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SciFi Book Review: Sinless

Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff

Synopsis:
In Grace Luther’s world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are “good” are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement or even death. The daughter of a cleric, Grace has always had faith in the higher power that governs her world. But when she stumbles onto information that leaves her questioning whether there are more complicated—and dangerous—forces manipulating the people around her, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle, where good and evil are not easily distinguished. Despite all her efforts to live a normal teenage life, Grace is faced with a series of decisions that will risk the lives of everyone she loves—and, ultimately, her own.

Review:
Grace is a mild-mannered, pious 17-year-old. She’s easy to like and relate to. She remains beautiful by doing good and praying. Those who commit sins or even curse, are “Punished” by disfiguring ugliness or even death if the infraction is bad enough. Then, she meets a boy who is able to do bad things and not be “Punished” by ugliness which causes her to question everything.

Sinless is a captivating debut novel. The challenging premise will make readers think and question. It’s unpredictable with great pacing. Full of suspense, intrigue, and drama – this story is captivating from beginning to end. I look forward to the next in this exciting series.

SciFi Book Review: Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: Fate of the Gods

Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: Fate of the Gods by Matthew J. Kirby

Synopsis:
Only one piece of the Trident of Eden remains – Isaiah, a rogue Templar agent, has discovered both the faith prong and the fear prong of this powerful relic. Should he possess the devotion prong, there is little that can stop him. For the time being, Owen and his fellow teens have established an uneasy alliance across Assassin and Templar lines in order to stop Isaiah while they still can.

Over a thousand years earlier, Styrbjorn the Strong, a Danish warrior, leads the Jomsvikings against the Danish king, Harald Bluetooth. It is on those Viking battlefields that the secrets of the devotion prong lie. It is there that the fate of the world, the truth behind the teens’ collective unconsciousness, and their ancestral links to one another lie. History has already been written. The rest is up to Owen, Javier, and the other members of their unlikely alliance. The actions they take will change the world of Assassin’s Creed forever.

Review:
Fate of the Gods is the final installment in the Last Descendants trilogy set in the Assassin’s Creed universe. This group of teens have been through several ancestors’ memories that have tested their mental resolve. And Owen decided to stay with the megalomaniac Isaiah – which puts Owen’s life at risk and Isaiah close to having all three pieces of a powerful artifact.

The final piece of the trident, has been traced to ancient Scandinavia. So the teens get to experience their ancestors as Vikings. The Viking ancestors are pitted against each other in a brutal battle that culminates to a surprising ending. This was my favorite book in the trilogy – full of action, intrigue, and drama – both in and out of the Animus. The story arc concludes in an exciting way. But I will certainly miss some of these characters.

Book Review: The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I love these behind-scenes books of the art behind my favorite films. And this latest is fantastic.

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There are early concepts of characters and wardrobes.

Art of Star Wars the Last Jedi

And stunning images of new aliens.

Art of Star Wars the Last Jedi

Early concepts of Canto Bight.

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The new weapons and new ship designs.

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And my favorites are usually the beautiful location shots and scenic concept art.

The Last Jedi was a visually stunning film. And this book of the art behind the film is fascinating and makes for a great gift, coffee table book, or collector item for fans. I look forward to going back and reading the little details now. But the art alone makes this book a must for me.

Book Giveaway: Blood Fury

Courtesy of Ballantine Books, I have a copy of Blood Fury by J. R. Ward for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends February 2. I’ll draw a name on February 3, and notify winner via email.

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ThinkGeek Exclusive: Star Wars Plush Bouquet Review

Star Wars Bouquet

Want a unique Valentines gift for the special geek in your life? ThinkGeek has some exclusive plush bouquets available.

Star Wars Bouquet

The bouquet comes in a nice, large box that wont damage the display.

Star Wars Bouquet

Each of the 9 character plushes comes tied with a string to a stick. Each are sturdy and gathered together with black fabric and a red bow. After displaying, the recipient can remove each plush from the bouquet as well.

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The bouquet comes with the following characters: BB-8, Han Solo, Leia, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, a Porg, Wicket, R2-D2, and Yoda.

It’s an extremely cute gift. These little guys will definitely go on display as soon as the holiday is over!
And there are several more plush bouquets to choose from, if Star Wars isn’t your Valentine’s thing.

** SciFiChick.com received this product for free to provide an honest review.**

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok Releases Digitally on Feb 20 and 4K and Blu-ray on Mar 6!

Press Release:
Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” electrified both audiences and critics alike and now fans can enjoy the colorful cosmic adventure at home. Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more. The action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on March. 6.

Fantasy Book Review: Have Sword Will Travel

Have Sword Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Synopsis:
It is strange enough that Odo and Eleanor have stumbled upon a sword in a dried-up river outside their village. It is even stranger that Odo is able to remove it from where it’s buried. And it’s REMARKABLY strange when the sword starts to talk.

Odo and Eleanor have unearthed Biter, a famous fighter from earlier times. By finding Biter, Odo instantly becomes a knight – a role he is exquisitely unsuited for. Eleanor, however, would make a PERFECT knight — but she’s not the one with the sword.

Review:
Odo is a strong and humble young man who doesn’t have any desire to be a knight. Whereas the brave Eleanor dreams of being a night. But an enchanted sword chooses Odo to be a knight, when they pull it from the river. For their first quest, the friends decide to investigate the river drying up. Odo is convinced he can give up being a knight then and pass the honor to Eleanor.

Have Sword Will Travel is a fantasy for middle readers that all ages will enjoy. The story is full of humor, adventure, and excitement. It reminded me of one of my favorite fantasy authors – Lawrence Watt-Evans. Specifically, his classic – The Misenchanted Sword. I loved that both men and women can be knights in this land, and Eleanor has an attainable goal if she can prove herself. This is a fun story with engaging characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would love to read more adventures of Odo and Eleanor – this would make for a great series.

Box Review: Bam Box – December 2017

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.

Again, there was no mini mag this month, so I had to search again for a link to the description sheet: http://www.thebambox.com/decspoilersheet
If they’re going to continue to do this, they really need to put a card in the box providing the link.

Bam Box

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Pin and Nightmare Before Christmas Bill

Bam Box

Supernatural Dean’s Amulet – Prop replicas are a fun addition. And there is a cult following for this show, so I’m sure there will be many happy fans.

Bam Box

A Christmas Story Mini Leg Lamp Kit – I don’t want to open this, because it’ll make a great White Elephant gift next Christmas!

Bam Box
Bam Box

Deep Roy Signed Willy Wonka Print – Thankfully, the back says who signed it.

Bam Box

Christmas Deadpool Art Print – There were several variants available as 1-ups for this.

Summary:
The ebooklet that you have to go searching for was a big disappointment again. The only think I’ll be keeping is the Leg Lamp Kit as a gag gift. The others are misses for me.