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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Let me first say OMG this book got me right in the feels. It brought me right back into this beautiful world that Cassie has created. We got to meet and fall in love with new characters. And hear from old characters.  This book was full of action and forbidden love like all of Cassie’s books. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, and funny.

I gave this book a 5 out of because omg. I recommend it to high schoolers since it is kind of adultish. If you want to read this, I strongly suggest starting with the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices because it will make so much sense and those books are so good.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

“Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This is the second book from Rick Riordan’s new series Magnus Chase and the Sons of Asgard that focuses on the character Magnus Chase (duh) and his life (or after life) dealing with Norse gods and all the stories from his childhood coming true. In the first book he learned who he was and all the new things about the world that he had never seen before.

In this book, Thor has lost his hammer again. He wants Magnus and his friends to go find it because Thor can’t deal with the creatures that took it. So Magnus gathers Sam, Hearthstone, Blitzen, and a new friend named Alex to go hunt down Thor’s hammer and stop Loki’s plan.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars like I did with the first book. I thought the book was interesting and I loved learning about the worlds, but it just didn’t grab me the way his books normally do. I still enjoyed it and I really love the fact that Riordan deals with important real life issues by introducing a gender fluid character and focusing on the Muslim character and how she really is normal. He makes things that we today see as a big deal not big deals at all.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. I knew it was different and intended for a younger audience. I had no knowledge of Norse mythology and I still don’t really. But something that Rick Riordan has such an amazing talent for is not only writing but world building. The Nine Worlds that are in this book are so intricate. Norse mythology is so difficult to understand in my opinion because there is so much to it.

I also didn’t want to abandon his Greek and Roman books and meet all new characters. But Magnus and his buddies brought the humor every Rick Riordan book always has. I loved the new characters and warmed up to them. His books always make me so happy even when I’m not sure about them.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it wasn’t amazing, but it was still good. I really enjoyed it. I recommend this book to middle grade and older. I think anyone can read him because he appeals to a lot of different ages. Anyway, I’m reading Hammer of Thor the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series so hopefully the review on that will be up this weekend.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

“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.”

Synopsis from Goodreads

So I have to say first of all it’s been so long since I read a Rick Riordan book. I was really hesitant because of the fact that he is mostly  middle-grade author. I  didn’t want to read something that wasn’t anywhere near my reading level or maybe even something that I might not enjoy. But I had seen a ton of booktubers talk about it and I was like I can try it out.

I’m so glad I did! Apollo was such a great character and so funny. It was so great to get a different perspective from a god and not a demigod. I think his character development is amazing and I can’t wait to see how much he changes in this series. This is honestly some of the best character development I have seen in a really long time. Also, he brought in some old characters and I was so happy. Like Percy, Nico, and Will and I was so happy!

This is the first book in a new series, but I am telling you read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Everything will make so much more sense if you do! But I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars because it was just so funny, had amazing character development, and brought back so many feels. I encourage anyone to read it. It would be best for middle schoolers,  but anyone older can read it too!

I’m currently reading The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan so I think the review will go up sometime this week.

Until Next Time,

Alex