Should I read this: Shatter Me

Again, something new!

I’ve recently been thinking about all the books I read about on blogs and hear about on BookTube. There are honestly so many books out in the literary world and even though I’ve only heard of a small sliver of them I am still so overwhelmed with all there is out there to read.

This coupled with the snap judgements I made about books I’ve decided to see what others think and not only based on reviews.

In these posts I’m going to ask one thing… tell me what you think if the book/series!

I want to know if I should read the series or not!

Lets start with our first series…

Should I read the ‘Shatter Me’ Series?!

This is a series that I have seen everywhere, but I haven’t been drawn to pick it up, so I need your help!

I’m leaving it up to you! Let me know in the comments if I should read the Shatter me series or not.

What do you think of the Shatter Me series?

Review: ‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ 
By Claire Luana
Book #1 in the Confectioner’s Guild Series

Publisher: Live Edge Publishing
Publish Date: 2018
Pages: 311
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy/Mystery
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia 

Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake. 

Now facing murder charges in a magical world she doesn’t understand, Wren must discover who framed her or face the headsman’s axe. With the help of a handsome inspector and several new friends, Wren just might manage to learn the ropes, master her new powers, and find out who framed her. But when their search for clues leads to a deep-rooted conspiracy that goes all the way to the top, she realizes that the guild master isn’t the only one at risk of death by chocolate. 

If Wren can’t bring the powerful culprit to justice, she and her friends will meet a bittersweet end.

I’m going to be straight up… This book took me ages to finish! I finally marked it as read today and I had started it on the 13th of November and finished it on the 10th of December! For a 300 page book this is insane. 

It definitely didn’t have anything to do with not wanting to read it or finding it boring or anything like that. It was 100% because the last term of the year was winding down and I was/am absolutely EXHAUSTED! So reading was kind of on the back burner for me for a little bit. 

To the book… 

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ follows a confectioner named Wren. She begins her journey as an apprentice before being whisked away to the Confectioner’s Guild where she learns more about herself and is given the opportunity to continue to bake and create but also to move up in the guild. We continue to follow Wren as things take a turn for the worse and Wren is accused of murder! 

I was so intrigued to work out who the murderer was that I genuinely was frustrated with feeling to tired to read at night (and by that I mean I genuinely would almost fall asleep after work and then go to bed at 8pm) The writing is well done and I feel as though the characters were well developed. I enjoyed their nature and characteristics and definitely felt as though I was following Wren as she experienced these things for the first time. 

If you like a not intense but still interesting mystery with a side of fantasy then I would definitely recommend this book/series!

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  4/5

Travel Guide: Osaka, Japan

So its been a while – as in a year – since I was in Japan but I wanted to post some photos from my trip there with some links to some of the things we did. This will most definitely be shorter than my Greece posts, mostly because I don’t remember everything we did or where we stayed etc.

So if you want to see some photos from Japan and some helpful links then keep on scrolling/reading.

Universal Studios

 

Dotonbori

Osaka Castle

Osaka 5

 

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Review: ‘The Hidden Oracle’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle’
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2016
Pages: 361
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

‘Wait. I’m mortal. Murder would kill me. Never mind.’

Synopsis

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

‘Check your spam folder
The Prophecies might be there
No? Well, I’m Stumped. Bye’

Thoughts

This has to be one of the most well written books by Rick Riordan (and if you know me at all you know I love Rick Riordan’s writing) It really incorporates an amazing amount of humour which is perfect for a book narrated by Apollo.

After reading ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series, I’d kind of gotten used to reading multiple perspectives but this book brought me back to my Percy Jackson reading days – I know I made that sound like a long time ago even though it was literally last year – and really got me feeling the Rick Riordan books again.

Reading another book in the same Percy Jackson universe really increased my ease of reading. I already knew about demigods, camp half blood and that strange things always happen when demigods and Gods are involved.

I found the plot completely engaging from the first page I wanted to see where the story was going to go. The development of the plot really goes at the appropriate pace and I never felt like the story was moving to fast or to slow.

‘The Hidden Oracle’ has really encapsulated the Apollo myth and taken his attitude and self appreciation to an amazingly comical level.

‘Kayla muttered an ancient Greek curse. If I had been a proper godly father, I would have washed her mouth out with olive oil.’ 

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

Review: ‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Blood of Olympus’
By Rick Riordan
Book #5 in the Heroes of Olympus Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 502
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.
Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.
Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?
Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.
Piper must learn to five herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Thoughts

This is the conclusion to Rick Riordan’s epic series, The Heroes of Olympus. The entire book is a page turner. I could not put it down. After the 4 previous books in the series I was hooked and utterly invested in all the characters.

There is a lot of travel thorough out the story before the gang gets to the final battle against Gaea. It also sets us up for the cause of events that leads to the ‘Trials of Apollo’ Series.

The final battle is something epic and honestly I was waiting for it through out the whole book, I just wanted to be there (but then also not because that means the series is over) when we finally did get there I was not at all disappointed.

The world has been built so incredibly that it is impossible to not feel for every character in this final battle. We are also introduced to Nike the god of victory whom I love.

Rick Riordan’s writing is fantastic as aways, he really has a way of getting you utterly invested in the characters and their journey. There is also a spectacular amount of character development throughout the series.

This is s a series I could not recommend more! It is an amazing reading adventure that adds so much depth and layers to the Universe of Percy Jackson.

Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

 

Review: ‘The House of Hades’ By Rick Riodan

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The House of Hades 
By Rick Riordan
Book #4 in the Heroes of Olympus Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: October 2013
Pages: 583
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

Synopsis

Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

 

Thoughts

First of this book is LONG. It took me 17 days to read! But I was not disappointed! We left of the Mark of Athena with the seven main demigods divided. What a cliffhanger! Annabeth and Percy were in Tartarus and Hazel, Frank, Jason, Piper and Leo were in Rome. Honestly as soon as I finished Mark of Athena I knew I needed to pick up House of Hades. I needed to know was happened!

This book was action packed to say the least. There are monsters everywhere! We also have the reappearance of Bob the titan, who I have to say I loved as a character. He added some much needed humour to the situation. We also meet Calypso again and she’s another one I just love. I can’t even begin to tell you.

This book has everything the 4th book in a series (with quiet long books) needs. It kept me engaged as a reader – so much so that I was devastated when I accidentally left without my book yesterday and couldn’t read any! – as well as moving the story along, edging readers closer to its concluding stage, coming in the 5th and final book in the series Blood of Olympus.

Each book in this series has felt necessary for the progression of this adventure. I’ll be honest when I started the Son of Neptune I was worried that the books would get repetitive and I would DNF the series, BOY WAS I WRONG.

This series is great for any age reader – or maybe I’m just saying that because I’m really loving it and one of my 9 year old students is utterly obsessed – and will have you on the edge on your seat!

 

Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  4.5/5

Review: ‘The Son of Neptune’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Son of Neptune’
By Rick Riordan
Book #2 in the Heroes of Olympus Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: 2011
Pages: 521
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia QBD Dymocks

 

Synopsis

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery—although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

 

Thoughts

Straight up, I was so glad that Percy was back! This was also our first glimpse into Camp Jupiter. Camp Half-Bloods Roman counterpart, and gosh was I happy to find out so much more this part of the universe. I have been loving the interconnection of the Greek and Roman mythology, as they are interconnected, it was great reading it this way within this universe the Rick Riordan created.

There are more characters introduced in the second book in the series including Hazel and Frank. They come from very different worlds. They were brought into the series so seamlessly that they just slotted right in.

Through out the plot of the book we see similarities to ‘The Lost Hero’ our main character has lost his memory and undertakes a quest with new friends while trying to uncover where he is and why. I do feel that this book needed to follow the similar structure to really allow readers to understand the new camp and to prepare for the next 3 books in the series.

They are quite long books though, and at times the sheer size was off putting, that being said, it was all needed.

The new characters shared the same level of depth and description the characters who had been part of the series since Percy Jackson have, which I love!

Overall ‘Son of Neptune’ is a fantastic sequel to ‘The Lost Hero’ and sets up fantastically for the ‘Mark of Athena’.

 

Rating

Plot:9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  4.5/5

 

Greece Tavel Diary #6: Thira, Santorini

Santorini was hands down the most touristy place we visited, the island was full of tourists. We stayed in Thira which is the capital of Santorini and definitely a hot spot.

map of santorini

Personally I enjoyed Thira, but it was super crowded. I am not someone who manages well in crowded places so it wasn’t me favourite. We stayed and Kamares Apartments in Thira and it was me absolute favourite place we stayed. We had an amazing view of the Caldera, and fun fact I love volcanos so I was having an amazing time.

We mostly relaxed and stayed around Thira in Santorini, although there are so many places to go throughout the island, we decided to be less busy and just enjoy where we were. We wandered the streets and explored and got massages in our room, relaxed and enjoyed the view.

We did do one day trip out to Oia. A town not far from Thira, the local bus stop was super close to our accommodation so we walked down and hopped on the bus which cost us about €1.30 each pay, per person. Oia is just as stunning as Thira and is known for its amazing sunsets (although it doesn’t have a view of the volcano) If I hadn’t stayed in Thira I would of stayed in Oia.

Overall Santorini was amazing and its somewhere I’ll never forget going. Our whole trip was filled with incredible memories and just positive happy vibes.

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