A Song & A Book #44

Today’s Song Is;

Well I remember, I remember, don’t worry, how could I ever forget
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, oh no you don’t fool me
Well the hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows
It’s no stranger to you and me

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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” Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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Big big thanks to the wonderful Rachel at pace, amore, libri  for tagging me for the Blogger Aesthetic Award <3! The award tag was created by Liam at Hey Ashers.

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).
  • Tips:

 

Okay I suck at aesthetic images hahah but that’ll do :’) Let’s see what you can figure out from these…

I tag Sophie @ Blame Chocolate , Chelsea @ Spotlight on Stories (who has a really great theme on the blog 😉 ) and RemiVFoliage !

A Song & A Book #43

Today’s Song Is;

Whatever you’ve gotta prove, it has nothing to do with me
With all of your might and your slyness
You vanish me and I disappear from view
But our enemies live within
So I sit pretty in the heart of you

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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The body you are wearing used to be mine.

So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.”

#Book Tag – Bizarre Historical Events [Original]

Hey guys! It’s been such busy two weeks, and I’m finally done with all my assignments! Well, until next week when I’ll get more… but anyway, I feel like I should celebrate and so what more fun way to that than to do a book tag! Though I couldn’t find any that I felt like doing, so instead I created my own first tag 😀 I love history, it’s just so interesting and so much fun.  So I decided to do a very informative tag and do one about really bizarre (hilarious) historical events.

Don’t forget to pingback me if you do this tag!

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|Emperor Elagabalus drowning his court in flower petals. Literally.| Name a book villain who would totally do this.

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I feel like this is something Setne from The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan would do this given the chance. He’s the type of guy that’d make a show of anything, even killing you.

 

 

 

|When King Philip II of Macedon sent the Spartans a lengthy threat of what he’d do if they did not yield to him, and they answered with a sarcastic one-word response -“if”| What hero/heroes would most likely answer like this to a threat from the antagonist.

therookThe awesome Myfawny Thomas in The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is my kind of soul-mate in the terms of her being able to still be sarcastic in life-and-death situations. This book is so tragically underrated, I really recommend everyone to read it.

 

 

 

|When Australia declared war on the Emus, and lost| A book that did not end up like you expected (in the terms of the plot).

booksofbeginning2The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens, holy shit. I thought the second book would be pretty similar to the first in this series (we all know of the problems with the second book in a trilogy), but not this one. Oh no, this made a completely shocking turn in the end that I just, god I can’t speak of it.

 

 

|Lichtenstein sending its army of 80 men to attack Italy and coming back with 81| A book you thought would be bad but actually ended up really liking.

animalfarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell, was reading this for a school assignment, so I thought I would hate it. But I was surprised to find out that I really liked it. I definitely recommend this classic to everyone, it’s rather short so not intimidating, and the characters are wonderful.

 

 

 

|Alexander Hamilton challenging the entire democratic-republican party to a duel| A character who would totally do this.

gospeloflokiLoki from The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. Though this is kind of what he did. He’s that wonderful, passive-aggressively “come-at-me-bro” type that doesn’t care if he offended the entire party – that was his meaning anyway.

 

 

 

|The Chinese setting monkeys on fire and launching them at British ships|  A book based on a great idea/concept

neverwhere.jpgI’ll go with Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for this one. The concept of “London Below” (that’s what it was called right?) is just so cool and you know probably the best idea of an urban fantasy I’ve ever heard of.

 

 

|Emperor Caligula calling for an assembly just to tell everyone he could kill them all| A villain who just loves to gloat

heroofages.pngRuin from The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, all the way. He just gloats for the sake of gloating. One of my actually favorite funny scenes in the series is actually him gloating while Vin is like “???” and he’s like “I know what you’re thinking -” and she like uhm no that was not what I was thinking.

 

 

|An old civilian woman aiding in the killing of their besieger King Pyrrhus by throwing a tile at him| A minor character you can totally imagine helping the heroes like this)

PercyBattleLabyrinthI can actually only think of Rachel Elizabeth Dare from The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan with that description. If you’ve read the book, you know exactly what scene I’m talking about.

 

 

 

|When the US sent tanks, Special Forces, Tae Kwon Do experts, soldiers with M-16s grenade launchers etc., all just to cut down one tree| A book you really don’t understand all the hype around it.

daughterofsmokeandbone.jpgDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’m sorry, but I really don’t understand what everyone is seeing in this series. I really disliked the first book, but I read the second to give it a second chance and then just gave up on it. Horrible insta-love under the excuse of a ‘romeo & juliet’ – backstory between two popular (from their side) straight people. There was almost no action, and it just had so much potential (especially with the world-building) but ended up having the wrong focus.

 

|That one time in Prague when a Protestant threw a Catholic out of a window, only to have him survive by landing in horse shit which resulted in a large war| Favorite rivalry in a book (series)

elantrisSarene and Hrathen in Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, both are actually rivals because of their political and religious differences, very similar to Catholic and Protestants actually. But what I love about it as well is that Sarene, realizing she doesn’t have much to do, decides to mess with Hrathen when he tries to convert people.

 

 

|That one time a bucket started a war| A book whose sole existence makes you question humanity (and the publishing industry). 

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This book was so bad that it changed my life. It’s not only because it’s extremely sexist and promotes a really abusive relationship (“oh how cute the guy is threatening to rape me when I’m trying to confront him about his behavior! But you know, he’s so hot and powerful!”), the main male character is more Mary Sue than any fictional girl I’ve ever read, even in fanfiction, and the MC girl is just so stupid and immature and horrible (actually, like all characters) that you felt sorry for the villains. Plus the writing was just so bad, I mean I’m not native to English but even I could tell. But the thing is that this has like 4.2 on Goodread. Yeah, since then I have never trusted the rating system. Or some other people’s opinions.

|Julius Caesar being taken hostage by pirates, only to be angry at the low amount of money they demanded and made them demand even more money for his freedom| Some character who would definitely act like this if taken as hostage.

ship-of-destinyOh, The Satrap from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb, all the way. That guy is so spoiled that it’s a serious issue. No one is immune to wanting to at least give him a good slap.

 

 

 

|The Mexican president who was in office for only about 45 minutes| A character you just feel sorry for.

magnuschaseSamirah Al Abbas from The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan does not have it easy in the second book. I just felt so sorry for her through the whole book, like she begins with a black-eye and ends up with… well, let’s just say it’s worse than a black eye. Not to talk of how her dad, father of the year, engaged her to an ugly giant.

(P.S. That’s the Swedish cover by the way)

 

 

|The General whose last words, before getting shot under the left eye, were “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance”| Which character would most likely meet their end this way.

TheWayOfKingsThe little cockroach in ridiculous clothing, AKA Sadeas from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.

 

 

 

 

 

and I tag YOU!

 

A Song & A Book #42

Today’s Song Is;

Never was a cornflake girl
Thought that was a good solution
/…/
Rabbit, where’d you put the keys, girl?

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy – a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing.”

Monthly Wrap-up: May 2017

Hi guys, haven’t been much reading nor blogging for me lately due to lots of exams and essays now… I managed to read eight books, but at least they were all actually good and I finished an entire series (too soon… still not over it). Don’t expect much from until like the middle of June though. But I’ll try to post some things! Maybe you’ll just see a lot of ‘A Song & A Book’ posts :’)

The Books I’ve read this month;

The Books Of Beginning by John Stephens [x]

Like I said, still not over them. They’re like Narnia, but with pain. I was so exhausted because of a 10 pages essay I had written that I started crying when I thought of what happened to a certain character. But really recommend.

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan [x]

Great listening as well! I’m a huge fan of Riordan’s books and they will always be in my heart (did anyone else start to sing on the Phil Collins song?) because of how they saved me from a 4 years reading slump. Also I’m a huge mythology nerd.

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Mort by Terry Pratchett

Finally started the Discworld series! I really enjoyed this book, and Death aaaw I just want him to be happy.

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

A fun and quick read! The concept of a 12 yeard old super-villain was all one needed to say for me to read it.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I was actually suprised by how captivated I was of this book, despite it being written in a way that I usually find, well, dull after a time.

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

This book. Omg. When I have time, I really want to write a review of this book. It’s just something everyone should read, but I’m also super mad now on why Ghibli changed the character’s personality. I read a hilariously accurate description of Sophie in the book on tumblr, saying something like

Sophie in the movie: super sweet and wonderful and such a cinnamon roll

Sophie in the book: Sophie, but with a gun.”

And not to talk about Howl. Suffice to say, you need to read this book.

A Song & A Book #41

Today’s Song Is;

Now dance, fucker, dance
He never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is; (the song is perfect for two certain characters in this book)

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“Sisters Vivenna and Siri are princesses of Idris. Susebron is the God King one must marry. Lightsong is the reluctant minor god of bravery. Vasher is an immortal still trying to undo mistakes of centuries before. Magic from individual breath from everyday objects can perform all manner of miracles and mischief.”

TW5 – Favorite Minor Characters

Time for Top 5 Wednesday! The theme for this week is awesome, namely to pick our favorite minor characters. I love minor characters that leave an impression on you, characters that, despite not being main or even supporting, ends up with such vivid personalities. I chose to pick characters that only appears once or just a few times, not reoccurring ‘background characters’ (ex. the Stoll brothers from the Percy Jackson series). They’re just someone who happens to be at the right (wrong most of the time) place at the right (wrong) time and are therefore included a short while in the story.

But they’re brief appearans can make you wish the author made a spin-off series for them.

5. The Fish Seller from Runelight by Joanne Harris

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You guys remember the Cabbage Man from Avatar, right? This guy is basically him (although sadly, he only had one appearance). Here’s a question for you; if you see a horse eating your fish and then turning into a giant snake, do you a) run away b) scream and hide, or c) grab onto the serpent and demand to get your fish back? If your answer is c), then you share something in common with this guy.

4. The Party Ponies South Florida Chapter from The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

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Deus ex machina done right, the Party Ponies appearance at the climax really kills it (in, you know, the good way). The group of centaurs simply swoops in and rescues Percy, Annabeth and Tyson by attacking the enemy with paintball guns and arrows with boxing gloves attached to the point. Although they only appear one more time in the books, they are not easily forgotten.

3. Grievous Bodily Harm, Cruelty to Animals, Things Not Working Properly Even After You’ve Given Them A Good Thumping But Secretly No Alcohol Lager, and Really Cool People from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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If you haven’t read the book, I guess you are in need of an explanation. Do you remember hearing about the four riders of the apocalypse? Well meet the self-employed four extra bikers of the apocalypse. These guys were a(nother) hilarious asset to the novel. They are definitely not the only minor characters you will remember, but I chose them because they are actually not at all relevant to the plot, yet they’re there and deliver. Their ending had me crying of laughter.

2. The Cheating Woman from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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You know the scenes when the two partners-in-crime are executing their grand plan. They’re climbing up the building, setting up, etc. Well, sometimes it ain’t that simple. It’s not your nemesis or their associate that stops you, you just happened to have the ill-luck to climb up the wrong window… Jean and Locke happens to have just that luck. Discovered by a woman and her supposed husband, who starts climbing after them, what would have been a simply start to their mission takes quite a turn. As they manage to ‘defeat’ the man and climb into the window of the woman,  suddenly the door bursts open and they think the man has somehow managed to quickly climb the stairs, it is instead revealed to be another man. This man thinks his wife is cheating on him with Jean and Locke (though she isn’t with

Discovered by a woman and her supposed husband, who starts climbing after them, what would have been a simply start to their mission takes quite a turn. As they manage to ‘defeat’ the man and climb into the window of the woman,  suddenly the door bursts open and they think the man has somehow managed to quickly climb the stairs, it is instead revealed to be another man. This man thinks his wife is cheating on him with Jean and Locke (though she isn’t with them) she denies it and runs shrieking to her husband that he should protect her. When Jean manages to defeat her husband too, the woman suddenly shouts “Yes! Now throw him out of the window!”.

She has only one appearance, we don’t even learn of her name, yet she puts a hilarious twist on what would have been a simple window climbing.

1. The Stick from Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

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Yes, the first place goes to a stick. It is only the master writer Brandon Sanderson who can give such strong characteristics to a single stick who only repeats one line.

Shallan, wet and cold, tries to create fire (using a special form of ‘magic’) by convincing a stick into turning into fire. Unluckily for her, she manages to pick the most stubborn stick on the entire planet. It’s so stubborn and self-aware that not even the powers of God can stop it. Shallan, who has struggled through countless of traumas and difficulties, even she gives up when facing the stick. 

“You want to burn”

“I am a stick”

“Think how much fun it would be?”

“I am a stick”

“Stormlight,” Shallan Said. “You could have it all! All that I’m holding.”

A pause. Finally, “I am a stick”

“Sticks need stormlight. For… things…” Shallan blinked away tears of fatigue.

“I am-”

“- a stick” Shallan said.

 

 

 

 

A Song & A Book #40

Today’s Song Is;

And if you have a minute, why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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Hazel’s younger brother Fiver is convinced that a great evil is about to befall the land, but no one will listen. And why would they when it is Spring and the grass is fat and succulent? So together Hazel and Fiver and a few other brave rabbits secretly leave behind the safety and strictures of the warren and hop tentatively out into a vast and strange world. Chased by their former friends, hunted by dogs and foxes, avoiding farms and other human threats, but making new friends, Hazel and his fellow rabbits dream of a new life in the emerald embrace of Watership Down…”

Book Review – The Dark Prophecy (Audio Book Review)

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Title: The Dark Prophecy 

Author: Rick Riordan

Narrator: Robbie Daymond

ISBN: 9780141376240

Publisher: Penguin Audio Books

The Word Description: Funny, Emotional, Great

Rating: 4/6 (the rating is based on Goodreads rating system but with an extra star for those exceptional books)

You know guys, I was actually a bit uncertain if I should really write a review of this book. Why? Because I love his books (I’ve read all of them in his universe of gods), so my view on this is very subjective because I cannot not love his books. Of course we’re all subjective about the books we read, but to a review, it’s also important to be objective to be able to criticize som parts of a book even if you loved the book.

But what the hell.

In the second installment of Rick Riordan’s book series The Trials Of Apollo, the former-god-Apollo-turned-into-mortal-Lester, along with Leo Valdez and Calypso, has to travel to save both a friend and an oracle from the claws of an evil emperor. But of course things has to complicate, especially when the identity of the second emperor is revealed…

I listened to the audio book, and as with all of Riordan’s books taking place in the “Percy Jackson universe”, I really recommend it. Why? Because the story is told through first perspective, so it feels like the narrator, this time Apollo, is talking (complaining for the most part) to you about what happened to him.

The Dark Prophecy started off a bit too quick for me actually – I felt like I didn’t have time to really settle myself into it. But of course, that was only relevant for like the first two, three? chapters. Then the plot kept a nice pace, complete with the typical adventure, heartwarming moments, tear jerkers and the humour characteristic of Riordan (featuring waaay too many pop-culture references and hilarious moments and characters).

Though in this book the plot felt a lot more serious and emotional than the first due to both Apollo/Lester’s character development and what ‘triggers’ it. To recover different oracles his only one part of his trials, after all. Riordan empathizes Apollo’s relationship with people, new and old, (bad and good) to demonstrate his ‘weaknesses’, what is needed to ‘grow’ in him. I like how Riordan doesn’t excuse some things Apollo has done (even though he himself does it at first, which is perfectly in character) and forces him to realize his mistakes. Calypso, a new/old supporting character, was a great character on her own – she was brave despite being ‘powerless’, clever but also kind – to those who she saw deserved it. Therefore she also made for a good ‘companion’ to Apollo, forcing him to understand how he had wronged her.

For another important relationship, which I absolutely love that Riordan did, was the one between Apollo and the Big Bad. Any kind of (previous) personal relationship between a hero and a villain has always been one of my favorite tropes, it makes their interactions and actions so much… more.

Apollo went through a dramatic character development by the near end of this book as he not only realize some of his (many) mistakes like in the previous one, but also learns about the importance, for example, of selfless kindness. Of course, this is Apollo we’re talking about – it’s not that he turns into Mother Teresa. But his character growth, thanks to a certain someone people, also shows that then growth goes both ways.

As for the other characters, Leo is still the lovable Leo (though maybe a bit more serious? But he was this after Blood of Olympus too), plus some old characters appear, but also new ones that I’m super excited for. Riordan has done a great job in working to expand his diversity, from ethnicity to sexuality, but also improve how he portrays them. When a certain character came out as the officially “first” gay character, some fans where angry because of the way it was handled. So in the next series, Riordan made the lead character bi-sexual and openly comfortable with it. No, not a supportive character. He has included a muslim main character, transgender, gay couples and people from different ethnicities (oh and in his series about Egyptian gods, almost the entire cast was black or bi-racial. Take notice Hollywood). He has also talked about parents who kick out their kids for being transgender, police brutality against black people, emotionally abusive parenting et cetera.

Suffice to say, I am both awed and so greatful for Riordan to actually reaching out to ALL kids and (young) adults, listening to his fans and adding more characters that people can relate to. He’s “milking” his fans for money that way? Oh first off, his an author; being a writer is a profession, meaning job, meaning he gets his money this way. Of course he needs to sell – all authors want that! But he is not, unlike some auhtors who create new series or books in a world with the same cast of character, the same one gay and two black characters to call themself diverse. No, he is activaly trying to improve his books and talks about so many things that are important for kids to understand and learn. I know for certain that when I get kids, I’ll be reading his books to them.

Okay maybe I got a bit off topic (the review) but oh well, just thought of having it said. So the thing is, in this book we get a relationship many people have only had in headcanon. Like I discussed with @Joce only about two days ago, Riordan is like one of his gods in his series – if you say his name, he’ll hear you. BUT, I’m honestly shocked to see that some people have an issue with the relationship by complaining that Riordan wrote of a group as “homophobic” for not including them, when it is clearly stated why they cannot be included. And it’s not just their relationship either. I can not say too much without, well, revealing too much (although to be honest it’s not a big spoiler or anything). But c’mon. I can honestly tell you there’s nothing homophobic in this book and those who say otherwise have clearly either not read previous books or don’t know anything about the mythology of said group.

Okay, moving on.

This book, like all his books, also includes some great comedic bits and characters. Listening to a part which includes a train had me actually laughing out loud (guys it was ridiculously hilarious). That’s why I’m equally surprised at how quickly it can change from funny to serious. For the most part, this was very well handled but one or two times it kind of didn’t go so well in my opinion. I also blame it on the narrator, he is not the best I’ve heard when it comes to expressing emotional moments. He wasn’t bad, just not good enough.

But in summary, this was (as always) a great experience and I do really recommend people to read or continue this series. It’s light, warming and a lot of fun, but also not to be underestimated when it comes to being emotional. Not really the “strongest” of Riordan’s book, but still great and unique.