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SciFi Book Review: Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants

Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Synopsis:
During just another day for the God of Thunder, Thor is defending Asgard against invading trolls when the unthinkable happens―his hammer Mjolnir loses its enchantment. Thor is still more than a match for his enemies, and after vanquishing them he learns the secret to his sudden weakness. Mjolnir was switched without him knowing, and only one being would be cunning enough to carry out such a trick: Loki.

Review:
Dueling with Giants is the first in the Tales of Asgard Trilogy, this focusing on Thor and Loki. Loki make a deal with the frost giants all to trap Thor – but his plans never quite work out the way he hopes. His jealousy and trickery are very like his comicbook and film self. And he was really the highlight of the story. The archaic speech of Thor and the others are like the comics and film as well. So, it may slow readers down a bit, but it’s not confusing to understand. There is a good amount of action and Thor fight scenes – an especially exciting one near the climactic ending. This is a fast-paced, quick read that Thor (and Loki) fans ages 10 and up will enjoy. Books 2 and 3 will focus on Lady Sif and the The Warriors Three respectively.

SciFi Book Review: Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory

Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory by Nick Scott and Noa Gavin

Synopsis:
Carson High School seniors Scott and Davey don’t have much common ground―that is, until all universes begin collapsing into their school. Soon, the avowed loner and the mean-girl cheerleader realize that something is very wrong, and they’re the only two who are aware of what’s happening. Demon versions of their teachers roam the halls, a cowboy sloth appears sporadically, and some students randomly burst into flames, while angry interdimensional counterparts of other students destroy everything in sight.

Now it’s up to two seniors from opposite sides of the social spectrum to defeat this scourge and save not only their high school but also the world. Armed with little more than school supplies and Scott’s trusty copy of The NEW Multiverse Theory, can these unlikely heroes put their differences aside and stop the total chaos? If they can’t, the end of the world may just be beginning.

Review:
Scott is a relatable loner who has just a small group of unique friends. Davey is a self-involved “princess” who is not at all likable – at first. But for some reason both begin to see incredible things such as dead frogs who begin talking and begging not to be dissected. Things only get weirder from there.

Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory is a strange and wacky story. Full of bizarre creatures, colorful characters, and a big mystery – this story is fast-paced and a quick read. The quirky humor is what makes it work. It’s old school scifi meets a YA comedy – a lot of fun.

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain

Star Trek: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox

Synopsis:
An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!

Review:
When Number One (Una) joins Kirk’s Enterprise, she’s a more than a bit standoffish. And it turns out she has a secret motive that no one suspects. We only briefly saw Number One is the pilot episode of Star Trek, as Captain Pike’s first officer. This story goes back even further to Captain April’s Enterprise in a gripping backstory.

I was excited for this first story in the one-off trilogy, Legacies. I pleasantly surprised with the plot twists and how the backstory of Captain April’s crew ties in to Kirk’s adventure. The story is fast-paced and captivating. New aliens, first contact, and the threat of Klingons make for a novel fans won’t want to miss. Events build to a huge cliffhanger that made me happy that we won’t have to wait long for the next installment. This 50th anniversary arc is a fantastic homage to the original Star Trek and it’s preceding crews. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Fantasy Book Review: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things.

Review:
Alcatraz is a seemingly average kid with a gift for causing destruction wherever he goes. This has led to him moving from foster home to foster home, until an old man shows up claiming to be his grandfather – and introduces Alcatraz to a world beyond his imagination.

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians is the first in a fun and wacky children’s series, where Evil Librarians control the free world. Only a group of strangely-talented allies stand against them. This series debut is a weird and wonderful world that children (and the young at heart) who love silly humor and adventure will enjoy. And there are plenty of unanswered questions that left me ready to pick up the next in this engaging series right away.

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Force and Motion

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang

Synopsis:
In 2367, Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the starship Phoenix ordered the destruction of a Cardassian warship and a supply vessel, killing more than six hundred crew members. Maxwell believed that the Cardassians were arming for a new attack on the Federation, and though history eventually proved he was probably correct, the Federation had no choice but to court martial and incarcerate him.

