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Audiobook Giveaway Every Friday this Month at Audiobook.com!

For Audiobook Month, Audiobooks.com is giving away the first in a series titles every Friday in June.

Giveaways will begin each Friday in June at 9 a.m. EST on their giveaway date, and will remain free until 500 redemptions have taken place. The next giveaway is Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy, by Tui T. Sutherland, narrated by Shannon McManus!

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Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy: https://www.audiobooks.com/m-audiobook/wings-of-fire-book-one-the-dragonet-prophecy/136379

Fantasy Review: The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze

The Trials of Apollo: Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

Synopsis:
The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor–and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles–somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon.

Review:
Apollo (currently in the mortal body of Lester) and Meg team up with more familiar characters in this third installment in the Trials of Apollo series. Apollo has to brave the Labyrinth and discovers the 3rd evil emperor – who happens to want to steal his godly powers as well.

This latest installment had plenty of humor, adventure, drama, and heart. The story dragged a bit in the middle – it felt like it was purposefully made to stretch to a certain book length. There’s something to be said that my favorite books were the original Percy Jackson stories that were half of this length with all of the action and adventure, but a tighter (and more memorable) story. That being said, I love this incarnation of Apollo. He’s become humble, but still a bit of a coward, expecting others to fight for him. I still love the mystery, adventure, suspense, heartbreak, and humor. I look forward to the next in this inspired series.

ARC Book Giveaway: The Darkest Legacy

Courtesy of Disney-Hyperion, I have an extra early review copy of The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken for one lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: Potion Masters

Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole

Synopsis:
Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making.

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as ”The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.

Review:
Gordy is an apprentice of potion-making. He’s fascinated with his mother’s work. So, when he received a package meant for his mother when she’s out of town, Gordy decides to do his own experiments. But the Elixer is very dangerous. And his mother has been keeping secrets.

The Eternity Elixir is first in a new middle reader, fantasy series. The story is fast-paced and full of mystery, suspense, and humor. The characters are engaging and kept me guessing – from Gordy’s mother’s side of the family to his friends. And I loved the unique idea and clever use of magic through potions and the backstory of B.R.E.W. Events build to an exiting finale that doesn’t disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and look forward to the next installment.

FearlessWomen Tour: Book Excerpt: Starless

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Starless by Jacqueline Carey

STARLESS Excerpt –

My training resumed. I squeezed rocks and hopped up and down the staircase, and bit by bit, the muscles of my wrists and forearms and legs acquired new strength. The three-pronged kopar was still too unwieldy for me to use, but I reached the point where Brother Merik deemed me capable of learning the rudiments of the yakhan and began teaching me.

There was a great deal to learn. There was a complicated series of slashing strikes one made with the curved outer edge of the blade and straightforward thrusts with the tip. In close quarters, there were reverse thrusts with the spiked pommel, though one had to be careful to avoid fouling the blade. There were backward blows to be struck with the blunt inner curve of the blade. Brother Merik made me practice each and every one of them over and over, first with my right hand, then with my left. I did so with diligence, working toward the day when I should be allowed to spar like a true warrior-in-training. Brother Hakan, who was the smallest in stature, had promised to give me my first bout as soon as Brother Merik consented.

From Brother Yarit, I learned stealth.

I learned the Shahalim ways of walking: the silent toe-rolling step he had first demonstrated to me, the back-to-the-wall crossing walk, the swift heel-toe glide, the crouching walk, the crouching frog walk with splayed fingers and toes. On Brother Saan’s orders, Brother Hakan and a few of the other young brothers studied with us, so that the skills might be preserved and passed on within the Brotherhood of Pahrkun.

No one trained harder than I did, for the other warriors were already well versed in the usage of a wind- cutter sword. They needed only to keep the edge of their skills honed, while my fledgling skills were like a blade with no edge that must be ground on the wheel. At least that was how Brother Drajan put it, for he was as at home in a smithy as a kitchen, and taught me how to sharpen and maintain a blade.

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Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

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About STARLESS:
Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

I was nine years old the first time I tried to kill a man…

Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.

If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.

About Jacqueline Carey:
JACQUELINE CAREY is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables “Santa Olivia” and “Saints Astray,” and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in western Michigan.

Box Review: TeeBlox – May 2018

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Box Review: Bam Box – May 2018

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

There’s a nice, full-color sheet with plenty of details about what’s in the box.

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GI Joe Pin – Standard filler.

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Fallout Platinum Chip Prop Replica – I don’t care for gaming, so I would have had no idea what this was.

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Infinity War Art Print – This is the 3rd of 3 Avengers prints. It’s nice that they all have the a similar look. I’m very glad I didn’t get stuck with a black and white variant.

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Stefan Kapicic (Colossus) Signed Print – I would’ve liked one of the other more realistic prints. But I definitely wont be keeping this cartoonish print.

Summary:
I enjoyed the Avengers art print again this time. This was another slim box, with only 2 prints, a small trinket, and a pin. But this still one of the least expensive boxes that wont bankrupt you.

Received in May

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

Blu-Ray:
Annihilation 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Dresden Files: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
Night Fall by Simon R. Green

Berkley:
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Daw:
The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey
Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Del Rey:
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

Disney Hyperion:
The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson

Grim Oak Press:
Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Harper Voyager:
Vita Nostra by Sergiy Dyachenko
Timeless by R. A. Salvatore
Noumenon Infinity by Marina J. Lostetter
The Shattered Sun by Rachel Dunne

Macmillan / FSG / Picador / Minotaur:
Void Star by Zachary Mason
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Penguin / Putnam:
Dracul by Dacre Stoker

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 by Jane Yolen

Random House / Lenny:
Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Random House Young Readers / Delacorte Press / Random House Graphic / Knopf:
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
The Selkie of San Francisco by Todd Calgi Gallicano

Scholastic:
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Keys to the Kingdom #1: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #2: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #3: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #4: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #5: Lady Friday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #6: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
The Boy Who Went Magic by A. P. Winter

Subterranean Press:
Driving to Geronimo’s Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale

Titan Books:
Who is the Black Panther?: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Jesse J. Holland
Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Dan Abnett
Deadpool: Paws: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Stefan Petrucha
Civil War: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Stuart Moore

Tor:
In the Region of the Summer Stars by Stephen R. Lawhead
Gate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Spymaster by Margaret Weis
The Furnace: A Graphic Novel by Prentis Rollins