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Steel Prince Blog Tour: Book Giveaway


Courtesy of Titan Comics, I have a copy of Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol. 1 for one lucky winner!

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Received in February

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Abrams / Amulet:
Riverland by Fran Wilde
The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Ace:
The Beast’s Heart: A Novel of Beauty and the Beast by Leife Shallcross

Amazon / Skyscape:
The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders
The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Berkley:
A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

Daw:
Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines

Del Rey:
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass

Disney Hyperion / Freeform / Marvel:
Captain Marvel What Makes a Hero by Pamela Bobowicz
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster by Liza Palmer
Captain Marvel: Starforce on the Rise by Steve Behling
Aladdin: Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Gallery Books:
HALO: Renegades by Kelly Gay

Macmillan Teen / Henry Holt / FSG / Swoon / Fiewel and Friends / Roaring Brook Press:
Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
Gut Check by Eric Kester
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill
How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Scholastic:
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
The Stars Below by David Baldacci
Transformed: The Perils of the Frog Prince by Megan Morrison
Rise of the Dragons by Angie Sage

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

St Martin’s Griffin:
Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci

Subterranean Press:
Before I Wake by David Morrell
The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold

Titan Books:
Captain Marvel: Liberation Run by Tess Sharpe

Tor:
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery by Curtis Craddock
Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark

Book Giveaway: The Women’s War

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of The Women’s War by Jenna Glass for one lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster

Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster by Liza Palmer

Synopsis:
Carol Danvers kicks off her U.S. Air Force career with her first year at flight school, where she’ll be tested in ways she never thought possible-and make a lifelong friend, Maria Rambeau, in the process-in this atmospheric and exciting prelude to the upcoming Marvel Studios’ film, Captain Marvel!

Review:
Carol’s dream is to be a fighter pilot. When she meets Maria Rambeau, she finds a kindred spirit. But the two will have obstacles, not only from their peers, but from chauvinist superiors as well.

Higher, Further, Faster is the story of Carol’s time in Air Force training. It’s marketed for young adults, but it’s appropriate for all ages. Carol hasn’t received her powers yet; so it’s a pre-origin story. But I thoroughly enjoyed this look at her early life and struggles to make her dream come true. The story is more dramatic than adventurous; but it’s a nice intro to the characters of Carol and Maria. This was a fun, standalone novel to tide me over until the new movie release.

SciFi Book Review: Captain Marvel: Starforce on the Rise

Captain Marvel: Starforce on the Rise by Steve Behling

Synopsis:
Before Carol Danvers was Captain Marvel, she was Vers, a key member of the elite Kree Starforce warriors who wage their war against the equally formidable Skrull aliens. This middle-grade novel will focus on key adventure of Vers during her time with Starforce, setting up the perfect entry point for readers to Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, in spring 2019.

Review:
Vers (Carol Danvers) is a Kree Starforce warrior along with Minn-Erva. The two women have very different personalities, and Vers’ bold nature makes it hard for Minn-Erva to relate. But after several missions together, Minn-Erva begins to respect her colleague. And a dangerous mission to gather plans on a secret weapon will test everyone’s resolve.

Starforce on the Rise is a fast-paced middle grade novel that introduces the Kree Starforce to young Marvel fans. This exciting story is told mostly from Minn-Erva’s perspective, which is nice as we’ll see her in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie as well. The Starforce missions are exciting and suspenseful. I only wish the novel was a bit longer and involved more of the Starforce members. But this was a fun and engaging quick read for fans of all ages. This would make for a great series of Starforce adventures – getting to know the Skrull and more of the Nova Corp along the way.

SciFiChick.com’s 14th Anniversary and Giveaway!

This is a few days late, since I was out sick this weekend… but SciFiChick.com is 14 years old! 14 years of news, reviews, and interviews of SciFi/Fantasy books, movies, TV, and monthly subscription boxes!

Many thanks to my readers and visitors!

And thanks to the various publishers, authors, and media contacts who continue to send books, movies, and monthly subscription boxes for review. You help to keep my passion/addiction alive and keep me buried in books, movies, and collectibles!

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Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery, by Curtis Craddoxk 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 15. I’ll draw a name on March 16, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: The Beast of Nightfall Lodge

The Beast of Nightfall Lodge: The Institute for Singular Antiquities Book II by SA Sidor

Synopsis:
When Egyptologist Rom Hardy receives a strange letter from his old friend, the bounty-hunting sniper Rex McTroy, he finds himself drawn into a chilling mystery. In the mountains of New Mexico, a bloodthirsty creature is on the loose, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Now, a wealthy big game hunter has offered a staggering reward for its capture, and Rom’s patron – the headstrong and brilliant Evangeline Waterston – has signed the team up for the challenge. Awaiting them are blizzards, cold-blooded trappers, remorseless hunters, a mad doctor, wild animals and a monster so fearsome and terrifying, it must be a legend come to life.

Review:
Rom, Evangeline, McTroy, and Wu are back together again for a new adventure. This time a cannibalistic monster is roaming in the mountains next to a small town. Rom and his friends team up together to find and trap the monster in hopes of winning a priceless artifact. But everyone around them seems to be hiding a dangerous secret.

This is the second installment in The Institute for Singular Antiquities series. This fantasy story is dark and violent, with a mystery that kept me guessing to the end. I actually enjoyed this fast-paced story even more than the first. There was a lot going on, with several subplots and intriguing characters, but it was all easy to follow and kept up the heart-pounding suspense. There wasn’t as much of the archaeology/antiquities aspect in this story. But it was certainly engaging and exciting to the surprising finale. I look forward to the next in this fun series.

Book Spotlight: Dead Moon – Audible Original with Excerpts

Dead Moon by Peter Clines is available today!

Synopsis:
In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead.

The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past.

But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance.

An enemy that is already dead.

Now Cali and her compatriots must fight to survive. Because if they don’t, everyone on the Moon may be joining the dead.

And maybe everyone on Earth, too….

Prologue:

Excerpt 1:

Excerpt 2: