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Holiday Giveaway Day 3: Contemporary YA goodness and Signed Paolini Photo!

We here at Lytherus focus on fantasy and sci-fi in all its forms. We get sent a lot of books for review, and most fit our criteria, but occasionally we get some killer contemporary books, so we wanted to spread the love to the lovers of these reads. Plus, don’t forget to enter our giveaways from day one and day two!

This is a pretty big pack, and has some really cool books:

51F91wb9HHL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

Going Bovine meets Trainspotting in this gritty portrait of at-risk teens gaming the prescription drug trial system.

Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!

But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide. . . .

Raw and irreverent, Placebo Junkies will captivate readers until the very end, when author J. C. Carleson leans in for a final twist of the knife.

51x0inOPMkL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Rife with psychological twists exploring themes of revenge, misogyny, and familial duty” (Publishers Weekly), Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

51X2vWlXMcL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Famous in Love, by Rebecca Serle

A must-read for anyone curious about life and love behind the scenes.”–Bella Thorne, actor and author of Autumn Falls
When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People‘s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is–and who she wants–as the whole world watches.
51M+vROLKmL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

51ZqoW4a7aL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly
Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.
Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And her father has determined that accompanying him to Paris for winter break is the solution for everything.
But Paris is a city of ghosts for Andi. And when she finds a centuries-old diary, the ghosts begin to walk off the page. Alexandrine, the owner of the journal, lived during the French Revolution. She’s angry too. It’s the same fire that consumes Andi, and Andi finds comfort in it—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs, words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes terrifyingly present.

51yq8qUwpEL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_A SIGNED excerpt of Modelland by none other than Tyra Banks!

Modelland – the FIERCE NEW NOVEL BY TYRA BANKS—IS OUT!

No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.

Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Along the way, she learns all about friendship, courage, laughter and what it feels like to start to believe in yourself.

When you enter the fantastical world of Modelland, you’ll see that Tookie was inspired by Tyra’s life as a supermodel. All those crazy and wild adventures Tookie has with her friends? Some of them were ripped straight from the headlines of Tyra’s life! Tyra knows all about beauty and fashion and fierceness, and she shares everything here in MODELLAND. It’s fun, zany, and 100 bazillion-percent Tyra.

You don’t want to miss Tyra’s amazing new novel!

We couldn’t do no fantasy though, so we’re including a signed photo of Christopher Paolini!

 

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Be sure to enter right away; the giveaways are only three days each!

The Rules:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Monday November 7th.
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Holiday Giveaway Day 2: Romance Pack and Brisingr Bookplate!

This is one of our favorite packs in the ten days, because it contains authors whose books we really love. They are also a great way to start some new series, as they are all the first books. We’re also including a SECOND giveaway, this one international, for a Brisingr book plate signed by Christopher Paolini. Be sure to enter both! And don’t wait, the giveaways are only three days! Plus, don’t forget to enter for the giveaway on day one! 

Here are the awesome books in today’s book pack:

51UYB0MSn8L._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_Tiger’s Curse, by Colleen Houck

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world.
But that’s exactly what happened.
Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Packed with magic, action-adventure, and romance, the epic Tiger’s Curse series will keep you breathless and yearning for more.

51i3qXzchcL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Half-Blood, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi—pure-bloods—have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals—well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

51S8Cam2GbL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_Cold Kiss, by Amy Garvey

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

51ZzYtXobyL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Breath of Angel, by Karyn Henley

The stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.

When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.

Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.

Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the earthly realm. When Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without settling an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.

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Rules for the book pack:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday November 6th.
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This book pack is open for international entries.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday November 6th.
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Holiday Giveaway Day 1: Scifi pack and signed Paolini photo!

We’re excited to kick off our ten days of holiday giveaways with Rachel Bach’s amazing scifi series, The Paradox Trilogy, which consists of Fortune’s Pawn, Honor’s Knight, and Heaven’s Queen. This series has gotten rave reviews, and we’re so excited to share it with you. We’re also throwing in a signed picture of Christopher Paolini with the book pack, for an extra fun gift. Be sure to enter below!

What are the books about? Here’s some info on book one, Fortune’s Pawn:

œF$¿Æ‘$8Òò¤»däå¸R8BIDevi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.
If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you’d get Deviana Morris — a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.

Rules:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Saturday November 5th.

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Lytherus Ten Days of Giveaways!!

Happy holidays from us here at Lytherus. We’ve been a little quiet the past few months, but we have some great things planned for 2016. Still, we wanted to leave the year in style, so Lauren (our book managing editor) cleaned out her book giveaway cupboard and created ten days of book packs!

Let’s say that again: Ten Days of Book Packs (!!!)

Some of the books are ARCs, some are signed, some are even personalized to Lauren, and there’s a mix of older releases and more recent ones. We have YA, middle grade, and adult reads in fantasy, scifi, and contemporary. Plus we have some Christopher Paolini goodies thrown in for good measure. As you can see, there’s something for everyone!

This is definitely the biggest giveaway we’ve ever done, so don’t miss out. The giveaways will only run for three days instead of the usual week, so don’t wait to enter. Why? We wanted to make sure we get the books in the mail in time for the holidays in case you wanted to give some as gifts. So be sure to check starting tomorrow on Lytherus.com, on our twitter @lytherus, and on the Lytherus facebook page so you don’t miss one giveaway!

So, what are we giving away? Here’s a list of all the goodies, in their groups:

  1. [Enter the giveaway!] Scifi Pack: All three of the Fortune’s Pawn books by Rachel Bach (Fortune’s Pawn, Honor’s Knight, Heaven’s Queen) plus signed Christopher Paolini photo!
  2. [Enter the giveaway!] Romance Pack: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (with extra content!), Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey, Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout, and Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley, plus Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini (international giveaway!)
  3. [Enter the giveaway!]  Contemporary Pack: Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson , Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and signed excerpt of Modelland by Tyra Banks, plus signed Christopher Paolini photo!
  4. [Enter the giveaway!] Sequel Pack: Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising by Nick James, Reflected by Rhiannon Held, The Obsidian Key by Eldon Thompson, and Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor, plus Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini!
  5. [Enter the giveaway!] Middle Grade Hardback Set: The Relic Master quartet by Catherine Fisher (The Dark City, The Lost Heiress, The Hidden Coronet, The Margrave). We have TWO SETS, so two winners! Plus a signed photo of Christopher Paolini (international giveaway!)
  6. [Enter the giveaway!] SIGNED Fantasy hardback Set: The Legend of Asahiel series by Eldon Thompson (The Crimson Sword, The Obsidian Key, The Divine Talisman) (All the books are signed!), plus a signed photo of Christopher Paolini! (international giveaway!)
  7. [Enter the giveaway!] Dark Romance Pack: Dark Eden by Patrick Carmen, Redemption by Veronique Launier, After Midnight by Lynn Viehl, and Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provost, plus a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini!
  8. [Enter the giveaway!] Mixed Bag Pack: Variant by Robison Wells, Fibble: the Fourth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye, The World Between by Belva Rae Staples, The Scorpion’s Sting by J.D. Masterson, and Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan, plus a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini!
  9. [Enter the giveaway!] Middle Grade pack: The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson, The Sword of Darrow by Alex and Hal Malchow, Thrones and Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders, and The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens, plus a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini!
  10. [Enter the giveaway!] Trilogy Set: The Otherworld main trilogy by Kelley Armstrong (Spell Bound, Waking the Witch, Thirteen). We have THREE SETS, so three winners! Plus a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini (international giveaway!)

 

Lots and lots of amazing stuff. We can’t wait to spread the book love this holiday season, so stay tuned over the next ten days for your chance to win!

 

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Cover Reveal: New ‘Seeker’ e-book ‘The Young Dread’ delves into Maud

We here at Lytherus are big fans of Arwen Elys Dayton’s book Seeker, which was out in February of this year (don’t believe us? Check out our review!). While we’re desperately waiting for the sequel, Arwen is releasing an awesome novella to hold fans over until Traveler comes out in January of next year.

