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The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Tour

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Written by Brandon Mull and Illustrations by Brandon Dorman

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven is the first visual discovery of the creatures in the series and is written as if the reader is the new caretaker of the Fablehaven preserve. It has all sorts of insider’s knowledge the new caretaker of Fablehaven would have to know, such as dragon tears are very powerful in making potions but they are extremely difficult to come by and cruel people have been known to torment young dragons just to collect tears! So don’t YOU want to be their caretaker? Entries detail important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves. Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

I was offered a ebook to review, which was unfortunately not complete and wasn’t easy to view o read on a kindle app. I don’t think it did the book justice. The images I’ve seen of the finished book look incredible, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Fans of Fablehaven will really enjoy this book. From incredible illustrations of unique creatures to fun details on familiar (and some obscure) items that Fablehaven Caretakers and adventurers need to know.

If you haven’t read one of the best children’s series out there (Fablehaven by Brandon Mull), then make sure you do. You won’t be disappointed.

Received in September

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

Swamp Monsters Season 1
iZombie Season 1
The Flash Season 1 Blu Ray
Arrow Season 3 Blu Ray

Subscription Boxes:
Collectible GEEK
Power Up Box
Hero Crate

Amazon Publishing / 47North:
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire by James Luceno and John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

Disney Hyperion / Lucasfilm Press:
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Gallery Books:
Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season by Mike McMahan

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen:
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin
Hollowgirl by Sean Williams
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Harper Voyager:
Shadow of Empire: Far Stars by Jay Allan

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

Macmillan Teen / Fiewel and Friends / Swoon / Roaring Brook:
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
High School Horror: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

Penguin / Putnam:
Saturn Run by John Sandford

Penguin Teen / Nancy Paulsen Books / Philomel / Razorbill:
The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman
Ranger’s Apprentice Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan by John A. Flanagan
Soundless by Richelle Mead

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement by Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen by James Swallow

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 by Greg Bear

Random House / Bantam:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Flashes by Tim O’Rourke

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider
Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig
Dragon Coast by Greg Van Eekhout
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber
Against a Brightening Sky by Jaime Lee Moyer

Virgin Books:
Thunderbirds: The Vault by Marcus Hearn

Hexomancy Excerpt and Giveaway!

Hexomancy by Michael R. Underwood
Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.

Hexomancy Excerpt:
Chapter Two
Time to Face the Chiptune Music

Most months, the Midnight Market hosted a grand auction, where members of the Pearson Underground put up items of magical significance for sale. Bids came in the form of barter, and the process could get as nasty as the hotel queue for San Diego Comic-Con.
But tonight, with the trial supplanting the auction, the crowd was as big as ever. Bigger. Pearson had lost three of its own last month, and while people in the Underground seldom all saw eye to eye, they looked out for one another. Lucretia hadn’t done a great job of making friends along the way, even outside Grognard’s crew.
The steel-eyed and silver-haired Auctioneer stood atop the podium, still wielding her gavel like a badge of office. She’d preside over the trial, since she was as close as Pearson got to an impartial observer.
Eastwood took the lead, with Ree second and Grognard pulling up the rear. They strode down the aisle, making their way to the front table opposite Lucretia.
Ree still wasn’t sure why they couldn’t have just bound

16 Michael R. Underwood

Lucretia into fixing all the damage from Grognard’s and been done with it, but every community had their own method of self-policing.
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Received in August

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

The Originals Season 2 Blu-ray
The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Blu-ray
Supernatural Season 10 Blu-ray

Subscription Box:
Comic Bento

Amazon Publishing / 47North:
Here & There by Joshua V. Scher

Undead and Unforgiven by MaryJanice Davidson

Clarion Books:
The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

Crown / Broadway:
The Martian by Andy Weir

First Second:
The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
Last Man: The Chase by Bastien Vivès

Gallery Books:
HALO: Last Light by Troy Denning

Harper Teen / Belzer + Bray / Katherine Tegen:
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
The White Rose by Amy Ewing
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Endgame: Sky Key by James Frey
Balance Keepers 2: The Pillars of Ponderay by Lindsay Cummings
A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt
The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures by Jason Bulmahn

Penguin / Vintage Crime:
The Reckoning by Carsten Stroud

Penguin Teen / Putnam / Speak:
Nightfall by Jake Halpern
Unfriended by Rachel Vail

The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats by Mark Hodder

Quercus / Jo Fletcher Books:
Marked by Sue Tingey

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Chapelwood: The Borden Dispatches by Cherie Priest

Voyagers: Project Alpha by D. J. MacHale
Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black

Subterranean Press:
Can & Can’tankerous by Harlan Ellison
A Fantasy Medley 3 by Kevin Hearne

