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SciFiChick.com’s 12th Anniversary and Giveaway!

Today, SciFiChick.com celebrates 12 years of news, reviews, and interviews of SciFi/Fantasy books, movies, tv, and now monthly subscription boxes!

Many thanks to my readers and visitors!

And thanks to the various publishers, authors, and media contacts who continue to send books, movies, and monthly subscription boxes for review. You help to keep my passion/addiction alive and keep me buried in books, movies, and collectibles!

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Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have an extra early review copy of The Reluctant Queen, by Sarah Beth Durst for one lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate

The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Synopsis:
How did Dana Scully become a skeptic?

In the spring of 1979, fifteen-year-old Dana Scully has bigger problems than being the new girl in school. Dana has always had dreams. Sometimes they’ve even come true. Until now, she tried to write this off as coincidence. But ever since her father’s military career moved the family across the country to Craiger, Maryland, the dreams have been more like visions. Vivid, disturbing, and haunted by a shadowy figure who may be an angel . . . or the devil.

When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears before Dana, her wounds look anything but accidental. Compelled by a force she can’t name, Dana uncovers even more suspicious deaths―and must face the danger­ous knowledge that evil is real.

But when a betrayal of faith makes her question everything, she begins to put her faith in being a skeptic.

Review:
After a girl’s death turns out to be just the latest of several recent teen deaths in Dana’s new town, Dana’s troubling dreams begin to blend in with her reality. Dana and her sister seek the help from a local mystic shop owner and her friends. Meanwhile, mysterious men are secretly watching Scully.

As an X-Files fan, I couldn’t wait to read these origin stories. Dana and her sister are young teens who put faith in the mystic arts, mostly because of Dana’s dreams. This was a fun and suspenseful murder mystery with plenty of the supernatural. Yet a big (fairly predictable) twist leads Dana down the path of skepticism. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the creepy plot. X-Files fans, both teens and adults alike, should check out these new stories. There are some great nods to the show with a nostalgic feel that didn’t disappoint.

Graphic Novel Review: Aquaman Vol 1: The Drowning (Rebirth)

Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
He is Arthur Curry—Aquaman. King of Atlantis. Member of the Justice League. World leader. Superhero. A bridge between the surface world and the world below. And to far too many humans, the dictator of a rogue state. But Arthur and his beloved fiancée, Mera, are determined to prove to humankind that Atlantis can be a force for peace and justice.

Yet even as Aquaman strives to improve his public image, dark forces rise from the depths to crush his hopes and dreams. A cabal of Atlantean terrorists have declared war on their king and the surface world alike. And the killer known as Black Manta will stop at nothing to settle his blood feud with the hero he hates above all else.

Can Aquaman stop the tide of distrust and bloodshed? Or to save the world, will he sacrifice himself?

Review:
This new Aquaman Rebirth series starts with a bang. A terrorist has sabotaged an event celebrating peace between humans and Atlanteans. And as attacks escalate, it’s obvious to Aquaman that his people are being framed. Aquaman gives himself over to human authorities as a show of good will. But tempers soon flare out of control.

This is an exciting start to this Aquaman reboot. Action-packed with plenty of drama, even Superman gets pulled into this political fiasco. I enjoyed this take on Aquaman – who feels he’s the odd-man-out in the Justice League. And rightly so, at least in this story. Volume 1 ends with a cliffhanger that left me ready for the next in this fun series.

Box Review: Bam ANNIVERSARY Box – January 2017

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 ComiconAuction.com. 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

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

Bam Box

The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Anniversary.”

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“Stranger Things” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive. Unfortunately, they should have provided Bam Anniversary pins to all subscribers to celebrate. I’m not a pin collector, but it seems like a missed opportunity.

Bam Box

Battle Bros Print – It doesn’t do anything for me.

Bam Box

Custom, Signed Jason Mask – I’m not a horror fan, so another Jason mask was a disappointment as we already received one several months ago.

Bam Box

One-of-a-Kind Animation Cel: Ghostbusters – This was pretty cool. I loved the Ghostbusters cartoon as a kid.

Bam Box

Full-size License Plate from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Other options were from Anchorman 2 (which I don’t think I ever watched) and Knight Rider (which would’ve been awesome). I would have loved the Knight Rider plate. And while I love Ferris Bueller, I’m not sure anyone would recognize the license plate.

Summary: This month’s anniversary box was a look back at several popular items from boxes this past year. I liked the unique animation cels idea in this box! And license plates are fun collector’s items. It would have been nice to include something different than a duplicate Jason mask – a different prop replica would’ve been nice.

Next month’s theme is… 90’s!

Received in January

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

Blu Ray/DVD:
The Accountant Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Amazon / 47 North:
The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams

Del Rey:
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
A Conversation in Blood by Paul S. Kemp
Gilded Cage by Vic James

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
Rocket and Groot: Keep on Truckin’! by Tom Angleberger

Gallery Press:
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

GP Putnam’s Sons:
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Harper Voyager:
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Macmillan Teen / Imprint:
The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry
The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Penguin Teen / Putnam / Viking:
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 by Julie E. Czerneda
Department Zero> by Paul Crilley

Random House Children’s / Crown / Delacorte Press:
The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

Scholastic:
Enchanted Pony Academy: All That Glitters by Lisa Ann Scott
The Width of the World by David Baldacci
Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Boy X by Dan Smith
Star Wars: Backstories: Darth Vader: Sith Lord by Jason Fry
Umberland by Wendy Spinale

Shadow Mountain:
Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Simon & Schuster Children’s / Aladdin:
Valkyrie: The Runaway by Kate O’Hearn

St. Martins / Thomas Dunne:
Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking

Titan Books:
Off Rock by Kieran Shea

Tor:
Death’s Mistress: Sister of Darkness by Terry Goodkind
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

Tor Teen:
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Graphic Novel Review: Justice League Vol 1: The Extinction Machines (Rebirth)

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machines (Rebirth) (Jla (Justice League of America))

Synopsis:
Superman has fallen. The Man of Steel died protecting his adopted home, leaving his allies in the Justice League to fight on without him—and leaving the older, wiser Superman of a vanished universe to pick up the torch.

But to Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the League, this new “Superman” is a stranger. And just like Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, the rookie Green Lanterns left by Hal Jordan to guard the globe in his absence, the replacement Superman has a lot to prove.

He’d better do it quickly. Because a godlike threat unlike any the League has ever fought is coming. Vast engines of destruction are about to be unleashed, remaking the planet’s surface and forging its people into living weapons.

They are the extinction machines. And it will take every member of the Justice League to shut them down…

Review:
I enjoyed the interactions among the Justice League members, and the new, awkward relationship with the “new” Superman. However, I have to admit at being confused about the villains in this book. The story seemed to drag and was never explained well. The League members would lose powers at times which added suspense. But I wasn’t exactly sure what the “extinction machines” were or their motivation. The dialog was a bit much, and I have to admit I started skimming.

I’m still excited about this new team and the Rebirth story. I hope the next volume has a better story arc that holds my interest a bit better.