Review: Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead.

Title – Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Series – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3
Author – Rick Riordan
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 456 pages
Publication Date – October 3rd 2017 by Puffin
ISBN – 9780141342597
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Loki is free of his chains and has put together a crew of giants and zombies to sail the Ship of the Dead into battle against the Norse gods. If he wins, Ragnarök will end all the worlds.

With help from  his friends, Magnus will have to sail across the oceans to find Loki before Midsummer’s Day.

Even if Magnus survives the journey he’ll need more than just Jack, his talking sword, to defeat Loki. Magnus and his friends need to find a magical elixir that could give him the power to beat Loki and put him back in chains.

I received a copy of Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead from Penguin RandomDMydKunVQAEvpKO House New Zealand to review.

I love how diverse the Magnus Chase books are! Alex is gender fluid and Samirah is Muslim. In Ship of the Dead Sam is celebrating Ramadan (is celebrating the right word?) so I got to learn about that. I’m assuming that Riordan did his research or already knew about Ramadan and Sam’s religion. And I really love that a Muslim character was included in these books. Sam is my favourite character. I loved that she was true to who herself and what she believed in while also being a Valkyrie. I think she got the best of both worlds. Maybe not the best father though…

I also enjoyed the friendship between Alex and Magnus and that Magnus could tell just by looking at Alex which pronouns they were using. And the fact that their friendship/relationship – whatever they have – didn’t seem forced.

I didn’t know when I picked up Ship of the Dead that this is the last book in the trilogy? I was expecting a longer series. I guess the story wrapped up but I was expecting an end of the world type battle – like Ragnarök I guess. But then if Ragnarök actually happened then everyone would die and the plan was to stop it. Or prevent it. So I was kind of disappointed with how the story ended but it was still good. And with Magnus being Annabeth’s cousin I’m hoping he’ll be mention in other books? Who knows.. I am glad Annabeth and Percy were in this one, even if it wasn’t for long.

I love Riordan’s books and can’t wait to read the next one to come out. I think it’s part of the Trials of Apollo series. If you haven’t read any of Riordan’s books then I can’t recommend them enough.

*Thank you Penguin Random House New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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October Wrap Up.

So I had a really bad reading month in October. I only managed to read three books. It was just one thing after another getting in the way of my reading. I had a reading slump, then my mother broke her ankle and wrist so she couldn’t really do a lot. And then at the end of the month out stray cat that turned up two months ago had three kittens. We didn’t even know she was pregnant. We had to figure out what to do, where to put her and then go and buy her kitten food. Things have settled down now so I hope I can get back into reading soon.

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin – ★★★/5
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok – ★★★/5
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – ★★★/5

Not a lot of books and I gave them all three stars… I don’t know if it was me or the reading slump or the book. Or all three. I’ll be reviewing them all soon-ish.

What did you read in October?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday – [November 1st 2017]

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – DNVuHM4VwAA5F-5
I started Godsgrave a few of days ago. I haven’t managed to read much because a cat that sort of adopted us (for now anyway) had kittens two days ago so I’ve been a little distracted. But I’m hoping to get back into it now that she seems more settled and has a somewhere to sleep. So we now have four new additions to the family. Not sure how long the mother will stick around but we won’t be keeping any of the kittens once they’re old enough to be re-homed.

Anyway, I think I’vee read around 60+ pages so far and I am enjoying it. I missed this narrator though. I love their sarcasm.

Recently Finished –  11 (4)
I didn’t post a WWW Wednesday last week because I hadn’t read much and I’d just be repeating myself. So I have finished The Wonderling by Mira Bartok. I think this book was a little too young for me. I do read middle grade sometimes but this was not the kind of book I usually read. It was a cute read and I loved the illustrations but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again.

I’ll talk about this more in my review though. I don’t know when I’ll be posting it because I am behind again.. The joys of adulting.

The other book I read recently-ish was Magus Chase and the Ship of the Dead. This is the third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. I really enjoy Riordan’s DMydKunVQAEvpKObooks. I still prefer the Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus series but I love the diversity in these books. Which I’ll go into more in my review. I have actually written this one already.

Again, I have no idea when I’ll be posting the review for Ship of the Dead but I’m hoping soon. If you love Riordan’s books and haven’t read this series then I recommend picking the first three books up. Annabeth and Percy make an appearance at the start of Ship of the Dead so that’s always a plus for me. I love both Annabeth and Percy. There was also a short story at the end of this edition but I haven’t read it. 7

Reading Next –
I think I’ll be reading the Northern Lights graphic novel next. I’ve read the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy but I can’t remember what happened so this will better than re-reading Northern Lights.

What have you been reading?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday – [October 18th 2017]

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –   11 (4)
I’m reading The Wonderling at the moment. It’s not really getting me out of my reading slump like I hoped it would but that might be because the story feels too young for me. I mean, it’s cute but at the same time I feel like the story is dragging on. So hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon and pass it onto someone who will enjoy it.

I’ll talk about this more when I review it but I don’t know when that will be right now. I have actually written a review that I’ll hopefully be posting tomorrow.

Recently Finished –  3
I haven’t picked up any other books between The Wonderling and Invictus so this will be another short post. Which is good for me because I have to re-arrange my room today. So another day with no much reading. *sigh*

I did enjoy Invictus. I love books about time travelling. But I think Ryan’s Wolf by Wolf duology is still my favourite out of the books I’ve read. I’ll hopefully be reviewing this soon and get back into blogging now that things have settled down again.

Reading Next – 13 (3)
I am planning on picking up Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead next. This series is not my favourite from Riordan but it’s better than The Kane Chronicles and I like reading about the Norse gods.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve been reading.

– Aimee.

Review: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

Title – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Series – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
Author – Rick Riordan
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 512 pages
Publication Date – October 4th 2016 by Puffin (imprint of Penguin Random House)
ISBN – 9780141342559
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Two months ago, Magnus Chase died and woke up in Valhalla as one of Odin’s warriors.

When Magnus meets with someone claiming to have information on the location of Thor’s hammer, he got more than he was expecting – a masked assassin kills the informant and warns Magnus to keep out of it.

But the giant armies are starting to move, preparing to invade. If Magnus and his friends don’t find the hammer first, the giants will destroy the Nine Worlds. Starting with Boston.

I received a copy of Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I read the first book in the series, The Sword of Summer, a few months ago. You can read my review for that here.

I love how diverse Riordan’s books are and this one is no exception.There’s a new character, Alex Fierro, who is gender-fluid. Alex goes by the pronouns he/she depending on the day. I think this may be the first book with a gender-fluid character. I loved Alex cyoivduuqaaxi5qand how honest and blunt the conversations around gender-fluidity. It was helpful for me and I am sure it will be helpful to a lot of other people reading the book. I am looking forward to getting to know more about Alex in the next book.

Then there’s Samirah. I love how Sam stays true to her beliefs, culture and herself while dealing with living in two different worlds, the mortal and the mythical. Sam is, I think, my favourite character in this series so far. And I love the fact that there’s absolutely no romance between her and Magnus. Sam is in love with the boy she’s betrothed to, Amir. Sam kind of reminds me of Hermione in a way. With her loyalty, courage, and intelligence. I think she’ll make this series interesting and I hope she gives Alex a chance to help her.

This book was mostly about finding Thor’s hammer before the giants have a chance to invade Midgard. Although, like always, there’s more going on than just a lost hammer. I liked seeing more of Hearth’s story and where he came from. Even though it wasn’t a happy time for him I was glad Hearth got more of a back story. But I enjoy reading about all of them.

I really enjoyed The Hammer of Thor. It’s typical Riordan, full of action, sarcasm and great twists and another addictive storyline. The ending was so good and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. It’s going to be a long wait. At least the second book in The Trials of Apollo series, The Dark Prophecy, will be out soon-ish.

*Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy to review*

If you’ve read The Hammer of Thor let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [December 7th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  7
I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday in a while so this may be kind of long… 

I started reading the 20th Anniversary Edition of A Game of Thrones two days ago. This edition is also illustrated and the illustrations are beautiful. Most of them are black and white but there are some that are in colour. I’ll be sharing some of my favourites in my review but not all of them. I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone. 

I love the Song of Ice and Fire series and I am so grateful to HarperCollins New Zealand for letting me review a copy. I won’t be reviewing the story because this is the third time I’ve read A Game of Thrones so nothing is new to me and I don’t think I can review the story now. But I don’t know yet. 4

Recently Finished –
I finished Blood for Blood on Sunday and I loved it. I read Wolf by  Wolf last year and thought it was really good. This is the sequel and conclusion to Wolf by Wolf.

Blood for Blood picks up where Wolf by Wolf left off. Or a little bit before I think. You get to see the ending in the ballroom from Luca’s point of view and what happened to Felix. Then, the story picks up and it is just as good as Wolf by Wolf and just as sad.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. I still have to write my review but it should be up in the next few weeks. cyoivduuqaaxi5q

I’ve finally read Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor. I thought this was just as good as The Sword of Summer. I love learning about the Norse mythology because the only thing I’ve seen before reading these two books were the Thor movies and I don’t know how accurate those are… But then it’s the same with these books. Riordan always has a modern twist to the myths, like Thor using his hammer to watch Game of Thrones…

The ending of The Hammer of Thor was so good and I cannot wait to read the next book. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for it to be released. cx-pbfuvqaayhul

Hotel for the Lost wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year but not the worst. It was really predictable, had some insta-love and a little cheesy in places but I still wanted to finish it. I wanted to know how the story ended even though the tag line on the cover pretty much gives it away.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. Hopefully this week. I think I have one book to review before it but I’ve lost track of what reviews I need to do. I have fallen so far behind it isn’t even funny anymore. Hopefully I can catch up over the holidays but with what’s going on in my life right now I’m not so sure. cx0lrbrucaamaxy

Devolve; The Wolf is written by a New Zealand author and is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian story. The first in a series I think.

This isn’t a very long book but so much happens in it. I don’t want to say too much here because everything is already in my review. You can read that here if you want.

You can also check out the Devolve website here and if you’re interested you can find copies of his book there too. His next books, Devolve; The Bug, will be out next year and I cannot wait to read it. It looks really good.

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I’ve already reviewed Stealing Snow on my blog so I don’t want to go into this here either. If you want to check out my review of this you can read it here.

I will say that this wasn’t my favourite book of the year but it also wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read.

I do plan on reading the next book to see where the story is going because the ending was interesting and I still want to give it a chance. But I don’t know what I’ll do if Snow, the main character, annoys me as much as she did in this book. But she kind of stepped up at the end when her world fell to pieces around her. cxgemhdusaemcm_

This is the last book I’ll be talking about here. It has been two weeks since I last did a
WWW Wednesday post which is why there are so many books under the ‘Recently Finished’ part of this post.

I loved Girl in Pieces. I still have to review this so I won’t be going into it here but I really enjoyed it. The main character, Charlie, did kind of annoy me at times but I will get into why in my review. That will hopefully be up tomorrow and then I’ll be reviewing Hotel for the Lost on Friday. If I’m remembering correctly…. img_20151019_131922

Reading Next –
I received a copy of The Black Key, the last book in the Lone City trilogy, from Walker Books Australia in October and I need to read the first two books before I can start that. So next on my TBR is The Jewel, the first book in the trilogy.

I read and reviewed the first two books in the trilogy last year so I won’t be doing a review on this. I loved it the first time I read it and I’m sure I’ll love it this time too.

What have you been reading lately? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

November Wrap Up & December TBR.

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It’s that time of the month again where I do my monthly wrap up and TBR. I didn’t read that much in November but I’m just glad I read some books. Anyway, onto my November wrap up.

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – ★★★★
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks – ★★★
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan -★★★
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – ★★★
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – ★★★★
Devolve; The Wolf by Mike Hooper – ★★★★
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young – ★★★
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – ★★★★

Not a lot of books but still a pretty good reading month. Now onto my December TBR.

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I had Ten Thousand Skies Above You and The Jewel on my November TBR but I didn’t manage to read them so I decided to add them to my December TBR because I really need to read them. Although The Jewel is a re-read.

I’ve read Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin and am currently reading the illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones.

I have no idea how many of these I’ll actually read. A Game of Thrones is over 800 pages so that’s going to take me a while. I guess I’ll just see how the month goes.

What’s on your TBR for this month?

Aimee.