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

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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

Unknown9: Genesis – Book Review

Unknown 9: Genesis: Book One of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Synopsis:
Strange hallucinations have plagued PhD student Andie Robertson throughout her life. After years of consulting doctors, she decided the visions were a glitch in her own mind—until her mentor, the famous physicist Dr. James Corwin, is murdered in Italy, and Andie finds a stack of ink drawings in his office that bear a remarkable resemblance to her hallucinations.

Shocked, Andie digs deeper and learns that Dr. Corwin developed a device that might shed light on the very nature of reality. She is even more stunned to discover that her mother, an academic who disappeared when Andie was a young girl, might also be involved.

Determined to find answers, Andie follows a trail of clues placed by Dr. Corwin, for reasons unknown, in museums and cultural sites around the world, highlighting human achievement as well as a tapestry of secret knowledge woven into the threads of history.

Yet Andie is not the only one searching. Powerful forces know of her mentor’s invention, including a mysterious elite society that spans borders and will stop at nothing to find the device. Now a target herself, Andie and a disgraced journalist embark on a perilous journey that might hold the key to a new frontier of knowledge—and which also promises to unlock the doors of her past.

Review:
Andie is left with a cryptic message from her mentor and father-figure that leads her on a globe-trotting adventure.

Unknown 9: Genesis is told from several points of view, though it’s easy to catch up an follow the vastly different characters. This first installment in the series is a pulse-pounding thriller. The origins of the secret society following Andie is told from flashbacks throughout the novel, as well as a mysterious scientific breakthrough.

This is a fast-paced and exciting novel. With fun clues to follow and danger always lingering, I found it hard to put down. It’s difficult to trust anyone Andie comes into contact with. And there are several surprises along the way. I’m eager to learn more about the science elements as well as secret societies in the next installment.

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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