The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: 2011
Pages: 352
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Historical
Days to Read: 1
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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

If you are just stumbling upon my blog with this review, first of all, Hi, my name is Kate. If there is something to know about its that I love all things mythology but what began my passion was Greek Myth, Legend and History. This is a relatively new thing that I have discovered about myself as I recently (in the last couple of years) visited Greece and went on a classical Greece tour which was utterly amazing and taught me so much about the incredible myths of the country. I also married a greek – opa! – which has not only made me an honorary greek but introduced me to a wealth of knowledge through his family.

After I read Circe also by Madeline Miller I knew that I would be picking up Song of Achilles. To be brief Song of Achilles follows Patroclus through his life and journey which finds him at the battle of Troy with the hero Achilles. The intricacies of this story are incredibly woven with the depth of the characters and a plot rich in history. I loved every minute of it. I felt as though I was sitting by a fireside drinking in the knowledge of a legendary story.

Patroclus really makes readers feel something. He is a character with great empathy for others and a desire to help people. He wishes to learn more about the people he encounters and not only teach them but also learn as much as he can from then. I felt his giving nature in all of his interactions with people.

The descriptions of both Pthia and Troy were incredibly rich in detail and as a reader I really felt as though I was in the story experiencing things along with our characters.

Song of Achilles is a story I cannot wait to revisit in the future and experience these amazing characters over and over again. If you are someone who enjoys Historical Fiction or Greek myth this book will definitely give you one incredible story.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall:5/5

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
Book #1 in the Twilight Saga

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2006
Pages: 501
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 6
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About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.

I am definitely a Twilight fan. Why would I reread something I didn’t like? I can also see why people don’t like it, to each their own right?

If you don’t know Twilight follows Bella Swan as she moves from Arizona to Forks, Seattle to live with her dad so her mum can travel with her new husband. She is initially miserable until she notices a mysterious boy, Edward. Suddenly Forks isn’t so boring.

I love Bella, I really do, but this time around I began to notice how she complained and what she complained about. Like the weather and that Charlie isn’t home. All things that no one has any control over, which leaves very little reason to complain. I can appreciate that it must be difficult to move to a new state and start at a new school but she really didn’t want to be there and definitely acted as such.

I found the backstories we got to be honestly the part of the story I really enjoyed. I couldn’t remember how I knew any of Alice’s back story and when it came up in the story I was so happy – I really wish there was a book about Alice, I would love that – I love reading about all their lives before hand, Carlile’s is another interesting one.

Forks as a setting is stunning to me. I am someone who loves the rain and the mountains so I am always in heaven reading books based in Seattle or Alaska.

Overall Twilight is a nostalgic read for me. Will I reread it again? probably. Does that mean that its a spectacular novel? no. But for me it will always be a go too.

Plot: 4/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
Overall: 2.5/5

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn
by Sarah J Maas
Book #6 in the Throne of Glass series

Publisher: bloomsbury USA Childrens
Date: 2017
Pages: 664
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 10
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Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas takes place along side the events of Empire of Storms, which gives us a glimpse into how actions and events from Empire of Storms are perceived by the characters who aren’t there. This really added another layer to the story.

We follow Chaol and Nesryn as they travel to the southern continent to attempt to pursude the king to join them in battle as well as seeking out healers with magic to assist Chaol in reeling from his injuries in Rifthold.

When I first started reading ‘Tower of Dawn’ I really didn’t know if I was going to enjoy it at all. I had just come off of reading ‘Empire of Storms’ which left us on a critical point in the story and I really just wanted to know how that specific story line was going to play out in ‘Kingdom of Ash’.

Even though I was keen to skip over ‘Tower of Dawn’ I didn’t, the things we learnt throughout the story were just as shocking and had me on the edge of my seat as anything that happened in ‘Empire of Storms’. we learnt some things that are crucial to the story and honestly had me shocked!

I cannot wait to get to ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and wrap up the story that has had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. But this ending will be a little bitter sweet. ‘Throne of Glass’ is such a mammoth series that it feels like a hell of an achievement to have gotten this far mixed with the sadness of finishing such an enjoyable series.

Regardless, I can’t wait to get reading.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars: 4.5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ Series?

Books I’ve read in 2018

So if anyone was interested in the books I’ve read so far in 2018… this is the post for you!

I wanted a place where I could have all of the books I’ve read so far this year, all together incase anyone was interested in checking out reviews or seeing how my months have gotten along.

here we go…

January

‘Artemis’ By Andy Weir

‘Genesis’ By Bernard Beckett

 

February

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘The Cruel Prince’ By Holly Black

 

March

‘Marabel and the Book of Fates’ By Tracy Barnett

‘Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire’ By John August

 

April

‘Every Heart a Doorway’ By Seanan McGuire

‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ By Seanan McGuire

‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ By Seanan McGuire

 

May

‘A Kingdom of Exile’ By S.B. Nova

‘The Wizard of Once’ By Cressida Cowell

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘The Apprentice Witch’ By James Nicol

‘The Isle of the Lost’ By Melissa De La Cruz

‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ By Kelly Barnhill

 

June

‘The Serpent’s Secret’ By Sayantani DasGupta 

‘Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Demigod Files’ By Rick Riordan

 

uly

‘Mythos’ By Stephen Fry

‘The Lost Hero’ By Rick Riordan

 

August

‘The Son of Neptune’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Mark of Athena’ By Rick Riordan

 

September

‘House of Hades’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Hidden Oracle’ By rick Riordan

‘The Dark Prophecy’ By Rick Riordan

October

‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan

‘Illuminae’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler

‘Gemina’ By Amie Kaufman and Rick Riordan

‘An Enchantment of Ravens’ By Margaret Rogerson

‘Even the Darkest Stars’ By Heather Fawcett

‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyer

 

November

‘Obsidio’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff