PBS American Masters – Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin on August 2nd

Official Trailer | Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin | American Masters | PBS

PBS’ American Masters is airing a documentary of SciFi/Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin this Friday, August 2nd at 9/8c! The film is called the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin and will be available to watch live on PBS and available to stream live on pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS app. You will also be able to stream it for 28 days after for free as well.

Fantasy Book Review: Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars: A Novel

Synopsis:
Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.
Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life – or at least, she’s perfectly fine.
She doesn’t in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister.
Ivy Gamble is a liar.

When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister―without losing herself.

Review:
I’ve been in the mood for murder mysteries lately, so this was a great pick.
Ivy is tough and smart private detective. She’s hired to find a killer at a school for magic. Though Ivy doesn’t have magic, she has a connection to the school through her sister. The murder itself was done with magic, so regular police weren’t able to assist.

This magic-laden murder mystery is a lot of fun, despite the darker subject matter. Full of danger, suspense, drama, teen angst, and a bit of romance – this was a thrilling read. And I loved that the final twist was unpredictable. This is a character-driven story that kept me engaged till the very end.

Book Giveaway: Dark Age

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Rotherweird by Pierce Brown for one lucky winner!

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Loot Crate Box Review: Marvel Gear + Goods – March 2019

Loot Crate – Marvel Gear + Goods – March 2019 “Take Flight” was a Captain Marvel -themed box that didn’t ship until JULY! The delays were beyond ridiculous and will make me think twice about ordering from them again. Still, it was a fun box that I wanted to share.

The box came with a nice card detailing everything included. As well as a pin, and Captain Marvel luggage tag.

I don’t really wear hats, but this is a cool SHIELD design, that I will at least have on display.

This Captain Marvel beach towel is a fun idea for summer, that I love!

And finally, this original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vel) logo design is great. And I love that it’s on a green shirt, which is unique. I’ve worn this already.

DVD Review: Manifest: The Complete First Season

Manifest: The Complete First Season
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD. I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.

Synopsis:
A plane inexplicably disappears on a trans-oceanic flight and returns five years later after being presumed lost at sea. While no time has passed for those on the flight, years have gone by for their loved ones who have learned to live with their loss. In addition to the outward mystery of what happened on that flight, there’s also an inward mystery of what has happened to the passengers…and why. Nothing will ever be the same as you follow the unexpected journey full of hope, heart and destiny!

Own Manifest: The Complete First Season on DVD July 23rd.

Review:
At first, this series feels like a slightly less complicated version of The 4400. However, the Manifest returnees don’t have cool abilities other than a creepy version of their own voice giving them cryptic warnings of the future. But I enjoy the mysterious premise.

After the first few episodes, I got bored with the characters and storyline. There are 16 episodes with the story stretched a bit too thin. And far too little character development. However, in the 3rd part of the season, the excitement picks up with the introduction of a new important character and young Cal’s connection to some returnees who have been abducted.

I like the actors and their various characters. How the returnees are treated after their return is very dramatic and realistic. And there is quite a bit of intensity and danger looming. There’s still a big mystery of what happened to the returnees and the tension is only building. I look forward to season 2.

Book Giveaway: Rotherweird

Courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books, I have a copy of Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott for one lucky winner!

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