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Sci-Fi Month 2017 - Wrap Up, Mini Reviews, & Giveaway (US Only)

And that's a wrap for Sci-Fi Month 2017, a month long celebration of all things sci-fi hosted by Lisa @ Over the Effing Rainbow and Imyril @ One More (originally created by Rinn @ Rinn Reads who has stepped down from hosting duties this year).  I've had a great time participating this year and last - I hope I'll be able to be back next time because this is such a wonderful event.  Anyway, I was very ambitious when I made my tbr of ten books that I've been meaning to tackle - I only managed to make it through four of them, but I think I still got in some fantastic reading!  Read on to see my thoughts on the books I've knocked off my tbr, a listing of the Sci-Fi Month posts I've published this time around, and a giveaway (US Only):

Mini Reviews:



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I've actually already shared by full review of the ARC of Andy Weir's Artemis - you can read it here.  Spoiler alert: It's awesome!



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To say that my expectations for Armada by Ernest Cline were high…

Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge - November Update: Warhead & St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves

How has Thanksgiving already come and gone with Christmas already on the way?  If you've been following my progress this year for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge, you'll know it's time to find out how I did in the month of November!  Well, this November I completed tasks twenty-one and twenty-two which required me to read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, Hunger and Difficult Women) and a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere).  For the tasks, I selected Warhead by Ricardo Delgado and St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell.  Read on to see my mini reviews of both and what books I plan on reading to complete this year long challenge:


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Like dark and gritty sci-fi in the style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, then you need to try Warhead by Rica…

Fiskur Book Tour

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to my stop on the Fiskur Blog Tour from Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC.  Read on to learn more about this book, the author, see an excerpt from the story, and to watch the book trailer!  On to the tour:

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio
November 7, 2017
Fantasy
The Gemeta Stone Book 2
Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

Summary:

With his family's talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna's power, nor the depths of his hatred.

With the recovery of his family's protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love. With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna. But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna's power and hatred. The Wichelord's first blow comes from a direction Kristan le…

Top Ten Tuesday: Sci-Fi Books On My TBR

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Books On My Winter TBR - since it's Sci-Fi Month (if you want to know more about this go here), I'm giving my list a sci-fi spin. I'm narrowing my list down :to New & Upcoming Sci-Fi Books On My TBR.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title.

New & Upcoming:


Artemis by Andy Weir - November 14th - Even though I've already read this one I thought I'd share just how much I enjoyed this one!  You can read my review here.


Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich - November 14th


Saga, Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples - January 2nd


Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines - November 7th



Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - January 9th

2016 Releases On My TBR:



The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie


Bluescreen by Dan Wells


Crosstalk by Connie Willis


Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn


Underground Railroad by Ben H. Winters

Hav…

Music Monday: Captain America & Agent Carter

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Welcome to the 4th and final Music Monday of Sci-Fi Month (if you want to know more about this go here)!  This month all of the music I'm going to be sharing will be sci-fi related - this week I'm sharing some of my favorite music from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), composed by Alan Silvestri, and Agent Carter (2015-16), composed by Christo…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Red Rising by Pierce Brown + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Black Friday everyone - congrats if…

Footnotes - A Quotation About A Character

Welcome back to Footnotes,a new link-up hosted by Emily @ Stranger Worlds & Ashley @ [oddly novel title] for quotation obsessees.  Each month they will post a prompt and participants will share a quote that fits the prompt as well as share their thoughts on it in any way they wish.

November's Prompt: A quote that defines or captures the essence of a favorite character

“Aren't you afraid of dying?" he asked Lila now.  She looked at him as if it were a strange question. And then she shook her head. "Death comes for everyone," she said simply. "I'm not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying here." She swept her hand over the room, the tavern, the city. "I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” 
I've always loved this quote from Lila in A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and this was actually the first quote that popped to mind for this month's prompt.  I'd say that last line encapsulates her character …

Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pen's life has been wreck since her sister committed suicide last year. Now, she's hooked on Fix, a drug that changes how she thinks and sees. Although the drug has horrific side effects, she keeps coming back for more because she sees hallucinations of a guy called Nate. Even though she's knows Nate is only in her head, he seems to be the only person who cares about her future. She knows she has to change, but she's more confused than ever when Nate professes his love for her. Then, during a Fix trip one of her classmates goes missing and Pen quickly realizes that she's in more danger than she thought. If she doesn't get her act together quick, she may be next on the missing persons list.

Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite is one of those novels where I definitely preferred the concept of the story to the overall execution of the novel. At least 95% of the novel is Pen high on Fix and hallucinating…

Top Ten Tuesday: #OwnVoices Books I'm Thankful For

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Books I'm Thankful For in honor of Thanksgiving - this week I'm spotlighting ten #OwnVoices books I'm thankful for.  Here we go, in order by title:


American Street by Ibi Zoboi


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee


The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi


George by Alex Gino


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova


Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Want by Cindy Pon

What are some of your favorite #OwnVoices books?  Have you tried any of the ones on my list?  As always thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!