So behold, the awesomeness that is The Young Dread: 

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The Young Dread focuses on a really important side character from the series, Maud. Check out the official description:

When she’s awake in the world, the Young Dread can hear an enemy approach from a mile away, manipulate a whipsword into a thousand forms, and attack with it faster than the human eye can see.
And yet, the Young Dread is not often awake. She, like the Old and the Middle Dreads, lives outside the stream of time, frozen for vast stretches. She was a child in the 1400s, but she’s alive today, and aged only into a teen.
She wakes for short bursts, to observe the training of the families known as Seekers. Past and future intertwine in Seeker traditions—they are the keepers of both ancient knowledge and advanced weapons—and the Dreads must oversee it all, testing their skills, swearing them to loyalty, bringing them justice.
Master storyteller Arwen Elys Dayton takes readers centuries into the past to follow this ageless Dread’s footsteps. This time, when the Young Dread wakes, things will change. She is about to discover the first threads of a web in which she and so many others will be trapped.
A ruthless killer to some, an enigmatic upholder of justice to others, the Young Dread is destined to shape the future in ways she is only beginning to understand.

This sounds like the perfect bridge book leading from the past into the story that Arwen tells in Seeker. We can’t wait to read it, and it comes at the perfect time to hold us over until the next book! And on a side note, how amazing are the ruins on the cover? We love it!

The Young Dread: A Seeker Novella comes out on November 10th, so do miss it!

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Cover Reveal: ‘Teen Frankenstein’ by Chandler Baker!

We’re excited to have our first ever cover reveal here on Lytherus! The cover for Chandler Baker’s upcoming High School Horror book, Teen Frankenstein, recently got a fun overhaul, and we’re bringing the new look to you exclusively. We’re also really excited to share some thoughts on the development of the cover from one of the heads of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jean Feiwel. Be sure to check out her insights below.
So, without further ado, here’s the new cover!

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Here’s what Jean had to say about its creation:

The challenge of creating a distinctive and singular image for Teen Frankenstein was the ubiquitous number of images associated with the name.  The classic Shelley novel–of which there are multiple versions and the many television/movies old and new.  So how to set yourself apart? What I love about the cover our Creative Director, Rich Deas, has come up with is that it’s simple and sinister.  It takes a minute to know what you’re looking at.  You’re drawn closer.. And then you see the profile, the lightening, the staples. Ah, there he is–Teen Frankenstein.  Grim, but beautiful.  
-Jean Feiwel, Senior VP and Director, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
I definitely did not see the profile until it was pointed out to me in the above description, and that makes it all the more awesome. The clean, evocative image is a great fit for the upcoming book.
Enjoy horror? Here’s the description of the book to whet your appetite:

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hits someone with her car. And kills him. But, all is not lost-Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

High School Horror: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker hits shelves on January 12, 2016.

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Lytherus Book Club: THE REMNANT CHRONICLES by Mary E. Pearson!

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I couldn’t be more excited to cover this series! People seem to love these books with an obsession that isn’t often seen, and I definitely want to see what all the fuss is about.

Here’s the official summary of book 1 to get us started:

1391213154In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight–but she doesn’t–and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom–to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love.
The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles.

We will be dividing each book in half in our posts, to break up the info. We want you to read along with us and add your two cents to our posts. What are you loving? What predictions do you have for the book? At the end of the month we’ll be interviewing Mary, and asking her all your burning questions. Don’t miss out! We’ll also have some great goodies for you. Stay tuned over the next few weeks, we can’t wait!

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Lytherus book club: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

We are so so excited to bring you The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey for the May book club! As soon as I read the blurb on this I knew immediately that I wanted to feature this book. It sounds weird, unique, amazing, and fun. And I’m not the only one who thinks so: this book has gotten a bunch of fantastic reviews, including starred reviews from both Kirkus and Booklist.

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Here’s the official summary:

GIRLMIDNIGHT_5_6For fans of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

We’ll be posting summaries of the book throughout the month. We want you to read along with us, so you can submit questions for us to ask the author in our exclusive interview at the end of the month. Don’t miss your chance to talk to this new author; we have a feeling she’s going to go far, and quickly.

We’re also playing catch-up with the past few months. We still have a few posts to make and interviews to do, thanks to schedule clashes. Stay tuned for notices on those too!

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What we’re reading this week, plus our final spring cleaning giveaway (and it’s international)!

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Can you believe April is almost over? We’ve enjoyed sharing what we’re reading this month and hearing what you’re enjoying week to week as well. We hope to make this a regular thing, and we’re excited to spread the love of great scifi and fantasy books. Here’s what we’re reading this week!

Lauren

61KW8eu2uVL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I’m continuing my reading for the April Lytherus book club with the Shadow Scale audiobook, also by Rachel Harman. In this sequel to Seraphina, she heads out on the road to find others like her. My absolute favorite kind of books are quest books, so I’m thoroughly enjoying Seraphina’s journey. The other half-dragons we’ve encountered are pretty amazing, and I can only imagine how much fun Rachel had thinking up all these different and unique characters. And they really are characters, with their unique quirks and traits.

We are also getting a lot of back story into a seriously creepy character, one that is only mentioned briefly from time to time in the first book. She’s turning into the big baddie of book two. Like everything else in this series, the story is vividly told, and filled with both horror and empathy. I’m not quite done with it, but I can’t wait to see where it goes. The audiobook has the same narrator as book 1, so that’s also been fun, staying with her.

Emma

18952341This week I tackled Ken Liu’s GRACE OF KINGS. I admit I’m still about fifty pages from the end, but at this point I feel confident that he would have to do something really spectacular to mess this book up. Epic high fantasy is the genre I love deepest, and a new series never fails to excite me. However, they can sometime require more effort than they’re worth. Large casts roving across sprawling worlds require skillful handling in order for the story to flow. Large amounts of history are generally needed to understand all the stakes and has to be delivered to the reader without compromising the structure. I spend a lot of epic fantasies flipping back and forth trying to keep track of who’s who, where they are, and what they’re trying to achieve. With GRACE OF KINGS I never looked back. This dynastic story grabbed me right out of the gate and never faltered. I knew and cared about each person and learned so much about this new world without ever noticing the information slide into the narrative. I can’t recommended this book highly enough, particularly for fans of Brandon Sanderson’s MISTBORN and Patrick Rothfuss’ KINGKILLER books.

Diana

22489107For our last week, I read FAIREST by Marissa Meyer. This book is part of The Lunar Chronicles series, but it’s a prequel to all the other books. For those who don’t know every book in this series is based on a fairytale with a futuristic science-fiction twist, and this one is loosely based on the Evil Queen character from Snow White. The previous books were a very pleasant surprise to me, and I loved each one of them. This one was not different.
I have a soft spot for well developed villains. So I had high expectations for a book solely focused on one, and how she became the person she is in the other books. And although this one is smaller than the other novels, it was the perfect size with the perfect amount of information. We had insight on characters that we had merely heard about before, but it explained so much, and it enriched the backstory and motivation of a character that is so important throughout the series. You don’t need to read this book to understand the rest of the plot, but it definitely helps, at least to have a better understanding of Queen Levana.
I can’t say much without spoiling the rest of the series. For those who haven’t read it yet and like science-fiction and YA, I definitely recommend the series. For fans of the series who don’t know if they should read this prequel – I say get on it! Marissa Meyer is a great writer, and I can never put her books down. I can barely wait for the last one coming out in November!
For our last spring cleaning giveaway we decided to go scifi! We have some absolutely fantastic books for you, and, like usual, some wonderful signed Christopher Paolini swag as well!
The books:

These are some seriously amazing books. The Girl With All the Gifts has nominated for a slew of awards, and won some too, and a movie is in the works. Ancillary Justice won the Hugo and the Nebula in 2014 for best novel. The other two have high ratings on Goodreads and other accolades.

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Thrown in with this pack of awesome is a sweet Brisingr bookmark, complete with Glaedr and a signature by Christopher Paolini:

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And for our international friends, my last Brisingr book plate, again signed by Christopher Paolini!

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Be sure to enter! We won’t be doing giveaways this big for a while, so this is a great chance to win a stack of new books!

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Lytherus Book Club: Interview with Cherie Priest and MAPLECROFT giveaway!

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Our book club book for the month of February was the amazing Maplecroft by the amazing Cherie Priest. We hope you joined us as we read along with this delightfully creepy book, and if you haven’t, be sure to check it out if you love the Victorian era, monsters, and things that are creepy.

Did you miss one of our summaries? Here they are for the first half and the second half.

Cherie and I sat down a few days ago to discuss this book, and it was one of the most interesting interviews I’ve ever done. The true story behind the book is absolutely fascinating and made the book even more awesome. Be sure to check it out, but beware, there are spoilers, as we discuss the book in detail.

We’re also giving away THREE COPIES of Maplecroft to North America. The contest runs until 11:59 EST on March 11th. Be sure to enter below the interview!

Thanks for joining us for Maplecroft, and be sure to join us in March as we tackle These Broken Stars and This Shattered World by Amie Kaufmann and Meagan Spooner!

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