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Summer Reading Reviews: Fantasy

Posted by Caitie F on September 23, 2015

Well, it is later than I had hoped, but here is the third post in my reviews of ALL the books I read this summer.

Title: Burning Skyburning
Author: Sherry Thomas
Pub Date: Sep 2013
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Rating: +++++

Summary (from goodreads):

Iolanthe is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—the one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant teenager with no training. Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

Review:

This book has been on my radar for a while, and when I finally read it, it was so much better than I thought it would be! Both main characters are fantastic – smart, flawed, brave, and totally kick ass. The world building is incredible. The magic is super creative and cool. Everything about this book was awesome. I really need to read the next book in the series – if you like high fantasy, read this book.

Title: The Magician Kingmagician
Author: Lev Grossman
Pub Date: Aug 2011
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Viking
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

Quentin should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly-learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

Review:

It took me so long to read this book because I really didn’t like how the first book ended. Lev Grossman likes to stomp on your heart repeatedly. But this was a very good second book. It still stomps on your heart. A lot. You will still want to smack some sense into the characters. In a good way though. It was great to be back in this world and Grossman is an extremely talented writer.

Title: The Wrath and the Dawnwrath
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Pub Date: May 2015
Hardcover: 388 pages
Publisher: G P Putnam for Young Readers
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Review:

I was worried when I read the description of this book. It sounded like it could be a little Stockholm sydrome-y. Or insta-love. But it isn’t either. Instead, it is a beautifully woven tale with an amazing heroine. I loved the other women in this book – the relationships are what makes it go from good to great.

Title: The Witch Hunter witch
Author: Virginia Boecker
Pub Date: Jun 2015
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
Rating: +++++

Summary:

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate

Review:

Woah. This book is intense and super suspenseful. Be prepared to read this book all in one siting if you can, I know I did. This is exactly how I like my YA fantasy books – really hard choices, learning everything you know is wrong, and figuring out how to try to make up for your past. I want the next book so badly.

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YA Mini Reviews in June

Posted by Caitie F on June 6, 2015

I want to share mini reviews for all the books i have read in the past 2 months. I am breaking it into posts based on age level. The first is YA:

Title: The Assassin’s Bladeassassins
Author: Sarah J Maas
Paperback: 430 pages
Pub Date: Jan 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

Review:

These novellas are absolutely wonderful Seeing Celaena before the events in the series is amazing. It made me love her – and all of her friends – even more. If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to.

Title: All the Rageall the rage
Author:  Courtney Summers
Hardcover: 321 pages
Pub Date: Apr 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

Review:

This is one of those books that I want every single teenager and parent to read. It is amazingly written and these character will imprint onto your heart. I read this over a month ago and I think about it at least once a week. One of the best YA books iI have ever read.

Title: Saint Anythingsaint anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Hardcover: 432 pages
Pub Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

Review:

Sarah Dessen’s latest is one of the least “Sarah Dessen-y” books she has written, and I don’t mean that as a negative thing. There is a little too much going on, but the main character is absolutely wonderful and it was so easy to jump into her world. It is perfect for everyone who has ever felt like they were invisible as a teenager, something I could really relate to.

Title: Code Name Veritycode name
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Paperback: 441 pages
Pub Date: Feb 2012
Publisher: Egmont
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team

Review:

Wow wow wow. This book! I saw all the hype and thought “oh, another WWII historical fiction. meh”. Yeah, this is unlike any WWII historical fiction and is brilliant. IF you haven’t read this yet, read it. I shouldn’t have waited so long.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Posted by Caitie F on February 11, 2015

Title: Crown of Midnight crown
Author: Sarah J Maas
Paperback: 448 pages
Pub Date: Aug 27, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien is the king’s Champion—yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.

Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.

Review:

This book is even better than the first. Why oh why did it take me so long to read this series? I am reading book 3 next, no waiting! I will forever read everything Sarah J Maas every writer.

Her characters are AMAZING. Celaena is officially my favorite heroine in YA. She is ridiculously smart, she could kill you, she loves fiercely, she will do anything for her dog. She is just the best. And her friends and enemies are just as awesome. There are no flat characters in these books (even a door knocker has a strong personality!).

