T5W Aug. 31st – Books You’ll Never Read

T5W Aug 31

Hello everyone!

Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books You’ll Never Read and to be honest, this list is always quite small. It takes a lot for me to write off a book completely. Even if I’m not enjoying a series, I tend to finish them. If an author I don’t really enjoy has another book, I just don’t add them to my TBR. So there’s very few books that are on my black list. And these are the same ones I shared the first time this topic was on Top 5 Wednesday.

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The Bookish Book Lover Tag

The Bookish Book Lover Tag

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The Bookish Book Lover Tag Banner

Another Tuesday comes around which means I’m sharing another tag! I was tagged by the lovely Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros to do the Bookish Book Lover Tag. Thanks so much Sammie! This tag is super simple but it has a lot of questions so brace yourselves.

The Rules

  • Use the original banner
  • Answer the questions!
  • Use lots of book covers
  • Tag your friends

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Book Review – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Book Review - The Hidden Oracle

The Hidden Oracle Cover

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publication: May 3rd, 2016

Publisher: Dysney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Read: July 2016

Rick RiordanGoodreads

 

 

4 Stars

Synopsis
How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
It was so much fun to be back in this crazy mythological modern world. As always with Rick’s books, the plot was action packed and full of adventure and incredibly entertaining. While it has his signature style, it was new and fresh and super funny. It’s so fast paced and there’s a huge twist that blew me away. Even if they’re a little cheesy and predictable, this one has themes like acceptance and honesty. It was just a lot of fun to read.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
There’s a chuck full of sarcasm in this kind of writing style. Rick always models it after the main character’s voice and Apollo is a bit self-centered and selfish but has really funny jokes. It’s simple and easy to read, in part because it’s middle grade and part because it’s in general a lighthearted story. It’s super fast paced and it makes what looks like a thick book fly by. But my favorite part is that it’s informative and educational, there’s something new to learn about Greek mythology and history each time you open one of these books.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Rick’s characters are always lively and seem to jump off the page and that’s also the case with Apollo. I didn’t love him as much as I love Percy as a narrator but he had a certain charm to him as well. He’s really vain, self-centered and selfish, obviously because what Greek God isn’t? But throughout the story he had a lot of character development and he started to feel remorseful and started to really look at how his actions affected people. I won’t say he’s cured because his first though I’m sure will always be himself first. But the humanity he was forced into really adjusted some of his perspective even while he was scared shitless and in complete denial. He’s become a brave fledgling hero albeit reluctantly and I can’t wait to see how he continues to change. There is also another new character introduced named Meg who I really liked. She’s spunky and brave and strong. She didn’t take any of Apollo’s crap and always challenged him which was awesome. But there’s a lot more to her than first meets the eye and she feels very vulnerable and scared. I was so happy to see some of my old favorite characters come back! Percy makes a little appearance and so do Nico di Angelo and Will Solace which was EEPPPP! There are quite a few more that I fell in love with again or for the first time and it made me so happy to be back into this amazing world.

Emotionally

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Yep it’s time for another tag. My fellow bloggers Jesse @ Books at Dawn and Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks tagged me to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tagged which was created by Chami from Read Like Wild Fire on YouTube and her co-blogger in 2014. Here’s her 2015 video.

This tag is set up to share during the middle of the year but technically July isn’t that far gone so it still counts!

SO let’s get started!

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Potter Challenge: If We Were Voldemort

Potter Challenge If We Were Voldemort

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I am here today to share another very special post!

My friend Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks and I have been buddy reading the Harry Potter series the last few months to accomplish my Potter Challenge this year. Last month, we read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, book six of the series. We are having so much fun buddy reading as well as sharing our thoughts with you guys and we definitely can’t believe that we’re almost done!

In this post, I’ll be sharing a mini review with my thoughts on the book and what objects I would use as Horcruxes if I ever think it’s a good idea.

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1 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! – Favorite Posts, What I’ve Learned and Q&A

1 Year Blogiversary

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IT’S MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! Exactly one year ago today I shared my first post which was only a welcome post which I’m pretty sure no one has ever read haha. After that I shared some reviews for my recent reads and I haven’t stopped since.

