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?

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.

My 2016 Reading Challenge!!!

Earlier this year I wanted to really commit to making myself a better writer. As my high school writing teacher would say writers –write, and therefore to become better writers you must read and then write some more. Who knew that while i was rolling my eyes then I’d be going back to those words now. In the thick of writing my very first trilogy I find myself grasping at anything not a research book to read. My imagination was truly becoming depleted. It was then that I decided to go back to the list of books I wanted to read. Initially I compiled the list for research. When deciding to write a book you have to decide on a genre and my genre is Urban Fantasy. I jumped in head first adding any book that seemed remotely interesting. Some titles sounded familiar though I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading them. They went on the list. Other novels i’d never heard of an hadn’t known they even existed. They also went on the list. I spent a large portion of time looking into Mythic Fiction. As my sub-genre it’s good to know the competition and what ideas have already been tried. At one point my boyfriend the afro-centric individual that he is commented about a lack of African American representation in my genre which sent me down a path to find not only black characters but black authors as well. The effort was definitely worth it. When i finished i’d collected more than 50 books in which to read this year. My 2016 goal is still 50 books of the Urban Fantasy genre. At present I’m starting with Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”.  I’m attempting to read at least two books a month. Wish me luck!

 

Feel free to start on this list where ever you choose!

 

50 books I want to read over the next year.

 

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
    1. Through the looking glass (sequel)
  2. Moon Called:Mercy Thomspon  Book #1- Patricia Briggs
  3. Dead Witch Walking: The Hollows Book #1 – Kim Harrison
  4. American Gods #1 – Neil Gaimen
  5. Mistborn:The Final Empire
  6. The lies of Locke Lamora:Gentleman Bastard Book 1 – Scott Lynch
  7. Vampire Kisses:Book 1 – Ellen Schraiber
  8. Sister Sable: The Mad Queen #1 –
  9. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  10. Modern Faierie Tales – Holly Black
  11. Iron Thorn – Caitlyn Kittredge
  12. The Name in the Wind – Patrick Rothfus
  13. Practical Magic – Alicia Hoffman
  14. Courting Darkness – Yasmine Galenorn
  15. Something Wicked – Catherine Mulvany
  16. Divine by Mistake – PC Cast
  17. Woven – Michael Jensen and David Powers
  18. The Mephisto Covenant – Trinity Faegan
  19. Dancer’s Lament – Ian C Esslemont
  20. Age of Myth – (Book One of the First Empire Series) – Michael J Sullivan
  21. The Cainsville series Book#1- Kelly Armstrong
  22. The Conjure Woman – Charles Chestnutt
  23. Kindred – Octavia Butler (Showed up on various sites)
  24. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
  25. Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor
  26. The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
  27. Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings
  28. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
  29. Vampire Huntress  – L.A. Banks
  30. Amber and the Hidden City by Milton Davis
  31. Knights of Breton Court (series) by Maurice Broaddus
  32. Brookwater’s Curse (series) by Steven Van Patten
  33. Immortal (series) by Valjeanne Jeffers
  34. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  35. Taurus Moon (series) by D.K. (Keith) Gaston
  36. The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by Zig Zag Claybourne
  37. Redeemer: The Cross Chronicles by Balogun Ojetade
  38. African Immortals Series – Tananarive Due
  39. My Soul to Keep – Tananarive Due
  40. So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy
  41. Mindscape – Andrea Hairston
  42. Filter House – Nisi Shawl
  43. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
  44. Shards and Ashes – Anthology (Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong etc.)
  45. The testing – Joel Charbonneau
  46. Superhuman – Michael Carroll
  47. Vampyres of Hollywood – Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Scott
  48. Etruscans: Beloved of the Gods – Morgan Llywelyn, Michael Scott
  49. The drafter – Kim Harrison
  50. Undead and Unwed:A Queen Betsy Novel – Mary Janice Davidson
  51. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series
  52. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You
  53. Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster
  54. Colleen Hoover’s Slammed
  55. Cora Carmack’s Losing It.