“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Hidden Oracle

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 376 pages
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484732748
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

What can I say?  It’s Rick Riordan, and a continuation of Percy Jackson’s world. OF COURSE I want to read this book!!! LOL Sorry if I’m a bit too excited for some of you, but I can’t really care too much. These books are really that good. What I’m looking forward to with the start of this new series is that we’re getting the perspective of one of the Gods! Apollo takes center stage and that change in viewpoint is HUGE. I do hope we get the opportunity to see some of the characters from past books. I’d really like to know if Leo ever made it home. But even if it’s got a whole new set of Demigods I bet they’ll be just as cool as their predecessors. Combine Riordan’s trademark humor with his irreverent interpretation of the Ancient Greek and Roman myths, and I just know this will be another epic series!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling (Delilah Dirk, #2) by Tony Cliff

Paperback, 272 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2015
Publisher: First Second
ISBN: 9781626721555
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England lands Delilah and Selim right in the middle of yet more crazy adventures. When Delilah is framed as a spy by an English army officer, her passion for revenge threatens to sever her friendship with Selim. Is she willing to lose the companionship of her only good friend in order to reclaim her reputation? Selim finally gets to see the England he has only imagined, but how will he feel when the combined strains of social conventions and Delilah’s thirst for revenge overwhelm his experience?

The first Delilah Dirk book was recommended to me by a friend and coworker. And I’m SO SO glad that she did. It’s a fantastic story about a pair of unlikely comrades and adventurers, Delilah and Selim. It was such a wonderful surprise, how much I enjoyed the story, and Cliff’s art is absolutely delightful, action-packed, and humorous. It started out as a web comic and was then turned into books. I’m really excited for this next adventure! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend checking it out!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Literary Character Halloween Costumes

So, Halloween is fast approaching and I have never been that big on celebrating it, or dressing up. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really tried to create a costume in a very long time, and mostly I’ve half-assed it. (Forgive my cussing, but it’s the truth.) Last year, a delightful blog called The Broke and the Bookish put out an idea which caught my attention, asking what the Top 10 characters are that I would want to be for Halloween… a very good question. Who ARE the fictional book characters that I might want to be for the day? Of course, narrowing it down to just 10 might be tough,  so here’s round 1…

Round 1: Children’s Book Characters:

AnnabethChase

Annabeth Chase
From: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Why Annabeth?

In spite of the Yankees cap (I’m a Red Sox supporter), this would be an easy costume to pull together (I already own a camp half-blood T shirt). Add some jeans, and perhaps a fake sword and I’d be good to go. Also, she is one of the smartest, toughest, and most awesome characters in children’s/young adult lit. How could I NOT want to go as her?

Hermione with bookHermione Granger
From: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why Hermione?

This one is another big fat DUH! She is perhaps one of the greatest literary characters of all time (regardless of age or genre) and she would be fairly easy to piece together a costume for as well. Perhaps the reason she’s not first on my list is because I’ve done another Harry Potter character for Halloween before (Ginny, because my hair already is straight and a bit red). But that also means I’ve already got the gear if I want to give the HP world another go…

Lucy PevensieLucy Pevensie
From: The Chronicles of Narnia

Why Lucy?

Lucy has always been my favorite of the Pevensie children. She’s the one who believed first, and who believed longest, who never wavered in her desire to be a part of Narnia. I love the innocence and faith that she represents in these stories. I also think she got more enjoyment out of this world than the others. She would also be fairly easy to dress as, because I would simply need an old fashioned dress and sweater, and perhaps a bow or clip for my hair. And of course a small jewel-like flash for the potion that Aslan gave her.

Ms. FrizzleMs. Frizzle
From: The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole

Why Ms. Frizzle?

Outside of her sheer awesomeness, Ms. Frizzle is a character I feel like I could totally pull off! Shaping the wacky hairdos and finding myself a stuffed lizard companion might be a bit tricky, but I’m sure I could find a wacky-patterned dress and some crazy earrings and talk about the wonders of science. I think this would be a big hit as a costume, and would be so much fun to wear!

MadelineMadeline
From: The Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

Why Madeline?

Once again, I feel like this would be a fun, and fairly simple costume to put together… A navy dress with short white gloves, white knee-socks and black shoes. The yellow hat would probably be the trickiest part to get my hands on. Then just a little hair dye and I’m in business. I think people would get a real kick out of seeing a Madeline costume, she’s such a staple of so many people’s childhoods. I would have a blast as her.

Lowly WormLowly Worm
From: The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Why Lowly?

