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Received in September

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

Swamp Monsters Season 1
iZombie Season 1
The Flash Season 1 Blu Ray
Arrow Season 3 Blu Ray

Subscription Boxes:
Collectible GEEK
Power Up Box
Hero Crate

Amazon Publishing / 47North:
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire by James Luceno and John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

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

Gallery Books:
Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season by Mike McMahan

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen:
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin
Hollowgirl by Sean Williams
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Harper Voyager:
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

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement by Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen by James Swallow

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 by Greg Bear

Random House / Bantam:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

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

Virgin Books:
Thunderbirds: The Vault by Marcus Hearn

Box Review: Comic Bento – September 2015


Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

Comic Bento

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:

Comic Bento

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.

Comic Bento

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.

Comic Bento

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.

Comic Bento

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.

Comic Bento

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.

SciFi Book Review: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Smuggler’s Run

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka

Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. 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, Han and Chewie are sent to rescue a spy for the rebellion as the Empire closes in. Preteens to adults will enjoy this exciting adventure, as it’s not really a children’s story. It’s a fun, heist with my two favorite characters, but edgy. The main villain is a new character and was well-developed. I’d love to see her in future stories as well.

I’m guessing the “hints and clues about the upcoming” Force Awakens, is stem from the interludes that are set years in the future, when Han and Chewbacca are older. Even if there aren’t actual clues, these are entertaining enough standalone stories on their own.

Blu-Ray Review: The Flash Season1

The Flash: Season 1 Blu-ray

CSI investigator Barry Allen is endearingly book-smart, somewhat awkward late and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster, however – and not everyone is using their new power for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and the close friends who know his secret race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another that come at you like lightning in this fantastic set.

Special Features Include:
· The Fastest Man Alive!
· Creating the Blur
· Audio Commentary
· “Behind The Story The Trickster Returns”
· The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test
· DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
· The Flash Factor!
· Gag Reel
· Deleted Scenes

This first season of The Flash has some great characters and continuing mysteries. Tom Cavanagh steals the show as the villainous character who hides as a wheelchair-bound benefactor to Barry. As a fan of the original show, I love that John Wesley Shipp has an occasional part as Barry’s incarcerated father. Grant Gustin is an awkward, young Flash that reminds me of a teenage Peter Parker. I’d love to see Barry’s character develop and become more confident and self-assured. My only complaint is that the villains-of-the-week are often hokey and one dimensional. I’m hoping they either make the villains a little darker or believable going forward.

One of the best episodes was the crossovers with Arrow. I’ve been really impressed with The CW and it’s quality shows these past few years. The Syfy channel had better step up.

Box Review: My Geeky Goodies – Mystery Mega Mashup 4.0


My Geeky Goodies is a monthly surprise package delivered straight to your door filled with geeky and nerdy apparel, toys, and collectables! Every pack of goodies will come with either a custom t-shirt (in your size) or a POP Vinyl Figure, and 4-6 other super cool items for you to get excited about!”

My Geeky Goodies is currently on a monthly sub hiatus. However, they are still doing Monthly Mashups with hints give out each day they are selling. You have to buy fast, though as these do sell out. These are one-time boxes, not a subscription.


Sackboy Funko POP! (Retail $8.95 on Amazon) – I love and collect Funko toys, but I’m not a gamer – so I’ve never heard of Sockboy or Little Big Planet. So, this was a disappointment for me.


Robin Funko Mopeez Plush (Retail $9.88) – This is my first Mopeez, and it’s Robin – so yay!

Infinity Gauntlet Keychain (Retail $7.36 – originally $9.99) – Move over Thanos, I have the power now. This (pewter) keychain is HEAVY, so I wont be using it on my regular batch of keys. But if there’s a key I don’t use daily, that I don’t want to lose – this is the keychain to use! Or it’ll probably just go on my shelf of fun Marvel props.


Here comes the filler:
Lucky Charms Lip Balm (Retail $4.62) – This will go in a child’s Christmas stocking.
The Ugglys Pet Shop Toy Figure 2-Pack (Retail $4.15) – This will probably go in a White Elephant gift exchange.
Hook Trading Cards (Retail$2.99) – These are so dated, I don’t know of anyone who’d want these.


Transformers KRE-O Prowl Police Car Set (Retail $8.99) – KRE-O sets are usually cheaper than LEGO, but just as fun to assemble. If I don’t keep this, it’ll be loved by my Transformers-loving nephew.

Summary: While a great value, there wasn’t enough here for me to try it again until the subscriptions come back – if there’s an interesting theme.

What do you thinks of My Geeky Goodies?

Fantasy Book Review: Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention

Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and invention is a curse word. Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on and quite possibly their very lives.

Trenton and Kallista hunt for clues and slowly assemble Leo Babbage’s invention. Meanwhile, Trenton tries to hide his secret life from his friends and family. Trenton is a genius with machinery, but a bit dense with his relationship with girls. Kallista has a brusque and standoffish personality. She’s not really likeable at all. You feel bad for her home life and past, but it’s obvious why she doesn’t have any other friends.

Fires of Invention is the first in an exciting new scifi/fantasy series for middle readers. The world is fascinating and inspired. The mystery behind Cove is well worth the wait and completely unpredictable. The story is evenly paced, as suspense builds the longer it takes Trenton and Kallista to build the machine. And the finale is thrilling and captivating. I look forward to the next in this series.

Blu-Ray Spotlight: Arrow Season 3

Arrow: Season 3 Blu-ray + Digital Copy is available now

Summary: The Arrow has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but that doesn’t mean that Oliver Queen can take his eye off the ball and lead a normal life in the spectacular third season of the hit series based on the DC Comics character. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – from homegrown terrors inflicted by the resurgent Vertigo, the deranged Cupid, boomerang-wielding Digger Harkness and bloodthirsty “Brick” Brickwell to the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that hold them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the invincible Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core. For matchless heroism under fire, this action-packed Season Three can’t be beaten!

Special Features Include:
• Second Skins: Creating The Uniforms of Arrow
• Nanda Parbat: Constructing The Villain’s Lair
• Two Arrow Audio Commentaries
• Arrow at Comic-Con 2014
• The Man Beneath the Suit – Atom’s First Flight
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes