The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olynpus #1) Book Review

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Hello!

Today i bring you my review for the first book in the series “The Heroes of Olympus”, “The Lost Hero”.
I loved the “Percy Jackson” series, with all my heart really and, i don’t know how this man does it but, i loved this first book. It felt just like the previous and, because of the first series and the researched i did on Greek Mythology, i was guessing everything that was going on (later on the spoilers section).
Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
If you like Percy Jackson or Greek Mythology, read this book, but the fun part is you don’t need the first series to understand the mechanics of this series. It does gives you some backround.
Rck Riordan is an amazing writer and it’s has become one of my favorite writers, it always picks me up.

I gave it 5 out of 5 and would give it a ton more.

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Rogues by George R. R. Martin Book Review

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“How the Marquis Got His Coat Back” by Neil Gaiman

I don’t remember this tale so well, to be honest i enjoyed it but felt lost in it. I later found this was a character from Neverwhere (on my TBR), maybe because i wasn’t expecting a fantastical adventure or because i didn’t understood a thing i just enjoyed it. I like the character personality, i guess that might be good for Neverwhere.

“Provenance” by David W. Ball

Nazi-collector of art, i don’t remember a lot sadly. I read it a few months back.

“What Do You Do?” by Gillian Flynn

What the actual f*?

  • Short and sweet: check
  • Creepy and mindf*cking: check

You can tell this is from Gillian specially after “Sharp Objects”, for me it followed the same lines. The plot? I can’t say a word without spoiling everything, the main point is the same through all the book the bad and the ugly. Just read it if you can and are a fan of Gillian. Totally mind blowing.

“A Better Way to Die” by Paul Cornell

Clone school, parallel worlds and subplot. Nice story but it could be more detailed (since i didn’t understood it for 80% of reading it). First time reading Paul Cornell, a lot of descriptions but it didn’t grab me.

“A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch

This was awesome! Fast pace, intriguing, unique and a true fantasy adventure.
Some things were missing, but even with that 5 out 5 really.
I have a feeling i would really like Scott Lynch books.

“The Caravan to Nowhere” by Phyllis Eisenstein

Well, a nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this story as much has i did, because it was a known character.
The way drugs were portrait felt real and even with a small space for character grown and plot twists, it managed to surprised me.

“Bent Twig” by Joe R. Lansdale

Second best story in the all book (first being the Gillian Flynn one), the one from GRRM is not a story is the all goal of me reading this xD

Quick, with funny characters, could ask more anything more. It’s dark but the comedy does a great job at reliving it. I kinda want to read more about them.

“The Lightning Tree” by Patrick Rothfuss

Pretty cool, from someone who never read Patrick Rothfuss this story made me want to read more. Maybe it was the character.

“Now Showing” by Connie Willis

I was so tired of so many short stories i didn’t read this.

The Rogue Prince, or, A King’s Brother” by George R.R. Martin

The moment i was waiting for, this short story. Was it worthy? Actually yes. I really liked knowing everything about Westeros and that the present events (GoT events) are just repetitions of the past. How marriage works and how the crown is never safe.

Overall 4 out of 5 just because some short stories were amazing.

4-stars

Stay awesome,

Viviana

 

Deadpool, Vol. 2: Soul Hunter

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Hello,

i know, so quickly?! Comic books make me this, i read it very fast and then read really slowly (this is completely normal).

This type or reviews are really hard because i feel it doesn’t need a spoiler review but i also don’t have a ton o things to add. In this case i liked this volume better to the first but just because i already have a context. Continues the story from the previous volume and goes a little deeper in Deadpool history.

We get to see other super heros like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Spider-man (spidey!! :D). I got to give it to the internet world, Spiderman + Deadpool is a thing and it’s totally real, i had fun reading this volume and that is what is all about.

4.5 starts this time!

4-stars

I hope you liked this small and quick review, stay tuned for my reviews of the short stories from the book Rogues!

Stay awesome,

Viviana

Deadpool, Vol. 1: Dead Presidents

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Hello!

I just read my first Deadpool comic and was very pleased.

I was always curious about Deadpool and after seeing the movie it got me, really did. I bought the volumes 1 and 2 as soon as i could but only managed to read it now. (damn you reading slump).

This is not a birth story, it’s not how Deadpool was born but a story in his life. A funny and different (for me!). Dead presidents are brought to life by a mage and are trying to end America as it is. He is helping S.H.I.E.L.D and even Doctor Strange appears. All fun and games actually but Deadpool remains true to itself and made jokes (good ones!) and kept his seriousness when he needed.

Overall, i enjoyed it but it’s a really pointless story, i hope volume two is better.

4-stars

Stay awesome,

Viviana

 

An Ember in the Ashes Book Review

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What you are about to read is a book review from someone who haven’t read a book this good in a long longe time. Excuse me if i sound crazy 😛

As you seen from the title, I, who haven’t been able to fell in love with a book for a long time, read “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir . I’m sorry for taking too long to even update with book hauls or just photos but i’m taking this easy!

