My Book-ish New Year’s Resolution for 2020

Hey there, bookish humans!

I don’t know about you, but I love setting a book version of a New Year’s Resolution. It really lights a fire under my reading butt. It also encourages me to read more. In the past, I’ve done one that’s introduced me to twenty-five new authors and just last year (if you’ve been keeping up) I read five new series and I’m still working on a couple that I’m in the middle of. this year I’m doing something a little different. This is the year of the re-read. That’s right. I’m going to reread some books on my shelf. To be specific, I’m rereading three series. “Only three?” You say. “That’s so little!”

Nope. Two of these series have ten+ books in their collection. The last has five. I chose these ones specifically because I haven’t reviewed them on my blog and I also unbelievably love these stories. Don’t worry, The Arcana Chronicles aren’t on the list. LOL. With how much I already gush about the series as it is and the fact that the reviews are ridiculously long, you don’t need to hear how highly I recommend them all over again. Here are the series that I’ll be tackling this year!

The Morganville Vampires
Author: Rachel Caine
Book Count: 15 + a book of short stories
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The Royals
Author: Erin Watt
Book Count: 5
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
Book Count: 13
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Adventure Kitchen

I’m very excited to revisit these books. It’s great to go back because sometimes you rediscover why you enjoyed them and some bits you didn’t catch the first time. So, be on the lookout for some reviews! And definitely consider them for your TBR list if you haven’t.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Top Ten Reads of the Year – 2019 Edition

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Hey there, book readers!

I’ve read so many books this year but not as many as I hoped. I wasn’t able to complete my New Year’s Resolution or my Goodreads goal. I’m totally okay with that since both of those really inspired me to read books I’ve been meaning to for a long time like the All Souls Trilogy, The Haunted, and even The Dark Tower. Those are only a couple, but I really enjoyed them. In fact, I enjoyed what I read so much that I made a top ten list for you. Check it out.

 

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1. Stargazing at Noon by Amanda Torroni

Such a beautiful book. I was so moved by the words and imagery. Just so much love for this one and I highly recommend it for poetry lovers.

 

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2. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really loved the entire trilogy. Tantalizing and utterly addicting. Recommending it to everyone.

 

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3. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Been meaning to read this and after watching the first season of the show I’m definitely glad that I got to read it. So much depth and magic. And the romance knocked me off my feet.

 

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4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Though the last in a series, this book was jam-packed with action, teamwork, and amazing demigods kicking some serious ass. Such a phenomenal adventure.

 

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5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

I love Gaiman. Every book I’ve read has been mind-blowing and fun with its humor. His way with mythology always impresses me and the series that goes with this? AMAZING. It’s not always good vs evil. Sometimes it’s good and evil.

 

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6. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This was one of those books that was, “Ohhhh! Pretty cover!” and then after reading the inside jacket, “Ohhh! Magic!”. Such a great book with twists and turns, leaving even me unsure of who to trust. Keeping me on my toes, I couldn’t get enough of this book of both magic, illusion, and thievery.

 

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7. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Real and blunt, this book was eye-opening, not just because people weren’t dying, but because it’s eye-opening with truth and relatable situations about the complexity of friendship and what friends do for each other. With several relevant themes that moved my heart, I really enjoyed this book.

 

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8. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

A fun and dark twist on a classic tale. Dorothy is the evil one and a new hero comes to Oz. Granted, she didn’t ask for this, but she’s the only one that can save the land and possibly restore its magic. I love twisty tales and this was a fun one.

 

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9. Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

Mean Girls and Shakespeare! One of the best Shakespeare parodies ever. So much fun to read for those who know the move by heart.

 

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10. The Haunted by Danielle Vega

Spooky ghosts? Yes, please! Danielle Vega never disappoints. Like watching a horror movie, I was holding my breath, jumping at the scary parts, and surprised by the plot twists. A teen horror that got my blood pumping.

 

There you have it. The top ten from all that I’ve read this year and you can check out my year in books from Goodreads here. I hope you all have an amazing New Year!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Heroes of Olympus – A Review

Hey there, book hoarders!

How are you doing? Read anything good lately? I know I’ve finally completed The Heroes of Olympus. It’s the fourth of five book series that are a part of my New Year’s Resolution. The series took me on quite the ride! Below, you can check out the reviews on them.

The Heroes of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero

The Son of Neptune

The Mark of Athena

The House of Hades

The Blood of Olympus

Now, I still have The Dark Tower series and my bonus series: All Souls trilogy to complete. However, I must admit, my imagination and hopes were high than what I could complete. I won’t be completing my resolution. My entire goal this year was to get some series in. I love a story that goes on and on. The ones I picked were and are phenomenal. I haven’t been let down by them.

Now, this current one I just completed really got to the heart of one of my favorite subjects. Greek Mythology. The tales and heroes and villains and battles and magic and Gods…I could go on. It’s mystical and utterly breathtaking, though originally most of the mythos is dark and twisted and grim. Riordan has given them light and also gotten readers interested in them, keeping them alive. Quite beautiful.

THO is the second installment in the Percy Jackson series. I read Percy Jackson a few years back thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it. I accept that I was totally WRONG! LOL. Modernism collides with Greek Mythology perfectly, like it’s still with us today. Utterly breathtaking and splendid. This installment moved forward with the characters. They were growing up and so were these books in a way. There were new characters with old ones we know so well, like Percy and Annabeth. The development took storytelling to a whole new level. It’s something to be appreciated because life changes and Riordan was true to change.

Starting with goddess induced memory loss to traveling the world on a warship to battling monsters to fighting they’re way out of Tartarus. Old faces returned, like Calypso and Nico Di Angelo and it was incredibly welcoming. The adventure was new with new monsters and news foes as well as old ones. The introduction of Roman mythology and the gods and how they interweaved together was beautiful and incredible. Utterly magnificent. I enjoyed the series so much and really need to reread The Apollo Trials.

Did I have a favorite and least favorite in the series? Not really. They all brought something a little different that I enjoyed. And, I can’t express this enough, there was so much that was different because this isn’t just about Percy Jackson anymore. He’s moving on. Personally, and feel free to disagree, I think that’s where fans of PJ get a little lost. This is Percy and the others getting ready to move on and others getting introduced. Just my little opinion. On the main point, if I had to pick a favorite of the series it’d be the final book: The Blood of Olympus. It was the great battle that they’ve been waiting for and there was so much happening! All of my emotions came through while reading this one. The unity of two cultures coming together was exemplary.

In the end, do I recommend it? Definitely. It doesn’t matter what age you are. This is an amazing series. Start with Percy Jackson through.

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  -K.

 

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Teamwork Makes the Prophecy Work (The Blood of Olympus – A Book Review)

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2014

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Rated H for Heroism in the darkest and bleakest moments and unconditional love and friendship.

 

Nico had warned them.

Jason’s ghost is his mother.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors.

Leo fears that his plan won’t work.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear.

The seven demigods of the prophecy to stop Gaea from rising come face to face with some of their worst fears and must find ways to confront and get past them in order to help Romans and Greek unite and to be able to defeat the goddess of the earth. Nico Di Angelo helps Reyna and Coach Hedge get to Camp Half-Blood with the statue, but the travel is wearing on him. If he shadow-travels too much he’ll become nothing more than a ghost. Annabeth and Piper face great fear and must lean into it if they hope to do their part in this prophecy. Battle is on the horizon and sacrifices will be made to save the world.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 5 of 5.

 

The Lost Hero review

The Son of Neptune review

The Mark of Athena review

The House of Hades review

First off, I’m sorry my lovely bookworms. It has been a little bit since I’ve put up a review. The holiday season is making work super crazy. I’m ridiculously glad Black Friday is over. Working that was exhausting. I’m still trying to catch up on sleep, but I have a review for you! WOO!

So, I totally got incredibly weepy throughout this book! Such a great ending and openings left at the end. Gah, the end! Beautiful and tragic, yet not! So many emotions! For those who have read this series, you get it! You traveled on all of these adventures with these demigods, watched them grow and develop and your heart drops just a bit at the end, knowing the journey is over. From a couple of cyclops to angry Romans to Hercules to Hecate and so much more. This was such an incredible book and a great ending, though not an ending, too.

I do have a bit of a bone to pick and it is spoiler-y. Piper captured a horn from the god of the Tiber and I found it to be sad because the other one had been stolen already. She manipulated him and his feeling to get it and it was pretty sucky. I do wish she would’ve returned it to him in some way. She was forced to trick him and I think it would’ve done so much good to return it to him. The parts surrounding Piper and the horn just broke my heart a tad.

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There was so much acceptance, realizations, and teamwork. In the end, while the seven demigods worked together to defeat Gaea, everyone united to fight an epic battle. I loved that it wasn’t ever just about one single person but about everybody because it affected everybody and each person had a part to play. Even the gods came swinging in and it’s always pretty cool when they can get past their high horses to help out the kids they don’t ever see.

 

Overall

A fantastic conclusion to the epic Percy Jackson universe, yet also opening to more stories to come. I definitely need to reread the Apollo trials now. LOL. They’re going to be so much more different than before.

 

Quotables:

“Fear can’t be reasoned with. Neither can hate. They’re like love. They’re almost identical emotions…” (Piper, p. 206)

“A Roman does not wait for death. She seeks it out, and meets it on her own terms.” (Reyna, p. 373)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Way Down We Go (The House of Hades – A Book Review)

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2013

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Rated H for heart-wrenching moments of near-death, unexpected truths, and going to hell and back, literally.

 

Hazel stands at a crossroads.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed.

After losing Percy and Annabeth, the remaining crew of the Argo II could go home to stop the war that’s brewing between Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter or go to the Doors of Death where the two demigods will be waiting on the other side to close the doors between the mortal world and the underworld. Whichever they choose, time isn’t a virtue. Gaea, mother earth and of giants, is close to awakening and destroying the world.

Meanwhile, Annabeth and Percy, in Tartarus, discover old enemies and a brand-new meaning of pain as they journey to the Doors of Death to close them. Some enemies turn into friends and there are some enemies they never expected to cross paths with.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 5.

Catch up on previous reviews of the series:

The Lost Hero review

The Son of Neptune review

The Mark of Athena review

 

This book was non-stop action and anxiousness and I loved it! Compelling adventure and so many heartfelt moments that made the story even more loveable. Dark times and temptations come for each character, leaving them faced with decisions that truly change everything. I was shocked that’s for sure.

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The character development is unbelievable and astounding! The return of familiar characters, like Nico De Angelo and Calypso, was also welcoming. Seeing them again also brought to the surface that a few things have come to bite Percy Jackson in the butt. I felt for these characters, but also praise Riordan for showing that even the most heroic and caring people can fall on the wayside and be subject to misgivings, even if it’s unintentional, and that’s really important. Nobody is perfect, but that doesn’t take away from the kind of person you are.

The subject of love is quite a biggie as well, during this book. There’s even a harrowing encounter with Cupid, and as with every god they’ve encountered it was dangerous and life-altering. (I’m actually loving all the different gods they encounter. It gives a lot of kudos to gods people don’t typically think about.) While Percy, Annabeth, and a few others find themselves locked in it, others struggle, like Leo and Nico. While one suffers from being the odd man out the other struggles with feeling betrayed by someone they thought they cared deeply about. The touching moments met the heartbreaking ones, really showing that navigating emotions isn’t easy no matter what age you are.

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The setting of the book splits in two, though the journeys lead to the same place. Percy and Annabeth brave Tartarus while Hazel, Frank, Piper, Jason, and Leo are topside, working to get to them. There’s such a stark difference with each POV of the book and each of the places the characters travel to and it’s so important. All of this keeps the book from feeling dry and drawn out. Utterly breathtaking waters and monsters, and completely enamoring places that’ll shake you up and leave your heart overwhelmed.

 

Overall

True love and loyalty is always a theme in the Percy Jackson series, but this book reminded me of how harrowing a hero can be and sometimes how unrewarding and rewarding it can feel. That promises aren’t easy to keep. That even when it’s hard, you must be strong in the face of adversity. I repeat myself by saying Riordan is phenomenal and that you should read his books, but if it hasn’t sunken in yet, maybe it will this time. LOL.

 

Quotables:

“The past is close to the surface in this place. In ancient times, two great Roman roads met here, News was exchanged. Markets were held. Friends met, and enemies fought. Entire armies had to choose a direction. Crossroads are always places of decisions.” (Hecate to Hazel, p. 22)

“Monsters are the zits on the skin of Tartarus…” (Annabeth, p. 161)

“The dead see what they believe they will see. So do the living. That is the secret.” (Pluto, p. 190)

“Love is on every side. And no one’s side. Don’t ask what Love can do for you.” (Cupid, p. 286)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Demigod Family Histories (The Son of Neptune – A Book Review)

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2011

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Rated F for powerful friendships and bonds that make even the gods jealous.

 

Percy is confused.

Hazel is supposed to be dead.

Frank is a klutz.

Percy Jackson has lost his memories, but somehow, he’s made it to Camp Jupiter, the camp of roman demigods where Juno sets him on a quest to save the gods and the world. Thanatos, the god of death has been captured. As a result, nobody is dying. He and his two knew demigod friends, Hazel and Frank, with detailed histories, set out on a quest to set Thanatos free and meet up with those of Camp Half-Blood.

While Percy works to recover his memories of his friends and family, Hazel is struggling with her past that could be responsible for the end of the world and Frank is trying to bring honor to his family because of past transgressions that destroyed the camp. But, the two harbor family secrets and they worry it may derail everything.

If they survive this quest, Percy then must figure out how he’s going to help unite Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter without war erupting. Otherwise, everyone and everything is doomed.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 5.

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The return of old characters, as well as the introduction to new ones, were blended together so beautifully and totally welcome. Riordan did something magnificent here. I truly love the way he keeps Percy Jackson and others involved with his new storyline. He doesn’t let them be forgotten. He piled on the detail and emotion. Oh man, was their emotion! Each character had so much to handle on top of this quest. Percy struggled with his memory loss. Knowing everything he’d lost was heartbreaking too! Annabeth, Grover, Tyson and so much more. Hazel having lost so much and determined to protect what she has now and Frank’s life hanging on the edge of a piece of tinder while he’s on the precipice of great power had me attaching to them so quickly. And now, seeing where Jason Grace, who was introduced in The Lost Hero, came from, my heart ached for him too!

