Cover Review: Royally Lost by Angie Staton

Okay, let me start out by saying that I bought this book on a whim during one of Kobo’s sales. I then proceeded to read this book. I now hate this book. I have decided to review the cover anyway because I have not bought any other books recently. So, here goes basically nothing.

How cute is that book cover? Super cute right? Well, it’s not. It is evil with a caked on layer of cute foundation that has ruined my life. That book was awful. Just awful. I can now see how awful the cover is too. That skirt? So 2001.That belt? 2002 at the latest! Has anyone heard of fashion around here? Book covers should be timeless, guess this one missed the memo. Anyway, this book was so bad that it put me into a lull. I haven’t read a book in a week because of this wretched piece of literature, and now I have come to hate a seemingly obsolete book cover. I can’t even type more about this before it turns into a book review instead of a cover review.

If anyone has read this book please let me know what you thought about it! I would love to share opinions on it!

Keep designing your own catastrophe, as long as it does not include reading this book.

Hannah

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Hannahs’ Monthly Update

I think I have done a decent amount of reading over the last month, and in all honesty I am pretty proud. This month has been pretty hectic, and the next couple days are going to be absolute insanity!

Anyway, without any further a due, here is all of the books that I have read over the last month!

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief [Book One] by Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsteres [Book Two] by Rick Riordan
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titans Curse [Book Three] by Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth [Book Four] by Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian [Book Five] by Rick Riordan
  • Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero [Book One] by Rick Riordan
  • Heroes of Olympus: [Book Two] by Rick Riordan
  • Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Okay so I read 9 books over the past month, which I think is pretty impressive! I have currently read 44 books this year, 6 away from my challenge goal, and on track to read 93 by the end of this year!

What have you guys been reading?

Hannah

Fandom News: Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Read all about it! Wait, what are we reading about? Seriously, nobody ever answers my questions.

Anyway, I am here today to bring you the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag, in which I talk about stuff and things and some people may even read it!

1. A Popular Book or Series That You Did Not Like

I did not like the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I remember forcing myself to think that I liked them when I was reading them but now I have allowed myself to talk about my true opinions. I did not like that series. At. All. It was barely interesting, and there was only one well-rounded character.

2. A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Seems To Hate But You Love

For this I am going to pick Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Everyone tells me that it is their least favourite book out of the series, but it is actually my favourite. I tend to like conclusions that are not entirely happy, or even remotely happy. And I feel like Mockingjay can boast that.

3. A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Did Not End Up With The Person You Wanted Them To

Honestly, the ending to Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare makes me so angry! If I just didn’t read that darn epilogue I would have been so much better off! Tessa, the main character in The Infernal Devices series did not end up with the character that I wanted her to and it pains me beyond belief.

4. A Popular Book Genre You Hardly Ever Reach For

In all honesty I am just going to say Fantasy. I have read Fantasy books in the past, and I have really enjoyed them! I just find that they are so hard to get into, especially High Fantasy. I am trying to read Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton right now, and although it is good, I just find it really hard to get into the book.

5. A Popular or Beloved Character You Did Not Like

Going back to The Infernal Devices, I did not like Jem. I liked him as a background character, but not as a character character. You know? I feel so bad saying that I did not like him because Jordan loves Jem (imagine her eyes turning to hearts when she thinks about him), but he was just never a character I particularly connected with, despite for the fact that I loved Will and he and Jem are parabati.

7. A Popular Book Trope You Are Tired of Seeing

In all honesty I am pretty tolerant with stuff like that. If I don’t want to read it, or I don’t like it, I just won’t pay attention to it. But, I guess I would say that I am sick of Boy Bands. And any books that centre around Boy Bands. I don’t even know if there are any, but if there are I may go out and buy all the books just to burn them. Someone has to watch out for those easily coerced into liking horrid things right?

8. A Popular Series You Have No Interest in Reading

I am going to be bluntly honest right now. I had absolutely no intention of reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I did not want anything to do with them, and I was not going to even look at the books. Then Jordan shoved the books down my throat, and I liked them.

9. The Saying Goes “The Book is Always Better Than The Movie,” But What Movie or T.V. Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More Than The Book?

When I think about it, I really did not like The Fault in Our Stars book, but I did like the movie. Many people disagree with me, but I agree with myself. And I stand by my decision in saying that the movie is better than the book. I loved Looking for Alaska though, and if they make a movie out of that book and butcher it I will be furious.

Anyway, I hoped you liked reading about my opinions on these types of things! Leave your opinions in the comments!

