The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Infographic – The Anatomy of Panem

On November 22, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE hits theaters everywhere!
Meanwhile, check out this cute, unofficial look at each district in Panem, the Victors that will be involved in the Quarter Quell in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and some information about them you may not have known, courtesy of AMC Theatres.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

The Anatomy of Panem - Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Infographic]

Fantasy Book Review: Slayers: Friends and Traitors

Slayers: Friends and Traitors by CJ Hill

Synopsis:
Tori’s got a problem. She thought she’d have one more summer to train as a dragon Slayer, but time has run out. When Tori hears the horrifying sound of dragon eggs hatching, she knows the Slayers are in trouble. In less than a year, the dragons will be fully grown and completely lethal. The Slayers are well-prepared, but their group is still not complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker—the mysterious missing Slayer.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers. She isn’t just a Slayer, she’s part Dragon Lord, too. How can Tori fight to save her friends when half of her is programmed to protect dragons? And with a possible traitor in their midst, the Slayers will be divided in more ways than they ever imagined.

Review:
Tori and Jesse’s relationship changes at the end of the summer when they have to leave camp and head back to school and their home life. Meanwhile, Dirk has a tough decision to make about which side is best for him – his family or his friends. His love for his father and his love for Tori makes it nearly impossible to choose. And Tori too must come to terms with what her bonding with Dirk and her powers mean about her own heritage.

Following the amazing first novel in the series, I had high expectations for this sequel. And I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. With engaging characters, fierce dragons, intrigue, and a bit of romance – this super-powered adventure is impossible to put down. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, emotional and funny. I hope this series continues for quite a while, as these X-Men-like teens are tasked with saving their country from killer dragons and a ruthless despot.

Blu-Ray Giveaway: Pacific Rim

Courtesy of Warner Bros, I have a copy of Pacific Rim for one (1) lucky winner:

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 28. I’ll draw a name on October 29, and notify winner via email.

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DVD Giveaway: Dracula: The Dark Prince

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Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, I have a copy of Dracula: The Dark Prince for one (1) lucky winner:

The mystery of Dracula’s descent into darkness is revealed in Dracula: The Dark Prince arriving on DVD as a Walmart exclusive, as well as Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View October 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will be available two weeks earlier on Digital October 1. When Dracula kidnaps a woman he believes is the reincarnation of his dead wife, vampire hunter Van Helsing and his companions must rescue her before time runs out. Starring Academy Award® winner Jon Voight (Best Actor, Coming Home, 1978), and including audio commentary with Director Pearry Teo, cast interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette, the DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $9.96.

Once the honored and respected Prince of Wallachia, Dracula turned to the dark side after those whom he trusted most murdered his wife. After Dracula meets a beautiful crusader named Alina, he is convinced she is the reincarnation of his long-dead love and has her kidnapped. Alina’s companions, led by the renowned vampire hunter Van Helsing, set off in pursuit. Their thrilling journey takes them into savage country where they must fight nightmarish creatures and armies of the undead—culminating in an epic battle against the terrifying power and malice of the lord of the vampires.

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 25. I’ll draw a name on October 26, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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Fantasy Book Review: Stonecast

Stonecast by Anton Strout

I have to call attention to the cover blurb, of course! 🙂
Don’t worry. No money has exchanged hands.

Synopsis:
Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

Review:
Lexi and her friends have been hard at work, trying to increase her skills bringing to life stone automatons. Meanwhile, Stanis has been trying to distract his father from going after Lexi and her grandfather’s book. But then Stanis is bound and forced to obey the enemy. And Lexi meets a young man who can help, but is unsure if he can be trusted. I enjoyed the character of Caleb. He reminded me a bit of Han Solo – someone who’s out for himself, but honest about it. He also became another love interest for Lexi, adding a love triangle element.

Stonecast is a fantastic sequel in this unique and exciting fantasy series. Full of suspense, intrigue, magic, and humor – gargoyles have never been this fun. The story ends with a climactic and satisfying conclusion. And I’m excited to see where the story goes next with how things leave off. This is one of those series that make you want to tell the author to write faster. Don’t miss this fast-paced, urban fantasy, but make sure to read Alchemystic first.

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