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Book Giveaway: The Seven

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of The Seven by Peter Newman for one (1) lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Squirrel on the Train

The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne

Synopsis:
Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who’s there to investigate. But they also recognize the body—or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself. The police, hampered by human senses of smell and a decided lack of canine intuition, obviously can’t handle this alone. Not with Atticus likely in danger. Oberon knows it’s time to investigate once more—for justice! For gravy! And possibly greasy tacos!

Review:
When Oberon and his crew arrive in Portland, the dogs are on the look out for evil squirrels. But instead they find a murder victim who looks exactly like Atticus. They investigate to find out who the man was and to see if the murderer was actually after Atticus.

The Squirrel on the Train is a novella set in the fantasy series The Iron Druid Chronicles. This installment is told from Irish Wolfhound Oberon’s point of view – which means there is plenty of humor and mentions of sausage. The mystery is fast-paced and engaging. The characters are fun and colorful. And the finale has a surprising twist that doesn’t disappoint.

Box Review: Bam Box – August 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 comes with a nice mini mag, describing all of the included items.

Bam Box

Futurama Pin and Superbad Prop Replica – These are tosses for me as I don’t collect pins, and I have no desire to ever watch Superbad.

Bam Box

Tara Reid signed Shark – Ok. This is a creative and fun item from the Sharknado movies!

Bam Box

Witcher Dog Tag Prop Replica – I have never heard of Witcher, so I had to look it up to discover it’s a game. Not surprising. It’s a really nice, heavy medallion. A very nice replica for fans of the game.

Bam Box

Joker Print – This was one of two options. Subscribers could have received another print of Batman in an ancient Chinese style instead.

Ghostbusters 2 Patch – I recognized this painting as soon as I saw it, as I’m a fan of the Ghostbusters films.

Summary:
Bam Box has done away with themes, and I don’t think they’ll be missed. This was a fun variety of items from a variety of genres. Bam Box excels at their unique items. And the signed Shark and medallion prop (despite not being a gamer myself) were the highlights of this mystery box.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Homecoming

Assassin’s Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming

Synopsis:
The Brotherhood of the Assassins is in trouble. Their long feud with the Templar Order has depleted their resources and they are struggling to regain their footing in a world where the goalposts are constantly shifting. Could joining forces with a mysterious collective help, or are their aims too different to make an alliance an option? Join Charlotte de la Cruz and Galina Voronina as they try and navigate a clear path for the Assassins through turbulent waters!

Review:
Volume 3 starts off with a rush, as the Templars have the Assassins in hiding. Charlotte now has to deal with her overbearing grandmother as they search for answers in the past. As usual, my favorite scenes are set in the past. But her ancestor’s memories seem muddled and lead to a surprising result. Meanwhile, as the Assassins try to forge an alliance, a familiar face returns for another fun twist. This latest installment is fast-paced and action-packed. I thoroughly this series of graphic novels – tying into such an exciting world of science fiction and history.

Received in August

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

Blu-Rays:
The Circle Blu-Ray
King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword Blu-Ray
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Alison Pang:
Magpie’s Song by Allison Pang

Berkley:
Deja New by MaryJanice Davidson

Del Rey:
After On by Rob Reid
A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis
Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster

Disney Hyperion:
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

First Second:
Spinning by Tillie Walden

Gallery:
HALO: Retribution by Troy Denning

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Harper Voyager:
The God Peak by Patrick Hemstreet
Call of Fire by Beth Cato
The Seven by Peter Newman

Inkshares:
Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry
Song of Edmon by Adam Burch

Penguin / Putnam:
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
The Nine by Tracy Townsend
The Castle in Cassiopeia by Mike Resnick

Scholastic:
The White Tower by Cathryn Constable
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 6: The Wildcat’s Claw by Varian Johnson
Magisterium Book 4: The Silver Mask by Holly Black
Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Soho Press:
Sip by Brian Allen Carr

Subterranean Press:
The Father of Lies by KJ Parker

Tor:
The Dinosaur Princess by Victor Milan
Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
Playing to the Gods by Melanie Rawn
The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker

Tor Teen:
Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Unnamed Press:
After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Box Review: TeeBlox – August 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 Wars Shirt – I this is a fun Captain Phasma design. And it’s a pretty blue color that I love.

Teeblox

Comic and Sticker – The 1994 Superman comic will be fun to read. I’m not sure what the sticker is from?

Summary: I love the shirt color this month – anytime it’s not black, I’m happy! I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it, as it’s a nice soft quality too.
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!

Fantasy Book Review: The Adventurer’s Guild

The Adventurer’s Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Synopsis:
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.

But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.

Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.

Review:
Zed and Brock are hoping to get into their favorite guilds. But when Zed is picked for the dangerous Adventurers Guild, Brock volunteers as well. Though, he has a secret reason he’s infiltrating the guild. Zed and Brock make a great team and are likable despite their flaws. The Adventurers are the only guild to brave outside the city walls, so the new recruits must prove themselves. And the boys soon discover there’s a traitor in the city.

This is the first installment in a new children’s fantasy series. The Adventurer’s Guild is packed with engaging characters, exciting intrigue, dangerous creatures, and magic. This is a fun and fast-paced story that builds to a surprising finale. The rich, fantasy world is familiar – with the feel of a role playing game. I look forward to the next in this promising new series.

Fantasy Book Review: Besieged

Besieged by Kevin Hearne

Synopsis:
In ancient Egypt, Atticus agrees to raid a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps, only to learn that on-site security includes two members of the Egyptian pantheon.

At a Kansas carnival, fun and games turns to murder and mayhem, thanks to soul-snatching demons and flesh-craving ghouls luring visitors into an all-too-real house of horrors.

Verily, in olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water with a trio of infamous witches.

During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia. Atticus may have to fight fire with fire if he’s going to restore balance.

Review:
I’m not usually one to read a lot of short stories. But I’ve read this entire series, so I decided to indulge and let this collection tide me over until the next full novel installment. There is a great variety of stories from several character’s point of views. Each story is very short, and we’re given a short description where each story falls in the timeline and the character it involves. I really liked the majority of these, the first set of stories in particular – ancient Egypt, the Gold Rush, Shakespeare, and the carnival (all mentioned above) set a fantastic tone. However, a strange story involving BDSM felt really out of place. And a couple, I ended up skimming as the plots didn’t engage me. But with nine short stories, this was a mostly-solid set of fun and exciting stories with some fantastic characters that fans of the series should enjoy. The final story has a nice lead-in to the next novel involving Loki and Ragnarok.