WWW Wednesday  (Jan 17, 2018)

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Hey all…. it’s WWW Wednesday again! As always, it’s really easy because there are only THREE questions! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! Be sure to post your answers in the comments below and head over to Sam’s when you’re done!

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What are you currently reading?

confessions of ugly stepsister

While writing this post, I must admit I haven’t actually started reading this book yet. I probably will have read a few pages, once this has been published.

I’m finally getting around to reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire author of “The Wicked Years,” series. Based on the children’s story Cinderella. Maguire uses his typical flair to retell the classic tale from the perspective of the sisters left behind.

The story is set in 17th century Holland and since I’m not familiar with it at all. I’ll just have to read on to find out more about it.

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What did you recently finish reading?

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I finished reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, yesterday afternoon. The fantastical tale of a modern woman of the 70s transported to the antebellum South to save the life of a young boy named Rufus. Our heroine endures, the systematic abuse of the time period while trying to complete her mission and return home. This book will infuriate you, bring tears to your eyes and have you cheering for the unspeakable. But if you read it, you’ll be happy you did.

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I also recently finished Hart’s Hope by Orson Scott Card. I respect that man as a pioneer in the speculative fiction genre but regretfully disliked this book a lot. The reasons are endless and you can read more about them here. Definitely check it out for yourself before making your final opinions.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m honestly not sure I’ve been meaning to finish reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman, but I also wouldn’t mind starting a new series…decisions….

What Are You Reading Right Now? Leave A Comment Below!

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WWW Wednesday  (Jan 3, 2018)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s  the third day of the year and the month and most importantly it’s WWW Wednesday! As always, it’s really easy because there are only THREE questions! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words!  Be sure to post your answers in the comments below and head over to Sam’s when you’re done!

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What are you currently reading?

I am halfway through Orson Scott Card’s Hart’s Hope. I discovered the book while reading Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. While Card explained his worldbuilding techniques he also described how he came to design the world in Hart’s Hope. How a simple mishap on his mao created the world and its characters. Set during a time of wizards, Kingdoms and the introduction of Monotheistic religion  (Christianity) the book seems to be about a town who’s monarch is thwarted replaced and exiled continuously through means of divine intervention and sorcery. So far the story is shaping up to be an interesting one though almost halfway through I’m not sure who I’m rooting for.

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What did you recently finish reading?


I finished reading “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. This book is the reason I started reading Hart’s Hope. Prior to buying this book I was oblivious to who OSC was but I’m better off for having read it and was able to complete the outline for my very own novel.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I am as always lately unsure of what the next book will be. On the one hand starting a new stand-alone novel is always fun. A completed story that doesn’t warrant a new bookshelf though I did purchase quite a few series last year that I’ve been looking over. We shall see.

 

What Are You Reading Right Now? Leave A Comment Below!

 

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What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl (The Eternity Code) 

Book Three in my #2017BookReviewChallenge is the third Artemis Fowl book. My first thought was…. wow.

Someone actually got the jump on Artemis Fowl. A life interacting with faeries has made Artemis soft, complacent and good- natured .

Still dabbling in the underworld, a business deal goes south, and Artemis is forced to beg for Butler’s life while also bargaining his memories to help protect both the fairy world snd the real world from the villainous John Spiro.

The unscrupulous Spiro, has stolen the  C cube a tech holy grail designed by Artemis from stolen fairy technology. Butler was mortally wounded and the fairies were severely comprimised.

Artemis and the gang come together to take down Spiro and retrieve the cube but when it’s all over Artemis won’t remember a thing.

The third installment of the Artemis Fowl series had me on the edge of my seat. We see glimpses of Artemis changing into a better person as a result of his friends while forcing him to outthink a formidable opponent.

I truly hated the villains and cheered for our heroes. The final moments of the book lay on the emotion as our group disbands for the safety of the fairy kingdom.

As always the book was well written, if you loved the  first two you’re in for a real treat with this one!

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What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl  (The Arctic Incident)

Trudging along through my own personal book challenge I’m adding book 2 of the Artemis Fowl series to my read pile. 

An amazing follow-up to the original, The Arctic Incident manages to bring everyone back for a fast paced action packed story.
That’s not to be clichè short of the preliminary therapy session in the beginning everything following is one laser blast after another. 
In what can only be Colfer’s ironic sense of humor, Artemis Fowl is being extorted. Having bested the faeries last year after kidnapping and later releasing captain Holly Short he’s terrorizing staff at a prestigious boarding school. With his mother well and on her feet Artemis has been mounting a search for his father….and he finds him.
Actually the Russian Mafiya find him and hold him for ransom. He’s ready to go kick some Russian butt when he’s accosted by Holly Short, something sinister below ground cause the two worlds to collide.
I especially enjoyed the semi-closing of one story arc while they also teased the very likely pairing of Munch Diggums and Artemis Fowl.
Eoin Fowler is quickly becoming one of my favorites. 
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What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl

​The very first notch in my reading challenge quest is book 1 of the Artemis Fowl series. The aptly named Artemis Fowl. 

I originally discovered the Artemis Fowl series around age 13. It’s glimmering cover called to me from a table at the scholastic book fair.

The series archives criminal mastermind and twelve year old child prodigy Artemis II and his gargantuan bodyguard Butler, on a interspecies criminal caper for leprechaun gold.

However, LEP recon officer Holly Short is not who you’d want to meet at the end of a rainbow. The book itself is a battle of wits between the affable if not criminally insane Artemis Fowl and the everyday good cop/ gung ho female determined to prove herself Holly Short.

Adolescent me couldn’t appreciate the mental back and forth. The string of events start off simple enough. Artemis Fowl II is presently in control of what’s left of his families prestigious criminal empire.  Through some bad luck his father, blasted from sea, has been missing and his mother has had a psychotic break.

The ambitious young Fowl sees only one recourse, steal fairy gold and reestablish his families wealth.

Captain Holly Short, is the first female recruit in the LEPrecon unit and she hasn’t been making a good name for herself. Running out of magic and attempting a sacred ritual to restore it, she is caught in the crosshairs.

In an exciting magical hostage negotiation that spans the next 147 pages. Adult me had a better appreciation for the fast paced storyline and the second time around I was able to complete the book within 24 hours.

I’m currently working on the second book in the series and I’m charging through. I love this series!

Have you read the Artemis Fowl series? Which is your favorite?

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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?

 

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?