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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:

Blu Ray/DVD:
Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray
Approaching the Unknown DVD

Mystery Box:
The Bam Box – August
The Bam Box – September

Weregirl by C. D. Bell

Del Rey:
A Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
Crosstalk by Connie Willis
StarCraft: Evolution by Timothy Zahn
Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Disney Hyperion / Kingswell:
Quinny & Hopper Partners in Slime by Adriana Brad Schanen
Art of Coloring: Moana: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity by Disney Book Group
Moana and the Ocean by Disney Book Group
Moana Read-Along Storybook & CD by Disney Storybook Art Team
The Story of Moana The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure by Disney Book Group
Elena of Avalor A Palace Fit for a Princess by Disney Book Group
Elena of Avalor Elena and the Secret of Avalor by Craig Gerber
Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas by Disney Book Group
Bionic by Suzanne Weyn
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent
Black Widow Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl
This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Frozen: A Pop-Up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart
High Heat by Richard Castle
Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Galaxy Press:
Battlefield Earth Special Edition by L. Ron Hubbard

Macmillan Children’s / Imprint / Feiwel and Friends:
Freya by Matthew Laurence
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Penguin Young Readers / Puffin / Putnam / Philomel:
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
Double Eclipse by Melissa De la Cruz
The Turncoat’s Gambit by Andrea Cremer

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Prey: Book One: Hell’s Heart by John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory’s Key by Dayton Ward

Judgment at Verdant Court by M. C. Planck

Random House Teens:
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel by Matthew Kirby

Simon & Schuster / Gallery / Atria / Keywords Press:
HALO: Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon by Various
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

St Martin’s Griffin:
Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World by P. C. Cast

Sterling Publishing / Lark:
Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay

Subterranean Press:
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
Voyages: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones Vol V. by Mike Resnick

The Dreaming Hunt by Cindy Dees

Spotlight: Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book

Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book

If you’re into adult coloring books and classic Edgar Allan Poe stories, check this out. Artist Odessa Begay has created a clever collection of coloring pages inspired by several of Poe’s works. The pages are very thick and printed on front and back. From eerie settings to skulls and creepy imagery – this will be a very fun book to color with Halloween approaching!

Edgar Allan Poe Coloring Book

Edgar Allan Poe Coloring Book

Edgar Allan Poe Coloring Book

Edgar Allan Poe Coloring Book

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors – September 2016

Legion of Collectors

This is the 2nd box from DC’s Legion of Collectors and the theme was DC TV. The Legion of Collectors offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.


Like the other mystery boxes from Funko, each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.


And this detailed card of everything included in the box is handy.


DC Villains Tshirt – There was a chance of this one or a Heroes shirt. I was extremely bummed I didn’t get the Heroes one as it was the only one I liked of the two. The retro Harley Quinn outfit is so corny, I would never wear this out in public.


Batgirl Comic #35 – I LOVE that they are include comic variants in these boxes. And the Batgirl run is great. I already read this series, so I’ll probably pass this on to my niece.


EXCLUSIVE Hawkgirl Funko POP! – I love this retro Hawkgirl design. And it’s a character I don’t have yet, but


EXCLUSIVE Wonder Woman Invisible Jet and Action Figure – This was an extremely fun bonus. I would have loved it even more if it was a POP style instead of just an action figure. But this way, I’ll let my niece and nephew play with it.

SUMMARY: This was a great box, despite the tshirt disappointment. It’s still better than a POP-style shirt. I would have just preferred all female heroes vs having any villains spotlighted. My favorite item in the box was the Wonder Woman and invisible jet exclusive.

The next theme is: Batman Villains – so I’ll be skipping that one.

SciFi Book Review: The Last One

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

A Survivor-type reality show turns horrific, but Zoo can’t grasp the truth and clings to the hope that everything is just a part of the show – elaborate props and hidden cameras. The show starts like many others, with likable and unlikable characters (who soon become the “villains” of the show). And drama makes for better tv. After team challenges, comes the solo adventure – when Zoo becomes separated from the others. And her reality becomes skewed.

The Last One is a survivor story told in a unique way. We follow Zoo’s journey, with flashbacks to the start of the show. I thoroughly enjoyed this way of unfolding the story and characters. Suspense builds from the post-apocalyptic Zoo and her companions, to a Zoo who can’t comprehend what has happened in “present day.” The story is well-paced and wrought with excitement, drama, and engaging characters. The adventure builds to a surprising but satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this one for those who enjoy psychological thrillers.

Box Review: Comic Bento – August 2016

Comic Bento

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. Sign up now and save 15% with code SAVE15 and this link!

Comic Bento

This month’s theme was ANIMAL PLANETS. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

This month, there was also a cute, original, card-sized print.

Comic Bento

XOC: Journey of a Great White (Retail $19.99) – This definitely didn’t interest me. Maybe children really into sharks would enjoy it. Disappointment #1.
Publisher: Oni Press (August 21, 2012)

Comic Bento

Homecoming Vol 1 (Retail $9.99) – This looks like a fun, alien invasion story. I’ll definitely give this a try.
Publisher: Aspen MLT, Inc. (September 6, 2016)

Comic Bento

Jurassic Strike Force 5 Vol. 1 (Retail $9.99) – Wow, another dud. The artwork is as corny as the story.
Publisher: Zenescope (October 22, 2013)

Comic Bento

Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem (Retail $15.00) – I’m not into comic strip style, so this is disappointment 3 of 4.
Publisher: TopatoCo (2010)

Summary: Only one pick this month peaked my interest. What a waste of another good theme. Unless they get back to more mainstream DC, Marvel – even Dynamite – I probably won’t sign back up again.

Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields

Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields

She rides a cool motorcycle, swings a mean right hook, and has backup from the best crime-fighters in the biz, but Batgirl’s greatest weapon has always been her mind. As the brilliant Barbara Gordon, she’s on the verge of a tech breakthrough that could transform her beloved Burnside neighborhood, and all of Gotham City to boot—though if it falls into the wrong hands, it could just as easily devastate them.

But how can Batgirl stop a hacker who can break into her brain itself?

A sinister figure has been haunting Batgirl’s nightmares and stealing all her secrets, from her high-tech innovations to her hidden identity. And he’ll use that knowledge to destroy her forever.

Now Batgirl must assemble a band of her best friends and closest allies—including Spoiler, Black Canary, Batwing and more—to stop the most dangerous enemy she’s ever known, or Burnside and the entire Bat-family will burn…

It all comes down to this! The revolutionary creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr bring the saga of the Batgirl of Burnside to a close in BATGIRL VOL. 3: MINDFIELDS. Be there for the shocking climax to one of the greatest Batgirl stories ever told!

Collects BATGIRL #46-52.

In this third volume of Batgirl of Burnside, the plot is just as engaging as ever as a mysterious assailant messes with Batgirl’s memories. And while she’s great on her own, I love the team-up scenes even more. I have really loved these 3 solid graphic novels with great villains, friends, and story lines. The story ties up with a bittersweet ending that left me wanting more. I loved the artwork and imagery. And one of my favorite stories was the finale, a one-shot that was told completely with pictures, no words. It was fantastic.