Almost twenty years have passed, and now Maxwell is a free man, working as a maintenance engineer on the private science station Robert Hooke, home to crackpots, fringe researchers, and, possibly, something much darker and deadlier. Maxwell’s former crewmate, Chief Miles O’Brien, and O’Brien’s colleague, Lieutenant Commander Nog, have come for a visit. Unfortunately, history has proven that whenever O’Brien and Nog leave Deep Space 9 together, unpredictable forces are set into motion…

Review:
Maxwell is an intriguing character with a colorful past. After getting paroled, the immensely, over-qualified former captain works as a lowly maintenance man aboard a mysterious station. And when O’Brien and Nog arrive to visit Maxwell, an experiment goes awry putting everyone on the station at risk.

Force and Motion is an exciting and well-paced story that Next Generation and DS9 fans will enjoy. There is a LOT of bouncing back and forth in time. From various characters pasts, giving insights on what happened in the past that affects what’s happening now in their lives. Some of it seemed unnecessary. I would have preferred less backstory jumps and more explanation of the current situation on the station. The new characters on the station were interesting as well, especially the spider-like creatures with plenty of personality. Events build to a satisfying finale, with plenty of action and suspense. I loved reading more about Maxwell, and would love to see more stories about him in the future.

Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril

Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T Sutherland

Synopsis:
Peril has been loyal to Queen Scarlet, who used her fatal firescales to kill countless dragons in the SkyWing arena. Now, Peril is loyal to Clay, the only dragonet who has ever been her friend. So when Scarlet threatens Jade Mountain Academy, Peril sets off to find her former queen, stop her, and save the day, no matter what it takes.

There’s just one problem: a strangely persistent SeaWing, Turtle, insists on coming along, too. Turtle is worried about his friends, who left to search for Scarlet and haven’t returned. Peril is worried that she might accidentally burn Turtle – or burn him on purpose, for being so annoying – and frustrated that she keeps saying and doing the wrong things. She can’t escape her firescales, and she can’t escape her reputation as the deadliest dragon in Pyrrhia.

So when she’s offered a chance to trade everything for a second chance, Peril has to decide who she’s really loyal to.. and whether her own scales might actually be worth saving.

Review:
Escaping Peril is the 8th installment in the Wings of Fire series. This story focuses solely on Peril, a young dragon with a tortured past and an uncertain future. She is a fantastic character who goes through a lot of changes in a short time.

This is one of my top favorite children’s series. This story is a bit unique in that the main character is more than a bit conflicted about right and wrong. Her moral compass is certainly skewed. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue, and drama in this exciting fantasy. And the cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for the next in this fantastic series.

SciFi Book Review: Unplugged

Unplugged by Donna Freitas

Synopsis:
Humanity is split into a dying physical world for the poor and an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy. Years ago, Skylar Cruz crossed over to the App World for a chance at a better life, and her family stayed behind in the Real World. Now Skye is a virtual teenager, surrounded by glamorous apps and expensive downloads—yet she’s never felt like she fits in, and all she wants is to see her mother and sister again.

Skye is desperate and ready to risk everything to unplug from the App World. But she soon learns that the only person she can trust—in either world, including friends and family—is herself.

Review:
Skye is a strong-willed young woman who will do anything to get back to the real world and her family. Even though her way home seems impossible. She makes a deal to get back in exchange for sending back a well-known, rich man’s son. But there is a mystery surrounding him as well.

Unplugged is the first in an exciting, science fiction series for young adults. This was a fast-paced story with mystery, intrigue, suspense, and drama. There are plenty of surprising twists along the way. And I thoroughly enjoyed this unpredictable story from beginning to the climactic end. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next in this series.

Spotlight: Dark-Hunters Coloring Books!

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

Dark-Hunters Coloring Book 01

Dabel Brothers Publishing has released 2 Dark Hunters coloring books for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s fans! These large, full-bleed pages are illustrated by Mel Joy San Juan.

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

The 2nd installment can be pre-ordered here. It has a cool design on the left page behind each illustration. I’m guessing this is in case bleeding occurs through the page, it wouldn’t ruin an illustration on the back.

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

Dark Hunters Coloring Books

Also, Dabel Brothers has provided a special link for you to download and color now!
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