January Wrap Up

I can’t believe how fast January flew by! I didn’t realize it was February until this morning, when I when I went to write the date and saw that it was no longer a 1 for the month, but a 2. This month I read seven books, which is pretty impressive (if I may say so myself)considering everything else I have going on.

 

I ran a giveaway this month with The MacBath, a wonderful literary soap store on Etsy (I totally think you should check them out if you haven’t already.. their products are amazing!!).

I do have a couple exciting giveaway’s coming up this month as well, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

What books did you read in January?

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Book Review- The Hammer of Thor

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The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney- Hyperion Books on October 4, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Pages: 471
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Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Once again I was disappointed by Magnus Chase. This book picks up a few months after the first one ends. It started off pretty well, and I almost thought that this book would be a little more clear with it’s plot and not have so many sub-plots. Not that I don’t enjoy a good sub-plot, it’s just that the first one had so many I began to loose sight of what the main point actually was.

But yet again, our heroes jump through world after world completing a series of tasks that make reading the book a bit tedious. It almost feels as if Riordan tried to stuff as many Norse stories as he could into one book, and forgot to refine it when he was finished. I would have been much happier with a Percy Jackson sized book that had a killer plot and not quite so much going on.

It also felt like this was a repeat of the first Magnus Chase. The same events happened with slight variations, and I found it pretty hard to keep focused on what was going on. It took me a lot longer than it should have to get through this one.

It could be that I’ve outgrown this type of story (which is sad to think about), but the more likely scenario is that by pumping out the volume of books that he is, the quality of Riordan’s writing is beginning to slip.

I know that review seemed kind of harsh, considering I am giving this book three hearts, but I feel like it all needed to be said. On a happier note, the book did have some funny and unique parts, and I still love the diversity and individuality of each of the characters.

So, The Hammer of Thor gets three out of five hearts from me.

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Book Review- The Sword of Summer

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney- Hyperion Books on October 6, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Pages: 499
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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

I’ve always been a huge fan of Rick Riordan. I love his ability to bring mythology to life in a modern era and create unlikely heroes out of unsuspecting teens. But when I read The Sword of Summer I felt let down. It felt to me like Riordan was trying to recreate Percy Jackson in the Norse world, and cram too many adventures into one plot.

Magnus is a likable character, and it is certainly entertaining to read from his point of view, but the whole book felt too familiar. It was like having a long lasting Deja vu. What I also found frustrating about this book is that straight from the beginning it includes Annabeth Chase, a Greek demigod, which makes it seem like this book really is trying to use the success of Percy Jackson to gain fame.

However, despite my disappointments, the book was a fun read. It retold a lot of Norse stories I heard as a child and brought them to life yet again. The characters were diverse and unique, and each had their own struggles, hopes, and dreams. They each were distinctly their own person, which is much appreciated.

I wouldn’t call The Sword of Summer a “must read”, but if you love the world that Riordan has created, this is a great way to delve into a new part of it while still seeing cameos of the older characters.

I am going to give the Sword of Summer three out of five hearts.

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