The Sword of Summer – Book Review

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Finished reading:

The Sword of Summer

(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1)

by Rick Riordan ★★★★★

Expectation

I expected it to be as fun as the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series and with a touch of cool since here we have Norse gods. I love these books and the positively fun style they are written in. These are adventure books that make my inner child happy and my grumpy adult more bearable to live with.

Most important thing have names…

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Summary

Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain

A hero Valhalla cannot contain

Nine days hence must go East

Ere Sword of Summer unbinds The Beast

In this book main hero is around sixteen year old unlike the Percy whose story starts when he is twelve. The storytelling is funny and fast paced. The characters don’t get to slack around and their adventures are a non-stop merry go round.

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I went to find breakfast and kill it with my sword…

The viking feel to the story is present and the Norse mythology is revealed in a new light. In the light of more known Norse gods like Thor, Odin and Loki it was a pleasure to learn about other less known entities.

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Whenever I’m tempted to hug a dwarf, that’s usually a sign I need to move along…

Again I was amazed at how the author takes some mundane teen troubles and explaines them with a twist on the supernatural. There are some really deep and serious backstories throught the book and some of them thought me a great respect for Rick Riordan.

“Elves.” Blitz shrugged. “They have a low tolerance for anything that isn’t perfect – music, art appearances. Their own children.”

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Sword of Summer appeared in my hands. It’s blade purred  like a demented cat.

There were so many funny quotes in this book and I can’t post them all. If I were more Photoshop savy I would have made some cool quote pictures alas I’m not.

…most powerful paradoxes in the Nine Worlds – Wi-Fi with no lag, a politicians sincerity, a printer that prints, healthy deep fried food and an interesting grammar lecture.

There were some places like Hotel Valhalla that were so nicely descripted I was daydreaming on a TV show to put it to life.

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Conclusion

This book has restored my faith in Christmas this year. Waiting on the next book is going to be pure torture! I will love it and fangirl over it! I might even give Kane Chronicles a second chance next year!

The only limits on your magic are your strength and your imagination…

Reading experience 2014

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Everywhere I turn I see lists of best books for the year 2014. These lists vary and from what I saw I realized that any list I can give is that from my own personal reading experience. Se here are some books that were most memorable and made 2014 better.

My reading interests were all over the place so to make things simpler I made up few categories.

YOUNG ADULT BOOK

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

MANGA

Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando, Miyuki Kobayashi

HISTORICAL ROMANCE BOOK SERIES

Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James

URBAN FANTASY BOOK SERIES

The Hollows by Kim Harrison

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Fall Away by Penelope Douglas

NONFICTION BOOK

So Many Books by Gabriel Zaid

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn , Fiona Staples

8a820c616550c441483385f9c8a27ad2HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Rosie Project by Greame Simsion

Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire

Suicide Squad (New 52) by Adam Glass, Frederico Dollacchio

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Mr.Penumbra 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

 

MOST DIFFICULT BOOK 2014

Topping from Below by Laura Reese

 

Whit all this said and read I do plan on reading few more good books by the end of this year!

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