Received in January

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

Mystery Box:
Supply Pod

Ace:
The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin

Daw:
Revisionary: Magic Ex Libris: Book Four by Jim C. Hines

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
Alive by Scott Sigler

Disney Hyperion:
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen:
Front Lines by Michael Grant
The Prey by Tom Isbell
The Capture by Tom Isbell
Dark Energy by Robison Wells
Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong

Harper Voyager:
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Henry Holt / FSG / Roaring Brook Press:
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Trapped by S. A. Bodeen
The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
Gifted by H. A. Swain
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Dream On by Kerstin Gier

Penguin Teen / Kathy Dawson Books / Speak / Viking:
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse
Stolen by Melissa De la Cruz
Dove Exiled by Karen Bao

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer
Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Pyr:
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Roc:
Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Scholastic / Chicken House:
Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland
Endure by Sara B. Larson
TombQuest: The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Broken Ground by Victoria Schwab
Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Secret Hero Society #1: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs
Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

Simon & Schuster / Emily Bestler Books:
Dominion by John Connolly

Subterranean Press:
Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon
Down and Out In Purgatory by Tim Powers
The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu

Titan Books:
Quarry’s Deal by Max Allan Collins
Quarry’s Cut by Max Allan Collins
The Girls in the High-Heeled Shoes by Michcael Kurland
Broken Hero by Jonathan Wood
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The White Worm by Sam Siciliano

Tor:
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Pathfinder Tales: Pirate’s Prophecy by Chris A. Jackson

SciFi Book Review: Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Preserve

Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Synopsis:
N8-C, better known as Nate, has been Manhattan Hasbro Hospital’s resident robot for more than twenty years. A prototype, humanoid in appearance, he was created to interact with people. While some staff accepted working alongside an anthropomorphic robot, Nate’s very existence terrified most people, leaving the robot utilized for menial tasks and generally ignored.

Until one of the hospital’s physicians is found brutally murdered with Nate standing over the corpse, a blood-smeared utility bar clutched in his hand. As designer and programmer of Nate’s positronic brain, Lawrence Robertson is responsible for his creation’s actions and arrested for the crime.

Susan Calvin knows the Three Laws of Robotics make it impossible for Nate to harm a human being. But to prove both Nate’s and Lawrence’s innocence, she has to consider the possibility that someone somehow manipulated the laws to commit murder.

Review:
When Nate is seemingly framed for murder, Susan will stop at nothing to help her friend. But Susan is also targeted for knowledge that someone thinks she has. And a new love interest adds complications.

To Preserve is the third installment in Reichert’s captivating series based on Asimov’s I, Robot. Once again, the story is full of mystery and suspense. The characters are engaging and the pacing makes it hard to put down. Events build to a big finale that doesn’t disappoint. However, since this was a trilogy, it’s a bit sad knowing this may be the last. I really enjoyed these characters and future world.

Book Giveaway: Alive

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Alive by Scott Sigler for one (1) lucky winner!

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Coloring Book Review: Deadpool and Age of Ultron

Deadpool Coloring book

Color Your Own Deadpool

With adult coloring books all the rage right now, Marvel has their own line. And I, of course, had to buy them.

This Deadpool coloring book states that it isn’t for children. There are some violent scenes, but that’s the extent. There are plenty of humorous images. And the fantastically-drawn images range from incredibly detailed to more simplistic. I love the variety in this book.
It’s definitely one of my favorites.

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And then, there’s:

Age of Ultron Coloring Book

Color Your Own Age of Ultron

The Age of Ultron book is great too. But the number of intricate artwork far outweighs the more simplistic. And it wouldn’t be bad, but some of the scenes are a bit repetitive. And my gray markers/coloring pencils got a LOT of workout from all the dull images of destruction in the first few pages. Thankfully, the superheroes wear colorful clothes.

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Marvel will be releasing Color Your Own Civil War in April 2016 (I’ve already pre-ordered as the price is discounted right now) and Color Your Own Little Marvels in June 2016.


Graphic Novel Review: Grayson Volume 2: We All Die at Dawn

Grayson Volume 2: We All Die at Dawn

Synopsis:
Grayson and Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. Huntress, join together and take on some of their toughest foes yet. Dick is on a mission to stop Paragon from using the body parts of a dead villain to create something far more sinister, he goes toe-to-toe with the Midnighter, and he and Helena battle foes from their past–the Fist of Cain.

Review:
We All Die at Dawn collects GRAYSON #5-9, and GRAYSON: FUTURES END #1. Grayson has infiltrated Spyral, a mind-altering covert organization. Grayson uses all of his past experience and diverse abilities to stay on the side of right, despite his nefarious connections.

I really enjoyed Grayson Volume 1, so I was looking forward to this one. Volume 1 was an exciting spy thriller with a fun mystery. Unfortunately, I found this second installment to be a choppy, confusing mess. Some of the new characters are never explained, so I wasn’t sure who they were supposed to be. The scenes jumped around too much to confusing interactions. The only saving grace was a fantastic ending. The humor, action, and artwork helped end this story on a good note.

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – January 2016

Smugglers Bounty

“Star Wars and Funko are proud to present Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, each box is carefully curated for Star Wars fans and shipped directly to your doorstep. Every box is themed specifically around the Star Wars films with collectors in mind. For just $25 (plus shipping) every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko collectibles and a host of other surprises valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program, perfect for any Star Wars fan.”

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Star Wars Resistance Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

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Resistance POP Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m not crazy about POP shirts, because they’re a bit too cutesy. But this one does have a lot of fun characters, so it may end up as a sleep shirt for my niece.

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C3PO POP Mug – These POP mugs are really weird, and don’t really work well. And are terrible to clean. I don’t need another collector-only item. I wish they’d either switch to traditional mug design or stick to the POP figures, not mugs. This is a fail.

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EXCLUSIVE (Force Awakens) Flocked Chewbacca Funko POP – As you can see, he’s fuzzy all over and super cute. I love this one. Though, I do wonder why they chose to do ANOTHER flocked Chewbacca, when GameStop already has an exclusive flocked Chewie. This is fuzzier and “older” but let’s face it, he really didn’t age much. I wish they would have gotten a little more creative here.

Summary: I was really bummed there wasn’t an exclusive Poe POP, as this was a RESISTANCE theme. And he or Leia should have been included. Hopefully, they do another soon!

Book Giveaway: Zero Day

Courtesy of Hyperion Books, I have a copy of Zero Day by Jan Gangsei 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 19. I’ll draw a name on February 20, and notify winner via email.

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