I honestly can’t believe that I’ve managed to stick with this for an entire year. I have the tendency to become obsessed with something, do it for awhile and then get obsessed with something else and do that. But finding blogging has been a blessing in many ways. I truly feel like I’ve found a passion and something that helped me find my career path which I’ve always struggled to articulate. Books have become my whole life and I am so glad to be able to share my passion with you guys.

I’m so blessed and thankful to have met so many different people who love books just as much as I do! I now have friends all over the world who understand me and like to hear what I have to say. So thank you friends and followers! Thank you for liking my posts, thank you for commenting on them, thank you for interacting with me on social media but most of all, thank you for making this place the welcoming environment that it is! Freadom Library would not be turning one today if it wasn’t for you.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to host a giveaway, though I hope I’ll be able to at some point, but I didn’t want this occasion to go by without a celebration (like what happened at my 6 month mark). And so I decided to share some of my favorite posts, what I’ve learned in this crazy blogging year and I’ll be answering some of the questions that I received in my announcement post a few days ago.

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T5W Aug. 24th – Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

T5W Aug 24

Hello everyone!

Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year and I’m really excited to share some of the books I desperately need to knock off my TBR. Most of these are also part of an old T5W whose topic was Series I Want to Start Next Year (next year being 2016) as well as some new releases that I haven’t had the time to get to yet.

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My Favorite Characters as Olympians Tag

My Favorite Characters as Olympians Tag

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I’m pretty sure  you know what this is because today is Tuesday. Fadma @ Word Wonders shared a post a few days ago placing characters in their respective Olympic sports and since I am a sucker for the Olympics and it ended up turning into a little bit of a tag, I decided to share my own thoughts on what characters would do their best to win gold!

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Book Review – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Book Review - More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Publication: June 2nd, 2015

Publisher: SoHo Teen

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Mental Health, Science Fiction

Read: July 2016

Adam SilveraGoodreads

 

 

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. He has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession over the Scorpius Hawthorne books and has a sweet movie set-up on his roof. There are nicknames. Aaron’s not only able to be himself, but happiness feels easy with Thomas. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what’s left of his life, but since Aaron can’t suddenly stop being gay Leteo may be the only way out.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This book started off slow in the beginning. It was a bit hard for it to catch my interest. It was very confusing and the plot dragged out a bit. When we reach the halfway mark, the story picks up a lot more and I became more invested in it. I found it to be a really great combination between contemporary and the science fiction elements. It was emotional, powerful and intense and it hit me a lot harder than I thought it was going to.

Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I think it took me awhile to get invested into this story because of the writing style. It was a little stunted and hard to get into in the beginning. The sentences were really short and it felt inconsistent sometimes but it flowed really well with the main character’s thoughts and actions. However, it is really unique and it weaves the story in an unexpected way while still keeping the emotional power and intensity it’s trying to deliver.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t really know why I didn’t fall in love with the characters as much as I wanted to. I wanted to feel more represented than I did, specially because the majority of the characters in this novel are Latinx, but that wasn’t really the focus of the story. This was all about the main character’s coming of age journey and of his life. Aaron was confused and misunderstood. He was really sweet but I felt like a lot of it was fake. Not because he was an unrealistic character but because he felt like he wasn’t being his genuine self. But as the story went on, I felt for him. He’s really tormented by thoughts and decisions and memories in his life and it broke my heart to see his development. He has a tough relationship with his family and so much inner turmoil about his feelings and there were times when I just wanted to hold and cuddle him to death. And then there were others when I felt like he was being immature and impulsive and I wanted to shake him! Aaron isn’t one of my favorite characters ever but I will definitely remember him and his story. The side characters were all complex and flawed. They’re very complicated relationships. There are good people who get hurt. There are good people who hurt other good people. They tend to have selfish wants and warped ideals. The science fiction element brings a whole new facet to the story.

Emotionally

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