The plot is SO good. There were so many little things put into the first book that are expanded on in this one and it was done expertly. This book could be master class for how to write the second book in a series. It never felt like filler, it never dragged, and it was perfection. I won’t say more because spoilers, but there is some love and some hate.

Read this series. You won’t regret it. Well, unless you hate having feelings because this book will give you ALL of them.

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The House of Hades by RIck Riordan

Posted by Caitie F on January 20, 2015

Title: The House of Hades12127810
Author: Rick Riordan
Hardcover: 597 pages
Pub Date: Oct 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Review:

These books are some of the most read books in my husband’s middle school and I can see why. They are action packed, they are funny, and they are just so great to read. So many people read because of these books.

This is right up there with the rest of the Heroes of Olympus books. i like this series even more than the Percy Jackson series, there hasn’t been a dud yet.

I still have the same favorite character, but I think everyone got a little more depth in this book, which make me even more excited to read the final book in the series. I am glad I waited to read this book until now, because it does not end in a nice little bow. I bet I will read the last book pretty soon.

If you have never read a Rick Riordan book, i think you should. They are do much fun and show great middle grade writing.

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Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

Posted by Caitie F on December 24, 2014

Title: Sabriel, Lireal, Abhorsendownload
Author: Garth Nix
Paperbacks: 364, 527, and 396 pages
Years Publisher: 1995, 2001, 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: +++++

Summary of Sabriel from goodreads:

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

Review:

If you have not read this series yet, I HIGHLY recommend you head to your library or bookstore and get it right now. It is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. I will write this review without spoiling things, because I went in knowing very little and enjoyed it more because of it.

The world-building is amazing. From the Old Kingdom to Death, it is all fantastic. When reading it, I felt like I was there and it was amazing. This world is detailed and so creative. Anyone who wants to write fantasy, should read the series just for that.

The characterizations are all really fantastic too. They are all complex and have to make some really hard decisions that readers don’t always agree with, but it makes them better and more full characters. If you are an animal lover, there is something for you too.

I felt like I didn’t just read these books, I devoured them. I put everything down to read. I stayed up late. I ran to the library when my copy was in.

Now that i am done with the original series, I am going to wait a couple months to read the prequel.

This is a great series for both readers and writers if you like fantasy at all. It may be labeled as YA because of the ages of the characters, but it is one of those YA books that would appeal to everyone.

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Posted by Caitie F on December 16, 2014

Title: The Mark of Athenamark of
Author: Rick Riordan
Paperback: 586 pages
Pub Date: Oct 2, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare….

Review:

Ha! Take THAT Top Ten Tuesday season reading lists. It tok me FOUR lists, but I finally read this book!

And it was SO good. I think this is one of the most fun series. The characters are funny and brave. The plots are getting better and better. The writing is accessible and fun. How many kids now love reading because of these books? If I knew any reluctant readers, I would give them the books by Rick Riordan, and I bet they would be hooked.

Did you read that summary from the publisher? It focused on my favorite character, Annabeth. It isn’t just her story (there is plenty of Percy and Jason being funny, heroic, and sometimes not so smart), but her story is a big part of this book and that is part of what made this particular book awesome. All of the demigods have interesting problems and struggles and really getting to see Annabeth’s side of things, especially some of her frustrations.

Watching Percy and Jason trying to interact with each other was….interesting. They are used to being in charge and being the alpha, but they have to try to actually work together and it doesn’t always go so well.

The whole book was so much fun and hard to put down. My only issue was that it wasn’t really a complete story, it was more of a to be continued…

If you are looking for great middle grade, you really should pick up Rick Riordan’s books. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me a year to read the next one.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Posted by Caitie F on November 28, 2014

Title: The Young Elites20821111
Author: Marie Lu
Hardcover: 355 pages
Pub Date: Oct 7, 2014
Publisher: G P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Review:

Note: this book has a character with one eye. So…basically I knew I would at least like it.

But I didn’t just like it, I LOVED it. Seriously, this book was AMAZING. I want to scream at you in all caps for this entire review to go read it, but I won’t.

This society is messed up! A lot of people died from a disease and a lot of children were literally scarred from it with marks all over their bodies and sometimes one less eye than normal. Some of them even have magic as a remnant. Yet they are shunned from society and treated badly.

Until some decide to become super heroes and fight against oppression and for the rightful heir to the throne.

All of this should make you want to read it. But the kicker? This isn’t the heir’s story. It isn’t really even the good guy’s story. It is Adelina’s story and she has not had things easy and she cannot trust people very easily.

Add this to your holiday list or just go get it right now because it is incredible!

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Posted by Caitie F on November 24, 2014

Title: The Iron Trial20578940
Authors: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 299 pages
Pub Date: Sept 9, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

Review:

This book made me think of Harry Potter in the best possible way. I have heard some think it is too similar, but I have to disagree. Yes, there are similarities, but it is mostly just because they are both hero journeys, like so many great books are.

This magic school was VERY different than Hogwarts, and I really liked it. While you read it, you will be able to picture every twist and turn in the caverns and want to explore. This book took me far longer to read because I just let me imagination run wild.

The characters are wonderful – no one is quite what they seem, since the characters have so many layers. These characters are not stereotypes, they have real insecurities and histories. They make the book worth reading.

There were so many cool things about this book that I can’t even come close to listing them all. If you are looking for a book that will give you the wonderment and feeling or Harry Potter, look no further!

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Mini Reviews: City of Heavenly Fire, Dark Triumph, Throne of Glass

Posted by Caitie F on October 1, 2014

It is that time of year again – when I post some mini-reviews! This is specifically for YA fantasy series! I read these all in August, but never felt like I had a whole review in me, but I still wanted to share my thoughts.

Title: City of Heavenly Fire8755785
Author: Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 725 pages
Pub Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
Rating: ++++

Summary:

Sebastian is on the move, turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families as the ranks of his army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned

Review:

The series is over and I know a lot of people like to make fun of it, but I really enjoyed the last installment. Sometimes it got cheesy, the writing wasn’t always the best, but the story had me engaged and reading more. Not every book or series has to be a masterpiece to be a good series. If you are looking for a fun, paranormal series with every kind of creature and a lot of feelings, read it for yourself. And Magnus Bane is one of my favorite characters in any series. I say it is worth reading the books just for him

Title: Dark Triumph9943270
Author: Robin LaFevers
Hardcover: 385 pages
Pub Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin for Children
Rating: +++++

Summary:

When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge – but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for.

Review:

This series is very cool, since each book takes the perspective of a different assassin. This book did not take place in the same area of the conflict as the first book, which I really liked. Readers get to see what is going on in an entirely different area. The characters are so strong, smart, and stubborn. If you like your fantasy with some history, or your historical fiction with some extras, read this series. I really look forward to book 3!

Title: Throne of Glass7896527
Author: Sarah J Maas
Hardcover: 404 pages
Pub Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: ++++

Summary:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Review:

This book is SO COOL! How did it take me so long to read it? There is seriously something wrong with me. Celaena is one of my favorite characters in YA literature. She totally kicks butt, but she still likes to dress up and look pretty. It is nice to see a character be both. I wouldn’t want it in every YA book, but it is nice to see in one or two.

The book is so exciting and well-written. I read it in all in one sitting because I could not put it down, I had to find out who the murderer was and see Celaena be awesome.

I will read the next two books in the series soon!

 

 

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Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover

Posted by Caitie F on September 17, 2014

 

Title: Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life 13644324
Author: P. J. Hoover
Hardcover: 320
Pub Date: Sept 16, 2014
Publisher: Starscape (Tor)
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.

Granted the gift of immortality by the gods—or is it a curse?—Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon—Set, the god of Chaos.

The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut… and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive.

Review:

If you like Rick Riordan and are looking for more books with mythology set in today’s world, look no further, especially if you are interested in Egyptian mythology! You should be interested in Egyptian mythology because it is really awesome.

The concept is really cool. King Tut did not die, but was made immortal. The problem? He is stuck as an eighth grader forever, so there is so much he will never experience, including high school. He doesn’t have many friends, since he nevers ages and moves around a lot. Sometimes, he doesn’t even go to school.

But being immortal isn’t all bad. He lives with his mentor Gil and a cat, that isn’t really just a cat. There is magic, adventures, and learning whatever he wants to.

That isn’t much of a story though, and the Cult of Set is after him along with the person who originally murdered him, because of course he isn’t dead either. There are so many great side characters on both sides of the battle and so much action that it was hard to put down.

If you are looking for a great middle grade novel with good characters, an exciting plot, and lots of information on Egyptian mythology, this is a book for you!

 

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