The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan

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5stars

“Just like the good old days: marching together into the unknown, searching for missing magical weapons and risking painful death. I’d missed my buddies!”

Title: The Hammer of Thor
Author: Rick Riordan
Why you should read this book: Because it’s the second book of the Gods of Asgard series and if you have read the first one, this one is a must!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is funny, diverse, mysterious and interesting, can’t wait for the third one.
Rate: 5/5

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There are certain authors and certain books that know your sense of humor; they just get you. I am not a teenager anymore but believe me, the puns, the jokes, not matter how juvenile, I find them hilarious. I can’t help it. I get entertain by the little things. Give me a pun and I will laugh for days.

There is only one tiny flaw I didn’t expect this book to have: I didn’t highlight any quote. When I read I usually have see-through sticky notes so that I can highlight the quotes I like but, no, it didn’t happen with this book. Zero quotes. For me, that is a weird event. I don’t want to think about that. There was a lack of quotes but it has plenty of funny situations.

“At this point, most people would have thrown themselves down on the ground and given up hope. And by most people, I mean me.”

From the last book we know that Mighty Thor, God of thunder, son of Odin, fart master, has lost his hammer. Stolen, misplaced, who knows? One thing we know; Thor is nowhere near being HemsWORTH. Anyone strong enough can pick up that hammer. You are not special! Our dead and not dead heroes have to find it to avoid Ragnarok. It won’t be easy and we all know it!

I won’t say much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anyone. I will say that there is a new very interesting character: Alex. It’s not really a spoiler but this character is both male and female but not at the same time. She/he is a child of Loki so he/she is a shape shifter and gender fluid; some days she is a female, some other days he is a male. I liked this fact but we get to see only she as a female and not much as male. Not at all as a male, just a couple of glimpses and that’s all. I wanted to see how Magnus would react to Alex being a male for a while. I kind of ship them, both Magnus and female Alex and Magnus and male Alex.

“Magnus, could you glow a little closer, please?”

I like Magnus, I always have but this book I had my eyes set on Hearthstone, the wonderful elf, and rune magician. We get to know more about him, how he grew up and all I wanted to do was hug him, give him everything he wanted and so much more. I love his friendship with Blitzen and that he cares a lot about his friends. I will now proceed to find and save every single fanart of Hearthstone there is online. No one will be able to stop me!

It was nice knowing a little bit more about Amir, Sam’s fiancé. I can’t wait for them to get married. I need them to have a happy life and a happily ever after. Sam is a wonderful girl and she deserves every nice thing the world has to offer.

I can’t wait for Apollo’s sequel and then the third book of Magnus. Things are going to get more interesting and I just hope no one is going to die and everyone is going to have good things happening in their lives. Mr. Riordan, I will buy everything you give to me so, please, take care of my heart, I don’t want it to break.

“It’s a good thing Jack was no longer in my hands, because I would’ve pulled a full-on Kylo Ren temper tantrum.”

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ☆

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Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author:
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Why you should read this book: everything about this book is important, everyone should read it!

Aristotle, for short Ari, is 15 years old, he has trouble talking about his feelings and he doesn’t have any friends. But then he met Dante at the pool where he taught him how to swim. Dante knows how to do a lot of things Ari can’t. He shows him how to love books, poetry books, art and life.
This is a story about family, friendship and love. This is a story about life.

It is so true: we all fight our private wars.
It took me a long time to finish this book because I read it really slowly, so slowly that the characters kept living their days in my head when I didn’t know what they were really doing. In my head I invented what they were doing during the days that weren’t described in the book. I really wish I’m not the only one doing it. It feels weird but also it feels good, like I’m contributing in some way to the development of the story.

Let’s talk about the two magnificent boys in this wonderful book. Aristotle is a great main character, smart, conflicted, a 15-year old boy, with all the problems that age come with. He has holes in his life, so many things are not how they’re supposed to be. In his house there is silence. He has a big brother that everyone pretend doesn’t exist because he is in prison but nobody wants to tell Ari anything about him. This makes him feel incomplete. He doesn’t like to talk about his feelings so as a result he is always angry with the world.
Then along came Dante, a bright young man with a warm smile and a shoeless way to live his life. They are so different and they unknowingly help each other. Dante is curious about everything, he is experimenting in life because if you have doubts about who you really are you have to try a lot of things so that you can figure out what makes you happy, what it’s worth fighting for.

Their friendship is one I can only dream of. They don’t always talk, they are often quiet, they fight, they find out a lot about themselves when they think of each other. They fit perfectly together, no wonder they become best friends almost right away.

I could give this book a thousand stars and still I’d feel is not enough. When a book makes me feel this way it can only mean that it’s perfect, the perfect book to love, to think about when things are not great, when you need to smile a little.

I love how smiles were so important. Smiles where described a lot: sweet, sad, enigmatic, fake. Smiles are what I love the most about human beings (and every other being on this planet), they’re the first thing I look at in a person.
Have you ever watched a person smile and his face and whole body just start glowing? There’s magic in smiles, something it’s not easy to describe, you have to see it and feel it. Rest assure, when you see that kind of smile, no matter how bad is your day/week/month/year/life, for a couple of seconds everything disappears and you find yourself smiling and everything just feels right. Yeah, just perfectly right!

What an incredible book, don’t miss it.
So let’s smile and look at the stars!

Do I recommend it? Yes, 500% yes.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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