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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

Coloring Book Review: Deadpool and Age of Ultron

Deadpool Coloring book

Color Your Own Deadpool

With adult coloring books all the rage right now, Marvel has their own line. And I, of course, had to buy them.

This Deadpool coloring book states that it isn’t for children. There are some violent scenes, but that’s the extent. There are plenty of humorous images. And the fantastically-drawn images range from incredibly detailed to more simplistic. I love the variety in this book.
It’s definitely one of my favorites.

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And then, there’s:

Age of Ultron Coloring Book

Color Your Own Age of Ultron

The Age of Ultron book is great too. But the number of intricate artwork far outweighs the more simplistic. And it wouldn’t be bad, but some of the scenes are a bit repetitive. And my gray markers/coloring pencils got a LOT of workout from all the dull images of destruction in the first few pages. Thankfully, the superheroes wear colorful clothes.

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Marvel will be releasing Color Your Own Civil War in April 2016 (I’ve already pre-ordered as the price is discounted right now) and Color Your Own Little Marvels in June 2016.


Graphic Novel Review: Grayson Volume 2: We All Die at Dawn

Grayson Volume 2: We All Die at Dawn

Synopsis:
Grayson and Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. Huntress, join together and take on some of their toughest foes yet. Dick is on a mission to stop Paragon from using the body parts of a dead villain to create something far more sinister, he goes toe-to-toe with the Midnighter, and he and Helena battle foes from their past–the Fist of Cain.

Review:
We All Die at Dawn collects GRAYSON #5-9, and GRAYSON: FUTURES END #1. Grayson has infiltrated Spyral, a mind-altering covert organization. Grayson uses all of his past experience and diverse abilities to stay on the side of right, despite his nefarious connections.

I really enjoyed Grayson Volume 1, so I was looking forward to this one. Volume 1 was an exciting spy thriller with a fun mystery. Unfortunately, I found this second installment to be a choppy, confusing mess. Some of the new characters are never explained, so I wasn’t sure who they were supposed to be. The scenes jumped around too much to confusing interactions. The only saving grace was a fantastic ending. The humor, action, and artwork helped end this story on a good note.

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – January 2016

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“Star Wars and Funko are proud to present Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, each box is carefully curated for Star Wars fans and shipped directly to your doorstep. Every box is themed specifically around the Star Wars films with collectors in mind. For just $25 (plus shipping) every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko collectibles and a host of other surprises valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program, perfect for any Star Wars fan.”

Smugglers Bounty

Star Wars Resistance Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

Smugglers Bounty

Resistance POP Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m not crazy about POP shirts, because they’re a bit too cutesy. But this one does have a lot of fun characters, so it may end up as a sleep shirt for my niece.

Smugglers Bounty

C3PO POP Mug – These POP mugs are really weird, and don’t really work well. And are terrible to clean. I don’t need another collector-only item. I wish they’d either switch to traditional mug design or stick to the POP figures, not mugs. This is a fail.

Smugglers Bounty

EXCLUSIVE (Force Awakens) Flocked Chewbacca Funko POP – As you can see, he’s fuzzy all over and super cute. I love this one. Though, I do wonder why they chose to do ANOTHER flocked Chewbacca, when GameStop already has an exclusive flocked Chewie. This is fuzzier and “older” but let’s face it, he really didn’t age much. I wish they would have gotten a little more creative here.

Summary: I was really bummed there wasn’t an exclusive Poe POP, as this was a RESISTANCE theme. And he or Leia should have been included. Hopefully, they do another soon!

Graphic Novel Review: Batman/Superman Vol. 4: Siege

Batman/Superman Vol. 4: Siege

Synopsis:
It’s the Man of Steel’s worst nightmare: an obsessed villain who knows all of Superman’s secrets and is willing to kill all of his allies in order to destroy his true target.

It falls to Batman to track down this murderous madman-but with no clues left behind and no leads to follow, will this killer outwit the World’s Greatest Detective?

Review:
This is a self-contained story arc collecting BATMAN/SUPERMAN #16-20, BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1. When various connections to Superman are attacked, Batman figures out that Superman has his own maniacal Joker-like villain. And worst of all, there are no clues left behind as to who it could be.

This graphic novel is a great mystery, with action-packed adventure. It’s a new and fresh story that I really enjoyed. The artwork was rough, which fit the tone of the novel. When the Siege story ended and switched to the Annual or Future’s End #1, it picks up at a strange place and was a bit confusing. But I enjoyed that storyline as well. I’d definitely keep reading this line of Batman/Superman if the stories stay this strong.

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

Box Review: Comic Bento – December 2015

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

Comic Bento

The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was THROWBACKS.

Comic Bento

Youngblood #1: Focus Tested (Retail $9.99) – This one is new to me, and it looks like something I’ll enjoy!

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Retail $19.99) – I’m not a Beatles fan, so this was a big miss. I’d rather they stick to scifi, fantasy, and adventures stories.

Comic Bento

Battlestar Galactica: Memorial #1 (Retail $19.99) – I actually had this on my Amazon Wishlist, so I was really happy to score this title! I love the original BSG.

Comic Bento

Marvel Masterworks (Various) – I received Uncanny X-Men Volume 4(Retail $24.99) – I love Uncanny X-Men series, so I was happy to see this one too!

Summary: The value was fantastic this month! And there’s only one book I’m getting rid of, the rest I’m excited about. I love that this box is so consistent. I probably look forward to this mystery box more than any other.

And…..
January Theme: The Grey Area

Box Review: Loot Crate – December 2015

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“Loot Crate™ delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it’s like Comic-Con in a box!”

LootCrate is $13.95 plus $6 shipping and handling for month-to-month subscription. Less for multiple month purchases. They also now offer “Level Up,” 3 apparel upgrades at different pricing levels that you can add to your monthly subscription.

Loot Crate

This month’s theme was Galaxy.

Loot Crate

Each box comes with a nice mini mag that gives details about the items, interviews, and more.

Exclusive Halo 5 Ammo Tin Box (Retail $10?)
Halo 5: Guardians Req Pack (Retail ?) – I don’t care for gaming, so these will be tossed or regifted.
Loot Crate Galaxy Pin – Loot Crate standard filler.

Loot Crate

Exclusive Han Solo Funko POP! (Retail $20+) – This one fantastic POP alone may have just made up for the poor past crates. I love, love, love this!

Loot Crate

Exclusive Star Wars BB-8 Crew Socks (Retail $10?) – BB-8 is adorable, I’ll definitely be keeping these.

Exclusive Galaxy Quest Prop Replica Patch (Retail $2-3?) – Of all the items they could have given us, they go with a cheapo patch. Really disappointing after the past month’s promise of an exclusive Galaxy Quest item. I was bummed.

Loot Crate

Exclusive Ugly Holiday Sweater Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Most of us who live in the north can’t wear tshirts in the winter. So, while this is a humorous idea, I might’ve worn this as an actual sweater, not when it’s 30 degrees in late December.

Loot Crate

Each Loot Crate box is reversible with a creative image on the inside.

Summary: The exclusive Funko POP alone made me thrilled with this box. I may have to reconsider cancelling my account now.