Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

26252859The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hypersion
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure, Monsters, Mystery

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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. Continue reading

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Review: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

21787The Princess Bride by William Goldman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: 1973
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Love, Adventure, Classic, Kings and Queens, Danger, Pirates

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What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything. Continue reading

Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

29008738The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: May 11th, 2016
Publisher: Indie
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Very Slow
Genres &  Themes: New Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Prophecy, Kings and Queens

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The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird? Continue reading

New Discovery: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes – Review

12954620Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: December 11th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Prophecy, Magic, Romance, Kings and Queens, Magic, Family

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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side. Continue reading

Recommendation: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows – Review

22840421My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Humor, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Kings and Queens

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The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. Continue reading

Ultra Negative Review: Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

26109094Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: May 10th 2016
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance

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When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday (#14)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post created by Breaking the Spine that features our most anticipated books to be released.

When I first saw this book, I didn’t think much of it, but then I saw that it incorporates the steampunk genre (which we need more of) and the LGBT theme (which we need a lot more of!) so now I’m extremely excited for this book.

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