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Received in March

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
Krypton Season 1 Blu-Ray
Bumblebee 4K Blu-Ray
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Angry Robot:
Hidden Sun: Shadowlands Book I by Jaine Fenn
Broken Shadow: Shadowlands Book II by Jaine Fenn

Berkley:
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

Clarion Books:
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst

Daw:
Finder by Suzanne Palmer
The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick

Del Rey:
Inspection by Josh Malerman
Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion by Gina McIntyre
The Stiehl Assassin by Terry Brooks
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel by Serena Valentino
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Blastaway by Melissa Landers

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Available Light by Dayton Ward

Harper Voyager:
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst
The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell
Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski
The Dragon Republic by R. F Kuang
The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

Penguin / Dial:
This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni

Scholastic:
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Shadow Mountain:
Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed by Obert Skye

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

St Martin’s Press:
We Are Mayhem by Michael Moreci

Subterranean Press:
Atmosphæra Incognita by Neal Stephenson
The Girl on the Porch by Richard T. Chizmar
In the Shadow of Spindrift House by Mira Grant
The Best of Greg Egan by Greg Egan
Fan Service by Gail Carriger

Titan Books:
Captain Marvel The Official Movie Special by Titan
Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove

Tor:
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Uproar Books:
Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad and Shakil Ahmad

Fantasy Book Review: Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed

Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed by Obert Skye

Synopsis:
When a mysterious package arrives in the mail containing a plane ticket and a thumb drive, Ozzy is certain it’s from Rin. But when Ozzy, Sigi, and Clark arrive in New York, Rin isn’t there. Instead they are met by the man who was the money behind the mind-controlling discipline serum created by Ozzy’s parents. Ozzy was the final test case and is now the key to discovering the serum’s secret. He is a very valuable boy. Once again, he’s on the run.

As fate would have it, Rin appears just in time. But Rin’s goal is more than a rescue mission. He needs an apprentice to cement his status and notoriety in the magical realm of Quarfelt assuming the place even exists. As Rin’s apprentice, Ozzy must complete five tasks to receive the Gift of Wonder. Ozzy is willing to help, but is now really the best time to enter a contest for wizards when something is controlling his mind? Especially when someone is out to destroy the people he loves?

Review:
Ozzy, and his metal bird Clark, are living at Sigi and her monther’s place now. It’s been a long time since anyone has heard from Rin who supposedly left for Quarfelt, a magical land for wizards. So when Ozzy received a package in the mail to a hotel with the letters R-I-N in the name, they assumed it came from Rin. However, the person ultimately responsibly for Ozzy’s parents death is behind it all. And he’ll stop at nothing to get the secrets that Ozzy’s parents held.

Apprentice Needed is the 2nd installment in the unique Wizard for Hire series. As before, the story is exciting and fast-paced and full of quirky humor. The AI bird, Clark, is easily the most entertaining character. I love the wizard Rin too. It’s easy to doubt his abilities because of his eccentricities and lack utilizing magic when it seems most prudent. But he has a calm, confident demeanor too. And everything seems to work out his way. There is still a lot left unanswered by the end of the novel. And readers will be eager for the next in the series. This is another solid installment in this fun fantasy series for middle readers on up.

Fantasy Book Review: The Revenge of Magic

The Revenge of Magic by James Riley

Synopsis:
Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.

Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.

But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!

Review:
Fort Fitzgerald will do anything to find his father, and learning magic against all odds seems to be his only option. But something strange is happening to Fort. And everyone seems to blame him for the bizarre attacks. Even his teachers are against Fort staying at the school and learning anything.

The Revenge of Magic is the first in a new, inspired fantasy series for middle readers on up. The worldbuilding is intriguing and a fresh idea. The story is full of mystery, drama, betrayal, and suspense. This fast-paced novel was hard to put down and refreshingly unpredictable. Excitement and adventure builds to an surprising finale as Fort searches for answers. This first installment lays the ground-floor, and the sequel can’t come soon enough.

First Look at Krypton Season 2…Under Zod’s Rule

ABOUT KRYPTON SEASON TWO:
What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, as a young man who fights to save his home planet from destruction. Season 2 brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. General Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) is now in control. He’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Faced with a bleak outlook, our hero, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet. Their chance at redemption is threatened however, by their opposing tactics, shifting alliances and conflicting moral boundaries – forcing each of them to individually determine how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

Blu-Ray Review: Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Synopsis:
CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world.

Review:
Bumblebee is a prequel to the Transformer movies. It’s set in the 80s and has a great soundtrack. Besides the setting changes, this story focuses mainly on Bumblebee with a couple Decepticons in pursuit. He is helped by teenage Charlie, who lost her father years ago and is trying to find direction.

This is easily the best movie in the series since the original Transformers. This story has focus and direction. And it’s still action-packed and full of humor and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, especially Charlie and her awkward friend Memo. And fan-favorite Bumblebee really gets to shine, of course. And finally someone (Agent Burns) comments on the obvious “They literally call themselves Decepticons. That doesn’t set off any red flags?” It’s kind of silly that the government would work with the Decepticons, but they believe they’ll gather advanced technology out of the deal. This is a light-hearted, exciting and just plain fun movie for all ages.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*
• Sector 7 Archive
o Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7
o Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)
• Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Outtakes
• Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron
• Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
o The Story of Bumblebee
o The Stars Align
o Bumblebee Goes Back to G1
o Back to the Beetle
o California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane

And this mini Sector 7 comic was included with my 4k copy!

Box Review: Teeblox – March 2019

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*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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RUIN’S WAKE Blog Tour – Book Excerpt

Today, we have a book excerpt from Ruin’s Wake by Patrick Edwards on this stop of his blog tour!

The City
They saw more signs of fighting as they got closer to the center of the great wheel. The backdrop to their cautious, darting route was a jumbled multitude of burned-out vehicles, pockmarked walls and the acrid tang of cordite. They passed a ground car, flattened under heavy treads and still on fire. The wall behind it was perforated in several places, the distinct patina of plasma fire coruscating around the edges.

Not far down the road a Factor’s checkpoint had been torn open by an explosion. Bodies lay in a jumbled heap, one man hanging over the crumbling lip of the crater, his legs a bloody crush of bone and torn flesh. A little further on a row of troops in stained army uniforms lay against the wall where their execution had taken place. Cale saw the look of fear still painted on the face of one of them, the hole in his forehead absurdly neat. The military had not been prepared for this.

An enormous pounding shook the earth and they dove for the safety of an alleyway. Threading through its narrow darkness, they found their way through to the other side, the close walls channeling the echoes of gunfire until it sounded as if the battle was on top of them.

At the other end they came upon a dun expanse: one of Karume’s state parks. A section of trees had been toppled by an enormous battle tank that squatted at the end of its ripped-up trail like a monster of steel and smoke in the center of the lawn, its turret sweeping the area.

They took cover behind a powered-down skimmer truck just as a war-walker erupted from the other side of the park, its massive feet churning up great chunks of grass as it closed on its prey. It was a patchwork of parts, unpainted ceramic plate showing through the soot that coated it, engines roaring as it brought its weapon arms to bear. The ground tank fired but missed, the concussion from the shell knocking the walker – but not toppling it – before obliterating two floors of a building. The walker dug ruts in the turf as it skidded to a stop, centered itself, then fired both cannons at once. The tank split open like a fruit as the heavy shells ripped into it; there might have been screams, but they were quickly swallowed by the howl of superheated air and metal. The walker made sure its prey was dead, then took off in the other direction.

Book Giveaway: Markswoman and Mahimata!

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Markswoman and Mahimataby Rati Mehrotra 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 April 5. I’ll draw a name on April 6, and notify winner via email.

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