Category Archives: Fantasy

Book Giveaway: Ink

Courtesy of Scholastic, I have a review copy of Ink by Alice Broadway for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 5. I’ll draw a name on January 6, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: Bam Box – November 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.

There was no mini mag this month, so I have no clue what some of this is… EDIT: I went to their Facebook page, and found a link to their booklet online: http://www.thebambox.com/novbamoriginal

Bam Box

Terminator Pin and Transformers Patch

Bam Box
Bam Box

Iron Coin of the Faceless Man– I had no clue what this was without the link. I thought maybe it was Assassin’s Creed.

Bam Box

Hopper’s Badge – I’m a fan of Stranger Things, so I knew this one – even without the nice description on the box cover. It’s heavy and solid – feels like the real thing!

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Dianne Pershing Signed Poison Ivy Print – This is a signed print by the voice of Poison Ivy from the Batman Animated series.. that I don’t watch. Other than knowing the print is of Poison Ivy, I had to look at the magazine link to find out who signed it and why.

Bam Box

Carnage Art Print – I’m not a big carnage fan, so this didn’t do anything for me.

Summary:
I also had a random plastic piece in my box that doesn’t seem to go to anything. Looks like it was supposed to be a display for something. The missing booklet was a disappointment, as other folks, like me, will be confused about several items. I saw several comments on the Facebook posts about missing items as well. Hopefully, next month’s box they can take their time and make sure everything is finished. The badge was an awesome piece, but the rest of the box was a bust for me.

Book Giveaway: The City of Sand

Courtesy of Delacorte Press, I have a review copy of The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends December 29. I’ll draw a name on December 30, and notify winner via email.

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Gift Ideas: ThinkGeek Star Wars Clothing

ThinkGeek has a new exclusive Star Wars clothing line out now for men and women:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-wars-training-mode/!

The first top I tried was the Star Wars Force Varsity Ladies’ Lace-Up Hoodie.
I wasn’t sure if the sizes were a slim/Juniors fit or regular ladies sizes. So, I got one size larger, and it was a perfect fit. It’s a relaxed fit, and by far the softest sweatshirt I’ve ever owned! I LOVE this one.

Next, I tried the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Logo Ladies’ V-Neck Top.

This is a soft, thin t-shirt material that looks and feels great. Again, just order a size larger than your regular women’s size, if you like a relaxed fit. It’s definitely not as small as some junior’s sizing. On the back it has “The Last Jedi” written out. The cut out v-neck is not hemmed, but looks like it was just cut. It may not last through too many washes unless on the gentle cycle.

Lastly, I got a sweater that I’ll be wearing to Christmas festivities…

Star Wars Darth Vader Lack of Cheer Holiday Sweater
This is a unisex sweater that is perfect for Ugly Sweater parties this season. Heads-up that it’s a handwash-only sweater. And it’s very dense and warm.

Check these out, and more, at ThinkGeek.com for your geeky holiday shopping!

*SciFiChick.com received these items at no cost for review purposes only.

Received in November

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

Blu-Rays:
Transformers 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Dark of the Moon 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Age of Extinction 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

Daw:
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford
Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
Pathways by Mercedes Lackey

Del Rey:
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Disney Hyperion:
Chasing Helicity by Ginger Zee

DSP Publications:
The Stark Divide by J Scott Coatsworth

Gallery:
HALO: Legacy of Onyx by Matt Forbeck
The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig

Harper Voyager:
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Darkness Falling: Andromedan Dark: Book Two by Ian Douglas
Destiny’s Conflict by Janny Wurts

HMH / Mariner:
Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack

Pyr:
The Nine by Tracy Townsend
Blade and Bone by Jon Sprunk

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

Scholastic / Graphix:
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel Series #3: Fate of the Gods by Matthew J. Kirby
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Erth Dragons #2: Dark Wyng by Chris D’Lacey
DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #3: Detention of Doom by Derek Fridolfs
Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M. G. Leonard
Ink by Alice Broadway

Simon Teen:
Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Subterranean Press:
Phoresis by Greg Egan

Tor:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind
The Eterna Solution by Leanna Renee Hieber
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Ubisoft:
Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath by Oliver Bowden

Fantasy Book Review: The Axe of Sundering

Adventurers Wanted, Book 5: The Axe of Sundering by M. L. Forman

Synopsis:
Whalen Vankin is the worlds greatest wizard, and he has only ever personally trained two other wizards. One is Alexander Taylor, a young man who has earned a reputation as a brave adventurer, a warrior, and man of honor. The other is Jabez, Vankin’s nephew and a man whose choices have led him down a different, darker path.

Dark magic has covered Westland, and evil is stirring. Whalen and Alex must journey together into the heart of danger, confronting a sea serpent, battling their way through a goblin army, and facing down more than one dragon. Alex must find the legendary Axe of Sundering the one weapon that offers a chance to defeat Jabez and protect the land from the dark wizards plans. But finding it will be an adventure of its own as the only pathway to the Axe leads through the underground tunnels and secret passages of Castle Conmar.

But Jabez has one final weapon at his disposal: the powerful Orion Stone, which could spell the end to Whalen and Alex both.

Review:
Alex agrees to hunt Whalen’s wayward nephew in order to stop him from conquering the known lands. And Alex must find the Axe of Sundering, the only weapon that can help Alex take him down.

The Axe of Sundering is the final installment in the Adventures Wanted series. Alex has grown throughout the series, in confidence and abilities. And I’ll definitely miss the characters and the fun, fantasy world. This last story was an well-paced journey that led to a final battle with a surprising twist. With plenty of suspense, danger, and magic – this novel (like the others) was hard to put down. This YA series has been a favorite of mine – an exciting, epic fantasy adventure.

Box Review: Bam Box – October 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 comes with a nice mini mag, describing all of the included items.

Bam Box

Buffy Pin and Fringe Patch

Bam Box

Signed Gremlins Photo – These are signed by actor Zach Galligan who played Billy in the classic film.

Bam Box

Grimm Key Map Replica – I was a huge fan of the show, so this was a very fun item that I recognized right away.

Bam Box

Edward Scissorhands Art Print – This is a stunningly life-like print of another classic.

Bam Box

Evil Dead License Plate Replica – I have never watched Evil Dead. And there’s nothing notable about the plate options. It’s a fun prop replica, but these choices just aren’t as recognizable as more well-known tv and films.

Summary:
Last month set the bar high, so this month wasn’t as great for me. I do like prop replicas, so the Grimm Key Map was great. And it was fun to see the signed Gremlins photo. But I doubt I’ll be keeping anything else in the box. There wasn’t a specific theme this month, but all the classic and well-known horror/fantasy did tie-in for Halloween which was very appropriate!

Received in October

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

Blu-Rays:
Westworld Season 1 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Avon Books:
Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands

Del Rey:
Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster

First Second:
Ali-A Adventures: Game On! by Cavan Scott and Aleksandar Sotirovski

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill

Harper Voyager:
Breach of Containment by Elizabeth Bonesteel
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster

Pyr / Prometheus Books:
Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction by David Siegel Bernstein

Scholastic:
Ink by Alice Broadway

Shadow Mountain:
Adventurers Wanted: The Axe of Sundering by M. L. Forman

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers:
The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

St Martin’s Press / Wednesday Books:
Sun Warrior by P. C. Cast
Moon Chosen by P. C. Cast
Year One by Nora Roberts
Joe Ledger: Unstoppable by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Subterranean Press:
DJStories: The Best of David J Schow
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Titan Books:
Star Trek The Next Generation: The Art of Juan Ortiz by Juan Oritz
The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard by David A. Goodman
Assassin’s Creed: Reflections Vol. 1 by Ian Edginton

Tor:
Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy
Blade of Empire by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Valiant Dust by Richard Baker
Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esslemont

Tor Teen:
Enhanced by Carrie Jones
The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller