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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (The Sword of Summer) ~ Rick Riordan

 

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I had this for a while, but hadn’t read it for fear of being disappointed. I love the Percy Jackson series (both of them), so I didn’t want to be let down… and I have to admit… I wasn’t! I will say that it had a “Percy Jackson” feel to it, but I didn’t mind that.

Magnus is a homeless teenager who is in danger and doesn’t know it. He must find the Sword of Summer, which used to belong to his father, Frey, ruler of peace and fertility, rain, and sunshine. Like all weapons described in any mythology, this sword has a tragic history… but more powerful than anyone could even know, even Magnus. Magnus comes face to face with Surt, the fire giant… well, things don’t go that great for Surt… even worse for Magnus. Surt wants to start Ragnarök sooner than it should be. (There’s no actual scheduled date for this event, but it is inevitable). If Surt gets his hands of the Sword of Summer, Ragnarök will be started with one event… the releasing of Fenrir. Magnus, along with friends, must stop this from happening!

You meet some very interesting characters along the way. Thor loses his hammer… again. Loki is as sneaky as you think he is. (It helped that I read his character with Tom Hiddleston in mind. Thanks Marvel!) There’s a few Annabeth Chase sightings which was awesome… it helped that Annabeth and Magnus are cousins. I think it will be very interesting to see the crossover (if there is one) with Annabeth being the daughter of Athena and Magnus, the son of Frey. It was interesting getting to learn about Norse mythology with this story. I was already knowledgeable with Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology (prior to Rick Riordan), but this piqued my curiosity of Norse mythology… beyond Thor and Loki. I can’t wait to read the next book!

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To the TransplantGames ~ Caroline McIntosh

To the Transplant Games

With my crazy work schedule, it was nice to come home and read such an endearing and at times, thought provoking story about 3 teens going through the struggle and recovery of organ transplants. Each story is told from a different point of view seamlessly and intertwine occasionally.

What I liked about this story is all 3 characters are at different stages during the process. This story made you take a step back and reflect on how would you react if one of these characters was a relative? What if this was you? It also made me think about being an organ donor. I believe this story told the importance of becoming one if you aren’t one already. Well done!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest opinion. 

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To Win Her Heart ~ Mackenzie Crowne

To Win Her Heart

In book 2 of the series, To Win Her Trust, (click here for review!) we got a bit of a preview of this story. It was love at first sight for country music’s favorite girl, Jessi. MMA fighter, Max, was quite taken with her too. However, no matter how hard she tried, Max kept his distance. That is until Jessi gets a stalker!

Jessi has a plan to solve the problem… but which problem? The stalker? Winning his heart? Or both? And at what cost? When he turns her down flat (without hearing her out) you think that’s the end of it… but it’s not. As it happens, dad is a bit more serious about Jessi’s safety. (She wasn’t exactly upfront about 1. her true intentions. and 2. having a stalker!) Her dad convinces Max to agree to her plan and the fun starts.

But what do you do when the person you believes deserves happiness, believes he doesn’t deserve you? GIRL POWER! Gracie, CC, (both pregnant!), Kris and V step in to help! It was nice to have a reunion with the girls! It was awesome having all these spitfires in one book! Jessi might have been small, but she was mighty.

While Max has a bad boy image (and he did things to earn that image) he also had a vulnerable side and it was nice to see. But it was also heartbreaking to see. There were tragedies in both Jessi’s and Max’s past… leading Jessi to fulfill a dream that’s not her’s and Max believing he’s not lovable. Just an all-around great story. (The stalker gets caught btw! Obviously!!!! But what’s a love story without a little danger and excitement!)

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Atlantis Quest ~ Gloria Craw

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We pick up where Atlantis Rising ended, a few weeks after the dust up with batshit crazy Sebastian. As far as the clans know, he’s dead. A new clan leader must be appointed. The problem is that no one knows anything about the candidates. Also, Nikki, enemy of Alison, is missing. Ian’s parents want Alison to use her gift of thoughtmaking to find her.

And that, my friends, is where everything gets interesting! Alison has to assume a fake identity and befriend Phoebe, the enemy’s daughter, find out who’s being nominated for clans chief AND find Nikki! Alison will be staying with Theron, who is exiled for a few (major, but not deadly) crimes he committed. They create a bond that she never thought could happen and their relationship helped them with a bit of self-reflection. As things come to a head, everyone learns something new about themselves and each other. Can time heal all wounds? Or… are some wounds just to deep to heal? Just as Alison thought her life would get a little normal, there’s a letter from Nikki. Everyone thought Sebastian was dead… but it’s he?

This was a great sequel to Atlantis Rising. When situations got tough, Alison used her head instead of flying into things without a plan. She learned to stand her ground and as a character she grew. I have to admit, I was annoyed when I thought there was going to be a love triangle… I just really LOVE Ian! Alison’s relationship with Theron was more of a brother/sister relationship and their banter was hilarious!

While this one has a few more chapters than the last book, they go by so quickly that you won’t notice!

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Distraction ~ Laura Clark

Distraction

 

This is the first in what looks to be a promising series. Laila is in love with her brother’s best friend, Sam, who has mutual feelings for Laila. But hey, when it’s your best friend’s sister… that kinda makes her off-limit. Let’s add her friend, Trevor, who recently moved back to town and he is HOT! What is a girl to do?! So now, one must choose!

I have to say, while I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, this one kinda worked for me. I wish I could tell you who she should end up with, but I changed my mind every other chapter! If I can’t decide, how the hell could she! I love it!

I will admit, there were times where the book dragged a bit for me. I enjoyed the overall product, but I think there were a few parts that could have been edited down and you still would have the same story. But overall, it was a fun read and I look forward to the next one!

I received a copy for an honest opinion!

 

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Atlantis Rising ~ Gloria Craw

Atlantis Rising

For the last three years Alison has worked hard to make herself invisible because a stranger told her that if guy knew she existed, he would stop at nothing to have her on his side. She always knew she was different. It is revealed that Alison is a child of Atlantis. They call themselves Dewings. Half of dewings believe they are superior to the human race and they should rule the world. They other half believe humans should have free will just as the dewings have. It’s a battle of who can defeat the other and what happens to the human race.

Being invisible for three years was working until Ian and Brandy came to town! They come to town looking for the thoughtmaker… and what do you know! Alison is a thoughtmaker. Thoughtmakers are very rare. They have the ability to put thoughts into someone’s head. It’s no wonder other dewings are looking for her, but for most… she’s a myth. Upside: Alison’s exactly who Ian and Brandy are looking for. Downside: she  grew up in a human family household, so she doesn’t know everything about herself and what she can do. As they tell Alison how dire their situation is, they all realize her lessons are going to be difficult, but necessary. Let’s add to the problem: there’s a mole! So, to recap: Alison, Ian and Brandy are dewings trying to save the world from this deranged dewing name Sabastian… batshit crazy! While you were happy with the results, you weren’t very pleased with how you got the results. But hey, all’s well that ends well.

While there is a romance component to this story, I wouldn’t say it’s the main focus of the story. Ian was mysterious and absolutely swoon worthy. Brandy is an absolute sweetheart and you feel for her in her struggle. It was an interesting read (even though I found the cover to be a little misleading, but that’s probably my fault. I was expecting there to be a mermaid… there isn’t one…) and I look forward to the sequel.