Received in September

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
Supergirl Season 4 Blu Ray
Doom Patrol The Complete First Season Blu-Ray
Gremlins 35th Anniversary 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer:
Quantum by Patricia Cornwell

Berkley:
The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

DC:
DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High by Amy Wolfram

Del Rey:
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Disney / Hyperion:
The Monster Hypothesis by Romily Bernard
Stuffed by Liz Braswell
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
The Camelot Code, Book #2 Geeks and the Holy Grail by Mari Mancusi
SleepWakers, Book #1 Sam Saves the Night by Shari Simpson
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
The Trials of Apollo: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas by William Lashner

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Collateral Damage by David Mack
Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry

Harper Voyager:
Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden

Macmillan Children’s / Henry Holt / Imprint / Feiwel and Friends / Swoon:
A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg
Hostile Territory by Paul Greci
Rogue Princess by B. R. Myers

Shadow Mountain:
Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull

Simon & Schuster Children / Aladdin:
The Revenge of Magic: The Last Dragon by James Riley

Subterranean Press:
The Burglar in Short Order by Lawrence Block

Titan Books:
Time Shards by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald
Shatter War by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald

Tor:
Gamechanger by L. X. Beckett
Docile by K. M. Szpara
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson
The Warrior Moon by K Arsenault Rivera

Tor Teen:
The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

SciFi Book Review: Time Shards

Time Shards by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald

Synopsis:
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of “shards”. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.

A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.

Review:
Amber is on a date when suddenly everything around her changes in an instant. Dangerous predators as well as humans from throughout time have converged and splintered the landscape. She meets various individuals from throughout the past as they try to figure out what’s going on and just try to survive.

Time Shards is the first in an intriguing science fiction series. I loved the premise, and thought this sounded unique. I loved the distinct time periods melding together. History meets scifi. There is quite a bit of violence and intense suspense, reminiscent of Alien or Predator. But the plot is great and once the characters came together, it becomes more than just a fight for survival. There are a diverse cast of characters – from relatable individuals to loathsome. This action-packed thriller builds to a climactic ending that left me eager to read the next in the series which recently released.

Fantasy Book Review: Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle

Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull

Synopsis:
Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth has lost all memory of his past—his relationships, his experiences, and who he really is. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the dark unicorn, who takes him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Under Realm. Though Seth is not formally a prisoner, Ronodin wants to use him and his shadow charmer powers for his own dark ends.

Kendra is frantic to find her missing brother, but the quest will take her and her companions, including Warren, Tanu, and Vanessa, far from Wyrmroost to Crescent Lagoon—a recently fallen dragon sanctuary made up of many islands and underwater domains. Its caretaker has regained a foothold on one of the islands. If Kendra and her friends can save that sanctuary, they might uncover the answers they need to rescue Seth.

With each sanctuary the dragons overthrow, Celebrant, the Dragon King, comes closer to the dawn of a new Age of Dragons. With the forces of darkness on the march, can Kendra and her allies gather enough power to win the epic dragon war?

Review:
Master of the Phantom Isle is the 3rd book in the Dragonwatch series, an offshoot/continuation of the Fablehaven series. Seth has been kidnapped to the Under Realm without any of his memories. All he knows is what he’s told from the dark unicorn Ronodin. Meanwhile, his sister Kendra tries to find him while trying to keep the sanctuaries from falling.

Fablehaven is one of my all-time favorite children’s fantasy series, and this continuation has been a lot of fun. The danger and suspense has escalated. But there’s still plenty of fun and humor. There are so many interesting characters (that somehow don’t get confusing) and still a fascinating plot with a lot going on. The dialog with Seth was a bit annoying at times, as he asks questions incessantly. And somehow Ronodin doesn’t get sick of it? Readers really don’t need to know every detail. Thankfully, that let up a bit by the end of the story. Kendra and her friends also get to visit a new sanctuary that is very unique, with fun new characters. These are long novels, but easy reading. A lot of adventure, mystery, and magic is packed in. And I still didn’t want it to end. The next installment can’t come soon enough!

Book Giveaway: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Courtesy of Disney/Hyperion, I have a copy of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia 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 October 18. I’ll draw a name on October 19, and notify winner via email.

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Book Spotlight: Forward

Amazon has published, FORWARD a science fiction collection of short stories from authors Blake Crouch, N. K. Jemisin, Veronica Roth, Amor Towles, Paul Tremblay, and Andy Weir!

The book is available in both digital and audio, and will be available to Prime members for free! You can save and $6 buy the collection for $5.94, otherwise, each kindle edition is $1.99.

Box Review: Teeblox – September 2019

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*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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