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Book Spotlight: Dead Moon – Audible Original with Excerpts

Dead Moon by Peter Clines is available today!

Synopsis:
In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead.

The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past.

But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance.

An enemy that is already dead.

Now Cali and her compatriots must fight to survive. Because if they don’t, everyone on the Moon may be joining the dead.

And maybe everyone on Earth, too….

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Book Giveaway: Black Star Renegades

Courtesy of St Martin’s, I have a copy of Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci for one lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Darkdeep

The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs

Synopsis:
Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits, with its creepy Beast sightings and equally terrifying legends. But when a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over a cliff and into Still Cove’s icy waters, friends Tyler and Emma–and even Opal Walsh, who usually runs with the popular kids–rush to his rescue . . . and discover a mysterious island hiding in the murky, swirling mists below.

Though the island appears uninhabited, the kids can’t shake a feeling that something about it is definitely not right. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat filled with all sorts of curiosities: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to unknown places, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable. And in its lowest depths churns a dark, deep secret.

As the group delves deeper into this mysterious new clubhouse, their lives begin to intertwine in weird and dangerous ways. For something ancient has awakened . . . and it can detect not only their wishes and dreams, but also their darkest, most terrible imaginings. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy secrets lurking within their own hearts?

Review:
When his new drone crashes into the cove, Nico goes after it, despite the danger. His friends follow, and they stumble upon an abandon cabin on an island. Here, they find the Darkdeep that brings their darkest fears to life for a time. At first, it’s a novelty. But then, something begins to change.

The Darkdeep is a dark fantasy for middle readers. It’s narrated from alternating characters, which helps the reader feel what they feel. Nico feels bullied and betrayed. And Opal has a good heart, but is a bit naive when it comes to her friends. People have compared this to Stranger Things, and I can see it – the dark, creepy feel and group of kids who are in over their heads. But this is definitely not scary. It’s more silly, though still deals with drama, friendship, and bullying. There is plenty of suspense and mystery. And readers are left with more questions than answers by the end – hopefully to be resolved in a sequel before too long.

Book Giveaway: They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner for one lucky winner!

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Received in January

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Angry Robot:
The Beast of Nightfall Lodge: The Institute for Singular Antiquities Book II by SA Sidor

Del Rey:
Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Soul of Power by Callie Bates

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
Swap’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
Prosper Redding The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken
Chasing Helicity Into the Wind by Ginger Zee
Marvel Powers of a Girl by Lorraine Cink
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Mirror, Mirror: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Grim Oak:
Unfettered III edited by Shawn Speakman

Harper Teen:
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

Harper Voyager:
Phoenix Falling by Laura Bickle

HMH:
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Random House / One World:
A People’s Future of the United States by Charlie Jane Anders

Random House Kids:
Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick

Saga Press:
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel 2: The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland
Undaunted by Kat Falls
The Deceiver’s Heart by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Erth Dragons: The New Age by Chris D’Lacey

Simon and Schuster Children / Aladdin:
The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Ghosts by Lisa McM
ann
The Revenge of Magic by James Riley

Tor:
The Iron Codex by David Mack
They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded by James Alan Gardner
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Tor Teen:
Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Fantasy Book Review: Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves

Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Synopsis:
Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they’re keeping from each other.

When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me’Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king’s back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.

Review:
Zed and Brock’s friendship becomes strained as they keep secrets from each other. Brock feels like a traitor. And Zed has a secret magic that he can’t explain. Meanwhile, they join a quest to help the elves reclaim their city, as they have been mistreated in Freestone.

Twilight of the Elves is the second installment in the Adventurers Guild trilogy. This fantasy for middle readers on up is inspired and fantastic. I really enjoy this magical world straight out of a RPG with colorful characters and intense suspense. This quest takes them on a journey of adventure, mystery, and magic. I didn’t want this one to end. I wish this series would last longer than just the 3 books planned, as there is so much potential here. There is plenty of heart and drama and humor with the friendship between Zed and Brock. And the vast fantasy world has plenty of stories to tell.

SciFi Book Review: Stars Uncharted

Stars Uncharted by SK Dunstall

Synopsis:
Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war.

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

Review:
When the ship Hassim arrives, Captain Roystan and his crew salvage what they can – most importantly the record of her route. But there are many who will stop at nothing to get that information. Meanwhile, Nika Rik Terri has to flee after being attacked by a powerful client. And everyone seems to have secrets in their past.

Stars Uncharted is an exceptional, science fiction novel. This space opera is full of colorful characters and heart-pounding suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this inspired universe where body modifications have surpassed general surgery and companies control the galaxy. There is plenty of adventure and humor. And the intensity builds to a surprising finale. I heard that a sequel could be in the works, so I have my fingers crossed!

Fantasy Book Review: Let Sleeping Dragons Lie

Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Synopsis:
Odo and Eleanor are excited to be knights. Only . . . nobody’s asking them to go on a quest. So they’re stuck at home, using their trusty and talkative swords to defend their village when there’s cause for defense. But mostly it’s just . . . waiting for something bigger to come along.

That “something bigger” comes to them in the form of an old man named Edga, a warrior named Hundred, and an ancient chant:
Dragon, dragon,
heed our call . . .
Come to aid us,
one and all.

Odo, Eleanor, and their swords, Biter and Runnel, are plunged into a quest that will take them (as all good quests must) to unfamiliar lands, where they will fight unseen enemies and unlock unbelievable secrets in order to prevent an unbearable impostor from taking the crown.

Also, they will need to keep an eye out for dragons.

Review:
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie is the second installment in the Have Sword, Will Travel series. Odo and Eleanor are young knights with talking swords. The children are eager for adventure, when a new quest finally sends them against magical beasts and an unfit king. As before, the characters are fantastic – especially the swords and their unique personalities. And this sequel is full of excitement, suspense, and humor. Though a bit predictable, it’s still a lot of fun. Fantasy fans of all ages should pick up this exceptional series.