Keep designing your own catastrophe,

Hannah

Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

We are gonna shake it up a bit here and give you all more than what you usually bargain for on Wednesday’s! Instead of a review of one book, you guys are getting a review of an entire series! How exciting! I am going to be reviewing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series today, it is going to be a very ‘surface’ review, so if any of you want a more in depth review of one of the books in this amazing series, just let me know!

First of all I want to mention just how amazingly well the mythology in these books works. I can imagine a lot of other authors attempting at taking multitudes of Greek myths and trying to make a book out of it, much less a series or two, and it not going over well. But Rick perfectly balances the mythology with his own creation of a world. He never went so in depth with the mythology that the reader seems utterly lost, but you are immersed in a classical civilizations polytheistic religion just enough to draw you, inescapably, into the story. I will say that The Last Olympian and The Lightening Thief are my two favourite books of this series. The Titan’s Curse was my least favourite, but none of these ever went below a 3.5 star rating! This series drags you right into Percy’s world from the first page. And Rick’s writing is so full of satire that you can’t help but chuckling awkwardly to yourself when you realize that you are reading in public and people can hear you laugh!

The characters, lets get started on the characters. I found that none of the characters fell flat for me, which is a feat in itself in a series. But all of the characters in these books are multidimensional and give the story that much more of a reason to encapsulate and enslave your brain to the tale. And Percy! How I love Percy! He might just be making the list of some of my all time favourite characters! That boy is witty beyond belief and I love reading from his perspective and just about him in general. He reminds me a lot of Harry from the Harry Potter series, and I love Harry too, so it makes sense! Also, Grover is awesome in the first book, I did not like him as much in the rest of them, but the point is still valid nonetheless. I also find that Annabeth and Percy just feed really well off of each other through this whole series, and they always seem to balance each other out.

The inclusion of the Gods and Goddesses also makes for a lot awesome literary opportunities! Apollo kills me every time he was in a section of the book, and just how human he portrayed some of the Gods was a really interesting way to view them. Although some, like Zeus, Aphrodite and Athena retain their ethereal and eternal standpoint it is interesting to see them depicted in ways that differ from the giants sitting in the clouds. This series is just an overall good read and I recommend all those who are interested in reading it to just give it a shot. I think I finished this whole series in just over a week, and I truly enjoyed it.

Yet again, if you want a more in-depth review of any of these books just let me know!

Keep designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

Author Spotlight: Rick Riordan

If any of you guys have been following this blog lately, or even my 50 Book Pledge or Goodreads accounts, you will be aware of the fact that I have been binge reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus series’. Jordan first got me reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Book One] and I was not planning on finishing the rest of that series, let alone the Heroes of Olympus series.

Rick is a middle-school English and History teacher turned author, and I could not thank him more for that change in career! The Percy Jackson and the Olympians books were a lot better than I expected them to be, and I am also thankful to Jordan for practically shoving the series down my throat when she came to the realization that I never read them! Rick is an author that has been a pinnacle for young readers since his first YA series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, was published. For an author to say that they have captured the minds of millions of readers is a feat in itself, but to say that you are a writer who has sprung up a whole new generation of avid readers is a whole new ball game. Rick writes cBioharacters that are immensely witty, and for that I thank him. In the wise words of J.K. Rowling,

Wit before measure is a man’s greatest treasure.

          – JK Rowling

I wholeheartedly love this quote, and yes I am a Ravenclaw. Though I love Ricks’ books, I am not as gung-ho about his books. I do not feel that they accurately encapsulate the story of the characters. There is so much lost in the move between literature to film that few can truly pull off a good adaptation, and sadly the Percy Jackson books are not one of them. Furthermore, I think that anyone who has ever had any interest in Mythology of any kind should definitely check out some of Rick’s work. Yes, I found the series to be a bit young for me, but that is because they are for the 9-12 audience. But they are highly entertaining and I have rediscovered my interest in Mythology in the first place. It is also great being able to connect certain things I have learned in past English classes and whatnot to what I am currently reading.

I am currently reading Rick’s Heroes of Olympus: The Son Of Neptune [Book 2] and am really enjoying the read. I am so glad that Percy is back, I missed him dearly.

Also, did you know that Rick is coming out with a new series? Well if you didn’t I am glad to inform you that he is! It is called Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard! Out of this world, huh (Get it?)! I wonder if Chris Hemsworth will be in the book? Anyway, there are rumours that Percy is going to be in it! Who doesn’t love Percy (besides all of the gods that don’t like him, namely Ares/Mars)! The series is set to come out on October 6th 2015, according to Chapters/Indigo!

Want to hear more from Rick? Check out these links…

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Keep on designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah