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Received in April

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
The End of Magic by Amber Benson
DR. DOA by Simon R. Green

Daw:
The Cityborn by Edward Willett

Del Rey / Ballantine:
The Chosen by J. R. Ward
Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
Eagle and Empire by Alan Smale

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
Star Wars Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka

Fandemonium:
STARGATE SG-1: Exile by Sally Malcolm
STARGATE SG-1: Insurrection by Sally Malcolm

First Second Books:
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Gallery Books:
HALO: Envoy by Tobias S. Buckell

Harper Teen:
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Harper Voyager:
Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter

Penguin Young Readers / Dial:
And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin
The Kid from Planet Z: Crash! #1 by Nancy Krulik
The Kid from Planet Z: Don’t Sneeze! #2 by Nancy Krulik

Pocket Books:
Snared by Jennifer Estep

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 by Julie E. Czerneda

Scholastic:
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Subterranean Press:
River’s Edge by James P. Blaylock
The Emperor and the Maula by Robert Silverberg
The Crow’s Dinner by Jonathan Carroll

Switch Press:
Black Light Express by Philip Reeve
Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross by Fred Van Lente
Assassin’s Creed: Assassins Volume 2 – Setting Sun by Antony Del Col
Assassin’s Creed: LOCUS by Ian Edginton
Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 2: Cross of War by Fred Van Lente
Netherspace by Andrew Lane

Tor:
Pawn: A Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War by Timothy Zahn
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

ROAR: Pre-Order Promotion and Giveaway!

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Roar by Cora Carmack, on sale June 13th

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Book Giveaway: HALO: Envoy

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

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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

The Third Book of Ore: Blaze of Embers Excerpt and Giveaway!

Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz are pleased to share an excerpt from Blaze of Embers, the conclusion to their Books Of Ore series. On-sale today!

Margaret Tanner already wished she hadn’t come home.

When she got the news that Micah had run away, Margaret had requested a leave of absence. It had taken an entire week for her submission to be processed. Tensions had spiked after President Saltern’s condemnation of the Quorum at the Council of Nations, so it was an “inopportune time” for an officer of the Foundry’s special engineering corps to be off duty. Nevertheless, she had managed it, and after a high-speed Galejet flight from Vellaroux, Trelaine, to Albright City, Meridian, she was home.

Yet international strife was nothing compared to what was waiting for her at Plumm Estate.

“Not like that,” Deirdre Tanner snapped, snatching the ornamental zigzag silverware from her daughter to properly pack it for shipping. “Fold the table linens.”

Accustomed to taking orders without question, Margaret moved with military precision to the other end of the giant brass table in the dining room. She adjusted the cuffs of her starched gray-and-gold Foundry uniform, brushed a strand of copper-blond hair from her heart-shaped face, and set about the new task. In their correspondence, her mother had neglected to mention that Dr. Plumm had fired the Tanners, and that he and Phoebe had moved out without so much as a thanks. Foundry officials had packed up all of the Plumms’ necessities, mostly files and personal effects, and shipped them to their new, undisclosed residence, leaving the staff to take care of the rest. Of course, Mr. Macaroy, Mr. Kashiri, and most of the others had abandoned ship at the first sign of trouble, leaving all the remaining work to the Tanners—namely Margaret and her mother, since Randall was utterly useless. So they had been at it for hours, working away into the night. Margaret wouldn’t have said no to a quick bite to eat, especially because a Televiewer in the kitchen was blaring with revelry from President Saltern’s campaign rally, and she was curious to hear his address.

“No, no,” Deirdre said, slamming down the box of silverware and stomping over to Margaret. “The trim folds in. Like this.” She yanked the silversilk tablecloth away.

“Mother,” said Margaret.

Deirdre flattened the pleats of the tablecloth as if she were spanking a disobedient child. Margaret placed a firm hand on her shoulder.

“Mom?”

Strands of cobweb hair framed the gouges of grief in Deirdre’s face. Bruise-colored bags hung beneath her mudbrown eyes, which swam with tears.

“I just . . . What am I going to do, Margie? Where am I supposed to go?”

