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X-Wing Knife Block


In honor of Star Wars Day today, I had to share this X-Wing Knife Block. It’s amazing.
The base wasn’t easy to put together and was a bit wobbly till I added a strong glue. But the knives are really nice and the set just look fantastic. This is a great gift idea for the Star Wars fan in your life.

The set includes:
• X-Wing Style Knife Block and 5 Knives
• Includes Cook’s, Bread, Carving, Utility and Paring Knives
• Individual knife protection sheaths
• Made from Stainless Steel
• 100% officially licensed Star Wars merchandise
• Each knife is strong and durable, with a long-lasting cutting edge

The X-Wing Knife Block is available from these retailers: Amazon, Menkind, Red 5, The Fowndry and Prezzybox.

Received in April

The following are the books and movies I received in April for review and/or giveaways:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray

The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan by Jack Campbell

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: City of Death by Douglas Adams

Del Rey:
Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters by John Birmingham
Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville
Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Alive by Scott Sigler

Disney Hyperion:
Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen

Gallery Books:
Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn

Harlequin Teen:
Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Harper Teen:
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
The Boyfriend Project by Rachel Hawthorne
Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne

Harper Voyager:
Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey
Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

Macmillan Teen / First Second Books:
The Royal Cup by Bastien Vivès

Penguin / Putnam:
Gathering Prey by John Sandford
The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye

Penguin Teen / Razorbill / Putnam:
Children of the Earth by Anna Schumacher
Burn by Sarah Fine

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. Bennett

Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson

Random House Teen / Delacorte Press / Knopf / Ember / Crown:
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult
Waterfall by Lauren Kate
Rapture by Lauren Kate
Bloodkin by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Alliance by Mark Frost
Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Black Reckoning by John Stephens
Thrones and Bones: Nightborn by Lou Anders

Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Scholastic / Point / Graphix:
The Eternal City by Paula Morris
Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall
UFiles #2: Alexander’s Army by Chris d’Lacey
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
TombQuest: Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop
Rook by Sharon Cameron
The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse / Aladdin:
Shadow of the War Machine by Kristin Bailey
Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull

St Martin’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Fall by R. J. Pineiro

Subterranean Press:
The Best of Gregory Benford by Gregory Benford
Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente
Blue World by Robert McCammon
Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale

Titan Books:
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Elementary: The Ghost Line by Adam Christopher
Virtues of War by Bennett R. Coles
Empress Game by Rhonda Mason

The Machine Awakes by Adam Christopher
The Architect of Aeons by John C. Wright
The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson
Blood of the Cosmos by Kevin J. Anderson
Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick
The Hanged Man by P. N. Elrod
Pathfinder Tales: Liar’s Island by Tim Pratt

Tor Teen:
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

WMG Publishing:
Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Received in March

The following are the books and movies I received in March for review and/or giveaways:

Interstellar Blu-Ray

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer:
Weavers by Aric Davis

Bad Dream Entertainment:
Usu by Jayde Ver Elst

DC Comics:
The New 52: Future’s End #48
Earth 2: World’s End #26
Convergence #0

Del Rey:
The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

Doubleday Publishing:
The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

Harlequin Teen:
The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Katherine Tegen / Belzer and Bray:
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Encore to an Empty Room by Kevin Emerson
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
Omega City by Diana Peterfreund
The Arctic Code by Matthew J. Kirby
Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin by Shane Hegarty
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Dust to Dust by Melissa Walker
Vanished by E. E. Cooper
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
Eternity’s Wheel by Neil Gaiman
Until the Beginning by Amy Plum
The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:
Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Pathfinder RPG: Strategy Guide by Wolfgang Baur

Penguin Teen / Putnam / Kathy Dawson Books / Dial:
Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin
Catalyst by Lydia Kang
The Door in the Moon by Catherine Fisher
Deadly Design by Debra Dockter

Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper
Oathkeeper by J.F. Lewis

Scare Scape by Sam Fisher
Scare Scape: The Midnight Door by Sam Fisher
Spirit Animals Book 7: The Evertree by Marie Lu

Shadow Mountain:
Remake by Ilima Todd

Simon & Schuster / Saga Press:
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

St Martin / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

Subterranean Press:
Savages by K. J. Parker
Teaching the Dog to Read by Jonathan Carroll
Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Artemis Invaded by Jane Lindskold
Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes by Dave Gross
Time Salvager by Wesley Chu
Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory
Dead Man’s Reach by D. B. Jackson
Window Wall by Melanie Rawn