This one I would do for fun, especially if I were going to a party with a bunch of friends or people in my age group (or people who have kids). Because I think Lowly would get a lot of attention. As a costume, this would be a lot harder to pull together. Getting green pants and red high tops would be difficult. So would that crazy little hat. Also, if I wanted to be really authentic, I would probably have to find a way to tie my feet together and hop around (because Lowly only has the one leg, of course).

nancy drewNancy Drew
From: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Why Nancy?

She’s such a classic children’s literature character, and her look is pretty iconic. While it might be a pain to try and curl my hair a la the 50’s styling, finding a poofy, collared, old-fashioned dress wouldn’t present much of a challenge. I might also see if I could find a toy car like hers just to be cute. Add a magnifying glass just for those who don’t “get it” right away and I think I’d be all set. I’d probably have to practice my “surprised” face so that I look like all the

Fancy NancyFancy Nancy
From: The Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor

Why Nancy?

THIS Nancy would be a riot to dress up as because I could go all-out. Nancy loves to dress up, so I would definitely want to find some grown-up, dress-up clothes (maybe even a tutu) and find lots of sparkly hair pieces and jewelry. Nancy has so many delightful outfits to choose from. Anyone with girly-girls would probably recognize me. And in general I just think this one would be a blast.

Sister BearSister Bear
From: The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Why Sister Bear?

The Berenstain Bears are some of the most iconic literary characters of my childhood, and I can’t even describe how many videos and books I consumed that were about these lovely bears. Sister Bear was my favorite of the family, so I would want to dress like her. She also probably had the most recognizable look of the family, which would probably be difficult for me to replicate. Pink overalls are not very easy to come by, especially not with a matching pink polka-dot shirt. That would take some doing. But I be the reaction I got from friends and family would be worth it!

Sara Crewe a Little PrincessSara Crewe
From: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Why Sara?

Sara Crewe has been one of my longtime favorite characters, and her story has been wonderfully recreated on film. I think wearing an outfit from the time period of this story (takes place during WWI) would be really interesting and fun. I would want to try for an outfit from before she becomes an orphan (or perhaps do the outfit from when Ram Dass decorates her and Becky’s attic room, and he leaves them beautiful robes and slippers). In any case, it would be fun to live out this fantasy and pair whatever outfit with her signature locket and her doll Emily.

 

Teaser Tuesdays: The Sword of Summer

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

NEW RICK RIORDAN SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! A fantastic birthday present!!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
ISBN# 9781423160915
Page: 285

I stared into the murky clouds. After being in Freya’s realm, the world of the dwarves seemed oppressive, but it also seemed more familiar … more genuine. I guess no true Bostonian would trust a place that was sunny and pleasant all the time. But a gritty, perpetually cold and gloomy neighborhood? Throw in a couple of Dunkin’ Donuts location, and I’m right at home.

Fictional Bucket List #49

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Percy Jackson

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #43

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: What was your Favorite Lupin Moment?

There are a lot of great moments for the character of Remus Lupin. He’s such a wonderful person, and I appreciated that all of his struggles just served to make him a more giving person. From the moment he enters Harry’s life, Lupin is a calming influence, and he genuinely cares about his well-being.

lupin and harry 1So the “moment” I picked as my favorite is actually a series of small moments between Lupin and Harry. They are quieter moments when Lupin finds Harry in some kind of mental or emotional turmoil, and he gives him some kind of piece of mind.

“Wait a moment, Harry,” Lupin called. “I’d like a word.”

Harry doubled back and watched Professor Lupin covering the hinkypunk’s box with a cloth.

“I heard about the match,” said Lupin, turning back to his desk and starting to pile books into his briefcase, “and I’m sorry about your broomstick. Is there any chance of fixing it?”

lupin and Harry 3“No,” said Harry. “The tree smashed it to bits.”

Lupin sighed. (Prisoner of Azkaban, 186)   . . .

“Did you hear about the dementors too?” said Harry with difficulty.

Lupin looked at him quickly.

“Yes, I did. I don’t think any of us have seen Professor Dumbledore that angry. They ave been growing restless for some time… furious at his refusal to let them inside the grounds. … I suppose they were the reason you fell?”

“Yes,” said Harry. He hesitated, and then the question he had to ask burst from him before he could stop himself. “Why? Why do they affect me like that? Am I just –?”

