Lazarus – Movie Spotlight and Trailer!

Lazarus is now streaming (for free!) on Tubi, Fox Entertainment’s free streaming service, starting today in the US and Canada!

About the Lazarus:
From R.L. Scott (Call Me King), the feature film stars Sean Riggs (S.W.A.T.,You), Costas Mandylor (Saw IV), Aeriel Miranda (Straight Outta Compton), Shane Brolly (Underworld), Nicki Micheaux (In The Dark), Noel Gugliemi (Training Day), Linc Hand (68 Whiskey), Adamo Palladino (Becoming Bond) and R&B superstar Mya (Chicago).

Lazarus centers around a man (Riggs) who is killed, but his death is a brief affair. Upon regaining consciousness, he discovers he has been gifted with extraordinary powers that allow him to super-heroically fight the organization responsible for plunging his city into darkness. Lazarus is written and directed by R.L. Scott. The film was produced by R.L. Scott, and Justin “Jtrx” Echols; and executive produced by Sean Riggs, Eddie Riggs, and Edward Davie.

About Tubi/How to Watch:
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Stargate SG-1: Infiltration – Book Review

STARGATE SG-1: Infiltration by Susannah Parker Sinard

Synopsis:
Why was Major Sam Carter chosen as a host by the alien invader in the STARGATE SG-1 episode “Entity”? In this exciting adventure we discover the mission that led the entity to its fateful decision…

Captured by the Goa’uld Lugh, Carter faces a hard choice: help repair a cloaking device that would give Lugh a dangerous advantage or allow SG-1 to be handed over to the System Lords. But all is not as it seems among the Goa’uld under Lugh’s command, and SG-1 soon find themselves recruited by underground operatives possessing a rare gift that allows them to infiltrate Lugh’s inner circle. However, it is a gift that comes at a terrible price—a price that may yet cost SG-1 their lives.

Meanwhile, the alien entity continues scanning SG-1’s mission reports in its quest to preserve its own life…

Review:
Infiltration is set during the 4th season of SG-1, when Apophis is still alive. Towards the end of the season, an energy entity takes over Carter’s body in “Entity.” This is a bit of a lead-in as the beginning of each chapter, the alien is learning more about this mission and making it’s choice based on what it finds from this mission.

In this story, the team has been captured by minor Goa’ulds in hopes of gaining favor with the System Lords. But there is a power-struggle from within Lord Lugh’s ranks, and Carter’s expertise with a cloaking device is worth even more than their lives.

There are a lot of surprises within this SG-1 adventure. The characters are spot-on, from Carter’s unspoken communication with O’Neill to each of the team’s individual personalities. The Goa’uld characters are very engaging. And the underground movement on the planet leads to some difficult moral dilemmas. This captivating, complex story was a fantastic addition to the Stargate universe. It was well-paced and kept me guessing to the exciting finale. After a recent re-watch/binge of the series, I can’t get enough of the characters; and I thoroughly enjoyed this fun installment.

Salvation – Book Review

Salvation by Caryn Lix

Synopsis:
Kenzie and her friends have already escaped two vicious alien attacks—not to mention the corporate bounty hunters sent to capture them. They’re haunted by the friends they’ve lost and the hard choices they’ve had to make in this war they never asked for.

And now, thanks to superpowers she received from the very aliens she’s fighting, Kenzie has stranded everyone on a strange planet with no way off. She just wanted a safe place from the monstrous creatures terrorizing her world, but this new planet has dangers of its own, and Kenzie will have to uncover its secrets if she has any hope of ever making it home again.

Sacrifice is nothing new for Kenzie. She’ll do anything—anything—to destroy the aliens that killed both of her parents. But how can Kenzie save Earth if she can’t even save the people she loves?

Review:
Kenzie and her group of superpowered teens have arrived on a desolate planet, separated from some of them. And with no idea of where they are nor what dangers lurk ahead, they have no idea how to get home.

Salvation is the third and final installment in this electrifying, YA scifi trilogy. This planet is strange and dangerous and holds quite a few mysteries. And the thrilling suspense makes for another fast-paced adventure that doesn’t let up. With plenty of shocking reveals along the way and captivating characters, this novel maybe the most memorable of the 3. I love this series. And this finale is an incredible culmination of events that leads to an unforgettable ending. Both teens and adult science fiction fans should check out this dark and exciting trilogy.

All the Tides of Fate – Book Review

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Synopsis:
Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

Review:
All the Tides of Fate is the sequel to All the Stars and Teeth, which I really enjoyed. And though I forgot some details, the author makes it easy to jump in and expertly refreshes the necessary points, without an info dump. Amora is now queen and looking for a way to break the curse that surrounds her power. So, to quietly investigate a way to lift her curse, the queen uses the excuse that she’s looking for a husband. She gathers her trusted friends and travels among her realm, though not all of her subjects are happy to have her visit.

This is fantastic duology with vibrant and memorable characters and an exciting story. It’s a unique fantasy world with various islands with magical abilities and a seemingly impossible, no-win scenario to release Amora’s curse. The story is fast-paced and full of suspense, intrigue, and romance. I loved this installment even more than the first. With several surprises along the way, as well as heartbreak, this is an amazing novel that I won’t soon forget.

Doom Patrol: Complete 2nd Season – Blu-Ray Review

Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season

Synopsis:
DC’s strangest group of heroes are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage.

Review:
The first season of Doom Patrol was more of an origin story for everyone and the team itself, though there was still a foe to overcome. But this season focuses mainly on Nile’s daughter Dorothy, a girl who has been forced to stay young – in order to keep a monstrous evil at bay. Though the season is only 9 episodes, there is a lot of complex stories interwoven in this fantastic new installment. Full of humor, interpersonal drama, intense suspense – this sophomore season doesn’t disappoint. We get a deeper look at Jane’s past, Larry’s family, and Cyborg finds love. But this is the Doom Patrol, so no one seems to have happiness that lasts very long. Dorothy is a wonderfully complex girl. She emotes such sweet innocence, so it’s easy to feel for her. But soon the creepiness factor comes along. I enjoyed this season almost as much as the first. This season gets a bit darker than before, and even more heart-wrenching. And the climactic ending leaves off in a major cliffhanger that made me impatient for the next season!

Keeper of the Lost Cities – Book Review

Keeper of the Lost Cities Illustrated & Annotated Edition by Shannon Messenger

Synopsis:
Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

Review:
Sophie is an extremely intelligent preteen who also has the ability to read people’s minds – something she has hid from everyone. But when she meets a boy with similar abilities, he whisks her away and opens her eyes to a whole new world.

This edition of Keeper of the Lost Cities is illustrated and annotated by the author. There are 16 black and white illustrations throughout the novel that help depict certain scenes in a great way. I actually didn’t care too much for the annotations, as the were very sporadic and didn’t add to the actual story. The notes are definitely for young children, who are already fans and have read the book already.

I enjoyed this start to a fun, middle grade fantasy series. The story is complex and full of suspense, intrigue, and drama. And there are several memorable character with bold personalities. I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but I’m hoping the fantasy world is fleshed out more, as there is quite a bit left to be explored. And while there is a bit of nice resolution to this first installment, there is still a lot of mystery unresolved.

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