Received in December

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

Blu-rays/DVDs:
Pan Blu-ray Edition

Subscription Box:
Supply Pod

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Legends of Ashildr by Various

Chronicle Books:
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Disney Hyperion:
Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

Fandemonium:
Stargate SG-1 / Stargate Atlantis: Points of Origin by Sally Malcolm
Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming by Jo Graham
Stargate SG-1: Hostile Ground by Sally Malcolm

First Second:
Last Man: The Show by Bastien Vivès

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Belzer + Bray:
Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine
The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker
Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Inkshares:
The Life Engineered by J-F Dubeau

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Roaring Brook Press:
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien

Penguin / Kathy Dawson:
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ascendance by David R. George Iii

Random House Children’s / Delacorte Press:
Voyagers: Game of Flames by Robin Wasserman
Burning Midnight by Will Macintosh
Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton

Roc:
Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older

Scholastic:
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior by Steve Korte
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow by Daniel Wallace
Batman: Gotham City’s Guardian by Matthew Manning

Subterranean Press:
Downfall of the Gods by K. J. Parker

Tobias S. Buckell:
Xenowealth: A Collection by Tobias S. Buckell

Tor Teen:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Book Giveaway: Black City Saint

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Box Review: Comic Bento – December 2015

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

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The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was THROWBACKS.

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Youngblood #1: Focus Tested (Retail $9.99) – This one is new to me, and it looks like something I’ll enjoy!

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Retail $19.99) – I’m not a Beatles fan, so this was a big miss. I’d rather they stick to scifi, fantasy, and adventures stories.

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Battlestar Galactica: Memorial #1 (Retail $19.99) – I actually had this on my Amazon Wishlist, so I was really happy to score this title! I love the original BSG.

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Marvel Masterworks (Various) – I received Uncanny X-Men Volume 4(Retail $24.99) – I love Uncanny X-Men series, so I was happy to see this one too!

Summary: The value was fantastic this month! And there’s only one book I’m getting rid of, the rest I’m excited about. I love that this box is so consistent. I probably look forward to this mystery box more than any other.

And…..
January Theme: The Grey Area

Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: Winter Turning

Wings of Fire: Winter Turning by Tui T Sutherland

Synopsis:
Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family his whole life. When his sister, Icicle, runs away from Jade Mountain Academy, fleeing terrible crimes and possibly planning to commit more, Winter knows that they both need a second chance to make things right — if only he can find her.

Winter’s new clawmates, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou, won’t let him make this dangerous journey alone. They don’t seem to understand that IceWings, the most superior of all dragon tribes, can fix their own problems. When their search leads the dragonets straight into Queen Scarlet’s vicious talons, Winter is grateful to have some help. But even the bravest dragons can’t follow him to the Ice Kingdom, where he’ll have to face the greatest threat of all: his own family.

Review:
Winter is a complex IceWing, taught to hate other dragon races, but still learning to care for his diverse companions. His sole purpose is to find and rescue his brother, despite his friends’ diversions. But one of his companions isn’t who they seem.

Winter Turning is the seventh book in the Wings of Fire series. This novel focuses on Winter and the IceWings. He’s a fantastic character and a lot of fun to follow. I’m not sure how, but the longer this series continues, the better it seems to get. There are fun plot twists, major surprises, intense drama, and quite a bit of humor. This is a solid middle grade fantasy series that I highly recommend. There are a lot of books to catch up on if you have started it yet, but it’s well worth the journey. I can’t say enough about this must-read series.

Box Review: Supply Pod – December 2015

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Supply Pod (by Outer Places) uniquely delivers products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events.

A single Supply Pod starts at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions will save you money and ship about every other month now.

SciFiChick.com received a free Deluxe Pod for review.

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This December box had a Star Wars theme.

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Star Wars MimoPowerTube (Retail $30) – I have seen this on retail sites and have been so tempted to buy. And I received R2D2 – the one I had been eying. I was very excited about this.

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It even comes with a little bag to house the charger and cord. The cord has a detachable lightning adapter that houses the micro USB to charge the device itself.

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Star Wars Canon Timeline Poster (Retail $15) – I’m not going to lie. I plan on keeping this to refer to with my Star Wars novels. It’s certainly a lot more simple than Star Trek canon!

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Star Wars Psychology edited by Travis Langley (Retail $14.95) – I love that this box has included a book in both of their boxes so far. I hope they continue to.

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Star Wars Force Awakens Socks (Retail $12.95) – I just received the BB-8 socks in the December Loot Crate box. But only the one pair. I love the black and gray Star Wars pair of socks – I’ll get a lot of use from these.

Crystal Growing Box Kit (Retail $9.95) – Supposedly, “a set of crystals resonates at the heart of every lightsaber.” So, this little science kit is a clever way to grow your own crystals to power a future lightsaber.

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Here’s a list of what the kit includes.

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Star Wars Jelly Bellys (Retail $2-3 each?) – These are perfect for my Star Wars Jelly Belly dispenser I keep at my desk at the office.

Star Wars Pin (Retail $.50?) – I received an X-Wing silhouette.

Summary: This was another fantastic box from Supply Pod. The value greatly surpassed the cost of the box. And the curation was a great mix of science, accessories, and fun. Instead of a monthly box, Supply Pod is now every other month. If the quality of this box remains, I can understand wanting an extra month to plan and find unique items for each theme. It’s easily one of my top favorite mystery boxes. This box sold out, so don’t miss the next one.

Next Supply Pod theme: X-Files, to honor the release of the new movie!
Save 10% with the discount code: CHICK10

SciFi Book Review: Queen

Queen by Aimee Carter

Synopsis:
Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton’s niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person’s rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear…and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton’s secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she’s loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty’s survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.

Review:
Queen is the third installment in the The Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy. Kitty and Daxton plan a risky move to discredit Daxton, but they are one step behind. Then, Kitty is captured and once again finds herself in the enemies hands.

Full of intense drama, suspense, and quite a few fantastic plot twists – Carter has created a captivating story from beginning to end. The characters are engaging and the plot is riveting. This series is on the top of my list for must-read YA dystopia recommendations. And the finale is fast-paced, thrilling and doesn’t disappoint.

Box Review: Loot Crate – December 2015

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“Loot Crate™ delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it’s like Comic-Con in a box!”

LootCrate is $13.95 plus $6 shipping and handling for month-to-month subscription. Less for multiple month purchases. They also now offer “Level Up,” 3 apparel upgrades at different pricing levels that you can add to your monthly subscription.

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This month’s theme was Galaxy.

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Each box comes with a nice mini mag that gives details about the items, interviews, and more.

Exclusive Halo 5 Ammo Tin Box (Retail $10?)
Halo 5: Guardians Req Pack (Retail ?) – I don’t care for gaming, so these will be tossed or regifted.
Loot Crate Galaxy Pin – Loot Crate standard filler.

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Exclusive Han Solo Funko POP! (Retail $20+) – This one fantastic POP alone may have just made up for the poor past crates. I love, love, love this!

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Exclusive Star Wars BB-8 Crew Socks (Retail $10?) – BB-8 is adorable, I’ll definitely be keeping these.

Exclusive Galaxy Quest Prop Replica Patch (Retail $2-3?) – Of all the items they could have given us, they go with a cheapo patch. Really disappointing after the past month’s promise of an exclusive Galaxy Quest item. I was bummed.

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Exclusive Ugly Holiday Sweater Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Most of us who live in the north can’t wear tshirts in the winter. So, while this is a humorous idea, I might’ve worn this as an actual sweater, not when it’s 30 degrees in late December.

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Each Loot Crate box is reversible with a creative image on the inside.

Summary: The exclusive Funko POP alone made me thrilled with this box. I may have to reconsider cancelling my account now.

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