Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Puffin
Series: #1 in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Release Date: 6 October 2015

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

I don’t know if it was a good idea to start the whole Rick Riordan saga with this particular book, but I didn’t feel like I was being spoiled or anything. The third book of this series was also the book for Booksplosion, so I thought I’d start here at the first one.

The story follows the adventures of Magnus Chase, a homeless 16 year old who is all of a sudden in the middle of a war for doomsday, Ragnarok. He travels through the Nine Worlds with his crew (Sam, Hearth and Blitz), and is learning about the whole Norse world.

Magnus is a funny guy, he can crack jokes all the time and lighten the situation. I enjoyed reading from his point of view as he wasn’t so whiny and weak. Sure, he didn’t know too much, but he did his best and it was entertaining.
Sam was a strong and skilful Valkyrie, and was a great companion/guide for Magnus. With everything that happened to her, she was still very loyal to her duties and I admire her for that.
Hearth and Blitz were very interesting and unique, and they made great friends for Magnus. There was a real bond, and you can feel the true friendship they all have.

The plot was interesting and new to me, so I enjoyed learning about the different Gods and worlds. There weren’t too many slow points which was good, but the fights may have been a touch long. It did get annoying eventually that they had to frog hop from one person/world to the other until the very end, but it still a learning experience. Hopefully the next books don’t involve that same system.

With the setting of the different worlds, it took a little bit of getting used to, especially when there are different versions of Earth/Midguard. We only really got told it was different when someone told Magnus.

Riordan’s writing made the feel the love and hate of relationships between the characters, and I learned a lot of facts about the Gods. Even though the characters even expressed how predicable and inevitable Ragnarok was, there were still enough twists and turns along the way. The conclusion was pretty satisfying in my opinion, and I’m keen to read on.

I definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of fantasy, mythology, and an adventure.

Plot: 5
Setting: 4
Writing: 4
Originality: 3
Characters: 5
Passion: 5

Overall: 26/30 = 86% = A

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Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer


Hey everyone! I thought I would feature a guest review today from my sister, Cassandra. She likes to read also, and has recently read Winter, so I thought I’d include it today!

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: #4 in The Lunar Chronicles
Release Date: 11 July 2017

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Winter is the book about Cinder’s revolution. Starting a war. Following Winter as the next main character, however not the last. As you’ve probably figured out, Winter is Snow White and obviously with a few different attributes to her story. She’s called crazy but she’s also crazy beautiful. So beautiful Queen Levana made her disfigure herself. But it only made her even more beautiful – as most would say.

For those who have only heard/seen the Lunar Chronicles – Yes the last book is super long and thick and it can be very off-putting but I promise, if you push through like I did (It took me months), you will not regret it.

If you’re just about to start Winter and scared because it’s so THICK AND LONG (that’s what she said), you can do it! You’re here already so why stop? Just one more to go! And it’s so worth it.

I loved this entire series because it was unique in a way that the ‘princesses’ or original characters from the original stories had different stories and the way they survived and pulled through in the end was so fulfilling and gave me so much happiness. When I finally finished it, I felt so much relief. Not only from finishing this book but also from the ending. I felt so attached to the characters – to all of them because I could read their story or some of it at least.


The good stuff; characters, unique stories from childhood stories twisted in an amazing way, one evil villain – many stories linked to one big one, character development, level of detail with environment and character but not over the top.

The bad stuff; how long it was but I got there eventually, so much happening with everyone’s situation I can understand why it couldn’t be compacted like the previous books, Linh Adri and Pearl.


I am considering reading the prequel series but I’m also sceptical about it. I’ll do some research!


Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars

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Down the TBR Hole #1


It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

So I have a never-ending TBR list, like I’m sure many of you do. I probably started this list when I first got into Young Adult, so there will be some pretty old books in there that might not be my type anymore. I feel that I should do this because there will always be better books out there so I shouldn’t waste my time on bad ones just because I’ve put it on my list at some point in time. I’m a bit stubborn like that, once it’s on my list, it NEEDS to be read. But I’m now at the point where I just want to have a good time reading! So let’s start culling…

#1 – Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

7234828 I don’t know if I’ll be able to get into a teenager’s story of finding the faerie world after running away from her mother to find her father, and “everyone seems to want something from her”, which sounds needy and a bit self-centred, and I’m not into what she thinks about “Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does.” I’m not feeling any real need to read this, so it will GO



#2 – The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

9681214 This book sounds pretty interesting to me, and ever since starting Magnus Chase I’ve been interested to read more with Greek Mythology so I will be giving this a go when I get a chance. KEEP





#3 – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

4932435 This book sounds very interesting to me still so I will definitely KEEP 






#4 – Dark Divine by Bree Despain

6380822 Ok, so I re-read the blurb, and I’m not feeling the want to read it. It will be GOING 






#5 – Saving Zoë by Alyson Noel

1210487 A story about two sisters sounds different enough for me to be interested in it, so I will KEEP







Have you read any of these, which ones would you keep or leave?

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What’s on Your Nightstand? – November ’17

whats-on-your-nightstandIt’s the end of the month, which means it’s time to think about all the books I’ve read in the month of November. TBH this month was very busy as it was my engagement party and I was organising all of it, so most of my time was focused on that, leaving little time for reading. I did start some stories, and plan on finishing one today! Let’s have a look down below shall we?

You can participate in What’s on Your Nightstand? in several ways. Choose what’s appealing to you:

  1. Take a picture or simply give a list of the stack of books that you are in the process of reading or planning to read (it might be on your nightstand, on a bookshelf, or like me, under your bed).
  2. Give short reviews of the book or books that you read that month.
  3. Tell about what you are reading and why. I love to read the backstory on books. Did someone give it to you? Are you trying out a new genre at the recommendation of a friend (or website)? Did you stumble across a new author in a used bookstore?
  4. Fill us in on your reading habits. When are you reading these books? Is one reserved for bedtime reading? Does one stay in your car to be read while you are waiting? Do you read just one book at a time?


What did I read this month?

 Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I technically haven’t finished this one yet, but I’m so close, I’m giving myself today (the last day of the month) to finish it and qualify being in this post. I’m loving it so far, it’s full of action and Magnus is a great main character, and I like learning about the Greek mythology! Expect a full review next week.


28962906._SY180_.jpg Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. As above, I haven’t finished this one yet. Annoying, I know. I’m probably half way through this book, and I am also loving the story. It’s a bit gruesome but so mysterious I’m itching to know more about what’s happening around town.


What do I plan on reading next month?

28238589 Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. This is a Booksplosion book of the month so I just need to grab my copy of it and start reading it tomorrow! I’ve seen lots of mixed reviews so we’ll see how it goes. I actually don’t mind Segel as an actor so let’s see his skills as an author!


28110143 Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. The sequel to this, Whichwood, is the Social Book Club read of the month so I was hoping to read this first one before the read starts. I’ve purchased it online but haven’t received it yet 😦 so I hope I get it ASAP! I’ve tried reading Shatter Me by Mafi but couldn’t get past the main character so I left it. I am looking forward to this story however!

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

If I have more time in December (since it’s Christmas I’m very doubtful lol), I will be getting in some sequels as well as finishing Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Let’s finish this year with an explosion of books right?!

How’s your month been?

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How I Choose My Books Tag

Hello! I thought I’d give this tag a go, as I love getting to know about people’s book choices and it’s nice to see what I have and reminisce. This tag was originally made by The Bookish Underdog

1. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I picked up this book mainly because of the glowing reviews from everyone, and I have also enjoyed other works by Green. I am looking forward to reading it, but I’ve heard it’s a sad book and I don’t want to put myself through that yet!

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?


The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

This was an unexpected good read because I didn’t think I’d be into faerie-type stories, but Kagawa got me so hooked on not only the plot, but also the romance between Ash and Meghan.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews

This book was actually recommended by my sister as she enjoyed it, so she gave me her copy. She said it was weird, but good. So that should be good!

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?


Paper Towns by John Green

My friend in high school gifted me this book, and I really enjoyed it, sparking my interest for Green in the first place.

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

An oldie but a goodie! Found this one from someone on YouTube, and fell in love with the whole series. Definitely lives up to the hype, I think!

6. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?


Wicked by Gregory Maguire

I think I bought this book because of the musical that was circling around the world. I really enjoyed The Wizard of Oz when I was a child so this will add to that story, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This first book came out in 1997, and the movie in 2001, when I was in grade 2. So I was not into reading these types of books yet, so when I was older and started watching all the movies, I discovered the books and my love of reading really started here!

8. Think of your all-time favourite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

CoB will always be one of my favourites and I read this in grade 9 or 10, when I saw someone at school reading it. It will forever be my favourite because although HP was one of my first great reads, CoB opened up Young Adult for me, and I’ll never get over Jace ❤


Let me know if you do this tag, and I recommend anyone reading this to do it!

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End of Year Book Tag

Hey! Today I thought I’d like to give you guys a book tag, created by Ariel from YouTube, so give it a read and post your own response and link me! Enjoy 🙂

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

I read Passenger, the first of this series, last year, and started this one at the start of the year. I’m honestly struggling to get into this one, it’s starting pretty slow and mopey so I hope when I have nothing else to read or on a long car ride I can finally finish this one and end the series. The whole premise of the series is very interesting with the time travel and portals, but more action needs to happen!

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I actually don’t have a transitional book, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Caraval left me wanting so much more of this story, and I’m so glad Garber has released the date for the next one! (May 29, 2018) Who else is keen for this one?

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Keri Maniscalco

I have started listening to this one and it’s very mysterious and interesting, so I’m excited to keep going!

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I have also started this one for Booksplosion’s book of the month, which was the third of this series but I was trying to catch up lol, but am just too slow! Loving this one so far though, Magnus is hilarious.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
28110143December’s Booksplosion book is the sequel to Furthermore, Whichwood, so I need to catch up yet again to keep up. I’ve seen good reviews of this and will hopefully receive my book soon!

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Either Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
29236299-2This whole series in general has been a great adventure for me, and Gemina did not disappoint. The story, along with the beautiful graphics by Marie Lu just make it so unique and I’ll always think back to these books.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber
27883214This story drag my mind and emotions all over the place with all the twists and turns, and the writing was so great. The whole mystery of Legend made me want more, and I’m keen for more development of this adventure!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

No, but quickly thinking about it now, I’d love to read more books (maybe 40), and post more on my blog and on YouTube!


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November ’17 TBR

Hey! A week into this month and I’ve finally got my plan together. All of these books are in my possession, and I’m so ready to just smash it out. Let’s do this!

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken is just one of those books I’m struggling to get through! I was so invested in the first one, Passenger, and I feel like I SHOULD read this. I don’t know if I’m just sick of the characters, or lost with the story, but I’ll do my best. I’ll give it halfway maybe and post my updates on Goodreads.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon is something I’m SO READY to read. I was obsessed with The Bone Season, so I just need to get on that ASAP!

Since the third book of the Magnus Chase series is the Booksplosion book of the month, I thought I’d try and catch up and read the first one, The Sword of Summer and then follow with the next one. I’ve started it, and I’m loving it so far! Magnus is hilarious. 

Finally, Stalking Jack the Ripper is a Social Book Club read of the month and it looks so interesting! I borrowed an audiobook of this so I’ll probably get to listen to it at the gym. Yay!

If I can read any more books this month I will be so happy with myself!

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Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Series: Standalone
Release Date: 11 July 2017

The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma. But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Should she trust them? Or… All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.

Quincy, the main character is a victim/survivor of a killing spree, and is trying hard to get her life back to ‘normal’. She’s got the support of Coop, a police officer, Jeff, her very perfect boyfriend, and the stability of her baking blog. All is going well until Sam shows up, wanting to be best friends.

So for the first half of the book, I was actually pretty bored and unmotivated to keep going. I was just bored of how goody-goody Quincy was and how much of a typical bad influence Sam was. You get the usual “she’s going to be unravelled by Sam and everything will fall apart” vibe from it. I almost put it down.

I decided to keep going, and I’m glad I did, but I was still left with an annoyed feeling. You are taken on different twists and turns as more gets revealed, and you think you know what’s going to happen, but then something else happens 🙂 I really felt like I was just finishing it to get it over with and find out the ending.. probably not how I want to read all my books lol

I can’t say if this was worth a read. If you like thriller and [extreme] mystery, give it a go. However if you need less than half the book to really get into it, don’t bother!

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads – check out what other people think!

Where to buy:
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October ’17 TBR

Sure, it may be almost half way through the month, but I’m just getting back into things, and I want to start a routine! As you can see from the image, those are the books I’m planning to read for the rest of the month! Hoping to finish Final Girls by the end of this week so I can speed through the other books.

Books featured:
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #2)
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #2)

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Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: Standalone (but there is a 0.5 novella)
Release Date: 23 February 2016

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

I really enjoy interesting retellings, and since Aladdin is one of my favourite childhood movies, I was insanely excited to read this!

If you’ve seen Aladdin, you’ll know the main jist of the story. Basically, there’s a genie who grants wishes, and poor boy wants to marry a princess so he gets help from the genie. The same premise is in this story, with a few differences. Mainly, Zahra is the jinni (genie), and there is more of a backstory with the Jinni world and how the rest of the world fare with it.

I actually loved the changes of the original story, Jessica Khoury kind of matured it a bit for the young adult readers. I learned a lot, and wanted to learn more about this world of the Jinni, but still felt the familiarities (like Aladdin and the princess). The story progresses about the same way too.

Zahra, the Jinni, is an ancient, powerful creature who you really sympathise with with all her past and present struggles. You read from her perspective, so you read her feelings and thoughts of her actions. I grew to her quite quickly, as she struggled to forgive herself for past actions, hide her feelings for Aladdin, and prevent being the deceitful person she was made to be. I wanted the best for her!

Aladdin, a poor boy from the streets, is the same charming kid with attitude that you remember. He had all good intentions for his actions and wishes, strategically planning his wishes and doing it for the good of all.

There is a love interest between these two, and it definitely wasn’t insta love (YES!). They grew to care for each other over time and it was so cute reading their times together. I definitely shipped them ❤

There are a few antagonists in the story, more than the original. It gave more depth to the overall world and made it so much more exciting.

I totally recommend this book if you like retellings, love stories, and magic. It was a pretty quick read and you get into it quickly as well 🙂

I gave this book a 5/5 stars on Goodreads – check out what other people think!

Where to buy:
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