Received in April

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in April for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu Ray
Star Trek: The Next Generation The Best of Both Worlds Blu Ray

Ace:
The Golden Age of Death by Amber Benson

Amazon / 47 North:
A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan
Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand
Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation by Nicholas Briggs

Bloomsbury:
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Pivot Point by Kasie West
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Towering by Alex Flinn
The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson
Light by Michael Grant

Harper Voyager / William Morrow:
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach
Magician’s End by Raymond E. Feist

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s / Clarion:
Escape from the Pipe Men! by Mary G. Thompson

Macmillan Teen / Henry Holt:
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Mulholland Books:
Point and Shoot by Duane Swierczynski

Orbit:
Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler

Overlook:
The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

Paizo:
Pathfinder Tales: Pirate’s Honor by Chris A. Jackson

Penguin / Blue Rider Press:
Angel City by Jon Steele

Pocket Books:
World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden
Rise of the Gryphon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Pyr:
The secret of Abdu el Yezdi by Mark Hodder

Roc:
Tales of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg
The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee
Bronze Gods by A. A. Aguirre
Dead Letter Day by Eileen Rendahl

Scholastic / Point:
Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby
Wings of Fire Book Three: The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon Teen / Razor Bill / McElderry:
SYLO by D.J. MacHale
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

St. Martin’s Griffin:
Destined by P. C. Cast

Titan Books:
Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti

Tor:
London Falling by Paul Cornell
Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington
Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis
Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber

Tor Teen:
Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices by Mercedes Lackey
Replica by Jenna Black
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Underland Press:
Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution by Victoria Blake

Viking:
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton

WMG Publishing:
Snipers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Fantasy Book Review: The Golden Age of Death

The Golden Age of Death by Amber Benson

Synopsis:
My name is Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie to my friends). I’m Death’s Daughter and—as of very recently—the (reluctant) head of my father’s company, Death, Inc.

I was gradually learning how to be a businesswoman. Had the power suits and shoes down, though the day to day was slow going. Then I was blindsided by Enemies Unknown and sent off to I-don’t-know-where. Not a good thing.

Now not only must my friends and family be frantic, but without a CEO, Death, Inc., can’t function. With the newly deceased left free to roam the Earth, it’s the zombie apocalypse come true.

Review:
Callie is up against someone else who wants her job as Death. In a race against the clock, she must find and stop him before she literally disappears. Meanwhile, she has entrusted Jarvis to keep all of her loved ones safe. The point of view jumps around quite a bit, and was somewhat confusing at first. When the voice is in first person with Callie, we start back in time and move forward to the “present” where events are also taking place with her friends and family. There are also individual stories of people dying that add suspense when their souls are captured by the sinister forces.

The Golden Age of Death is the 5th book in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series. While the chapters seemed choppy at first, it soon came together and helped explain the mystery. My favorite part of this series is the character development – and this one was no exception. From Callie’s boyfriend with a dark past as the Devil’s protégé to a goddess with an attitude – the characters are exceptional and make this urban fantasy series one of my favorites. Full of humor, mystery, magic, and adventure – this latest installment does not disappoint.

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