June 2019 Book Haul

This book buying machine has really settled down in the last couple of months and honestly my bank account is grateful for it.

Since I am going away I wanted to pick up a couple of paperbacks to take with me – fun fact I mostly own hard covers because thats what I prefer. I also picked up a couple of graphic novels!

For my trip I ended up buying 3 books. Reasoning… ‘Impostors’ By Scott Westerfeld is one that I’ve wanted to read for ages but just haven’t picked up, so what a better time to do it, also it looks like a pretty easy read which is great for a holiday.

“Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.”


‘Girls with Sharp Sticks’ by Suzanne Young is one that I hadn’t really heard much about but after reading the synopsis I think its one I’ll really enjoy.

“‘Girls with Sharp Sticks’ by Suzanne Young is one that I hadn’t really heard much about but after reading the synopsis I think its one I’ll really enjoy. The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.”

The final book I picked up was ‘Emergency Contact’ By Mary H.K. Choi. This one I have heard a lot about and it is very mixed. Some people really enjoyed it and others really didn’t like it. I’m hoping I’m the former and I really like it. I definitely gave me beach/pool read vibes which is exactly what I was going for.

“For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.  When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

I also picked up 3 graphic novels earlier this month, which I am keen to get to when I get back.

First I picked up ‘Ms. Marvel: Volume 1: No Normal’ By G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona as well as ‘ Captain America: Winter in America’ and ‘Thor: God of Thunder Reborn’

O.W.L.S Readathon: What Exams Did I Pass?

I can’t believe the O.W.L.S readathon is done and dusted! I had so much fun participating in this readathon hosted by Gee at Book Roast.

Now that the month is over lets get into what exams I passed and what that means for my career goals within the Wizarding World.

I feel like I worked extra hard during the O.W.L.S season this year and this is reflected in what I achieved. Before the end of April I was able to pass:

Overall I managed to pass 7 exams! I am so happy with this achievement. The exams I passed were:

  • Potions: read a sequel (for this I read ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger)
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Read a book beginning with R (For this I read ‘The Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard)
  • Care of magical Creatures: read a book with a land animal on the cover (for this I read ‘The Outcast’ By Taran Matharu)
  • Herbology: Read a book with a plant on the cover (for this I read ‘Estranged’ By Ethan M. Aldridge)
  • Arithmancy: Read a book with multiple authors (for this I read ‘Skyward: My Low G Life.’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Faela.)
  • History of Magic: Read a book that was published 10 or more years ago (for this I read ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell)
  • Charms: Read an Adult Work (For this I read ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally)

This means that I passed all the exams needed to pursue my goals of being a Care of Magical Creatures Professor.

Now bring on the N.E.W.T.S in August!

Did you participate in the O.W.L.S? How did you go?

#Avengersreadathon2019

Stop rubbing your eyes, you read that right. This slightly of kilter loony has decided to add another readathon. Not only that it started 2 weeks ago and I’m only signing up now… normal normal things, that normal normal people do… right?

So this readathon was created by The Perks of Being Noura.

  • There are 18 different S.H.I.E.L.D assignment. Each designed after an Avengers character.
  • Each challenge has different prompts.
  • Readathon starts April 14 to May 14
  • You can choose to do any of the challenges (maximum 2).
  • All books are included (audiobooks, ebooks, fanfiction, graphic novels, comics, etc)
  • Post your TBR using the hashtag #Avengersreadathon19 (on twitter, blogs, instagram)

Since I am jumping into this readathon half way through I am going to focus on completing one character assignment. For this I have chosen…

As you can see there are 4 prompts for Spiderman himself plus choosing one assignment from Ironman’s list and one from either Shuri or Thor’s Lists.

The first prompt for Spiderman’s Assignments is The Amazing Spiderman, for this prompt a graphic Novel/Comic book needs to be chosen.

Therefore I am going to choose to read ‘The Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom’ By Gigi D.G.

This is a middle grade graphic novel and even though I have so many other graphic novels and comics that I really want to read, I need to get to this one first.

The second prompt is OSCORP for this readers completing Spiderman’s assignment need to revisit a favourite book. Honestly this one was easy.

I have decided to continue with my Harry Potter reread and incorporate it into this readathon.

I am currently reading ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Harry Potter!



For the Spiderman Prompt readers need to read a book with a character with a secret identity.

For this I have chosen to start the Spider-Gwen comics that I have been slowly accumulating starting with (for the purpose of this readathon) ‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’

Super excited to get into these comics.

The Peter Parker prompt is the last prompt in Spiderman’s Assignments which has readers choosing a Young Adult book.

For this I have chosen to read ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

I’ve already started this one and I am really keen to finish it.

In addition to Spiderman’s assignments to complete this readathon readers needed to choose a prompt from Ironman’s assignment list.

For this one I chose Tony’s Suit, which asks for a book with red on the cover.

‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas fits this prompt perfectly, which is fantastic as I have already started and am loving this read.

Finally readers choose a prompt from either Shuri or Thor’s list. I went with Thor (obviously) and chose the prompt Norse Mythology.

For this I thought it would be more than appropriate to finally start the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series with the first book ‘The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan,

I am more than excited to jump into this readathon. I may be late, but better than not starting at all right?

Let me know if you are participating in the #Avengersreadathon2019!

Book Haul: March 2019

March has made way for a book buying ban for this bibliophile. To combat the sadness of no book buying this month I ordered some books in late February so that I would at lease get a little bit of bookish mail this month.

First of all I ordered myself a book sleeve. I’ve been wanting one for a while to protect my books on the train.

I got this constellation one from Fabric Bound on Etsy.

‘Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes’

By Edith Hamilton

Hardcover

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture–the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognise reference points for countless works of art, literature, and cultural inquiry–from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton’s masterpiece–the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.

‘Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom’

By Gigi D.G.

Book #1 in the Cucumber Quest Series

Paperback

What happens when an evil queen gets her hands on an ancient force of destruction?

World domination, obviously.

The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight.

Can these bunny siblings really save the world in its darkest hour?

Sure, why not?

‘Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom’

By Gigi D.G.

Book #2 in the Cucumber Quest Series

Paperback

The quest to save Dreamside continues! After a surprise attack at sea, Cucumber finds himself in the Ripple Kingdom, home to white sand, blue waves . . . oh yeah, and the giant, terrible squid monster holding Almond and Sir Carrot captive. Can our so-called “legendary hero” rescue his companions from the nefarious Splashmaster?

Nah, probably not.

Good thing Princess Nautilus is here! With her wit, charm, and positive attitude, there’s no way they can lose. But saving the day won’t be as simple as it seems once a 500,000-year-old secret comes to light . . .

Adapted from Gigi D.G.’s popular webcomic series of the same name, Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom is the second book of a clever, adorable, and hilarious four-volume heroic adventure that is sure to make you hungry for sweets and action. 

‘Skyward’

By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela

Volume 1

Paperback

One day, gravity on Earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted to its new low-gravity reality. And to Willa Fowler, a woman born just after G-day, it’s…well, it’s pretty awesome, actually. You can fly through the air! I mean, sure, you can also die if you jump too high. So you just don’t jump too high. And maybe don’t get mixed up in your Dad’s secret plan to bring gravity back that could get you killed…

SKYWARD, VOL. 1 collects issues #1-5 of the ongoing series from writer Joe Henderson (showrunner of Fox’s Lucifer) and artist Lee Garbett (Lucifer, Loki: Agent of Asgard).

‘Moonstruck’

By Grace Ellis, Shae Beagel
Illustrated By Caitlin Quirk and Clayton Cawles

Moonstruck Volume 1

Paperback

Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late.

‘Fake Blood’

By Whitney Gardner

Paperback

It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had any exciting summer adventures like his best friends have. He even has the same crush he’s harboured for years. So AJ decides to take matters into his own hands. But how could a girl like Nia Winters ever like plain vanilla AJ when she only has eyes for vampires?

When AJ and Nia are paired up for a group project on Transylvania, it may be AJ’s chance to win over Nia’s affection by dressing up like the vamp of her dreams. And soon enough he’s got more of Nia’s attention than he bargained for when he learns she’s a slayer.

