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Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

7090447The Red Pyramid (1st book in the Kane Chronicles series)

By: Rick Riordan

Published:  May 4th, 2010

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Language: English

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Today I thought I would look at the first book in the Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan: The Red Pyramid. I came across this title in December in a 2013 Read Wrap-Up (I think?) and wanted to give this series a try. You might be wondering why I picked this one rather than The Lightning Thief (the first book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series), and that is because when I was younger, I loved Ancient Egypt and Egyptian mythology. So when I heard he wrote a similar series around Ancient Egyptian mythology, I wanted to read it for myself.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Review

 

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Review: A Cast of Stones (Book 1 in The Staff & The Sword series)

15781726A Cast of Stones (Book 1 in The Staff & The Sword series)

By: Patrick W. Carr

Published: February 1st, 2013

Company: Bethany House Publishers

Language: English

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Today I am going to be taking a look at Patrick Carr’s novel A Cast of Stones, the first book in his The Staff & The Sword series. While the events and the story did not surprise me (not to say that I did not thoroughly enjoy this book), what did surprise me was something behind the book itself that I was not aware of until I sat down to write this review and took a glance over at the reviews on Goodreads. Something that, had I known beforehand, may have coloured my judgement, and kept me from reading this book to begin with. I would like to remind everyone that my opinions are of my own, I do not mean to offend people by them, and apologize if my opinions do cause offense as it is not my intention to offend.

Blurb:

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny

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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Review

 

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ARC Review: The Seers (Holders #2)

17457717The Seers

By: Julianna Scott

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Published: February 4, 2014

Language: English

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I am back with a review for another ARC through Netgallery. This time I will be talking about Julianna Scott’s second book in the Holder series: The Seers. I have to admit that I was slightly confused reading the first couple of chapters because I did not immediately recognize that this was part of a series. I turned to my friend the Internet and found out it was indeed not a standalone book. So I quickly found a copy of the first book, read that, and re-read the opening chapters of this book before moving forward. I honestly did enjoy the first book The Holders so I was more than looking forward to the chance to get a sneak peak at the next book in the series. I think had I not enjoyed the first part, it would have taken me a longer time to get around to reading this one. Under the cut, will be book blurb followed up by my thoughts of the book: including comparing this series (so far) to the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, and compare The Seers to The Hobbit and The Empire Strikes Back. Trust me, it will make sense! Also I do my best to keep spoiler-free as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Review

 

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ARC Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

17910570Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

By Karen Foxlee

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Published: January 28, 2014

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With Christmas just behind us and 2014 on our door steps, this is the perfect time to talk about a fantasy children’s Christmas story, right? I totally agree! I received this ARC through NetGalley from Random House in exchange for an honest review. Before I go too much into this book, I want to point out that while this story is a Christmas story, it is only set around Christmas and does not draw upon Christmas themes or imagery. This makes it refreshing in a time where people can be over-saturated with Christmas imagery and motifs and a perfect book to read to children to escape that, or even for households who do not celebrate the Christmas holiday. Plus it is another Australian author!!

Description

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy’s own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this is a modern day fairy tale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Review

 

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Shadowplay Promotion

Merry Christmas to everyone to celebrates this wonderful holiday!! I hope that your holidays have been filled with joy and wonder. And to my fellow Canadians, Happy Boxing Day! May your day be filled with either peace and quiet… or crazy shopping! For those unaware, Boxing Day is a huge shopping day for Canadian consumers. You can find great deals on things and if you get money (or gift cards) from loved ones as presents, it is a great time to use them since they may go farther then any other day. Personally myself, I stay home and away from the crazy shoppers.

Today’s post is going to be more about helping spreading the word about Laura Lam’s upcoming book Shadowplay, the sequel to her successful novel Pantonmime. You may recall I reviewed this book earlier this month (if not, check it out here), but recently she posted on her blog a heartfelt plea for people to help spread the word about this book. I encourage you to check it out.

To help promote the book, Laura has started posting teasers of the opening quotes from each chapter, plus a preview at the first couple of pages of Chapter One. Click here to read the teasers and check out the preview of Chapter One. Feel free to share the teasers across your social media networks!!  As well as that, follow her on her Shadowplay blog tour leading up to the release of Shadowplay. She will be visiting 23 blogs between December 20 and January 12.

I have posted below the pre-order links for the book (courtesy of Laura’s blog) but added two of my own for Canada. I would also like to suggest that you pre-order (or order) the book (if possible) from your local bookstore. While the chain bookstores are easiest for people to shop and order books, it is easy to forget the local bookstores who do not have websites. The book is scheduled to come out January 7 so you would not have to wait too long for it to come out!

Pre-order:

UK: Amazon – The Book Depository
US: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Indiebound – Powell’s
Canada: Amazon – Indigo – KoboBooks (TBD?) – Mosacic Books
Australia: BookAdda
NZ: Fishpond

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a safe and wonderful holidays and I will see you all next time!!

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Review

 

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Movie Review: The Hobbit- The Desolation of Smaug 2014

Elf PosterToday I thought I would sit down and talk about my opinions and thoughts (plus some rants) of the recent Hobbit flick that was released last week. I will be talking about the movie as a whole so beware of SPOILERS. If you have not seen the movie and you want to remain unspoiled, come back once you have seen the movie. Also, I have not read the book so my thoughts/opinions will be based on the movie only. If you have seen the movie or do not care about being spoiled, then read on! Also if for some reason you have not seen The Lord of the Rings movies, you might want to skip this review since I will be drawing upon events that happen in this movie and how it relates to the later films. But who has not seen those films at this point when going in to see The Hobbit films?

My first viewing of the film was in 2D and the second was in 3D so I cannot comment about the 48 FPS versions. Or rant about them either. I have not even seen the previous Hobbit movie in the new 48 FPS so I cannot comment on how that was for that experience.

Before going deep into it, I will say that if you have issues with spiders in films that this movie is WORSE than the second Harry Potter film for spiders. Just saying. This fact communicated to me by those who DO NOT LIKE spiders at all. You should just prepare yourself to deal with a lot of spiders. The 3D also makes the spider look WORSE and uglier (but in a good way). You have been warned. Moving on!

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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Review

 

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ARC Review: Defy

17406847Defy

By Sara B. Larson

Published: January 7 2014

Publisher: Scholastic

Language: English

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Yup, you are not reading that wrong. I will be doing a review on a book that is not out yet. I received my digital ARC through Netgallery and read it through the Kindle app. I was first made aware about the book through the Waiting on Wednesday meme and jumped at the chance to read it ahead of the release.

Blurb on Goodreads:

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Review

 

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