Top 5 Wednesday: Other SFF Medias

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is:

March 21: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic!
— This month’s babbles crossover topic involves our favorite SFF outside of books (like movies, tv shows, games, anime, etc.)

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Mass Effect trilogy

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I got into this series rather late but I do love it. Since it is a Bioware game, most of the game is built around the choices you make. This was also one of my first forays into RPGs. It is full of great characters, which you could romance in each game. Mass Effect 2 is my favorite of the trilogy. especially with the Suicide mission at the end.

Horizon Zero Dawn

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Another video game. This is set sort of in the distant future, in which the world has been taken over by machines. The story is amazing, which starts Aloy, an outcast trying to find her place in this world, and learning about what happened before the fall. This also has a very vast open world to it. This is a game that definitely lives up to the hype.

Pushing Daisies

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This is my Firefly. I don’t know if it actually counts as SFF, but since it stars someone who could bring people back to life, I think it counts. Ned, is a pie maker who can bring people back to life, but only for a minute or else someone in the vicinity will die. He works with a private eye to solve murders. He also brings back a long lost love from the dead, but also realizes that he can never touch her. This is a very good show that was canceled way before its time.

Lost

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I know, this is a very controversial choice, but I can’t help it I really like this show. While it did start off as a show about people stranded after their plane crashes on an island, but there is a whole lot of mystery that came with it. I know not every single mystery was ever solved, but is was the characters that kept me coming back.

Battlestar Galactica

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I also got into this show very late, but I really enjoy this show. It deals heavily with a lot of good sociopolitical issues, while also dealing with a Cylon invasion. Its not as much of a Sci Fi show, as it is more of a political thriller.

Those are some of my favorite SFF in other medias. Do you have any SFF media that you like? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Summary:
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

The Review:

So this was a TBR from years back and I remember buying the book, but never actually reading it until recently and I am glad I did.

This book mainly deals with witchcraft with a Latin American family, which I really enjoyed that aspect of that book. She really did a good job at explaining the world of the brujas.

Alex, or Alejandra, is a great main protagonist. While having her want to give up her powers on her death day was pretty selfish, she does care a lot about her family. I like the fact that the first few chapters had an opportunity to flesh out her family members, mainly her mother and her sisters. It also fleshed out their relationship as well and why she needs to go back for them. The theme of family is present throughout the entire book, which is not a theme most associated with YA

Los Lagos, was a very cool place. I would describe it sort of like Alice in Wonderland with the dead. But not in that scary aspect of the dead. Los Lagos was very descriptive and I felt as if I was immersed in that world. The journey through Los Lagos was mainly a journey that Alex had to go through, and the majority of the story is mainly a story through her self reflection.

Nova, a is brujo, who lives in the neighborhood, and helps Alex on her quest through Los Lagos. I did like their sort of relationship they had in the book, while it did have a few cliches, Nova was still a well rounded character

The Devourer, is the main villain. While she was brought on mainly in the third act, but it surprised me how well fleshed out she was, and it provides a lot of bits to her back story.

In the end, I enjoyed Labyrinth Lost. It was very well paced, with an engaging world and characters. The theme of family is also very good as well.

Grade: 4.3/5

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as Adults

Happy Wednesday everyone, I haven’t done this in a while but here is another Top 5 Wednesday.

March 14: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult
–This one was suggested by another group member! What children’s books do you think deserve revisiting as we get older?

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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I read this book back in the 6th grade and loved it. I also really loved the movie as well. I think it is good to revisit this book as an adult because it deals with loss in such a great way.

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

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This was one of the first sort of  “big kid” books I read. It sort of started my love for Sci Fi. I also remember the show on Nickelodeon that didn’t last, but I wish more people would talk about this series.

The books of Roald Dahl

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These books were some of the first chapter books I read. My favorite is Matilda, and I would always like to revisit those books.

The books of Dr. Seuss

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I know this is going into the way younger range, but this was one of the first books I ever read, so of course I am including this.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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Another one of my favorite books growing up. I like that it deals a lot with growing up and those you leave behind. Great to revisit as an adult.

Those are the children’s books to revisit as adults. What are your favorite childrens books? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves? 

The Review:

This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, mainly because I really loved Geekerella so much, and also the possibility of an Anastasia retelling in SPAACEEE, would also get me excited.

Yes, the story is an Anastasia retelling set in space, and it almost follows some of the same beats as the story of Anastasia, mainly about a lost princess, who is of course our main protagonist, but she doesn’t know it yet.

Ana is a great protagonist, she spent most of her life living in space with her Captain who found her, while in space. She is someone that always wants to know about her past, and where she came from.

Than there is D09, or Di who is a robot, and is honestly one of my favorite robot characters that I have read. While yes, he is a robot, he does have a lot of personality. It also helps that there is a lot of chapters, told through his point of view. The relationship between Ana and Di was amazing, and was shipping them the whole way through.

There is also Robb, who is another POV character. He is an heir, or rather the youngest heir to the throne. He is trying to figure out what happened to his father who was supposedly killed during the rebellion, and he trying to find out what really happened. He is a great prince-like character, and a lot of his POV chapters dealt a lot with his family and making sure that his brothers don’t take over and become ruler.

Jax, is the ships main pilot, and he comes from a race, who can see the future with the stars. He is also one of my favorite characters. I love his cooky attitude, and it reminded me a lot of Joker from the Mass Effect series. There is also a romance between Robb and Jax and while it does feature some aspects of insta-love with Robb from the first sight of Jax, wants to kiss him. But they also develop into a couple I would love to root for.

The plot, is basically a retelling of Anastasia, with Ana being delivered to the Grand Duchess, it also involves a semi prophecy that she is a Goddess, who it set to rule.

I felt that the Dossier crew, could have also been a bit more fleshed out, mainly because it has a ton of diverse characters to them, and I always love a sort ragtag crew set in space.

I liked learning about how the Iron Kingdom is set up, especially with how they deal with Metals, or robots, who are seen as inferior with the HIVE threat.

I also thought the villain reveal was a bit too obvious, especially as someone who has watched the movie Anastasia could figure out, but I did like how his motivation was revealed.

In the end, Heart of Iron was a great read and a real page turner. While it was a retelling, Ashley Poston did add a lot of new twists to the story. The characters were all very engaging and I want to see what happens next for our characters.

Grade: 4/5