Titan Books:
Gestapo Mars by Victor Gischler
Cracked by Barbra Leslie
Koko the Mighty by Kieran Shea
Nod by Adrian Barnes
The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Nightwise by R. S. Belcher
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Updraft by Fran Wilde
The Sleeping King by Cindy Dees
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Rage by Ken Shufeldt

Graphic Novel Giveaway: Last Man: The Chase

Courtesy of First Second Books, I have a copy of Last Man: The Chase by Bastien Vivès 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 September 11. I’ll draw a name on September 12, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Received in July

The following are the books I received in July for review and/or giveaways:

Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer:
Wayward by Blake Crouch
The Last Town by Blake Crouch
Pines by Blake Crouch

The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma

Del Rey:
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn

Disney Hyperion / Kingswell:
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
The Descendants: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Gallery Books:
The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
Devil’s Pocket by John Dixon

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Katherine Tegen:
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
MirroredMirrored by Alex Flinn
The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant
Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Sound by Alexandra Duncan

Harper Voyager:
Departure by A.G. Riddle
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Abomination by Gary Whitta

Macmillan / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Penguin / Blue Rider Press / New American Library / Vintage:
The Way of Sorrows by Jon Steele
The Veil by Chloe Neill
Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Pocket Books:
Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep
Star Trek: Seekers Book 3: Long Shot by David Mack

Gold Throne in Shadow by M.C. Planck
The Geomancer: Vampire Empire by Clay Griffith
Rising Tide by Rajan Khanna

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press / Knopf / Crown:
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney
The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoe Ferraris
The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

The House on Stone’s Throw Island by Dan Poblocki
The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
TombQuest: Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop

Shadow Mountain:
Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Simon & Schuster / Saga Press / Strebor Books:
The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson
The Total Emasculation of the White Man by David Valentine Bernard

Spencer Hill Press:
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin

Subterranean Books:
Driven by Kelley Armstrong

Titan Books:
The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein

Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt
Pathfinder Tales: Beyond the Pool of Stars by Howard Andrew Jones
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán
The Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Tor Teen:
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett

David B. Coe (D.B. Jackson) Guest Post

CoeJacksonPubPic1000Hi, I’m David B. Coe. I also write as D.B. Jackson. Under my own name, I am the author of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy set in modern day Phoenix. The newest book in this series, HIS FATHER’S EYES, will be released by Baen Books a week from today, on August 4. As D.B. Jackson, I write the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The fourth and (for now) final Thieftaker book, DEAD MAN’S REACH, came out from Tor Books a week ago, on July 21.

200DeadMansReachI’m very excited to be here today, especially because I’m joined by my two protagonists from these series, Justis Fearsson and Ethan Kaille. I’m particularly pleased that Mister Kaille could join us, since he not only had to travel some distance, but also across nearly two and a half centuries. Gentlemen, welcome to you both.

Fearsson: Thanks, it’s good to be here.

Kaille: Aye, it is. Although I will admit to feeling a bit like a fish out of water. What is that contraption on which your fingers are tapping? For that matter how have you managed to illuminate this room without benefit of a single candle flame or hearth fire?

Well . . . You know, I’m afraid that in order to use our time most wisely, I’m going to have to skip the explanations. Suffice it to say that we’ve had a few technological breakthroughs in the years since the American Revolution.

Kaille: There’s been a revolution?!

Um . . . yeah. You and I can talk later. For now, allow me to ask the two of you some questions. I’d like to begin by asking how you enjoy being in my books.

Fearsson: You mind if I go first?

Kaille: Be my guest.

Layout 1Fearsson: Frankly, it’s kind of a mixed bag. You’ve given me some nice stuff. Love the car. I mean LOVE it. A ‘77 280Z, and silver no less? That’s a sweet ride. And you’ve given me some nice weaponry, too. As a former cop, I appreciate that. On the other hand, I tend to get the crap beaten out of me on a pretty regular basis, and it’s starting to get a little old. Also, the moon phasings and the whole temporary insanity thing — that’s no picnic. I could have done without it.

Kaille: Moon phasings?

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Exclusive Book Trailer: Nightborn

Thrones & Bones: Nightborn releases today!

From the author of Frostborn comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull.

Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers. Visit for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more!

About the Author:
Lou Anders drew on his adventures traveling across Europe in his teens and twenties to write Nightborn, combining these experiences with his love of globe-trotting adventure fiction. However, he has yet to ride a wyvern. With the addition of characters Desstra and Tanthal, Anders hopes that the second book in the Thrones and Bones series will continue to appeal to boy and girl readers equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over five hundred articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at and, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.