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Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: The Lost Continent

Wings of Fire: The Lost Continent, Book 11 by Tui T. Sutherland

Synopsis:
Blue the SilkWing is content. Life in his Hive is safe; he loves his family; he has enough to eat. And Pantala has been at peace for as long as he can remember — SilkWings and HiveWings live and work together in harmony, and because they stay vigilant, no one has seen a dangerous LeafWing in years.

Now that Blue’s sister, Luna, is undergoing her Metamorphosis, Blue knows things are going to change. Luna will have her wings and her silk, be assigned a partner and a work order, and move to another Hive. A few days later, Blue’s own wings and silk will come in.

But nothing could prepare Blue for what happens when Luna’s wings start to grow. Suddenly his world is turned upside down, throwing him into dangers he never knew existed. Pantala isn’t as peaceful as it seems, and Blue isn’t safe. Whether he’s ready or not, it’s time to adapt — and fight for his life.

Review:
Blue is a sweet and innocent young dragon. He’s facing a life of servitude, but doesn’t think there could be another way. But when Luna begins her metamorphosis to get her wings, something strange happens. And Blue must flee. But he meets an unlikely friend, and the two of them will risk everything to rescue Blue’s sister.

The Lost Continent is the 11th installment in the Wings of Fire series. Though, this is the start of a new prophecy and feels like another offshoot series. I was a bit surprised to see this novel set in a new land with 3 new species of dragons. Each time that Sutherland switches things up, she seems to outdo herself. This new land has a fascinating history all its own. And the characters never fail to impress. I love Blue and his new friends. And this latest story has a fun heist, with plenty of drama and suspense. Each installment confirms why this remains one of my favorite fantasy series. The next in this series can’t come soon enough, as we’re left with a cliffhanger.

Box Giveaway: July Bam Box

Bam Box

Courtesy of Bam Box, I have an extra July’s Bam Box! for one lucky winner!

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Box Review: Bam Box – July 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 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’s a nice, full-color sheet with plenty of details about what’s in the box.

Bill and Ted Pin – One of 3 possible designs.

“Dino Crunch” Fan Art – This cereal box design is a cartoonish Chris Pratt from Jurassic World. 1 of 2 very similar designs.

Bradley Pierce “Peter” Signed Print – The cute kid from the original Jumanji is now in his mid-thirties. Doesn’t that make you feel old? There were 1 of 4 possible prints.

Blade Runner 2049 Memory Orb – I saw the movie, but I barely remember this. The orb is about the size of a large marble.

Harry Potter Prop Replica – This was an awesome item to find in this month’s box! I just have to brush up on my magical spells now.

Summary:
I LOVE the Harry Potter wand. And the items from Jumanji and Blade Runner were pretty fun too. I’m a huge Bill and Ted fan, though I don’t really do anything with pins. Overall, this was a solid box. It didn’t seem like much when I opened it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I also received an extra box this month that I will giveaway tomorrow!

Received in July

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

Blu-Ray:
Rampage Blu-Ray
Ready Player One Blu-Ray
Counterpart Season 1 Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Apparel

Abrams / Amulet:
Ocean Renegades! Journey through the Paleozoic Era by Abby Howard

Ace:
Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall

Apex Publishing:
Nexhuman by Francesco Verso

Berkley:
Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Clarion Books:
Bluecrowne by Kate Milford

Daw:
Worldshaper by Edward Willett

Del Rey / Bantam:
Bright Ruin by Vic James
Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey
Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
The Point by John Dixon
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

Disney Hyperion:
Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume III: Grim Grinning Ghosts by Disney Book Group
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition by Rick Riordan
Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch by Serena Valentino

Pyr:
Keepers by Brenda Cooper
No Sleep till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Random House Children’s / Delacorte:
The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2: The Middle-Route Run by James Parks

St Martin’s Press:
Maze Master by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Subterranean Press:
A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block

Titan Books:
Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
Strange Ink by Gary Kemble

Tor:
Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel
Arabella The Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine
The Razor by Jack Barton Mitchell
Privateer by Margaret Weis
An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton

Box Review: TeeBlox – July 2018

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Fantasy Book Review: World of Warcraft: Before the Storm

World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

Synopsis:
Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war—a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

Review:
King Anduin’s number one goal is peace, though many think he’s young and naive. Meanwhile, Sylvanas Windrunner is approached with something that may give her the edge to defeat the Alliance. Anduin presents Sylvanas with an ambitious plan – one that could mean the first steps of peace or the start of another war.

I am a fan of the World of Warcraft novels and movie. Though, I am not familiar with these particular characters, as I don’t play the game. But knowing the world, this was an easy enough story to jump into. This installment has a lot of colorful individuals. Christie Golden is a pro at creating intriguing characters who pull readers into the story. The story is full of political intrigue, suspense, and drama. And the climactic ending left me wanting more. This is a prequel to a new game, that I’m now curious to know what happens next.

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Ann Aguirre – LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS Blog Tour

Author Ann Aguirre joins SciFiChick today to talk about strong female characters and to promote her latest release – Like Never and Always! And keep reading below for a chance to win a copy of the book!

You have so many strong female leads, can you tell me about writing/creating strong female characters?

I can’t imagine writing women any other way. All women are strong, even if their strength isn’t apparent to others. I’ve written multiple heroines who are physically fit and capable of fighting, but that’s not the only type of strength that matters. Clever women who outthink their enemies are fantastic, too.

Growing up, I read fiction written by authors who treated their female characters as damsels in distress or as prizes to be won. I didn’t like seeing women regarded that way, especially in fantasy and science fiction. When I was a little girl, I can remember reading The Hobbit at the hospital when one of my relatives was sick. Even then, I recall wondering, Where are all the women? In a story of such grand scope, why are there no female characters at all?

Tolkien wasn’t the only writer who erased women from his stories. Many of the epic fantasies I read followed suit, and if there was a woman mixed in, she almost always served as a reward for the hero or a love interest only. Rarely did I find female characters who had their goals, who lived with agency, and might even part ways with the hero to pursue her own ends.

I was so excited when I found Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, and Tanith Lee. They were the first female SFF writers that I fell in love with, and I’d say they’re still shaping my work to this day. Later, I read greats like Kate Elliott, Barbara Hambly, Robin McKinley, and a bit later, Sharon Shinn. Those were the books I had been missing as a pre-teen, ones that told me that women didn’t have to be an accessory—that they could have their own adventures.

Growing up, I didn’t read a lot of science fiction because I couldn’t find the sort I wanted to read. I cared more about the people than the technology, and too often, men stole the spotlight and women didn’t get enough page time for my tastes, so more often, I watched my science fiction, both on television and the big screen. Eventually, I would write the sort of science fiction that I wanted to read, though I’m taking a bit of a break from that right now.

So naturally, when I started writing for teens, I wanted to continue what I’d started in speculative fiction, giving girls fierce heroines to root for and thrilling stories they could experience vicariously. In Like Never and Always, I set up a strange scenario, and it’s definitely a departure in some ways because while there’s definitely bad guys in the story, there’s no big war to fight. It’s dark and deep story, kind of down the rabbit hole, where the farther down you go, the stranger it all gets. I’d call it a thriller with supernatural elements, but that’s also dependent on whether you believe the body switch has actually occurred. I was so thrilled when Kate Elliott blurbed this book! Her work is iconic and brilliant, so it’s amazing to me that my words could be validate by someone who lit the path for me in terms of writing strong women.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog! I welcome all questions and comments.

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Book Giveaway: Shadow’s Bane

Courtesy of Berkley, I have a copy of Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance 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 August 17. I’ll draw a name on August 18, and notify winner via email.

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