Book Review, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Sci-fi, series, YA

City of Skies ~ Farah Cook

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Title: City of Skies (ShadowIslands Saga, Book 1)
Author: Farah Cook
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Norse Myth, YA
Publisher: Lindhart Publishing Ltd
Date of Release: March 3, 2017
Pages: 264
Format: Nook (Author)

Every so often, there’s a book that comes along that has you yearning for the next installment. You wait patiently (for a year!) and when the second installment comes out, you make a weekend of it. You turn off all technology, you find a comfortable place (and position), you get your favorite snacks and drinks, and you get down to business. The ShadowIslands Saga will be that for you!

Nora is an intelligent young girl who is competitive by nature, but also has powers that she is trying to hide. Nora is badass and I don’t think we have seen the full extent of her potential/capabilities and that makes me excited for the next installment. Frederick has me wanting to know more about him. While he is complexed, he’s also mysterious. That leaves me excited! The world building and character development is absolutely stunning! It’s a futuristic Norse myth, for crying out loud!

This is a book that can easily be read in one sitting because you just need to know what happens next. The first couple of chapters are a bit slow, but not annoyingly so. This will put you in the mind of Hunger Games, The Giver,  and  Divergent, however it’s done so well that not only does it make you excited to see where this goes next, but you will also want to re-read those stories! I can’t wait for the next installment! (Click the cover to purchase!)

 

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

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Book Review, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Sci-fi, series, YA

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!