DC Funko Legion of Collectors July Box: Batman: The Animated Series

 

Justine and Logan crack open the July box from the DC Legion of Collectors. Check out loads of fun products from Funko and DC.

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Book Review: Release by Patrick Ness

ReleaseRelease by Patrick Ness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Patrick Ness delivers another engaging and relatable read with Release, a book I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of during BookCon. The story has what amounts to two storylines. One follows Adam, a boy who is struggling with his very religious parents, because he is gay and his parents aren’t even disapproving. They’re actively ignoring it. The other follows an otherworldly spirit that has found herself tangled with the ghost of a dead girl from Adam’s town.

Ness does a wonderful job of taking us through the day Adam’s life changes, a roller coaster of emotions that leaves Adam’s world in an uproar. We feel with him, fear with him, anger with him, love with him. Adam is a likeable character, even in his mistakes. We want him to see his way through his trials. His supporting characters are either lovable or horrifying, in a way that we all know from our every day lives. Adam is dealing with real world issues, and in that, dealing with real people with real challenges.

The spirit is a bit more difficult to nail down, for her entire quest is an unraveling mystery. And it is the fact of this diverging storyline, while they come together in an interesting way, that caused me to knock this book down to four stars. In such a relatable story, this paranormal side story feels a bit out of place.

Despite this, Ness’ prose is always beautiful, and the story construction and flow of the storyline will keep you reading for hours. This is a must-read.

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Geektastic vs. The Game of Life

We’re back from our Summer hiatus with another video! 3/4 of the Geektastic crew try their hand at the Game of Life in that clumsy way that only they can manage. And Logan really REALLY wants babies.

Unboxing the May Owlcrate

We’re unboxing the May edition of Owlcrate’s monthly subscription box. The theme was Comic Books!

Check out the following links for more wonderfulness:
To subscribe for your own Owlcrate: https://www.owlcrate.com/

To get your own Captain America: https://funko.com/collections/pop

For the Comic themed pen: http://www.ooly.com/comic-attack-6-click-multi-color-pen/

For fandom related candles like the Wonder Woman candle included in this box, check out: https://diocandlecompany.com/

Want some coffee candy? Get some here: http://www.kafecandy.com/intro/intro.php

If you’re interested in learning more about Afar, check it out here: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/afar

And finally, to learn more about Francesca Zappia and Eliza and Her Monsters visit: http://www.francescazappia.com/

 

Booktubing: Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

Justine discusses Chris Colfer’s latest YA novel, Stranger Than Fanfiction.

Our First Giveaway!

We’re having a giveaway! We are giving away a Joker Lego Minifigure and a Glam Rock Batman Lego Minifigure from The Lego Batman Movie!

To win:
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2) Comment on the video and tell us what you want.
3) Follow us on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/geektasticmanzanos/

We will be selecting a winner for each minifigure at random on May 1, 2017!