Blu-Ray Spotlight: Gremlins 35th Anniversary Edition!

Gremlins 35th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital)

Synopsis:
Gremlins is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you’ll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules surrounding their care and feeding are inadvertently broken one fateful Christmas. Written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, Gremlins unleashes special effects that dazzle and enchant and merriment that lingers in the memory.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray Special Features:
-Filmmakers’ Commentary with Director Joe Dante, Zack Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, and Howie Mandel
-Cast Commentary
-Gremlins: Behind the Scenes with Featurette
-Additional Scenes with Commentary
-Photo Gallery
-Theatrical Trailers
-Additional Scenes
-Cute.Clever.Mischievous. Intelligent: Making Gremlins
-Gremlins: The Gift of the Mogwai (motion comic)
-The Last Gremlin (motion comic)
-From Gizmo to the Gremlins: Creating the Creatures
-Hangin’ with Hoyt on the set of Gremlins

Book Giveaway: Escaping Exodus

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden 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 November 1. I’ll draw a name on November 2, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: The Revenge of Magic: The Last Dragon

The Revenge of Magic: The Last Dragon by James Riley

Synopsis:
Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before. Could there still be one left alive?

And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret?

Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel, if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless, the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down…

Review:
The Last Dragon is the 2nd installment in The Revenge of Magic series. Fort has a plan to get his father back, but keeps it a secret from his friends which drives a rift between them. Gabriel is a mysterious, new character. And we finally get a closer look at the Old Ones and where they come from. This installment answers a lot more questions and amps up the danger and suspense. The last novel was a good foundation for the characters and school, but the story really takes off in this book. It’s fast-paced and full of mystery, magic, and drama. This is a very fun and exciting story for Middle readers on up. And the next in the series can’t come soon enough.

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

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.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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