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SciFi Book Review: Hunt for the Pyxis

Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoe Ferraris

Synopsis:
On the night Emma Garton’s supposedly boring parents are kidnapped, she is forced to face the truth: they’ve been lying to her about many things, including the Pyxis, a mysterious amulet that holds the key to saving another world—and worse, they aren’t even from planet Earth.

To find her parents, Emma and her best friend, Herbie, must leave Earth and enter the Strands—the waterways of space, where huge galleons ply the intergalactic seas. But a journey through the constellations won’t be easy—not with evil Queen Virgo and every scoundrel in the galaxy determined to find them.

Review:
Emma and Herbie travel the galaxy to rescue Emma’s parents. But the biggest surprise is that Emma’s parents have been lying to her. That doesn’t stop her from trying to find and rescue them. Emma also doesn’t know what the Pyxis is, but she’s willing to keep it safe at all costs as her parents have done.

Hunt for the Pyxis is the first in a new series for middle readers. Blending fantasy and science fiction, the The Galaxy Pirates series debut is unique and action-packed. It’s full of mystery, adventure, magical water, and flying ships. The suspense builds to a thrilling finale that leaves off in a bit of a cliffhanger. I’ll definitely be picking up the next in this fun and engaging series.

Book Giveaway: HALO: Hunters in the Dark

Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of HALO: Hunters in the Dark by Peter David for one (1) lucky winner!

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Received in June

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

Ace:
Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan

Amazon Publishing / 47North / Thomas & Mercer / Skyscape:
The Stellow Project by Shari Becker
Letters to Zell by Camille Griep
Weavers by Aric Davis

Daw:
Faces by E. C. Blake

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Fable: Blood of Heroes by Jim C. Hines
Resistance: Dave vs. the Monsters by John Birmingham
Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Dave vs. the Monsters: Ascendance by John Birmingham

InkLit:
Michael Midas Champion: Book One by Jordan B. Gorfinkel

Kensington:
Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Gallery Books:
HALO: Hunters in the Dark by Peter David

Henry Holt / Metropolitan Books:
The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering by Jeffrey Rotter

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

Mac Teen Books / Roaring Brook Press / Feiwel and Friends / FSG:
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
The August 5 by Jenna Helland

Penguin Teen / Razorbill / Dial:
A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
Tracked by Jenny Martin

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III
Star Trek: The Original Series: Crisis of Consciousness by Dave Galanter
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward

Pyr:
The Chart of Tomorrows by Chris Willrich

Rebellion / Ravenstone:
The Awesome by Eva Darrows

Roc:
Witches with the Enemy by Barb Hendee
The Price of Valor by Django Wexler

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire Book Six: Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland
The Keeper by David Baldacci

St Martin’s:
Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Subterranean Press:
The Best of Nancy Kress by Nancy Kress

Switch Press:
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Titan Books:
The Queen of The Swords by Michael Moorcock
The King of Swords by Michael Moorcock
Fu-Manchu: Re-enter Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave All by Nancy Holder

Tor:
The End of All Things by John Scalzi
Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn
The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway

Tor Teen:
Ungodly by Kendare Blake

WMG Publishing:
Crystal Caves by Kristine Grayson
Brittany Bends by Kristine Grayson
Recycled Pulp edited by John Helfers
The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy: Headed West by Dean Wesley Smith

SciFi Book Review: The 100: Homecoming

The 100: Homecoming by Kass Morgan

Synopsis:
Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space.

These new arrivals are the lucky ones-back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone-but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS’s luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can’t stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he’d left behind.

It’s time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they’ve found on Earth, or risk losing everything-and everyone-they love.

Review:
Homecoming is the third installment in the 100 series. The tv show (based on these novels) is completely different in story and feel. I much prefer the books, as the show has gotten to be extremely dark and depressing with little hope or good feelings. The novels also have some great characters that I thoroughly enjoy. This latest novel is packed with drama, suspense, romance, and mystery. And events build to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Young adult science fiction fans will want to check out this engaging series.

Independence Day Resurgence Cast Q&A Highlights

Independence Day Resurgence Synopsis:
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE
Action-Adventure
Release: June 24, 2016
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward

Book Giveaway: Doctor Who: Engines of War

Courtesy of BBC Books, I have a copy of Doctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann for one (1) lucky winner!

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Science Fiction Book Review: The Trials

The Trials by Stacey Kade

Synopsis:
After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started-under Dr. Jacobs’s cruel control. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials: a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation.

But Ariane is no one’s weapon, and she is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most. The person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone.

As her plan takes shape, Ariane will need now more than ever to depend on the other side of her heritage-the cold, calculating instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone, she has nothing left to lose.

Heart-pounding action and thrilling twists will lead Ariane down a dangerous path, where shocking truths and the chance for revenge await.

Review:
The Trials is the third installment in the Paper Dolls trilogy. Ariane must participate in “trials” against other hybrids to see which corporation will win the funding. But the trials themselves are a mystery. Meanwhile, Ariane doesn’t trust anyone, and rightly so. Every choice presented to her seems too good to be true. The pacing slowed down a bit in the middle, during the actual “trials” when Ariane tries to figure out which path to take. But their missions are stirring and dramatic. I wish the alien aspect of the story was explored more, it felt like just an afterthought, but it’s half of what Ariane is. Events lead to a big finale. With several twists along the way, this fast-paced, thrilling finale was satisfying and an exciting ride.

SciFi Book Review: Unexpected Rain

Unexpected Rain by Jason Lapier

Synopsis:
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, a recently hired maintenance man named Kane has just committed murder. Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.

Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him. His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn’t commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead.

Review:
A mass murder is unusual, especially in this city. And the police are quick to place blame on Jax. And Runstom seems to be the only one who thinks the investigation was rushed and botched. When Runstom is visiting Jax in a remote prison, they are attacked and the two have the opportunity to escape and track the real killer.

Unexpected Rain is an unexpectedly unique, science fiction, mystery novel. Techies will enjoy the attention to detail in the science and technology described. And mystery buffs like me will enjoy the intrigue and fun, plot twists. There is strong character development in this solid debut novel. And the engaging plot kept me pulled in to the very end.