Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games

Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull

Synopsis:
The war against dragons intensifies. Will Kendra and Seth find the help they desperately need from the Giant Queen? This fourth book in a five-book series leaves the underwater dragon preserve of Crescent Lagoon for a gladiator-style arena at Titan Valley, the magical realm of towering giants and enslaved dragons. Our two young heroes have never felt so small or faced a challenge so . . . giant!

Review:
Kendra is busy trying to stop the dragon invasion, while trying to find her brother as well. And Seth just wants to get his memories back. Their journeys both collide at Titan Valley. But it’s uncertain if they can trust each other’s motives.

Champion of the Titan Games is the next to last in this captivating spin-off series of Fablehaven. The adventure and excitement doesn’t let up as these adventurers face a wild array of challenges and dangerous creatures. All of the humor, suspense, mystery, and drama make this – and Brandon Mull’s other books – must-reads. There are always fun twists and surprises along the way. Mull is a master of children’s fantasy – the engaging characters, unique worldbuilding, and thrilling adventures. I enjoyed this installment from beginning to end. And now the final book in the series can’t come soon enough!

The Best of Walter Jon Williams – Book Giveaway

Courtesy of Subterranean Press, I have an early review copy of The Best of Walter Jon Williams for one lucky winner!

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The Mirror: Broken Wish – Book Review

The Mirror: Broken Wish by Julie C Dao

Synopsis:
The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow.

But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

Review:
Elva has a gift – or a curse – according to how you look at it. She has visions, that always seem to come true. And when she discovers letters from the witch in the woods to her mother, Elva realizes that she needs to seek help from the one person who has no reason to.

Broken Wish is a captivating fairy tale. It’s dark and heart-wrenching. But Elva’s hope and kindness affects everyone around her. She’s an amazing young woman who thinks nothing of personal gain, just for those most hurting. This isn’t a Disney princess fairy tale, with everyone living “happily ever after.” But there is a hope for the future. And this beautifully-written tale makes me excited for the next in the series.

Received in September

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

Blu-Ray/DVD:
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Blu-Ray
Stargirl Season 1 Blu-Ray

Blink:
Devastation Class by Glen Zipper & Elaine Mongeon

Disney Hyperion:
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

Freeform Books:
#NoEscape by Gretchen McNeil

Kingswell:
The Golden Girls Cookbook by Christopher Styler

Saga Press:
The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson
Machinehood by S.B. Divya

Shadow Mountain:
Dragonwatch: Champion of the Titan Games by Brandon Mull

St Martin’s / Wednesday Books:
Hush by Dylan Farrow

Subterranean Press:
The Best of Walter Jon Williams

TCK Publishing:
Auxiliary: London 2039 by Jon Richter

Tor:
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Tristan Strong Destroys the World – Book Giveaway!

Courtesy of Rick Riordan Presents, I have a copy of Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia for one lucky winner!

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Brightly Woven – Book Review

Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel by Alexandra Bracken (Author), Leigh Dragoon (Author), Kit Seaton (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Extraordinary things just don’t happen to fourteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabil, a talented weaver who dreams about life outside of her tiny village. But that all changes when a mysterious young wizard named Wayland North appears and asks for Sydelle’s help. He’s got a shocking secret that could stop a war between kingdoms-if he can reach the capital with the news in time. North needs a navigator who can mend his magical cloaks, and Sydelle is perfect for the job.

As Sydelle and North race against the clock to deliver their message, they must contend with unusually wild weather and a dark wizard who will do anything to stop them. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers more about North’s past and her own strange abilities, she realizes that the fate of the kingdom may rest in her fingertips.

Review:
This is a graphic novel, adapted from a full-length, YA fantasy novel. It had to have been hard to whittle down, but it really works as a graphic novel. In fact, it’s beautiful and feels like a story made to be told with pictures. There are lush colors and Sydelle’s creations and dreams were some of my favorite things about this book.

The story is engaging and exciting as well. And I loved the characters of Sydelle and Wayland. This inspired, middle grade, fantasy combines magic and art in a wonderful way.

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