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Blu-Ray Review: Avengers Endgame


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Avengers Endgame [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos – the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

Review:
Marvel films, especially the Avengers, have culminated to this film. Infinity War left off in possibly the biggest cliffhanger ever – with half of the universe turned to dust. Now, the original Avengers, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Rocket, and Nebula decide to go after Thanos and use the Infinity Stones to bring everyone back. But things (obviously) don’t go as planned.

While this film has an insanely large cast of characters, the main story predominantly focuses on the original Avengers – their lives post-snap and their search for a way to undo what Thanos did. Some stay the course, some lose themselves, and some just decide to move on. It’s intriguing and heartbreaking. At 3 hours long, it seems like there would be slow times. But it actually felt crammed full of action, suspense, drama, and still plenty of humor. The surprising timeline builds to an epic final battle and a sweet, heartwarming tribute with a wonderful send-off to some beloved characters. This is a superhero movie worth watching over and over.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Digital Exclusive:
• Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Blu-ray & Digital:
• Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
• Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
• A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
• Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
• The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
• The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
• Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
• Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
• Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
• Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
• Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle

Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle by Tui T. Sutherland

Synopsis:
It’s no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It’s her life’s mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala.

Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war. Hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives.

There are dark secrets in the jungle, though-some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she’s only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle-even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.

Review:
The Poison Jungle is the 13th book in the Wings of Fire series. This latest story arc is set in a distant land where the Hivewing queen controls the Silkwings and have driven the Leafwings into hiding. Sundew’s Leafwing sect is ready to take out the Hivewing queen at any cost. But the rest of the Leafwings want to live in peace. But the Leafwing queen has been keeping a secret, with consequences that could destroy everything.

Sundew and her friends are another group of fun and engaging characters. This latest installment is full of danger and suspense. Somehow, this series hasn’t gotten stale at all. The stories continue to evolve and become more complex, adding new characters along the way. It’s a quick read that I always wish was a bit longer. And the climactic ending leaves off with a big cliffhanger.

Box Review: Teeblox – July 2019

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Received in July

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
Shazam! Blu-Ray
Manifest Season 1 DVD

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Del Rey:
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee

Disney Hyperion:
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends by Amy Novesky
Frozen: Conceal, Don’t Feel: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller

Little, Brown:
Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle by Tui T. Sutherland

Shadow Mountain:
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

Subterranean Press:
My Beautiful Life by K. J. Parker
The Sky Done Ripped by Joe R. Lansdale

Titan Books:
Thanos: Death Sentence by Stuart Moore
Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt by Neil Kleid
X-Men: Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Stuart Moore
Avengers: Infinity Prose Novel by James A. Moore

Tor:
Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport
The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
Earth by Ben Bova

PBS American Masters – Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin on August 2nd

PBS’ American Masters is airing a documentary of SciFi/Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin this Friday, August 2nd at 9/8c! The film is called the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin and will be available to watch live on PBS and available to stream live on pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS app. You will also be able to stream it for 28 days after for free as well.

Fantasy Book Review: Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars: A Novel

Synopsis:
Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.
Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life – or at least, she’s perfectly fine.
She doesn’t in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister.
Ivy Gamble is a liar.

When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister―without losing herself.

Review:
I’ve been in the mood for murder mysteries lately, so this was a great pick.
Ivy is tough and smart private detective. She’s hired to find a killer at a school for magic. Though Ivy doesn’t have magic, she has a connection to the school through her sister. The murder itself was done with magic, so regular police weren’t able to assist.

This magic-laden murder mystery is a lot of fun, despite the darker subject matter. Full of danger, suspense, drama, teen angst, and a bit of romance – this was a thrilling read. And I loved that the final twist was unpredictable. This is a character-driven story that kept me engaged till the very end.

Book Giveaway: Dark Age

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Rotherweird by Pierce Brown 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 August 16. I’ll draw a name on August 17, and notify winner via email.

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Loot Crate Box Review: Marvel Gear + Goods – March 2019

Loot Crate – Marvel Gear + Goods – March 2019 “Take Flight” was a Captain Marvel -themed box that didn’t ship until JULY! The delays were beyond ridiculous and will make me think twice about ordering from them again. Still, it was a fun box that I wanted to share.

The box came with a nice card detailing everything included. As well as a pin, and Captain Marvel luggage tag.

I don’t really wear hats, but this is a cool SHIELD design, that I will at least have on display.

This Captain Marvel beach towel is a fun idea for summer, that I love!

And finally, this original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vel) logo design is great. And I love that it’s on a green shirt, which is unique. I’ve worn this already.