Blu-Ray Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and characters from the classic comics come to their aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Review:
The rag tag team of misfits returns for another action-packed adventure in space. When Peter’s father shows up, he seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, a new enemy wants revenge against Guardians. Plus, baby Groot!

After the immense success of the first film, that blew us all away, expectations were high for this sequel. One of my favorite things about the last movie was the unique inclusion of 70s music – a great selection. Unfortunately, this sequel didn’t have nearly as good music, in my opinion. There were just as many laughs though – if not more. Though the humor got a little raunchier. The plot was fantastic – full of action, drama, suspense, and several surprises. Even the heartbreaking ending was really well-done. I really enjoyed the spectacular special effects and the cast of characters. I can’t get enough of the Guardians. And it’s obvious that it’s a labor of love for director James Gunn.

Box Review: Bam Box – August 2017

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

The box comes with a nice mini mag, describing all of the included items.

Bam Box

Futurama Pin and Superbad Prop Replica – These are tosses for me as I don’t collect pins, and I have no desire to ever watch Superbad.

Bam Box

Tara Reid signed Shark – Ok. This is a creative and fun item from the Sharknado movies!

Bam Box

Witcher Dog Tag Prop Replica – I have never heard of Witcher, so I had to look it up to discover it’s a game. Not surprising. It’s a really nice, heavy medallion. A very nice replica for fans of the game.

Bam Box

Joker Print – This was one of two options. Subscribers could have received another print of Batman in an ancient Chinese style instead.

Ghostbusters 2 Patch – I recognized this painting as soon as I saw it, as I’m a fan of the Ghostbusters films.

Summary:
Bam Box has done away with themes, and I don’t think they’ll be missed. This was a fun variety of items from a variety of genres. Bam Box excels at their unique items. And the signed Shark and medallion prop (despite not being a gamer myself) were the highlights of this mystery box.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Homecoming

Assassin’s Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming

Synopsis:
The Brotherhood of the Assassins is in trouble. Their long feud with the Templar Order has depleted their resources and they are struggling to regain their footing in a world where the goalposts are constantly shifting. Could joining forces with a mysterious collective help, or are their aims too different to make an alliance an option? Join Charlotte de la Cruz and Galina Voronina as they try and navigate a clear path for the Assassins through turbulent waters!

Review:
Volume 3 starts off with a rush, as the Templars have the Assassins in hiding. Charlotte now has to deal with her overbearing grandmother as they search for answers in the past. As usual, my favorite scenes are set in the past. But her ancestor’s memories seem muddled and lead to a surprising result. Meanwhile, as the Assassins try to forge an alliance, a familiar face returns for another fun twist. This latest installment is fast-paced and action-packed. I thoroughly this series of graphic novels – tying into such an exciting world of science fiction and history.

Received in August

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

Blu-Rays:
The Circle Blu-Ray
King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword Blu-Ray
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Alison Pang:
Magpie’s Song by Allison Pang

Berkley:
Deja New by MaryJanice Davidson

Del Rey:
After On by Rob Reid
A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis
Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster

Disney Hyperion:
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

First Second:
Spinning by Tillie Walden

Gallery:
HALO: Retribution by Troy Denning

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Harper Voyager:
The God Peak by Patrick Hemstreet
Call of Fire by Beth Cato
The Seven by Peter Newman

Inkshares:
Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry
Song of Edmon by Adam Burch

Penguin / Putnam:
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
The Nine by Tracy Townsend
The Castle in Cassiopeia by Mike Resnick

Scholastic:
The White Tower by Cathryn Constable
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 6: The Wildcat’s Claw by Varian Johnson
Magisterium Book 4: The Silver Mask by Holly Black
Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Soho Press:
Sip by Brian Allen Carr

Subterranean Press:
The Father of Lies by KJ Parker

Tor:
The Dinosaur Princess by Victor Milan
Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
Playing to the Gods by Melanie Rawn
The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker

Tor Teen:
Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Unnamed Press:
After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Box Review: TeeBlox – August 2017

TeeBlox

TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

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

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

Teeblox

Star Wars Shirt – I this is a fun Captain Phasma design. And it’s a pretty blue color that I love.

Teeblox

Comic and Sticker – The 1994 Superman comic will be fun to read. I’m not sure what the sticker is from?

Summary: I love the shirt color this month – anytime it’s not black, I’m happy! I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it, as it’s a nice soft quality too.
If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Fantasy Book Review: The Adventurer’s Guild

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

Synopsis:
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.

But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.

Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.

Review:
Zed and Brock are hoping to get into their favorite guilds. But when Zed is picked for the dangerous Adventurers Guild, Brock volunteers as well. Though, he has a secret reason he’s infiltrating the guild. Zed and Brock make a great team and are likable despite their flaws. The Adventurers are the only guild to brave outside the city walls, so the new recruits must prove themselves. And the boys soon discover there’s a traitor in the city.

This is the first installment in a new children’s fantasy series. The Adventurer’s Guild is packed with engaging characters, exciting intrigue, dangerous creatures, and magic. This is a fun and fast-paced story that builds to a surprising finale. The rich, fantasy world is familiar – with the feel of a role playing game. I look forward to the next in this promising new series.

SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden

Synopsis:
After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. But not for long. In retaliation, the elite Imperial soldiers of Inferno Squad have been called in for the crucial mission of infiltrating and eliminating the Partisans—the rebel faction once led by notorious Republic freedom fighter Saw Gerrera.

Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire—no matter the cost. Now Inferno Squad must prove its status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But the growing threat of being discovered in their enemy’s midst turns an already dangerous operation into a do-or-die acid test they dare not fail. To protect and preserve the Empire, to what lengths will Inferno Squad go . . . and how far beyond them?

Review:
Iden Versio survived the destruction of the Death Star and is assigned to the elite Inferno Squad running Special Ops for the Empire. They often have to let their morals slide to further their goals. But when they’re asked to infiltrate a Partisan group who have taken up Saw Gerrara’s cause, each individual of the Inferno Squad will be tested.

This latest Star Wars novel is a new favorite. Christie Golden is a master at tie-in novels. And this Inferno Squad is a great example of her fantastic character development and fleshing out a well-established universe. Iden Versio is a wonderfully complex character. I love that this story is written from the point of view of characters who follow the Empire and believe in what it stands for. Yet, readers will sympathize at times. This original story is full of suspense, drama, and exciting intrigue. And the climactic, surprising ending does not disappoint. I would love to read further adventures of the Inferno Squad.

REALIVE Trailer

REALIVE was written and directed by Mateo Gil (Vanilla Sky original film Abre Los Ojos, The Sea Inside) and features a talented cast including Tom Hughes (About Time, London Town), Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Oona Chaplin (Taboo, “Game of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (The Fall, The Journey).

Syfy Films will be releasing REALIVE in Theaters on September 29, 2017 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 3, 2017.

SYNOPSIS: Marc is diagnosed with a disease and is given a short time to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. Sixty years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first cryogenically frozen man to be revived in history. Marc discovers a startling future, but the biggest surprise is that his past has accompanied him in unexpected ways.

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