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Box Review: TeeBlox – December 2018

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Received in December

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

Blu Rays:
Viking Destiny Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Daw:
Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Del Rey:
No Country for Old Gnomes: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne

Disney Hyperion:
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

Harper Voyager:
Winds of Marque by Bennett R. Coles
Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra
The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst

HMH:
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Little, Brown / Back Bay Books:
The Power by Naomi Alderman

Scholastic Press / Chicken House:
Rise of the Dragons by Angie Sage
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
Tin by PÃdraig Kenny

Subterranean Press:
Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong
Death & Honey by Kevin Hearne
At Home in the Dark by Lawrence Block

Tor:
King of the Road by R. S. Belcher
Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress
The Magic of Recluce by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
The Towers of the Sunset by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
The Magic Engineer by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Through Fiery Trials by David Weber

Vintage Canada:
Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish

Book Giveaway: Terran Tomorrow

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress for one lucky winner!

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Blu-Ray Review: Viking Destiny

Viking Destiny Blu-ray

Synopsis:
A Viking princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the king. Under the guidance of the god Odin, she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne.

Review:
“It is a curse for a child to be born with an absent father.” At least, that’s the phrase repeated throughout the film. Though, Princess Helle only seems cursed with a terrible uncle. The story is fairly simplistic and the pacing slow. The only exciting parts are the battle scenes. Odin does appear briefly, a few times to Helle to give cryptic guidance. But Loki appears many times to lead mortals astray. Unfortunately, this Loki doesn’t have much personality. And while Princess Helle is beautiful, she doesn’t have much character depth either.

I really wanted to enjoy some part of this film, as I enjoy Norse mythology and learning more about my Scandinavian historical roots. But the movie doesn’t look like it was even filmed in Scandanavia, so even the scenery was disappointing. If you’re looking for historical Viking fiction, stick to the Vikings tv show.

Viking Destiny is rated R for violence and nudity.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES:
· “One True Heir: A Warrior’s Destiny” Featurette
· “Of Gods, Women & Men: The Cast” Featurette
· “Strength from Within: Staging the Battles” Featurette

Book Review: Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:
Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people―Stephen calls them aspects―to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems . . . for a price.

His brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property―a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past―Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions―and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

Review:

Stephen has a legion of hallucinations – each with their own distinct personality. And each hallucination has their own special talent or aptitude. So, Stephen is able to assist with a variety of cases as a unique detective. 

This book includes 3 novellas: Legion, Legion: Skin Deep, and Lies of the Beholder. The last novella is newly published and serves as a conclusion to the series. Each is a captivating story with humor, suspense, and drama. I don’t read a lot of short stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed this set. Stephen Leeds and his hallucinations are fantastic characters. I really wish there were more stories in this series. 

 

SciFi Book Reviews: Renegades and Arch Enemies

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

Arch Enemies by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:
As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most. But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna — are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other. The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.

Review:

Nova is a member of the “villainous” Anarchists, but goes undercover as a Renegade superhero. She is determined to take down the Renegades from the inside. But the more she gets to know Adrian, the harder her mission becomes.

I read Renegades and Arch Enemies back-to-back. These first 2 books in the trilogy are fast-paced and full of action, suspense, and a bit of romance. The story is sometimes dark, yet lightened with some humor and heart. This story is great for fans of X-Men. And I love that it’s from the perspective of a “villain” (who’s more of an anti-hero than a bad person). And not all of the Renegades are heroic. The characters are engaging, with the intensity building to a dramatic cliffhanger. The final installment can’t come soon enough.