Tor Teen / Starscape:
The Dragon Lantern: A League of Seven Novel by Alan Gratz
The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

WMG Publishing:
Alchemy & Steam: A Fiction River Anthology by Kerrie L Hughes

Received in February

The following are the books I received in February for review and/or giveaways:

Amazon / 47North:
The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello
Letters to Zell by Camille Griep

Disney Hyperion:
Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

First Second:
The Stranger by Bastien Vivès

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

Gallery Books:
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

Harper Collins / Harper Design:
The Monster Book of Manga Steampunk by Jorge Balaguer
The Bees by Laline Paull

Harper Teen:
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Forged by Erin Bowman
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Endangered by Lamar Giles
The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends:
Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

New American Library:
Dark Debt Novel by Chloe Neill

Pathfinder Tales: Nightblade by Liane Merciel
Pathfinder Tales: Pirate’s Promise by Chris A. Jackson

Penguin Teen / Speak / Dutton / Putnam / Viking:
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Well’s End by Seth Fishman
The Dark Water by Seth Fishman
Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash
Half Wild by Sally Green

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel

Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson
The Wide World’s End by James Enge
Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk

Random House / Vintage:
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson

Random House Children’s Books / Delacorte Press:
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Vision In Silver by Anne Bishop

Spirit Animals Book 6: Rise and Fall by Eliot Schrefer
Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
Ignite by Sara B. Larson
The Notebook of Doom #6: Pop of the Bumpy Mummy by Troy Cummings
Woven by Michael Jensen
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jenson

Simon & Schuster / Atria / Emily Bestler Books:
Empire by John Connolly

Subterranean Press:
The Border by Robert McCammon

Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian
The Big Fix by Linda Grimes
Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Shadow by Will Elliott
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Long Black Curl by Alex Bledsoe
The Exile by C. T. Adams

Tor Teen:
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

WMG Publishing:
Vigilantes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Starbase Human by Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s 10th Anniversary and Giveaway!

Wow! has been around for a decade now!
I’m so grateful for having such a fun outlet to share my geekiness for science fiction and fantasy books, tv, and movies. It has been another fun year of fantastic books and a couple new, favorite movies (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier). There was a rough patch as well this past fall, when my dog Lois Lane (the love of my life) was diagnosed with cancer – oral melanoma. However, it was caught early and removed with surgery. She’s now cancer-free and acting like a new pup. She hopes to get back to her volunteer work as a therapy dog again soon. I feel truly blessed.

Thanks to all of you visitors! It’d be pretty pointless without fellow genre fans and readers.
And many thanks to the various publishers, authors, and media contacts who continue to send books and movies for review. You help to keep my passion/addiction alive and keep me buried in books.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’m offering up one of my extra copies of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton for a lucky winner.

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends February 27. I’ll draw a name on February 28, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

Continue reading’s 10th Anniversary and Giveaway!

Received in January

The following are the books I received in January for review and/or giveaways:

Gemini Cell by Myke Cole

Amazon Publishing / 47North / Skyscape / Little A:
Ourselves by S.G. Redling
Blackout by Meredith McCardle
(R)evolution by PJ Manney
The Thing About Great White Sharks by Rebecca Adams Wright

Spell Blind by David B. Coe

Candlewick Press:
True Son by Lana Krumwiede

DC Comics / Vertigo:
Earth 2: World’s End #14, #15
The New 52: Future’s End #36, #37

The Deep by Nick Cutter
The Glittering World by Robert Levy

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen / Greenwillow:
Pretty Wanted by Elisa Ludwig
The Memory Key by Liana Liu
Death Marked by Leah Cypess
Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Harper Voyager:
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher
The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato

Hyperion / Disney:
Invaded by Melissa Landers

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:
Reborn by Jennifer Rush

Macmillan Teen / Henry Holt / Feiwel and Friends / Swoon / FSG:
Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson
The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu
Velvet by Temple West
Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough
Lost by S. A. Bodeen
Secrets of Selkie Bay by Shelley Moore Thomas
Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld
The Churchill Club: Knud Pedersen and the Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown by John Jackson Miller

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Cherry Bomb by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Simon & Schuster / Saga Press:
City of Savages by Lee Kelly

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers:
The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! by Wesley King

St. Martin’s / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Titan Books:
The Silence by Tim Lebbon

Tor / Forge:
Unbreakable by W. C. Bauers
Inside a Silver Box by Walter Mosley
Mark of the Beast by Adolphus A. Anekwe
Corsair by James L. Cambias
The Revolution Trade by Charles Stross

Tor Teen:
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear