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Book Giveaway: Moon Chosen

Courtesy of Wednesday Books, I have a copy of Moon Chosen by PC Cast for one (1) lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Leia: Princess of Alderaan

(Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

Synopsis:
A young adult novel, written by New York Times Best-selling author Claudia Gray, about sixteen-year-old Princess Leia, set before A New Hope.

Review:
When Leia turns sixteen, she notices that her parents aren’t as attentive as they used to be. And when she decides to fight some injustices from the Empire’s involvement, Leia discovers that her parents have a big secret. The dinner parties that they throw are actually rebel meetings.

Adult and Young Adult fans alike will enjoy this engaging coming-of-age story. We finally get a look at how Leia got involved in the rebellion and her parent’s reaction. She’s an amazing character that Gray did a fantastic job of showing us a young Leia who has yet to develop her leadership skills and confidence. This 16-year-old Leia is completely believable and endearing. The story is well-paced and full of suspense, intrigue, and a bit of romance. This was another great character-centric prequel that won’t disappoint.

Aliens: Zone of Silence Trailer

After her brother mysteriously vanishes from the Mexican desert, a young woman sets out to uncover the otherworldly truth about his disappearance.

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The new horror/thriller Aliens: Zone of Silence will be available on-demand throughout the world October 24, 2017. Distributor Gravitas Ventures is releasing Aliens: Zone of Silence on over 100 cable and digital platforms, including Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, and Verizon Fios, in addition to Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, and Vudu. The film will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon and Family Video.

SciFi Book Review: Retrograde

Retrograde by Peter Cawdron

Synopsis:
Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavour colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one—what happens when disaster strikes Earth?  

Review:
This Mars station is divided by countries and cultures, working together for a common goal. But when tragedy strikes Earth, the scientists on Mars quickly divide, unsure who to trust. Events are shrouded in mystery, and no one knows the whole truth.

There have been several Mars disaster films and of course the recent The Martian book and film. While there are similarities, in this novel, the biggest disaster is on Earth and the repercussions with the Mars scientists. Retrograde is a fast-paced thriller – both psychological and action-packed. The characters are believable. And the suspense is combined with emotional drama and shocking surprises. With novels this intense, I catch myself reading faster to match the pace of it happening. I thoroughly enjoyed this Mars-based adventure.

Fantasy Book Review: Sorcery for Beginners

Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry (Author) and Juliane Crump (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Five-hundred years ago, sorcery began to fade from the world. As technology prevailed, combustion engines and computers replaced enchanted plows and spell books. Real magicians were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten. That is … until now.

Sorcery for Beginners is no fantasy or fairy tale. Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), this book is a how-to manual for returning magic to an uninspired world. It’s also the story of Owen Macready, a seemingly average 13-year-old who finds himself drawn into a centuries-long war when he uses sorcery to take on a school bully. Owen’s spell casting attracts the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, all of whom wish to use Sorcery for Beginners to alter the course of world history forever.

Review:
Owen is dealing with his parent’s divorce and his mother’s absence. He’d do anything to turn back time and fix things. So, when he is presented with Sorcery for Beginners, he sees it as a chance. But when a secret group finds Owen, they’ll stop at nothing to get the book from him.

Sorcery for Beginners is the first in a new fantasy series for young teens. There is plenty of danger, suspense, magic, and humor. I would like to see more character development with Owen’s friends in future installments. The strength of the story is definitely the pacing and intense suspense. And the accompanying illustrations add to the story, making it feel like you’re reading the book of magic along with the students. The engaging world-building will definitely keep me reading future installments.

Box Review: Bam Box – September 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.

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The box comes with a nice mini mag, describing all of the included items.

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Space Ghost Pin and Watchmen Patch

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Signed BB-8 Photo – These are signed by actor Brian Herring who worked as the droid performer in the recent film. It’s a very cool image that I’ll probably keep and display.

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Goonies Doubloon – I wonder if One-Eyed Willy cursed this?

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Defenders Art Print – I’m a fan of the Netflix show and love these characters. I received a rare, 1-up version in black and white. But it’s a shame as the color version looked cooler.

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Deadpool Replica Mask – Just in time for Halloween! Fans of the wise-cracking anti-hero will love this spot-on Deadpool mask.

Summary:
Besides the pin and patch filler, I think I’m keeping all the items in this box – which rarely happens! I really like both of the prints – especially BB-8. And the Goonies Doubloon and Deadpool mask replicas were the highlights for sure. This was probably one of my favorite boxes from Bam Box so far!