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Fantasy Book Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Synopsis:
Stories have power.
In 1719, Elizabeth Goose published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

Now, strange things are happening around the world. A tree-trimmer in Florida is blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, a woman in rural Pennsylvania is attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes, and a college professor in England finds herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Flynn AWOL―again―it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

Review:
As the seasons of The Librarians are much too short, it’s nice to have these novels as something to tide me over. Eve, Jacob, Cassandra, and Ezekiel are the Librarians in charge of hunting down magical objects wreaking havoc on the general population. A slew of strange happenings all relating to nursery rhymes has the team splitting up to investigate each encounter. And the team must hunt down the missing pieces of Mother Goose’s magical book before more chaos ensues.

Cox is a great tie-in writer and has really captured these beloved characters. This fast-paced adventure is everything I’ve come to expect from the show: plenty of adventure, magic, mystery, and humor. I don’t think I’ll ever look at these Mother Goose rhymes the same again. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and inspired story with several surprises along the way.

Fantasy Book Review: Dark Breaks Dawn

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B Larson

Synopsis:
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

Review:
Princess Evelayn is just beginning to learn how to use her magic when tragedy strikes. And in order to save her kingdom, she is willing to strike a dangerous deal.

Dark Breaks the Dawn is the first in a YA fantasy duology. With plenty of drama, romance, and magic – this first installment builds an intriguing story. This tale is loosely based on Swan Lake – so loosely, that you wont see many similarities until the very end of the book. The author has created a unique fantasy world of light and dark magic that I’d like to see developed even further in the sequel. And the ending leaves off in a major cliffhanger that left me impatient for the next book.

Received in May

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Abrams / Amulet:
More of Me by Kathryn Evans

Ace:
Moonbreaker by Simon R. Green

Amazon Publishing / 47 North:
The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

Berkley:
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Del Rey:
Radiate by C. A. Higgins

Disney / Hyperion:
The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Harper Teen:
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Harper Voyager:
The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Little, Brown:
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Macmillan Teen / Roaring Brook Press / Feiwel and Friends / Imprint:
The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
The Equals by Daniel Sweren-Becker
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman
Ally by Anna Banks

Penguin Young Readers / Viking:
Dove Alight by Karen Bao

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward

Random House Books for Young Readers / Knopf / Delacorte Press:
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli by James Parks
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan

St Martin’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Return by Joseph Helmreich

Subterranean Press:
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers by Joe R. Lansdale
Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Weight of Words by Dave McKean

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Empire of Time by Daniel Godfrey
Assassin’s Creed: The Hawk Trilogy by Titan Books

Tor:
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck
Soleri by Michael Johnston

Tor Teen:
Night Magic by Jenna Black
Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin

Box Review: TeeBlox – May 2017

TeeBlox

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!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Doctor Who Shirt – Well, I got the exact same shirt last month, so that was weird. I’m not a paying customer though, so maybe they just had extra. I’m sure if you got a duplicate, they’d send you out a replacement asap.

TeeBlox

Comic and Sticker – This Superman and Green Lantern is a fun retro comic I look forward to reading. I’m not sure what this cartoon mouse is, but I don’t do anything with stickers anyway.

Summary: This is the first time I’ve gotten a duplicate shirt. But I have friends and family members who enjoy the show who I can pass this on to. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further. In fact, I may just keep this as a sleep shirt, even though I’m not a fan of the show. And the bonus comic is always fun too.

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

Book Giveaway: Night Magic

Courtesy of Tor Teen, I have a copy of Night Magic by Jenna Black 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 June 16. I’ll draw a name on June 17, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: Bam Box – April (Shipped in May) 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 - April 2017

Instead of the mini mag this month, there was a sheet with the items in the box with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Revenge: Bad Blood.”

Bam Box - April/May 2017

Sgt. Kabukiman Pin – This is Bam Box’s first licensed pin. But I have no idea who it is and never heard of the film it’s from. But I don’t care about pins anyway.

Bam Box - April 2017

The Punisher Print – This is a signed print and licensed by Marvel. I really like this one.

Bam Box - April 2017

Sabertooth Photo signed by Actor Tyler Mane – As a huge fan of the first 3 X-Men movies, this was a nice surprise.

Bam Box - April 2017

Baba Yaga Bullet Bottle Opener – I didn’t remember what this was from until I read the description, but I love the John Wick films. So this was another fun item.

Summary:
This box was delayed a month because of some item held up in customs I believe. Unfortunately, though I liked all items but the pin, it seems like a really sparse box for the wait. Two prints, a bottle opener, and a filler pin didn’t even need a box. But the paper said that the June box will include a bonus item for April subscribers to make up for the long wait.

Next month’s theme is… Defend: Space Edition.

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!

Review:
Even though this is volume 2, this is another origin story for Wonder Woman. Not much new here, but a fresh story once she actually gets to modern day America. There is a mysterious group of terrorists who leads to a familiar foe. And I enjoyed the new characters that befriend Diana. Steve’s story is pretty similar with a bit of a heart-breaking twist. And it was pretty funny that during each action scene, he manages to lose his shirt. The artwork was great, with vibrant colors. And I really like Wonder Woman’s modernized costume. I look forward to the next in this series reboot.

Book Giveaway: Nebula Awards Showcase 2017

Courtesy of Pyr, I have a copy of Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 edited by Julie E. Czerneda 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 May 19. I’ll draw a name on May 20, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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