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SciFi Book Review: Children of Jubilee

Children of Jubilee by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Synopsis:
Since the Enforcers raided Refuge City, Rosi, Edwy, and the others are captured and forced to work as slave labor on an alien planet, digging up strange pearls. Weak and hungry, none of them are certain they will make it out of this alive.

But Edwy’s tech-savvy sister, Kiandra, has always been the one with all the answers, and so they turn to her. But Kiandra realizes that she can’t find her way out of this one on her own, and they all might need to rely on young Cana and her alien friend if they are going to survive.

Review:
When trying to prove the cruelty of the Enforcers, the children are captured and taken to an off-world prison. Each are forced to work in a mine in a seemingly hopeless situation. Until one little girl makes a strange friend.

Children of Jubilee is the third and final installment in this post-apocalyptic scifi series for middle readers. Rosi and Edwy and the rest of the kids that escaped are all together again. But their adventures have just begun. This final chapter is the most suspenseful and exciting yet. It was extremely hard to put down. And I loved the climactic ending with plenty of surprises along the way. I only wish this series would continue past the first 3 novels. These are great characters and a fun, unique setting. I definitely recommend this well-written and engaging series.

New Captain Marvel and The Skrull-Attack LEGO Set Review and Promo Clips

Captain Marvel releases on March 8th, and I’m so excited, that I’ve already asked for the day off to go see the movie on IMAX in the middle of the day.

I also ordered the Captain Marvel and The Skrull-Attack LEGO set the day it was available, direct from the website. It retails at $29.99. It’s a fun set with a cool Quinjet that shoots multiple missiles at once. And includes Captain Marvel, Fury, a Skrull, and Goose (formerly Chewie in the comics). It comes in 3 separate bags with clear instructions, and 1 page of stickers.

I only wish there were more LEGO sets for the film, as I’d buy them all!

Here’s the recent Captian Marvel featurette that just released:

And a special look that just released as well… enjoy!

Book Giveaway: Sinless and Fearless

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Sinless and Fearless by Alec Nevala-Lee 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 January 25. I’ll draw a name on January 26, and notify winner via email.

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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!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 18 I’ll draw a name on January 19, and notify winner via email.

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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.