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Spring is FINALLY here!! || March 2019 Wrap Up

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How in the world is it already April?! March passed by waaaay too fast for me. I honestly have no idea where all the time went. To be fair, I was very busy during this month. That is most likely why it felt like no time at all. But still, I have no idea what happened to this month. I actually don’t have much to add to this. Nothing particularly special happened this month, aside from me working at an art exhibition – which was both a lot of fun and very tiring. (It’s over now, as that exhibition lasts for only two weeks.)

Spring is finally here!! ❤ The weather has been a lot sunnier and warmer towards the end of the month and I couldn’t be happier. Spring is my favourite season and I’m just so happy that it has finally arrived! I have grown tired of the gloomy weather, plus it’s also nice that the days are longer now. Basically I’m just really loving the weather right now!

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Anyway, with all of that being said lets get into the 7 books that I read in March!

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Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2 out of 5 stars

I just didn’t click with this book. I didn’t completely hate The Raven Boys or anything like that, I found it to be very underwhelming. Especially after I heard so many wonderful things about it from everyone else. I didn’t like any of the characters, to be honest I was annoyed with them throughout the whole story. The story didn’t capture me either. I guess this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. Though I must say that I did enjoy the writing style.

No, I don’t plan on writing a longer review for this book. Why? Because I don’t have much more to say about this book. I just didn’t like it. (Plus it’s very popular and beloved and I don’t feel like explaining my unpopular opinion further.)


Patrick NessAnd The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai (illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

This was such a fascinating book. The whole book is told from the perspective of a whale. The whole book is also beautifully illustrated and the illustration brought the story even more to life. The whole time I was reading this book I was fascinated by the way it was told. I believe that it’s loosely based on Moby Dick, I have heard that from someone though I can’t confirm it as I haven’t actually read that classic.

I would definitely recommend this book! Though, it’s definitely not a book for everyone, as this book focuses on whales – so if that doesn’t interest you at all, this book might not be for you. Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors, I just love the way he tells stories (I can’t wait to read more books by him).


Victoria SchwabA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

5 out of 5 stars

A Conjuring of Light was a fantastic finale! It’s also one of my all time favourite series finales, as it wrapped up everything very nicely. All the things that were built up during the first two books (especially in A Gathering of Shadows) came to an epic conclusion in this book. A Conjuring of Light is my favourite book in this series and I wanted to start reading it again immediately after I was done with it. That just shows how much I enjoyed this book!

If you are interested in more of my thoughts on A Conjuring of Light, I have written a full review for this book. I’m very exited for the next series that is going to be set in this world, even though I have no idea when it’s going to come out.


Neil GaimanFragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman

3 out of 5 stars

As with most short story collections there were stories that I completely adored and stories that I didn’t care about. This is completely normal, as it is a collection of different works. (I have no idea why I felt the need to clarify it like that, but here we are.) Actually this book is a collection of short stories and poetry, which I didn’t know before going into this book. Not that it’s a complain or anything, as I enjoyed reading a bit of Gaiman’s poetry.

My favourite story was A Study in Emerald, which was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu mythos. If you know me, then you know that I adore the Sherlock Holmes books and I have always been fascinated with the Cthulhu mythos. So you can see why this story ended up being my favourite!


FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

4.5 out of 5 stars

Fangirl was an amazing book! It was cute and fluffy, exactly what I needed in this moment (I should probably start reading more contemporary). I adore so many characters in this story, especially Cath and Levi!

After reading this book, I can see why so many people adore it and why so many of my friends recommended it to me. I can’t wait to get my hands on Carry On, as I adored the snippets that we got in Fangirl(hopefully I’ll be able to get it soon)Yes, I obviously recommend this book to everyone!


The long way to a small angry planetThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

4 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting book! It’s one of the first science-fiction books that I have read that is set in space. (The other science-fiction books that I have read were dystopians or something along those lines.) I really enjoyed learning more about all the different species and cultures. I completely fell in love with the characters aboard the Wayfarer, they were all so interesting to me!

I plan on writing a full review for this book, as I many thoughts that I need to share. I need to pick up the next book in this series, I just need more stories about these wonderful characters in my life! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands A Closed and Common Orbit soon.


Howl's Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Tim Stevens (illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

I felt the need to reread this book this month, so that is what I did. Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my all time favourite books and it was wonderful reading it again. ❤

I don’t really have much to add to that, as I talk about this book often on my blog. I adore the characters in this book so much! The animated movie for Howl’s Moving Castle is wonderful as well and I would recommend it! Anyway, I adore the way Diana Wynne Jones writes, there is just something so cozy about her writing style. I seriously need to pick up more of her books in the future!


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How was your March? Did anything exiting happen? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Sooo…It’s been a while! || Anime Wrap Up [#13]

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It’s been a while since I have done an Anime Wrap Up on my blog. Since November of 2018 to be more precise. I did watch anime in the months between my last wrap up and this one, but apparently I haven’t been finishing enough of them to write a whole post (thought that has obviously changed now). It’s about time that I do another one of these wrap ups, to be honest I have missed them quite a bit.

Anyway, enough rambling. Lets get into the anime that I have recently finished!

Boku no Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia

Episodes: 13

Action | Super Powers | School | Shounen

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.

Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!

Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

So, I finally watched the first season of Boku no Hero Academia! I have wanted to watch this anime ever since it first started airing (which was in 2016, so two years ago, wow) but never got around to it. Mostly it was because the anime was sooo hyped, and when something is too hyped I don’t feel like watching/consuming it. What a mistake that was! I’m completely OBSESSED with this anime now! Wow, it was so amazing and I was a fool for waiting so long to watch it. At least there are two more seasons, so I don’t have to wait to watch more. (There is always a positive in any situation.)

First of all I need to say that I have a weakness for stories about people with super powers and stories about superheroes. So basically this anime was perfect for me in that regard. I enjoyed learning more about the world that this story takes place in and the Quirks from the different characters were fascinating, there are sooo many interesting ones. The story was also interesting, though also slow in the beginning. Which was understandable, as it is setting the whole story up for the bigger things that are going to happen in the future. (I just thought I would mention it.)

The characters in this anime are AMAZING so far! There are so many characters that I  already love and many that I’m very curious about. I can’t wait to watch the second and third season of this anime to find out more about them! Midoriya is definitely my favourite so far. He is such an amazing character and he has already grown a lot. I can’t wait to see his growth in the future episodes. Another character that I love is All-Might, he is also amazing and I really want to know more about him. Honestly, I really like all the characters (aside from Bakugou and Mineta, who I both hate) and I can’t wait to see more of them in the future!

Would I recommend this anime?

Obviously I would recommend this anime. As if you couldn’t tell that by the way I already wrote about it. I did end up waiting a long time before actually starting this anime, but it was definitely worth the wait. Boku no Hero Academia is a FANTASTIC anime and I would highly recommend it to everyone! (It did also make me cry, so there is that as well.)

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OverlordOverlord II and Overlord III

Episodes: 13 per season

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Game

My rating:

Overlord II – 7/10 (Good)

Overlord III – 8/10 (Very Good)

The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I watched the second and third season of Overlord one after another. That is why I decided to write about them together in this post and not separate. They just feel like one season to me, as I watched them very closely together. (I literary started the 3rd season the second I finished the 2nd one.)

There is a lot of dialogue in this anime. A lot of strategy and planning. That’s why Overlord can feel rather slow in the beginning, as the anime takes time to build the world, characters and conflict. Also, it has quite a bit of gaming terminology, which is only logical since it’s about someone being trapped in the game. None of these are negative things, I just wanted to point them out. Another thing that I NEED to mention is the names of the characters. The characters in this anime have the most ridiculous and unnecessary long names that I have ever encountered (okay, ever might be exaggerating, but you get my point).

I enjoyed the plot of the third season a lot more than the second season. The story was more compelling and I was very interested in the different sides to the conflict. It was fascinating to watch all the things that happened in the third season. Don’t get me wrong, the second season wasn’t bad but at the same time it wasn’t that special. The third season, however, was amazing! I’m hoping that more of the anime will be adapted, as I’m very interested to see where the story will go from here (though we shall see, as nothing is announced at the time I’m writing this).

What I really enjoy about the whole Overlord series is the question of morality and how we perceive it. Obviously I can’t go into much detail about this, as it could contain spoilers, so I’ll keep it brief. You really don’t know who to root for in this anime. Usually that would be the protagonist, but Momonga isn’t a hero rather he is very morally grey (even villainous at times). It all depends on from whose perspective you look at when it comes to his actions.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend the first season of Overlord. It is a very interesting anime and it’s especially great for those who enjoy games. (As basically the whole plot is a guy being stuck in the game.) I would definitely recommend giving this anime a chance, I find it to be a lot of fun. Plus there is a reason that it’s as popular as it is.

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Free!!Free!: Dive to the Future

Episodes: 12

Sports | School | Comedy | Drama

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (or at least the first season was called that), plus there is a movie that takes place before this season as well. Because of that I won’t be able to get into too much detail about things, as there are many characters and stories and I don’t want to spoil things for people who want to watch this anime (or any of its previous seasons). So I shall keep this brief, or as brief as anything I write is.

I really like the characters of this anime, especially the ones from the first season. And I say especially, since they are the ones that we already got to spend a lot of time with. Also, if I didn’t like the characters would I continue watching all the seasons of this anime? The answer is no, so I have no idea why I felt the need to mention it in the way that I did (I’m a bit scatter-brained today). My favourite character is Matsuoka Rin, in case you were curious about that.

It was interesting seeing all the new characters that got introduced in this season (or rather the movie, but they were small children then so I’m not completely counting it). Though I also feel that I didn’t get to know them as much as I wanted, but there is going to be another season of this anime so they are going to get an opportunity to develop more. The pacing was a bit off with this season. There was nothing happening for a long time and then suddenly things happened and then nothing again. That did bring me out of the story a bit.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! Well, this one too but you would need to watch the first two seasons first, obviously. I just enjoy seeing the friendship between all of the characters and how much they have grown throughout the series. Plus I do have a weakness for sports anime, so there is that as well.

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Natsume Yuujinchou RokuNatsume Yuujinchou Roku

Episodes: 11

Supernatural | Drama | Fantasy | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Takashi Natsume has grown accustomed to his encounters with youkai through the Book of Friends, which contains the names of youkai whom his grandmother, Reiko Natsume, has sealed in contracts. These encounters allow Natsume to better understand the youkai, Reiko, and himself.

The Book of Friends is a powerful tool that can be used to control youkai; it is sought after by both youkai and exorcists alike. Natsume just wants to live out his daily life in peace but is constantly disrupted by these experiences. If he is to end this torment, Natsume must explore more about the book and the world of exorcism, as well as begin to open his heart to those who can help him.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my all time favourite anime ever. I have loved every season of this anime that I have watched, and this one is no exception to that. (This is the sixth season, as I haven’t mentioned that yet.) There is just something so charming about this story and the characters. I completely adore it! ❤ This anime always manages to make me tear up and if that doesn’t prove how attached I’m to it, I don’t know what does.

I can’t talk much about the plot of this anime, mostly because it’s episodic. That means that each episode focuses on another story, starring the same main characters. There is also an over-arching story, but I can’t write about that either since that would contain spoilers. Basically the plot isn’t really something I can go into right now. I can say that I’m really liking the direction the story is going and some exiting things got revealed in this season. I love the world of Natsume Yuujinchou. I love learning about the different youkai and seeing Natsume interact with them is always fascinating.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would highly recommend this anime! (Obviously the firsts season first.) Though I need to say that it is a rather slow one and it focuses more on the characters than the plot. I can’t wait to watch the movie that comes after this season of Natsume Yuujinchou, as I have heard amazing things about it. (Hopefully there are going to be more seasons of this anime in the future as well.)

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Tokyo Ghoul reTokyo Ghoul:re and Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season

Episodes: 12 per season

Psychological | Drama | Horror | Supernatural

Tokyo Ghoul:re – 5/10 (Average)

Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season – 5/10 (Average)

Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organisation Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence.

The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo’s unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures. The leader of this group, Haise Sasaki, is a half-ghoul, half-human who has been trained by famed special class investigator, Kishou Arima. However, there’s more to this young man than meets the eye, as unknown memories claw at his mind, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favourite manga out there. The anime on the other hand I have always found lacking in some way. The same can be said about Tokyo Ghoul:re season one and season two. I haven’t read the entirety of Tokyo Ghoul:re yet (the manga, obviously), so I can’t say how well these two seasons were adapted. I do plan on finishing the manga some time in the future. (Though I have no idea when that is going to be.)

