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May. 28th, 2018


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Title: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.95/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: May 25, 2018 to May 28, 2018
Book Summary: Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus's memory. But he doesn't have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.
Book Review: Rick Riordan returns us to the land of mythology.

This time with the Norse Gods.

Having lost his mother in an apartment accident, Magnus Chase has been living on the streets since then. He has had to stay one step ahead of both the police that seek him for answers over his mother's death and the truant officers whom seek to bring him back to school. One day he spots his cousin and his uncle on the street seemingly looking for him and he decides to go to the one uncle his mother warned him about.

Unfortunately for Magnus, his uncle finds him and insists that he go with him to a bridge to claim his birthright. Of course, Magnus is skeptical over his uncle's ramblings but when Surt appears and sets out to destroy everything in his path, Magnus is forced to believe everything his uncle tells him.

Magnus Chase is about to find out that Norse Gods of Old are indeed real.

Have I ever mention how much I love Rick Riordan? I have loved his take on mythology since the first moment I picked up The Lightning Thief. I have to admit that he has taken liberties with much of the mythology but that is what makes these stories so much fun to read. Normal books on mythology often make the Gods and their heroes seem one-dimensional but here we find that these Gods are much more and they are nearly like humans. Some of them even going as far as to blend in with the human world and interacting with them.

Much like I love Percy Jackson, I love Magnus Chase. He is a bit like Percy. They are both sarcastic, hilarious in their narratives, and draw you into their hijinks. There is never a dull moment in these books. There is always something going on and some sort of trouble that you find yourself cheering on Magnus. Even the secondary characters are not one-dimenional, lacking personality. Nope. Honestly you would think they were but you find them just as well-rounded and full of back story as Magnus.

These stories are fantastic and a great starter to get your child to begin reading. In fact, anything by Rick Riordan has my nephew's interest. Even my sister, whom has a strong dislike of reading, has come to enjoy his books even is she goes the route of audiobooks. Still it makes me happy that I have my family enjoying them.

Note: This is a second reading of this book.

Jun. 5th, 2016


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Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: May 19 to June 05, 2016
Book Summary: How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
Book Review: What happens when you are a god one moment and end up becoming a mortal named Lester Papadopoulos?

This is what happened to Apollo but the only problem is Apollo does not remember what he has done to have caused Zeus to punish him in such a form. His memories are clouded but he knows he has to find Percy to help figure it out. The only problem is the fact he now has a tagalong who saved his life and thus owes a life-debt to.

This book was hilarious. Apollo reminded me so much of Gilderoy Lockhart in every sense. A drama queen (or king if you want to correct it), narcissistic, and selfish little bastard who bemoaned his fate whenever he had a moment to do so. He was hilarious in his narrative and even the haikus he tried so hard to make at each chapter. Some of them were, of course, a bit of a foreshadow but others were simply failed attempts of humor.

There are some that believe the author was a bit of a sell-out due to his continuous need to milk the cow but I don't think so. There is still much in the mythology world that could be used as material to continue to bring forth the Percy Jackson universe. There are still villians that may be hiding in the shadows still and remember the Gods themselves were never angels.

Rick Riordan remains my favorite author. I don't think that is ever going to change regardless of how he twists the Greek, Roman, and Norse universes to continue to roll out books for kids to read.