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.

 

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The Tower For True Love (Wizard and Glass – A Book Review)

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1997

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Rated T for finding true love only to lose it because of destiny

 

Fools are the only folk on earth who can absolutely count on getting exactly what they deserve.

After winning the game of riddles with Blaine, the monorail, Roland, the Gunslinger, and his group: Susannah and Eddie Dean, Jake, and the billy-bumbler, Oy, get lost and Roland finally tells them the origin of Roland’s journey to the Tower that’s tied to the story of losing his first love.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

So far in the Dark Tower series:

 

The Gunslingerreview here

The Drawing of Threereview here

The Waste Landsreview here

This must be my favorite installment so far! I got caught up in the intense life or death situations of The Waste Lands, but Wizard and Glass brought haunting magic, tragic love, and the start of the epic journey to the Tower. There were many revelations and breathtaking moments. So much detail and emotion.

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I’m a lush for a good relationship and build-up to romance. I don’t care what anybody says. What I admire about King’s storytelling is that he can create an act of sex in an animalistic nature, but also bring to life the act of expressing love. He differentiates the two so clearly though they are the same and that really stuck out for me. Roland and Susan were so sweet and I was sighing away about them. The friendship between Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain as well was powerful in its own way. This journey they took really tested their bonds and I was swept away. Stories that accentuate themes like these always grab my attention, even if you can tell they will end tragically.

The book taking place in a flashback of Roland and his two best friends, Cuthbert and Alain, who have just entered the life of Gunslingers and were sent to a dusty town undercover. I got really strong vibes of the wild west, but a disturbing and sci-fi version of it. Traces of the world we know were in it like a Citgo. It made the place recognizable with these little pieces in such a massive span of a world. It also connected every world together this way too. It came together like a perfectly baked cake. Totally digging it.

 

Overall

Beautiful and haunting. This installment is also personal for Roland. He doesn’t share much so I was drinking it up! This is such an intense and amazingly interwoven story. I’m officially sucked in. With more discoveries and secrets coming to light and the tower growing closer, I’m excited to get to the end!

 

Quotables:

“What’s been spoken for may be unspoken, and what’s done may be undone. Nothing’s sure, but…I want her.” (Roland, p. 172)

“True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome…except, of course to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true love is really only interesting to those who have become is dangerous.” (p.355)

“You’re in the west. The soul of a man such as you can never leave the west. You’ll live in exile and die as you lived.” (p. 500)

“I left the world I knew to watch a kid try to put booties on a fucked-up weasel. Shoot me, Roland, before I breed.” (Eddie, p. 661)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Welcome to TV Land – A Book List

Hello, my beautiful readers!

I hope you’ve had a great May so far. Mine’s been alright. Can’t complain too much. Life is certainly being life. However, I do wish June will be better lol. Anyway! Book list of the month!

This month I’ve been thinking about what kind of books could I recommend, but I’ve also been in a weird spot. Some of my favorite shows have had their finales, some are series’ finales. And BOOM! A list is born!

I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy reading the tie-in/spin-off novels written based off of TV shows. They can be so much fun and really feed my love for my favorite TV shows.

Here’s a list of some of the shows that you can find novels to match. Maybe you know them and maybe you don’t. And if you don’t then here’s a chance to find a new TV series to binge the hell out of and be utterly obsessed with.

Charmed

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

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TheFlash/Arrow

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Gotham

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Supernatural

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Smallville

 

Roswell
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Teen Wolf

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Castle

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X-Files

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What TV shows do you love? Have you read their novels? I know, for me, I’m a major Buffy fan. I gathered a couple new ones at a book sale last month and I currently have an X-Files book on my TBR list.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Silence is Not Golden, But Red and Silver – (King’s Cage – A Book Review)

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2017

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Rated S for the searing pain only the love of a Silver can cause, though war divides many hearts

 

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner of the King of Norta, Maven. More so, she’s powerless. No lightning and no escape. In chains, she’s once again put on display, but not as a princess like before. She’s put on display as the new blood that is forced to betray the Scarlet Guard, the people she loves, and herself. Many times, she tries to break free. It’s the silent stone shackles around her wrists and ankles that keeps her powers locked up. She refuses to let it or Maven break her.

The Scarlet Guard isn’t hiding any longer. They’re ready for war. The tension between everyone might stop it before it gets started however. The exiled prince, Cal is lost without her and will do anything to get her back. Even destroy his brother and anything else in his path.

Reds turn on Reds. Silvers turn on Silvers. Brother turns on brother.

 

I’m still a damn mess over Shade. It’s ugly ya’ll. And every time he was brought up…

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Now, Mare is locked up and I can’t even handle that. She gave herself up! Just as I worried she may turn into a monster, she fell into a helpless heap. Well, not helpless. But, I couldn’t help her. I wanted to jump into the book and help her so badly. So much hurt and heartbreak.

I actually had to wait to start this book because my emotions were all over the place. Just so much hurt. So much loss. And this loss is strangely different for me than it is in other books. While reading this series, I’ve gotten such an in-depth look into Mare’s life and seen how much things matter for her. It’s such a close perspective and every bit that she’s ripped into rips into me.

The war isn’t just talk now. It’s happening. Nobody is safe. Not a single person. There were so many times I gasped aloud as I read, and forget my nails. They got chomped right off. From an assassination attempt to torture, this was dark. However, there were unique alliances made that really surprised the feck out of me. Many more unexpected twists turned like a blade in me, instilling in me that everything is not always as it seems with anyone.

When Mare and Cal finally did reunite, it was like finally getting able to breathe until it wasn’t. And I totally caught that Grey’s Anatomy moment and it shattered me. The two of them sure are cute though. Dance in the rain cute.

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However, this drama-llama she’s got between both brothers is done. I’m not heeding it. Not one bit. I’m not here for a triangle. I’m here for the lightning girl. She cares about both of them and in a way, I can see why. But, I can’t focus on them because I’m focused on my girl, here. I can’t be bothered by dream fictional guys this time.

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For some light, happiness, a spot of blue sky—more new bloods and some are like Mare! Oh, to know she didn’t have to feel utterly alone was so beautiful. It’s so exciting! And the imagery! *whistles* YASSSSS.

Hell, the whole reunion for Mare and her family—everyone—was just sending my heart soaring.

I really can’t find a fault in this installation of the series. It was gorgeous and chilling!. I latched on and still haven’t let go. Powerful imagery. Such well thought out plot points. Aveyard really didn’t rush things and I LOVE it when that happens. There’s no reason to rush things all the time. Look at everything along the way. Aveyard didn’t just look though. She dragged my butt right through the mud. Lol.

 

Overall

This series keeps getting more powerful with every book and War Storm is the final book. Not ready for it at all. Glad to wait for it to release to paperback. Completely A-okay with it.  However, I’m so unbelievably nervous. This is like coming up on the final season of Game of Thrones. While many people already know since War Storm is out, I don’t know. LOL. Anyway, I just get that churning feeling that a lot of people aren’t going to make, one of them being Mare. And after she’s developed so much in this book, that makes me so sad.

 

Quotables:

“It’s cruel to give hope where none should be.” (Mare, p. 18)

“Until we meet again.” (Mare, p. 39)

“Gods do not ally with insects, but they can be infected by them.” (Evangeline, p. 142)

“Control takes more practice than brute force.” (Cameron, p. 155)

“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.” (Maven, p. 279)

“Monsters are so easily made, especially in people like us…” (Mare to Cameron, p. 416)

“Love is not a word we use. We feel it, we mean it, but we don’t say it. it feels so final, a declaration from which there is no easy return.” (Mare, p. 437)

“Choose me. Choose the dawn.” (p. 503)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish.

 

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Dorothy Must Die, The Series – A Review

Dorothy Must Die Series

Author: Danielle Paige

 

New Year’s Resolution: 2019

This year I’m taking on the challenge to read five book series I haven’t read yet but are on my TBR list. The first one to be completed is the Dorothy Must Die series. It consists of four main novels and several novellas. I stuck to the main story with the four books. I’m thinking about reading the novellas. I’m not certain I want to, but if I feel froggy enough so I’ll be reading them much later.

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Amy Gumm Lands in Oz after a tornado wipes out her trailer park. Suddenly, she’s given the mission to assassinate Dorothy. Oz has become a twisted place since Dorothy has come to Oz. Can Amy fix it? With the help of the Order of the Wicked and other unexpected allies, she hopes so.

 

 

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I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with this series. Twisted tales are my typical jam. An acquaintance of mine told me, “Dorothy’s the bad guy and she dresses like a hooker.”. LOL. So, Dorothy being the big bad of the story and Oz being turned upside down really garnered my attention.

 

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The Wicked Will Rise

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So, the plan to assassinate Dorothy failed and I wanted to see what would happen next. It’s in this book that there’s more of Oz revealed. It’s quite a spacious land. Wingless monkeys, a rainbow cathedral, and an island of lost things. The journey to eliminate Dorothy just got a little longer.

 

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Yellow Brick War

Review: here

After the cliffhanger of The Wicked Will Rise, I couldn’t not read the next installment. Emotions were running sky-high. I needed more Amy and Nox. The chemistry between is so nice. But they’re also super stuck! Nothing worse and more enticing than forbidden love. That and Dorothy was really taking this war to new heights.

 

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The End of Oz

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I found this addition and conclusion to the series to show another side of the land of Oz in an even more interesting and horrifying light quite intriguing. The story could’ve ended with the last book, The Yellow Brick War, in a way, but this allowed for something fresh to happen.

 

My favorite book of the series is the third one because it was a major game changer to the series. That being said, my least favorite book was the second one. It fell short of what I was expecting and drawn out a bit too.

Overall, I’m glad I read this series. It’s not one that got my emotions in a wrenching knot or struck me with the desperate need to finish them because they’re so good. They were enjoyable and fun and, in some moments, a riot. They certainly weren’t a waste of time. Not at all. They just didn’t hit that peak for me. I do recommend the series if you love a good twist on tales and the complicated romance scene. The action was pretty great too! I was plenty surprised! Just a really decent story. I guess the reason it doesn’t hit the favorite shelf is that it just didn’t suck me in. It happens.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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No Place Like Home (The End of Oz – A Book Review)

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2017

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Rated W for wicked creeps in a land of complete horror where the food is dreadful.

 

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Dorothy is dead. Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz, has finally returned to her right mind and her throne. Oz is free…not.

All was right, and now it isn’t. Amy’s old enemy turned friend, Madison is now stranded in Oz and the Nome King is sweeping in to take over Oz. Luckily, they are saved by Oz, but lead them to Ev, the gnarly kingdom of the Nome King. There they hope to find a way to defeat the Nome King there.

While Oz is still at risk, Amy is struggling with whether she wants to go back to Kansas or remain in Oz. Where will she call home?

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 4

 

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The Wicked Will Rise Review: Here

 

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All series eventually come to an end. Except for series like Shadowhunters (Cassandra Claire) and possibly Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine). LOL. They might be eternal. This is the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series and it was so different from the books that precede it. While the heavy feeling of the end was there, I really loved that if ever Paige wanted to come back to Oz later, she could. So, it was bittersweet, yet warming to my heart.

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Amy and Nox are teaming up once again to save Oz once and for all. They have to be among one of the most interesting relationships I’ve read in a book. I like my pairs/relationships hot, steamy, and intense, but I find ones that begin in friendship with a solid steel bond that turns into so much more amazingly beautiful too. They’re more real. Amy and Nox were very real.

Madison has come to Oz! Whoa… Still pretty surreal, even now as I’m reviewing the book. I couldn’t stand her! I’ve definitely turned my leaf on her. She turned out to be kickass and that’s epic. I really love it when an enemy can turn out to be an ally and even a friend. The development is a splendid one.

Also, Ev was creepy AF. No joke. Ick and double ick. The reference to Return to Oz was on point!

“Return to Oz? It’s like showing a little kid Clockwork Orange. Fucked me up for life…” (Madison, p.31)

I’m just glad there’s no zombie/robot Totos. Eesh. The Wheelers were pretty messed up though. Just a lot of disturbing creatures in a disturbing world. I get a Castlevania mixed with The Dark Crystal vibe.

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Looking back on the past played a big part in this book. Each character, including some just being introduced, was looking back to what brought them to this point, Oz on the verge of another war. It’s shocking to look back at where this all began. So much has changed. It just stuns me. You know what I’m saying, right? That feeling? It’s crazy. And satisfyingly fulfilling.

 

Overall

A pretty good conclusion to an entertaining series. Magical and certainly out of this world. I had a lot of fun and was always surprised. Definitely a delightful and simultaneously disturbing twist on a tale I already find slightly screwed up. From wingless monkeys to wicked witches to ugly ass beetles that are easily offended. I was really taken with Amy’s journey and how it changed her life. So, maybe the story wasn’t the most exciting, but her journey was important and brave and well-developed.

 

Quotables:

“…I can’t erase our past but I don’t live in it. I am not ruined. I’m just done with it. What you did to me…it’s a part of who we both are, and I carried it for a long time. But if you still carry it, that’s for you to deal with.” (Amy to Madison, p. 199)

“No matter how many times I said it, I knew I’d never get used to the feeling of the words in my mouth. The knowledge that it was true. That I’d never feel this way about anyone else again as long as I live.” (Amy, p. 213)

“Nothing cures a broken heart like pie.” (Dorothy, p. 239)

“We are made of what shapes us.” (p. 251)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Wicked Comes to Kansas (Yellow Brick War – A Book Review)

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2016

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Rated S for stranded wicked witches in Kansas that are ultimately screwed.

 

Home was nowhere now…(p. 1)

Amy’s back in Kansas, unfortunately. And she’s not alone. Nox, Glamora, Mombi, and Gert are stranded in the flat, dusty state too. The only way to get back to Oz and to the war breaking out there is to find Dorothy’s original shoes. Yes, the silver ones.

To get them, Amy has to do the unthinkable. She has to go back to high school. So much has changed since she disappeared to Oz. Her mom is sober. Her enemy at school suddenly wants to be best friends. A tornado sweeping through Dusty Acres might just be the best thing too ever happen.

Amy must stick to her mission. She must kill Dorothy. Many have died because of her failures. When she returns to Oz, she won’t fail. She can’t.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 4

 

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So much cool went down in this book. Right as I was beginning to wonder what was happening back in Kansas, POOF, Amy gets a quick trip home! While totally cringe-y, it was also engrossing! While magic is risky and is working to twist Amy into something dangerous, in Kansas she’s got nada in the magic department.

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And if it’s not one pain in the ass then it’s another. And this time, it’s another and it’s in Kansas. Who knew, right? But, without magic, can Amy stop it? Well, I can’t spoil that. But there’s so much tension and so much happening in this book! Feelings. Old enemies. Old friends. Broken hearts. Unexpected reunions. BATTLE!

This book didn’t wait to break my heart, not a single second wasted. Amy, and not just her, really got put through the wringer. I’ve really caught on to Paige loving to rip into the pain first and then keeping the sting of it alive throughout the story, and she does very well with it. My heart just kept falling

Side Note: This book really highlighted just how bad of a liar Amy is. It’s hilarious.

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The scenery is ever-changing. Really wicked too. I was as surprised and stunned as Amy with everything. It was like being in The Twilight Zone in Kansas AND Oz. “Is this really happening?” kept flitting through my brain as I read. Also, the further the book got the more horrifying it grew. I keep thinking this can’t get more grotesque but damn if it didn’t. I couldn’t feel worse for Toto especially. I mean, the little yapper is evil, but he got a nasty fate that no animal deserves.

 

Overall

The mission is getting darker and darker by the page. I’m always so taken with the action! Amy is such a fighter and a sassy one at that. It never ceases to impress me. Really. The young woman is a fighter and I’m here for it! She’s Oz’s vampire slayer and Dorothy is the apocalypse…little Buffy analogy there. Totally well placed in my opinion.

 

Quotables:

“If you want to help us get back too Oz, you have to go back to high school.” (Gert to Amy, p. 18)

“The world I grew up in is gone, too. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up on it. Because if you give up—then what is there left to live for?” (Amy to Nox, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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