My problem with the anime is that it always leaves me wanting more. I know that adaptations can’t be 100% accurate, but there is just something that bothers me when it comes to all of the Tokyo Ghoul adaptations that I have seen. To be completely honest I can’t pinpoint what exactly I’m having problems with without spoiling the entirety of the story, so I shall leave it at this. I must say that it was great seeing some of my favourite scenes animated. (As was the case with the previous seasons as well.)

I don’t have much more to say about this anime. Any of my other thoughts are very spoiler-y, especially if you haven’t seen the first season of Tokyo Ghoul. This is an anime that I find addicting, in the sense that I have to watch it. But at the same time I have problems with it and I don’t enjoy it as much as I hope I would.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes and no. I personally don’t enjoy this anime too much, but I know many other people do. So this might be a case of it’s me not you. I would give this anime a chance (or rather its first season), as you might enjoy it more that I did. The manga is amazing and I would recommend it! Though it’s gory, bloody and violent so be aware of that. (There are many trigger warnings for it as well.)

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Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab || Book Review

Victoria Schwab

Title: A Conjuring of Light

( Shades of Magic #3 )

Author: Victoria Schwab

Published: 28. February 2017

Edition: Titan Books

Paperback, 666 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Fiction

Summary:

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED.
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have written reviews for the first two books in the Shades of Magic series. So if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them, be sure to check out those posts!

A Conjuring of Light was a fantastic finale! It’s also one of my all time favourite series finales, as it wrapped up everything very nicely. All the things that were built up during the first two books (especially in A Gathering of Shadows) came to an epic conclusion in this book. A Conjuring of Light is my favourite book in this series and I wanted to start reading it again immediately after I was done with it. That just shows how much I enjoyed this book!

The plot of A Conjuring of Light was very fast paced and action packed. From the beginning of the book many things were happening at all times. This made reading this book very addictive as nearly every chapter ended with a cliff-hanger. Once I started reading this book I just couldn’t put it down! I also loved the fact that we got to learn more about the world and magic of this series. I’m simply fascinated by the world of the Shades of Magic series, so I’m always very happy when we get more information about it.

The characters were amazing in this book! I loved learning more about them and seeing them develop even more. I just enjoy seeing them interact with each other and work together (as is usually the case for me when it comes to characters I adore)My favourite character is still Kell, I just really adore him. In my previous reviews of this series, I mentioned that I needed to get used to Lila before I actually liked her. This wasn’t the case with this book, I liked her from the beginning (which made me really happy). Rhy is another character that I adore and I loved seeing his resolve and ideals in this book. I loved seeing more from Alucard as well, he is such an interesting character. As I already mentioned in the beginning, the characters were just amazing in this book! (Plus I really loved learning more about another character and his past, which I don’t want to mention because of spoilers.)

Overall I really loved this book, as it is obvious by my review. A Conjuring of Light was a wonderful conclusion to a magical series. (Yes, I’m really exited about the upcoming trilogy that is going to be set in this world.) I would highly recommend this series to everyone!


Have you read A Conjuring of Light? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan || Series Review

Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor, The Ship of the Dead

Author: Rick Riordan

First book published: 6. October 2015.

Genre: Fantasy | Mythology

Summary (for the first book):

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die…


Rating:

The Sword of Summer5 out of 5 stars
The Hammer of Thor5 out of 5 stars
The Ship of the Dead4 out of 5 stars

Rick Riordan is one of my favourite authors. I have been reading his books for years now. On one hand I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to this series by him. On the other I’m rather pleased, as I could read all of the books one after the other (I didn’t have to wait for books to be released). Reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard reminded me why I love Rick Riordan’s writing and I can’t wait to read more of his books in the future!

What have I read by Rick Riordan? (In case you were curious about that.) I have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (and some short stories and companion books). So it’s safe to say that I really do enjoy his stories, as I have read so many of them.

With all of that being said, lets get into the actual review!

THE WRITING:

This series is written in first person and follows the story through the perspective of Magnus Chase. As you would expect, since he is the titular character (though I don’t think that is always the case with all books). Magnus has a very snarky and funny inner voice and I loved reading from his perspective. I actually don’t know if I prefer reading Rick Riordan’s books when they are written in first person, or in third? In this case I very much enjoyed reading Magnus’ adventures through his eyes.

