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ThinkGeek Review: Captain Marvel Vegan Leather Wallet

Captain Marvel Vegan Leather Wallet

This stylish wallet is perfect for Captain Marvel fans!
It’s a trifold design that snaps closed. The coin pocket is on the outside, which is nice for easy access. This is simulated leather that feels real, and well-made.

There are seven slots for cards and three large, bill-sized pockets. And the interior is a cool, starburst pattern.

I’m a big Captain Marvel fan. And with the upcoming movie in 2019, I’m collecting all the memorabilia that I can. This wallet is a must for me!

Captain Marvel Vegan Leather Wallet is priced at $34.99.

** SciFiChick.com received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.**

Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: The Lost Continent

Wings of Fire: The Lost Continent, Book 11 by Tui T. Sutherland

Synopsis:
Blue the SilkWing is content. Life in his Hive is safe; he loves his family; he has enough to eat. And Pantala has been at peace for as long as he can remember — SilkWings and HiveWings live and work together in harmony, and because they stay vigilant, no one has seen a dangerous LeafWing in years.

Now that Blue’s sister, Luna, is undergoing her Metamorphosis, Blue knows things are going to change. Luna will have her wings and her silk, be assigned a partner and a work order, and move to another Hive. A few days later, Blue’s own wings and silk will come in.

But nothing could prepare Blue for what happens when Luna’s wings start to grow. Suddenly his world is turned upside down, throwing him into dangers he never knew existed. Pantala isn’t as peaceful as it seems, and Blue isn’t safe. Whether he’s ready or not, it’s time to adapt — and fight for his life.

Review:
Blue is a sweet and innocent young dragon. He’s facing a life of servitude, but doesn’t think there could be another way. But when Luna begins her metamorphosis to get her wings, something strange happens. And Blue must flee. But he meets an unlikely friend, and the two of them will risk everything to rescue Blue’s sister.

The Lost Continent is the 11th installment in the Wings of Fire series. Though, this is the start of a new prophecy and feels like another offshoot series. I was a bit surprised to see this novel set in a new land with 3 new species of dragons. Each time that Sutherland switches things up, she seems to outdo herself. This new land has a fascinating history all its own. And the characters never fail to impress. I love Blue and his new friends. And this latest story has a fun heist, with plenty of drama and suspense. Each installment confirms why this remains one of my favorite fantasy series. The next in this series can’t come soon enough, as we’re left with a cliffhanger.

Box Giveaway: July Bam Box

Bam Box

Courtesy of Bam Box, I have an extra July’s Bam Box! for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 31. I’ll draw a name on September 1, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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Box Review: Bam Box – July 2018

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.

There’s a nice, full-color sheet with plenty of details about what’s in the box.

Bill and Ted Pin – One of 3 possible designs.

“Dino Crunch” Fan Art – This cereal box design is a cartoonish Chris Pratt from Jurassic World. 1 of 2 very similar designs.

Bradley Pierce “Peter” Signed Print – The cute kid from the original Jumanji is now in his mid-thirties. Doesn’t that make you feel old? There were 1 of 4 possible prints.

Blade Runner 2049 Memory Orb – I saw the movie, but I barely remember this. The orb is about the size of a large marble.

Harry Potter Prop Replica – This was an awesome item to find in this month’s box! I just have to brush up on my magical spells now.

Summary:
I LOVE the Harry Potter wand. And the items from Jumanji and Blade Runner were pretty fun too. I’m a huge Bill and Ted fan, though I don’t really do anything with pins. Overall, this was a solid box. It didn’t seem like much when I opened it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I also received an extra box this month that I will giveaway tomorrow!

ThinkGeek Review: Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover

Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover

This door cover turns any standard inside door into the corridor on the Enterprise! The cover feels and looks like a small, fitted sheet. It slips easily over the door, and removes easily as well. You can machine wash and tumble dry on low.

It looks fantastic, as you can see! I put it on my utility room door in the basement, where we don’t have to open and close it much – as it does cover the door handle as well.

Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover is priced at $24.99.

