Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

***The following synopsis and summary contain spoilers for The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire.***

The giant snake of Chaos, Apophis, still threatens to take over the world despite Carter and Sadie Kane's efforts. They, along with the help of a now deceased magician, managed to buy the world some more time, but that time is quickly running out. If they want to live, the siblings must do the impossible, defeat Apophis himself. And the only way to do that is to find an ancient spell, and use the serpent's shadow against him.

Rate: 4.5 stars

This was my favourite book of the trilogy. I really loved the final battle and the way things ended. I just love Rick's books, his writing, his characters, his stories. It's all just so great! Everything was wrapped up nicely, and overall this was a great conclusion to an awesome, action-packed series!


Did anyone else catch that Camp Half-Blood reference? We got to see Drew and Lacy, which was pretty cool! I love authors who do that sort of thing!

Anyways, let's get on with the review. I'm pretty much just going to be talking about the ending because that was the best part. First off, the final battle against Apophis was pretty epic. Action is always the best. That's one of the reasons why I don't like contemporaries. I think that all of Rick's action scenes are written pretty well. Although I enjoyed reading the last battle, I was expecting a tad bit more. I thought that defeating Apophis would be a bit more tricky.

Besides the end scene, I also liked the scene in "A Friendly Game of Hide and Seek (with Bonus Points for Painful Death!)" (I also love the chapter titles, they're hilarious!), where Walt and Sadie played a "friendly" game of hide and seek with Neith. Also, the Jelly Baby Conspiracy thing was hilarious.

Speaking of Walt and that chapter, let's talk about what happened to him in the end. So may recall that a deadly curse runs in his family, and he was dying. So naturally he hosted Anubis (well maybe that's not exactly natural). I actually suspect that Walt and Anubis would join forces. I have conflicted feelings on this topic.On the one hand, I'm glad Walt is alive and well, but on the other, isn't it a bit odd that he's basically two people in one (buy one get one free!)? I preferred Anubis and Sadie together over Walt and Sadie. Don't get me wrong, I liked Walt, but I just liked Anubis and Sadie together better. And the two-for-one-deal that is Walt (is that what we're going to call him?), wasn't exactly the same, and it was like dating two people at once. Weird right?

On the topic of hosting gods, I'd like the mention Ra/Zia. For the short time that they were one, that was a bit odd. Also, Ra is back, but he's not taking the throne? That was surprising. Instead he decided to give his place to a fifteen-year-old magician/Horus. Good for Carter and all but will he be able to take that responsibility? I also really loved that little scene at the end with Carter and Zia.

Moving on. I was glad that at the end we got Bes back. He was able to save Carter and Sadie (again), which, you know, is always handy. Plus it was great to have his character back in the story.

Overall, I was quite happy with the ending. There we no cliffhangers in the series surprisingly enough (I mean have you Heroes of Olympus?!?). And everything was wrapped up quite nicely. It was a great book to end the series. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

***The following synopsis and summary contain spoilers for The Red Pyramid.***

After defeating the Egyptian god of evil, Set, Carter and Sadie Kane have learned that he was the least of their problems. The giant snake of Chaos, Apophis, is starting to rise, and he is way more powerful than Set. 

Carter and Sadie must stop Apophis before he swallows the sun and plunges the Earth into darkness and destruction. And if they don't stop Apophis, the world will end. So Carter and Sadie must reawaken the sun god Ra if they want to survive. The must go on a dangerous mission to find the book of Ra which they will use to awaken the sun god. Will Carter and Sadie be able to awaken Ra and defeat Apophis?

Rate: 4 stars

I liked this instalment of The Kane Chronicles just as much as the first book! I still love the brother/sister dynamic of Sadie and Carter. We still got all that action, mythology and that uniquely funny writing style. A love triangle began, which I actually didn't mind. Overall this was great sequel.


I liked the new addition of Bes in this book. He was a great god to have around, and he saved Carter and Sadie many times. He was very helpful when he showed up in the scene where Sadie was visiting in London for her birthday, and Nekhbet and Babi possessed her grandparents. It was too bad when they were gambling their souls for time and he gave up his soul for Carter and Sadie though.

Along with Bes we got to see some of the kids that Carter and Sadie were able to recruit like Walt and Jaz. I thought Walt was a great addition to the story. His presence certainly caused more drama within the story, that with his curse and the love triangle. Although I liked Walt and felt bad about his curse, I still liked Sadie and Anubis together better. I just love their banter! 

We also got the real Zia this time around. I felt a bit bad for Carter since he had to rebuild everything in between them. I really like Zia though, she is a strong female character.

In this instalment we got to see more of the Duat and magic. The Duat was a tad confusing for me, so I was glad we got more insight. I thought the whole adventure the Kanes went on in the Duat was more eye opening, interesting and action packed. I really loved all the scenes in the Duat.

The end was especially great! The awakening of Ra (who was ridiculous and sad), and the one fight against Apophis with Menshikov and Desjardins. It was great that Carter and Sadie teamed up with Dejardins, even thought they didn't like each other, to defeat Menshikov and Apophis, however not permanently. Desjardins died a heroic death, and in the end was on the right side. Kind of like Snape in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (I'm assuming everybody has read it or seen the movie by now).

Honestly I'm surprised that Rick hasn't ended any of the books in cliffhangers yet. But the book was still great!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

Another Top 5 Wednesday! If you haven't seen my other Top 5 Wednesday posts, or don't know what T5W is, then this is for you. But if you have read my other T5W posts, you know the drill, and you can just skip to the next paragraph. So T5W was created by gingerreadslainey. If you would like to check out her channel, here is a link: And here's the Goodreads group if you would like to check it out:

So if you haven't noticed already, this week's topic is "Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series". I think this is a pretty cool topic! But without further ado, let's get into the list!

5. Nehemia Ytger from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

I really want to know more about Nehemia's past. We know that she is a princess of Eyllwe, which was conquered by the King of Adarlan, and that her family practiced the magic of Wyrdmarks. I think it would be interesting to see what her life was like before she came to the castle and met Celaena. Plus I really liked her character.

4. Liam, Chubs and Vida from The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

I really loved all these characters, and I want to read more about their pasts, especially Vida. We knew a bit about Vida's past and only a bit more about Chubs and Liam's. It was mentioned that Vida had a tougher past than most, so I would love to read more about her. I think a bind up of the three stories would be great!

3. Kelsier from The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Kelsier was said to have a difficult past. He was sent to The Pits of Hathsin after being captured by the Lord Ruler. And he thought that it was possible that his wife betrayed him. We could see what really went down during that time, and see how Kelsier snapped, became a Mistborn and escaped Hathsin. I think all of this would make for an interesting and action packed prequel! Plus I would love to jump back into that amazing world (although I still have to read the last two books in the trilogy)!

2. Reyna from the Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

Reyna is another character that had a tough past and that I want to know more about. She had a rough time with her father, ended up on Circe's island, which pirates then attacked, and finally at Camp Jupiter. I think her story would make for an excellent series, and I would definitely pick it up if it were ever published!

1. The Marauders and Lily Evans and the Next Generation of Harry Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I want a prequel series about the Marauders and Lily so badly! I want more of their adventures, their friendships and to read about the rise of Voldemort the first time! It would just be so great! But since that hasn't happened, I'm just stuck reading headcanons on Pinterest... 

Anyways, I would also really love another series about the next generation of the Potters, Weasleys, Malfoys, ect. I just want more fun adventures and more Hogwarts! Let's face it, I just want to get back into the world of Harry Potter!

Well that's it for this Top 5 Wednesday! What characters do you think deserve their own series? I'd love to hear your answers!


Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

When Carter and Sadie Kane are brought along to a museum with their Egyptologist dad, they don't think anything of it. But of course they're dead wrong. They discover that their father has a secret plan, and it just so happens to go incredibly wrong. An explosion destroys an ancient Egyptian artifact, the Rosetta Stone, and releases the Egyptian god of chaos, Set.

Set encases Carter and Sadie's dad in a golden coffin, and if they want to free him they must embark on a quest that could cost them their lives. Along the way they discover that they have connections to the old empire of Egypt, and powers that they must learn to use. While Carter and Sadie are on the dangerous quest to save their father, they also learn that there is more at stake than just their father's life... 

Rate: 4 stars

Yet another Rick Riordan book. What a surprise! Anyways, I enjoyed this book as well! Although I didn't like it quite as much as Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Heroes of Olympus, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. That may be because I enjoyed the Greek mythology better. The Red Pyramid had the same fun adventures, awesome writing style, amazing characters and mythology. So I would definitely recommend you pick this book up if you are a fan of Rick's other work!


I really liked the characters in this book! All of the characters that Rick creates are really fleshed out, and are written very well. I loved the brother-sister relationship that Carter and Sadie had. They were great characters on their own, but they were even greater together. I loved reading their banter! And since this book was a recording of their adventures, I liked how we got comments like "[No, Sadie. It's not an old person's soda! Be quiet!]" Those were great!

I love the fact that with Rick Riordan's books you get to learn in a fun way. I got to know more about Egyptian mythology while reading about an epic quest. He does it in such a way so that you don't get a huge info dump, and it's actually entertaining. Plus you don't need to know anything about Egyptian mythology when you start reading, because the characters don't know too much either. I think Rick's books would be a good read for when you are learning about mythology in school. I think they would really help people get into it and help them remember it better, all the while having fun while reading.

