Fall by Tracy Townsend

Shadow Mountain:
Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull

Simon & Schuster Kids / Simon Teen / Simon Pulse / Margaret K McElderr:
Children of Jubilee by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle Van Arsdale
Slayer by Kiersten White

Subterranean Press:
The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch

Tor / Forge:
Starless by Jacqueline Carey
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
Restless Lightning by Richard Baker
The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Nothing to Devour by Glen Hirshberg
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Tor Teen:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Transreal Books:
The Hollow Earth & Return to the Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker

Book Giveaway: What the Woods Keep


Courtesy of Imprint, I have a copy of What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 9. I’ll draw a name on November 10, and notify winner via email.

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Book Giveaway: The Witchlands Series

Tor Teen is partnering with SciFiChick.com for a giveaway!

Courtesy of Tor Teen, I have a copy of Truthwitch, Windwitch, and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 9. I’ll draw a name on November 10, and notify winner via email.

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Days of the Dead Blog Tour: Gail Z. Martin Guest Post

Author Gail Z Martin joins SciFiChick.com again for her Days of the Dead Blog Tour!

Epic Vs. Urban—Writing Both Sides of Fantasy
By Gail Z. Martin

Swords or shotguns? Grenade launchers or catapults?

How about both? (Though not, usually, in the same story.)

I write epic fantasy and urban fantasy—along with alternate history and comedic horror—in time periods ranging from medieval to Victorian to modern. Sometimes people ask if it’s difficult, jumping around time. For me, it’s all part of the fun.

This year, we had a bumper crop of books coming out on both sides of the genre. Vengeance is the second book in my Darkhurst series about three undertaker brothers who become outlaw monster hunters and discover there is a much bigger conspiracy than they ever expected. The Dark Road is the second in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, tracing the story of the brigand lord through his time as a mercenary, fight slave and smuggler. Assassin’s Honor is the first in the new Assassins of Landria series, as King’s Shadows Joel Breckenridge and Garrett Kennard go rogue to save the kingdom from a shadowy itinerant holy man who has ensnared the aristocracy with treasonous whispers.

Plot and characters aside, the books are all very different. Vengeance is ‘big fat fantasy’, with multiple point of view characters, several braided story arcs, a big cast of characters, and a truly epic scale. The Dark Road is a serialized novel from Jonmarc’s point of view, told in an interconnected collection of short stories and novellas. Assassin’s Honor is buddy flick epic fantasy, under 300 pages, and rocks the ‘Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins’ vibe with humor, action and intrigue. I really like switching up how the story is put together, even though all three are technically epic fantasy due to their scope and the medieval setting.

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Book Spotlight: Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King

Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull is now available from book sellers!

Synopsis:
Dragons have declared war on humanity.

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Two of the seven dragon sanctuaries have already fallen. Will Wyrmroost be next?

Armed with secret information from a new ally, Celebrant seeks a talisman that will guarantee victory in the war against the humans. With a cursed castle and traitorous creatures standing in the way, Kendra and Seth must attempt to foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to his prize.

Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost to quell the uprising and protect the world from draconic dominion? One thing is certain—dragons are deadly foes, and one wrong move could bring swift defeat. It will take more than Kendra, Seth, and their current allies have ever given to endure the wrath of the Dragon King.

Fantasy Book Review: Grim Lovelies

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

Review:
Anouk is a loyal servant to the witch Mada Vittora. But when Mada is murdered, Anouk and her fellow beasties are told they only have three days to find a new master and renew the spell that keeps them human. Otherwise, they may turn back into their original forms – various animals. Meanwhile, they are searching for the killer as well – to clear Anouk’s name.

Grim Lovelies is first in a YA fantasy series. This is a dark spin on a fairy tale. The worldbuilding is clever and intriguing. Shepherd is a pro at creating a creepy, Gothic atmosphere. The story is full of mystery, magic, and drama. And the pacing and suspense made it hard to put down. There are several fun twists along the way and a climactic, satisfying ending. I look forward to more set in this unique world.

Fantasy Book Review: The Coincidence Makers

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

Synopsis:
What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers―Guy, Emily, and Eric―three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets―scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.

Review:
Guy, Emily, and Eric are a group of new Coincidence Makers. They organize chance meetings and help inspire artists. Guy is given a new assignment that he may not be able to fulfill. Meanwhile, Emily tries to orchestrate her own coincidence, taking charge of her own life.

The Coincidence Makers is a unique and inspired story, unlike any story I have read before. While it jumps around a bit in time, it’s never hard to follow. In fact, it’s completely engrossing and hard to put down. With steady pacing and a story full of drama, suspense, and love – this fantasy will appeal to a wide audience. It’s a sweet and intricate tale. And there are several big twists that I didn’t see coming. This will definitely make my list of favorite books of the year.

Book Giveaway: The Warder Trilogy by Eldon Thompson

Courtesy of the author, I have a SIGNED set of The Ukinhan Wilds, The Blackmoon Shards, and The Sundered Isle by Eldon Thompson for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 26. I’ll draw a name on October 27, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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