Now AJ has to worry about self-preservation while also trying to save everyone he cares about from a real-life threat lurking in the shadows of Spoons Middle School.

‘The Hidden Witch’

By Molly Knox Ostertag

The Witch Boy Volume 2

Paperback

Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn’t a shapeshifter. He’s taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family.

Meanwhile, Aster’s friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own — a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people — normal and magical alike — get hurt.

‘Half-Blood’

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book #1 in the Covenant Series

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

‘Pure’

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book #2 in the Covenant Series

There is need. And then there is Fate… Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome—especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom—so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do—and sacrifice—for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies—lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon… and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude… or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone

‘Deity’

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book #3 in the Covenant Series

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. 

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate.

‘Apollyon’

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book #4 in the Covenant Series

Fate isn’t something to mess with and now, neither is Alex. 

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back. 

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole an Apollyon can’t be killed theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries. 

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer or she might become the God Killer herself.

‘Sentinel’

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book #5 in the Covenant Series

It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

‘Lodestar’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #5 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Dark schemes unfold–and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit–in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES. 

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities–but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc. 

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act. 

A mysterious symbol could be the key–if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

‘Neverseen’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #4 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it. 

‘Exile’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #2 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together. 

But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger. 

As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever. 

In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must journey to the darkest corners of her luminous world in a sequel that will leave you breathless for more. 

‘Everblaze’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #3 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again. 

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes. 

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves. 

‘Crown of Feathers’

By Nicki Pau Preto

Book #1 in the Crown of Feathers Series

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

‘The Year of Less’

By Cait Flanders

In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realised that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy—only keeping her from meeting her goals—she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.

The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.

The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food—and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she’d spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.

Blending Cait’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life—and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less. 

‘Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel’

By Mariah Marsden, Brenna Thummler, L.M. Montgomery

Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

‘Wings of Olympus’

By Kallie George

Take flight with Pippa and her winged horse in this heartfelt two-book series about a young girl who must win the hardest race in ancient Greece in order to stay with her closest friend.

High on the slopes of mighty Mount Olympus, among the sun-splashed meadows and sparkling waters, glide the winged horses of the ancient gods. Here up high is normally no place for a lost, parentless girl like Pippa. But once every hundred years, the gods and goddesses descend to the mortal realm to choose jockeys for their winged horse race—and Pippa is one of the lucky children chosen to ride.

With her undersized, impetuous winged steed, Zephyr, by her side, Pippa has to confront the greatest challenge of her life: achieving victory in a race across the sky.

No one expects Pippa and Zephyr to win, or even finish, this death-defying race. A poor orphan who’s spent her life working in stables, Pippa doesn’t seem to belong in the world of the gods. And while she loves Zephyr with all her heart, he’s smaller than the other winged horses racing. But if Pippa and Zephyr don’t find a way to win, the gods will separate them—forever.

To stay with Zephyr, Pippa will have to work harder, train longer, and dare more bravely than her competition. In a race filled with petty, jealous gods and goddesses and a host of ruthless riders, Pippa must prove that love is greater than might.

‘Game of Stars’

By Sayantani DaGupta

Book #2 in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond

When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, twelve-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it’s been four months since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an inter dimensional television station and a visit with some all-seeing birds, Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where society is fraying, a reality show is taking over, and her friends are in danger.

However, things are a lot less clear than the last time she was in the Kingdom Beyond. Kiran must once again battle witches, solve riddles, and avoid her evil Serpent King father – all while figuring out who are her true friends, and what it really means to be a demon.

‘Fever King’

By Victoria Lee

Book #1 in the Feverwake Series

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

‘Keeper of Lost Cities’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #1 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” 
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Weekly Update: 9.4.19

Over the last couple of weeks I have completed 5 books!

I finished ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger, which I was 200 pages into. I then read ‘The Doughnut Kingdom’ By Gigi D.G. which is the first volume in the Cucumber Quest series of graphic novels. I also finished my audiobook, ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ By Rachel Hollis.