“It’ll be fine.”

“It won’t be,” Deirdre sniffled. “I’ll have to go back home to Oleander. Back to . . . him.”

Margaret stiffened at the mention of her drunken absentee father.

“You’re not going anywhere,” she stated. “We’ll figure it out. I’m here. We’re together now.”

“We’re not,” Deirdre whispered. “Not all of us.” Her round shoulders quaked. “My baby . . . My baby’s gone.”

Margaret handed her mother a silversilk napkin from the table. “Not the linens, Margie.” Margaret insisted, forcing the napkin into her hand. Her mother conceded and dabbed at her eyes.

“Go lie down, Mom. You need a break.”

Deirdre appeared eager for the opportunity, but she glanced with some concern at the mountains of valuables that still needed to be packed.

“I’ll take over here,” Margaret said, offering a soothing smile. “Don’t worry, you can redo everything I touch in the morning.”

Her mother smiled in return, a little embarrassed.

“I’m so glad you’re here,” Deirdre said, kissing Margaret on the cheek. She took one last uneasy look around the cavernous dining room of Plumm Estate before shuffling off to her quarters.

Margaret breathed a sigh of relief. She loved her mother and would do anything for her, but the atmosphere in a room always felt lighter when she left it. A sudden spray of wet coughing came from the kitchen. Concerned, Margaret put down her folding and walked over to see. Her brother, Randall, decked out in his Military Institute of Meridian uniform, sat hunched over the counter, sputtering. Tennyson the chauffeur chuckled as he pounded the teen’s back. Between them sat a brown bottle of liquor.

“Tenny’s bailin’,” Randall managed, wiping his mouth. “Just havin’ a little farewell drink, is all. Don’t tell Mom.”

Margaret huffed. “A chip off the ol’ block, aren’t ya?”

Randall narrowed his beady little eyes at her.

“Go see if she needs anything,” Margaret ordered, and her brother obliged, breezing past her. Tennyson followed, offering Margaret a sly wink as he slipped away.

A tumultuous ovation on the Televiewer grabbed her attention. On the screen, three Razorback fighter jets flew in formation, blazing a trail of golden fire above a gleeful crowd packed onto the bridge to Foundry Central. Newscam drones swept over the bay, looking for the perfect angle of the Crest of Dawn, the titanic sunburst that towered over Albright City. There, thousands of feet above the crowd, emerging onto a platform festooned with bunting and ribbons in patriotic red, white, and gold, was President Saltern with his beautiful wife and children. The leader of the free world had never looked more youthful or vibrant.

An orchestra started playing “Our Shining Hearts.” The crowd sang, voices ringing throughout the glorious metal city. This was a celebration for the ages. The nation’s beloved first family sang along with the people.

“Meridian cast off all her bonds, when Creighton Albright forged the bronze.”

The sky crackled with fireworks, a frenzy of dazzling lights reflecting off the gleaming skyscrapers.

“With ball of lead and sword of steel, we’ll crush our foes beneath our heel.”

The Salterns laughed, squinting against the spectacular light show.

“So praise the gold, the brass, and chrome, of Meridian, our mighty home!”

A Newscam drone held the President’s proud visage in an iconic beauty shot. But something was wrong. His eyes went wide. His mouth went slack. Fear paralyzed Margaret as she too understood. Fireworks were speeding toward his platform. Not fireworks. Missiles. An explosion—a blinding white supernova. The gutwrenching screams of an entire city in shock. A strike against the legendary Crest of Dawn.

Thus the war began.

Excerpted from BLAZE OF EMBERS © Copyright 2017 by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Missed The Foundry’s Edge (The First Book Of Ore) or Waybound (The Second Book of Ore)? Found out more at http://www.booksofore.com.

