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Book Giveaway: Gather Her Round

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe for one (1) lucky winner!

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Received in March

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

Movies / TV:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Bound by Benedict Jacka
Gauntlet by Holly Jennings

Archaia:
Lantern City Vol. 3 by Matthew Daley

Avon Books:
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands

Daw:
A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Del Rey:
Alone by Scott Sigler
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Armistice: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars Join the Resistance: Book 1 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano
Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant
Star vs. the Forces of Evil Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension by Amber Benson
As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space The Heist by LucasFilm Book Group
Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora’s Galactic Showdown by Brandon T. Snider
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

First Second:
Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer
The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

Harlequin Teen:
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
Soldier by Julie Kagawa

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Harper Teen / Walden Pond Press:
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Harper Voyager:
Flames of Rebellion by Jay Allan
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack

Pyr:
Wilders by Brenda Cooper
Raining Fire by Rajan Khanna
A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Subterranean Press:
Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews
The Best of Subterranean by William Schafer
Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik
The Process (is a Process All it’s Own) by Peter Straub

Thunder Bay Press:
Marvel: Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book by Thomas Pavitte
Marvel Universe Felt by Aimee Ray
Star Wars Even More Crochet by Lucy Collin

Tor:
Spymaster by Margaret Weis
Smells Like Finn Spirit by Randy Henderson
Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free by Randy Henderson
Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe

Box Review: Bam Box – March 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.

Bam Box

The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Indestructible.”

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“Indestructible Heroes” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive – Superman (above), Hulk, or 2 limited edition Chuck Norris.

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Assassin’s Creed Hidden Blade – The other option was a Captain America shield. While I’m a little bummed, this hidden blade replica is actually a much cooler, intricate design.

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Bionic Woman – Lindsay Wagner Signed Photo – This is just awesome. I was definitely a fan of this and Wonder Woman as a child.

Bam Box

“Old Cat Logan” Print – This is pretty funny. It’d make a fun gag gift for a Wolverine fan.

Bam Box

Vampirella #1 Signed Comic – I’ll definitely be selling this, as I’m not a fan… to say the least.

Summary:
Despite the comic, I thought this was a solid box of great picks. I love the unique items – like the Incredibuilds’ Assassin’s Creed model and signed pic of Lindsay Wagner.

Next month’s theme is… Revenge: Bad Blood.

Blu-Ray Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack

SYNOPSIS:
There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

REVIEW:
Newt Scamander is a socially awkward man who connects better with creatures than humans. But with the help of some new friends, he must protect his magical creatures from false accusations as well as themselves from an ominous investigator.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter series. With all of the magic and wonder of the Harry Potter books and films, this standalone story is a fantastic installment. The magical creatures are incredibly fun and exciting. The characters are complex and well-developed. And the story is a great combination of fantasy, mystery, suspense, and humor. While there are some dark elements, it’s still a great family film. And I hope to see a sequel with these characters soon.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!
o Join J.K. Rowling as she, David Yates and David Heyman return to Leavesden Studios to build a new and exciting corner of the wizarding universe.

•Characters
o The Magizoologist
o The Goldstein Sisters
o The New Salemers
o The No-Maj Baker
o The President and the Auror

•Creatures
o Meet the Fantastic Beasts
o Bowtruckle
o Demiguise
o Erumpent
o Niffler
o Occamy
o Thunderbird

•Design
o Shaping the World of Fantastic Beasts (360°)
o New York City (360°)
o MACUSA (360°)
o Newt’s Magical Case (360°)
o The Shaw Banquet
o The Blind Pig (360°)

•Deleted Scenes (11 scenes)

Own Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on March 28 or Own It Now on Digital HD!

Box Review: TeeBlox – March 2017

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.

TeeBlox

Star Trek Shirt – This is a large, classic Star Trek font and symbol on a navy shirt. I like the shiny gold look. I’ll definitely wear this one.

TeeBlox

Comic and Pin – Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan Comic and Spider-Man pin. The comic is 2 of 3, but still happy to give it a try.

Summary: This is another great shirt design and unique comic. And the shirts are always nice quality. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Book Review: Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull

Synopsis:
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

Review:
Kendra and Seth are back to a peaceful life, living at Fablehaven with both sets of grandparents. But then the siblings suddenly called away to help at Wyrmroost to stand against the rebellious dragons threatening the sanctuary. The two must use their cunning and skills to hunt for an artifact and stand up to dangerous foes.

Fablehaven is one of my top favorite children’s series. So, I was ecstatic to hear Brandon Mull was continuing the series and bringing back these beloved characters. Dragonwatch is the first in a new Fabehaven series. It has the same tone of adventure, suspense, and humor. While we’re introduced to many colorful new characters, the story still focuses on Kendra and Seth. The author excels at character development – each new creature that the siblings meet is an adventure in itself. The finale is big and exciting and will leave readers eager for the next in this fantastic fantasy series.

Harper Voyager Super Reader Application

Calling all SciFi/Fantasy readers!
Spreading news from Harper Voyager…

ARE YOU A HARPER VOYAGER?

Are you a fan of Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy or Horror? Would you like special access to e-galleys, author interactions, and swag? If so, the Harper Voyager US team invites you to apply to become a “Harper Voyager” super reader!

As a Harper Voyager super reader, you’ll get special access to early review copies, special entry to an exclusive online forum where they can post reviews and thoughts about the exclusive book previews, engage in private author chats, and special interactions with Harper Voyager authors at regional events. Most of all, we hope our super readers will help generate excitement for our stellar authors!

Please Note: This program is asking super readers to post honest reviews on Goodreads and consumer sites, participation in online Voyager events; virtual support of Voyager authors across social media. If you chose to post these reviews online at consumer websites, you must disclose in the review that you received your copy for free and send us a link to the review.

Entry period: March 14, 2017 – May 4, 2017

Twenty Harper Voyager US super readers will be selected by May 19, 2017.

Terms and Conditions:
• You must be 18 or older to apply.
• Open to U.S. residents only.
• We expect to select 20 to 30 new Harper Voyagers this entry period.

*Harper Voyager will send each individual applicant one book in appreciation of their time and effort. One book per consumer. U.S. only.*

To apply, go to this Google doc link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelZUcFQJbj_hhMeTWamdqRDfuqIUKUEPkgUCym5PiiCB4HWA/viewform?usp=send_form

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors – March 2017

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This month’s theme for DC’s Legion of Collectors was Superman. The Legion of Collectors offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Legion of Collectors

Like the other mystery boxes from Funko, each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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And this detailed card of everything included in the box is handy.

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Superman Tshirt – I really like the color of this shirt, but would have preferred it not be a Funko POP character.

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Superman Comic #1 – I LOVE that they include comic variants in these boxes. And I only read ecopies of graphic novels of the DC lines, so it’s nice to get hardcopies.

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Superman Pocket POP and Superman Retro Action Figure – This were a nice addition. I would of course have preferred an extra Funko POP, but this retro Superman will go great with my retro Wonder Woman from a past box.

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EXCLUSIVE Classic Superman Funko POP! – I really love this design!

SUMMARY: This was a really fun box. Superman is probably my all-time favorite superhero. My mind reels with what could have been done with this box to take it over the top awesome. But the DC box has yet to do that. Hopefully with next month’s box, they’ll do something more unexpected.

The next theme is: Wonder Woman!