5 stars for Dragon’s Code! Enter our $25 gift card giveaway to celebrate 50 Years of Pern!

5 stars for Dragon’s Code! Enter our $25 gift card giveaway to celebrate 50 Years of Pern!

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Dragon’s Code, by Gigi McCaffrey

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If you haven’t read any of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, you really need to start at the beginning. But don’t worry, you don’t have to read all 20-something titles before you get to this one! Just six: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, The White Dragon, and Dragondrums. (Links at the end of the post.) There’s a bit of plot overlap between Gigi McCaffrey’s new one and the last couple, but if you’ve read the others, that’s part of the charm.

For those of you who have loved this series since it first came out (I’m not old enough to make that claim, but I’ve loved it since I first discovered it), you’ll feel the same way about this one that I do.

5 stars, for bringing me back home.

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Links for Dragonflight:

   

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All $2.99 or less! Game of Thrones, Name of the Wind, Red Queen!

All $2.99 or less! Game of Thrones, Name of the Wind, Red Queen!

When ebook retailers compete on price, it’s readers who win!

The news appeared on iBooks this morning. Great deals on unputdownable reads. So we checked around, and the prices are crazy everywhere. Just $2.99 or less for each of these bestselling ebooks. (A Game of Thrones and The Name of the Wind are both on our 5-star list. Red Queen is on our TBR.) We’ve listed each book individually, with links to the major ebook retailers, just to make it easy. These deals won’t last long, so get them while you can!

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Naked werewolves and NMT covers. What’s the deal with fantasy romcom cover art? (P.S. We love this one!)

Naked werewolves and NMT covers. What’s the deal with fantasy romcom cover art? (P.S. We love this one!)

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, by Molly Harper

Has anyone else noticed that a lot of fantasy romcoms have covers that don’t imply any humor? They just look like regular romance novels. (A.k.a. naked male torso covers. NMT covers? Sure, let’s go with that.) In fact, they often don’t suggest any fantasy element either. But it’s the fantasy and the humor combined with the romance that makes them so special! What gives?

Here’s one that manages to get both the humor and the romance across visually, so I’m adding it to our new fantasy romcom tag. (It’s already shaping up to be a pretty sweet blog section!) But, hey, maybe I’m in the minority here. Which do you like better? This kind of illustrated, humorous cover for a fantasy romcom? Or a classic NMT cover? Which one would you be more likely to pick up? Which one does a better job of delivering on the “promise” that the cover makes about the read?

Do you read fantasy romcoms for the fantasy, for the humor, for the romance, or all three?

   

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Just $1.99 today for this fast, suspenseful crime thriller! 5 stars!

Just $1.99 today for this fast, suspenseful crime thriller! 5 stars!

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The Body Reader, by Anne Frasier

After reading the blurb, we were expecting the main character’s body-reading ability to be a bit over the top–in a good way! We love abilities that verge on the supernatural. As it turns out, Anne Frasier based those abilities solidly in the real world. (If anything, they’re underplayed.) But the plot kept us turning the pages, and, in the end, we didn’t care that it was more of a straight crime thriller than a supernatural one.

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Help us find this fantasy romcom a forever home! (Even if we have to build it ourselves.)

Help us find this fantasy romcom a forever home! (Even if we have to build it ourselves.)

Enchanted, Inc., by Shanna Swendson

Erin, here. I don’t get riled up very often, but I’m stomping around like an ogre in a hobbit shire today. Why? Because I’m on a fantasy romcom kick, and, apparently, Amazon doesn’t have a category for that. I mean, seriously? There’s a whole category dedicated to literary critiques of 18th-century philosophers and poets, for heaven’s sake! (The number 2 best-seller in that category has zero reviews, by the way. Toss those episodic poets some love, people. I mean, come on.)

I noticed it while looking at today’s feature. I thought, “Hey, this looks great! I’ll post this one, and I’ll find some more like it to add to our list over the next few months!” Only, when I clicked on its category listings, none of those books were anything like this one. At all. Let’s look at some examples, shall we?

