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Stephanie Garber’s BIG Announcement | Caraval Book 2

Hi friends,

So this was not the post I had planned for today, but then I went on Stephanie Garber’s Twitter and saw some AMAZING news!

She has finally revealed the cover, title, AND release date for the highly anticipated sequel to Caraval.

Title and Color:

legendary

Look at how gorgeous this cover is!

Currently, we don’t have any information about the plot, however there is plenty of speculation from fans. This book may from Tella’s POV, perhaps it will feature Legend, and hopefully this gives us a great ending.

This book will be available on May 29, 2018.


As you guys know, Caraval was a book I had some mixed feelings towards. You can read my full review here.

This was a book that I was so excited for and I devoured the first three-quarters of the book and was not thrilled with the conclusion. I said in my review that the sequel can make up for most of the issues I had. Due to this, I have some high hopes for this book and can’t wait to get my hands on it!


Are you guys excited for this book?

Are you going to read it?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Reviews

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Comment below! 🙋🏼😂


Hi guys!

Sorry for disappearing this last week. I’ve had a rough transition into school and I’m still trying to work on balancing everything with the blog, BookTube channel, Instagram page, and classes. I think I have a solid schedule figured out for moving forward.

Tentative Schedules:
  • Blog:
    • Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday – Book Reviews, TBRs, Wrap-Ups, Hauls, Announcements
    • Tuesday and/or Thursday – Tags, Book-to-Screen, Lists
    • Saturday or Sunday – Random/Bonus Posts
  • YouTube:
    • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Upload Schedule
    • Upcoming Videos/Series:
      • Keeping the usual tags, hauls, TBRs, and Wrap-Up
      • Harry Potter video series, numerous videos
      • 5(ish) Minute Adaptation Reviews
      • Throwback Thursday (Created by Julie over at Pages and Pens)
      • ReaderRamblings – Book Discussions
      • and more!

Instagram:

  • New theme coming soon!
  • Back to daily posts & photo challenges

I just wanted to touch base with you guys. I haven’t finished any books recently, so still a few days out from a new book review. I’m shooting to get one or two reviews done before the end of September, but we’ll see. I do have a fair number of posts planned for the blog and Insta for this week, so we should be back on track for the M-F schedule (and daily for Insta). I have all of the YouTube videos for this next week filmed and mostly edited as well, so we’re on track for that as well!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day tomorrow and I’ll be back tomorrow with a “real” post!

Book Reviews

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Book Review

Ready Player OneTitle: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Source: Purchased from Strand Bookstore in NYC
Pages: 372
Add to Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

 

Synopsis

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Review

Holy crap, this book was a lot of fun. I’ve had this one on my TBR for so long and I’m thrilled that I finally picked it up. Ernest Cline created such a fun world that may not be as much of a fantasy as we think. As one guilty of falling into the hype of the social media age and logs way too many hours online, it was interesting to read about this grim (potential) reality.

Our main character, Wallas, was a pretty fun character to read about. He’s an overweight computer nerd that uses his love of the OASIS to get by in his less than perfect life. He lives in the stacks with his aunt, has no one, and only gets by because of his online life. Honestly, this is surprisingly relatable. So many people escape into the safety of the internet when reality gets to be too much. I also liked how the online school in this world was an actual school that avatars attend instead of just power points and videos.

If you’re sick of the 80s nostalgia hype, you’re going to HATE this book, as they are littered throughout them. I happen to love them and was laughing at all of them. The first joke of the book on the first page is my favorite Ghostbusters quote. I love it. Watching how these 80s jokes were integrating into the game was so creative and fun. Without giving anything away, 80s pop culture knowledge in most regards was tested in fairly unique ways. Several points when reading this one I was genuinely wondering if I would have been able to figure out the clue or complete the task.

I really enjoyed the social commentary in this book. Issues about corporate America, pollution, online vs. real life, and impact of technology were all discussed in a great way. I loved the premise with the IOI agents and creating them as a true threat instead of just the “corporate bad guys.” Don’t get me wrong, they totally were, but they were fleshed out a bit more.

