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…

Website     Biography     Twitter     Goodreads     Instagram     Facebook

Keep on designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

Author Spotlight: Jenny Han

Fellow Readers, today I feel the need to educate you all on the wonderful writer that is Jenny Han. You have all probably heard of her work, and a good portion of you have probably read some of her works. I have currently read two of her books (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Burn for Burn) I just finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and let me tell you, it was amazing! And I am counting down the days until P.S. I Still Love You comes out (at the time i am typing this there is 1 week, 6 days, 7 hours, 21 minutes and 18 seconds until that book hits the shelves!).

Jenny Han has a way of writing that just captivates an audience and draws them into the story she is telling. I read her book Burn for Burn which is co-written with Siobhan Vivian, and that was also good, not as good as the other book of hers that I have read, but definitely worth the time to check out the book. She is a writer who knows her audience, and she sticks to it, but at the same time I feel that she is not scared to test the boundaries of her writing, and when she does she delivers a great novel.

I am going to be honest, I have bought both of her books when they were on sale, but that has made the experience of reading both of her books no less remarkable. When I bought Burn for Burn it was on sale at our local Chapters, and as of right now, and when I bought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before it has been going for $4.99 on the Kobo website. These books have been great bargains on my part, and I would have paid a nice chunk more for them if I was knew how much I would have enjoyed both of her works. I finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in less than a day, and I read Burn for Burn in just over a day. So, as you can see, those books have had me in the palm of their figurative hands. With P.S I Still Love You coming out on May 26th, I thought today would be a good day to write about my appreciation for Jenny Han, and her books.

“Life doesn’t have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen.”

              – Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

That is one of my favourite quotes from that book, and considering that I am just ecstatic that the sequel is coming out soon… Sorry, lost my train of thought over the excitement for Jenny Han’s new book! Anyway, check out these links if you want to hear more from Jenny Han…

Biography     Website     Blog     Twitter     Instagram

Want to buy some of Jenny Han’s awesome books? Check out these links…

Chapters     The Book Depository     Barnes & Noble     Amazon     Kobo

Just remember to keep designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

Author Spotlight: Maggie Stiefvater

One of my friends favourite authors is Maggie Stiefvater, the author of the Shiver series and the Raven Boys Series. So when I was trying to think of an author to do this post on she immediately said her.4407232890_4fe15d55db

Maggie Stiefvater (born November 18, 1981) is an American writer of young-adult fiction, especially urban fantasy. She currently lives in Virginia.

I have yet to read the famous Shiver series but I have read the first book in the Raven Boys series and I was very impressed with the intricate plot as well as the diverse characters. Her writing style is something that I have never seen before and although it took a bit of getting used too, by the end I was flowing through the story. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and the final book The Raven King comes out later this year.

Her books have been recognized on the New York Times best seller list as well as goodreads, which I think is more impressive in the long run! 😛 I can’t wait to read more of her work and I hope she continues to write crazy stories!

Have you read anything by Maggie?

Keep on reading…

Jordan 🙂

 

Author Spotlight: Kiera Cass

If any of you guys are friends with me on Goodreads (which you all should add me as a friend if you are not), then you will know that I went on a Novella binge earlier this year, including two Novellas from the dearly beloved Selection trilogy, The Prince and The Guard. Kiera Cass is just one of those authors who can drag you into a story that you thought you would fight, but in the end she gripped your heart and your mind to enthral you in a one-of-a-kind story, all while giving you an utterly unique reading experience. I can honestly say that the society in which The Selection was set did not remind me directly of any other book I had read, which was a beautiful breath of fresh air after reading Dystopians that contain blatant similarities to others. Her books published to date have included:

  • The Selection
  • The Elite
  • The One
  • The Siren

Novellas to date (all tying in to The Selection) are:

  • The Guard
  • The Prince
  • The Queen

Books to come are:

  • The Heir 

With a literary lineup like that, what is not to love! If you want  to find out more about how Kiera got into writing check out the ‘about’ page on her website!

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

Website     YouTube     Twitter     Instagram     Goodreads

Want to know where you can buy some of here books, look no further!

Chapters     The Book Depository     Barnes&Noble     Amazon     Kobo

Keep on designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

Author Spotlight: Cecelia Ahern

If you guys are not aware, the Love Rosie movie was just made available in Canada and the USA on iTunes and that means that Jordan and I can finally watch the movie to the book that we have both loved! I posted a review on the book too, so make sure to check that out! But to celebrate the fact that we can now watch this movie I will be doing this Author Spotlight on Cecelia Ahern, author of Love, Rosie and P.S. I Love You!

Cecelia Ahern is the daughter of a former Irish Prime Minister, she published her first book, P.S. I Love You, when she was 21, and the book soon climbed its way into the hearts and souls of readers around the world. The book became a national bestseller in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Not long after, she published another book referred to by many names; but loved by many more. Love, Rosie, Rosie Dunne and Where Rainbows End are all names for this spectacular book that is told entirely through a series of letters, and has now been released as a movie. P.S. I Love You, has also been made into a movie (as I am sure you are all aware of), and is equally as cherished.

Cecelia usually writes books in the ‘romance’ category, but her stories are truly much more than that. She encompasses her characters and make them leap out of the page at you all while transporting you into an alternate world inside the book and creating truly miraculous tales.

Her stellar writing career is also accompanied by one of the television screen. She was a co-creator of Samantha Who? a comedy show for ABC. She has recently won an Irish Book Award (2014) for her newest novel, The Year I Met You. Her TV show, Samantha Who?, has also won a plethora of awards, among the ranks of them a few Emmy’s.

Want to hear more from Cecelia Ahern? Check out her…

Website     Twitter

Want to read (and buy) some of her books check out…

Goodreads     Chapters/Indigo     The Book Depository     Barnes&Noble     Amazon     Kobo

Hope you are all having a lovely day, and that you are still designing your own catastrophes…

Hannah