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Received in December

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

Blu-Rays:
Interstellar 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Amazon Publishing / 47North:
The King of Bones and Ashes by J. D. Horn
Roar of the Storm by Adam Burch
Points of Impact by Marko Kloos

Del Rey / Ballantine:
Star Wars: Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed
Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon
Tarnished City by Vic James
Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
Black Panther The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith
Runaways by Christopher Golden
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Tales of Hope & Courage by Elizabeth Schaefer

Gallery Books:
Apart in the Dark: Novellas by Ania Ahlborn

Harlequin Teen:
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg

Harper Voyager:
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden
Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff

Kensington Books:
Dawn in Damnation by Clark Casey

Lore Seekers Press
Tales of the Thieftaker by D B Jackson

Page Street Kids:
Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Random House Children’s Books / Crown / Delacorte Press:
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
The Dragon’s Curse by Bethany Wiggins
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Fever Code by James Dashner

Scholastic:
Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen
World of Warcraft: Traveler: The Spiral Path by Greg Weisman
The Width of the World by David Baldacci
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 7: Stormspeaker by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers:
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

St Martin’s Press:
Glass Town by Steven Savile

Subterranean Press:
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

Titan Books / Titan Magazines:
Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special by Titan Magazines
Star Trek Discovery: Official Collector’s Edition by Titan

Tor:
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
Mississippi Roll edited by George R. R. Martin
Survival by Ben Bova
Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner

SciFi Book Review: The Last Girl On Earth

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

Synopsis:
Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

Review:
Li is a human, raised by an alien father. She has to hide what she is for fear of death. Even her best friend doesn’t know the truth. She has to work harder than anyone to earn a place as an officer. But when she meets Ryn, her heart trumps what her head tells her to do.

At just 256 pages, with fast pacing, The Last Girl on Earth almost felt like a short story. This YA science fiction story had an intriguing premise that pulled me in right away. However, it wasn’t too hard for Li to fit in as the only difference between the aliens and humans are gills – and physical activity and intelligence come easier for the aliens. Though a quick read, it a sweet and enjoyable read. Though, I would have liked more of a backstory or more depth to the aliens. This debut has plenty of suspense and romance that culminates with a surprising twist finale.

Book Excerpt and Giveaway: Beneath the Haunting Sea

Excerpt:

Her mother was sitting at the dining table in the great cabin, scribbling something on a piece of paper. She looked up and smiled. “There you are, dearest.”

Talia settled into the chair across from her. “You’re looking very well.”

Another smile. “I’m feeling much better.” Scritch scritch scratch went her pen. Moonlight poured in through the windows, illuminating her elegant handwriting.

“What are you doing?” Talia asked carefully.

“I’m transcribing the story my father told me when he took me to the seaside as a child. I just remembered it.” She beamed at her paper, and kept writing.

The moon rose a little higher over the sea, and Talia saw sweat glimmering on her mother’s brow. “Are you sure you wouldn’t like to lie down again?”

“When I’ve finished.” Scritch scritch scratch.

Talia wondered if she ought to go for Hanid or Captain Oblaine. “What’s the story about?”

“You’ll see. I’m so pleased I remembered! It explains everything.” She paused to dip her pen in an inkwell.

The ship rolled beneath them, and the lantern swung back and forth from its hook in the ceiling, creaking.

Talia watched in silence as her mother wrote three more sentences across the paper. Then she laid the pen down, and blew on the ink to dry it. Her smile reached her ears as she handed the page over to her daughter.

Talia’s eyes traveled across the words, so carefully and beautifully written.

“Well? Now do you understand?”

Talia bit her lip and met her mother’s gaze, forcing herself to smile. “I do. Thank you for writing it down for me.”
Her mother grinned, laughed, reached across the table to hug her. “I’d like to go on deck and watch for a while now.”
“The captain and I have been watching in turns so you can get some rest, Mama. Don’t worry, you can watch again soon.”
Her mother nodded. “I can’t watch all the time.”

“Of course not. No one could. Now let’s get you back to bed.”

She allowed Talia to help her up from the table, leaning on her with her good arm. Talia led her through the door to the captain’s bunk, and she climbed under the covers, pulling the blankets up to her chin.

“I’m glad you understand now,” she whispered, her eyes drifting shut.

“Me too, Mama.” Talia kissed her forehead and slipped back out of the cabin. The moon was directly overhead now, flooding the whole deck in silver.

She thought she might be sick.

The story her mother had written for her was complete and utter nonsense.

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Excerpted from BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA © Copyright 2018 by Joanna Ruth Meyer. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Courtesy of Page Street, I have a review copy of Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer for one (1) lucky winner!

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Book Review: Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special is a hardback book with magazine-like pages. There are 96 full-color pages. And the book includes character profiles and actor interviews with all of the main cast, a look at the costumes, a spotlight on the director, behind the scenes images, concept art, and more. The stunning concept art images are by far the highlights of this compilation. There is a fun spotlight on Korg, everyone’s favorite rock man. The interviews are great. And the interview with visionary director Taika Waititi who has released one of the best Marvel films to date is a must. This was one of my favorite films this year, and this book is a fantastic addition to any fan’s library.

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Book Review: Star Wars: Canto Bight

Canto Bight (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Saladin Ahmed,‎ Rae Carson,‎ Mira Grant,‎ and John Jackson Miller

Synopsis:
From Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.

• An honest salesman meets a career criminal as a dream vacation turns into the worst nightmare imaginable, in a story by Saladin Ahmed.

• Dreams and schemes collide when a deal over a priceless bottle of wine becomes a struggle for survival, as told by Mira Grant.

• Old habits die hard when a servant is forced into a mad struggle for power among Canto Bight’s elite, in a tale by Rae Carson

• A deadbeat gambler has one last chance to turn his luck around; all he has to do is survive one wild night, as told by John Jackson Miller.

Review:
Canto Bight is the glamorous destination that Finn and Rose travel to for a mission for the Resistance. This collection of short stories gives fans a deeper look at the seedier side of the city. The first story has a light-hearted feel with a naive but loveable protagonist who has the worst all-expense-paid vacation ever. A fight over a rare bottle of wine becomes deadly. And mysterious sisters control its fate. When a masseuse with a dark past discover that his daughter was abducted by a mobster, he’ll stop at nothing to get her back. And lastly, a professional gambler meets a group of brothers who have a unique ability to affect fate. And he only has one night to turn his luck around. I highly recommend this fun and exciting group of stories set in the Star Wars universe. Each story has fantastic characters with captivating storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed each one.

Book Giveaway: Embers of War

Courtesy of Titan Books, I have a review copy of Embers of War by Alice Broadway for one (1) lucky winner!

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Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis:
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Review:
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is still grieving the traumatic loss of her brother when she arrives at a castle in Romania to study forensic medicine. But before Audrey Rose and her friend Thomas Cresswell even arrive, a murder happens on the train. And after another body is found drained of blood, they begin to wonder about the Dracula folklore.

Hunting Prince Dracula is the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. This Gothic horror series for young adults is dark and romantic – paying homage to the classics. Full of suspense, drama, and creepy settings – this sequel is just as exciting as the last. Audrey Rose is a wonderful character – strong and smart – yet confined by the time period because of her sex. The murder mystery builds to a twisted and thrilling conclusion that left me wanting more. I look forward to the next in this exceptional series.

Teaser Trailer: Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines will arrive in theaters December 2018. This adaptation is from Peter Jackson and based on the fantastic book series by Philip Reeve!

Synopsis:
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.