Fantasy Book Review: The Mark of the Dragonfly

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.

The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect—everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

Piper is a gifted mechanic with a good heart. To help a young stranger, Piper leaves the only home she’s ever known into uncertain danger.

The Mark of the Dragonfly is an exciting, fast-paced story in a unique world. Full of danger, intrigue, drama, magic, and a bit of romance – this one was hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the story, and the incredible worldbuilding. Johnson’s world of steampunk/science fiction/fantasy is fascinating and complex. I can’t wait to read the upcoming companion novel, The Secrets of Solace.

Fantasy Book Review: The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return

The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong

In this second illustrated novel of The Zodiac Legacy series, the dangerous dragon power only grows stronger within Jasmine, and Steven struggles to hold their ragtag team together. But as alliances become strained, the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes blurrier and blurrier.

As their defenses have dropped a bit after defeating Maxwell. But Maxwell has a new plan to steal the Zodiac powers. And he sets a trap for Steven, as the team begins to falter.

The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return is an exciting, fast-paced adventure. And the illustrations are just as fantastic as the first novel. This sequel doesn’t disappoint. The characters have changed and developed (not all for the better). And some of Maxwell’s former team who were abandoned are unsure who to side with. There are plenty of twists and turns in this story full of intrigue, drama, and super powers. There is another big showdown, but things definitely aren’t the same as before. I look forward to the next in this impressive series for young readers.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – February 2016

SciFi Block

Sci-Fi Block contains licensed merchandise and collectibles hand-picked by our team of uber nerds representing the very best in science fiction entertainment. Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most importantly – the fun factor.” The price starts at $19.99 plus shipping per month.

COUPON CODE: Use MSA10 to get 10% off your first month!

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There wasn’t a theme this month, but they let us know ahead of time what movies they are focusing on.

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I LOVE STAR WARS Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is my favorite item in the box. Despite yet another black shirt, I like the simple and fun design.

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Yondu Funko POP! (Retail $6-10) – Subscribers had a 50-50 chance on getting Yondu or The Collector in this box. Unfortunately, I have all of the Guardians POPs save for Drax. And this isn’t even an exclusive. So my niece gets to start collecting my duplicate POPs. She’s a Guardians fan too, so she was happy to get my leftovers.

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Alien: Ripley Funko Reaction Figure (Retail $8) – It was nice to get 2 Funko items in the box! Though, I don’t collect these, so I’ll be regifting.

EXCLUSIVE Star Trek Communicator Note Pad (Retail $1?) – This was disappointing, as the one exclusive item is just filler. I don’t know many people who use little note pads like this anymore.

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Star Wars Beanie (Retail about $15) – This was a fun, featured item. With “Storm” on the front and “Trooper” on the back. This will definitely get some use.

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Despite a few disappointments, this remains a solid box for scifi lovers. The value is great, and the items are (for the most part) unique and wearables and collectables.
I’ll skip next month, as I don’t care for Dr Who or the 5th Element (another spoiler via email).’s 11th Anniversary and Giveaway! is celebrating being around for 11 years now!
It has been another fun year of fantastic books, comics, tv, and movies.

Thanks to all of you visitors! Otherwise, I’d just be talking to myself.
And many thanks to the various publishers, authors, and media contacts who continue to send books and movies for review. You help to keep my passion/addiction alive and keep me buried in books and movies.

To celebrate, I’m offering up a paperback copy of The Prey by Tom Isbell for one lucky winner.

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends March 11. I’ll draw a name on March 12, and notify winner via email.


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Fantasy Book Review: The Girl From Everywhere

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end.

Nix is a smart and capable girl, having literally traveled the world through time and even to some mythical places. As long as they have an original map, they can theoretically go anywhere in time. Nix’s best friend and shipmate, Kash, comes from a mythical land. The two have a wonderful banter of friendship and maybe a bit more. Nix’s father is obsessed with finding a map that will take them back to Nix’s mother – even if it means erasing all that Nix knows.

The Girl from Everywhere is the first in a planned, fantasy duology for young adults. This is a character-driven story with engaging characters that make the book hard to put down. Time traveling pirates wasn’t a story I could pass up. This pirate ship is like no other. Full of adventure, intrigue, drama, magic, and a bit of romance – I loved every bit of this captivating tale. And the next installment can’t come fast enough.

Book Giveaway: Longbow Girl

Courtesy of Scholastic Books, I have a copy of Longbow Girl by Linda Davies 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 March 4. I’ll draw a name on March 5, and notify winner via email.


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