The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in March for review and/or giveaways:
Blu-Ray / DVD:
Farscape Season 4 – 15th Anniversary Edition
Atria / Emily Bestler Books:
The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas
Doctor Who: Shakedown by Terrence Dicks
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale
Doctor Who: Corpse Marker by Chris Boucher
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole
Doctor Who: Illegal Alien by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry
Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris
Doctor Who: The Scales of Injustice by Gary Russell
Doctor Who: The Sands of Time by Justin Richards
Rogue Angel: Magic Lantern by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: The Third Caliph by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: The Matador’s Crown by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Library of Gold by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Sunken Pyramid by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Blood Cursed by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Staff of Judea by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: City of Swords by Alex Archer
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
Hodder and Stoughton:
Happy Hour In Hell by Tad Williams
Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins
Homeward: TNDS: Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga by Barb Hendee
Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep
Quercus / Jo Fletcher Books:
The Detainee by Peter Liney
Random House Children’s Books / Delacorte Press:
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty
Simon Teen / Messenger:
Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger
Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards
Tor / Forge:
Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus
Working God’s Mischief by Glen Cook
Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
A Plunder of Souls by D. B. Jackson
The Raven’s Shadow by Elspeth Cooper
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
Shipstar by Gregory Benford
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder
The Pilgrims by Will Elliott
The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher
The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson
Time Out of Time: Beyond the Door by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he can’t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.
Timothy is a smart boy with a good heart. He doesn’t hesitate to put himself in danger to help others – even those that don’t deserve it. And when he learns that the scary mythological stories told by his babysitter are real, he pulls his older sister into an exciting adventure.
Beyond the Door is the first in a fantasy duology for young readers. The characters and story reminded me a bit of A Wrinkle In Time. It’s written for children, but isn’t a simple story. McQuerry weaves an intricate retelling of familiar folk tales. The human characters are relatable and complex, but the magical ones are eccentric and bizarre. This first installment is full of adventure, mystery, and good versus evil. And the suspense builds to a cliffhanger ending to be resolved in the next novel.
Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus for one (1) lucky winner!
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Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull
Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.
After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.
And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.
With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.
Cole is an average boy with a strong sense of loyalty. He follows kidnappers in order to help his friends and ends up in another world. The Outskirts is a strange land of magic and flying castles. Cole is captured and sold into slavery as a Sky Raider, raiding the flying castles filled with unknown dangers.
Sky Raiders is the first in a new fantasy series by one of my top favorite children’s authors. Each book in the series will follow Cole and his friends to one of the Five Kingdoms. This first installment is a nice introduction to the series and characters and the main story arc. Full of adventure, mystery, humor, and imaginative magic – Mull has created another exciting series that is impossible to put down. And as with the rest of his series, fantasy fans of all ages will enjoy this fun and imaginative adventure.