Norse Mythology – Book Review

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“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.” 

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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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T5W – October 18, 2017

Books Featuring Fae

I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday in forever! I only did a single one in all of September, and I haven’t done any in October yet, so I figured that today is the day to get back to it.

I really like this weeks topic because we get to choose any paranormal creature of our choosing. I, of course, had to go with the fae. In part, I choose fae because I think they are cool. But, mostly I picked them because I have a lot of fae books to choose from than I do any other supernatural creature. So, without further ado, let’s see what I come up with.

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The Raven Boys – Where I Finally Join the Bandwagon

★★★

3.5


 

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve…Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore

 

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Justice League Movie Book Tag [Original]

Hello, hello! Rosie and I have created a tag!

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For those of you who have no idea who the heck Rosie is, she was my co-blogger back when I started this blog. While she has stepped away from posting, she is still around and loves to come check out the blog every once in a while. If you want to know more about Rosie and her leaving, click HERE.

So, Rosie and I are lovers of all things superheroes and cannot wait for the Justice League movie to come out in November. We are also hoping that it doesn’t greatly disappoint us, although there is 50/50 chance of it going to shit. So, we were talking and decided that there was no better way to wait for the release of this highly anticipated movie than with a book tag!

We scoured the internet and could not find anyone who has done a Justice League Movie Book Tag, so we decided that we were going to make one ourselves! And here it is!

We hope you guys enjoy it!

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Gray Wolf Island – ARC Review

★★★


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Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

 

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Turtles All the Way Down – A Surprisingly Good Book

★★★

3.5


 

“Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.” 

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

 

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