Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Hello, my book lovers,

It’s Speedy Quote Sunday. I love sharing the quotes that have made such a moving impression on me. We all have those quotes that stick with us.

 

“Listen and you will learn.” (Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman)

This was one of those ones that if we just did it, we’d get it. Yet, we humans have a bad habit of talking while other people try to tell us things. This was just simple to the point and if you hear Neil Gaiman’s voice in your head, saying it, it’s incredibly wise.

 

“People never really die until you forget about them.” (Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth, V.C. Andrews)

I don’t if I believe this, but it was incredibly eerie and chilling to think about. How do we determine when a person is truly dead, because history doesn’t let go.

 

“I’ll tell you something about true love. There’s no science to it. It’s natural as the sky.” (Wither, Lauren DeStefano)

Love is looked at form so many different angles. This really moved my heart. Love seems so light and easy and vibrant and exuberant. Everything that makes it fairytale-esque.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

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Mighty Gods? Maybe…Not. (Norse Mythology – A Book Review)

Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2017

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Norse Mythology

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt Half bolt

 

Having been long inspired by mythology, Neil Gaiman has come up with a collection of retellings through his own unique (and crazy) point of view of Norse mythology and, yes, this includes the great Ragnarok-the end of the world.

With cameos from Odin, Thor, Loki and even Sif, Gaiman’s humor and powerful storytelling takes flight. Thor’s hammer goes missing. The gods trick the giants. And Loki continuously talks his way out of death.

 

First off, I’m a regular geek-out over Neil Gaiman. The man is a pleasant kind of crazy. I also LOVED his V/O in Lucifer, though it took me the entire episode to figure it the eff out. He’s a phenomenal writer with an untouchable talent. I swear he gives birth to the kind of stories that become legendary star constellations…then again, maybe I’m just fangirling. *shrug*

 

This book didn’t compare to American Gods or The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but it was still amazing. Starting off with an informative introduction and ending with a glossary specifically to help with further understanding, this book was rather fulfilling and enjoyable to my yearning for mythology. I love mythology. Usually, I’m quite attached to Greek myths, so this was a great change-up.

Also, the glimmering, gold on black cover of Thor’s powerful hammer is breathtaking. Just saying. I fondled the cover with glee.

From the creation of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, to the end of the gods’ world-Ragnarok, there was both humor and seriousness. Most of all, it was magical. With dwarves and large wolves. I was so enthralled. I think the wolf-son of Loki-was actually my favorite character. What can I say? I’m a dog person.

Norse Mythology

I loved the imagery of Asgard, the world of the gods and the description set up alongside it. Gaiman has this way of explaining and showing and describing, and all of these things that make the images move in your mind, so that it’s easy to understand, yet in depth and smooth like the ocean. Cheesy way to describe it? Maybe. But, I like it and it’s suitable. He’s a real genius and it shouldn’t have taken 20 years just to read his work.

What really caught my eye was the way all of the stories tied together for an epic ending. I won’t give anything away, except to say that there’s a lot of blood and loss and rebirth. Simply wonderful. The gods were certainly not the ones we all know and love out of Thor.

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Nope. Thor actually red hair. And Loki isn’t even Thor’s brother. He’d Odin’s brother. Might I add that Thor is basically the Kelso of the group. LOL. Not even kidding. It’s hilarious. Loki is basically Hyde, who gets away with shit by blaming somebody else. (If you haven’t watch That 70’s Show then go do it.)

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AND THE GODS ARE SOME REAL JERKS. LOL. I was stunned by this. Granted, I figured there’d be selfishness and possibly some incest and weird family love, but whoa! They also brought all of the tragedy and mishaps upon themselves with their paranoia.

 

Overall

I fun and delightful read with many surprises. Doesn’t feel educational and partially because it’s not, though it is. Worth a read if you enjoy Gaiman and if you haven’t read any of his work yet, start with one of his novels to a feel and then read this one.

 

 

Quotables

“Now he understood magic. Now the world was his to control.” (p. 22)

“When something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.” (Thor, p. 52)

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“That was the thing about Loki. You resented him even when you were at your most grateful, and you were grateful to him even when you hated him most.” (p. 67)

“Listen and you will learn.” (p. 269)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Midnight Tease

Midnight Tease - Giphy
Hey, book clan!

It’s been a long month. May and June whipped past, but July really lingered. It’s been rainy and it’s been sunny. It’s been hot and a few rare days that were pretty chilly. There were some really good thunder storms.

Lightning

I know this month is going to be a little busy. With a concert, flea market, a trip to see The Meg coming up this month, my posts may be a little spaced out. Can’t wait to see The Meg though. SHARKS! That and Mamma Mia 2—which was so fantastically fun that I couldn’t stop smiling—are the movies I’ve been anticipating this summer. This fall, I can’t wait to go see The Nun.

The MegRight now, it’s the witching hour, the great in-between. Midnight. If you’re reading this then you’re awake, too, just like me. And since you’re up, you can read the Midnight Tease. Here, I’ve got everything that I’ll be reading during August, as well as what I’m reading currently and what will be up for review!

 

 

Coming Soon…

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Over the Moon
Author: Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson, Virginia Kantra and Sunny

Over the Moon

I picked up this set of short stories because I love reading books with the supernatural. Also, I like to indulge in a bit of guilty pleasure with those gushy mass markets. Sue me.

 

Thebes of the Hundred Gates
Author: Robert Silverberg

Thebes

I plucked this out of a library sale I went to last year in October. I was really interested because of the cover showing ancient Egypt. It was one of my favorite subjects to study in history. Plus, there’s time travel.

 

Down a Dark Hall
Author: Lois Duncan

Down a Dark Hall

I really can’t get enough of Duncan. I really like the airy feel in her writing. Of course she was MEGA popular in the 70s. I really like the feel of urgency and discomfort in her books, too.

I also JUST discovered it’s been turn into a movie and will be released August 17, 2018 and will be starring Uma Thurman and AnnaSophia Robb!

 

Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
of Mice and Men

Not only is it on my New Year’s Resolution, but it’s also one that everyone in high school has read. Everyone but me. I read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and lots of William Shakespeare.

 

Devoured
Author: Amanda Marrone

Devoured

Getting haunted by your twin!? I’m in!

 

 

Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

I have been trying to get to this since long before the movie touch downed in the theaters…and failed miserably. But I’m getting to it now!! I really want to watch the movie!

 

Currently…

Unbreakable yes

 

Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Author: Stephen King

Bazaar of Bad Dreams

 

Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth
Author: V.C. Andrews

CD Secrets of Foxworth

 

Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger
Author: V.C. Andrews

CD Echoes of Dollanganger

 

Up for Review…

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House of Shadows
Author: Robert Liparulo

House of Dark Shadows

 

Watcher in the Woods
Author: Robert Liparulo

Watcher in the Woods - Scholastic

 

Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

 

Willow
Author: V.C. Andrews

Willow

 

A few well-knowns mixed with a few not-well-knowns. I’m excited about the authors I haven’t read from yet. It gives me a chance to really get engulfed in something new. New writer and new book. It opens me up to new experiences and possibly new favorite writer and books.

Read on bookworms!

 

More to comes soon…

-K.

 

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Dryads and Enchiladas (The Burning Maze – A Book Review)

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2018

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Burning Maze

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Once was Apollo

Now a rat in the Lab’rinth

Send help. And Cronuts.

It’s bad enough that Apollo, the awesome, Greek God of music and poetry was turned into a mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, and that he’s being bossed around by the twelve-year-old demi god, Meg. Now, they’re on a quest to save five Oracles and possibly the world from a trio of Roman Emperors. Having saved two oracles already, they are given a prophecy.

He and Meg, along with the satyr, Grover Underwood, must go down into the labyrinth to find the third emperor to find the next Oracle. What Lest-er-Apollo hasn’t told his companions is how he’s been feeling weaker and weaker. He worries that he may not be up to the task. But, in order to return to his shining glory, he must be. Calling on two demigods for help, he prays they will free the Oracle from the scorching maze for him-er, help him free the Oracle.

 

One of my favorite things that can happen in is when a beginning starts off very entertaining, while also catching me off guard. This book did just that by starting off with No. That’s it. Just the word no. I laughed so hard, because I could hear the defiance in the word so clearly, like a seven-year-old stomping its foot down. Certainly, a great way to start it off.

