What We’re Reading: Divine by Mistake

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I am a fan of the talented Ms. Cast. Her House of Night series co-written with daughter Kristin lines the top shelf of my bookcase. I haven’t jumped into this series yet, but, I am eager to get my hands on a copy.

The first installment of the Patrholon series, Diving by Mistake is a recommended book for readers who enjoy mythology. Originally titled Goddess By Mistake. We meet high school teacher Shannon Parker wasn’t used to an exciting life in the public eye. The most excitement she expected was a shopping excursion while on vacation. The purchase of a vase with the Celtic Goddess Epona, sends Shannon to the world of Partholon.

As doppelganger to the ruling goddess, Shannon soon finds out that all of her pampering comes with a price. She is betrothed to a centaur and is faced with was against rivals the evil Fomorians. Despised by everyone else as her look a like, Shannon must discover how to return home before it’s too late.

This may be the very next book that I read, the series is a definite TBR.

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Have you read Divine By Mistake? The Nightshade Trilogy? What did you think?

 

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Blu Books – Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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I stumbled upon this series completely by accident. My mother is the biggest Harry Potter Fan I know. One Christmas long after the series had ended while waiting for either the fifth or sixth movie I was looking for a gift for my mother the book worm. To my shock this series has nothing to do with Harry Potter. In fact the only thing the two series have to do with each other is that both books reference Flamel and his elixir of life.   


This collection also has two stand – alone novellas. Making it an eight or nine part series.


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The series written by Irish author Michael Scott delves into the realm of mythology featuring a pending apocalypse magical twins. As far as stats go this book is a  young adult thriller-fantasy fiction. The books have been nominated for various teen literary and reader’s awards. The film rights to the series have been bought by AMPCO Films.


I love my epic books and this series shows a world being thrust into the brink of extinction by ancient deities with even more backstory than we ever knew. I could say Michael Scot is one of my favorites off of this series alone. This series features Egyptian mythology as well as American folklore blended perfectly to give way to this fantastical tale of incarnations  and a of literal good and evil ensures this book if crammed with fantasy elements.wp-image-544243400


The Alchemyst, focuses on the lives of Sophie and Josh Newman, fraternal twins whose boring summer jobs and regular lives working for the Fleming’s comes to a shocking and adventurous end with the arrival of the mysterious and menacing, Dr. John Dee.


Dr. Dee engages the bookstore owner, Nick Fleming, in a battle of magic attempting to steal an ancient book, The Book of Abraham the Mage (a.k.a. the Codex) from him. Dee snatches the book from Josh’s hands, but Josh holds onto the last two pages. In his anger  Dr. Dee  kidnaps Nick’s wife Perry Fleming and imprisons her on Alcatraz Island.

 

The Newman’s’ discover that Nick Fleming is actually the immortal Nicholas Flamel. A gifted alchemist who’s spent the larger part of his life in secret as the sole creator of the elixir of life. The twins reluctantly embrace their gifts and their destiny as the keys to either save the world or destroy it.


When you mention the fate of the world rests on someone’s shoulder’s  the next question of course would be from who? This book has many villains all worse than the next. Our heroes run into every bad guy imaginable from reincarnated train robbers to eons old goddesses with a grudge.

If you haven’t seen why I love this series yet. Go read it for yourself. This series is great for lovers of magic and mythology.  The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a great series to add to your shelf especially if you’re a fan of The Sorrowline, Roam, the The Septimus Heap Collection.



Have you read Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel? Did you finish the series? What did you think? 

Blu Books – House of Night

*spoiler alerts included in this blog post!

This has got to be one of my absolute favorite series. I actually discovered it on a bender from Twilight, (yea, I love Twilight) the clerk at Barnes and Noble suggested I read this if  I liked vampire series.


Shout out to clerk whose name I forgot that was a spot on choice. House of Night is a 12 book series which features several spin off stand- alone novellas.



Rumors of a movie have been around for years but as of yet no new news has developed on that.

As far as stats go this book is a young adult fantasy fiction. Written by mother daughter writing duo P.C. and Kristin Cast.


The book offers a modified look on vampires adding special abilities to modernize them, a lunar mark symbolizes a transitional period from fledgeling to vampire. Native American mythology and incarnations of literal good and evil ensures this book if crammed with fantasy elements.


The world in the house of Night evolves throughout the series as any good series that spans 12 books should. The primary location is in a boarding school and the surrounding area in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Our main character Zoey Redbird, is just 16 when she is marked as a new vampire. She starts her journey reluctant and afraid of her gifts but soon finds that they truly are gifts from the Goddess Nyx.


The primary antagonist of this series is Neferet magical vampire headmistress and all out bad ass. She literally makes a deal with the incarnation of evil!


House of Night features elemental magic, a healthy mixture of native American, Celtic and Grecian mythology as well as vampire lore.

If you haven’t seen why I love this series yet. Go read it for yourself. This series is great for lovers of magic and vampire stories. The teenage girl in me still swoons over the intricate love stories woven between the ongoing battle we’re reading.

House of Night is the perfect series to add to your shelf especially if you already have copies of The Mortal Instruments, The Immortals or Nightworld.


Have you read House of Night? Did you finish the series? What did you think? 

What We’re Reading: Rift

I have yet to read the Nightshade trilogy but #GoodReads recommended I read the book Rift.

As a prequel to Nightshade, Rift is the tale of Ember Morrow, 16, promised to a group of knights called the Conatus.

She enjoys wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world.

When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and her mentor must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

I haven’t read this book just yet either but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. The Nightshade Trilogy is a NY Times Bestseller.

Have you read Rift? The Nightshade Trilogy? What did you think?

Featured Author: Renée Ahdieh

Born in South Korea, Renee Ahdieh is a NY Times bestseller and celebrated author for novels such as, The Wrath and the Dawn;  The Rose and the Dagger and her latest, Flame in the Mist.

Most of Ahdieh’s novels involve female leads who disguise themselves as men to save themselves from danger. She draws inspiration from Tamora Pierce’s,  Alanna as well as Norse mythology following the same theme.  

Flame in the Mist as a direct homage to Mulan, the largest tale if cross dressing we’ve ever heard. 

Renee Ahdieh, though primarily a YA author has written for adults in the past. She was advised her writing style was better suited for young adult fiction and the rest is history.

A very hands on researcher, she prefers to come into contact with artifacts from that time period.

She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and dog Mushu.

August Book – Flame in the Mist


I haven’t read this book just yet, but a friend told me it was a modern magical Mulan and I love Mulan.

Our leading lady Mariko, daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist must  disguise herself as a peasant boy, after an ambush by the Black Chan bandits.

Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader,  Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami.  She wanted to discover who wanted her dead, as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

It definitely has made my to be read list and I’ll be scanning the libraries for copies. Amazon and Bookshout offer hard and paperback covers for under  $12.

Have you read this book before? What did you think? Will you be reading with us this month?

What We’re Reading: July – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 20th Anniversary!

Anyone born after the 90s is well aware of the Harry Potter series and it’s ability to bring something as nerdy as magic wands and spectacles to mainstream popculture.

It started with a single book and spawned into a franchise worth billions. J.K. Rowling as a result has managed to go from living a life of homelessneed as a single mom to heading a global fantasy empire.

July’s book of the month is our tribute to the students of Hogwarts whom we’ve grown to know and love.