This book also discussed the assumptions we make about people and how living 100% online can affect that. This is kind of a baby spoiler, but one character talked about how disguising their gender and/or race was something they did to get more opportunities and respect that may have not been available to them if they went with their true identity. This can raise an interesting question about gender and race if we were to live in a completely online world.

I did knock off half a star because of some of the dated language and themes. There was a point where Wallace was trying to get more info about a girl that he had a crush on. He asks her several times if she’s “actually a girl” and confirms that she “hasn’t had a sex change.” This book did come out in 2011 and we were not at our current level of acceptance of those with different gender identities, but reading this exchange really didn’t hold up. I (kind of) see what Cline was trying to accomplish with this, but I did want to address it just in case this was something you might be sensitive to. Fortunately, this exchange only happened once and did not overshadow the story.

Final Thoughts

Since the movie is coming out soon, I’m not going to include a spoiler corner on this one. I do plan on doing a full book-to-screen review for this one in March, so I’ll go into more of my spoilery thoughts then! If you want to go into the movie entirely spoiler free, I urge you to NOT look at the IMDB cast. One of the “big reveals” for a character is spoiled in that cast list.

This book was honestly a nerd’s dream come true. The amount of video game references and 80’s pop culture woven through this story was just great. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book and I highly recommend it. If you’re a fan of sci-fi and dystopian books, I think you’ll really enjoy this one. This was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read and I cannot rave about it enough. I did listen to the audiobook for a good portion of this one, and I highly recommend it. Will Wheaton does the narration and it’s perfect for the book.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 4.5/5


Have you read this book yet? What did you think?

Read-A-Thon TBR · TBRs

Another Read-A-Thon?! | September 24-Hour Read-A-Thon

Hello friends!

I hope you all liked this full week of posts! I’m going to try to keep up with this schedule. I really enjoy getting a lot of content out for you guys!

I’m thrilled to announce that the second round of the @TBRKnockDown24 24-Hour Read-A-Thon will be happening this weekend! I’m super excited for this read-a-thon since my reading has been weird this month. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done already (this will probably be one of my largest reading months yet!) but have barely touched my TBR. I’m planning on using this read-a-thon to catch up on reading the ARCs that have been sitting on my coffee table all month.

If you want to join this read-a-thon be sure to let us know ASAP! There is going to be a giveaway and all those participating are automatically entered. This will be happening through Instagram, so be sure to check out their page for details! The read-a-thon will start at 8pm AEST/11am GMT (6:30am Eastern Time). I may start at midnight and read all day Saturday. For updates, be sure to follow me on Insta!


Tentative TBR:

Physical Books:

Gemini by Sonja Mukherjee

Goodreads Synopsis:

  • Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent.

    Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys.

    As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Not only is the cover of this one STUNNING but I think the premise is super interesting. From the synopsis, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this before and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. Despite the mixed reviews on Goodreads, I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of this one!

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Goodreads Synopsis:

  • In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

    Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

    Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I’m so excited to read this one. The plot sound amazing and after binging on fantasy for the last couple weeks, a thriller is going to be a great change of pace. There’s a bunch of positive reviews on Goodreads, so I’m hoping this one lives up to the hype!

Take Taker by J. M. Steele

Goodreads Synopsis:

  • Carly Biels tanks on the SAT’s, and when she gets a mysterious note from The Taker, she can’t resist the stranger’s offer to take the test for her. Once she’s hired someone to take the test for her, what if she gets caught?

I remember loving this one in high school and I’m super excited to reread it to see if it still holds up. I’m reading this one for my Throwback Thursday for this month. Throwback Thursday was created by Julie from Pages and Pens. For more details, feel free to check out her original video:

Audiobook:

Continuing my Rick Riordan binge, I’m going to listen to either Son of Neptune or Mark of Athena, depending on where I am by the weekend.


Are you participating? What books are you going to read?

Have you ever done a 24-Hour Read-A-Thon?

Be sure to let me know down in the comments?

3-Star · Book Reviews

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller | SPOILER FREE ARC REVIEW

mask of shadowsTitle: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, GLBT
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 352 (Kindle Edition)
Add to Goodreads Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Synopsis 

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Review

This book was an interesting experience. There were a lot of things about this one that I liked, but I ultimately had trouble connecting to this one. Initially, I was hyped about this one. As you guys can see, the synopsis is fantastic. A gender fluid main character that’s in a competition to be the queen’s new assassin? Yes! Sign me up!

First and foremost, this is the story that we got. The MC did identify as gender fluid and that was addressed in the book and the overall plot was an assassin competition. We got what was promised to us, though I wish it was done better. My biggest issue with this book is that it was super forgettable. I went between listening to the audiobook and reading my eBook of this one and was having trouble remembering (some of) the details. I’m referring to my notes a lot more than usual for this review as I’m having trouble remembering several key plot points. Usually, I can write a review from memory, only referencing my notes to ensure accuracy, but that is not the case for this one.

From what I do remember, the actual story was fun in the moment. I was pleasantly surprised with the pacing of the book. We learn Sal is referred to as Twenty-three when in the competition, suggesting there are at least 23 competitors. By the 30% mark, there were only 10 competitors left, however, it takes until the 75ish% mark for most of the remaining ten to meet their fates. This was reminiscent of other competition stories, such as Hunger Games.

As for the plot, it was not one I’ve read before, but I’ve seen from other reviewers that it was in the same vein of Thron of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I did like the idea of stripping the identities of the competitors by using numbers and masks and selecting the successor by skill alone. Learning the motivations for the main characters was intriguing as well. I was not as invested in this book as much as other fantasies, but it was entertaining at the moment. This is one that I think those new to the fantasy genre would enjoy. One thing I did like was the set up for a sequel without leaving the book on a cliff hanger.

As for the gender fluidity rep, I cannot speak to this and currently have not found any own voices review, though I thought the subjected was approached…okay. Sal’s pronouns change based on the outfit they choose to wear, sometimes favoring feminine pronouns and wearing dresses and other times favoring masculine pronouns when wearing pants. There are times when Sal’s outfit is more neutral, which indicates the preference for they/them pronouns. One issue I did have with this was the implication of gender norms directly relating to gender identity. If this was a more traditional historical setting, I can see the argument, however, in this world, men and women can serve as assassins and don’t appear to have to conform to explicit norms outside of outfit. I don’t know, I think that it was a valid and ultimately harmless attempt, but it wasn’t perfect.

Final Thoughts

While this wasn’t the best fantasy book I’ve ever read, it was still a fun read. Those new to the fantasy genre and want a fun adventure to start off with would probably love this one. Similarly, it sounds like fans of Maas will also really enjoy this one. This assassin story is a great way to kill a weekend and was a wild ride. Action, betrayal, and political intrigue shroud this story leaving many readers wanting more. While I don’t plan on continuing with the series, I still had a blast with this one.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 3.5/5


If you are/know and own voices review, please leave it below in the comments.

** Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Book to Screen

Book to Screen | Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Lightning Theif

Hey Everyone!

So, I know I’m like 10 years behind on this series, but I just binge listened to the first five books this weekend and wanted to get this comparison up. I did take my own notes when reading and watching, but I saw that several of the things I picked up on mirrored The Dom’s Lost in Adaptation Review that I watched a couple months ago. If you want to check that out, you can here:

Although we had some similar thoughts, I’m still going to go through my thoughts. Since this will be a longer post, here are the various sections in case you just want to skip to one:

  • Mini Book Review
  • Review of the film as a film (NOT an adaptation)
  • Comparison of the two
  • My preference

**Disclaimer: To accurately discuss the similarities and differences between the two, several plot points from all aspects of the books will be discussed. Consider this your spoiler warning.**


Mini Book Review:

Lightening Theif book

Short Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods on Long Island, where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

I get it. I get what all the hype was about. This book was so much fun, oh my gosh. I’m just mad I didn’t read these books back in the day. I would have adored them more than I do now, and I’m obsessed. These books are an amazing way to introduce younger readers to Greek Myths. This first book wasn’t afraid to teach younger readers and didn’t assume they were stupid. Also, Percy’s half blood status manifested in Dyslexia and ADHD, which is actually great for readers that do have these daily struggles. Reading about a great hero like Percy is a great way for younger readers to have a role model that is able to overcome these and prevail. I’m probably going to do a full review on this one because of how much I loved this book. It was an easy 5 Stars.

These books are an amazing way to introduce younger readers to Greek Myths. This first book wasn’t afraid to teach younger readers and didn’t assume they were too stupid to understand complex themes or myths. Watching how Riordan modernized several classic moments in Greek mythology was amazing and the fact that he did not have Percy fall into the standard tropes was so refreshing. Also, can we just talk about how he didn’t stereotype based off of gender? The daughters of Ares were badass and having Annabeth be a strong heroine was just amazing to see in a Middle Grade.

Having Percy’s half blood status manifested in Dyslexia and ADHD, was great for readers that do have these daily struggles. Reading about a great hero like Percy is a great way for younger readers to have a role model that is able to overcome these and prevail. I can continue to gush about this book for a while, but I’m going to move on to the movie review.

This book was an easy 5 Stars.


Movie Review:

Lightening Theif movieThis movie was a PG version of the Clash of the Titans remake. What I mean by that is the film makers completely misunderstood the source material that the films were based on. Both movies decided to replace accuracy with bad jokes and beautiful people. The problem with this is that the source material has good jokes and less beautiful people, but for good reason, and messing with that just created several plot holes and a lack luster movie. I did watch this movie when it first came out before reading the books and was so offended on behalf of every Greek god. If I wasn’t such a nerd about Greek mythology, I may be able to let the movie be as a harmless fantasy, but as such a lover of Greek mythology, I can’t forgive some of the errors.


Book vs. Movie Comparison:

So this is when I encourage you to watch The Dom’s video. Like I said before, several notes I had showed up in his review. There are some things I’m going to repeat, but I will try to focus on details that he left out.

Probably the biggest thing that bugged me about this adaptation was the complete disregard for Greek mythology. Here is just a small list of the things they got wrong (that REALLY bugged me):

  • Medusa is not a pretty woman with snakes for hair. She is a grotesque beast with snakes for hair. Her myth is completely based around this.
    • Even in Riordan’s book, the modernized version was a grandmother-like character that wore a veil over her face. Percy thinks she might have been a Middle-Eastern woman. This works for updating her appearance, NOT a beautiful woman with sunglasses and a head wrap.
  • Hades (the god) is the god of the Underworld, but he is NOT Satan or evil
  • Hades (the place) is the Underworld, but is not “Hell”
  • Cerberus is the guard of the Underworld, not just hell hounds. Where was he?!
  • Like The Dom said, that better have been the River Styx…
  • Persephone should not be in the underworld in June. Her entire myth is about this.
    • For those not familiar, Hades kidnapped Persephone and her mom Demeter (goddess of the harvest) was so depressed everything wilted. She strikes a deal with Hades and Persephone can come home for three months during the year. This is how we have the seasons. Winter is when Demeter is depressed and summer is when she’s with Persephone, etc.

Okay, you get the point. The worst part is, some of these errors are turned into major plot points in the movie (i. e. the Hades stuff). Normally I’m okay with some changes. I get it, not everything from the book can be translated into the movie. This movie took the premise of the book, but it in a blender, took out some random parts and made their own movie. While this adaptation technique isn’t necessarily bad, it is in this case because they did not make a better plot.

They did keep the first 20 minutes of the film the same of the book. The problem is that they rushed it SO MUCH. Because of this, a good chunk of the set up was lost. In the book, after seeing Miss Dodds transform into a Fury, everyone acts like she was never a teacher there and that Percy made her up. This is not only a clever demonstration of how the Mist works but is explained as a defense mechanism in the book. If Percy genuinely writes this off as a dream, he would not have to go to Camp Half Blood, at least not yet. Rushing it in the movie ruins it. We also lost a visit from the Fates cutting a string and more set up for his dysfunctional (mortal) family. Also, it was here that we learn that they are completely leaving out the Mist as a concept. The Mist is a magic that prevents mortals from seeing all the fun godlike stuff going on and is why no one remembers Miss Dodds.

Oh and the biggest this they left out of this first 20 minutes is that Mr. Brunner is not only  Percy’s Latin teacher (unsure what he teaches in the movie) and protector, but he knows (well suspects) that Percy is a half blood and takes time to teach the class (and Percy) Greek mythology. There’s a huge part of the first couple chapters that focus on the fact that while Percy is usually cut some slack because of his dyslexia and ADHD, Mr. Brunner was toughest on Percy about know this Greek and Roman myths. This comes into play later in the story because he’s living in a Greek myth. Having Percy completely oblivious to the Greek myths in this movie now makes no sense. In the book, he was mentioned random facts related to Greek mythos such as he can understand horses because Posiedion made them or realizing the Auntie Em/Auntie “M” reference (more about that later).

One thing I really hate about the movie plot is that it’s something we’ve seen done hundreds of time before. Hero has to go on a quest, get things to help with the quest, fight the final boss, win, live happily ever after. Boom. Done. The book’s plot was reminiscent of true Greek myths like Perseus and Odysseus. I’ll get into this more in a second, but first some issues with Camp Half Blood.

First, the cabins. In the book, new campers get assigned to cabins based off of who their parents are, however, few students are claimed by their parents. Unknowns are put in Hermes’ cabin since Hermes is the god of travelers. While here, Percy befriends Luke, kind of a major player in the rest of the book. On his way to the “Unknown” cabin, Percy passes the other ones, including ones for Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, and Artemis, which are alway empty. It is here we learn that the “Big Three,” Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades made a pact to not have any offspring after World War II since Zeus and Poseidon’s offspring were fighting Hades offspring which lead to several events in the war. In the movie, Percy is just brought to the Poseidon cabin and is told out right that he is Poseidon’s son. This is kind of a big reveal like halfway through the book and is a MAJOR plot point in the rest of the series. Percy doesn’t learn he’s Poseidon’s son until after capture the flag and defeating a hellhound. Poseidon’s trident appears over Percy’s head when he claims him and admits that he broke the pact. This is why Percy takes the quest because Chiron believes Hades took the lightning bolt, but Zeus thinks Percy did because he’s a forbidden heir.

Also in the movie, the Big Three rule is gone and exchanged for a “gods cannot interact with their children” rule that the parents cheat by telepathically communicating with their kids. While this could have actually worked in the movie, it was just executed poorly. The voiceovers could have replaced Percy’s dreams, but instead just acted as poor exposition or as a means to advance the plot.

Like other Greek myths, Percy happens to stumble upon Medusa, Echidna and her pet Chimera, Ares, Magical Animals, The Lotus-Eaters, Procrustes, Charon, and Cerberus on his quest to the Underworld. The movie changes this to three specific locations to get pearls before going to the Underworld. Changing it not only made encountering a monster or threat more predictable, but it took the fun out of a Greek myth story.

One plot hole this developed was that because they stumble upon the locations, they don’t have time to think about them or make plans. For example, in the movie, the first place they need to go to is “Aunty Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium.” You really expect me to believe that NO ONE put together “Aunty Em” and statues on the entire bus ride there? Really? When they stumble onto the shop in the book, it makes sense that it takes them a while to put it together. Also, after knowing that each location has some myth related obstacle, why are they not Googling the locations for any Greek myth parallels? They could have completely avoided the threat of the Lotus-Eaters if they did this. One change I did like was actually having them eat “Lotus Cakes,” mirroring the fruit mentioned in the Odyssey. This was one of the few additions I actually liked.

Rick Riordan has an amazing way modernizing famous mythological characters or items and this movie does a stellar job botching up these modernizations. For example, we don’t have the modern appearances of the gods (kind of a big deal in the book that Zeus and Hades were the only two that looked “godlike”) or Athena’s helmet as a magical Yankees hat that Annabeth uses a bunch. Also, the mention of ambrosia and nectar or Percy’s dreams were eliminated completely. For those not up to date on their greek myths, ambrosia and nectar are the food and drink of the gods and they play a large role in the series.

I can go on about minor differences or how I hated that the writers changed the plot to a cliché instead of something reminiscent of Greek mythology, but I’m not going to. You guys probably get the point by now. Honestly, if you like this movie, more power to you, but this movie did my biggest pet peeve: making a movie about Greek mythology but getting the myths wrong. That’s probably why I disliked it as much as I did.


Preference:

This one goes to the book, hands down. The book was such a creative and fun way to introduce younger readers to Greek mythology and older readers will adore the parallels. This is a story like Harry Potter, intended for younger readers, but fun for all ages. The movie, on the other hand, was a watered down version of better movies based on Greek myths. While harmless, this movie clearly doesn’t understand Greek mythology and should never be used as a reference for anyone wanted to learn more.


I hope you guys enjoyed this Book to Screen adaptation review.

If you want to see one for Sea of Monsters, be sure to let me know in the comments!

Also if you have any suggestions for Book to Screen adaptation reviews, be sure to let me know below!

Blog Awards

My FIRST Blog Award!

Hey everyone,

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I hope you’re all having an amazing week. I’m so thrilled to say that I’ve been nominated for my first blog award! I still can’t believe it! Thank you all so much for your love and support and HUGE thank you to Ms. Victorious from Victorious Pages for the nomination!

 


The rules:
* Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
* Write a post to show your award.
* Give a brief story of how your blog started.
* Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
* Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
* Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.


How my Blog Started:

I’ve been an avid book lover for most of my youth. My mom raised me and my sister to love books; she encouraged reading and raised two fangirls and bookworms. Taking time off from reading was incredibly hard, but I’m thrilled the reading community has welcomed me back with open arms.

This blog has become my little corner of the internet where I can obsess about books, something I can’t do in my day to day life. I do have to give some credit to Audris because of all the tips, tricks, and pointers she’s given. She’s the reason I went from thinking “blogging is cool” to “I’m going to start a blog.” It was a couple months after talking to her that I actually created a blog. I messed up the formatting and deleted that blog and about a month later I created this one. It’s been almost six months and I’m amazed at how much my blog has grown. I can’t wait to see how everything continues to grow and what the future holds.


Advice for New Bloggers:

A couple things that I’ve learned that I think will be helpful for future bloggers:

  • Everyone was a beginner once. Don’t worry about the numbers and just post what you love.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help…or Google something.
  • Making friends is a great way to grow, but…
  • DON’T spam every account about your blog or posts.
  • Make sure you blog for the right reasons and NOT just as a means to make money or get free books.
  • Have fun.

Some of those are general PSAs, others are tips that sometimes it’s easy to forget. Blogging isn’t about numbers or money. It’s supposed to be a fun way for you to share details of your life or talk about things you love. Oh and engage in the community! Interacting is more fun and is a great way to meet other bloggers or readers!


I Nominate:
  1. Kristie from Tales of a Bookworm 
  2. Marta from the book mermaid
  3. Annike and Zoe from Twin Tales
  4. Jessica and Jade from The Literary Birds
  5. Kayla from Rheya Reads
  6. Heather from The Sassy Book Geek
  7. Kathy from Books & Munchies
  8. Cassandra from Bookish Crypt
  9. Candace from Literary Dust
  10. Stacy, Justin, and Nikole from ACourtofBooksandCoffee
  11. Danielle from The Blonde Likes Books
  12. Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile
  13. James from This Is My Truth Now
  14. Susan from Susanlovesbooks
  15. Donna from Moms Book Collection
Book Hauls

(Kind of Late) August Book Haul | Self Control is Possible..?

Hey everyone,

Sorry about two book hauls in a row, but if I don’t get this one up now, I’m going to forget.

Unlike July, August was a much better month when it came to hauling books. I only purchased four of the thirteen that I hauled, and one of those four was a gift so it doesn’t count.

If you rather watch this list instead of read it, you guys can check out my YouTube video here:


So like I said, I hauled 13 books total, but only 4 were ones that I bought. These four books were:

The next three books I received were from my subscription boxes. These three books were:

And the last six books I got were some that I won in giveaways on bookstagram. These five books were:

The first two books were ones I won from the author. The other four were from fellow bookstagrammers.


I’m really proud of how this month’s book accumulation went. Honestly, this is the most restraint I’ve shown since starting this blog back in April. I can’t wait to get through these beauties and actual decrease my TBR.

How did your August book buying go? Be sure to let me know down in the comments!

Book Hauls

(Super Late) July Book Haul | Book Buying Ban FAIL!

Hey everyone,

I am now just realizing that I never posted this for July. Whoops.

I’m kind of cheating with this post since it’s already September. I did make a YouTube video for this one so you guys can watch that here:

Please ignore the mess that was my living room. I was still trying to figure out what filming set up was best…😬.


Here are the books I obtained:

Overflow from June (I purchased them last month, but they didn’t arrive until July):

Books from Subscription Boxes:

I listed the subscription box that I received each book in. I have blog posts for each unboxing and YouTube videos, so be sure to check those out!

Book Outlet Haul (because I’m weak):


So those were all the books I hauled in July.

I know I want to dive into some of these ASAP and other’s I’m not quite sure about. What do you think? Be sure to let me know down in the comments!

FairyLoot Unboxing · Unboxings

FairyLoot Unboxing – August 2017

Hey everyone,

Sorry about getting this one up so late! I’m trying to get a new organization system and schedule figured out because of school. 🙄

This box was amazing, as FairyLoot usually is. I was a bit more hesitant with this month’s theme (Otherworlds), but as always they exceeded my expectations. If you guys want to watch my “live” unboxing, be sure to check out my unboxing video:


Spoilers for the August box!
The contents:

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🍄 The first item as a candle from Book and Nook shop. Fairyloot sent out five different candles all inspired by the book. I received WitchSoul Mara. Which one did you get?

 

 

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🍄 The next item we got was a sleep mask made by Bookworm Boutique with the text “Fictional Worlds Fuel My Dreams.” As a lover of sleep masks, I was thrilled to see this in the box!

 

 

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🍄 Sarah J. Maas fans were thrilled to see the next item – a gorgeous necklace created by Oh Panda Eyes. This necklace is inspired by A Court of Mist and Fury and features a quote about the city of Velaris!

 

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🍄 The lovely people behind FairyLoot also provided us with a Game of Thrones inspired Westeros tea strainer.

 

 

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🍄 We also received a stunning Neverland notebook painted by T J Lubrano. I’m obsessed, the art on this is absolutely gorgeous.

 

 

 

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🍄 We also got Lord of the Rings inspired bookmarks from Paperly & Co. Characters from Mirkwood, The Shire, and Gondor were included. As you can see, I receive Legolas and Thranduil representing Mirkwood.

 

 

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🍄 An exclusive Northern Lights print created by Adelayde Art was also including. Let’s just take a minute to admire how beautiful this artwork is. I cannot wait to display this on my bookshelves.

 

 

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🍄 I can’t get over how jam packed this box was. We also got some bonus promotional material for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff and Blackwing by Ed Mcdonald along with a discount code to Mini Backdrops (a company I really want to try!).

 

 

2017-09-04 23.05.30🍄 Last but not least was the pouch with the book. This month’s book was Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic. This book sounds amazing, the cover is stunning, and I can’t wait to read it. In the pouch was also a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, the FairyScoop, the bookmark with the art from the spoiler card, and the buddy read code. Mine is #fairyloot127012!

 


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Like I said before, this was another great box from FairyLoot.

Picking a favorite item is always hard, but I think it might have to be the tea strainer or bookmarks.

What do you think? What was your favorite item?

 


Book Prediction!

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One thing I love to do is to try to guess the book for the following month.

September’s theme is ALL THAT SASS!

I think the book will be Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (mostly because this is probably my most anticipated September release).

What do you think the book is going to be? Let me know down in the comments!


Fairy Loot

What did you think of the contents of this month’s box?

Interested in future boxes*? Subscribe to FairyLoot here**

You can purchase one box or subscribe to one of three plans (monthly, 3 months, or 6 months) starting at £26.00! Use the code IDOBELIEVEINFARIES to save 5%!

* September and October boxes have sold out super fast! More October boxes should be available around October 3rd. They will sell out super fast, so make sure you’re following FairyLoot on social media. September boxes sold out in a week and October boxes sold out in two days. 

**The above link is just a link to the FairyLoot website. I make no profit off of it, I’m just trying to spread the bookish love!