This addition to the series was BIG one! Stilled filled with the funny, it was also much more intense and heartbreaking. The bravery and show of friendship between the characters is inspiring. There were gains, but there were great losses during this part of the journey. Riordan really works this emotional rollercoaster. And I don’t care that I’m 25, I really enjoy his books.

Love it

The setting mostly circulates in Palm Springs and the Labyrinth—you’ll remember this fun place from Percy Jackson. There are many new faces as well as old. It made me nostalgic as well as excited. Old bonds and new ones. I’m just giddy thinking back on it.

Apollo is still Apollo, but I am loving the development. It’s obvious that this is no longer just a quest for him. He’s become less self-absorbed, which is surprising, right!? He’s made amazing allies and friends even though at times it difficult. I love that this book shows that it’s not easy to let people in, nor is it always sunshine and rainbows, but you accept them. The guest stars, Jason Grace, Piper McClean, and Grover Underwood really show just how big of a quest this is. Everybody is joining in. It really keeps the story fresh. I especially enjoyed the dryads that came into this story. Where they seem like helpless creatures, in here they don’t. Just give me more of all of this.

give me more

There were many moments that my heart was broken and mended and broken and mended. The hardships for Apollo only increase and I don’t envy the weight put on his shoulders. It’s heavy. Each step of this journey is incredible and emotional. Yet, I couldn’t stop reading. The adventure has me hooked.

There’s so much action that if you blink you’ll miss it. Shocking twists jumped out when I least expected it. I’m always pleasantly surprised with the way mythology is brought to life in such an exciting way.

If you haven’t started this series, do.

 

Quotables:

“Unbelievable. After four thousand years, I am still discovering new things.” (Apollo, p. 141)

“Pretty can be useful. Powerful is better.” (Medea to Piper, p. 165)

“I wondered, not for the first time, why we Greek Deities had never created a god of family therapy. We certainly could have used one. Or perhaps we had one before I was born, and she quit. Or Kronos swallowed her whole.” (Apollo, p. 358)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sing a Deadly Little Song For Me (Tidal – A Book Review)

Tidal (Watersong #3)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: 2013

Tidal

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

The answers Gemma and her friends have been searching for are finally revealed—but evil is closing in and time is running out…

Gemma and Harper Fisher are struggling with a life or death problem. Gemma has been cursed with dangerous abilities and enchanting beauty. She’s a siren. Turned by Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma must be careful not accidentally harm others with her deadly song while she and Harper figure out how to end this curse. They’re not alone though. With friends and family on their side they may just get her out of this. Time, however, isn’t on her side. The other sirens are looking to end her curse as well, by finding a new potential siren sister and when they do, Gemma dies.

These Fisher sisters delve deeper into the world of myth and magic of these immortal women, discovering more than they ever imagined while determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I haven’t read the previous two books of the Watersong series, but it doesn’t feel entirely necessary. Like picking up the next season of a TV show, you get a decent recap. It doesn’t give everything away, but you get a pretty good gist. I really liked that about this book.

More so? I LOVE SIRENS. They’re dark and mysterious and seriously dangerous. In every story they look different. My favorite version is from the animated movie: Sinbad. They’re so dark and relentless and lack remorse…usually.

Tidal

I must say though, I don’t believe that mermaid and sirens are the same thing. Lately, I’ve noticed them being called the same thing. They can both be pretty nasty, but their mythologies and physicalities can be pretty different.

The book follows the s third person POV and switches between characters giving an all-around look at this world. The setting is a beautiful seaside town which brings so much wonderful imagery to life. The town was truly beautiful. It was like I was there. I love when a book can really get me attached and I was. And the transitions from person to person was so smooth that I was amazed and star dazzled. I know I on occasion when I write that I worry if switching between characters becomes confusing, but Hocking just proved to me that it’s possible and that is so COOL.

Tidal

The connection that these characters have is so deep. There were many characters and all of them were interwoven. There’s Harper and her boyfriend Daniel. That man is having his own trouble fending off the siren, Penn. Then there’s Gemma’s ex-boyfriend Alex who can’t recall why he is so angry and a repulsed by her. And, I do feel so sorry for the baby boy. He is in so much pain and it wracked me with a bit of pain. Meanwhile, Thea is hoping that Gemma will accept being a siren and Lexi just wants to eat her, but we all know somebody like that, don’t we? So many people and yet it’s all balanced beautifully. And don’t worry, I’ve given away no spoilers.

I really enjoyed this book. I will certainly be putting the others on my list to read. I was enamored by the flashbacks and mythologies and how much these characters truly cared for one another. So many great combinations that just reel me in.

Quotables:

“You’d be surprised by the things a person can forgive themselves for.” (Gemma to Kirby, p. 4)

“All the places blur together eventually. Even the beauty of the ocean, eventually it becomes…redundant. It’s not here so much as now that I want to stay in.” (Thea to Gemma, p. 73)

“Mortality is a blessing and a curse, too.” (Lydia to Gemma, p. 222)

More to come soon…

-K.

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The Mechanical Dragon, Two Griffins and A Dozen Battle Ostriches (The Dark Prophecy – A Book Review)

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2017

Dark Prophecy

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Go west. Capture Apollo before he can find the next Oracle.

Apollo is new to the whole hero-quest-business. Usually his demigod master, Meg McCaffey does all of the fighting, but she’s missing, which totally isn’t his fault. Really it’s not. It’s her stepfather, Nero’s, who just so happens to be an old enemy of Apollo’s. With Meg gone, Apollo relies on a couple of other, erm, friends to help him with the Oracles.

For some reason, Apollo and crew land in Indianapolis and just when they think there’s nothing happening—seriously, it’s flat land for miles and there was nobody around—a roman emperor that’s working with Nero makes himself known. Already having gone through so much, Apollo has to stop him before they can even get to the next Oracle and before he destroys them.

 

Just like the first one, The Hidden Oracle (review here), there was so much humor and fun.  I don’t know why, but Apollo’s suffering really gives me a little joy. He is getting to see just how dangerous it can get on the ground floor instead of just watching from a bird’s eye view. He’s experiencing so many emotions; it’s like seeing a newborn baby bird get shoved out of its nest, except he fell on his face instead of taking flight. More so, I really REALLY loved seeing the realizations that Apollo was coming to in regards to his demigod friends and other aquaintances. They aren’t just meager ants to him anymore. More didn’t just pop up after a few were destroyed. The continued growth of humanity in the ex-god hit a soft spot with me.

The Dark Prophecy

 

I don’t have much to say about the style and tone because Riordan does splendid in keeping both up from the previous book. That’s the best praise I’ve got. I had no qualms. Though, I felt like the level of funny went up a notch. Let’s just say the Kool-Aid man had a brief cameo.

The Dark Prophecy Oh Yeah

 

We more or less stayed put compared to the previous book. While in the first book Apollo and Meg were running all over the place, though it centered around Camp Half-Blood, this one stayed put in the city of Indianapolis. It was still great to see it up close. There wasn’t any one time that I felt like the story was dragging along because of this. If there was a tid-bit to explore it was explored and well-detailed. So while it was all one spot, the scenes through the chapters were all perfectly fitting. I really liked that.

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There were more returning characters!!! I’m more excited by the young women I got to see…read…see—you get it. Calypso and Thalia Grace take on more than just the recurring role in this book. And I don’t usually pick favorites, but I was beyond ecstatic that Thalia got a moment here. I love her! A daughter of Zeus turned hunter. Her interaction with Apollo back in Titan’s Curse is one that set me down the path of Thalia/Apollo. I really hope to see more interaction between the two of them in the future. It’s crazy. I know that. But damn it, don’t you know by now that I’m crazy? No? Well…Onward!

“Apollo’s hot,” said Thalia.

“He’s the sun god,” said Percy.

“That’s not what I meant,” replied Thalia.

(Thalia to Percy, Titan’s Curse)

heh…Just leaving this here…heh

There were also new characters! The group got to meet two women that used to be hunters but now reside in a special waystation-Hemithea and Josephine. Now these are only two of the new characters because it would be quite rude of me to not let you meet some of these folk for yourself. These two are freaking amazing. Nothing keeps them down or stands in their way. They are truly admirable and certainly phenomenal women that have such a powerful story about how they left behind their lives as hunters. Just like every woman that joins this series they’re no damsels. They’re heroes.

 

If you couldn’t tell from all of the babble, this was just as enjoyable as The Hidden Oracle was. I’m rooting for Apollo to get his head straight and rise to challenge of being mortal. To see him save the day as such is very impressive and shows great strength. Bring on the next book!

Wait…it’s not out yet? AWWWWW, MAAAAN!

 

Quotables:

“I volunteer for death!” (Apollo, p. 22)

Okay, I have to say, this made me burst out laughing, imagining the gag reel version of Hunger Games’s Katniss Everdeen.

“I often speak without the benefit of forethought. Usually it works out. Sometimes it leads to improvisational masterpieces, like the Renaissance of the Beat movement. I had to hope this would be one of those times.” (Apollo, p. 23)

“HITTEST ME WITH THY BEST SHOT” (Dodona arrow, p. 110)

I love that a magic arrow knows Pat Benatar. A gold star for the magic arrow!

“Nets can be traps. But they can also be safety nets. You just have to know when to jump in.” (Jo to Apollo, p.187)

“What was that? Buy one prophecy, get three free?” (Leo, p. 379)

 

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) comes out May 1st, 2018 and I can’t wait to read it.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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There Once Was a God…Then He Fell into a Dumpster (The Hidden Oracle – A Book Review)

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2016

HIdden Oracle

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

My name is Apollo. I used to be a god.

There’s nothing worse than getting punished for something that wasn’t your fault, kind of not your fault. Zeus casts the god of poetry, music, and prophecy down from Olympus as punishment. Apollo crawls out of a dumpster to discover he’s no longer a god. What’s worse? He’s a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos with acne and *shiver* flab! With the help of his savior and master (and yep, you heard that right, master), Meg McCaffrey, they go to Camp Half-Blood to seek safety. Turns out that the camp isn’t as safe as it used to be. Demigods are missing and all forms of communication are on the fritz, even the Oracles.

Everybody looks to the great, err, Apollo to fix all of these problems. The utterly mortal and powerless Apollo, who—as he points out—can die now. They can’t expect him to fix all of this? How can he? With an old adversary following him, Apollo and his new enslaver, Meg, go on a quest so they—mostly Meg—can save the camp.

I had a lot of fun with this book. I really needed a book to make me laugh and this did the trick. Having read the Percy Jackson series, I’ve always been curious to see a god be brought down to the mortal playing field. It really pushed the series to a whole new limit because it seemed so unthinkable that a god would be the next to go on a world saving quest. Apollo was the perfect choice to be the one turned mortal. His vain arrogance made for a fun, raucous adventure. I snaughled so many times at Apollo. His expectations versus reality was Kool-Aid nose-spray worthy.

While this new series is a part of the Percy Jackson realm, it doesn’t make you feel alienated whatsoever. You’re given information regarding the previous books of the Percy Jackson realm when you need it. The story was fast, going from instant to the next at the snap of your fingers, so it made for a quick read. One bit that I found to be amusing, yet a wonderful emphasis on this series being done from Apollo’s POV, are the haikus at the beginning of every chapter. They act as humorous, mini prophecies for the chapter. Almost like when you hit your funny bone. You hit it and it’s not funny, but other people find it hilarious.

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What was really eye-catching was seeing some of the old characters I know from earlier in the series like Percy Jackson and Nico di Angelo. Bringing them into the story, even though it’s brief, was nice because it showed that this Greek world remains all interconnected. I love when a series remains as such. That way we don’t forget the past adventures. Seeing how their lives were fairing was delightful, as it showed time moving forward rather than standing still.

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This series is a good time. With pop cultural references and a god that believes the solar system revolves around him, which I guess it did at one point, there is a story about redemption. The journey is nowhere near close to being finished. I’ve started the second book already and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Rick Riordan must be a scribe to the gods because he does a splendid job writing stories of mythical proportions with the fluidity of moon water.

Quotables:

“If I’m being honest, I have to confess something else: all gods fear death, even when we are not encased in mortal forms.” (Apollo, p. 62)

“Oh, why does college have to happen to perfectly good people?” (Apollo, p. 139)

“I was a dramatic god.” (Apollo, p. 201)

More to come soon…

-K.

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