Wrap Up: October 2017

Here are the books that I finished in October. (Click Cover Art to view my Reviews)

For Magnus Chase:  Hotel Valhalla, Guide to the Norse Worlds by Rick Riordan

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Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Monsters Unleashed by Cullen Bunn

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Man Crush Monday #5: The Maze Runner by James Dashner Edition

Sorry this is a little late, but I forgot to do this yesterday and had it on my mind this morning so I decided to do it today instead.  For this edition of Man Crush Monday, we love to look at the main character of The Maze Runner.  That character happens to be THOMAS!!!!

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Book Review: For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla, Guide to the Norse Worlds by Rick Riordan

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Status in Series:  Companion Novel

Goodreads Synopsis:

So you’ve made it to Valhalla. Now what? This “who’s who” guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews, and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You’ll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again!

 

About the Author:

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

 

My Review:

This book was awesome.  This is one reason why Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors (if not my Ultimate Favorite).  Can’t wait to start the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

Book Review: Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Series Status:  Book 3 of 4

Goodreads Synopsis:

Deep beneath the waves, King Triton’s powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost—keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal’s longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can’t believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew.

A storm is brewing back in Auradon, and when Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay hear that the trident has been washed away, they realize they’ll have to find it before anyone from the Isle does. Luckily, they seem to have a talent for locating missing magical objects.

As Uma readies for the high seas alongside Harry, son of Captain Hook, Gil, son of Gaston, and the toughest rogues on the Isle of the Lost, the reformed villains of Auradon devise their own master plan. And with King Ben away on royal business, they won’t have to play by all the rules. Using bad for good can’t be totally evil, right?

The thrilling, perilous race to the trident puts old friends—and current enemies—against each other with the future of Auradon on the line. Both teams might like to make waves, but only one will come out on top of this one.

 

About the Author:

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critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

 

My Review:

I really loved this book.  The Isle of the Lost series has solidified its spot on my list of favorite series.  I hope it continues, but if it doesn’t that will be okay too (even though I will start to cry).

Book Review: Monsters Unleashed by Cullen Bunn

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The monstrous, gigantic comic event gets bigger with this special edition featuring a variant cover gallery, penicled pages, inked pages and more!

THE EPIC BATTLE MARVEL FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, DRAWN BY TODAY’S GREATEST ARTISTS!!! It’s all hands on deck with the AVENGERS, CHAMPIONS, GUARDIANS, X-MEN and the INHUMANS as they clash with monstrous threats that threaten to destroy every corner of the Marvel Universe. Who are the LEVIATHONS? Who controls them? How can they be stopped before Earth becomes another tragic, barren world in their wake? Written by powerhouse writer CULLEN BUNN and drawn by Marvel legend STEVE McNIVEN, this issue is the beginning of something big that you just can’t miss!

 

About the Author:

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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler.

And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he’ll tell you all about it.

 

My Review:

There is only one word to describe this graphic novel.  EPIC!  This is so awesome.  I really want to read the rest of this series to see what happens next.  The illustrations were wonderful and it had almost all of my favorite Marvel Characters.

Book Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Series Status:  Book 1 of 3

Goodreads Synopsis:

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

 

About the Author:

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Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty guru and internet personality. She is best known by her fans and viewers on YouTube as Zoella. She has a secondary channel, MoreZoella, which is primarily for her vlogs. She has collaborated with a myriad of other Youtubers as well as appeared in numerous magazines and won a Teen Choice Award.

My Review:

OMG!!! I really loved this book.  It was a huge emotional roller coaster.  This book made me feel happy, angry,  sad, and hopeful all at different parts of the story.  I honestly think that if a book can make you feel that many emotions at almost the same time, then it is seriously worth picking up and reading.  I highly recommend that people read this book.  If you have read it I want to here your thoughts in the comment section below this post.

Where I love to buy books

I really love to by my books at Goodwill.  They always have them cheap and majority of the ones that I find are in good shape.  One problem with Goodwill is you may not find all of the books in a series at one time, you may have just to grab the ones that you find and continue looking for any others that you are missing.  I found a book that I have been wanting since I knew it existed there on earlier this week and I have been so happy about it.

(when you find a book that you have been wanting for awhile)

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What is your favorite place to shop for books?  Please let me know in the comments section below this post.

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Most Read Authors

(# of books read by that Author)

  1. Cassandra Clare (17)
  2. P.C. Cast (14)
  3. Rick Riordan (12)
  4. Kiera Cass (11)
  5. Sarah J. Maas (8)
  6. Marissa Meyer (6)
  7. Victoria aveyard (6)
  8. Richelle Mead (4)
  9. Melissa De La Cruz (3)
  10. Marie Lu (3)

 

 

Man Crush Monday #3: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz Edition

I honor of me reading Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz, for this edition of man crush monday I decided to choose Carlos De Vil from the Descendants book and movie series.  Cameron Boyce does an amazing job at portraying Carlos De Vil, Son of Cruella.

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