The plot and set up of the was similar to Rick's other books. We had the discovery of the powers, an epic quest (with lots of action of course), and then a final battle at the end. And this really works for his books. 

The powers that Carter and Sadie had were pretty cool. Although I did like the different powers that the characters in PJO and HoO had better. They were more varied and ultimately, I think they were more powerful. Maybe I should just stop comparing the series though. Anyways, the whole magician thing was still pretty awesome. Plus they had the extra help of Horus and Isis. I'm glad that they decided not to host the two gods at the end of the book. As cool as hosting a god is, and as powerful as it made them, I wanted to see what the two could do on their own.

The ending was of course the best part. The final battles are always the best! It was kind of sad to find out Zia was really a shabti. I wish it was really her that went on the adventure! Anyways, the ending set up well for the next book with the Carter and Sadie making a deal with Set (I can't believe he was using Amos as a host!), and they discovered that Set was the least of their problems. Apophis was really the bigger problem.

Overall this was another great book! I just finished The Throne of Fire so I should have a book review for that up soon!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Rest of the Year

If you haven't seen my other Top 5 Wednesday posts, or don't know what T5W is, then this is for you. But if you have read my other T5W posts, you know the drill, and you can just skip to the next paragraph. So T5W was created by gingerreadslainey. If you would like to check out her channel, here is a link: And here's the Goodreads group if you would like to check it out:

Okay, so this week's topic, if for some reason you didn't read the title of this post, is "Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Rest of the Year". I won't necessarily be pre-ordering these books (I'm making an international move for one thing, and I'll be making a video on that later), but I'm these are just some of the books that I'm anticipating. 

5. The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

This is the sixth book in The Lorien Legacies. I've been following this series for a while now, and I'm pretty excited for the next book. Although I am ready for an end to the series, as I think it is being drawn out, and I know there is at least one more book coming out. I'm hoping this book will live up to my expectations! Here is a synopsis of the first book if you would like to find out more:

4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here

This book sounds pretty different from most books, and I'm excited to have a new unique book to read. Also, I had an idea for a book that sounds similar to this, so it should be interesting to read!  If you want to know what it's about, here's a synopsis:

3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

This is the first book in a new fantasy series, and it sounds like something I would like. I haven't heard much about this book, so hopefully it will be good! Synopsis:

2. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

This is the first book in Rick Riordan's new series, and I can't wait! I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians as well as Heroes of Olympus! Plus I'm currently reading the Kane Chronicles, which is pretty good so far! Synopsis:

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

This series is SO GOOD! If you have not started reading it, get on it! It's going to be huge! I'm super excited for the release of this book in September! Everything about these books are great! Check out the synopsis for the first book, Throne of Glass:

BONUS: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

So this book doesn't come out this year, but on January 5th, 2016. I can't wait for this one! The author wrote one of my favourite trilogies, The Darkest Minds, so she is now one of my auto-buy authors! Plus the synopsis sounds pretty cool! Synopsis:

So that is it for this week's T5W! What books are you anticipating for the rest of the year? 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The real world is a dump. And that's why Wade Watts spends all of his free time in OASIS, an online world where anything is possible. 

When the billionaire creator of OASIS died, he left behind his fortune to be found by any OASIS player who could solve the puzzles he has set up within the game. Wade has dedicated the last four years of his life studying eighties pop culture––the decade that the creator of OASIS was obsessed with––in hopes of finding the fortune hidden within the game.

When Wade manages to find the first clue in the hunt to find the prize, he realizes just how far some people are willing to go to find the prize, and that he'll have to win to survive.

Rate: 4 stars

Calling all nerds and geeks, this book is for you! Ready Player One revolves around video games, a contest to win a fortune, and '80s pop culture, and is the ultimate book for anyone who loves those things. Even though I don't really like video games, and I'm not too into '80s pop culture, I still enjoyed this book. I really liked the whole concept of the contest, and there was a fair amount of action to top it off. Overall it was a great read, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I loved video games or '80s pop culture.


I really enjoyed everything about the contest.  I liked how there were keys that had to be found, and portals opened with that key in which Wade had to complete a challenge. All the different clues and challenges made for an entertaining read.

The characters weren't too bad either, although they weren't the best I had ever read. I liked how they all struggled with things offline though. Wade was fat (at least in the beginning), Art3mis a reddish birthmark across her face, and Aech turned out to be a black lesbian woman, not a white man. She struggled with being treated differently, and I found that her mother was right in thinking that she should make her avatar on OASIS a white man. It's ridiculous that people are treated differently based on their gender, sexuality, and the way they look, and I was glad that Ernest Cline threw these things into the book, even if they weren't really relevant.

