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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….

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Book Giveaway: Black Star Renegades

Courtesy of St Martin’s, I have a copy of Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci for one lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner for one lucky winner!

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Received in January

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

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

Del Rey:
Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Soul of Power by Callie Bates

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
Swap’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
Prosper Redding The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken
Chasing Helicity Into the Wind by Ginger Zee
Marvel Powers of a Girl by Lorraine Cink
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Mirror, Mirror: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Grim Oak:
Unfettered III edited by Shawn Speakman

Harper Teen:
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

Harper Voyager:
Phoenix Falling by Laura Bickle

HMH:
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Random House / One World:
A People’s Future of the United States by Charlie Jane Anders

Random House Kids:
Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick

Saga Press:
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel 2: The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland
Undaunted by Kat Falls
The Deceiver’s Heart by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Erth Dragons: The New Age by Chris D’Lacey

Simon and Schuster Children / Aladdin:
The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Ghosts by Lisa McM
ann
The Revenge of Magic by James Riley

Tor:
The Iron Codex by David Mack
They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Tor Teen:
Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

SciFi Book Review: Stars Uncharted

Stars Uncharted by SK Dunstall

Synopsis:
Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war.

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

Review:
When the ship Hassim arrives, Captain Roystan and his crew salvage what they can – most importantly the record of her route. But there are many who will stop at nothing to get that information. Meanwhile, Nika Rik Terri has to flee after being attacked by a powerful client. And everyone seems to have secrets in their past.

Stars Uncharted is an exceptional, science fiction novel. This space opera is full of colorful characters and heart-pounding suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this inspired universe where body modifications have surpassed general surgery and companies control the galaxy. There is plenty of adventure and humor. And the intensity builds to a surprising finale. I heard that a sequel could be in the works, so I have my fingers crossed!

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars

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

Synopsis:
Despite being an inexperienced Starfleet cadet, Sylvia Tilly became essential to the U.S.S. Discovery finding its way back home from the Mirror Universe. But how did she find that courage? From where did she get that steel? Who nurtured that spark of brilliance? The Way to the Stars recounts for fans everywhere the untold story of Tilly’s past.

It’s not easy being sixteen, especially when everyone expects great things from Tilly. It’s even harder when her mother and father are Federation luminaries, not to mention pressing her to attend one of the best schools that the Federation has to offer. Tilly wants to achieve great things—even though she hasn’t quite worked out how to do that or what it is she wants to do. But this year, everything will change for Tilly, as she about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime—an adventure that will take her ever closer to the stars….

Review:
Tilly is a very friendly, if awkward, Starfleet officer. The Way to the Stars is a story of Tilly at sixteen, learning her place in the world and making decisions that will shape her future.

This is story of Tilly’s early life. She’s a character that’s easy to love, but with an ensemble cast on a new show with too-few episodes, we’ve barely scratched the surface. Tilly’s mother assumes that she’ll follow in her footsteps and become a diplomat. Tilly prefers math and science, but can’t seem to stand up to her mother’s forceful will. This was engrossing story of growth and self-discovery. It was hard to put down. And while not action-packed, this standalone novel was dramatic and heartfelt, with a bit of adventure. This was a great way to tide me over until the next episode of Discovery airs.

Book Giveaway: Swap’d

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have an extra copy of Swap’d by Tamara Ireland Stone 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 February 8. I’ll draw a name on February 9, and notify winner via email.

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