This book destroyed me, i felt anxious everytime i read it. I felt the need to read more to understand what Laia and Elias where going through, what the Cook really is, how could Izzi handle so many years, how Helene felt, how the Commander was able to be like that and what she was planning, what the Augurs are saying and so much more…
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
Don’t judge the book by that last paragraph, this is not 100% love story. For me it has enought loving moments and short to me is just the right amount. The plot has a large amount of twists of at least some points we might not be expecting.

The world Sabaa built is amazing, from the creatures to the mystic elements and the culture. Even with all the action going on, almost everything is explained, you understand everything and how the characters fit in this world.
You are left with a ton of questions just like me but that questions are what make this book so f*ing good.

Read this book, just read it. The characters grow in a way I felt compelled, I felt my feelings in them and how they went through them. Give it a chance and don’t compare it with anything you have read before.

I gave it 5 stars!

5-stars

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Me Before You Book Review

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Hello,

Today i bring you my review of the popular novel “Me Before You” from Jojo Moyes.
I read this through my vacations and i got to tell you, this book is big but it reads like a small. Let’s start.

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I wanted to read this book after seeing the trailer, i don’t regret it a single bit.
This is romantic but no to much, there isn’t a love triangle there is just a love story, almost more a life story.

The trailer e very spoilery, but i think that we all expect some sort of ending and then we get something different. But i will leave this to the spoilers part!

If you enjoy a good love story, seeing life from others eyes and grow with the simple book like this, please don’t pass this. I don’t say this very often about romances, especially simple ones, this is the most simple romance i ever read but the fact is i love it.

5 out of 5!

5-stars

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days

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Hi guys! I know i have been off for a long LONG time.

Ever since the Warm Bodies review i have been in a reading slump so so big, i decided to read Harry Potter (continue my re-read) but it took me much more time than i expected. I was enjoying so much i was reading at my own pace, taking pleasure from it. As soon has i finished i wanted to read some comic books and i had to catch up with Ms. Marvel.

From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she’s been challenged. But nothing has prepared her for this: the last days of the Marvel Universe. Lucky she’s got the help of Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers! Between teaming up with her personal hero to rescue her brother and trying to keep her city from falling into an all-out frenzy, Kamala has barely had time to come to terms with the face that the world is literally collapsing around her. But the truth will catch up to her, and soon. When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? Kamala knows the answer. Let’s do this, Jersey City.

Spoiler free: it feels flat comparing it to others, after reading it i know this is meant to build up this major event but still, when it ended i felt it could had done a lot better. Still, a great addition to the series.

I gave it 4 out of 5, but its like a 3.84-stars

Because i was off for so long this is all for today!

Stay awesome,

Viviana

Warm Bodies Book Review

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After what felt like months (and it was) i finished this book. I never had a reading slump like this or even close.

I bought this book on a trip to the hairdresser, i didn’t take a book with me and it was going to take a while. I was reading another book at the same time (Hollow City) and i already felted the slump crawling but this time i was totally different. I can blame my PS4 (Assassins creed just came out) or even Netflix, but to be honest i didn’t felt like reading.

Still, i read it! I finished and now i’m reading Harry Potter and the goblet of fire! I truly missed this and i hope HP will help me.

Now, onto the review!

R is having a no-life crisis–he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl–although she looks delicious–he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

I wanted a love story, one i enjoyed well.. that wasn’t the case. It cute and different but this book is about life and how we live it. To me at the time i read it it was to philosophical. Still i enjoyed some of it, but i was left with so many questions that don’t have an answer. (to be honest… i enjoyed the movie a lot more)

This time i don’t want to do a review with spoilers because i don’t think is necessary. I will just leave my questions here.
How did this plague started? If Zombies worked almost like a society why did it sound like a paranormal (extra paranormal) thing? What did it mean the gold eyes thing? And how did the F cure worked?!
Sorry if you found that questions spoilers but i actually don’t think this book as any surprises.

I gave it 3 out of 5 starts.

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Stay awesome,

Viviana

 

Saga, Volume 5 Graphic Novel Review

Hello!

It has been so much time since my last Saga review, it’s a pity i read this so fast…
This series is really growing on me.

This volume did tied up so strings it left open in the previous one, but what chocks me the most about this is there is no filling. Everything just happens. If someone is going to die eventually they die in the next page. Its quite surprising.

I gave it 5 out of 5 of course 🙂

5-stars

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Hollow City – Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book 2

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Hello!

Long time no see i know… It as not being easier writing posts and the sudden reading slump hasn’t helped. But i finally finished Hollow City!!!
Hollow City is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, so expect this review to be small in the spoiler free section. The first book will be adapted to cinemas by Tim Burton so i have a good feeling about it.

No synopsis today because the one on GoodReads has spoilers.

The book has the same POV as the first book, Jacob, and amazing photographs to illustrate the story.

I really love this photos, the creepiness is the thing that makes me keep reading. I found this book really cool but i also found it dragged a little in some parts. But this parts were really interesting, world building wise.

The first book really felt like a standalone, but if you enjoyed the first book this book is a must. This does end in a cliffhanger, big big one. But i think the third one will me amazing, if it follows the spirit of the end of this one.

If you haven’t read the first book and you like creepy things, horror stories with a pinch of historical fiction give the first one a go! I have this one 4 out of 5 stars.

4-stars

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