Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Series: N/A
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Published January 15th 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Sci-fi, Mythology
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
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To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

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The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

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The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Series: The Storm Runner #1
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Published September 18th 2018
Genres: Middlegrade, Fantasy, Mythology
Pages: 448
Format: Hardback
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Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.

A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Series: Pandava Quartet #1
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Published March 27th, 2018
Genres: Middle Grade / YA, Mythology, Fantasy
Pages: 355
Format: Hardback
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Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #3
Publisher: Puffin
Published May 1st, 2018
Genres: YA/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
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I WAS A GOD, ONCE. UNTIL I WAS CAST OUT BY MY FATHER, ZEUS.

NOW I’M AN AWKWARD MORTAL TEENAGER CALLED LESTER. BOUND TO A DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS DEMIGOD CALLED MEG. THANKS A LOT, DAD.

My way out? A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course.

For my third mission, I must:
Journey through the Labyrinth to free an Oracle who only speaks in puzzles.

Defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperor – the most vicious of three very vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.

Is that all? No, I’ve to do everything without any of my godly powers. Wonderful. Looks like I’ll be needing all the help I can get. From new friends, and old . . .

This edition includes a Percy Jackson short story!
Clarisse, daughter of Ares, the Greek god of war, needs Percy Jackson’s help. Her father’s chariot has been stolen and she has to get it back by sunset.
The only hitch? The chariot-jackers are none other than her terrifying immortal brothers Phobos and Deimos. Can Percy and Clarisse get the chariot back before it’s too late?

Find out in: PERCY JACKSON AND THE STOLEN CHARIOT

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Most Anticipated Releases 2018 – Part 2

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In January I posted my Anticipated Releases Part 1 and now it’s time for part 2!

To be honest, I don’t think I have that many to mention… The first part of the year was way fuller than this one, but I do have some I really want and some I’ve even already pre-ordered, which I’m super pumped about! I know I won’t be reading all of these but for sure some I will!

Also, make sure you comment below, which books do you have on your wish lists, for this part of the year!!

So here’s my list of anticipated books for the second part of 2018:
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TTT: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 out of a love of lists. It recently changed to That Artsy Reader Girl and that’s where you can find the topics for each Tuesday.

This week’s topic is:

Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early (Submitted by Emma)

This is quite a cool topic, there are definitely some books I would do anything to get my hands on.

What are some of the books you would do anything to get your hands on?

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TTT: Frequently Used Words In YA Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 out of a love of lists. It recently changed to That Artsy Reader Girl and that’s where you can find the topics for each Tuesday.

This week’s topic is:

Frequently Used Words In YA Titles

This topic seems like quite a lot of fun.

I will give the example of 6 popular words in YA and as many books as I could find with it, without belonging to the same series (since many start with the same word). In the end, I will also put some other words I found, but without examples.

What is the word you found most common in YA titles?

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Review: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (spoiler free)

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Series: The Trials of Apollo #2

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published May 2nd, 2017

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 528

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

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What Cats Do Book TAG

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I have been incredibly excited to do this tag ever since I was tagged by Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews! I absolutely love cats and joining cats and books together is just perfect! Also, I’ve been designing a new blog design for my blog with that theme, but it’s taking some time… So that’s how much I love it!

So, thank you so much Kate @ meltingpotsandothercalamities creating this amazing tag! And thank you so much, Mandy, for tagging me and showing your adorable Jasper!! Also, make sure you guys check out her answers for this tag here!

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April Wrap-up and May TBR

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Hey, guys!

I am so happy that this month is finally over! I ended my classes and now I just have to study for an exam! I can finally relax a bit more and dedicate more time to my reading and to my blog! I know I have been a bit on and off doing tags, answering comments and viewing what you all are up to, but I am getting there! Also, I will be uploading more posts again just like I used too!

This month was actually pretty good considering the stress over final school works. I read pretty much what I intended to and added a pile more to my TBR… The balance is off, but at least I had a great time reading the few I got to! I read 10 books, some were arcs, some were manga and a couple I read because the next books are going to be released really soon.Read More »