“It has nothing to do with weakness,” said Professor Lupin sharply, as though he had read Harry’s mind. “The dementors affect you worse than the others because there are horrors in your past that the others don’t have.” (186-187)

Lupin and Harry 2“You made the dementor on the train back off,” said Harry suddenly.

“There are — certain defenses one can use,” said Lupin. “But there was only one dementor on the train. The more there are, the more difficult it becomes to resist.”

“What defenses?” said Harry at once. “Can you teach me?”

“I don’t pretend to be an expert on fighting dementors, Harry… quite the contrary. …”

“But if the dementors come to another Quidditch match, I need to be able to fight them –”

“Lupin looked at Harry’s determined face, hesitated, then said, “Well … all right. I’ll try and help. But it’ll have to wait until next term, I’m afraid. I have a lot to do before the holidays. I chose a very inconvenient time to fall ill.” (188-189)

Lupin is, with so few words, able to give Harry more piece of mind than he is able to find on his own. Harry’s dealing with events so beyond what a 13-year-old should have to deal with and Lupin not only gives him comfort with words but also the physical tools to build back his confidence and adjust to these overwhelming situations. He also gives Harry his first real, tangible connection to his parents, something he’s wanted desperately. So those moments between the two of them, where he finds that connection, are my favorite. I also think that in some way these scenes gives Lupin that same feeling of connection and belonging, which he’s seldom experienced since he lost all of his old friends.

Runner Up for Favorite Moment:

Lupin riddikulus

I think the third year class taking on a boggart might have been one of everybody’s favorite scenes because it was so much fun. Lupin was the first professor that showed us as an audience and his students that Defense Against the Dark Arts could be fun as well as a learning experience. Not that he was ever really unsafe with them. I always enjoyed how well he did as a teacher. He walked the right line between understanding the seriousness behind the course with also making the students feel good about the learning process.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite Lupin moment in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #42

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: If you had to use one, which Unforgivable Curse would you use?

unforgivable curses

Frankly, I wouldn’t want to use any of these curses. Much as I might act a bit bloodthirsty on occasion, and I fully believe I’m capable of hurting or even killing someone in defense of myself or my family, I would never want to be put in a position where I would have to use something like these means of hurting others. There’s a reason they’re Unforgivable.

the killing curseI suppose that if I had no choice and had to pick one, I’d probably just use the Avada Kedavra, The Killing Curse. While this might seem like a weird choice, choosing the most final and awful of all the curses, I do have my reasons. First, I think I would only use an Unforgivable Curse in the most dire of circumstances when I felt like my back was against a wall and/or my life (or the lives of my friends and family) was in danger. I believe taking a life is acceptable in that kind of situation. If it’s your life on the line, I believe in doing what you have to in order to protect yourself.

Second, I think the suffering from the other two curses, are often more prolonged causing greater harm over a longer period of time. Either one is torture, and while I might believe in taking someone’s life in an extreme situation, I don’t believe in torture. The Cruciatus Curse is the embodiment of physical torture. There’s no way around it, it is pain for the sake of pain, and it’s disgusting. Neville’s parents were literally tortured into insanity using this curse. I don’t think I could bring myself to use it.

And the Imperius Curse may seem like the least of all the evils, but when you think about it, you’re forcing someone to act against their own will, sometimes for extended periods of time. If they ever regain their own free will, how much guilt and pain will they spend the rest of their life carrying around? It’s mental torture. Not to mention, taking over someone’s mind against their will seems like a kind of rape and I just don’t think I’m capable of that either. At least with the Killing Curse, it’s clean and quick. Sudden death. So that’s my choice I guess. There may be no coming back from it, but I think it’s the one I could actual live with myself for committing.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what Unforgivable Curse you would choose to use in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #41

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Which Death Eater would you be?

 

So, a while back we were asked the question of who your favorite Death Eater was, and in truly nerdy fashion, I took a quiz to determine which Death Eater resonated the most with me, and I got this guy…

Barty Crouch Jr quiz result

Of course, I just took it again minutes ago, and I got the same answer. If I were a Death Eater, I’d be one of the only loyal, non-screw-ups there were on this team of baddies. Sure he got his soul sucked out of him for his troubles by the Dementor’s Kiss, but at least you could say he was actually getting sh*t done. Also, he’s a damn good wizard for all that he’s a bad guy. He was strong enough to fight off the Imperius curse, he impersonated one of the strongest good guys around right under Dumbledore’s nose for months with no one the wiser, and he rigged the Triwizard Tournament to bring about old Voldy’s return. (Finally.) I could definitely do worse.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what Death Eater you think you’d be in the comments below!