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Received in January

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in January for review and/or giveaways:

Mystery Box:
Supply Pod

Ace:
The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin

Daw:
Revisionary: Magic Ex Libris: Book Four by Jim C. Hines

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
Alive by Scott Sigler

Disney Hyperion:
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen:
Front Lines by Michael Grant
The Prey by Tom Isbell
The Capture by Tom Isbell
Dark Energy by Robison Wells
Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong

Harper Voyager:
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Henry Holt / FSG / Roaring Brook Press:
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Trapped by S. A. Bodeen
The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
Gifted by H. A. Swain
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Dream On by Kerstin Gier

Penguin Teen / Kathy Dawson Books / Speak / Viking:
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse
Stolen by Melissa De la Cruz
Dove Exiled by Karen Bao

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer
Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Pyr:
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Roc:
Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Scholastic / Chicken House:
Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland
Endure by Sara B. Larson
TombQuest: The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Broken Ground by Victoria Schwab
Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Secret Hero Society #1: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs
Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

Simon & Schuster / Emily Bestler Books:
Dominion by John Connolly

Subterranean Press:
Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon
Down and Out In Purgatory by Tim Powers
The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu

Titan Books:
Quarry’s Deal by Max Allan Collins
Quarry’s Cut by Max Allan Collins
The Girls in the High-Heeled Shoes by Michcael Kurland
Broken Hero by Jonathan Wood
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The White Worm by Sam Siciliano

Tor:
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Pathfinder Tales: Pirate’s Prophecy by Chris A. Jackson

A Truly Horrifying Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Lori Goldstein joins SciFiChick.com today to share her High School Horror Story on this stop of Chandler Baker’s blog tour!

Lori Goldstein’s High School Horror Story

Here’s the thing about horror stories. Sometimes, it’s all about perspective.

What seems like a huge deal at the time might not be all that horrific in hindsight and vice versa, something that is entirely de rigueur might come back to bite you in your older keister.

My older keister has a big chunk missing. Because of this.

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Permed, teased, curling ironed, I owe my high school horror story to a monster can of Aqua Net.

But it’s not really my fault. See, I grew up in New Jersey. And if you don’t know anything about New Jersey, think Jon Bon Jovi pre haircut.

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I’m not looking so bad now, right?

Living in the shadow of New York City, we Jersey girls had to find ways to stand out. Or in this case, up. Way, way up.

Flipping through my high school albums proves it wasn’t just me. We were all doing it. That doesn’t make me want to whisper, “the horror, the horror” any less.

Though there was one benefit. For once in my life, I easily clocked in at five feet without heels.

Bio:
Born into an Italian-Irish family (hence the short temper and the freckles), Lori Goldstein grew up in a small town on the Jersey shore and now makes her home outside of Boston in a place close enough to the ocean that on the right day, she can smell the sea from her back deck, and yet it still takes an hour to get to the beach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before embracing her love of fictional people. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, out now; Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). When not writing or reading (preferably from a sandy local), Lori can be found chatting books and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter (@loriagoldstein). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com, Tumblr and Instagram: lorigoldsteinbooks.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoriGoldsteinAuthor, and Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/LoriGoldstein


Courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, I have a copy of Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker 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 February 5. I’ll draw a name on February 6, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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SciFiChick’s Best of 2015

I read a total of 179 books this year, and as always, my favorites are hard to narrow down. However, here’s my list of this year’s best SciFi/Fantasy titles (published in 2015) that I’ve read and reviewed.

