Tag Archives: fantasy

Book Giveaway: Shadow’s Bane

Courtesy of Berkley, I have a copy of Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 17. I’ll draw a name on August 18, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

Continue reading Book Giveaway: Shadow’s Bane

Box Review: TeeBlox – June 2018

TeeBlox

TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

Continue reading Box Review: TeeBlox – June 2018

Fantasy Book Review: City of Bastards

City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Synopsis:
Tilla, bastard of House Kent, has it made. Safe from her murderous father in the dazzling capital of Lightspire, she lives a life of luxury under the protection of the Volaris King, alongside her boyfriend, Zell, and best friend, Princess Lyriana.

So why isn’t she happy? Maybe it’s the whispers and stares that follow her wherever she goes, as the daughter of the traitor waging war against Lightspire. Or maybe it’s the memories of her beloved brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city’s prestigious University.

Then Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate-a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she’s suggesting is impossible . . . and treasonous.

But Tilla can’t-won’t-let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame.

Review:
City of Bastards is the second installment in the Royal Bastards series. Tilla, Lyriana, and Zell are safe in Lightspire at the University. But Tilla doesn’t have many other friends other than her roommate, who is suddenly murdered – though no one seems to believe her. There is a conspiracy brewing, and Tilla is determined uncover the answers.

This sequel is a fast-paced mystery, with an impressive, complex plot. The characters are engaging; and Tilla is especially relatable. The story is full of suspense, drama, and romance. And I enjoyed this even more than the first in the series. I love the unique spin on the unlikely heroes as well ask the magic aspect. This is a surprising and exciting young adult, fantasy series that ends too soon. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next installment.

Received in June

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

Blu-Ray:
Tomb Raider 4k Blu-Ray
Escape Plan 2: Hades Blu-Ray
A Quiet Place 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Marked by Benedict Jacka

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Borrowed Time by Naomi Alderman
Doctor Who: The Triple Knife by Jenny T Colgan

Berkley:
Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

Del Rey:
Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha
Incredibles 2: A Real Stretch: An Elastigirl Prequel Story by Carla Jablonski
Incredibles 2 Read-Along Storybook and CD by Disney Book Group

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself by James Swallow
HALO: Bad Blood by Matt Forbeck

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Harper Voyager:
Roar of Sky by Beth Cato
The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
The Rift Coda by Amy S. Foster

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers:
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
Once a King by Erin Summerill

John Joseph Adams Books / Mariner:
The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

Kensington / Rebel Base:
Android Chronicles: Reborn by Lance Erlick

Little, Brown:
Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / FSG:
The Tomb by S. A. Bodeen
Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra
Check, Please!: # Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Random House Books for Young Readers:
Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Miss Communication by Jennifer L. Holm

Pyr:
The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards

Scholastic:
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 8: The Dragon’s Eye by Sarwat Chadda
Dragon Rider #2: The Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Wings of Fire, Book 11: The Lost Continent by Tui T. Sutherland
Cross Fire by Fonda Lee
Ozland by Wendy Spinale
Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson

Subterranean Press:
Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

Tor:
Outcasts of Order by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
In the Eye of Heaven by David Keck
Drop by Drop by Morgan Llywelyn
Low Chicago by George R. R. Martin
The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Max’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron

Vintage Crime:
The Sword of Justice by Leif G. W. Persson

Fantasy Book Review: The Mermaid

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Synopsis:
Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land.

Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid.

Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

Review:
The Mermaid is a stunning, historical, fairy tale. Amelia is a mermaid with more humanity than the fictionalized PT Barnum. Henry doesn’t gloss over Barnum’s circus and exploitation of his exhibits. And despite working for Barnum, Amelia is a smart, and confident woman who doesn’t bow to his demands. This isn’t a retelling of the Little Mermaid, despite the feel of it at first. But this is a beautiful fairy tale with plenty of heart, suspense, and romance. Henry has created another impressive, strong, female character that readers will love. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced read that was over too soon.

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!

Audiobook Month: http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobookmonth
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!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends July 13. I’ll draw a name on July 14, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

Continue reading ARC Book Giveaway: The Darkest Legacy