** SciFiChick.com received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.**

Blu-Ray Review: Counterpart Season 1

Counterpart: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Howard Silk (JK Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate, and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”

Review:
Howard Silk is in a dead-end job and lives a seemingly sad, dull existence. But when his double from an alternate world arrives, Howard’s life is turned upside down. The company he’s been working for has been hiding a huge secret since the Cold War. And Howard’s counterpart is nothing like him.

Counterpart is a STARZ original that I had never heard of until I received the promo. Blending science fiction and a spy thriller, this was a surprising series that I binge-watched in one weekend. I was completely hooked. It’s Fringe meets The Americans. Since it’s on a premium network, they (of course) had to throw in unnecessary nudity that otherwise would have made it a show I’d recommend to friends. It’s a pulse-pounding, suspenseful series with plenty of intrigue and drama.

JK Simmons does an amazing job of playing the same man as two distinctly different characters. They look exactly the same, but it’s obvious who’s who. It’s a slow build at times, but completely unpredictable. There are a lot of questions still lingering. And a bit of a cliffhanger ending, left me wanting more. I look forward to seeing the story unfold in future seasons.

ThinkGeek Review: Thor’s Hammer Tool Set

Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set

Here is a picture of everything in the center, including a cool-looking hammer.

Here’s a closer look at the items one side of the tool box.

And a closer look at the other side.

This is definitely the coolest tool set I’ve ever seen. I love that there’s a specific place for everything, so I know I’ll know when something’s missing. And because this set is so cool-looking, I can keep it in the house and have tools easily at hand. I will get a LOT of use out of these tools AND have an awesome display piece in my library!

Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set is priced at $99.99.

Product Specifications:
Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set
Officially-licensed Marvel’s Avengers merchandise
A ThinkGeek creation & exclusive
44-piece tool set in a molded case that looks like Thor’s hammer
Includes
6″ pliers
10 foot tape measure (metric and imperial) with stopper, belt clip, and lanyard
24 1/4″ sockets
Metric: 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Imperial: 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2
2″ extension bar for sockets
2-in-1 stubby ratchet screwdriver with 6 bits
30mm double-ended bits: PZ2 x H5, PZ3 x H6, PZ1 x H4, PH1 x SL4, PH2 x SL5, PH3 x SL6
3 1/4″ extension bar for bits
6″ wrench
40Cr quick-release ratchet wrench
13 oz. claw hammer
Level
4″ folded knife (with 5 replacement blades)
4 drive brake caliper tool bits
Cross slot bits: PH3, PH3
Slot bits: SL5, SL6
Dimensions: 15″ tall x 9″ wide x 6″ deep (closed)
Weight: 5 1/2 lbs.

** SciFiChick.com received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.**

SciFi Book Review: Children of Refuge

Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Synopsis:
It’s been barely a day since Edwy left Fredtown to be with his parents and, already, he is being sent away. He’s smuggled off to boarding school in Refuge City, where he will be with his brother and sister, who don’t even like him very much. The boarding school is nothing like the school that he knew, there’s no one around looking up to him now, and he’s still not allowed to ask questions!

Alone and confused, Edwy seeks out other children brought back from Fredtown and soon discovers that Rosi and the others—still stuck in the Cursed Town—might be in danger. Can Edwy find his way back to his friends before it’s too late?

Review:
While Rosi was trying to escape their home city, Edwy is taken to Refuge City to live and study with his brother and sister. Refuge City is a lot different from Fredtown and the town where his parents live. But his siblings still wont answer Edwy’s questions about what’s going on. And worst of all, Edwy has no idea what has happened to Rosi.

Children of Refuge is the second installment in the Children of Exile series. The first novel was told in Rosi’s voice, but this second is told from Edwys’ point of view. Edwy was the trouble maker of Fredtown, but when faced with moral dilemmas, he still falls back on what he was taught from the Freds – and the difference of right versus wrong. Edwys turns out to be a more likable and relatable boy than I thought he would. While he has a bit of a rebellious streak (at least when it came to the Freds), he still wants to do what’s right and has a strong sense of loyalty. This sequel is another fast-paced, suspenseful read. We learn a bit more about what happened in the past. And the pulse-pounding finale doesn’t disappoint. The next in the series can’t come soon enough.