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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – June 2016 – Women of Power

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the 8th box from Collector Corps and the theme was Women of Power! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Marvel Collector Corps

And now a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

Marvel Collector Corps

Spider-Gwen Tshirt (Retail $10) – While I’m glad they went with something other than a POP-looking character, I would have preferred a Ms Marvel or Captain Marvel shirt. And is it just me, or does Gwen’s face look alien-like?

Marvel Collector Corps

Civil War II #1 Comic Variant (Retail $5.99) – I’m excited to read Civil War II! I usually wait for graphic novels, but I’m happy to get any comic variant.

Marvel Collector Corps

She-Hulk Marvel Mystery Mini (Retail $9+)

Captain Marvel Marvel Mystery Mini (Retail $9) – I don’t have many of these mini figs, only the ones I get in the Collector Corps boxes. But I love these two choices. I only wish they were full-size POPs!

Marvel Collector Corps

EXCLUSIVE Squirrel Girl Funko POP! (Retail ?) – This is easily one of my new favorite POPs! I love Squirrel Girl. And this is an awesome design, complete with a little squirrel friend!

Summary: What a great theme?! I was incredibly excited for this box – and was really happy with the choice of the exclusive POP! The shirt could have been a bit cooler, but I’m just happy it’s not black again.

Next month’s theme is Spider-Man! I’ll be ordering an extra box for my nephew!

Fantasy Book Review: The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Synopsis:
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself.

Review:
The premise sounds a lot like the tv show, The Librarians, so I had to check this out. But instead of artifacts, this library is strictly for books – from alternate realities. Irene has to train a new recruit on a difficult first mission that takes a detour for which neither are prepared.

The Invisible Library is an inspired novel with plenty of mystery, magic, and humor. I’m hoping this is just a start of a long series, as it has so much potential. From vibrant characters to unique and mysterious worlds – book lovers will enjoy this highly enjoyable story. This story centers on a fantasy world of magic where mythological creatures are real. Events build to a big and surprising finale with plenty of excitement. And I look forward to the next adventure.

Fantasy Book Review: Bright Blaze of Magic

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Synopsis:
As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families–and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

Review:
Bright Blaze of Magic is the final installment in the Black Blade trilogy. The events in the first two novels have built to the big showdown with Victor Draconi and his lust for power and control.

Lila is a strong, fun character. She has grown a lot, yet is still a thief at heart. This is a fantastic conclusion to this exciting, YA fantasy series. With plenty of magic, colorful characters, humor, and a bit of romance – this is a fast-paced read that doesn’t disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from a talented author who knows how to write strong female heroines with an edge.

Fantasy Book Review: The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Synopsis:
How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Review:
The ambitious Rick Riordan has begun yet another new series, set in the same world as the Percy Jackson series. Apollo has become a normal, human boy – acne and all. Since this isn’t the first time Zeus has punished him, Apollo assumes all he needs to do is find a demigod to help out for a while to get back in his father’s good graces. Of course, it can’t be that simple.

This new series focuses on a great character. Apollo is very complex – arrogant yet humiliated, powerful now weak, ancient yet losing some memories. Since this is set in the same world as the other series, we get to see several familiar characters. Though, this is about Apollo, so the story focuses on him. And his quest will be about him and his new friends. The story is fun and full of mystery, danger, and suspense. There were a couple major plot twists I didn’t see coming. And the ending came too soon and left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the next in this fantastic new series.

DVD Review: The Shannara Chronicles Season 1

The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1

Synopsis:
Set thousands of years in the future, “The Shannara Chronicles” follows three heroes, Elf-Human hybrid Wil (Austin Butler, “Arrow”), Elvin Princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton, “Downton Abbey”), and Human Rover Eretria (Ivana Baquero, Pan’s Labryinth), as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the world. The show also features Manu Bennett (The Hobbit), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), and James Remar (“Dexter”).

Review:
The Shannara Chronicles is loosely based on novel The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. And I do mean “loosely.” While the first episode does feel very reminiscent of the book, it doesn’t take long before the story veers off with different characters and new story lines. And even some of the main characters meet different fates.

Hardcore fans of the novels may not be happy with the path this this series takes. But the story does still loosely follow, with many similar characters, stretching a book into 10 1-hour episodes. This series is on MTV, so not-surprisingly there is plenty of angst and it’s more sexualized compared to the book. To the point of ridiculousness at times. But overall, it’s an action-packed, dark, and dramatic series full of bold characters, grotesque creatures, and arcane magic. Some of the episodes drag a bit, but for the most part I did enjoy most this season. The end leaves off where the book did. So I’m guessing next season would be a fresh new story not found in the books, and that may be a good idea if they stray so far from the source material anyway.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
– Behind-the-scenes
– Meet the Characters
– Exploring New Zealand
– Terry Brooks interview
– Making of the Dagda Mor

DVD Release Date: 6/7/16
U.S. Rating: NR
Running Time: 411 min
Format: Widescreen
Price: $29.99 US/ $32.99 Canada

Box Review: My Geek Box – May 2016

My Geek Box

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*This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review purposes.

My Geek Box

SpongeBob Sandy Wacky Pack Mega Bloks (Retail $9.99) – I can’t stand SpongeBob, but my nieces and nephew will love this!

Yummy Breakfast Keychain (Retail $7) – I’m not sure what this is from or if it’s just filler, but the kids will probably think it’s cute.

My Geek Box

Ray Gun Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I have no idea what this is from or if it’s just an original design. It’s a fun design, but I wish it was any color but black. They do have womens/junior’s sizes so that’s a plus!

My Geek Box

Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Titan Figure (Retail $15) – I love the original Ghostbusters, so this will be a fun addition to my collection.

My Geek Box

Doomsday Lead Figure (Retail $25+) – These lead figures are nice and heavy figurines for display only. This has great detail and looks fantastic. As it looks sold out here in the US, the $25 is only the retail price. This was a great value addition to the box.

Summary: There isn’t a specific theme for this box, so items will always be a surprise. But the value in this box was fantastic. I’m not sure if it’s this high every month, but I’m certainly impressed. The two figures alone made this a hit for me.

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Book Giveaway: Exile for Dreamers

Courtesy of Tor Teen, I have a copy of Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin 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 July 8. I’ll draw a name on July 9, and notify winner via email.

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