Another thing that I liked was the fact the Wade had to deal with IOI inside the OASIS and outside. His life was threatened inside and outside the game. They we just such an nasty bunch of people. Although, I think a company would be willing to kill people of billions of dollars, especially if they had a lot of power and could cover it up.

The ending was one of my favourite parts. Wade got to meet Aech, Art3mis and Shoto in the real world. And there was huge battle and then the race to the finish. Lots of action. I thought the story wrapped up pretty nicely and I wasn't left with too many questions. I think it's best as a standalone.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Lia is the First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Which means that she must marry someone she has never met for political reasons. Sick and tired of all the traditions the Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in, Lia runs away with her best friend on her wedding day. She flees to a small town avoiding bounty hunters sent by her father. She strives to begin a new life where she can finally be herself.

But when two strangers arrive in town, things get a little more interesting. Little does Lia know that these two strangers that keep popping up in her life are an assassin sent to kill her and the prince she was supposed to marry. 

Rate: 3.5 stars

Despite the incredibly cheesy title, this was a decent book. Even though this book is considered fantasy, there was an air or mystery to it. We didn't know which of the men was the assassin or the prince, and it kept me guessing. However, I had heard some pretty good things about this book, and I was honestly a bit let down. I did still like it, but I didn't love it. The characters were okay and there wasn't as much action as I had anticipated. Plus there was a love triangle, and quite frankly, I'm getting quite sick of those.


Like I mentioned above, the characters were only okay. They didn't really do anything for me. Lia was your typical headstrong heroin. And I wasn't super fond of Kaden and Rafe either. Kaden delayed his job over and over a girl he barely knew, which I found fairly unrealistic. It was said that he had killed many people before, so what was so different about Lia? What was the point of Rafe coming down to find Lia? Was he going to bring her back to the castle, because I don't think she would have agreed to that at first.

Along with the mystery of which guy was which there was also other minor things building up which I assume will play into the next books. There was some important information that Lia stole before fleeing. Then there was this power that she had. This power of "knowing". Plus there was this whole thing with the Vendans becoming stronger and stronger.

The plot was a bit slow for my taste. Although it did pick up towards the end with Lia trying to go back home to fulfill her duties, but ultimitely being captured by the Vendans. Now that Lia has been captured by the Vendans, and Jaxon/Rafe has showed up, it will be interesting to see what the next book will be like.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Best friends Sloane and Emily had planned their summer to be the best one yet. But then all of a sudden Sloane just disappears. 

After checking her house and her phone many, many times for Sloane, Emily finds a to-do list that Sloane left behind. On that list there are thirteen different tasks that Sloane planned for Emily. Except Emily would never do any of the things on the list without Sloane. Especially "Kiss a Stranger" and "Go Skinny-Dipping". But maybe Emily could try if completing these tasks could somehow lead Emily to Sloane...

Rate: 4 stars

This book is perfect if you are looking for a light, fun, summery read. The tasks that Emily had to complete made for a fun and entertaining read, and the characters weren't bad either. If you are looking for a contemporary to read this summer, I would definitely recommend this one. However, I don't think I enjoyed this as much as most people did. There was one aspect of the book that rubbed me the wrong way, which I will get into in the spoilery part of this review. But over all I enjoyed reading this book.


So I liked the majority of the characters in this book. Emily was a good main character and she developed as the book went on. She started out as a super shy character that needed a friend with her in all social situations. She then became more independent and less shy. I also liked her friendship with Frank, Collins and Dawn, it developed very nicely. I liked their characters as well. But the one character that bothered me was Sloane.

She was portrayed as this super amazing best friend, but I didn't really see her that way. When we got the flash backs of her and Emily, it always seemed that she was making Emily into someone else. She seemed to have made a lot of changes to her wardrobe and appearance. Then we got the flash back before the "Penelope" scene. I really didn't like how she was making Emily do things she wasn't comfortable with. And then she spent a ton of time with her boyfriend, and ended up ditching Emily many times. Trust me, I know that is not a fun experience. End at the end I still didn't like her that much.

Moving on from the characters, let's talk about the actual plot. I enjoyed all the different tasks that Emily had to go through. I though they were very fun to read. Some of my favourites were "Share Some Secrets", "Dance Until Dawn" and "Go Skinny Dipping". I also liked the scene where Fran and Emily drove down to find Sloane.

The ending was good. Everything was wrapped up and seemed as good as can be. Sloane and Emily met up and everything was explained. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of Sloane, I liked the scene between Emily and her. I thought her story was interesting and I have to admit I kind of felt bad for her.

Overall this was a solid contemporary.