Received in November

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

Blu-Rays:
Transformers 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Dark of the Moon 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Age of Extinction 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

Daw:
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford
Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
Pathways by Mercedes Lackey

Del Rey:
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Disney Hyperion:
Chasing Helicity by Ginger Zee

DSP Publications:
The Stark Divide by J Scott Coatsworth

Gallery:
HALO: Legacy of Onyx by Matt Forbeck
The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig

Harper Voyager:
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Darkness Falling: Andromedan Dark: Book Two by Ian Douglas
Destiny’s Conflict by Janny Wurts

HMH / Mariner:
Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack

Pyr:
The Nine by Tracy Townsend
Blade and Bone by Jon Sprunk

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

Scholastic / Graphix:
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel Series #3: Fate of the Gods by Matthew J. Kirby
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Erth Dragons #2: Dark Wyng by Chris D’Lacey
DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #3: Detention of Doom by Derek Fridolfs
Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M. G. Leonard
Ink by Alice Broadway

Simon Teen:
Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Subterranean Press:
Phoresis by Greg Egan

Tor:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind
The Eterna Solution by Leanna Renee Hieber
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Ubisoft:
Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath by Oliver Bowden

SciFi Book Review: Terminal Alliance

Terminal Alliance by Jim C Hines

Synopsis:
The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.

As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.

Review:
Mops is a highly capable leader – not only of her custodial team. When the ship is under attack from within, Mops takes charge without hesitation. She also leads the investigation into what happened to her ship, which leads to a deeper conspiracy.

Terminal Alliance is the first in a fantastic, new science fiction series. Full of humor, suspense, and intrigue – this story has it all. The characters are fun and the dialog is sharp. It’s well-paced and hard to put down. With several great twists and plenty of action and adventure, SciFi fans will not want to miss this one.

Book Giveaway: Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters

Courtesy of the author, I have a review copy of Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters by Chuck Storla 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 December 8. I’ll draw a name on December 9, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: Steal the Stars

Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy

Synopsis:
Dakota “Dak” Prentiss guards the biggest secret in the world.

They call it “Moss.” It’s your standard grey alien from innumerable abduction stories. It still sits at the controls of the spaceship it crash-landed eleven years ago. A secret military base was built around the crash site to study both Moss and the dangerous technology it brought to Earth.

The day Matt Salem joins her security team, Dak’s whole world changes.

It’s love at first sight―which is a problem, since they both signed ironclad contracts vowing not to fraternize with other military personnel. If they run, they’ll be hunted for what they know. Dak and Matt have only way to be together: do the impossible. Steal Moss and sell the secret of its existence.

And they can’t afford a single mistake.

Review:
Dak is the head of security for the a private organization, studying an alien within it’s crashed ship. When a new man joins, they fall in insta-love on the first day. And suddenly, the “no fraternization” rule is a problem. So, in order to be together these total strangers decide to run from all they know. Sure, it’s not realistic, but this is science fiction – so I can suspend disbelief.

Steal the Stars is based on a podcast by Mac Rogers. This is a fast-paced, thrilling read that doesn’t slow down. The characters are fun and the story is very exciting and dramatic. With the suspense building to a surprising finale – this is an unforgettable novel that most science fiction fans will enjoy.

Book Giveaway: Gunpowder Moon

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a review copy of Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira 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 December 22. I’ll draw a name on December 23, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: The Axe of Sundering

Adventurers Wanted, Book 5: The Axe of Sundering by M. L. Forman

Synopsis:
Whalen Vankin is the worlds greatest wizard, and he has only ever personally trained two other wizards. One is Alexander Taylor, a young man who has earned a reputation as a brave adventurer, a warrior, and man of honor. The other is Jabez, Vankin’s nephew and a man whose choices have led him down a different, darker path.

Dark magic has covered Westland, and evil is stirring. Whalen and Alex must journey together into the heart of danger, confronting a sea serpent, battling their way through a goblin army, and facing down more than one dragon. Alex must find the legendary Axe of Sundering the one weapon that offers a chance to defeat Jabez and protect the land from the dark wizards plans. But finding it will be an adventure of its own as the only pathway to the Axe leads through the underground tunnels and secret passages of Castle Conmar.

But Jabez has one final weapon at his disposal: the powerful Orion Stone, which could spell the end to Whalen and Alex both.

Review:
Alex agrees to hunt Whalen’s wayward nephew in order to stop him from conquering the known lands. And Alex must find the Axe of Sundering, the only weapon that can help Alex take him down.

The Axe of Sundering is the final installment in the Adventures Wanted series. Alex has grown throughout the series, in confidence and abilities. And I’ll definitely miss the characters and the fun, fantasy world. This last story was an well-paced journey that led to a final battle with a surprising twist. With plenty of suspense, danger, and magic – this novel (like the others) was hard to put down. This YA series has been a favorite of mine – an exciting, epic fantasy adventure.

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