Book Review – Shed No Tears by Caz Frear @CazziF @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BookReview #BlogTour #policeprocedural

This book is multilayered and quite enjoyable according to Shalini’s Books & Reviews. Check out the review by following the link. -Sav

Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Compulsive Readers for my spot on this Blog Tour. A tense, superbly crafted plot line, author Caz Frear delivered a …

Book Review – Shed No Tears by Caz Frear @CazziF @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BookReview #BlogTour #policeprocedural

Harley in the Sky: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

This chick lit that revolves around the circus is highly recommended by Miss Print. I’m not much of a chick lit fan but I might grab this one. -Sav

Harley never thought she’d have to run away to the circus. Not when her parents already run a successful one in Las Vegas. After years of dreaming of…

Harley in the Sky: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

“Not Bad” Book Review: The Power of Bad by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister

I love video reviews! Check out Dysfunctional Literacy’s review of The Power of Bad. -Sav

I borrowed this book, The Power of Bad (with a fairly long subtitle) by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumesiter, from the library a few months ago right …

“Not Bad” Book Review: The Power of Bad by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister

Book Review: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

If you’re into mystery horror novels Reading with My Eyes has a recommendation for you. Check out the full review of Home Before Dark by clicking the link. -Sav

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager is a top notch thriller wrapped in a ghost story. Home Before Dark reminded me of why I love Riley Sager so much, …

Book Review: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James – eARC Book Review

A Little Haze Book Blog gives us an in depth inside view of The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and has piqued my interest. I strongly suggest you check out the full review. -Sav

Blurb from Goodreads What if death is only the beginning? When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she …

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James – eARC Book Review

Review: The City of Brass

Check out this highly praising review by We Write at Dawn! Their enthusiasm makes me want to purchase a copy today. Check out the full review below. -Sav

HOLY COW WHY HAS NO ONE SHOVED THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS BEFORE NOW!? I won an ARC of Empire of Gold, which is book three of the Daevabad trilogy so …

Review: The City of Brass

Book Review: The Paper Daughters of Chinatown

Check out this review by Diversity Between The Pages. The Paper Daughters is full of history and the author has such attention to detail, you won’t want to miss it. -Sav

Hello reader friends! Today I am thrilled to share such a beautifully written novel, but first want to let you know that it is certainly not for …

Book Review: The Paper Daughters of Chinatown

eARC Review: Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

Naty’s Bookshelf gives a quick and informative look into the book Throwaway Girls. I might pick this one up in my next book haul! Click the link to learn more. -Sav

Rating: ★★★★☆ Categories: YA Thriller, F/F I received advance copies via Edelweiss and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. In Throwaway Girls…

eARC Review: Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

“Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky” by Kwame Mbalia

I’ve been very curious about the Rick Riordan Presents series and Zeezee with Books’ review is very insightful into this particular entry. Check out the review and decide for yourself. -Sav

I finally got around to trying one of the Rick Riordan Presents books! 😊 I enjoyed reading Riordan’s Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus novels, so …

“Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky” by Kwame Mbalia

Reread Review // The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

I love rereads because you see things you didn’t notice before. In this case Dragon on a Book liked Infinite Noise more the second time. Click the link to check out their review. -Sav

Wednesday is not my usual day for publishing reviews, but I finished my reread (well, I listened to the audiobook this time) of this book and can’t …

Reread Review // The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

Debjani’s Thoughts is sure to always knock it out of the park, but they really nailed it with this review. What I love is that this review is thorough and honest. The Hollow Gods is going on my TBR. -Sav

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT? Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret. For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous …

The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

Book Review: Revisiting “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan 🌩

This book will always be a 5 star read no matter how many times I revisit it, but here’s what I noticed rereading it as an adult.

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life.

(Description from Amazon)

Let me start off by saying that Percy is one of the funniest and most relatable protagonists that I’ve ever read. Many people will already know this and have read the Percy Jackson series already but I like the idea of revisiting it under a critical lens. That is why we are here today.

The first thing that really struck me was that Percy is a 6th grader in this book! Like I knew that in my head, and as a middle schooler I was like, yeah totally, but as an adult I’m like no. Even if he is a demigod and what not, this is a ridiculous amount of responsibility for an 11-12 year old. I have a 6th grade nephew and I wouldn’t trust him to walk to the park and back, let alone the other side of the country. That is some wild stuff. Everyone will probably be like, but Grover? No. Grover is not much more mature than Percy and I would trust him less than my nephew. That probably sounds a little bit unfair but imagine yourself as a middle schooler. Would you be capable of doing the things Percy did?

Something else that stood out to me, in a good way, was that Chiron is not like other teachers/mentors. A theme that I’ve noticed in middle grade and YA books is that the teacher/mentor character is quick to blame or believe that the “new kid” has done wrong. Clarisse (bully) is quick to blame Percy when a hellhound is summoned, but Chiron (mentor) realizes that Clarisse is full of garbage, and why would Percy summon a hellhound on himself? I like to use the teachers in Harry Potter as a bad example of teachers/mentors, because they are always so quick to blame Harry. It makes me happy to realize that Chiron is not that dumb.

I also noticed that Riordan seemingly accurately describes outrage media. Percy gets in trouble everywhere he goes and in this book the news team isn’t far behind. It was funny because it’s ridiculous, but the media, much like stereotypical mentors, were quick to blame Percy and create this wild story about him and how he’s this unstable boy lighting the world on fire. As a kid I thought that there was no way the media could mix up the truth that bad, but as an adult I know that they definitely could and probably would.

As a kid this book made me laugh, and as an adult it made me laugh more. That’s what I love about this series. It balances the tone of a middle grade novel very well but also has content for older readers. It doesn’t incorporate any adult themes but the jokes translate well to an older audience. It’s not too kiddy is what I’m trying to get across. 10 years later it’s still a fun read.

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Percy is still a 5/5 and probably always will be. Check back soon for the next installment.

If you’d like a copy of your own follow this link. I will get a portion of the profit at no extra cost to you.

Have you read The Percy Jackson series before? If you did as a kid I highly suggest that you reread as an adult. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Beowulf: A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes by Nicky Raven and John Howe

This retelling of Beowulf features the lead artist from The Lord Of The Rings (my fave) and you must check out the review by Witty And Sarcastic Bookclub. -Sav

The exhilarating epic blazes to life — featuring illustrations by a lead artist on the LORD OF THE RINGS film trilogy. “Look into the flames and let …

Beowulf: A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes by Nicky Raven and John Howe