Book Giveaway: Illuminae

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Courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers, I have a copy of Illuminae by D. J. MacHale for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 20. I’ll draw a name on November 21, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: Marvel Comics Mystery Box from Groupon

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For quite a while, Groupon has offered a Marvel Comics Mystery Box with a guaranteed shirt, tumbler, and 25 comics for $39. I waited until it decreased or found a coupon, and snagged it for $10 off. Since there were no reviews on the site, I didn’t want to pay full price. I have since posted a review, though it’s still pending as of the time I write this.

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The Shirt: Spider-Gwen – (Retail $10?) Sorry, this is a terrible photo. The color is actually a really nice midnight blue, not black. I’ll actually wear this. I especially appreciated that it was a female superhero. There weren’t women’s sizes, only men’s, just FYI.

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The Glass Tumbler: Thor – (Retail $10) – I love Thor, so I’m definitely keeping this too.

Marvel Groupon

The Comics: Wow, this was a great selection! There is a great variety here from various years. There are even a few I’ve never heard of, which is nice. I can’t wait to dig into these.

Summary: At $20 for the shirt and glass, and $10 for the comics – this was a great deal. I wouldn’t spend more than $30, just because you don’t know what comics you’ll get. If I can find another decent coupon, or if the price drops, I’d definitely purchase this again!

Book Giveaway: Animas: Book Two Flight of the King

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of Animas: Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 27. I’ll draw a name on November 28, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: Departure


Departure by AG Riddle

Synopsis:
En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.

Review:
Harper and Nick meet on a cross-Atlantic flight that suddenly crashes. And the two instantly form a bond, while trying to save as many of their fellow travelers as possible. Chaos ensues. But it soon becomes apparent that a couple of the passengers know something about the plane crash.

While it’s easy to compare Departure with Lost, the two stories are nothing alike save for the plan crash and engaging characters. It’s a unique and exciting story that science fiction fans will enjoy. Full of suspense, intrigue, ethics, and time travel – this isn’t a story I’ll soon forget. The intense plot paired with great characters made for a book that was hard to put down.

SciFi Book Review: Journey to Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Weapon of a Jedi


Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Synopsis:
Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain. Hidden in the story are also clues and hints about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Review:
Luke follows a call from the force that leads him to a dangerous planet, surrounded by the Empire. Along his journey, Luke meets a mysterious guide who leads him to a cavern that will test his abilities.

The Weapon of a Jedi is a fast-paced, fun story centered on Luke and his training. It reminded me a bit of Luke’s (upcoming) trip to Yoda, yet on a vastly different planet with more suspense coming from more danger surrounding him. Middle readers on up will enjoy this brief story with fantastic illustrations. As the other’s in this series, the book begins and ends with a post-Return of the Jedi sequence, with the bulk of the book telling the story about Luke’s adventure in the past. I hope to see many more of these standalone children’s and young adult books once The Force Awakens arrives. I can’t get enough of them.

Box Review: Loot Crate – October 2015

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“Loot Crate™ delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it’s like Comic-Con in a box!”

LootCrate is $13.95 plus $6 shipping and handling for month-to-month subscription. Less for multiple month purchases. They also now offer “Level Up,” 3 apparel upgrades at different pricing levels that you can add to your monthly subscription.

Loot Crate - October 2015

This month’s theme was Out of Time!

Loot Crate - October 2015

EXCLUSIVE Dr Emmett Brown Funko POP! (selling for $28.00+ on Amazon) – I didn’t have a Doc Brown POP yet, tho I do have the Marty in a Delorian. So, I was super excited to see this guy. The standard, non-Loot Crate version with a remote control is $17.95 on Amazon. This version has his goggles on and holding jumper cables.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Hover Board Replica (Retail $25+ on Amazon) – This is really cute, tho I’m not sure where to display it. But I won’t say “no” to any Back to the Future item.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Dr Who Sonic Spork (Retail $14.98 on Amazon) – I don’t care for Dr Who, so this will be the one thing I won’t be keeping.

And each LootCrate comes with an exclusive pin. This one is the Flux Capacitor!

Loot Crate - October 2015

Be Excellent To Each Other Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I LOVE this shirt! Unfortunately, their “Womens” sizes are actually Juniors. Fair warning – get a size or 2 larger. Thankfully, it’s a thinner shirt that I can probably stretch out.

Loot Crate - October 2015

Another great thing about Loot Crate – you even want to keep the box!

Summary: This month more than made up for the miss with August’s box. I’m keeping everything but one item, which is great. If next month is just as good, I may have to keep up my subscription.

What do you think of this month’s Loot Crate?

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