So now that Adult Coloring Books are a thing, the scifi genre has to participate in the fad too. This training manual for fighting a variety of undead, is displayed in a fun coloring/activity book. Vampire fans will enjoy the humor. And the images are mostly violent, so it’s definitely for adults. The book is 64 pages of hunting, training, and explanations of the best weapons to fight certain undead. If you enjoy (or used to enjoy) the quiet pastime of coloring, humor, and hunting the undead – you may want to check this out.
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Don’t call them heroes.
But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.
Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.
Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the recue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.
Ethan/Scam can talk his way out of almost anything, until the voice in his head gets him in serious trouble. The Zeroes must come together to help him escape a police interview. But the rescue gets out of hand and dangerous criminals escape and innocents are hurt.
The Zeroes include super-powered teens who have a variety of unique powers, some more of a curse than an ability one would covet. At times the teens seem younger than their ages, but they’re all kids with good hearts who just don’t always make the best choices. Full of suspense, intrigue, and mystery – this is a highly entertaining start to a fun, new series for Young Adults.
The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Written by Brandon Mull and Illustrations by Brandon Dorman
The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven is the first visual discovery of the creatures in the series and is written as if the reader is the new caretaker of the Fablehaven preserve. It has all sorts of insider’s knowledge the new caretaker of Fablehaven would have to know, such as dragon tears are very powerful in making potions but they are extremely difficult to come by and cruel people have been known to torment young dragons just to collect tears! So don’t YOU want to be their caretaker? Entries detail important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves. Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.
I was offered a ebook to review, which was unfortunately not complete and wasn’t easy to view o read on a kindle app. I don’t think it did the book justice. The images I’ve seen of the finished book look incredible, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Fans of Fablehaven will really enjoy this book. From incredible illustrations of unique creatures to fun details on familiar (and some obscure) items that Fablehaven Caretakers and adventurers need to know.
If you haven’t read one of the best children’s series out there (Fablehaven by Brandon Mull), then make sure you do. You won’t be disappointed.
From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity – human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse’s memories – including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an eager, unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders … and quiet the voices in her head. iZOMBIE is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders also star.
iZombie was easily my favorite new show last year. From the creator of Veronica Mars, this show has just as much humor, mystery, and fantastic character development – plus zombies. The show is loosely based on the graphic novels of the same name (which I recently and quickly devoured). Liv is a reluctant brain-eating zombie who tries to help solve murders, while keeping her nature a secret from everyone save her too-smart boss. Meanwhile, another zombie starts make a name for himself in the underworld, creating other undead and establishing himself as boss.
Each episode Liv ingests the brains of someone recently deceased and takes over their personality and quirks, making for some very funny situations. There’s also plenty of mystery, suspense, heartache, and even romance. I’m not even a fan of the zombie subgenre, but love this show. I highly recommend it to anyone. And this the show I looked forward to most coming out on DVD. I was bummed it wasn’t released on Blu-ray. Hopefully, it will make it eventually.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry
Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!
Months ago, when I saw that Disney Hyperion was coming out with middle grade novels set in the Star Wars universe and starring the main characters, I knew I had to read them. In this story, Leia and C3-PO join a crew on a subversive mission to thwart the Empire. Preteens to adults will enjoy this novel, as it’s not really a children’s story. Though, I loved the fantastic illustrations. It’s a morally ambiguous mission that leads to some soul-searching from Leia. It’s a bit dark, with plenty of suspense and fun characters.
The “hints and clues about the upcoming” Force Awakens probably stem from the interludes that are set years in the future, when Leia is being interviewed about her past. Even if there aren’t actual clues, these are entertaining enough standalone stories on their own.
The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in September for review and/or giveaways:
Amazon Publishing / 47North:
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock
Disney Hyperion / Lucasfilm Press:
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season by Mike McMahan
Shadow of Empire: Far Stars by Jay Allan
The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace
Macmillan Teen / Fiewel and Friends / Swoon / Roaring Brook:
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
High School Horror: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Penguin / Putnam:
Saturn Run by John Sandford
Penguin Teen / Nancy Paulsen Books / Philomel / Razorbill:
The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman
Ranger’s Apprentice Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan by John A. Flanagan
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 by Greg Bear
Random House / Bantam:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
Flashes by Tim O’Rourke
Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider
Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig
Dragon Coast by Greg Van Eekhout
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber
Against a Brightening Sky by Jaime Lee Moyer
Thunderbirds: The Vault by Marcus Hearn
Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.
The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was FIGHT THE FIGHT and included the following titles:
Superman Batman: Vengeance (Retail $12.99) – I already had the first and second volume of this series, so this was a win for me! I loved this series when it started. I just got distracted and forgot about it after a while. I’m happy to get back into it though.
Daredevil Season One (Retail $24.99) – I just started collecting these Season One editions, so I was happy to see this. It’s also a hardback, which adds more value to the box. I don’t think I have any standalone Daredevil books.
X-O Manowar Enter: Ninjak (Retail $14.99) – Here’s a series that’s new-to-me. It has good reviews on Amazon, so I’m excited to try it.
Executive Assistant Iris Volume 1 (Retail $18.99) – This is another new one for me, not being mainstream DC or Marvel. But a strong, female lead – I’m willing to give it a go.
Highlander Volume 1: The Coldest War (Retail $19.99) – This was a bonus item that I would otherwise love, but I already own volumes 1 and 2. But hey, it was a bonus item.
Summary: This is probably my favorite subscription box. I could only love it more if it was weekly instead of monthly. I love that it introduces me to new series and offers older books. I already buy newer graphic novels, so there’d be more likely of an overlap that way. And the value in the box always greatly exceeds the price. So, I highly recommend this sub to comic lovers and new comic readers.