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Diverse Characters in Hammer of Thor

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Have I talked about how much I love all the diverse elements Rick Riordan has brought into his books? It’s honestly so nice to see as a person who grew up with the Percy Jackson series. To see the world become more and more real if that makes sense to say in a fictional world where Gods and demigods exist. Heroes of Olympus had such a diverse set of heroes and I might say that made me love it even more than Percy Jackson. Now Magnus Chase is on it’s way to being that way as well.

In this book we have Magnus and friends in search of Thor’s hammer. They have to obtain the hammer before Loki enacts some crazy plan of his. Loki is up to Loki things as always. He’s always got a reason for the things he does. Probably not something that will work out well for the good guys. I mainly want to talk about some of the awesome characters in  this book for this review.

Samirah is such an interesting character to me. She is a Muslim girl who is devoted to her faith. She’s also a  Valykyrie. I like that we got more conversation on how this all adds up for her. How she is able to reconcile the two very different beliefs. Samirah is a really great character. You really see the toll that being a child of Loki has put on her in this book through her relationship with her sibling Alex. Plus because of everything Loki puts the both of them up against over the course of this book. Loki gets no points in the parent department even if he’s not complete trash all the time. I feel like Alex and Samirah need to meet Nico and Hazel. I feel like they’d be able to compare experiences a little. The stigma with being a child of Loki vs. being a child of Hades. I’d like to see it.

I love Hearthstone and Blitz’s friendship. In the first book you definitely see it but here you see how much they really mean to each other. Blitz is Hearthstone’s family. Hearthstone’s real family didn’t treat him well. Partially because of his inability to hear. Anything different was a problem for them. Hearthstone’s father is really frustrating to read when we finally meet him in this book. It definitely made me want to see more about Hearthstone’s background but also made me excited to see Hearthstone get more powerful going forward. His reverence for the Gods is also really nice to see in this story. I’m ready for more magic use. I didn’t know about the Norse God Vidar. often known as the Silent God. Having Vidar draw a connection to Hearthstone because of it was interesting.  Vidar even signs to Hearthstone in a type of sign language only Hearthstone understood. Possible Alf Sign language.  It was a really cool moment to me.

I was really excited when Alex was introduced. It’s so refreshing seeing a genderfluid character in a series that spins off from a series I grew up watching.  Also, I have to wonder if Alex is Magnus’ love interest. When you read the first Percy Jackson book you already have a feeling who might be endgame.  You don’t get that with Magnus Chase book 1. The Sword of Summer. There is definitely a connection between Magnus and Alex in this book that is making me think it could happen.

Magnus reaction to meeting Alex was so well done. Magnus spent most of his life homeless. Living on the streets. He’s met many queer homeless youth in that time. He knows people who are non-binary. He’s been in shelters with people that are Trans and genderfluid before. So he really doesn’t have a big reaction to it at all like a large portion of Valhalla seems to. If Magnus is falling for Alex I’m wondering if Alex is possibly pansexual too. Magnus never has shown attraction to anyone in the series yet so he is an open book in a book that explores many different identities. Maybe Magnus just likes Alex. We’ll have to see. Either way having the protagonist of the series in a queer relationship would be really awesome.

The characters keep me coming back to this series. They are all so great. I love the direction the plot is going. Ragnarok could be coming if our heroes don’t prevent it. Maybe Loki is actually up to something else entirely. I really don’t know. I’m just excited to see more of these characters going forward. Especially some of the new characters we are seeing. The Gods we met were interesting as well. The Norse Gods are something else. I really like the ones that are being incorporated into the story so far. I think I’ll talk more about the book and some other elements in a Youtube video soon. Until then tell me what you thought of the book if you’ve read it and if you haven’t I definitely suggest you try out this series.

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Book Reviews

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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I was really happy with this. Probably a 4.5 or 4.6 stars. Going to talk about many elements, but no specifics in this review.

This book really is setting up the next few books.Answering some questions to get things set up. Who will be the villain we have to deal with? What about the prophecy? Who will be helping on the journey? So it could have fallen a bit flat for some people I think. However, I think the characters really pulled me into this one.

Before I talk about the characters, though. I need to mention how happily surprised by how queer this book is. Nico and Will are adorable dorks and I may have squealed at 1 am waking up my boyfriend because of their adorableness. Their relationship isn’t just hinted at now.They barely are getting started at the end of Blood of Olympus. It’s been several months. They are together and I loved it.

Apollo has had two great loves in his past. One of them was a male. I knew Apollo had male and female lovers and I’m glad the book didn’t skip over that.It didn’t put all the focus on Daphne. We even found out that one of Apollo’s kids is from relations Apollo has with a man, which I thought was so cool.Not sure how that worked. The gods have their ways apparently. I would love to hear that demigods story of when they found that out honestly.

I’m wondering if Apollo will ever encounter Zephyrus during this because that could be really interesting considering their past. I feel like Daphne and Hyacinth will continue to come up as the series goes on and I’m excited to see how.

Apollo is egotistical, often selfish, and narcissistic. He was like that when he was a god and now that he’s mortal he’s having a hard time dropping it. It’s kind of fantastic honestly. He’s so not on the same plain as everyone else. He thinks he understands mortals. His needs are obviously more important. It adds to the hilarity in the book.

The idea of seeing a god have to learn how to be mortal has been done before .It’s always interesting and usually quite funny. I’ll definitely enjoy seeing how being mortal will affect Apollo as the series goes on. It’s something that has to change your perspective on things at least a little.

Meg is a really interesting character.I really liked her spunk. I didn’t expect things to go the way they did with her and I’m happy with what happened. That might sound strange if you’ve already read it, but I’ll tell you why.There are a lot of lessons that readers will be able to learn from Meg’s plight over the next few books.That’s something I can already tell.

The last thing is I almost woke up my fiance to tell him the villain when it was revealed because it was someone we both studied and My fiance is writing a play on that villain right now. I thought that was awesome. Also scary for the characters because it’s a villain capable of some very bad things. I was excited, though.

One more thing. The chapter titles are haikus. There is a haiku to start every chapter. That was fantastic. It was hilarious. Probably my favorite thing I’ve seen in a while. Some had more punch than others, but it’s such a clever idea. Makes so much sense when dealing with a god of poetry. Very happy with the start of this series.

Book Reviews

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Review

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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.

I really liked this story. Magnus is a really good main character. He’s funny and a really different kind of demigod.He definitely has a bit of a darker outlook on life. He surprised me with some of his actions in the book.

I really loved the diversity of the main group of characters.It was so refreshing to me. Not just with the racial diversity, which is definitely there with Blitz, TJ, and Samirah.I liked that there were discussions about Samirah’s family, customs, and beliefs.

I also have not read near enough books with characters using ASL. I haven’t read many books with characters that have any disability at all. This book has a central character that is deaf. I really enjoyed reading that.

I loved the Norse Gods personalities. Ran and Thor were so entertaining. I loved the pop culture references. I am so sad I have to wait for book 2 now. I kept looking at the last page when I was done.

Elves and Dwarves make everything better by the way.

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Books I Read in One Sitting

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is books you read in one sitting. This is something I often end up doing when I read. Especially if I’m really excited for the book beforehand. Here’s five books i read in one sitting.

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – If I pre-order a book I will often end up reading it in one sitting. This was a book I pre-ordered really early. It was an emotional and psychological roller coaster for me.

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Blood of Olympus – I was so excited to get this book I couldn’t put it down once I started. I paced around while reading for part of it and I think my family thought I was crazy.

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The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver – I wasn’t planning on reading this whole comic in one sitting. It was late and I wanted to sleep, but it was too good to stop at volume one.

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Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde – This one was close. I read the majority of it on a train ride to see my fiance and finished it the second we got to his dorm. This book has really compelling characters.

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Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare – Partially read this in one sitting because it was for school. I also just needed to get to the end because of how crazy it was once I started. This is Shakespeare’s bloodiest play and it’s awesome. This is not something you want to read before dinner. Trust me.

Top Ten Tuesday

Most Anticipated Reads for 2015

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Most Anticipated reads for the rest of 2015.  This was a lot harder than I expected. Many of the books i’d been anticipating this year are already out. I didn’t actually make it to ten on this one even though I’m sure I could find a few more books coming out later this year that I’d be excited for. I just don’t know about them yet.

1. Ringing True by Piper Vaughn –

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“When his boyfriend, Laurie, sweeps him off on a romantic getaway, the last thing Jonah expects is a marriage proposal.” I’m so freaking excited to be getting a second full length story for the Wanting series. jonah and laurie are some of my favorite characters. I know this will be angsty, but i don’t care. i just want more Jonah and Laurie.

2. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – October 6th

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Finding out that there would be a series focusing around Norse mythology after Heroes of Olympus ended was a big deal for me.I loved Norse mythology in school and I love Rick Riordan’s writing. Super excited to read the adventures of Magnus Chase.

 

3. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood September 29th

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This is a story about a couple who are living in their car and surviving on tips until they sign up for a social experiment. One that gives them a home and stable jobs, but they have to give up their freedom every second month. They swap the home for a prison cell. I love Margaret Atwood and this sounds too amazing to pass up.

4. Untouchable by S.A. Starcevic  Release Date : June 18th

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I just love  superhero stories that have queer protagonist. This is something I’m really excited for.

5. The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek bY Seth Rudetsky Release Date: June 23rd

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This is a guy named Justin who thinks the internship he gets with a famous actor will be his first step towards stardom. Very excited to read this soon since I have an Arc for it.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I Really Want To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish so go check them out.For this list I chose only authors that are living to help myself cut it down to just ten. I’d probably ask all of the authors on this list for different tips with my own writing. I’d also flail around not knowing how to talk for some of them.

1.David Levithan– I have loved every single thing i have read from this wonderful man. I would want to tell him how much his books got me through some difficult times in high school and thank him for that.

2.Jay Bell– I love the romances that Jay bell Writes. I also just want to be friends with Jay and his husband,

3.Margaret Atwood– Oryx and Crake is one of the few books that I will always be willing to reread. I just love her novels.

4.Brent Hartinger– The Real Story Safe Sex Project is something that I am really glad exist and it’s thanks to this author. Russel Middlebrook is one of my favorite characters also.

5.Tamora Pierce– The Circle of Magic series is to this day my favorite fantasy series. I will never forget the characters, especially since I haven’t finished the follow up series yet.

6.Robin Reardon– Robin writes stories that more people need to read. I feel like I always learn something new from her books. Even if it’s just realizing something about my own beliefs. I definitely recommend the Evolution of Ethan Poe.

7.Adam Silvera– His novel hasn’t even come out yet and I am way too excited to read it. I love his tweets and his appearance on the Epic Reads youTube channel. I just want to be friends with him.

8.Rick Riordan– I grew up reading his series. First Percy Jackson. Then Heroes of Olympus. I absolutely love the worlds that he can create.

9.Perie Wolford– I love Encounter so much that I definitely have to put Perie on this list. I love his sci-fi and also enjoyed the first book in his Turning 16 series.

10. Piper Vaughn– Piper Vaughn wrote one of my favorite M/M romances of the last couple years when she wrote Wanting. Can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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Top 5 Wednesday | Books I Want to See As TV Shows

                                                           Top 5 Wednesday

     Created/Hosted by Lainey

I definitely prefer the idea of a book becoming a TV show to it becoming a movie. in a show I feel like there is a opportunity to really cover the entire book and an entire series well. you don’t have to leave anything out because you can have each episode focus on a different section of the book. This won’t necessarily always be the case, but I like the idea of it. I’ve also seen way too many book to movies fail. not enough have been as successful as Harry Potter.Still it was really hard do come up with five for this list. Here’s the list and a video where I talk about it on YouTube is going up when I no longer have technical issues,

5. Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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I actually have heard there are talks for a movie with this series, but I feel l;like I’d like Nick way more as a TV character than in a book or movie.You’d get the time to really see him develop into the person he becomes in the later half of the series. The Dark hunter world is really great as well.

4.Sam Dorsey and The Gay Popcorn/ Turning 16 series by Perie Wolford

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Loved the first book and hated the second. I somehow feel like the second book would work so much better as a TV show. It feels like the appropriate amount of drama and comedy to be like Faking It or Awkward on MTV. I’d definitely rather watch a character like Sam than read him.

3. The Gay Youth Chronicles by Mark Roeder-

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This is a series with thirty something books all about growing up, discovering one’s self, coming out, and living life as young and gay. So many different topics are hit in this series that follows the lives of interrelated characters from the 1940’s to now. The television series could start at so many different points, but I feel like it would be amazing wherever it started.

2. Heroes of Olympus/Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

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I loved  the Heroes of Olympus way more than Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I understand you really need to start with Percy Jackson. Give it a chance on TV so that it will be done so much better than the movies did. They missed so much and changed so much in the two films that I could not stand it. I’d want it to get another chance.

1. Circle of Magic book Series by Tamora Pierce –

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I would do anything to get this book series turned into a TV show. Honestly I feel like it would be amazing.The entire magic system in the books. Creating the world of Emelan would be brilliant. Plus I feel like you could have two of the four’s stories going on at once sometimes. Specifically when you got to the Circle Opens and the Circle Reforged series. That sounds like it could mess things up , but I believe it could be done really well. Tamora Pierce has written amazing female characters that deserve to be seen by and influence more people.  I believe Tamora Pierce does not want her books to be movies, but if she hasn’t thought about TV shows I hope she does.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Feature Traveling

Here are my top 5 books that feature traveling for Top 5 Wednesday.  This is my first one on my new blog. Didn’t do a video this week because of  a new series I want to start on my YouTube that will be up soon hopefully. This list wasn’t hard at first, but then I started to think about types of travel and complicated things for myself.  What books are on your list?

Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Jordy is on his own in New York City, and it’s working fine, until Chloe comes along. She’s 18, blond and pretty. She’s seen things no-one should ever see. She knows the world is an ugly place, and needs Jordy to prove her wrong. Together they hit the road to discover the truth – and there’s no going back from what they find out.

 

 

 

 

 

Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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The Will of the Empress- Tamora Pierce

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This book is great because we get the four main characters of the series reuniting to help Sandry. Sandry, Daja, Briar, and Tris have grown up and grown apart, but get the chance to find their old connection again on their journey together to meet a powerful empress.

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy must Die- Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) Amy Gumm travels to Oz by way of tornado< Then she get s to travel across an OZ that is nothing like the one that she remembers from the stories. Danielle Paige has created a really twisted world in this book and I love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encounter- Perie Wolford

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Ricky and Josh have to travel across the country to find out how their crop circle design was duplicated in multiple locations over night. Lots of revelations happen for the two on the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Authors

This is my list of All Time Favorite Authors for Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is created by http://www.brokeandbookish.com/ . You can watch my video at the bottom of this post or just look at the list right here on the blog.

1. David Levithan- I have loved every single thing that I’ve read by this author. He is someone that really inspired me to want to be a writer. I’m sort of obsessed with this man.

2. Shakespeare- I will one day read the entirety of my complete pelican Shakespeare. I don’t like everything Shakespeare wrote, but his plays have been some of my favorite things to study during college.

3. Brent Hartinger- Brent Hartinger is the author of the Russel Middlebrook series, which  love. He is also the creator of the Real Story Safe Sex Project. That project has really helped a lot of young gay and bisexual men.

4. Tamora Pierce- Tamora Pierce is on this list because her book series The Circle OF Magic is what got me hooked on reading back in fifth grade. I’ve been on a journey with those characters ever since.

5. Rick Riordan- I loved the Percy Jackson series and really really loved Heroes of Olympus series. I will be first in line to get a book from the new series coming out this year because I can hardly wait to read it.

6a. Joseph Glass- Joseph glass is the creator of the comic book series the Pride,which I’m only shortly into, but I still love it. Since he is a comic book writer I wasn’t sure if he should really be in this list so I’m making him a number 6 optional thing.

6b. Laura Halse Anderson- The first story I read by Laura was Twisted and I was hooked. She is one of the great YA writers for sure.

7. Robin Reardon- I first read Robin’s book The Evolution of Ethan Poe. The story really affected me. I needed a reading break after finishing to just process all the issues and how well she handled it. Robin Reardon is an excellent writer who can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.

8. Carrie Vaughn- If you haven’t started the Kitty and the Midnight Hour series then you should go check it out. It’s a badass werewolf girl with a radio show.Carrie Vaughn is great.

9. Thomas Middleton- I love this playwright. I did my senior paper on servitude in one of his plays. He’s just fantastic. Go read The Changeling.

10. Terence Blacker – The Angel Factory was my first sci-fi read. I’m working on my own sci-fi novel now. I attribute my love of sci-fi to Terrence Blacker’s excellent story.