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Every once in a while, the daily deal from Audible provides me with a real winner. I’m in the middle of Day Zero right now, and so far, it’s awesome. It’s certainly WAY more awesome than the $2.99 it cost me, so I’m considering it a serious win.

This week’s stack is fairly short. I have more new books in the hopper, but I tend not to post them here until I get covers. After all, oohing and aahing over the pretty covers feels like a big part of the point of STS. (That and keeping me organized, but that’s not half so interesting.) So here’s what I have that I have covers for. The supply chain seems to be wrecking havoc in all sorts of places!

For Review:
A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari
The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam
Nightwork by Nora Roberts
A Taste of Ginger by Mansi Shah
When Blood Lies (Sebastian St. Cyr #17) by C.S. Harris

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (audio)


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This feels all too much like one of those weeks where I might have forgotten to put the text into this post and left the “XXX” – but I managed to avert that fate! For some reason, this has felt like a particularly long week at Chez Reading Reality. But we made it! It’s the weekend! YAY!

I also managed to get some interesting and/or much anticipated books this week, and that’s always a win. I’m especially happy that State of Terror finally popped up on Edelweiss – just as the book came out. I love Louise Penny so I’m very curious to see how her collaboration with Hillary Clinton works out.

For Review:
Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum
Black Tide by KC Jones
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
Comeuppance Served Cold by Marion Deeds
Deadly Director’s Cut (Catskill Summer Resort #2) by Vicki Delany
A Fine Madness by Alan Judd
Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn (audio)
Goodbye Again (Wyndham Beach #2) by Mariah Stewart
Homicide and Halo-Halo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #2) by Mia P. Manansala
A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox
Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose (Marion Lane #2) by T.A. Willberg
Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner
Paladin’s Hope (Saint of Steel #3) by T. Kingfisher
Tricky by Josh Stallings

Borrowed from the Library:
Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic #1) by Charles Soule


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The fascinating book in this list is the audio of Brent Spiner’s Fan Fiction. I don’t even HAVE the ebook. Honestly I wasn’t planning to read the book at all. BUUUUUT it’s a full cast recording with the cast of Star Trek Next Generation along with a few others. When I saw THAT I couldn’t hit the request button fast enough. I’ll be listening to it next week, after I finish Nothing but Blackened Teeth – which is creepy but so good and the language is amazingly lyrical. But seriously creepy, so I’m hoping that Fan Fiction will bring on the fun!

For Review:
Asking for a Friend by Andi Osho
Danger on the Atlantic (Jane Wunderly #3) by Erica Ruth Neubauer
Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner (audio)
Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath
The Hacker (Norcross Security #5) by Anna Hackett
Kundo Wakes Up by Saad Z. Hossain
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Project Namahana by John Teschner
A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
Sundial by Catriona Ward
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
The Wedding Wager by Eva Devon


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All of a sudden, I can get audiobooks on NetGalley. It’s so hard not to let the temptation get out of hand, and it’s not easy resisting the impulse to get, well, everything. I’m listening to Under the Whispering Door now, and Nothing But Blackened Teeth is next. I’m kind of counting on my usual pattern of listening to half and then reading the rest because I just HAVE to find out what’s happening next. And I’m killing time until Jade Legacy drops on November 30. I’ve been looking forward to that for what seems like AGES!

AND I’m also a bit intrigued by The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, which I picked up in one of Audible’s Daily Deals, and not just about listening to it. The series title on Goodreads is Chronicles of the BITCH Queen, while the series title for the exact same book is Chronicles of the WOLF Queen on Amazon. I wonder what THAT’S about?

For Review:
Insurrection (Dark Desires Origins #3) by Nina Croft
Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao
No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson (audio)
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (audio)
Oh William! (Amgash #3) by Elizabeth Strout
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
Pets in Space 6 by S.E. Smith, Veronica Scott, Honey Phillips, Carol Van Natta, Cassandra Chandler, J.C. Hay, S.J. Pajonas, Greta van der Rol, Deborah A. Bailey, Melisse Aires , Kyndra Hatch
Rise of the Mages (Age of Ire #1) by Scott Drakeford
The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Under Color of Law (Trevor Finnegan #1) by Aaron Philip Clark
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune (audio)

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Jade Legacy (Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee (audio) (preorder)
Love, Comment, Subscribe (Ponto Beach Reunion #1) by Cathy Yardley
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1) by K.S. Villoso (audio)


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I just realized that this list makes it look like I cut off half the alphabet – except for that one book I got from the library. Looks kind of weird, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles, or at least that’s the way the titles fell out this week.

For Review:
An Impossible Impostor (Veronica Speedwell #7) by Deanna Raybourn
Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
The League of Gentlewomen Witches (Dangerous Damsels #2) by India Holton
The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher
A Practical Guide to Conquering the World (Siege #3) by K.J. Parker
Shady Hollow (Shady Hollow #1) by Juneau Black
Sweep of Stars (Astra Black #1) by Maurice Broaddus
The Thousand Eyes (Serpent Gates #2) by A.K. Larkwood
Unity by Elly Bangs
What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins

Borrowed from the Library:
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty


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Today marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 9/11 feels like one of those watershed moments, the kind where you remember where you were, what you were doing, who you were with, for the rest of your life. I know I do. But also, how soon we forget. It feels both like yesterday and like a lifetime ago. Only because it was.

For Review:
Boundaries (Tales of Valdemar #15) edited by Mercedes Lackey
The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Children of Demeter by E.V. Knight
The Deadliest Sin (Crispin Guest #15) by Jeri Westerson
The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks
Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes
The Librarian Always Rings Twice (First Edition Library Mystery #3) by Marty Wingate
Lightning in a Mirror (Fogg Lake #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Master of Rods and Strings by Jason Marc Harris
The Ninja Betrayed (Lily Wong #3) by Tori Eldridge
The Untold Story (Invisible Library #8) by Genevieve Cogman
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
Westside Lights (Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery #3) by W.M. Akers


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For those in the U.S., Labor Day is on Monday and for many people it’s a 3-day weekend. That’s always worth a YAY, especially since I prep these posts on FriYAY. Here at Chez Reading Reality, it makes for a nice long weekend to read a bunch of books, write up a bunch of stuff, and generally sit in places where the cats can use one or both of us as mattresses for their mid-morning and mid-afternoon naps!

I’ll be spending at least a bit of time looking for safe places to store my new walking shoes. I like my shoes to fit, and George likes to eat shoelaces. Our goals are not aligned! So, my nearby bookshelves are serving double-duty as bookcases and safe shoe racks. Wish me luck!

For Review:
Age of Ash (Kithamar Trilogy #1) by Daniel Abraham
All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie
The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller
Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
A Game of Fear (Inspector Ian Rutledge #24) by Charles Todd
The Haunting of Leigh Harker by Darcy Coates
The Ice Coven by Max Seeck
The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt
King of Eon (Eon Warriors #9) by Anna Hackett
The Seamstress of New Orleans by Diane C. McPhail
Sherlock Holmes & the Singular Affair by M.K. Wiseman
Sisters of the Forsaken Stars (Sisters of St. Rita #2) by Lina Rather
A Swift and Savage Tide (Kit Brightling #2) by Chloe Neill
Witch, Please (Fix-It Witches #1) by Ann Aguirre (audio)

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Sisters of the Vast Black (Sisters of St. Rita #1) by Lina Rather

Borrowed from the Library:
Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins


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First of all, the lists are getting shorter. It’s that time of year, which probably sounds strange. But not a lot comes out in December and January, and that’s affecting what’s available in NetGalley and Edelweiss. I have some eARCs as far out as May, but that’s so far out they don’t have covers yet!

There’s one book on here that I’ve already read/listened to. I got an AudioARC for The Heart Principle earlier this week, started it in audio, got hooked, and switched to the ebook, as yesterday’s review will attest. There’s one book in here that I did not expect at all but am really happy to see, that’s The Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay. I’ve enjoyed his Planetside series because I love the voice of the main character. This isn’t a part of that series, but I’m hoping that the voice of the protagonist in this one will be just as good.

For Review:
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 edited by Lavie Tidhar
Cyber Mage by Saad Z. Hossain
Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes (Last Chance Scoundrels #1) by Eva Leigh
The Heart Principle (Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang (audio)
How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott
The Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay
No Gods, No Monsters (Convergence Saga #1) by Cadwell Turnbull (audio)
Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi
Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Gentleman and the Thief (Dread Penny Society #2) by Sarah M. Eden
The Lady and the Highwayman (Dread Penny Society #1) by Sarah M. Eden


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Today (Friday as I write this) has just been one of those days. It feels like I take two steps forward and one step back – or possibly the other way around. Or both! It’s a dance! No wait, it’s just the usual insanity.

So many books, so many reviews to write, so little time. C’est la vie. Like I said, one of those days. I just love deadlines. I love the sound they make as they go whizzing by!

For Review:
The Bone Shard Emperor (Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart
The Exiled Fleet (Divide #2) by J.S. Dewes
First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel
Hunt the Stars (Starlight’s Shadow #1) by Jessie Mihalik
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten
Scorpica (Five Queendoms #1) by G.R. Macallister
Spear by Nicola Griffith
Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire
Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
The Last Smile in Sunder City (Fletch Phillips Archives #1) by Luke Arnold (audio)
The Madness of Crowds (Chief Inspector Gamache #17) by Louise Penny
The Rage of Dragons (Burning #1) by Evan Winter (audio)
The Scavenger Door (Finder Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Palmer (audio)


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There are some series, particularly fantasy and science fiction series, that just work better for me in audio. Sometimes it’s because they’re narrated in the first person, like the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I just really like that feeling of the protagonist telling me a story. Others I started in audio and now those series are just fixed in my head as audiobooks. And then there are stories like The Blacktongue Thief that just manage to be so marvelous in audio that I’m still hearing them in my head months later. But one of those series that I just can’t resist in audio finally popped up on Audible, and I picked them up even though I already have eARCs for both. I’m still trolling Audible for the third. Jade Legacy won’t be out until November 30, and I have the eARC but I love that series in audio so I’ll wait. A bit.

Patience may be a virtue, but it isn’t one I was blessed with.

For Review:
Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lostetter
The Autobiography of Mr. Spock by Una McCormack
The Blood Trials (Blood Gift Duology #1) by N.E. Davenport
Brothers of the Wind by Tad Williams
The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart
The Riverwoman’s Dragon (Owen Archer #13) by Candace Robb
The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall
Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
When the Goddess Wakes (Ring-Sworn Trilogy #3) by Howard Andrew Jones (audio)

Borrowed from the Library:
Pursuit of the Truth (West Investigations #1) by K.D. Richards


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