Fantasy Book Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Synopsis:
Stories have power.
In 1719, Elizabeth Goose published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

Now, strange things are happening around the world. A tree-trimmer in Florida is blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, a woman in rural Pennsylvania is attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes, and a college professor in England finds herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Flynn AWOL―again―it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

Review:
As the seasons of The Librarians are much too short, it’s nice to have these novels as something to tide me over. Eve, Jacob, Cassandra, and Ezekiel are the Librarians in charge of hunting down magical objects wreaking havoc on the general population. A slew of strange happenings all relating to nursery rhymes has the team splitting up to investigate each encounter. And the team must hunt down the missing pieces of Mother Goose’s magical book before more chaos ensues.

Cox is a great tie-in writer and has really captured these beloved characters. This fast-paced adventure is everything I’ve come to expect from the show: plenty of adventure, magic, mystery, and humor. I don’t think I’ll ever look at these Mother Goose rhymes the same again. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and inspired story with several surprises along the way.

Fantasy Book Review: Dark Breaks Dawn

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B Larson

Synopsis:
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

Review:
Princess Evelayn is just beginning to learn how to use her magic when tragedy strikes. And in order to save her kingdom, she is willing to strike a dangerous deal.

Dark Breaks the Dawn is the first in a YA fantasy duology. With plenty of drama, romance, and magic – this first installment builds an intriguing story. This tale is loosely based on Swan Lake – so loosely, that you wont see many similarities until the very end of the book. The author has created a unique fantasy world of light and dark magic that I’d like to see developed even further in the sequel. And the ending leaves off in a major cliffhanger that left me impatient for the next book.

SciFi Book Review: Stargate SG-1: Insurrection

Stargate SG-1: Insurrection by Sally Malcolm and Laura Harper

Synopsis:
SG-1 faces a terrible choice. With the lines between friends and enemies blurring, the team must choose where their loyalties lie—and how much they’re willing to risk to save their world.

While Dr Daniel Jackson and Teal’c return to the refugee colony on Arbella, in search of allies in the coming battle for Earth, Colonel O’Neill and Major Carter discover a piece of Ancient technology that could change the future—and the past. But if using the device results in their own extinction, do they have the right to sacrifice their new friends to save a world they’ll never know?

Review:
SG-1 is stuck in a horrific future where Earth has been taken by the Wraith. As Carter searches for a way to change the past, Daniel and Teal’c become involved in a power struggle on Arbella.

Insurrection is the final installment in the Apocalypse trilogy. Carter and O’Neill make a dangerous alliance in order to rid the Earth of the Wraith. With a great of suspense and intrigue – this exciting trilogy comes to a surprising conclusion. (Mild spoilers ahead:) I was bothered a bit how the time travel aspect was handled. Instead of trying to go home to their time, Carter tries to fix what happened in the past – which sets them into an alternate timeline. Though, I can see that the authors may have wanted to show what happens in this future they’ve created rather than just resetting it. I thoroughly enjoyed the Wraith characters as well as the engaging plot twists along the way. As a huge fan of the series, this was a fun and fast-paced trilogy that makes me want to read more from the expanded series.

Received in May

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in May for review and/or giveaways:

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Abrams / Amulet:
More of Me by Kathryn Evans

Ace:
Moonbreaker by Simon R. Green

Amazon Publishing / 47 North:
The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

Berkley:
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Del Rey:
Radiate by C. A. Higgins

Disney / Hyperion:
The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Harper Teen:
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Harper Voyager:
The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Little, Brown:
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Macmillan Teen / Roaring Brook Press / Feiwel and Friends / Imprint:
The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
The Equals by Daniel Sweren-Becker
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman
Ally by Anna Banks

Penguin Young Readers / Viking:
Dove Alight by Karen Bao

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward

Random House Books for Young Readers / Knopf / Delacorte Press:
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli by James Parks
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan

St Martin’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Return by Joseph Helmreich

Subterranean Press:
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers by Joe R. Lansdale
Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Weight of Words by Dave McKean

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Empire of Time by Daniel Godfrey
Assassin’s Creed: The Hawk Trilogy by Titan Books

Tor:
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck
Soleri by Michael Johnston

Tor Teen:
Night Magic by Jenna Black
Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin

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