The chapter names are very reminiscent of the ones from Percy Jackson and the Olympians and I love it! With that I mean that each chapter is hilariously named and I loved reading each chapter and finding out why it was named the way it was. I don’t actually know what more to say about the writing. Basically I don’t know how to describe Rick Riordan’s writing, other than what I have already written. His writing is very action packed, with funny dialogue and important topics discussed (especially in his later books).


THE STORY:

Since I’m writing about the trilogy as a whole it’s a bit hard to explain the plot. Obviously each book deals with it’s own plot, though there is one over-aching one as well. I can’t go into details about that, as my explanation would contain spoilers and I really don’t want to ruin anyones experience with this story. What I can say is that in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard the characters explore the nine worlds and have different adventures in them.

I really enjoyed seeing all the different worlds and how they are similar/different from each other. One thing I generally enjoy about Rick Riordan’s books is the fact that I learn many new things about different mythologies. This series is no exception to that and I enjoyed learning more about Norse mythology, especially since that was one of the mythologies I knew little about.

In the third book, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead, I had some problems with the plot. Or rather with the pacing of it. I found it to be too fast paced and some things got resolved a lot faster than I though they should have been. (I can’t go into detail, as that would spoil things.) There were also a few things I wished had happened at the end that didn’t. With all that being said, the third book was amazing as well but I found it to be the weakest one in the trilogy.


THE CHARACTERS:

I adore the characters in this series! They were the highlight of this series for me. Rick Riordan always manages to create interesting characters, who you end up adoring. There were so many characters in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard that I loved, I can’t even begin to mention all of them. (Well, I could but then this review would be waaaay too long.) I really wish that there were more books about these characters, as I just need to read more about them!

My favourite character has to be Magnus Chase. I loved seeing the world from his point of view. Magnus is very kind and caring, I loved seeing his interactions with his friends. It was great seeing how much he noticed and cared about them. He does have flaws as well, overall I though he was a very well balanced character. Another one of my favourite characters is Sam. She is simply amazing! I loved how true she stayed to her beliefs and seeing how much she cares about her family was inspiring. Sam is a muslim, who practices her religion throughout the book. (I felt that it was important to mention that.)

Another character that I found fascinating is Alex. Alex identifies as non-binary and sometimes uses female and sometimes male pronouns. I can’t go into too much detail about Alex, as she/he first appears in The Hammer of Thor. I loved learning more about Alex throughout the last two books. I also have to mention Hearth and Blitz who helped Magnus while he was homeless. Both of them are amazing characters and I loved seeing how much they cared about Magnus and each other.

Basically there are many wonderful characters in this series! (Though there were some that I didn’t like as well, obviously.) Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard has a very diverse cast of characters. There are characters of colour, muslim characters, deaf characters, non-binary characters etc. I can’t speak on how the representation was handled, as I don’t fall into any of those groups. I loved seeing the diversity in this story!


OVERALL:

As you can see, I really enjoyed this series and had a lot of fun while reading it. I would highly recommend Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard to everyone!

You should probably read all of the Percy Jackson books first, as there are things from that series mentioned in this one. Not that I think that is a burden as both Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus are amazing series! (I haven’t even started The Trials of Apollo, so I can’t comment on that one.)


Have you read Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Characters That Embody Slytherin || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


Yes, I’m aware that this topic is from last week. Sadly I was very busy last week and couldn’t find the time to write this post. This was still a Top Five Wednesday topic that I wanted to make, so here we are! My Hogwarts house is Slytherin (if you haven’t noticed by the title of this post) and I have picked five male characters that I think embody the house perfectly. (Obviously that is only my opinion!) Why only male ones? I want to make a list like this for female characters as well (though that’s going to be done some time in the future). Anyway, let’s get into the actual post!

“Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.”
– The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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If you go to the Harry Potter wikia the traits listed for Slytherin are:
Resourcefulness, Cunning, Ambition, Determination, Leadership, Self-Preservation, Fraternity, Cleverness

Each of the characters I picked for this weeks Top Five Wednesday embody these characteristics (at least in my opinion). I won’t go into detail as to why I think that each of these characters embodies these traits (mostly because I would be repeating myself a lot), if you have read the books I mentioned you would know why. And if you haven’t read these books yet I would highly recommend them! 


