Norse Mythology Tag

I was tagged by Anatomy of a Book Thief for this tag.  Hopefully I can think of an answer for each one.  There are a lot!

The Rules

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you…show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

ODIN – FAVOURITE STAND ALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.

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Not YA, but my favorite book is The Bell Jar.

 

THOR – A BOOK THAT HITS YOU RIGHT IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

 

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I’ve cried twice reading this year and both times were books by Adam Silvera.

 

LOKI – BIGGEST PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos

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I can’t say who this is about, but there was a character in this book who wasn’t who they said they were.

 

FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility and fate.

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I adored Kate and August in This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.

 

HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

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I’m not sure if it’s my favorite second book, but it was one I gave 5 stars.  There are still so many popular YA series that I haven’t read yet.

 

BALDUR – FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

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Another one that was tough for me.  But I really love Adrian Ivashkov.

 

SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

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Not sure it’s the most beautiful cover, but I love this one.  Maybe not my favorite, but definitely a stand out for me.

 

FREY – BOOK/SERIES THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

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Not sure that it makes me happy, but I do laugh a lot in this series. It’s pretty serious, but the humor is great, too.

 

FRAYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

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Hard to pick anything other than Hogwarts.  But there are quite a few cool book settings I love.

 

ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

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There may be others that bothered me more, but I don’t want to post any spoilers for books.  So I’ll go with this one since we all know they both die at the end.

 

NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

I’m not sure on this one.  If I think of one, I’ll come back and edit it. I can think of some I haven’t read yet, but nothing I’ve read is jumping out at me right now.

 

VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

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There are so many strong female leads that I love, but I went with Rose Hathaway.

 

AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK CREW

The Aesir and the Vanir are two groups of Norse gods, believed to be old and new gods.

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Might not be my favorite, but I love the group from the House of Night series.

 

SEIPYRTS – FAVOURITE SIDEKICK (NON-HUMAN CHARACTER)

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs. I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on…although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

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Not really a sidekick, but I love the dragons in this so far (still reading this one right now).  I really want a pet dragon.

 

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do this one, consider yourself tagged. Please make sure you post your link in the comments so I can read your answers, too.

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: The Missing by Jerico Lenk

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Link to Goodreads:

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Pre-order Link:

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The Missing by Jerico Lenk

Publication Date:  October 10, 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books

 

It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.

 

The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

 

Jerico Lenk

Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

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First Lines Friday 8/25/17

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Copy and paste the text and banner (or make your own!) above for your own First Lines Fridays posts.  Make sure to comment your first lines below so that other people can check them out!

 

I have left everyone I love.  For good.

My mind shoved the thought back into a corner and tried to focus on counting dollar bills, expecting them to decompose any second from the impossible humidity of summer in America. “Good luck here, sweetheart.”  The driver of Princeton’s airport shuttle took the money and thanked me with a wink.  “You’ll need it.”  Then to prove the point, he drove off through the alleys of an empty campus. 

Deep breath.  Ignore the falling dusk.  They know you’re coming, somebody will show up soon.

 

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Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

 

For every world, there is an underworld

Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life—including a young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.

In this shadow world that seems to evoke Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the 2, or “wildalones”—forest witches who beguile and entrap men—Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever.

From debut author Krassi Zourkova comes the beginning of a lush, darkly imaginative saga of a world where dead doesn’t always mean gone, and love doesn’t always distinguish between the two.

Published October 13th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Add it to your Goodreads here.

Guilty Reader Book Tag

I saw this tag on Thrice Read who saw it on Coffee, Cocktails, and Books.  I thought I would give it a try.

The Questions:

1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I’ve given away books, but not really as an official gift.  Sometimes I get books I know I’ll never read.  So they are donated or given to a friend.

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

I don’t think I’ve done this.  At least not on purpose.  Sometimes I can’t remember, especially if it was high school or earlier.  So it’s possible I thought I read something and later realized I didn’t.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

I’m sure I’ve done this before.  Not recently though.  Probably when I was younger.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

No.  But I’ve skipped books before or read a book two first and never read book one. Nothing fantasy where you absolutely need to read the first one.  I sometimes get a contemporary book two approved from Entangled Teen and I haven’t read the first book. It usually doesn’t matter because they are focused on different side characters.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Not on purpose, but I’m sure I have.  I try really hard to keep things to myself though.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Probably when I was a kid.  But not as an adult that I can remember.  Possibly in my early twenties (I’m 39) with a paperback. But I’m pretty good at having a bookmark or using anything I see as a bookmark.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

I don’t think so.  At least not on purpose.  I don’t always remember what I have.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Not that I can recall.  I doubt it though.

9. Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

No.  Only if I dnf a book.  But I can’t skip a section or I feel like I cheated.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

I don’t think so.  Maybe a little bit, but nothing major.  If I like it, I generally admit it even if it’s not the popular opinion.

Are you doing this tag?  If so, make sure you comment with your link so I can read it, too.  Do you have any other guilty reader confessions?  

