The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan

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“I tried to look confused, which is one of my most convincing expressions.”

Title: The Crown of Ptolemy
Author: Rick Riordan
Why you should read this book: Because this is another chance to keep reading about Percy’s crazy adventures.

Summary taken directly from Goodreads:

An ancient Egyptian magician named Setne has come back from the dead and is experimenting with Egyptian and Greek magic, trying to become a god himself. He’s so powerful and tricky that all four-Percy, Annabeth, Carter, and Sadie-have to team up against him. But their usual weapons and spells aren’t going to cut it this time. Will the heroes be taken down by a wannabe god who looks like Elvis, or will they rise to the challenge?

“I’d have to play this smart … which was not my usual style.”

I am really liking these Kane kids. I think I need to read those books in the future, I want to know more about them and about Egyptian magic.

Setne was the usual funny, badly dressed, villain and Percy knows how to deal with that kind of characters. Percy and Annabeth are a powerful couple, they complement each other and that’s what makes them go through every ugly situation they’ve encountered!

“That’s – that’s not fair,’ Sadie said, her voice trembling. ‘Tempting me with destruction.”

Do I recommend it? Yes, Percy is usually a lot of fun to read and Sadie Kane is one hilarious young girl.
Rate: 4/5

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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“Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain, A hero Valhalla cannot contain. Nine days hence the sun must go east, Ere Sword of Summer unbinds the beast.”

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)


Title:
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Author: Rick Riordan
Why you should read this book: If you’ve loved Percy’s books and the Heroes of Olympus’ ones, then you are going to love this.

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”

Magnus Chase is homeless since the night his mother died. It’s been two years and his 16th birthday approaches. He knows an uncle he doesn’t like is looking for him and when he meets him he reveals that Magnus’ father is a Norse God. Magnus must find a powerful weapon that’s been lost for thousands of years to stop Ragnarok from happening.

“It is woven with the most powerful paradoxes in the Nine Worlds—Wi-Fi with no lag, a politician’s sincerity, a printer that prints, healthy deep-fried food, and an interesting grammar lecture!”

I loved it!! It took me a lot to finish it, not because it wasn’t interesting, but because November is always a busy busy month!

At first I thought Magnus was going to be just like Percy, they are both kings of sarcasm and jokes. I love Percy but I wanted Magnus to be his own self. Luckily he was! He shares similar behaviors with Percy but they are different, you can’t feel it right away, though, you have to get to know him a little better first. Magnus has weaknesses, he has issues, he has gone through a lot, he is young and makes mistakes: maybe we don’t have a Norse God as a parent but we’ve all been there, right?

“The thing about fate, Magnus: even if we can’t change the big picture, our choices can alter the details. That’s how we rebel against destiny, how we make our own mark.”

His companions for this adventure are fun, diverse and really interesting characters: a dwarf fashionista, a deaf magic elf and a strong willed girl with a multifuctional hijab. They all bring something to the story, they are important, without them Magnus would fail at the very beginning of the book.

I love Rick Riordan and how he introduces us to mythology in such a fun way. You may be a teenager or older but be sure that you’ll enjoy getting to know better the Gods, the mythological creatures and their crazy worlds!

The second book can’t be out soon enough. The Hammer of the Fart God is the title, right?? Oh Thor, you and your goats brought a breath of “fresh” air to the entire story!!

Do I recommend it? Of course, join the Rick Riordan’s fans community!
Rate: 5/5

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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The Song of Achilles

Title: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
Why you should read this book: Achilles + Patroclus = OTP

We all know about Achilles, his wonderful blonde hair and the War of Troy caused by selfish Elena, right? It’s all in The Iliad by Homer. This is a different version of the exact same story, we can call it, The Iliad 2.0.

The story is told by Patroclus, a young prince in exile who finds himself in Achilles’ realm and palace. The two of them grow closer, they experience a lot of things together and are together for a very long time, until the very end.
Achilles is the best in Greece, the perfect warrior, a war machine, he was born to fight: he is half God.

I don’t want to spoil the book for people who wants to read it so I won’t say more of the plot even if it’s well known. That’s what scared me the most, the fact that I knew what their fates were and nothing could have changed that. It’s like going to a supermarket with no money: you can go, have fun looking for products but then you go away buying nothing because you knew you couldn’t do it without money. It’s a frustrating experience but that doesn’t affect the journey, the feeling of discovering new products, sales, free samples! It’s a weird analogy but it works for how I feel this book was.

Patroclus is shy, weak, almost the total opposite of Achilles. He likes to be by himself, talks when necessary and tries not to meet Achilles’s eyes. Unfortunately he is been noticed and something might be hiding behind Achilles’ charming grin.
We don’t truly know Achilles’ feelings at first because the story is told from Patroclus point of view but the descriptions of his stares, the way he smiles at him can only mean one thing. IT IS LOVE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!

I feel like I can’t continue writing because I have so many weird feelings going on inside of me that I’m afraid I will end up telling everything!
Let me tell you only that, if you love greek mythology, you will love this book. If you love feeling your heart pounding hard in your chest then this is a book I would recommend. The Song of Achilles is the whole package: fight, love, blood, Gods. You will hate, you will love, you will want to punch, you will want to hug.
Give this book a chance, it’s worth your time!

Do I recommend it? Yes, everyone should read it!
Rate: 5/5

I’m doing a challenge with myself. I will start reading 2 books and 2 ebooks. They are different so I will read according to my mood. The books are: City of Glass, Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Cinder and Anna & the french kiss. I wonder what book I will finish first!

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

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City of Stairs (The Divine Cities, #1)

Title: City of Stairs
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Why you should read this book: Sigrud ♥ (read the book and you will understand)

Quotes I loved
– “Do not tempt me with your secret femininity!”
– “There are times that I kind of like my job.”
– “I no longer sound like Shara. Now I sound like a gossipy wife.”
– “She did not think it was love. She did not think it was love when she felt a curious ache and anxiety when he was not there; she did not think it was love as she felt relief wash over her when she received a note from him; she did not think it was love when she sometimes wondered what their lives would be like after five, then, fifteen years together. The idea of love never crossed her mind.”

City of Stairs is about the investigation in Bulikov of the murder of a historian by Shara, a woman sent by Saypur, and her secretary Sigrud, an extremely big and mysterious man from the North. Their job is to understand who killed Shara’s historian friend and why. Unfortunately they found themselves in more trouble than they expected.
Bulikov was a land ruled and protected by Gods; powerful Divinities now dead. Everything the Divinities created ceased to exist the moment they were killed and the city of Bulikov, once the most powerful, becomes a city with no history but only poverty. With the Gods’ death, Saypur is no longer slave of the Continentals, the men who ruled thanks to the Divinities’ help.
The murder makes brilliant Shara think that maybe there’s more than meets the eye, that he found something he shouldn’t have and he is dead because of that discovery. Maybe the Gods are not really dead, maybe someone is trying to bring them back.

That’s more or less the summary of the book without spoiling anything. There is so much more to write to convince everyone to read it but maybe you have to start reading it like I did, without even knowing what was it about.

I read the title, I liked the cover, the ratings were great; I decided to start reading it. It was worth it, every chapter reveals something more about the story but leaves something out so that it’s almost mandatory to keep reading until you can’t do it anymore. The characters were so well written, from the protagonists to side characters that don’t appear much. This was one of those books that screams “DON’T TRUST ANYONE”, I was anxious from beginning to end about any sudden revelation! Romance is there but it’s not important, it’s only one little piece of the giant puzzle that is Shara.

Shara is a brilliant woman. She uses her head to understand, she needs to know more and more, she is never satisfied until every detail is revealed. People don’t expect her to be so smart because she is, first, a woman, and second, she is from Saypur. Continentals hate Saypur people because they killed their Gods and they know about their history when they are forbidden to even think about it. Her brain is her best weapon and, trust me, she can use it perfectly well. She mastered the art of having always the right thing to say to make everyone shut up!

An important piece of Shara’s puzzle is Sigrud, the “not bad but also not good” giant. He is her secretary and he follows her everywhere; they are a perfect team! I loved Sigrud from the beginning: he is quiet, he is lethal, he can use his head and he is patient. Everything about him makes you love him and wanting to know more. Then you “see” he smiling and you melt because that’s the effect he had on me. He is one of those characters that don’t speak much but when they do, it’s always what needed to be said. Just like Ferb from Phinneas and Ferb (sorry about the comparison but he popped in my mind when I wrote that sentence).

There’s an image of Sigrud that will accompany me for the rest of my life. Another character also loved that image of him: Mulaghesh, Saypur general in Bulikov. A strong female character that finds herself in all that mess when she only wants to retire and be on a beach sunbathing for the rest of her life.

After Sigrud’s paragraph you may think he and Shara shared something more than work issues; you couldn’t be more wrong. I won’t tell you anything, you have to find out by yourself because, as I said before, this book is worth your time.

Mysteries to be solved, new information to elaborate, surprises around every corner. You will find yourself trying to figure out what is going on and maybe, like me, getting it almost all wrong! It was fun finding out the truth and realizing that I’m not a very good detective!

Do I recommend it? Yes, 100% yes.
Rate: 5/5

Still working of my writing style. This is my very first review of a whole book!
Time to choose a paperback book to read. After every ebook there is a book waiting for me!

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