Science Fiction:

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/11/19/scifi-book-review-made-to-kill/

Corsair by James L Cambias
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/07/08/scifi-book-review-corsair/

The Ark by Patrick S Tomlinson
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/11/17/scifi-book-review-the-ark/

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/07/15/star-trek-the-next-generation-armageddons-arrow/

YA SciFi:

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/02/09/scifi-book-review-firefight/

School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/08/14/scifi-book-review-school-for-sidekicks/

Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/10/16/scifi-book-review-star-wars-lost-stars/

Fantasy:

Witches with the Enemy by Barb Hendee
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/06/23/fantasy-book-review-witches-with-the-enemy/

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/03/19/fantasy-book-review-finn-fancy-necromancy/

Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/04/24/fantasy-book-review-harrison-squared/

Dead Man’s Reach by DB Jackson
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/08/05/fantasy-book-review-dead-mans-reach/

YA Fantasy:

The Rangers Apprentice – The Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/11/05/book-review-the-rangers-apprentice-the-early-years-the-tournament-at-gorlan/

When by Victoria Laurie
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/02/12/fantasy-book-review-when/

Wings of Fire: Winter Turning by Tui T Sutherland
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2015/12/30/fantasy-book-review-wings-of-fire-winter-turning/

What were some of your favorites this year?

Received in December

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in December for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-rays/DVDs:
Pan Blu-ray Edition

Subscription Box:
Supply Pod

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Legends of Ashildr by Various

Chronicle Books:
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Disney Hyperion:
Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

Fandemonium:
Stargate SG-1 / Stargate Atlantis: Points of Origin by Sally Malcolm
Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming by Jo Graham
Stargate SG-1: Hostile Ground by Sally Malcolm

First Second:
Last Man: The Show by Bastien Vivès

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Belzer + Bray:
Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine
The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker
Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Inkshares:
The Life Engineered by J-F Dubeau

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Roaring Brook Press:
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien

Penguin / Kathy Dawson:
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ascendance by David R. George Iii

Random House Children’s / Delacorte Press:
Voyagers: Game of Flames by Robin Wasserman
Burning Midnight by Will Macintosh
Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton

Roc:
Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older

Scholastic:
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior by Steve Korte
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow by Daniel Wallace
Batman: Gotham City’s Guardian by Matthew Manning

Subterranean Press:
Downfall of the Gods by K. J. Parker

Tobias S. Buckell:
Xenowealth: A Collection by Tobias S. Buckell

Tor Teen:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Book Giveaway: A Daughter of No Nation

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica 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 January 1. I’ll draw a name on January 2, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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Graphic Novel Review: Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 3: Casualties of War

Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke

Synopsis:
Superman and Wonder Woman—two of the world’s mightiest heroes—are the ultimate power couple. And yet, when a new superhero arrives out of nowhere asking for their guidance, the two Justice Leaguers can’t help but suspect that something is very, very wrong.

Wonderstar has no past, no memories and only a strange connection to Superman and Wonder Woman. He claims his intentions are good, but when his true identity is finally revealed, it will take the combined strength of the Man of Steel and the God of War to take him on.

Review:
In this New 52 series, Superman and Wonder Woman are starting a new relationship. They even try for a date, that doesn’t last long when two superheroes are involved. A superpowered man with no memories arrives who seems to want to good – until his memories come back.

Casualties of War collects issues #13-17 of Superman/Wonder Woman. It’s a short and sweet, self-contained story arc that any reader can jump into. The plot is exciting and fast-paced, and involves magic (one of Superman’s few weaknesses). So the villains are worthy adversaries, if very misguided. The artwork is great – dark and beautiful, which really added to the setting as well. I really wish I had been reading this series before now.

Book Giveaway: The Prison in Antares

Courtesy of Pyr, I have a copy of The Prison in Antares by Mike Resnick 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 January 1. I’ll draw a name on January 2, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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Magazine Review: Star Wars Jedi Master – December 2015

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Titan Magazines has come out with a new Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine. Get the chance to revisit where the whole saga began with Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine #1 on sale November 17 at all major retailers for only $4.99.

Children will enjoy this fun activity and trivia magazine. Young readers can follow along with facts and games with familiar characters from all of the Star Wars films and track their progress on the road to becoming a Jedi. There is even a certificate at the end that can name them a Jedi Knight for completing their Jedi Academy training.

Pull-out posters include Darth Maul, with a movie poster from The Phantom Menace on the opposite side, and a smaller action shot of Yoda at the end. If you have a young Padawan who enjoys trivia and all things Star Wars, this would make a great gift. There are only 3 issues planned, so be sure to order quickly.