Friday, June 23, 2017

Lucifer's Star

From the bestselling author of The Rules of Supervillainy:

Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Interstellar Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

LUCIFER'S STAR is the first novel of the Lucifer's Star series, a dark science fiction space opera set in a world of aliens, war, politics, and slavery.

Cassius Mass has never had it easy and his life continues to be complicated, even while on the run and hiding from his past. He was done with war, having fought his battles and proved his loyalty to his people, but it seems the war wasn't done with him.

The rebellion never fully died, and his part in their corruption seems alive and well, despite the fact he had left it all behind him.

This is a book that will require your full attention because you never know what shit storm will arise next. A grim science fiction novel ripe with lies, betrayal, and deceit, and the technology to fool your own mother with advanced cloning and AI capabilities.

There's a fascinating hierarchy within the political frays of this universe, leaving technologically enhanced, and created, beings at the mercy of their creators. It's a thought provoking controversy Phipps has created, whether artificially intelligent creations deserve the right to choose their own fate in a world that favors slavery.

It's a lot to take in, the political happenings of the universe, the complexities of the impending war, and the emotional toils of the lower class caught in between.

Lucifer's Star is non-stop action-packed, so if you like complex, war-torn, space adventures, then this book is for you.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kangaroo Too (and Giveaway)

Set in the same world as Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis C. Chen's Kangaroo Too is bursting with adrenaline and intrigue in this unique outer space adventure.

On the way home from his latest mission, secret agent Kangaroo’s spacecraft is wrecked by a rogue mining robot. The agency tracks the bot back to the Moon, where a retired asteroid miner―code named “Clementine” ―might have information about who’s behind the sabotage.

Clementine will only deal with Jessica Chu, Kangaroo’s personal physician and a former military doctor once deployed in the asteroid belt. Kangaroo accompanies Jessica as a courier, smuggling Clementine’s payment of solid gold in the pocket universe that only he can use.

What should be a simple infiltration is hindered by the nearly one million tourists celebrating the anniversary of the first Moon landing. And before Kangaroo and Jessica can make contact, Lunar authorities arrest Jessica for the murder of a local worker.

Jessica won’t explain why she met the victim in secret or erased security footage that could exonerate her. To make things worse, a sudden terror attack puts the whole Moon under lockdown. Now Kangaroo alone has to get Clementine to talk, clear Jessica’s name, and stop a crooked scheme which threatens to ruin approximately one million vacations.

But old secrets are buried on the Moon, and digging up the past will make Kangaroo’s future very complicated...

I have been keeping an eye out for this sequel and clearly dropped the ball in the last couple months because its release has snuck up on me! Kangaroo Too is out June 20th, (that's next week people!) and I am so incredibly grateful to have received an ARC just in time to review for its release.

Waypoint Kangaroo was a fantastically fun read, it had a few bumps, but I knew I wanted to keep track of Curtis C. Chen's writing after reading his first novel, and as much as I enjoyed book 1, Kangaroo Too definitely blows it out of the water.

You can always count on Kangaroo to have a sarcastic comment in attempts to lighten the mood, but in this case, even he is rendered speechless. He's as hilarious as ever, and just as awkwardly heroic as he kicks up his improvisation skills into high gear in attempts to rescue Jessica Chu from her own stubbornness. 

I'm a sucker for hard crime mystery novels, and mixed in with a sic-fi space opera? That's one giant win for me!

I guessed at a few things and never thought I'd ever turn out to be right, (I'll admit one detail I was hugely mistaken about...) but even with my excellent detective skills, (they're not that excellent...) every reveal was a shocking surprise. I was absolutely hooked from beginning to end.

Now, right now, I have my hands on one gorgeous hardcover, (courtesy of Justin with St Martins Press- Everyone say THANK YOU JUSTIN!), and even though it physically pains me to separate myself from this book, Curtis C. Chen had to go and write that damn acknowledgements page about telling a friend or two and passing along word about his book... So, I'm giving this copy away.

Yes, I will give you a this copy of Kangaroo Too

How do you win? Easy. Spread the word! Tweet or Facebook (and tag me- AT TheMsBurkhead for both sites) about the upcoming release of Kangaroo Too and tell us what your #OutbackCodename would be if you were a part of Project Outback.

*You should probably tag Curtis too*

I'll pick a winner on release day!
You have one week assets, 
Good luck!

About the Author

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. A sequel, Kangaroo Too, is forthcoming in 2017. 

Curtis is not an aardvark.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Scattered Bond

With the world on fire and the ground crumbling around them, Cor, Atesh, and Jwala struggle to make sense of the lost magic and find something, or someone, else to help them survive. The Scattered Bond, the dramatic finale to the Shkode trilogy, concludes this unique fantasy saga about a split world—exploring themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, and the ways we are all connected.

The third and final book in the Shkode series, The Scattered Bond, is due to arrive this September! This series has held one surprise after another and I have been fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of the exciting finale!

*And stick around to the end of this review because you have a chance to get your hands on an advanced copy as well.*

Cor and Atesh have their hands (and claws) full as they try to unravel the mystery of Cor's magic and its relationship to the ha to try and save their diminishing worlds. Two worlds that are changing rapidly, and not just environmentally. Ideas are taking root and humans and gon's alike are ready for to take control of their futures and to tell their leaders enough is enough.

It's a familiar scenario, one we all can relate to today with issues such as LGBTQ pride, women's rights, global environmental concerns, and the desire for a leader that truly has their people's best interest in mind. 

E.D.E. Bell has combined today's biggest topics in a fantasy novel that begs the reader to put equality and understanding ahead of societal pressures to conform to outdated standards of 'acceptable' views and beliefs.

Each book in the series is broken up into chapters containing several glimpses into individual characters, each sharing their struggles and their fight to build a better world, and with book 3 building up the the final climax, The Scattered Bond has more viewpoints than ever. The reader gets a front row seat to the impending doom through the eyes of key characters in both human and gon dimensions. Things are heating up, and everything is falling to pieces.

I am so excited to have read the completion to this series and now I want to share this book others!

You can enter to win a signed advanced copy of the third and final book of the Shkode series by E.D.E. Bell with the rafflecopter below.

Good luck!

About the Author

E.D.E. Bell writes unique fantasy fiction that blends traditional and modern elements. She combines rich world building, magic, and fancy with philosophical themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, personal burdens, and the ways we are connected. With diverse characters including pregnant wizards, dragon politicians, talking animals, and genderfluid elves, Bell’s stories explore new territory in the realm of fantasy.

E.D.E. Bell was born in the year of the fire dragon during a Cleveland blizzard. With an MSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, three amazing children, and nearly two decades in technical intelligence, she now applies her magic to the creation of genre-bending fantasy fiction. A passionate vegan and enthusiastic denier of gender rules, she feels strongly about issues related to human equality and animal compassion. She revels in garlic. She loves cats and trees.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

The Self Published Fantasy Blog Off

It's almost time! Mark Lawrence's Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off is about to begin again. All the books have been submitted, this years reading list is full, but keep up with the competing authors and see who comes out on top!

To check out all the Phase 1 entries and which Blog each entry will be reviewed by, click HERE.

As for my blog, I will not be officially reviewing any entries for the SPFBO, that is a huge undertaking that I simply can't do right now, but I have joined a few authors and bloggers in predicting the top picks for each blog-And a few of these I will definitely be reading!

Understand that this list does not contain any official picks from any listed blogger, 
These are my own predictions at who may, or may not,
come out on top in the 2017 blog-off.

I skimmed through the book lists for each site, read each book description, and based my choices off what I would read, and of those, which books had the most gripping and desirable description.

So, as per out unofficial bet on the 2017 SPFBO,
here are my top 3 picks from each site from this years nominees.

There are 10 blogs so bear with me...

Valley of Embers has been on my TBR pile since its release and I have heard wonderful things about this book from many bloggers and it's on my list to be reviewed this year.

This definitely makes my top pick from Bookworm Blues, and what I believe will be their choice for the 2017 SPFBO

#2 The Glass Gargoyle
The Glass Gargoyle by Marie Andreas just sounds fantastic. I am looking forward to reading this one and seeing how it does in the contest!

#3 Halcyon's Wake: Faith
Bookworm Blues has some great choices this year. Halcyon's Wake I've already read and reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed.

#2 Hereafter

#3 The Dragon Hunter and the Mage

#2 The Crimson Queen

#3 Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds

#1 Sand & Storm

#2 Everwinter

#3 Land of Gods

#2 The Forbidden City

#3 Nice Dragons Finish Last

#2 The Silver Strand
I've read The Silver Strand, several years ago when it first published, and I am very excited to see how far it goes in the SPFBO!

#3 The Blood of Whisperers

#1 Tuning the Symphony

Also on my TBR and Reviewed pile!

#2 The Forsaken Crown

#3 Our Monsters 
This book just sounds fantastic and I would love to give it a read.

This is one of those times where the cover got me and has me convinced this book will surprise us all.

Another book on my TBR and Reviewed list for this year, and from what I've heard, it's a real contender for a top slot. Keep your eye on Ben Galley in this contest.

The cover could use a boost, but the description was well written.

That took some real work, but there you have it. My top picks for this year's SPFBO.

Now Cast Your (unofficial) Vote! All the books for each blog site are listed on Goodreads, check out the entries, add a few books to your TBR pile, and cast your vote for the top three picks in this years SPFBO challenge.