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5. Lestat de Lioncourt
from Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice


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4. The Darkling
from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Gentlemen Bastards

3. Locke Lamora
from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch


Victoria Schwab

2. Victor Vale
from Vicious by V. E. Schwab


Grisha

1. Kaz Brekker
from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


What’s your Hogwarts house? Which characters would you sort into it? What are some Slytherin characters that you love? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Favourite Fantasy Creatures || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


Todays Top Five Wednesday topic is our favourite science-fiction and fantasy creatures. As you can already see, by the title of this post, I have decided to go with my favourite fantasy creatures only. Why? Because I don’t read much science-fiction and I literary couldn’t think of one creature from that genre to put on this list. So that is why we are sticking with fantasy, which I’m much more familiar with!

In this post I’ll just list my favourite fantasy creatures, without explaining why they are my favourite. Why in the world am I doing it like that?

  • Today I have spent 13 hours at work and I’m exhausted. I didn’t expect to work this long today and I thought I would have more time to finish this post. That obviously wasn’t the case.
  • Basically the reasons for all the creatures I picked: they are fascinating!
  • I just can’t concentrate enough to properly explain everything, but I still wanted to this topic. So here we are!

5. Phoenixes

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4. Mermaids

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3. Elves

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2. Vampires

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1. Dragons

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What are your favourite fantasy creatures? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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I have GRADUATED from university!! || February 2019 Wrap Up

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Yes, as the title of this post suggests I HAVE GRADUATED UNIVERSITY!! 😀 ❤

At the beginning of this month I got the results from my last exam back and I passed it. (Obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t have graduated.) I was very happy and exited about that, as you would expect. At the end of the month I got my diploma, so I have officially completed my Bachelor’s degree! I’m just sooo happy about this! 😀 This doesn’t mean that I’m completely done with university, as I have already signed up for the Master’s program. Yes, I was accepted for it (though I need to pay for it, to be officially enrolled – which I’m doing next week) and I’m quite exited about this new journey. My fist semester is going to be a relaxing one, so I’m looking forward to that as well.

My February was basically a month for relaxation and doing the things I love. This is the first time that I had nothing that needed to be done for university, so I had time to relax and clear my mind. It was really great and I enjoyed myself a lot! Aside from that nothing special happened during this month. Basically February was AMAZING for me and I shall leave it at that!


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My reading continued to be great in February as well. And while I didn’t read as much as in January, I still read a good amount of books. I read 4 books and 2 short stories. Plus I’m in the middle of 2 other books at the moment. As I said, February was a rather good reading month for me and I’m very pleased about that. February turned out to be a Rick Riordan month for me which you will notice as soon as you look at the books I read. Anyway, hopefully my reading will continue being as good as it has been for the past three months! (I’m just so in love with reading right now!)


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer5 out of 5 stars
The Hammer of Thor5 out of 5 stars
The Ship of the Dead4 out of 5 stars

As you may know, Rick Riordan is one of my all time favourite authors. It’s been ages since I have read something by him, so in February I decided to finally start reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Honestly, I just planned on starting the series and not reading it completely, yet here we are. I enjoy reading Rick Riordan books back to back (I should have expected this), so that is what I did with this series as well. As you can see by my rating I really enjoyed all of the books and if you are interested in more of my thoughts, you can look forward to the full review that I’ll be posting some time soon. (Hopefully next week, if everything works out.)


Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5.5) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes (The Demigod Diaries) by Rick Riordan

3 out of 5 stars (both of the stories)

My editions of The Hammer of Thor and The Ship of the Dead had one of these stories each, as a bonus at the end. So I obviously read them as well (and yes, I’m counting them individually and not as part of the book they come in). I enjoyed both of the stories. The first one is about Percy and Grover, the second one about Percy and Annabeth. It was great reading about their adventures together. With that being said, neither of these stories were anything extraordinary. They were just fun and cute little adventures. And I really don’t have much to add to that, so I shall leave it at this.


Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

2.5 out of 5 stars

I have many conflicting feelings when it comes to this book. I found it very hard to rate this book, as for the longest time I couldn’t figure out my feelings towards it. Anyway, there were things about this book I enjoyed and things I didn’t like at all. Basically my reading experience of this book was very mixed.

If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can check out the goodreads review that I wrote for this book. It’s way too long to be posted here and I do try to keep my wrap ups short (as much as that is possible with me rambling all the time).


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How was your February? Did anything exiting happen? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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