Category Archives: Fantasy

Fantasy Book Review: Ink

Ink by Alice Broadway

There are no secrets in Saintstone.

From the second you’re born, every achievement, every failing, every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you’re trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.

After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck… the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father’s legacy… and Leora’s life.

Leora lives in a land where everyone is tattooed with their life story. People without tattoos are considered “blanks” and outcasts. When she realizes that her deceased father had a mark on his neck that labeled him a traitor, everything she believes is put into question.

Ink is a thought-provoking, dramatic fantasy for teens and adults. This inspired world is fascinating and beautifully written. It’s a quick read with plenty of intense suspense. There are some fun and surprising twists along the way. And this gripping story had me hooked until the surprising finale.

Fantasy Book Review: Markswoman

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of a handful of sisterhoods of highly trained elite warriors. Armed with blades whose metal is imbued with magic and guided by a strict code of conduct, the Orders are sworn to keep the peace and protect the people of Asiana. Kyra has pledged to do so—yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her murdered family.

When Tamsyn, the powerful and dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. She is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof.

Kyra escapes through one of the strange Transport Hubs that are the remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past and finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of a desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a disillusioned Marksman whose skill with a blade is unmatched. He understands the desperation of Kyra’s quest to prove Tamsyn’s guilt, and as the two grow closer, training daily on the windswept dunes of Khur, both begin to question their commitment to their Orders. But what they don’t yet realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is thin… as thin as the blade of a knife.

Kyra is a Markswoman, an assassin who has a psychic link to her sword. When her mentor dies under mysterious circumstances, Kyra immediately suspects her cruel Mental Arts instructor, Tamsyn. Kyra flees and finds herself among a separate order of male Marksmen. And they agree to train her to duel Tamsyn when they hear her story.

Markswoman is the first in a dramatic, new fantasy series. The worldbuilding is intriguing, with magical weapons and a mysterious history. The pacing is steady. And the story and characters pulled me in. Full of intrigue, drama, action, and a bit of romance – this first installment sets a high bar. It’s an impressive debut. The suspense builds to a cliffhanger ending that left me eager for the next in the series.

SciFiChick’s Best of 2017

Only 109 books read this year. I was slacking!
I’m also a month behind on compiling this list! But here is the list of my favorite books that I read that were published in 2017:


Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden
Reviewed here.

Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack
Reviewed here.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Reviewed here.

Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack
Reviewed here.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward
Reviewed here.

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Reviewed here.


Besieged by Kevin Hearne
Reviewed here.

Nightshift by Charlaine Harris

Youth/YA SciFi

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
Reviewed here.

The Release by Tom Isbell
Reviewed here.

Alone by Scott Sigler
Reviewed here.

Replica by Lauren Oliver
Reviewed here.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Reviewed here.

Youth/YA Fantasy

Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons by Tui T Sutherland
Reviewed here.

The Adventurer’s Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos
Reviewed here.

Have Sword Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Reviewed here.

The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
Reviewed here.

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
Reviewed here.

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
Reviewed here.

Received in January

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

Blade Runner 2049 Blu-ray
Geostorm Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
Bam Box

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

Amazon / 47North:
Zero Limit by Jeremy K. Brown

Outpost by W. Michael Gear

Del Rey:
Tarnished City by Vic James

Disney Hyperion / Freeform Books:
Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Gallery Books:
HALO: Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay

Harper Collins / Ecco:
Blackfish City by Sam J Miller

Harper Voyager:
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
Witch Creek by Laura Bickle

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:
Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Macmillan Teen / Swoon / FSG / Imprint / Feiwel and Friends:
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez
Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman
How We Roll by Natasha Friend
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
Mayfly by Jeff Sweat
The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy by Taran Matharu
The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

Penguin Teen / Razorbill:
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Scholastic / Point:
The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Shadow Mountain:
The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole
Mysteries of Cove, Book 3: Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage

Skyhorse Publishing:
The Clinic by David Jester

Subterranean Press:
Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong

Titan Magazines:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Official Collector’s Edition by Titan

Child of a Mad God by R. A. Salvatore

Tor Teen:
Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

Vintage Books:
Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

SciFi Book Review: Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: Fate of the Gods

Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: Fate of the Gods by Matthew J. Kirby

Only one piece of the Trident of Eden remains – Isaiah, a rogue Templar agent, has discovered both the faith prong and the fear prong of this powerful relic. Should he possess the devotion prong, there is little that can stop him. For the time being, Owen and his fellow teens have established an uneasy alliance across Assassin and Templar lines in order to stop Isaiah while they still can.

Over a thousand years earlier, Styrbjorn the Strong, a Danish warrior, leads the Jomsvikings against the Danish king, Harald Bluetooth. It is on those Viking battlefields that the secrets of the devotion prong lie. It is there that the fate of the world, the truth behind the teens’ collective unconsciousness, and their ancestral links to one another lie. History has already been written. The rest is up to Owen, Javier, and the other members of their unlikely alliance. The actions they take will change the world of Assassin’s Creed forever.

Fate of the Gods is the final installment in the Last Descendants trilogy set in the Assassin’s Creed universe. This group of teens have been through several ancestors’ memories that have tested their mental resolve. And Owen decided to stay with the megalomaniac Isaiah – which puts Owen’s life at risk and Isaiah close to having all three pieces of a powerful artifact.

The final piece of the trident, has been traced to ancient Scandinavia. So the teens get to experience their ancestors as Vikings. The Viking ancestors are pitted against each other in a brutal battle that culminates to a surprising ending. This was my favorite book in the trilogy – full of action, intrigue, and drama – both in and out of the Animus. The story arc concludes in an exciting way. But I will certainly miss some of these characters.

Book Review: The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I love these behind-scenes books of the art behind my favorite films. And this latest is fantastic.

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There are early concepts of characters and wardrobes.

Art of Star Wars the Last Jedi

And stunning images of new aliens.

Art of Star Wars the Last Jedi

Early concepts of Canto Bight.

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The new weapons and new ship designs.

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And my favorites are usually the beautiful location shots and scenic concept art.

The Last Jedi was a visually stunning film. And this book of the art behind the film is fascinating and makes for a great gift, coffee table book, or collector item for fans. I look forward to going back and reading the little details now. But the art alone makes this book a must for me.

Book Giveaway: Blood Fury

Courtesy of Ballantine Books, I have a copy of Blood Fury by J. R. Ward 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 February 2. I’ll draw a name on February 3, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok Releases Digitally on Feb 20 and 4K and Blu-ray on Mar 6!

Press Release:
Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” electrified both audiences and critics alike and now fans can enjoy the colorful cosmic adventure at home. Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more. The action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on March. 6.