Book Giveaway: Wandmaker

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Coloring Book Review: Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book



Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book

This latest coloring book in the Harry Potter series from Scholastic is fantastic. The artwork is incredible and ornately detailed. This is definitely one of my new favorite coloring books. A lot of the pages will require colored pencils as the details are so tiny. There aren’t a lot of pages with much white space, which I appreciate. And the back pages of the book are full color images from the films – nice for collectors, but kind of pointless for those of us who won’t hold onto our coloring books once they’re completed. I would prefer more pages for coloring.

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Synopsis:
For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life—Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law—staying separated from the world that wronged them.

Review:
This is a modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origins. It’s more “adult” and focuses more on Diana’s time with the Amazons. Diana is a rebel, fighting the norm in a much different island than the one I’m familiar with. Diana is the same, bold, caring, and strong character. However, I didn’t care for the changes to Paradise Island.

And the story itself is a bit drawn-out, as Diana is put on trial for helping Steve Trevor escape Paradise Island. Don’t expect an adventure or any action. This is just a morality story, with loose morals. This was quite a disappointment for me, as I’m a Wonder Woman fan. Hopefully, further installments will pick up on the pacing and give Wonder Woman better adventures. I’m not sure I’d read any further in this particular series though.

Graphic Novel Review: Lantern City

Lantern City Vol. 1
Publisher: Archaia (April 5, 2016)

Synopsis:
How far would you go to be with the person you love?

Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

Review:
This steampunk graphic novel drew me in right away. The artwork is stunning and makes the story work. It’s a dark and militaristic world. And the story grabs hold with plenty of suspense and intrigue. My only complaint is that it was over too soon. It leaves off in a bit of a cliffhanger, that will leave readers eager for the next volume.

Box Review: Comic Bento – March 2016

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This month’s theme was POWERLESS. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

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Ordinary (Retail $19.99) – Everyone in the world has superpowers – except Michael. This looks like a fun, unique take on superhero comics. I’m looking forward to this one.
Publisher: Titan (October 22, 2014)

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Stumptown Volume 2 (Retail $29.99) – This is a mystery that has good reviews. And despite being the 2nd volume, I read that it’s still a good standalone story.
Publisher: Oni Press (October 1, 2013)

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Ninjak: Weaponeer (Retail $9.99 on Amazon) – This looks like an action-packed book I’ll enjoy.
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC (October 13, 2015)

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Blackcross (Retail $19.99) – This is a newer selection. It doesn’t have great reviews, but it’s written by Warren Ellis, so I’ll give it a try.
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (March 29, 2016)

Summary: All of the picks this month are new to me. And no DC or Marvel titles this time. But all of these picks look interesting to me, so I’m still content with this curation.

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Received in March

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

Algonquin:
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

Archaia:
Lantern City Vol. 1 by Matthew Daley

Del Rey:
The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
World of Warcraft: Illidan by William King
The Devourers by Indra Das
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel by LucasFilm Book Group
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Landry Q. Walker
The End of Fun by Sean McGinty
The First Book of Ore The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Baity
The Second Book of Ore Waybound by Cam Baity
Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes by Rick Riordan

First Second:
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

Penguin Young Readers / Philomel / Kathy Dawson Books / Viking / Putnam:
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
The Palace of Glass: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Ten Kisses for Sophie! by Rosemary Wells
Golden by Melissa De la Cruz

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Random House Children’s / Crown:
Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Scholastic:
Key Hunters: The Spy’s Secret by Eric Luper
Key Hunters: The Mysterious Moonstone by Eric Luper
Wandmaker by Ed Masessa
A Crown of Dragons by Chris D’Lacey
Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book

Simon and Schuster / Saga Press:
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

St Martin’s Griffin:
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Subterranean Press:
The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives by James P. Blaylock
Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon
Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Early Days by Robert Silverberg
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds by Alastair Reynolds

Tor:
World’s End by Will Elliott
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Battlestorm by Susan Krinard
Quantum Break: Zero State by Cam Rogers
Alien Hunter: The White House by Whitley Strieber
Hunters by Whitley Strieber
The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milan
Transgalactic by James Gunn

Tor Teen:
Rebellion by J. A. Souders

Yucca Publishing:
Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Sharman Apt Russell

Fantasy Book Review: Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo

Synopsis:
Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century, a sacred relic has protected his hometown from the raging waters surrounding it. But when Will “borrows” the relic for his own purposes, he accidentally unleashes an ancient evil.

As boats sink and hideous creatures crawl from the rising waters, Will must set things right before it is too late. With the help of his sweet (if lethal) Great Aunt Lucille, the curator of a museum of powerful artifacts, Will proves that the actions of one twelve-year-old boy can change the world.

Review:
Will is an average boy who likes to cause mischief, yet has a good heart. But he sees strange shadows, and a dark presence tries to mislead him. Meanwhile, something very strange is happening in the quiet, little town of Perilous Falls. And only Will’s heritage may be able to stop it.

This the first book in a promising new series. Instead of Greek or Roman mythology, the foundation of this fantasy series is loosely based on Biblical stories and Catholicism. The characters are wacky and fun. And the story is full of mystery, suspense, danger and creepy creatures. This middle grade book is well-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The unique world and engaging characters will keep me coming back for the next in the series.

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