Book Giveaway: Upright Women Wanted

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SciFi Book Review: The Toll

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis:
Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him?

The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.

Review:
The Toll is book 3 in the Arc of a Scythe series. It’s an impressive 640 pages, which is much larger than the previous installments. But despite it taking longer to read, it never felt slow. With even more mystery and suspense than before, this finale is hard to put down. I don’t like spoilers, so I wont talk about details. But the new and returning characters are just as diverse and engaging. With such a big cast of characters, you would think it would get confusing, but it never does. And the Thunderhead has an even bigger role this time. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, especially The Toll. This finale is big, climactic, and gives us a satisfying end to an epic journey.

Received in November

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
The Big Bang Theory: The Twelfth and Final Season

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks by Eric Saward
Doctor Who: Star Tales by Steve Cole

Del Rey:
The Last Human by Zack Jordan

Disney Hyperion:
Adventurers Guild, The Book 3: Night of Dangers by Zack Loran Clark
Wanda Seasongood and the Mostly True Secret by Susan Lurie
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E Latimer
The Monster Hypothesis by Romily Bernard

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless by Dave Galanter

Harper Teen:
The Life Below
by Alexandra Monir

Independent:
XHOSETI: FIRST CONTACT by Robert J Stephens

Kensington / Lyrical Underground:
Beyond the Gate by Mary SanGiovanni

Macmillan Children’s / Fiewel and Friends:
Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Saga Press:
Gravity of a Distant Sun by R. E. Stearns

Simon Teen:
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Subterranean Press:
The Gobblin’ Society by James P. Blaylock

Titan Books:
Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales by Christina Henry

Tor:
Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Otaku by Chris Kluwe
Stormsong by C. L. Polk
Scornful Stars by Richard Baker

Tor Teen:
Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse

Official James Bond: NO TIME TO DIE Trailer!

NO TIME TO DIE Trailer

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

In cinemas April 2020!

SciFi Book Review: Rebel

Rebel: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu

Synopsis:
Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . .

Review:
Rebel takes place 10 years after the last book in the Legend series. The previous novels concentrated on Day/Daniel and June. But this final installment focuses on Eden, Day/Daniel’s younger brother as well as Daniel. The narrative switches back and forth between the two. It’s a new, fresh story with enough complexity to make readers think. The system behind Ross City is fascinating, with a points system giving a better (or lesser) quality of life according to the good or bad that an individual does.

The characters are engaging. And the story is full of suspense, drama, and a bit of romance. I don’t really remember the details of the previous novels, as it’s been years since I’ve read them. But it’s easy to jump into this novel, as it works well as almost a standalone novel as well. This YA science fiction series ends with an exciting and endearing finale.

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