Genre: Mythology

Review: Magnus Chase Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Posted November 21, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Magnus Chase Sword of Summer by Rick RiordanThe Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Published by Disney - Hyperion Books on October 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology
Pages: 499
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Does Rick Riordan ever sleep? Because his books are pure genius and he pumps them out like hot cakes. This series is no exception to that rule! For some reason, every winter season I get in a super middle grade adventure fantasy mood and I just can’t stop reaching for them. This was an interesting twist on Riordan’s usual formula. Our main protagonist is sixteen and hilarious. His best friend and side kicks are both the usual girl and guy, but much more diverse than his previous books have been. The majoirty of the plot takes place in the afterlife where Magnus has to navigate a whole new world and cast of characters. I loved Hotel Valhalla, such a cool tip of the hat to Camp Half-Blood, I would never have imagined that a hotel would make a good setting for a middle grade, but it worked splendidly! The story also features some very important cameos (as usual), as well as the exploration of Norse Gods! Seriously, if you’ve read a Riordan book before then you know how fun and addicting these can be. I don’t want to spoil anything but this installment is phenomenal. It’s lengthier than normal, has lots of world building and character development even from page 1 to the end. With finals coming up and being deep into Nanowrimo, this was just what I needed to wind down and dive into another world for a bit.

What do you think? Have you read this one? I just picked up the sequel, and am already knee deep and loving it. Let me know down in the comments!

four-half-stars
Lizzie
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Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Posted May 29, 2016 by Maria in Review / 6 Comments

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee AhdiehThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 420
Format: eBook
Goodreads
five-stars
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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

The Wrath & the Dawn was one of my favorite books last year. I am very pleased to announce that the sequel didn’t disappoint me. Yes, to some extent it differed from the first book. But magic, pain, love, everything I adore in this book is still there.

I was not surprised at how Shazi grown as a character. This girl was, is and will always be amazing. I will not say that I would much like for her to be my best friend for the simple reason that she is already my friend.
I believed in her throughout history.
Another character which I totally loved (no, this is not Khalid, not even necessary to mention him, I’ll adore him forever, this man is inimitable.) is a Shazi’s sister. She’s so different from her sister, but no less amazing and although I’m still crying for her, I know that she is strong and will cope with everything.

I think, you already understand how much the characters in this series are dear to me. I am absolutely grateful to Renee for these books, they can’t be compared with anything and I’ll definitely re-read them more than once.

five-stars
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Alice Takes Back Wonderland [Review]

Alice Takes Back Wonderland [Review]

Posted January 14, 2016 by Sophia Lin in Review / 2 Comments

Title: Alice Takes Back Wonderland Author: David D. Hammons Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology Pages: 238 Published By: Curiosity Quills Press on September 28, 2015 Challenges: None **Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** Where To Get:   After ten years of being told she […]

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Sweet Evil [Review]

Sweet Evil [Review]

Posted December 10, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Title: Sweet Evil Author: Wendy Higgins Series: The Sweet Series #1 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance Pages: 447 Published By: HarperTeen on May 1, 2012 Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, 2015 YA Contemporary, 2015 Reading Challenge Where To Get:   Embrace the Forbidden What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and […]

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Mini Reviews [2]

Mini Reviews [2]

Posted May 14, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

So, there have been some books that I have read in the past year or so that I just forgot to write a review for. There are also others that I either DNF’d or just don’t have enough to say for a full size review. So, for those books I will be putting them into […]

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Mini Reviews [1]

Mini Reviews [1]

Posted April 29, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 3 Comments

So, there have been some books that I have read in the past year or so that I just forgot to write a review for. There are also others that I either DNF’d or just don’t have enough to say for a full size review. So, for those books I will be putting them into […]

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The Goddess Test [Review]

The Goddess Test [Review]

Posted April 28, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 5 Comments

Title: The Goddess Test Author: Aimee Carter Series: Goddess Test #1 Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance Pages: 293 Published By: Harlequin Teen on April 19, 2011 Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, YA & NA Romance Challenge Where To Get:   Every girl who had taken the test has died. Now it’s Kate’s turn. It’s always been just Kate and her mom […]

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