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Fantasy Book Review: The Killer In Me

The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison

Synopsis:
Hasn’t he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.
This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He’s always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned
mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf-the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?

Review:
Nina is a troubled girl. She sees brutal murders through someone else’s eyes. And whatever she does, she can never seem to stop him. She’s not even sure if he’s real. But she has his name and residence, so she decides to trek across the country to find him and get answers.

The Killer In Me is an exciting and captivating psychological thriller. With a couple of shocking twists along the way, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters are vivid, and there is plenty of mystery, suspense, and drama. Young adults on up should enjoy this mind twister.

Blog Tour: Book Giveaway: THIS GULF OF TIME AND STARS and GATES TO FUTURES PAST

Courtesy of DAW, I have a copy of This Gulf of Time and Stars and The Gate To Futures Past by Julie E. Czerneda for two (2) lucky winners!

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Author Interview: Barry Lyga / The Secret Sea

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Author Barry Lyga joins SciFiChick.com today to talk about his latest release: The Secret Sea!

1. Can you tell us a bit about The Secret Sea in your own words?

The Secret Sea is the kind of book I imagined myself writing when I was a kid: crazy science, super-powers, alternate universes, a real mash-up of genres, but with a core of strong characters at its heart. It’s about family and friendship and what survives death and how far you’d be willing to go to save someone you love…and what could make you not save them.

2. Who is Zach Killian?

Zak is the book’s main characters, a 12-year-old New Yorker with a heart condition and a voice he hears that sometimes warns him of danger. He totally trusts it…which may or may not be a good idea!

3. Is your alternate reality universe more science fiction-based or fantasy?

It’s definitely science fiction, but so advanced that it seems like magic. The kinds of things we think of as supernatural in our world — voodoo, ghosts, etc. — are just highly evolved sciences over there.

4. What are some books/authors you enjoy?

Oh, so many! In comics, there’s Alan Moore and Paul Levitz. In classic literature, there’s John Milton and Edgar Allan Poe. More recently, there’s Libba Bray, Paul Griffin, and Emma Donaghoe.

5. What inspires you?

So much! I always say that inspiration is like carrying around a magic blender into which falls all sorts of random things: snippets of overheard conversations, the sound of a bird, a mural on a wall, a thought, a notion. And then the blender goes off and what comes out is a story, whether you’re ready for it or not!

6. What has your publishing journey been like?

As with so much of life, it’s been a bizarre and unpredictable series of ups and downs. I’ve been fortunate enough to publish for a full decade now, with something like 16 books out there in the world. Some of them were longshots, but someone believed in them (and in me!) and they got to find their audience. Some took off; some didn’t. And in both cases, I have no idea why! I’ve given up trying to figure out how this business or this journey works — I’m just holding onto the roller coaster for dear life!


Synopsis:
Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that’s crazy. But sometimes the voice is so real. . . . It warns him of danger.

One day Zak is standing on the subway platform when the tunnel starts to fill with water. He sees it before anyone else. The voice warns him to run. His friends Moira and Khalid believe this is more than a premonition, and soon all three find themselves in an alternate universe that is both familiar and seriously strange. As Zak unravels the mystery behind the voice, he faces decisions that may mean the end of their world at home―if they can even get home!

In his most propulsive and heartfelt book yet, acclaimed author Barry Lyga explores the depths of friendship, the bonds of family, and the nature of the universe itself.

Box Review: TeeBlox – August 2016

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Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies & TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Star Wars T-shirt – This is a very fun, camouflage design on the traditional Star Wars logo. Even though it’s another black tshirt, I still love it.

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Indestructible Hulk #16 Comic – I love that these come with a different, random comic. Hulk is a great choice, as my niece is into him right now.

Sticker – I had no idea what this was, other than the guy was holding an 8-bit flower. A friend had to tell me it was from Mario Bros, which then I noticed the M on the guy’s hat. Okay…

Summary: Another great shirt! I like this one even better than the last. The sticker doesn’t do anything for me, but I love the mystery of a shirt and comic combo.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Book Giveway: Eterna and Omega

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Eterna and Omega by Leanna Renee Hieber for one (1) lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Flying

Flying by Carrie Jones

Synopsis:
People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She’s used to being coddled, being an only child, but it’s hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother’s babying gets more stifling than ever, she’s looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while.

But that night, Mana’s life goes haywire.

First, the hot guy she’s been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she’s always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective.

It turns out, Mana’s frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she’s missing–taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother–and maybe the world–and hope she’s up to the challenge.

Review:
Mana is a likable girl, with a crush on her best friend. And it turns out he’s the only one she can trust when Mana comes home to a ransacked house and her mother missing. Mana’s mother has been keeping secrets from her – and a big one about Mana herself.

I had high hopes for this story, thinking it was a young superhero-type book of alien hunting. Instead, we only see Mana use her (never fully explained) ability once in the beginning and a second time further on. This is not an action-packed adventure. But it’s more of a search for a missing item and Mana’s mother, while fending off mysterious aliens and Men in Black. There is plenty of mystery, suspense, and drama. I just wish we could have seen Mana really use her abilities and kick butt. It’s still an engaging and fun story, just not quite what some may expect with the title of the book somewhat misleading.

SciFi Book Review: Independence Day: Crucible

Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Synopsis:
Cities were crushed by the falling spacecraft—but one ship didn’t crash. It remained intact, and disgorged hordes of alien soldiers determined to fight to the death.

The abandoned vessels also contained a wealth of advanced technology. Led by David Levinson, the greatest minds of our world developed deadly new hybrid weapons. Bases were built on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

A new generation of defenders had to be trained, for the invaders would return. In the headlong rush to prepare, however, not everyone would survive.

Review:
Crucible is set after the first Independence Day film, spanning the decades leading up to Independence Day: Resurgence. I loved both films, so this was a must-read for me to fill in those years. Very little was said in the film about Captain Hiller’s death and nothing about what happened to Constance.

My only complaint was that I felt this could have been a longer book or more than one book. To pack two decades into one book, meant that there was still a lot that could have been fleshed out more. I did love the early backstories of Jake and Charlie – they’re friendship was very endearing. And Dikembe’s story post-war was fascinating as well when he returns to Africa. It’s a fast-paced, captivating read that I only wish was longer.

Graphic Novel Review: Lantern City: Volume 2

Lantern City: Volume 2

Synopsis:
Sander Jorve thought that infiltrating the brutal Guard of Lantern City would help his family and his cause. He was wrong.

After a chance run-in with the Emperor of the city, Killian Grey, Sander finds himself promoted to the Grey Guard, working directly under Killian in the heights of Grey Towers. The luxury is unparalleled, but can Killian be trusted? Can Sander trust himself? Nowhere in Lantern City is safe…and the imperial court may just be the most dangerous place of all.

Review:
Sander left his family behind to try to make a difference within the Guard, cruel overseers of the poor, working class. While Sander continues to move up in the ranks, his loyalties still remain with those he left behind. Until he sees something shocking within a resistance group.

The second installment in this engaging, steampunk series is, once again, full of suspense, intrigue, and drama. The artwork is great – fitting the darker mood of the story. I look forward to future installments and, hopefully, learning more about the history of this city and how it became this dystopic society. The creators have developed a fascinating, steampunk world that I can’t get enough of reading.