About The Third Book Of Ore: Blaze of Embers:
Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner are no longer the spoiled heiress and naïve servant boy who first stumbled upon the fiercely beautiful world of living metal known as Mehk. They have rallied to aid the mehkans and risked their lives fighting the relentless greed of the Foundry, a corporation that harvests the metal creatures to sell as products back home in Meridian. But the kids’ mission to retrieve a mysterious relic ended in devastating tragedy and with Micah as a prisoner of the enemy. Shattered, he can only watch as an unthinkable new power rises in Mehk and international war erupts in Meridian. Trapped between the Foundry and this staggering mehkan threat, Micah has no choice but to work with dangerous humans and mehkans alike, each with their own agenda. As the path of destruction spreads and hope fades, Micah leads his unlikely allies in a desperate race back to Meridian, where the two worlds are about to clash. A terrible reckoning is underway, and this time, everything is at stake.

About the Authors:
Cam Baity is an Emmy Award winning animator, and his short films have screened around the world, including at Anima Mundi in Brazil and the BBC British Short Film Festival. His credits include major motion pictures like Team America: World Police and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and popular television shows such as Robot Chicken and Supermansion.

Benny Zelkowicz studied animation at CalArts and made the award winning film, The ErlKing. He directed and starred in the BBC/CBC animated series Lunar Jim, and worked on The LEGO Movie as well as several TV shows including Robot Chicken and Moral Orel.

Twitter: @CamandBenny
Hashtag: #BooksOfOre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camandbenny
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Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a digital copy of Blaze of Embers by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz for one (1) lucky winner!

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Dream Magic

About Dream Magic:
Things are dire for the inhabitants of Castle Gloom and the surrounding villages. The undead are leaving their graves in droves, a troll army is on the march from the north, and people are mysteriously disappearing from their homes. The people of Gehenna are blaming their misfortunes on Lilith Shadow, their young queen. They believe she has cursed them by using magic, a practice forbidden to women. With her trusty executioner among the missing and her blackguard soldiers busy battling trolls, it is up to Lily and her friend Thorn to root out the real cause of all the trouble. Their search will uncover ugly truths and eventually lead to a nightmarish confrontation with nothing less than the rulership of the realm at stake.

Zombies, ghosts, trolls, dream weavers, a black-hearted villain, and a giant hero bat are only some of the imaginative delights that await readers in DREAM MAGIC by Joshua Khan, a soaring adventure combined with a hair-raising mystery.

About the Author:
JOSHUA KHAN was born in Britain, a land filled with ancient castles, dark forests, and tales of legendary heroes and fantastical monsters. His head stuffed with magical stories, it was inevitable that Joshua would want to create some of his own. Hence SHADOW MAGIC and DREAM MAGIC. Josh lives in London with his family, but he’d rather live in a castle. It wouldn’t have to be very big, just as long as it had battlements. Follow him on Twitter @WriterJoshKhan.

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Courtesy of Disney Publishing, I have a copy of Dream Magic by Joshua Khan for one (1) lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: Gather Her Round

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe for one (1) lucky winner!

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Received in March

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

Movies / TV:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Bound by Benedict Jacka
Gauntlet by Holly Jennings

Archaia:
Lantern City Vol. 3 by Matthew Daley

Avon Books:
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands

Daw:
A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Del Rey:
Alone by Scott Sigler
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Armistice: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars Join the Resistance: Book 1 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano
Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant
Star vs. the Forces of Evil Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension by Amber Benson
As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space The Heist by LucasFilm Book Group
Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora’s Galactic Showdown by Brandon T. Snider
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

First Second:
Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer
The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

Harlequin Teen:
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
Soldier by Julie Kagawa

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Harper Teen / Walden Pond Press:
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Harper Voyager:
Flames of Rebellion by Jay Allan
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack

Pyr:
Wilders by Brenda Cooper
Raining Fire by Rajan Khanna
A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Subterranean Press:
Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews
The Best of Subterranean by William Schafer
Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik
The Process (is a Process All it’s Own) by Peter Straub

Thunder Bay Press:
Marvel: Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book by Thomas Pavitte
Marvel Universe Felt by Aimee Ray
Star Wars Even More Crochet by Lucy Collin

Tor:
Spymaster by Margaret Weis
Smells Like Finn Spirit by Randy Henderson
Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free by Randy Henderson
Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe