🔱The Heroes of Olympus Series Reread🔱

12127750._SY475_This month I completed The Mark of Athena which is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series and I have thoughts. I loved the fact that we are going back and forth between the different point of views. I think this was the first time in all off the books that we are given chapters from Annabeth’s perspective and I really enjoyed and appreciated hearing her thoughts and fears from her. This book really explored all of the different heroes and their own self perceived inadequacies, which I think is a great subject to explore in middle grade where a lot of the targeted readers might be struggling with. In terms of the plot I think this was quite a filler book where not a lot happened but also we are given a lot of answers to questions that have surfaced throughout the series. I highly enjoyed this book and I am super excited to continue on with the series, I honestly can’t really remember a lot of the details from the last two book so it’s going to a lot of fun to read!

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Opening Lines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is opening lines, and I decided to go with the first line from 10 books on my physical TBR! These are all very high on my reading list and seeing some of these opening lines definitely makes me excited to get into a few of them!! 

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

“It’s often said of old buildings that they have a soul.” 

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

 “There was no warning.”

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“The disrupter blast hit the Betraskan right in her chest.”

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.”

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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

“Tavia Syn made a living on magic and it was rarely the legal kind.”

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”

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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

“Veronyka kicked as hard as she could at Tristan’s face.”

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

“A boy went missing the night of the storm.”

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

“Compared to the freezing weather outside, the stable was warm and steamy and alive with the sleepy murmuring of horses.”

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Love from A to Z Review

40148146._SY475_Love from A to Z is a dual perspective story following Zayneb and Adam. Zayneb has just been suspended from school after confronting a inslamaphobe teacher at her school and is sent on an early spring break to Doha. Adam is dealing with just finding out he has been diagonsed with multiple sclerosis the diseases that killed his mum when he was nine.

What I loved about this book was that even though it is a contemporary love story at it’s core, it doesn’t stop each character from having their own personal drama’s that they are having to overcome. The narrative isn’t focused solely on them and dramatised in a way to keep them apart, it’s realistic and thought provoking and genuine.

Zayneb I found to be a little too focused on justice which at times clouded her vision and forced her to make brash decisions. When she is upset her anger overwhelms her and she can’t see any other side besides her own. I love that we explore so much of her culture and the decisions that she has made to commit to her way of life and be unapologetic about it. She definitely evolved and developed over the course of the storyline and the fact that she was able to recognise some of her faults but mould them into positives was indicative of her growth.

Adam is the sweetest, calmest, most frustrating character! I just wanted him to confide in his father from the beginning about his diagnosis but I can understand why he chose to keep it a secret. Having this condition that killed his mother and reliving some of his memories of her was heartbreaking and again we really see him come to accept the things he is not in control of and embrace the good things, the marvels in life.

Every single character in this book serves a purpose, from Adam’s group of friends to Aunty Nandy and especially Zahid. I have to say Zahid was definitely my favourite of all the characters in this book. The length that he went to in order to help this young man he didn’t even know really captured my heart and brought a tear to my eye. 

I loved the format of the story told from the perspectives of their journal and having such stark contrasts between our two main characters. It was a quick, emotional, touching book that I feel I will be rereading many times in the future!

⭐️5/5 stars Another MUST read!!!

Tome Topple Wrap Up

This wasn’t my most read couple of weeks during the Tome Topple. I had family visiting and I moved so there wasn’t really a lot of time for me just to dedicate to reading! However, I did manage to complete 4 books during this round of the Tome Topple and I ended up ticking off most of the prompts which makes me a Scholar!! The only prompt I didn’t really get to was to read an audio-book tome, I don’t like audio-books so I just skipped this one!

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The tome that has been on your TBR the longest & The tome on your TBR with the most pages

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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 A standalone tome & Read 1 tome

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

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A tome featuring a AAPI main character and/or written by a AAPI author (for Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month)  & Tome from a genre you don’t usually read

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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An adult tome & Tome that’s part of a series

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

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5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

“I did what was necessary to gain my freedom. Wouldn’t you?”

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Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

“You can’t skip to the end of the story just because you’re tired of being in the middle. You’d never survive.”

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Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

“Moments of beauty sustain us through hours of ugliness.”

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

“You can always control how hard you fight.”

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