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Fantasy Book Review: Grump

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff

Synopsis:
Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed “Grump”) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.

At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .

When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He’s bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He’ll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that’s enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

Review:
Borlen is a dwarf who doesn’t quite fit in. He gets sick anytime he goes too deep underground, and dreams of going to the surface. While he gets the nickname “Grump,” he really isn’t. He’s just misunderstood. Borlen is has a good heart and wants to do the right thing. But the queen is conniving. And while he tries to protect the spoiled Snow White, magic pulls him in different directions.

Grump is another fantastic, standalone installment in Shurtliff’s inspired, fairy tale series. The characters are vibrant and engaging. And the story is full of humor, magic, and heart. I love this series, and this latest installment is no exception. The world of the dwarves is unique and well-developed. And I enjoyed the familiar story told from one of the dwarf’s perspective. This sweet and funny story is great for all ages.

Received in September

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

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Hocus Pocus Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
Ocean’s 8 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Apparel

Amazon Publishing:
The Fever King by Victoria Lee

BBC Books:
Doctor Who:The Women Who Lived True Tales of: Brilliant Women from Across Time by Christel Dee

Bloomsbury:
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie

Cyndyn:
The Ukinhan Wilds by Eldon Thompson
The Blackmoon Shards by Eldon Thompson
The Sundered Isle by Eldon Thompson

Daw:
The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey

Del Rey:
Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan
Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition by Mur Lafferty
Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey

Entangled Teen:
Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

Fun Studio International:
Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Book and Mega Model by Star Wars

Gallery Books:
Halo: Silent Storm by Troy Denning

Harlequin Teen:
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

Harper Voyager:
The Accidental War by Walter Jon Williams
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Hex Publishers:
Mechanical Animals by Lauren Beukes

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Square Fish:
Young Captain Nemo by Jason Henderson
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Scholastic / Point:
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
The Haunting of Hounds Hollow by Jeffrey Salane
Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix
Gamer Army by Trent Reedy
The Prince Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Shadow Mountain:
Squint by Chad Morris

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin

Titan Books:
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Haunting of Torre Abbey by Carole Bugge
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano

Tor Teen:
The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

Book Giveaway: Kill the Queen

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep 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 October 19. I’ll draw a name on October 20, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: TeeBlox – September 2018

TeeBlox

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*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Book Giveaway: Villains Series Prize Pack by V.E. Schwab!

Tor Books is partnering with SciFiChick.com for a great giveaway!

ARE YOU VICIOUS OR ARE YOU VENGEFUL?
One (1) winner receives a Limited-Edition VENGEFUL Prize Pack including:
• Copies of Vicious and Vengeful;
• an exclusive Villains scarf;
• a Vengeful pencil set;
• and a branded tote bag!

Follow hashtag #VillainsSeries to also enter giveaways for the Limited-Edition VICIOUS prize pack!
Prizing and samples provided by Tor Books.

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends September 28. I’ll draw a name on September 29, and notify winner via email.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight and Giveaway! Hocus Pocus Anniversary Edition

HOCUS POCUS Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
In “Hocus Pocus,” the Sanderson sisters are in for a devil of a time when their restless spirits are accidentally conjured up on Halloween night, in 1993 Salem, Massachusetts. Banished 300 years ago for practicing their sorcery, this trio of triple-threat demons vowed to one day reappear—and now they’re back—weaving an outrageous web of comedy and chaos. However, to guarantee their immortality, the things they need are the very things that could bring them down: Max Dennison (Omri Katz), his little sister Dani (Thora Birch), and the Allison (Vinessa Shaw), three kids with the power to make or break the witches’ spell.

Review:
I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since the release of this Halloween classic! Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy make for an unforgettable trio of hilarious witches. And for the masses who have seen the movie, the “Treats and Trivia” edition is a lot of fun. There are pop-up video facts, illustrations, deleted scenes, interesting commentaries, and more. It would’ve been nice if some of these things, like deleted scenes were separate from having to re-watch the actual film along side. But it is a nice edition with plenty of fascinating, behind-the-scenes clips.

Bonus Features:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL*:
• We ♥︎ “Hocus Pocus”: Trivia and Treats Edition – A spellbinding new way to experience the film with:
o Fun facts and trivia
o Deleted scenes
o Cast and crew commentary
o Concept art and storyboards
o Behind-the-scenes secrets, and more!
• Original 1993 Production Featurette – Discover that witchcraft is cinematic artistry in disguise in this resurrected throwback production featurette.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

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Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, I have a copy of HOCUS POCUS Anniversary Edition Blu-ray 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 September 28. I’ll draw a name on September 29, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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Comet TV September Box

This awesome box of scifi memorabilia is from Comet TV to promote this month’s lineup!
Comet TV has now partnered with Charge! and includes Action films as well!

About Comet
COMET is a new television channel dedicated to sci-fi entertainment offering popular favorites, cult classics, and undiscovered gems, every day. Watch COMET and Space Out.

Where Can I Watch COMET?
COMET is available over the air, on cable, streaming for free online and now on ROKU and APPLE TV!