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Received in May

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Abrams / Amulet:
More of Me by Kathryn Evans

Ace:
Moonbreaker by Simon R. Green

Amazon Publishing / 47 North:
The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

Berkley:
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Del Rey:
Radiate by C. A. Higgins

Disney / Hyperion:
The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Harper Teen:
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Harper Voyager:
The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Little, Brown:
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Macmillan Teen / Roaring Brook Press / Feiwel and Friends / Imprint:
The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
The Equals by Daniel Sweren-Becker
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman
Ally by Anna Banks

Penguin Young Readers / Viking:
Dove Alight by Karen Bao

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward

Random House Books for Young Readers / Knopf / Delacorte Press:
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli by James Parks
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan

St Martin’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Return by Joseph Helmreich

Subterranean Press:
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers by Joe R. Lansdale
Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Weight of Words by Dave McKean

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Empire of Time by Daniel Godfrey
Assassin’s Creed: The Hawk Trilogy by Titan Books

Tor:
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck
Soleri by Michael Johnston

Tor Teen:
Night Magic by Jenna Black
Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin

Book Giveaway: Night Magic

Courtesy of Tor Teen, I have a copy of Night Magic by Jenna Black for one (1) lucky winner!

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Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!

Review:
Even though this is volume 2, this is another origin story for Wonder Woman. Not much new here, but a fresh story once she actually gets to modern day America. There is a mysterious group of terrorists who leads to a familiar foe. And I enjoyed the new characters that befriend Diana. Steve’s story is pretty similar with a bit of a heart-breaking twist. And it was pretty funny that during each action scene, he manages to lose his shirt. The artwork was great, with vibrant colors. And I really like Wonder Woman’s modernized costume. I look forward to the next in this series reboot.

Received in April

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
The End of Magic by Amber Benson
DR. DOA by Simon R. Green

Daw:
The Cityborn by Edward Willett

Del Rey / Ballantine:
The Chosen by J. R. Ward
Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
Eagle and Empire by Alan Smale

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
Star Wars Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka

Fandemonium:
STARGATE SG-1: Exile by Sally Malcolm
STARGATE SG-1: Insurrection by Sally Malcolm

First Second Books:
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Gallery Books:
HALO: Envoy by Tobias S. Buckell

Harper Teen:
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Harper Voyager:
Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter

Penguin Young Readers / Dial:
And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin
The Kid from Planet Z: Crash! #1 by Nancy Krulik
The Kid from Planet Z: Don’t Sneeze! #2 by Nancy Krulik

Pocket Books:
Snared by Jennifer Estep

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 by Julie E. Czerneda

Scholastic:
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Subterranean Press:
River’s Edge by James P. Blaylock
The Emperor and the Maula by Robert Silverberg
The Crow’s Dinner by Jonathan Carroll

Switch Press:
Black Light Express by Philip Reeve
Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross by Fred Van Lente
Assassin’s Creed: Assassins Volume 2 – Setting Sun by Antony Del Col
Assassin’s Creed: LOCUS by Ian Edginton
Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 2: Cross of War by Fred Van Lente
Netherspace by Andrew Lane

Tor:
Pawn: A Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War by Timothy Zahn
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Fantasy Book Review: Journey Across the Hidden Islands

Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

Synopsis:
The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin—twin sisters—travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

Review:
Ji-Lin has trained to be her twin sister’s guardian, along with her trusted flying lion. Seika is the princess next in line for the throne. The young girls do not feel ready for their journey, but with the barrier failing, they need to seek out the dragon protector to renew their treaty.

Journey Across the Hidden Islands is a fun and exciting middle grade fantasy. From thrilling battles against monsters to intrigue and betrayal – I thoroughly enjoyed this unique, standalone novel. I especially loved the talking, flying lions. This is an inspiring and a feel good, coming-of-age story for all ages. It’s a fast-paced, easy read that is over all too soon.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – April 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the April 2017 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Marvel Collector Corps

And a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

Marvel Collector Corps

Guardians 2 Tshirt – Not happy that it’s yet another black tee. And I’m not a fan of the POP-style shirts. And I don’t care for the two-toned look. So, I’ll be giving this to my niece.

Marvel Collector Corps

Secret Empire Comic – Cute variant!

Marvel Collector Corps

Star-Lord and Milano Dorbz Ride – While it’s cool that this is the first ever Dorbz ride, I would’ve preferred another POP instead.

Marvel Collector Corps

Rocket and Groot Funko POP Set – I REALLY wish we would’ve gotten a new character in this box. The last Guardians box included these 2, so it was quite a disappointment. I would have loved a variant of ANY other character. I already have too many variants of these guys.

Summary:
While the dual POP is cute, the rest of the box was a disappointment. Especially, considering this is my favorite Marvel series right now.

The next theme will be… Spider-Man: Homecoming!

ROAR: Pre-Order Promotion and Giveaway!

Pre-order your copy of Roar and submit your receipt here (http://us.macmillan.com/torforge/promo/roar2017preorderoffer) to receive a special swag bag.

Roar by Cora Carmack, on sale June 13th

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of the above map/poster for one lucky winner! (Click the picture to view a larger image.)

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 12. I’ll draw a name on May 13, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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