Saturday, November 22, 2014

[Review] The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan #BookReview #CampHalfBlood #PercyJackson

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Published: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Mythology

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Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....

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I've decided to have this book as my come-back read after a month or so of not having any contact to any fiction books and it’s so good to find out my choice didn’t disappoint me.

Mustering my emotions into words of how I felt towards this third installment of Heroes of Olympus Series could quite give hints of my giddy fan girl side so please just bear with my enthusiasm.

Amazing, Awesome, Astounding being put together would still be an understatement for the praise one could say about this book. I have been an avid reader of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series and he didn't fail us when the fans requested for more, thus, his creation of Heroes of Olympus Series. One can conclude that i have somehow known the drills of his writings and yes, the man is just a master of putting out twists and surprises to unexpected scenarios in his books but what’s mind blowing is how he never runs out of ideas on how he could effectively surprise his readers, and that’s just exciting.

This book is packed with everything: action, mystery, humor, and of course romance. Those themes were evenly distributed in its pages and I was impressed by how it didn’t result into an overrated pile of demigod adventures. Also, the various settings featured in it with the vivid descriptions by the author made me feel I was throughout with the characters in their whole journey.

Each chapter of the book was based on the different point of views of the characters and I was glad when I sensed a development in their personalities without waning the ability to entertain the readers with their wits, especially with Percy who’s now 17 years old, and I mean I've known him ever since he was just 12, 7 books ago!

“Behold!" Percy shouted. "The god's chosen beverage. Tremble before the horror of Diet Coke!”

I love how the author merged the characters and how he was able to give out the moral lessons through their bonding moments and voyages.

“On the bright side," Percy said, "both Jason and I outrank you, Octavian. So we can both tell you to shut up.”

Even though the Roman and Greek subjects were now mixed up in this installment, the author never failed to bring ‘which is which’ and ‘who is who’ clearly. Comparing it to the previous book, The Son of Neptune made me tremble for being a cliffhanger but this one really drove my heart into the pit of extremely wanting House of Hades (Book 4), to be published right away!


About the Author

Rick Riordan is an American author from Texas famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian). He attended The University of Texas at Austin in 1986, where he double-majored in English and History He also wrote The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) and, most recently, The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus). He also wrote the Tres Navarre series for adults and helped to edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on the topic of his Percy Jackson series. He also wrote book one of the 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones) and co-wrote book eleven (Vespers Rising) published by Scholastic Corporation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day Celebration: Loop by Karen Akins

Loop #1
Author: Karen Akins
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.


"A creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers' intelligence." - Kirkus

"LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre. I devoured the entire book in one sitting!" - Julie Cross, Author of the TEMPEST series

"Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!" - Melissa Landers, Author of the ALIENATED series

Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Budgeting Your Way to Fashion

Ever heard of the phrase “Budgeting your way to Fashion?” I sure do! Fashion comes in different style and form but one thing you need to have is the right budget. I myself try to find the right brand and the right price for my fashion style. But it doesn’t come that easy. Hitting two birds in one stone hardly comes by, for my taste is a bit more expensive. I have a thinking that when it’s expensive, it’s equal to good quality.

One thing that I suggest you is to find first your style, look into catalogues and fashion magazine and check for new updates on the fashion world. I myself try to be updated by browsing online catalogues. Finding your own style will help you choose the right brand and the right budget for you.
But guess what I found online? It’s a way of getting quality products with a discounted price! Yes, you heard it right!

I know you want to know the details so here’s what I can share – How to Save on Online Shopping

Before you dig into that, the main topic for that page goes into details about taking advantage of coupons. There are lots of way to save money through online shopping but the best way to check out some quality fashion brand is through Nordstrom doesn’t just deliver good shopping experience but works to deliver the best quality for their customers and not just to buy fashion. Hailed as one of the biggest clothing stores in the US, Nordstrom offer the best when it comes to fashion.

I’m really proud to introduce you this website because I’ve always been fascinated with Fashion and their website offer the best brand. I always make it a point to browse to their catalogue for new items. So take advantage of their Nordstrom coupon.

Nordstrom has always helped me choose the right brand on a very light budget. With the use of their promo codes, I can buy accessories, shoes, and a variety compelling clothing to choose from.

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Ever tried Online Shopping lately? I sure do. I've always been fascinated with how technology works now, ever imagine with one click of the mouse you'll be able to buy clothes, gadgets, cellphones, appliances and many more at the comfort of your home. How cool is that?

Ever wonder how to Save more doing Online Shopping? Here's some few tips I can give you:

First, you may want to check out some brands that you like, make sure that you filter your searches by the brands that you like and make a note of the product that you like. It will help narrow down things you'd like to buy.

Second, make use of coupon websites like Sears . You can avail their coupons so that you'll be able to save more.

Third, if you have the time to fill up and register an account with these site, you'll be able part of their mailing list so that you'll be the first to receive if there's any new promo available.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[Cover Reveal] This Spells Trouble by Olivia Hardin


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This Spells Trouble
by Olivia Hardin


It took some work, but Lynlee Lincoln has finally found balance between her life as a witch and her relationship with Beck Hale. A human boyfriend with two kids wasn’t something she ever planned, but their new arrangement lets her have her cake and eat it, too. Just when she’s getting comfortable, puzzling visions of impending danger at home begin to haunt her dreams. And if personal issues aren’t troubling enough, Lynlee and the entire organization of Neutralizers go on alert when a phantom creature begins staging magical episodes on live television. If they can’t put a stop to the sensational events, all hell will break loose in the human world. Can Lynlee keep both her new family and the world safe without getting swallowed up in the process?


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Trolling for Trouble- Olivia Hardin (2)

Magical and undead creatures can get into plenty of sticky situations. Lynlee Lincoln loves her job as a neutralizer, but she needs a break from the supernatural chaos after an ultra-busy Halloween night. Coming home, she's ready to collapse into her bed and forget the day... until she discovers two children scavenging through her refrigerator. One look at the pair and she feels a tug on her heartstrings, then she learns their father is the man she spent years trying to forget. When Beck pleads with her to help save his daughter, Lynlee gets thrust into a heap of trouble.
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Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch, she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself.

Trouble with Holidays (3)

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A Christmas Yet to Come Anthlogy: 

Falling for a human who doesn’t believe in magic was the last thing Lynlee Lincoln needed. Beck Hale was a young architect and she was a Neutralizer-in-training—they were drawn together, but worlds apart. When Beck’s apartment gets flooded, she invites him to her home for Christmas. Lynlee tries to ignore the pull of the mistletoe, but after all, ‘tis the season. 

About the Author: 

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When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term “road scholar,”' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

Connect with Olivia and Get information about releases, contests, news and more here:

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The To-Be-Read Tag

I was tagged by Joy at Joyousreads
The TBR tag is a meme created by Danasquare and A Perfection Called, Books
Get to know more about my TBR pile here on this meme! So let's begin with the first question:

How Do you Keep Track of Your TBR Pile?
I typically keep track of my TBR pile on Goodreads. I was actually so ignorant of the bookshelves tagging on this site before. I didn't actually tag my owned books until I was introduced on the concept of organizing my shelves. I keep it a point now to organize my favorites, to buy list, signed copies and ARCs. I also keep track of my TBR pile through my Kindle, although it takes time before you can actually manage all the ebooks that I have there since when I logged into NetGalley it seems that I get to add more and more.

Is Your TBR mostly print? Or e-books?
A mix of print and e-books, I actually utilize the usefulness of NetGalley so I browse for new titles there every now and then. I also keep it a point to buy printed books, though if you think of it I think I have more e-books than physical ones or I guess I haven't really managed it yet, who knows.

How Do You Determine which Book to Read Next?
I determine books to read depending on my mood. Sometimes I need a book with light romance if I'm feeling gloomy, sometimes I look for fantasy when I feel happy. I also read books simultaneously so depending on my mood I just continue what I left off. I'm actually bipolar because I'm all over the place.

A Book that’s been on Your TBR List the Longest.
It has to be...

I don't know why I haven't read this book yet... for the longest time it has been sitting there.
Has anyone read this book? Do you think I should read it soon?

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR

A Book in Your TBR strictly Because of its Beautiful Cover

A Book in Your TBR that You Never Planned on Reading

I don't think I have one... but maybe my answer have to be in reference with the book that has been on my TBR pile for the longest time.

An Unpublished Book in Your TBR that You're Excited About.

Nope. None that I'm aware of. Lol

A Book that Everyone’s Read But You.

I would have to reference the books I recently added on my TBR pile. I'm dying to read both since everybody is like telling me it's really good but I guess I'm prolonging the agony.

A Book on Your TBR that Everyone Recommends to You

 A Book on Your TBR that You're Dying to Read

Have you had the feeling of wanting to read a book but then you try to prolong reading it? I have this feeling on both books I have here. I'm dying to read both books but I keep putting them off for some reason.

How Many Books are in Your TBR Shelf?

On my Goodreads, I have 125 books that I own. My to-buy-list is 53 as of the moment and I have a total of 1288 to-read list ☺

So hopefully you get an insight on how my TBR pile doing.
How about yours?

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