Category Archives: Fantasy

Book Giveaway: Isle of Blood and Stone

Courtesy of HMH Books for Young Readers, I have an extra early review copy of Isle of Blood and Stone, by Makiia Lucier for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends April 13. I’ll draw a name on April 14, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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4K Blu-Ray Review: Justice League

Justice League 4K Blu-Ray

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

When the evil Steppenwolf arrives from another world, he threatens to remake Earth into a hellish landscape. And only a team of super heroes can hope to defeat him. Batman and Wonder Woman seek out Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg to help. But the newly formed team is awkward and disjointed. And Steppenwolf is unlike any villain they have fought before.

Justice League has been the culmination of several films to a big team-up movie. DC hasn’t had the best track record lately with films, Wonder Woman being the exception. The pacing is a bit disjointed. The gathering of the team slows the film down, when the pacing should be sped up as Steppenwolf is only growing stronger as he gathers the mysterious boxes (that resemble the tesseract from Avengers). In fact, it’s hard not to compare Justice League to the Marvel films. Thankfully, this wasn’t as dark as Batman v Superman and contained a lot more humor. Ezra Miller as The Flash was great comedy relief, and a great character with the role of an over-excited little brother. In fact, the three newest recruits have the most interesting backstories that demand standalone films. While there wasn’t any character-development in the villain, we were able to get more story from the team leading up to an exciting finale.

The most disappointing element – that just about ruined the film for me, was Henry Cavill’s ridiculous CGI-removed mustache. It was awful and hard to ignore. It would have been better if he was written out of the film altogether. Despite the faults, it was still an entertaining film with bits of promise for future films. It was certainly action-packed and full of suspense. I still look forward to future DC films, hoping they learn from past mistakes.

Own Justice League on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 13, or Own It Early on Digital on Now!

Comet TV March Box

comet tv

This awesome box of scifi memorabilia is from Comet TV to promote this month’s lineup!
Comet TV has now partnered with Charge! and includes Action films as well!

About Comet
COMET is a new television channel dedicated to sci-fi entertainment offering popular favorites, cult classics, and undiscovered gems, every day. Watch COMET and Space Out.

Where Can I Watch COMET?
COMET is available over the air, on cable, streaming for free online and now on ROKU and APPLE TV!

Box Review: Bam Box – February 2018

Bam Box

The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

* received a box for review purposes.

Bam Box

There is a nice, glossy page of the items included, which is a necessity for some items at times!

Bam Box

T-800 CPU Brain Chip ReplicaTerminator fans can power up their Skynet unit. This is a nice, heavy replica that’s definitely heavier than an actual chip would be. But it won’t break!

Dana Scully FBI Badge Prop ReplicaX-Files fans could have also received a Fox Mulder badge.

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Laura Vandervoort Signed Print – She played Supergirl on Smallville, she was the star of Bitten, but my favorite was her role on the V reboot.

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“Harley Girl” Fan Art Print – This is a miss for me, as I don’t care for the pin-up look nor Harley Quinn.

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Wakanda Fan Art Print – I usually don’t care for fan art. But this print of Black Panther is pretty great.

There were no filler pins this time, which I didn’t mind at all! The descriptions on the list of included items is nice, but if I wasn’t a fan of the show or movie, I wouldn’t have known what franchise some items are from, like the chip. The Laura Vandervoort signed print was impressive. But the Black Panther print was my favorite item.

Box Review: TeeBlox – February 2018


TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

* received a box for review purposes.

Tee Blox

Star Wars Shirt – This is a fun cartoon design on a charcoal gray shirt. It’s a nice material that I’ll enjoy wearing.

Tee Blox

Star Wars Stickers – These were fun filler that matched the Star Wars theme.

Summary: I was happy to see a gray shirt instead of black again. The color and quality is great!

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Fantasy Book Review: The Traitor’s Game

The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well — and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what — and who — it is they’re fighting for.

After three years in exile, Kestra is abducted by a group of rebels. She is forced to find and bring back a legendary blade that may not even exist. But Kestra must go along with her orders or her guard and handmaiden may suffer. As Kestra learns more about the Olden Blade and her own heritage, everything comes into question.

The Traitor’s Game is the first in a new YA fantasy series. Kestra is a strong female protagonist – likable, savvy, and definitely not a damsel in distress. There is a complex love interest with a conflicted captor. Full of drama, intrigue, suspense, mystery, and a bit of magic – this is a promising start to a must-read series. The story has many unpredictable twists along the way to an ending that made me eager for the next installment.

Received in February

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

Mystery Boxes:
Bam Box

Amazon Press / 47North:
Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol
Traitor Born by Amy A. Bartol

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams
Doctor Who: Who-ology Regenerated Edition by Cavan Scott

Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Del Rey:
Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

Disney Hyperion / Free Form / Marvel:
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein
Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Ship It by Britta Lundin
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Dean Hale
A Wrinkle in Time: A Guide to the Universe by Kari Sutherland

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward

Harper Teen:
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Harper Voyager:
Awakened by James S Murray
King of Ashes by Raymond E Feist
The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
The Poppy War by R. F Kuang
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:
The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

Kensington Books / Rebel Base:
A Choice of Crowns by Barb Hendee
Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee

Night Shade Books:
The Song of All by Tina LeCount Myers
The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea by Ellen Datlow

Penguin / Putnam:
The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Blade and Bone by Jon Sprunk

Scholastic / Chicken House:
The Fandom by Anna Day
Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Simon and Schuster / Saga Press:
The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi

St Martin’s Press:
The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum
Halcyon by Rio Youers

Subterranean Press:
Blood’s a Rover by Harlan Ellison
Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Titan Comics:
Assassin’s Creed Uprising Volume 2: Inflection Point by Dan Watters

Head On by John Scalzi
Good Guys by Steven Brust
If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress
Dayfall by Michael David Ares

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Max’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron
To Right the Wrongs by Sheryl Scarborough
Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

William Morrow:
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo