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Received in July

The following are the books I received in July for review and/or giveaways:

Ace:
Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer:
Wayward by Blake Crouch
The Last Town by Blake Crouch
Pines by Blake Crouch

Berkley:
The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma

Del Rey:
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn

Disney Hyperion / Kingswell:
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
The Descendants: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Gallery Books:
The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
Devil’s Pocket by John Dixon

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Katherine Tegen:
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
MirroredMirrored by Alex Flinn
The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant
Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Sound by Alexandra Duncan

Harper Voyager:
Departure by A.G. Riddle
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Inkshares:
Abomination by Gary Whitta

Macmillan / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Penguin / Blue Rider Press / New American Library / Vintage:
The Way of Sorrows by Jon Steele
The Veil by Chloe Neill
Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Pocket Books:
Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep
Star Trek: Seekers Book 3: Long Shot by David Mack

Pyr:
Gold Throne in Shadow by M.C. Planck
The Geomancer: Vampire Empire by Clay Griffith
Rising Tide by Rajan Khanna

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press / Knopf / Crown:
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney
The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoe Ferraris
The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Scholastic:
The House on Stone’s Throw Island by Dan Poblocki
The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
TombQuest: Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop

Shadow Mountain:
Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Simon & Schuster / Saga Press / Strebor Books:
The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson
The Total Emasculation of the White Man by David Valentine Bernard

Spencer Hill Press:
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin

Subterranean Books:
Driven by Kelley Armstrong

Titan Books:
The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein

Tor:
Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt
Pathfinder Tales: Beyond the Pool of Stars by Howard Andrew Jones
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán
The Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Tor Teen:
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett

SciFi Book Review: Tracked

Tracked by Jenny Martin

Synopsis:
On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

Review:
Phoebe is following in her father’s footsteps a racer, even after he disappeared from her life. She is forced into racing for the nefarious Benroyal in order to avoid jail time. But the more she learns about him and the organization, the more she realizes just how dangerous it is to work for him.

Tracked is an exciting debut that incorporates racing and scifi for young adults. There is a sweet and heartbreaking love triangle. And the racing scenes are thrilling. But the most engaging part of the story is Phee learning more about her past and about Benroyal – and the subsequent intrigue. This was fast-paced and completely enjoyable from beginning to end. I look forward to more from this new author.

SciFi Book Review: Deceptive

Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Synopsis:
You don’t belong with us.

These are the words that echo through the minds of all immune Americans-those suffering the so-called adverse effects of an experimental vaccine, including perfect recall, telepathy, precognition, levitation, mind control, and the ability to change one’s appearance at will.

When great numbers of immune individuals begin to disappear, fear and tension mount, and unrest begins to brew across the country. Through separate channels, superpowered teenagers Ciere, Daniel, and Devon find themselves on the case: super criminals and government agents working side by side. It’s an effort that will ultimately define them all, for better or for worse.

Review:
Ciere and Alan have been working together for one of the syndicates, and suddenly targeted, even as they hunt for a murderer as well. Meanwhile, Daniel is hunting a woman who has been kidnapping immunes.

Deceptive is the second installment in the Illusive series. As before, there is plenty of fast-paced adventure, suspense, mystery, super-powered abilities, and a bit of romance. The plot of this sequel is quite a bit more complex with many more characters to keep track of. I found myself getting a few characters mixed up, a couple times along the way, but mostly because of similar names. The most interesting characters are the most developed – Ciere and Devon, who find out about each other’s current predicament in an fun twist. And the excitement doesn’t let up, making it nearly impossible to put down. I look forward to the next in this fun and unpredictable series.

Fantasy Book Review: Thrones & Bones: Nightborn

Thrones & Bones: Nightborn by Lou Anders

Synopsis:
Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

Review:
Nightborn is the second installment in the Thrones & Bones fantasy series. Karn embarks on another adventure – this time to save his friend Thianna from dark elves. Thianna is searching for a second horn, and the dark elves will stop at nothing to get to it first.

Desstra is an interesting new character, an Underhand trainee agent, with a conflicting nature to those she’s trying to emulate. Karn’s friendship with Thianna confuses and fascinates her. Desstra definitely adds a unique twist to the story. This sequel doesn’t disappoint – friendship, intrigue, riddles, action, clever characters, and plenty of humor. Unlike the last book, this ends in a bit of a cliffhanger – which will make readers eager for the next in this exceptional series.

Exclusive Book Trailer: Nightborn

Thrones & Bones: Nightborn releases today!

Synopsis:
From the author of Frostborn comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull.

Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

The novel includes instructions for playing the board game Charioteers. Visit ThronesandBones.com for additional games, maps, character profiles, and more!

About the Author:
Lou Anders drew on his adventures traveling across Europe in his teens and twenties to write Nightborn, combining these experiences with his love of globe-trotting adventure fiction. However, he has yet to ride a wyvern. With the addition of characters Desstra and Tanthal, Anders hopes that the second book in the Thrones and Bones series will continue to appeal to boy and girl readers equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over five hundred articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.

SciFi Book Review: Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Synopsis:
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over–and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.

Review:
Lois Lane is one of my favorite fictional characters. I even named my dog after her. She’s brave, smart, strong, and will go to any lengths to get to the truth. And like her future colleague, she feels the need to protect the weak. So, when I saw that she was the central character in this new series, I knew I had to read it. And while there is mention of “SmallvilleGuy” he’s really only in the background. Lois Lane is the star here.

Fallout is a mystery novel with a modern-day, teenage Lois Lane. Blending science fiction, mystery, and adventure – this was pure fun from beginning to end. From the well-developed characters to the interesting communication with the mysterious “SmallvilleGuy”, teens and adults alike will appreciate this fantastic DC Comics novelization. And I hope there are many more to come.

SciFi Book Review: Hunt for the Pyxis

Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoe Ferraris

Synopsis:
On the night Emma Garton’s supposedly boring parents are kidnapped, she is forced to face the truth: they’ve been lying to her about many things, including the Pyxis, a mysterious amulet that holds the key to saving another world—and worse, they aren’t even from planet Earth.

To find her parents, Emma and her best friend, Herbie, must leave Earth and enter the Strands—the waterways of space, where huge galleons ply the intergalactic seas. But a journey through the constellations won’t be easy—not with evil Queen Virgo and every scoundrel in the galaxy determined to find them.

Review:
Emma and Herbie travel the galaxy to rescue Emma’s parents. But the biggest surprise is that Emma’s parents have been lying to her. That doesn’t stop her from trying to find and rescue them. Emma also doesn’t know what the Pyxis is, but she’s willing to keep it safe at all costs as her parents have done.

Hunt for the Pyxis is the first in a new series for middle readers. Blending fantasy and science fiction, the The Galaxy Pirates series debut is unique and action-packed. It’s full of mystery, adventure, magical water, and flying ships. The suspense builds to a thrilling finale that leaves off in a bit of a cliffhanger. I’ll definitely be picking up the next in this fun and engaging series.

Received in June

The following are the books and movies I received in June for review and/or giveaways:

Ace:
Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan

Amazon Publishing / 47North / Thomas & Mercer / Skyscape:
The Stellow Project by Shari Becker
Letters to Zell by Camille Griep
Weavers by Aric Davis

Daw:
Faces by E. C. Blake

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Fable: Blood of Heroes by Jim C. Hines
Resistance: Dave vs. the Monsters by John Birmingham
Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Dave vs. the Monsters: Ascendance by John Birmingham

InkLit:
Michael Midas Champion: Book One by Jordan B. Gorfinkel

Kensington:
Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Gallery Books:
HALO: Hunters in the Dark by Peter David

Henry Holt / Metropolitan Books:
The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering by Jeffrey Rotter

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:
Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Mac Teen Books / Roaring Brook Press / Feiwel and Friends / FSG:
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
The August 5 by Jenna Helland

Penguin Teen / Razorbill / Dial:
A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
Tracked by Jenny Martin

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III
Star Trek: The Original Series: Crisis of Consciousness by Dave Galanter
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward

Pyr:
The Chart of Tomorrows by Chris Willrich

Rebellion / Ravenstone:
The Awesome by Eva Darrows

Roc:
Witches with the Enemy by Barb Hendee
The Price of Valor by Django Wexler

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire Book Six: Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland
The Keeper by David Baldacci

St Martin’s:
Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Subterranean Press:
The Best of Nancy Kress by Nancy Kress

Switch Press:
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Titan Books:
The Queen of The Swords by Michael Moorcock
The King of Swords by Michael Moorcock
Fu-Manchu: Re-enter Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave All by Nancy Holder

Tor:
The End of All Things by John Scalzi
Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn
The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway

Tor Teen:
Ungodly by Kendare Blake

WMG Publishing:
Crystal Caves by Kristine Grayson
Brittany Bends by Kristine Grayson
Recycled Pulp edited by John Helfers
The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy: Headed West by Dean Wesley Smith