Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monster

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After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson–a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: The magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters–the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia–only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name…the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends–Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson–must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Review

I really love the scapes theses demigods always seem to get themselves into. Nothing in this world is as it seems and that makes the book so much fun. I love how new characters keep making so many twists and turns. I love this series, even as an adult there is so much interesting myths in this series, I cannot wait to read the next three to find out what happens and how this story ends.

4 out of 5 stars

Myths and legend recommendations please

I have been reading a lot of books with myths and legends the main theme and loving them. Mainly greek centric but lots of others too. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately. Can you recommend me any books that have myth a legend themes, any myths and legends, alway looking for new ones.

Percy Jackson and the lightning theifa river of royal bloodbone crier's moonwoven in moonlight

olympian challenger

I’m looking forward to seeing what people can come up with 🙂

ARC Review: The Shield of Nike

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Valeria is in love with her best friend, Greg, and has been for years. But they can’t be together, because after they graduate high school they’ll be on opposite sides of the country. This seems to be Valeria’s greatest dilemma—until a freak storm ambushes the two on a hike a few miles outside their town.

During the storm, Greg is injured, and a strange shield falls from the sky and knocks Valeria unconscious. When she wakes up, her whole world is turned upside down. Greg is missing, her town has been annihilated, deadly creatures roam, and the disembodied voice of a woman she knows nothing of talks to her from inside her own head.

The woman says Greg has been taken, but that Valeria can save him and survive the perils awaiting her if she harnesses the “gifts” she was given at birth, and if she uses the shield that fell from the sky. But how can Valeria trust a woman she’s never met?

She’ll have to rely on herself and face horrors she could never have imagined to save her best friend. And, in the process, discover her true identity.

Review

I recieved a free copy of this book via booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

Although this is a companion novel, I did not fell lost by not having read the series. It was sweet and fun, did feel a little unfinished but I assume that it’s just setting up for the series. I liked the setting, it was interesting. I read a lot of books about greek gods but never read anything where they gods are truly evil, truly selfish and not just misguided.

It was a quick fun read and I would recommend it to people who like myhts and legends.

4 out of 5 stars

Bone Crier’s Moon

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Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Review

I was really looking forward to this book. It did not disappoint. I loved the idea the bone crier’s, they ferry the dead, but they have a lot more to do an that, and sacrifices.

I love reading books set on myths and legends, especially ones I do not know very well. I have been reading quite a few lately and this one was the creme of the crop. It wsa full of everything I love, myths but not just the normal, embelished to make it super exciting.

Ailisse was a fun character to read about, her growth was astounding, she thought she knew it all and never doubted her beliefs, until things go wrong. Sabine was strong all the way through even though she didn’t think she was, it just took her time to show her true strentgh. Bastien was a great character, he knew what he wanted but never stopped being a good person, even when the lines were blurred. I did likehow much things were turned upside down many times, so much so that you will not know which way is up by the end.

I cannot wait for the second book, please write it quickly, I need to know what happens.

5 out of 5 stars

Magpie’s Song

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In the slums of BrightStone, Moon Children are worth less than the scrap they must collect to survive. It doesn’t matter that these abandoned half-breeds are part-Meridian with their ancestors hailing from the technologically advanced city that floats above the once-thriving, now plague-ridden BrightStone. Instead they are rejected by both their ancestral societies and forced to live on the outskirts of civilization, joining clans simply to survive. Not to mention their role as Tithe, leading the city’s infected citizens deep into the Pits where their disease can be controlled.

Nineteen-year-old Raggy Maggy is no different, despite the mysterious heart-shaped panel that covers her chest. Or at least she wasn’t… Not until her chance discovery of a Meridian-built clockwork dragon—and its murdered owner. When the Inquestors policing the city find Maggy at the scene of the crime, she quickly turns into their prime suspect. Now she’s all anyone can talk about. Even her clan leader turns his back on her, leading her to rely on an exiled doctor and a clanless Moon Child named Ghost to keep her hidden. In return, all she has to do is help them find a cure for the plague they believe was not exactly accidental. Yet doing so might mean risking more than just her life. It also might be the only key to uncovering the truth about the parents—and the past—she knows nothing about.

Review

I receieved a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off the cover is amazing. Also I am a little late with review, sorry.

I really enjoyed this book, it was fun and had a very intriguing plot. I wish there was more to the history, it feels incomplete, maybe we will get to see more in the next book.

I liked the setting, it was unlike any other I have read. Mags was a great MC. She rebeled a little from the beginning, not for love unlike character in other books. It was refreshing.

I liked the writing, it was simple but had some adult content. It was a little confusing at first with teenage style writing then reading about prostititution. But once I got over that it made a lot of sense.

It was some cliff hanger. I ahve bought the second and cannot wait to read the second one, which I have already bought. 🙂

3.5 stars out of 5 stars

Until All Curses are Lifted

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The laws are enforced by magic.
If you break the law, you’re cursed.
But the rich and powerful twisted the laws to allow for… exceptions.

Marshal has been cursed since birth for his unknown father’s crimes. When he discovers he’s also heir to immense magical power, he must flee for his life. His half-brother wants the power for himself and has hired an assassin to pursue Marshal and his mother. No one has ever escaped from a curse, but it’s the only way for Marshal to be truly safe.

Seri wants to become the most powerful mage in history. But the magic that holds the world together is failing and no one knows why. While the ground itself shakes, someone begins murdering mages. In danger from all directions, Seri must learn how to use her unique abilities before everything falls apart.

Neither of them know they are being watched from another realm…

Review

I recieved a free copy of this book booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

I found this really interesting book. I had no idea where it was going and loved it! It did not fall under any usual rules and was nothing like I had every read before. The concept of people being cursed when commiting a crime, was very clever, it was interesting how people treated each other with this hanging over their heads. There was also bindings which happened if you saved someone’s life or helped them in a significant way, you were bound to them until they managed to repay the favour. The bindings seemed almost as cruel as the curses since they could not go too far from the person who saved them.

Marshal was a great character, it was interesting reading about a character who can not communicate in almost anyway. But since you see his POV you can see he is a smart person, which I found very good. It was fun to see how people treated him but he was still a great person and didn’t hold it against anyone.

Siri was fun to read about, she loved learning and discovering mysteries. I loved her new type of magic. I am looking forward to seeing where her story goes in the next book.

THere is plenty of places this can go and I cannot wait to read the next book.

4 out of 5 stars

Flunked

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Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job?
An exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series.

Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder just how good these bad guys really are?

Fans of Ella Enchanted, Shrek and Disney’s Descendants will love exploring the magical, mixed-up world of Fairy Tale Reform School, where the villains are the teachers. Don’t miss book 2 in this hilarious, exciting series: Charmed!

Review

This is a reread for me. I wanted to read the later in the series books so starting again. I loved this as much as I did the first time. It is a nice easy read, aimed at younger teens but it’s still a good read for adults. I love anything to do with fairytales, this isnt so much a retelling, it’s kind of taking all the well known fairtytales all in one.

I would have liked a little more drama but it is only the first in the series of 6 so far, so very much looking forward to delving back into the this world.

For me some of it was pretty obvious but it honestly didn’t bother me. I actually quite enjoyed being proven right.

The characters were fun and I loved the evil queens being reformed, very interesting concept.

If you like fairytale retellings. I recommend you try this book.

4 out of 5 stars

Winter by Winter

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When the enemies of King Ragnar destroy Ladda’s village, she’ll do anything it takes to lead the survivors to safety—even agreeing to marry the king himself. But Ragnar and Ladda both quickly discover that there’s more to her role than that of queen. As she assumes the burden of shield maiden and admiral of the Swanfleet, guiding her own ships among Ragnar’s, her calling to battle becomes clear. She’s been chosen, blessed by the goddess Skathi, and her enemies will fall before her blade… Winter by Winter brings to life Hladgertha, the historical teenage Viking pirate queen from the Chronicles of Saxo, and presents a heroine whose cunning and heart resonate across the centuries.

Review

I recieved a free copy of this book via netalley in exchange for an honest review.

Netgalley had labelled this as fantasy and historical fiction. There was not any fantasy. Lots of historical fiction though. There were some myths and legends, not any that I was familiar with, they were quite interesting but if you not familiar with them there wasn’t much detail.

The story was good but a little bland for me. There was some action but it fell a little flat. There was no proper exciting description. It just felt rushed and a little contrived.

Ladda was a little odd for me. She was young, yet without really doing much she became the leader of the tribe and at times left her 12 year old sister to lead. Just felt very odd to me. The setting was good but I never really felt I knew where we were. There were lots of nationalities and countries mentioned, that it were just jumbled together (that might have been just me though).

I did enjoy the story but I was never excited to go back, I only finished it because it was a review book.

3 out of 5 stars

ARC Review: Moonscript

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“It is said that Darkness is empty and whatever vanishes into its depths is lost forever. I know this better than anyone. For I have suffered here in the shadows, and there are none who might find me.”

Seventy years. Seventy years the elven prince has been lost to the darkness, assumed dead by his people and endlessly broken for a book that connects to the hidden realm of his ancestors, a land untouched by evil.

And now a light in the shadows. A chance for freedom. But those willing to help him come from the unlikeliest of worlds.

The orphan girl, yearning for a loving family, and the boy who won’t leave her side. A healer maiden given an unexpected chance for a life beyond narrowed expectations. A grieving creature flown far from home.

They all search for something and now their fates are tied to his. If their quest for life can pull him from the dark mire in which his soul drowns, then perhaps he can be saved.

Or else he will drag them all down to a fate worse than death.

Review

I recieved a free copy of this book via booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

There was alot to this book. I felt it was quite long and not all of it needed, some of it dragged. It felt like it went back and forth between characters too much, some only getting a paragragh before being changed again. There also was no indication that it was goign to change character, which made it confusing at times.

But there was alot I liked about this book too. Tellie was an amazing character, seemed a little older than 13 but since she had gone through alot it made sense. Kelm was a little of an unknown, there wasn’t much to his character other than he was there.

The setting was good. I enjoyed the different places but a little more description would have been better. I really did enjoy the story it was full of surprises and lots exciting new creatures and races. I am not sure if they are from legends or not, but they were very creative and really fun to read about.

The story ended really well, everything was wrapped up. I do not know what will happen in book two. If I happen to see it I might buy it and read it but I won’t be keeping an eye out for it.

Overall an exciting read.

3 out of 5 stars