A highly imaginative and visual read!

A highly imaginative and visual read!

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Jivaja, by Venessa M. Giunta

For as long as she can remember, Mecca has had the power to drain life through the touch of her hand. It’s a family secret—both her “gift” and her mother’s unusual death—because Mecca is not the first. Her power came from her father, who has loved and trained her all her life, trying to help her control what she can do.

But he hasn’t told her everything.

Now, her world has collided with an underground society of life drainers who would do anything to control her, and nothing is safe anymore: not her home, not her father, and definitely not her secrets.

Or his.

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Sugar Spells fulfills the promise of Deadly Sweet, becoming everything I had hoped this series would be!

Sugar Spells fulfills the promise of Deadly Sweet, becoming everything I had hoped this series would be!

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Sugar Spells, by Lola Dodge

Brand new this week!!!

Don’t you just love these covers? The first one sucked me right in, and I love this one even more. But what’s true of the covers is just as true of the books!

Anise is still in Taos, but her previous adventures did not leave her unscathed. Without spoilers (for either this book or book one), she finds herself more deeply immersed in the world of magic, becoming more aware of its darker side—whether she wants to or not. Now she’s struggling to figure out how she fits in, who she’s going to be, and what exactly is happening to her powers.

   

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Another fun sci-fi slump buster from the mind of Simon Haynes!

Another fun sci-fi slump buster from the mind of Simon Haynes!

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Peace Force, by Simon Haynes

Harriet Walsh was destined to serve on the Peace Force. She’s been receiving invitations to join up since she was only 15 years old… she just doesn’t know it—mostly because they’ve been printed on the backs of takeout menus and advertising pamphlets by an obsolete robot. When her beloved aunt passes away, leaving behind a broken heart and a pile of debt, Harriet finally gets her mail. Serving on the Peace Force isn’t exactly her passion, but jobs are scarce and she needs the cash. Besides, Dismolle is a retirement planet. How bad could it be?

Well, she’s about to find out. Training isn’t easy when nobody outranks the antique-bucket-of-bolts robot that was left running the show, especially when it has to recharge more often than a five-year-old iPhone. Add a training weapon she’s not allowed to train with, a police budget funded by a lottery scam, and an AI cop car that likes long walks on the beach, and Harriet is in for one miserable Peace Force experience.

In other words, classic Simon Haynes.

   

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A Robin Hobb Dragon Classic! Just $1.99 for a limited time!

A Robin Hobb Dragon Classic! Just $1.99 for a limited time!

The Dragon Keeper, by Robin Hobb

She had us at dragons.

They’ve returned to the Rain Wild, but they’re hatching out weak and deformed, unable to fly. The once-magnificent beasts are too dangerous to keep, too important to kill. So a rag-tag team is chosen to take them back to their fabled home upriver.

These human strangers don’t know where they’re going. They don’t even know if they’ll survive. But they have one chance to make a difference—to save dragonkind from a world that has forgotten its past—and they have to try.

   

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What’s better than a fantasy retelling? A FREE fantasy retelling!

What’s better than a fantasy retelling? A FREE fantasy retelling!

Bellamy and the Brute, by Alicia Michaels

A secretive, wealthy family with a suspicious financial past. A football star who disappeared amidst rumors of sudden illness and deformity. A house full of strange noises, cold drafts, and mysterious power outages. And a trail of rose petals that leads up to the third floor, where Bellamy promised she would never, ever go…

We love fairytale retellings, and we especially love them when they’re free.

   

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This reader favorite is on sale, and we’re snapping it up!

This reader favorite is on sale, and we’re snapping it up!

Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks

Talk about kismet! We just started our new fantasy romcom tag last week, and one of our very first reader recommendations for the tag is already on sale! Remi commented on the fantasy romcom post: “The Syrena Legacy trilogy by Anna Banks. Don’t let the stereotypical, YA romance book covers fool you. It’s one of my go to lol series. Book one is Of Poseidon and if the first 5 pages don’t have you cracking up, you’re either not human, or one of those British Queen’s Guards, the ones in red with the big, furry hats.”

Thanks, Remi! No red, furry hats here! We loved the sample, and we’re happy to snap it up, especially at the sale price of only $2.99 for the ebook. For anyone who has recommendations in the fantasy romantic comedy genre, or in any of the other genres we cover, we’d love to hear it!

   

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The definitive fantasy romcom! (And a tip to make you laugh today.)

The definitive fantasy romcom! (And a tip to make you laugh today.)

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, by William Goldman

This post is our gift to you. If you’ve never read this edition of this book, follow your favorite link to the free sample, and read the introduction. Not only will it be one of the funniest introductions you’ve ever read, but by the time you’re done, you won’t be sure anymore whether Florin is a real place or S. Morgenstern was a real person.

It isn’t, and he wasn’t. The publisher blurb says so. And we Googled it, too, because we still weren’t sure. So now we’re sure that it isn’t, and that he wasn’t. Mostly.

You’ll see.

In any event, no collection of fantasy romcom titles would be complete without it. (Our thanks to @ivythesorceress for the reminder, with more reader favorites coming soon!)

   

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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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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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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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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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