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While the book takes place after book one and not during, the story follows almost the same direction as it with Percy trying to regain his memories. Seeing the other side of the gods and even the other side of other creatures, such as satyrs/fauns and cyclops and harpies was really intriguing. It’s an opportunity to realize that monsters aren’t always monsters and not everybody is the same even though they’re grouped together. Even his world has expanded and evolved. All of this has kept him fresh

This book really took things to a higher level than ever before. While we know that characters die, they usually find a way back. However, there was a much closer look at death and the heroes and others its effected. It was such an important theme that provided growth for these characters. They’re not little kids anymore.

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Overall

In the exciting and invigorating way that Riordan does it, I was hooked and on the edge of my seat with this installment. He doesn’t ever go too far, but he does keep his characters realistic. I really admire that. The dialogue is fun and kept me on my toes. Riordan is a fantastic writer of the fantasy/mythos genre and I have so much appreciation for his work.

 

Quotables:

“I don’t even know where I come from…but I’ve got a feeling this isn’t the first time I’ve been an underdog.” (Percy, p. 101)

“Pluto’s cool. It’s not his fault he runs the Underworld. He just got bad luck when the gods were dividing up the world, you know? Jupiter got the sky, Neptune got the sea, and Pluto got the shaft.” (Frank, p. 111)

“Life is only precious because it ends, kid. Take it from a god. You mortals don’t know how lucky you are.” (Mars to Frank, p. 363)

“I am frequently mistaken for the god of love. Death has more in common with Love than you might imagine. But I am Death. I assure you.” (Thanatos, p. 445)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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It’s Not Nice to Mess With Mother Nature (The Lost Hero – A Book Review)

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2010

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Rated G for parental confusion, missing memories, and sudden demigodliness that stomps angst

 

Jason has a problem.

Piper has a secret.

Leo has a way with tools.

Jason wakes up on a bus with no memories of who and where he is. His friends, Piper and Leo, as well as some other well-known heroes,  help him work to gain his memories back as they go on a quest to find Hera, the Goddess of Marriage & Birth and a missing Demigod. They must hurry

The group struggles to get to the Goddess, though each of them has been presented with many temptations and clues to betray one another. This quest sets a prophecy in motion. Two worlds will collide and they’ll either save the world together or be its destruction.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 5.

 

So, I’m coming into this series when I’ve already read the Percy Jackson novels and The Apollo Trials. I’m getting to the middle. LOL. It’s unorthodox, I know. But I am the kind of reader that can jump around like that and this universe allows you to do that too. You get the lowdown on what’s happened, but not so in-depth that the story is given away if you–like me-hadn’t read it yet. Now, I have an idea of what’s coming but I don’t know everything.

The Gods of Olympus have closed themselves off. Some have gone off the deep end (which isn’t new actually). Camp Half-Blood is still a little lost after the battle of the Titans in Manhattan, having lost some good friends. Percy Jackson is missing. Monsters are rising faster and faster after defeat as if they can’t stay in Tartarus. A new prophecy comes to light and brings up bad blood for everyone. It’s crazy, guys!

This is a new group of Demigods with much of what I know already. That means a new prophecy! Woooo! The world of mythos expands with this series. The Greek and Romans finally collide, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll be a good thing since the last time they did they had a civil war.

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The fresh characters bring a whole new game to this world. I’m really loving that I get to read about a few of the kids from other gods that don’t get much attention. Out of Jason, Piper, and Leo, I like Leo the best. I can’t help it! I love a great sense of humor! Plus, he built a dragon.

Their travels and the Gods and monsters they met took me to colder places. I’m not a fan of the cold, but I really liked that there were new people to meet and places to see. There’s so much homage paid and I really love it. And the way that Riordan blends the world of Gods with the way he ties them into today’s world is phenomenal!

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Overall

The Percy Jackson world is easy to get engulfed in. I love mythology. Greek and Roman are among my top favorites. Granted, I’m not perfect and don’t know them all by heart. It’s fun to hear them over and in such a fun light.

I’m pretty darn excited about this series. I really enjoyed Percy Jackson and I’m so hooked on The Apollo Trials. I’m glad to finally get to the series in between now! It’s so much fun and is definitely going with the rest of my Greek Heroes collection.

 

Quotables:

“I try very hard to be annoying. Don’t insult my ability to annoy. And how am I supposed to resent you if you go apologizing? I’m a lowly mechanic. You’re like the prince of the sky, son of the Lord of the Universe. I’m supposed to resent you.” (Leo to Jason, p. 344)

“Great victory requires great risk.” (Juno, p. 546)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Time Stands Still by All American Rejects.

 

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