Box Review: TeeBlox – April 2017

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TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Doctor Who Shirt – I’m not a fan of the show, but I do like the fun Dalek design. And the gray, charcoal color is nice.

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Comic and Pin – Generation X Comic and cardboard Super Mario Bros Coaster. I have all of this run of Generation X, but I’m a big fan so that’s ok. I’ve gotten a similar coaster in a previous bag.

There is also a instructions on how to frame a favorite shirt. This is a fun idea, if you have a unique design you want to keep on display.

Summary: This is the first shirt I’ve received that hasn’t either been Star Wars or Star Trek. I don’t like Dr. Who, but I do appreciate variety. And I have family members who do enjoy the show who I can pass this on to. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further. And the bonus comic is always fun too.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Book Giveaway: HALO: Envoy

Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of HALO: Envoy by Tobias S. Buckell for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 12. I’ll draw a name on May 13, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Section 31: Control

Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack

Synopsis:
No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.

Review:
Julian Bashir and Sarina Douglas find themselves on the run again. But this time from more than just Section 31. When they uncover a huge secret that leads back to the beginning of the Federation, they have no idea how encompassing it is.

This latest Star Trek novel is incredibly fast-paced and exciting. While Bashir’s story plays out, we get flashbacks to early in the Federation as well. With plenty of familiar characters, from Data and Lal to Bashir’s long-time friend Garak and many more – Star Trek fans will enjoy the nostalgia and fun interactions. Mack has developed an impressive storyline of intrigue and suspense. My favorite Kirk quote certainly fits here: “I take it the odds are against us; and the situation is grim.” I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling novel with a surprising finale.

Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

Marvel: Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

First, there were adult coloring books. Now, dot-to-dot books!
Dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte has created 20 intricate puzzles of at least 1,000 dots each, all from the Spider-Man universe. Wow, these are not for those with a hard time seeing up close. Some of the numbers are so faint that I have to stare at them for a while and look at the numbers around them to see if it’s correct. But it is nice that each set of 100 are a different color so it’s not too insane.

Dot-to-Dot

But these get extremely addicting. As soon as I finish one, I’m on to the next. These adult dot-to-dot pages take at least an hour and are definitely not as stress-relieving as adult coloring books. But they are incredibly fun. I’m definitely going to check out the others in this series.

Dot-to-Dot
Dot-to-Dot

SciFi Book Review: Alone

Alone by Scott Sigler

Synopsis:
Pawns in a millennia-old struggle, the young people known only as the Birthday Children were genetically engineered to survive on the planet Omeyocan—but they were never meant to live there. They were made to be “overwritten,” their minds wiped and replaced by the consciousnesses of the monsters who created them.

Em changed all of that.

She unified her people and led a revolt against their creators. Em and her friends escaped an ancient ghost ship and fled to Omeyocan. They thought they would find an uninhabited paradise. Instead, they found the ruins of a massive city long since swallowed by the jungle. And they weren’t alone. The Birthday Children fought for survival against the elements, jungle wildlife, the “Grownups” who created them . . . and, as evil corrupted their numbers, even against themselves.

With these opponents finally defeated, Em and her people realized that more threats were coming, traveling from across the universe to lay claim to their planet. The Birthday Children have prepared as best they can against this alien armada. Now, as the first ships reach orbit around Omeyocan, the final battle for the planet begins.

Review:
Em has created an alliance between her young human survivors and the aliens on the planet. But outlier aliens continue to attack. And her own people are changing, growing more aggressive. Meanwhile, new ships are arriving and there seems to be nothing that can stop them.

Alone is the final installment in a thrilling YA, science fiction trilogy. As everyone’s aggression escalates, Em eventually discovers the cause. But with an enormous invading army and the human ship still being led by Em’s malevolent creator, Em is running out of options. This finale is packed with action, drama, mystery, and suspense. It’s a much larger novel than the predecessors, but it’s still fast-paced. There are many twists and shocking turns that build to an exciting and satisfying ending.

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle? (Rebirth)

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle? (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to secrets. She’s the daughter of GCPD Jim Gordon, the vigilante known as Batgirl and was once Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet.

Someone new has resurrected the Oracle mantle that Babs once controlled, and whoever is behind it is sending Batgirl on a wild chase all across Gotham City. By her side are two equally dangerous vigilantes–Dinah Lance, the rock star-turned-hero known as Black Canary, and Helena Bertinelli, the lethal spy code-named the Huntress.

Can this mismatched trio come together in time to solve the mystery of the new Oracle and defeat the villainous forces arrayed against them? Or will these Birds of Prey have their wings clipped before they can even get off the ground?

Review:
The Birds Of Prey have relaunched with Batgirl, Black Canary, and a mysterious Huntress. When a person calling themselves Oracle leads the group into trouble – Barbara must find out who’s using her moniker. The villains in this storline were a bit hokey. Though, there was a nice twist at the end. And I really liked how Huntress was handled – she’s a bit standoffish and not as trusting as the other team members. And the Oracle was a fun twist too, though [Spoilers ahead] there’s something a bit disappointing about a man being a part of the Birds of Prey. I really prefer the all-female team to remain all-female – that’s what makes them unique and awesome. Granted, the Oracle is a behind-the-scenes partner, so I can see that angle too. I’ll probably keep reading, but hope for another female Oracle in the future.

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