Book Giveaway: THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE Prize Pack!

Courtesy of Penguin Random House, I have copies of Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal (hardcover), Age of Resistance: Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra (hardcover), and Shadows of the Dark Crystal (paperback) (Total value: $32.97) 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 December 20. I’ll draw a name on December 21, and notify winner via email.

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Received in November

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
The Big Bang Theory: The Twelfth and Final Season

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks by Eric Saward
Doctor Who: Star Tales by Steve Cole

Del Rey:
The Last Human by Zack Jordan

Disney Hyperion:
Adventurers Guild, The Book 3: Night of Dangers by Zack Loran Clark
Wanda Seasongood and the Mostly True Secret by Susan Lurie
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E Latimer
The Monster Hypothesis by Romily Bernard

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless by Dave Galanter

Harper Teen:
The Life Below
by Alexandra Monir

Independent:
XHOSETI: FIRST CONTACT by Robert J Stephens

Kensington / Lyrical Underground:
Beyond the Gate by Mary SanGiovanni

Macmillan Children’s / Fiewel and Friends:
Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Saga Press:
Gravity of a Distant Sun by R. E. Stearns

Simon Teen:
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Subterranean Press:
The Gobblin’ Society by James P. Blaylock

Titan Books:
Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales by Christina Henry

Tor:
Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Otaku by Chris Kluwe
Stormsong by C. L. Polk
Scornful Stars by Richard Baker

Tor Teen:
Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse

SciFi Book Review: Rebel

Rebel: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu

Synopsis:
Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . .

Review:
Rebel takes place 10 years after the last book in the Legend series. The previous novels concentrated on Day/Daniel and June. But this final installment focuses on Eden, Day/Daniel’s younger brother as well as Daniel. The narrative switches back and forth between the two. It’s a new, fresh story with enough complexity to make readers think. The system behind Ross City is fascinating, with a points system giving a better (or lesser) quality of life according to the good or bad that an individual does.

The characters are engaging. And the story is full of suspense, drama, and a bit of romance. I don’t really remember the details of the previous novels, as it’s been years since I’ve read them. But it’s easy to jump into this novel, as it works well as almost a standalone novel as well. This YA science fiction series ends with an exciting and endearing finale.

Book Giveaway: Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark: Forsaken

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark: Forsaken by Greg Weisman 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 December 20. I’ll draw a name on December 21, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: Cryptozoology for Beginners

Cryptozoology for Beginners by Matt Harry

Synopsis:
Only six weeks after a handful of teenage sorcerers defeated a team of anti-magic mercenaries called the Euclideans, Trish, Owen, and Perry are called back into action when they discover that the world’s cryptids (aka magical creatures) are disappearing. They’re partnered with brusque team leader Jacinda Greyeyes and their former nemesis Bryan Ferretti in a mission to travel all over North America, collecting famous cryptids like the jackalope, the chupacabra, and the altamaha-ha.

But when another team of teenage sorcerers suddenly vanishes, the spell casters set out for Germany, Egypt, and the Seychelles to uncover why the Euclideans have been abducting and experimenting on magical creatures like the unicorn and the sphinx. The secrets they uncover threaten to divide them, and reveal a truth that will permanently upend the way the world sees sorcery.

Review:
Cryptozoology for Beginners is the direct sequel to Sorcery for Beginners. The novels are written as a story, but with fun facts that make it feel like a guide as well. The young teens are novices in magic when they learn it’s up to them to help protect Earth’s mythological creatures. There are a lot of diverse creatures highlighted that make this book a lot of fun. Trish, Owen, and Perry gain a couple more teammates as they are tasked with collecting cryptids. But it seems like the Euclideans are always right behind them. The characters have grown, despite the annoying and bullying Bryan. I was a bit confused on why there’s so much focus on the kids coupling up in what seems like a Middle Grade fantasy series. The book isn’t written with a young adult feel, despite YA romance (both straight and gay), so I was put off a bit. But the story is fast-paced and full of adventure and suspense. There are a couple of big surprises along the way that add to the dramatic aspect. And a climactic finale leads to an ending that doesn’t disappoint.

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