I then finished ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger, the second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities’ and just yesterday I completed ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell.

I have just started reading ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu.

This is the prequel to The Summoner series.

So far I am really enjoying it and I am hoping that I can finish it this week!

I am also half way through ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

I am absolutely loving it!

I decided to listen to this on Audible and I am definitely loving that decision!

Now for an update on the O.W.L.S read-a-thon.

So far I’ve completed:

  • Potions: by reading ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger
  • History of Magic: by reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell

I am currently working on:

  • Charms: Currently reading ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
  • Care of Magical Creatures: ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu

The last 2 weeks have been pretty crazy! We ended a busy first term, we finished our move out of our apartment. It is holidays which is amazing and I am so happy for! I am hoping that in this time I can get a ton of reading done and finish out the O.W.L.S with a bang!

August TBR

After two average reading months I am determined to make August count! My goal for the month is going to be to at least – absolute minimum – complete the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

I am currently reading ‘The Son of Neptune’ which I started not that long ago. At the time of writing this I am 110 pages in.

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I’ll then move onto the third book in the series ‘The Mark of Athena’ by Rick Riordan before reading ‘The House of Hades’ By Rick Riordan and ‘The Blood of Olympus’ by Rick Riordan.

If I can get all of these read I will more on to the Trials of Apollo series!

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Just on Rick Riordan binge at the moment! I think it’s a little bit ambitious, but I am hopeful to get through them.

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Review: ‘Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold’ By Stephen Fry

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold
By Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 410
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: History Mythology
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry’s hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.

You’ll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia’s revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry’s Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age – in all their rich and deeply human relevance.

My Thoughts

I feel as though I am biased towards this book. Not only do I LOVE Greek Mythology an insane amount, but I also love Stephen Fry, so I pretty much knew I was going to love ‘Mythos’. I was not wrong.

Not only are the myths fantastically re-written with additional dialogue and great character building – I don’t even know if that’s actually possible, but still – and amazing depth of information.

I started reading my physical copy of the book, however as soon as I saw that Stephen Fry was narrating his book on Audible I knew that I needed to listen to it. I decided to save to for my travels in Greece, just to get more of a feel of the book – completely unnecessary, but also totally worth it – which was an amazing choice. I listened as we drove all over the mainland on a tour of ancient sites, many of which are mentioned throughout the myths and it was amazing to see these places as I was experiencing the story.

Fry adds great depth and detail, as well as opinions to his retelling to really give the gods and their stories incredible depth and dimension.

This is a book I will be revisiting again and again, listening to the stories of the Classical period in Greece’s history. (When I’m not devouring the Rick Riordan series that is)

My Rating

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

 

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Unboxing: April OWL CRATE JR.

I did it. I finally bit the bullet and ordered owl crate. I’ve been wanting to do this for so long but with the amount of books that I buy I just couldn’t justify it. I’ve slowed down a little on the book buying craziness, so decided to get a subscription instead.

I am so glad I did. I LOVED this box so much!

The theme for the April Owl Crate Jr. Box was:

Myth and Might

Being someone who loves everything mythical I knew it was one I was going to love.

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The box was brimming with exciting mythical goodies! It included:

  1. A Percy Jackson quote pillowcase – I’m probably not going to pop this on a pillow just yet, I have a very neutral colour scheme, but I am definitely putting it on my kids pillow (when I have them)
  2. ‘Junior Genius Guides: Greek Mythology’ By Ken Jennings – I am 100% going to read this I LOVE Greek Mythology.
  3. A Pocket Mirror with Hinduism mythology art on the back – so cute!
  4. Norse Mythology activity sheet
  5. A Romulus & Remus Sticker
  6. A ‘Don’t wake the Sleeper’ Sleep mask – which I really needed as I was in the market for a new sleep mask!
    FINALLY… THE BOOK…
  7. ‘Aru Shah & the end of Time’ By Roshani Chokshi

Overall I thought this was a great box and I think I will continue to get them in the future. I am keep to try out the different subscription services to find the one that suits me the most!

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What were your thoughts on the April Owl Crete Junior? What other bookish subscriptions should I try?