   

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Dreamers, peculiars, and dragons! Three brand new fantasy releases coming next week!

Dreamers, peculiars, and dragons! Three brand new fantasy releases coming next week!

These three reads, all coming October 2, are blowing us away!!!

We’ve been celebrating 50 Years of Pern all month, getting ready for the release of Gigi McCaffrey’s Dragon’s Code, and October 2nd is just one week away! We’re almost done reading it, and the love and nostalgia brought on by this book have been downright magical. Erin’s been acting like a kid again. (She probably shouldn’t be jumping on the furniture so much, but what can you do?)

But wait! That’s not all!!! (Ha! We’ve always wanted to say that.)

Two more of our most anticipated releases of the year are also coming out on the same day!!!

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What do we have to brighten your work week? Why, FREE SPACESHIP MONDAY, of course!

What do we have to brighten your work week? Why, FREE SPACESHIP MONDAY, of course!

8 sci-fi books with spaceships on the cover, from thrilling space operas to tongue-in-cheek spoofs. All FREE for a limited time!

As we were browsing through our usual book haunts in the wee hours of the morning, we noticed a ton of free sci-fi books with spaceships on the cover. Why? No idea. But, hey, they’re free, right? Pick your favorites, or just download them all!

For even more fun, we boiled each publisher blurb down to six words, Twitter-style. Keep in mind that we haven’t read the books. Or the samples. Or the reviews…

(Did we mention that they’re free?)

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Review of Eragon! A traditional book review PLUS a review of the audiobook narration!

Review of Eragon! A traditional book review PLUS a review of the audiobook narration!

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

The Story:

At its heart, Eragon is a coming-of-age story. A fifteen-year-old farm boy discovers he’s destined to become a Dragon Rider, but the grown-up world of politics and war are a lot more than he bargained for.

One of the best things about this book is that the life lessons are so accurately portrayed. Even when they’re painful. Eragon argues passionately for his beliefs, standing up for his ideas of right and wrong, only to realize later, through his own experience, that things aren’t always so simple.

That’s part of growing up, with or without dragons.

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Audiobooks in a modern world. Has storytelling come full circle?

Audiobooks in a modern world. Has storytelling come full circle?

What do you think about audiobooks? 

We resisted them for a long time—partly out of habit, and partly out of the idea that listening to an audiobook isn’t reading. It’s letting someone tell you a story.

And then it hit us. That’s the best thing about them.

Books didn’t come first in the evolution of story. Narration did: the mythologies we dreamed up by firelight in the caves of our ancestors; the fairytales we invented to pass long, winter nights; the magical hopes and dreams we shared beneath the harvest moon.

The magic of books came later, when we began to write them down. But books weren’t the first magic.

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$0.99 for this YA standalone! A story of bullying, depression, and the hope we cling to.

$0.99 for this YA standalone! A story of bullying, depression, and the hope we cling to.

If I Wake, by Nikki Moyes

Lucy is in a coma, the victim of bullying. The details of how she got there are revealed over time, as is the only source of hope she has left. Her friend, Will, who exists only in her mind…

With a thoughtful, heart-wrenching premise and a clean, direct writing style, If I Wake is the perfect weekend readjust $0.99 today and tomorrow.

   

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Cover reveal! Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard! Coming in February, 2019!

Cover reveal! Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard! Coming in February, 2019!

Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard’s Bloodwitch is one of our most anticipated releases of 2019!!! It dropped its cover today and o…m…g! Stunning! Gorgeous! It’s not even up on Amazon yet, but we couldn’t WAIT to show you the SECOND we were allowed to!!! So AWESOME!!!

If you haven’t started the series yet, check out our 5-star review of the first book, Truthwitch, and then snap it up on Amazon (where the paperbacks are on sale at the moment, for even less than the ebooks)! If you’re up to date on the series, you can preorder Bloodwitch right now!!!

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