Review of They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My thoughts:

Adam Silvera makes me cry.  Holy crap.  I hardly ever cry when reading, but I’ve cried twice this year and both books were by Adam.  They Both Die At The End is pretty different from History Is All You Left Me, but it had the same effect on me.  Maybe even more.  I knew they were going to die when the book ended, but it didn’t matter.  I cried.

It all started with the author note.  It was beautifully written and shows what an amazing human being Adam Silvera is.  He has a way with words that just makes you feel.  And the characters start to feel like real people, people you actually know and care about.

I loved the diversity in this book.  Another thing I enjoyed was the extra people.  The short little chapters about different people Mateo and Rufus met or people who had some part in their day.  It reminded me a bit of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star. That is one of the things I love about her story telling, too.  Deidre was one of the other characters and I really loved her idea on reincarnation. That you can find out when and where you’ll be reincarnated so that your loved ones can find you.  These little stories really added to the book for me.

But the real story was Mateo and Rufus.  The way they brought out the best in each other was so heartwarming.  I knew things would end badly, but I kept hoping that they would live.

There were so many incredible quotes from this book.  I’m going to add a few that really show how incredible and touching this book is.  Since this is an arc, the wording can change, but I hope these stay exactly the same.

“I may not be able to cure cancer or end world hunger, but small kindnesses go a long way.”

“Twelve hours ago I received the phone call telling me I’m going to die today, and I’m more alive now than I was then.”

“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships.  Some you’ll discover you should put behind you.  Others are worth every risk.”

“You didn’t just keep me alive, you made me live.”

I can keep going on and on.  This book is full of emotion and I hope you all get a chance to read it soon.

They Both Die At The End will be published September 5th (the end day) 2017 by HaperCollins.

Add it to Goodreads here.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for giving me a chance to read this book.

Adam Silvera will be touring this fall.  I am hoping to attend the event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL on October 5th.   You can pre-order the book here to get in the signing line.

 

WWW Wednesdays 8/23/17

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WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

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I recently finished Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel.

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I’m not 100% sure, but I’m most likely reading Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows next. This could change depending on my mood.

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Waiting on Wednesday 8/23/17

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and highlights a book not yet released that you’re looking forward to.

I decided to pick Dread Nation by Justina Ireland this week.

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Summary from Goodreads:

A story of the undead like you’ve never read before, Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation is a fresh, stunning, and powerful meditation on race in America wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Expected publication date is April 3rd 2018 by Balzer + Bray.

Add it to your Goodreads here.

Going to be broke! Most anticipated September 2017 releases.

I’m amazed at how many books are being released in September. This list doesn’t cover them all.  Just the ones I’m most excited for.

September 5th:

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

 

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

 

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Feral Youth (various authors)

 

 

September 12th:

Warcross by Marie Lu

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

 

Fireblood by Elly Blake

Odd & True by Cat Winters

 

 

September 19th:

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

 

 

September 26th:

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

 

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

 

What are you most looking forward to in September?  Have you read any of these books already?  Comment below.

 

Review of Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

 

My thoughts:

What a fun, exciting read!  Angie had a rough life when she was growing up.  Her drug addicted mom took off with her.  Shortly after her dad found her again, her mom died from an overdose. She moved in with her dad in a small Pennsylvania town.  While she had a couple amazing friends, Deno and Lacey, she was sort of an outcast.  Angie was a band geek, but on the weekends, she transformed herself into a popular DJ.  I actually loved the story of her music and how it made her feel like she was better than what the bratty high school girls thought of her.

Angie’s new neighbor, Reece, is attractive, but strange.  Angie sees something odd with him and there seem to be crows everywhere since his family moved in.  It doesn’t take long for Reece to come clean with her and explain that he’s a harbinger of death and that there are also beekeepers around.  Her town is going to have a major tragedy and they are all there for it.  Reece and Angie start to fall in love, but he’s cursed and will need to move on after the deaths.  But the beekeeper thinks he can make Reece take his curse and figures a way to use Angie to do it.

The pacing of this book was great.  I sat down to read for thirty minutes tonight and ended up reading for an hour and a half to finish.  I just couldn’t put it down.  I found the myths of the harbingers and beekeepers so interesting.  Lacey and Deno were favorites. I also really love Angie’s dad and their relationship.  I will admit to freaking out hoping that her dog would be safe, too.  What can I say?  I’m obsessed with happy endings for pets.

I can’t really get into too much more without giving away important parts of the book.  I just hope everyone goes out and gives this one a chance.   Black Bird of the Gallows is set to be published September 5th 2017 by Entangled Teen.  I definitely plan on buying this one.

Thank you to the author, Entangled Teen, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book.  I gave this five stars.

I also posted an excerpt from the book here.

You can purchase Black Bird of the Gallows from any of these stores (and more):

amazon

barnes and noble

anderson’s bookshop

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  To participate, you just show off a random book from your TBR list.

This week I’m choosing a recently released book.  How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by HarperTeen
ISBN
0062291750 (ISBN13: 9780062291752)
Edition Language
English