Category Archives: Fantasy

Book Giveaway: The Poppy War

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have an extra early copy of The Poppy War, by R. F Kuang for one lucky winner!

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Box Review: Bam Box – March 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.

Bam Box

This month the box just included a simple sheet of the items included. But it’s certainly better than nothing!

Bam Box

Ghostbusters Pin – This is a fun design – I love Ghostbusters.

Bam Box

Lonestar’s Birthright Pendant – I’m glad this was referenced in the page above, or I would have never guessed! This is a nice, heavy prop replica that Spaceballs fans will enjoy.

Bam Box

Infinity War Art Print – I really like this print – though I’m trying to figure out why Thor has his eye, when the artist went to the trouble of using the most recent looks of Captain America and Black Widow.

Bam Box

Greg Berg Signed Print – Apparently he was the voice of Donatello and Bebop from the TMNT cartoon. Meh.

Bam Box

Star Wars Data Storage Unit Prop Replica – This is another strange one that I would have never guessed. It’s very heavy, but pretty simple.

Summary:
I really enjoyed the art print this time. It’s probably my favorite item in the box. I wish there was a box or something that identified the pendant. Something on the back of the pendant that said “Spaceballs” would’ve been nice as well. Regular printed handouts will be back next month, but even this black and white page is better than having to go to the website to figure out what items are. I have no complaints this time.

Fantasy Book Review: Ink, Iron, and Glass

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Synopsis:
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.

Review:
Elsa is a scriptologist, like her mother. So when her mother is taken, Elsa is the best person to fix the damaged world books and find her mother.

Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first in a unique, steampunk duology for young adults. The worldbuilding is impressive with alchemists, mechanics, and notably scriptologists who can create worlds from books. I would love to see it fleshed out even more. I would’ve liked to see some more character development. However, this debut was very enjoyable. It’s a fun, fast-paced adventure with exciting twists.

Box Review: TeeBlox – March 2018

TeeBlox

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Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

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Fantasy Book Review: Wizard for Hire

Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

Synopsis:
Fourteen-year-old Ozzy lives near Portland, Oregon, and is desperate for help. His scientist parents have been kidnapped after discovering a formula that enables mind control. Their work was so top secret Ozzy is afraid to go to the police, but without help, he fears he’ll never find his parents. Then he stumbles across a classified ad in the local newspaper that says “Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL.” Ozzy has read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but wizards couldn’t actually exist today, could they? After Ozzy meets the wizard Labyrinth–aka Rin–he’s even more skeptical.

Sure, Rin dresses like a wizard, but the short robe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox, as does Rin’s habit of writing notes on his shoes and eating breakfast for every meal. Plus, Rin doesn’t even cast any magic spells, which means that the unexplained coincidences that start happening around Ozzy are just that–coincidences.

With the help of a robotic-talking raven invented by Ozzy’s father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and, of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he desperately seeks about his missing parents.

Review:
Ozzy has lived alone in his home in the woods for years, after his parents were kidnapped. When he sees and ad for a Wizard for Hire, Ozzy seeks the wizard’s help in finding what happened to his parents. Rin doesn’t act or look like the wizards Ozzy has read about, but he’s the one person Ozzy can trust.

Wizard for Hire isn’t exactly a fantasy story, as there isn’t really any magic – other than an intelligent, mechanical bird. This middle grade novel has some wonderfully, colorful characters. While the story starts out a bit slow, as Ozzy grows up on his own and tries to go to school, there is a lot of fantastic character development. And there is still plenty of humor, mystery, adventure, and suspense as the story continues. I thoroughly enjoyed this start to a new series. And I appreciated that there wasn’t a cliffhanger ending and that the story seemed mostly wrapped up. But these characters are a lot of fun, which readers will love to read more about.

Received in March

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

Blu-Rays / DVD:
Justice League 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Amazon Press / 47North:
Bandwidth by Eliot Peper

Avon Press:
Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands

Del Rey:
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition by Jason Fry
Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne

Disney Hyperion:
Burning Magic by Joshua Khan
The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
Chasing Helicity by Ginger Zee
The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Star Wars: The Last Jedi Read-Along Storybook & CD by Elizabeth Schaefer
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rose and Finn’s Secret Mission by Ella Patrick
World of Reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rey’s Journey (Level 2 Reader) by Ella Patrick

Harper Voyager:
Awakened by James S Murray

Hex Publishers:
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars by Warren Hammond
Denver Moon Issues 1 and 2

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / HMH Teen:
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst
Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Macmillan Childrens / Feiwel and Friends / First Second:
Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy

Night Shade Books:
Bash Bash Revolution by Douglas Lain

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer

Pyr:
The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards

Scholastic:
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Shadow Mountain:
Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

Soho Press:
Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Subterranean Press:
The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente
A Voice in the Night by Jack McDevitt

Titan Books:
The Rig by Roger Levy

Tor:
Game of the Gods by Jay Schiffman
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Head On by John Scalzi

Book Giveaway: Burning Magic

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have an extra early copy of Burning Magic, by Joshua Khan 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 April 20. I’ll draw a name on April 21, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: Through a Dark Glass

Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee

Synopsis:
On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family-within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord’s three sons she weds:
Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters-and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed.

Review:
Megan is given the choice to marry one of three brothers. A magic mirror shows her what her life would be like and the consequences of each decision. But the choice isn’t easy, as each choice leads to a domino effect of different outcomes.

Through a Dark Glass is an unique fantasy with the feel of a dark, fairy tale. The first choice of suitors was so vivid and in-depth, I had forgotten that it was only one of 3 stories. So, I was surprised when the next one came along. I was afraid it’d be a bit like Groundhog Day; but it was fantastic storytelling with vivid characters. Each of Megan’s decisions affected the next decision she made. So, while there were similarities, the outcomes were very different at times. It was like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, where each choice leads to a different path. It was captivating and led to a wide range of emotions and surprises. I’m a fan of Barb Hendee’s novels, and this is no exception. I look forward to the next in this exciting series.