Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1.
iZombie, the upcoming series based on the best-selling Vertigo comic, debuts March 17th on The CW. Curious what to expect? Then be sure to watch this exclusive DC All Access interview with iZombie co-creator Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), who discusses the differences between this show’s zombies and others you may have seen, how they found the perfect zombie lead, and why they chose to stray from the comic book storyline.
Tombquest: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
Nothing can save Alex Sennefer’s life. That’s what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it’s not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients–the Death Walkers–are also brought back to life.
An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.
Alex is dying, always extremely weak and in pain. But his mother has a plan to save him – one that releases an evil on Earth. And when his mother suddenly disappears, Alex and his friend are the best duo to hunt for clues and find the culprit.
Book of the Dead is the first in a new children’s series. There is also an online game that kids can play to accompany the story. This first installment is a fast-paced, quick read that (young and not-so-young) fans of ancient Egypt will enjoy. It mixes ancient mythology with thrilling modern day villains in an exciting, non-stop adventure. I look forward to the next in this engaging series.
Scripted by Maya Rock
To the people suffering on the war-torn mainland, Bliss Island seems like an idyllic place. And it is: except for the fact that the island is a set, and the islanders’ lives are a performance. They’re the stars of a hit TV show, Blissful Days—Characters are adored by mainland viewers, yet in constant danger of being cut if their ratings dip too low. And no one really knows what happens to cut Characters.
Nettie Starling knows she’s been given the chance of a lifetime when a producer offers suggestions to help her improve her mediocre ratings—especially when those suggestions involve making a move on the boy she’s been in love with for years. But she’ll soon have to decide how far she’s willing to go to keep the cameras fixed on her. . . especially when she learns what could happen to her if she doesn’t.
Nettie lives a real-life soap opera. And it’s a role she can rarely step out of or speak freely because of it. When a character is cut from the show, they become a Patriot – though no one really knows what that means. Until Nettie and her friend decide to find out.
Scripted is a dramatic, near-future dystopia on a Truman Show or Ed TV-like island. There is great character development. And the drama and suspense made for a highly enjoyable read. As Nettie becomes more involved with a clause in her contract which pushes her to do suggestions from the producers, her decisions seem to affect those around her in unexpected ways. And events build to a thrilling and unpredictable conclusion.
The following are the books I received in February for review and/or giveaways:
Dead to Me by Mary McCoy
The Stranger by Bastien Vivès
Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Forged by Erin Bowman
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Endangered by Lamar Giles
The Replaced by Kimberly Derting
Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends:
Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre
New American Library:
Dark Debt Novel by Chloe Neill
Penguin Teen / Speak / Dutton / Putnam / Viking:
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Well’s End by Seth Fishman
The Dark Water by Seth Fishman
Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash
Half Wild by Sally Green
Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel
Random House / Vintage:
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
Random House Children’s Books / Delacorte Press:
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Vision In Silver by Anne Bishop
Spirit Animals Book 6: Rise and Fall by Eliot Schrefer
Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
Ignite by Sara B. Larson
The Notebook of Doom #6: Pop of the Bumpy Mummy by Troy Cummings
Woven by Michael Jensen
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jenson
Simon & Schuster / Atria / Emily Bestler Books:
Empire by John Connolly
The Border by Robert McCammon
Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian
The Big Fix by Linda Grimes
Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Shadow by Will Elliott
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe
The Exile by C. T. Adams
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly