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SciFi Book Review: Black Panther: The Young Prince

Black Panther The Young Prince by Ronald L Smith

Synopsis:
Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger.

This is his destiny. But right now, he’s simply T’Challa-the young prince.

Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T’Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he’s not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father-the reigning Black Panther-or testing out the latest tech, he’s off breaking rules with his best friend, M’Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T’Challa’s father makes a startling announcement: he’s sending T’Challa and M’Baku to school in America.

This is no prestigious private academy-they’ve been enrolled at South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring to use only in case of an emergency, T’Challa realizes he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini Jones, a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.

When strange things begin happening around school, T’Challa sets out to uncover the source. But what he discovers in the process is far more sinister than he could ever have imagined. In order to protect his friends and stop an ancient evil, T’Challa must take on the mantle of a hero, setting him on the path to becoming the Black Panther.

Review:
T’Challa and his best friend M’Baku are sent to school in Chicago when Wakanda becomes too dangerous. But M’Baku drifts away as he chooses different, cruel friends. And T’Challa discovers a dangerous plot that he feels compelled to investigate and protect those he cares about.

Black Panther: The Young Prince is a great introduction to T’Challa as a youth. This story is geared towards middle readers, but is a fun read for older fans as well. There are some fun, believable characters that pull the reader into the story. And the plot is an exciting mystery, with drama and suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, engaging novel. And it’s a great book to tide over fans until the Black Panther film releases.

SciFiChick’s Best of 2017

Only 109 books read this year. I was slacking!
I’m also a month behind on compiling this list! But here is the list of my favorite books that I read that were published in 2017:

SciFi

Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden
Reviewed here.

Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack
Reviewed here.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Reviewed here.

Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack
Reviewed here.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight by Dayton Ward
Reviewed here.

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Reviewed here.

Fantasy

Besieged by Kevin Hearne
Reviewed here.

Nightshift by Charlaine Harris

Youth/YA SciFi

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
Reviewed here.

The Release by Tom Isbell
Reviewed here.

Alone by Scott Sigler
Reviewed here.

Replica by Lauren Oliver
Reviewed here.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Reviewed here.

Youth/YA Fantasy

Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons by Tui T Sutherland
Reviewed here.

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

Have Sword Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Reviewed here.

The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
Reviewed here.

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
Reviewed here.

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
Reviewed here.

Received in January

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

Blu-Rays:
Blade Runner 2049 Blu-ray
Geostorm Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Abrams:
The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

Amazon / 47North:
Zero Limit by Jeremy K. Brown

Daw:
Outpost by W. Michael Gear

Del Rey:
Tarnished City by Vic James

Disney Hyperion / Freeform Books:
Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Gallery Books:
HALO: Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay

Harper Collins / Ecco:
Blackfish City by Sam J Miller

Harper Voyager:
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
Witch Creek by Laura Bickle

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:
Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Hogarth:
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Macmillan Teen / Swoon / FSG / Imprint / Feiwel and Friends:
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez
Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman
How We Roll by Natasha Friend
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
Mayfly by Jeff Sweat
The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy by Taran Matharu
The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

Penguin Teen / Razorbill:
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Scholastic / Point:
The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Shadow Mountain:
The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole
Mysteries of Cove, Book 3: Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage

Skyhorse Publishing:
The Clinic by David Jester

Subterranean Press:
Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong

Titan Magazines:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Official Collector’s Edition by Titan

Tor:
Child of a Mad God by R. A. Salvatore

Tor Teen:
Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

Vintage Books:
Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Box Review: TeeBlox – January 2018

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*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox January 2018

Star Wars Shirt – You can never have too many Star Wars shirts, right?

Summary: I was happy to see a gray shirt. I really like the color! There wasn’t any pins or sticker fillers this month, but that’s okay as they’re just fillers.

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Blu-Ray Review: Geostorm

Geostorm

Synopsis:
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Review:
Gerard Butler stars as scientist Jake, who helped build the satellite (referred to as “Dutch Boy”) that controls the global weather. So when Dutch Boy begins attacking select cities across the world, Jake is tasked with fixing his device.

Geostorm has the feel of a natural disaster film, but there’s nothing natural about the cause or results. The CGI is great. And there are a lot of exciting scenes. But the story felt done before (even though I was surprised that the satellite wasn’t just a rouge AI), and a little drawn-out. The characters were all a bit one-dimensional, as the story focused solely on the weather and the killer satellite. I did enjoy the scenes set in space, as those were the most interesting to me. And there is a fun ending with a couple of mostly predictable twists.

Geostorm Blu-ray Combo Pack special features:
• “Wreaking Havoc: Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm.
• Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.
• An International Event: A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm.

Geostorm Standard Definition DVD special features:
• Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.

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.