FEBRUARY: BOOKS OF THE MONTH + REVIEWS

I read three books this month, and they were uhh pretty good, pretty good

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber:

SUMMARY // GENRE: YA FANTASY: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

REVIEW: This book involves an abundance of magic and fantasy where you can get lost in the wonderful world and game of Caraval! It’s filled with action, romance, mystery, everything! The plot and whole idea of this book is amazing and very unique, so to those of you who like that sort of stuff, definitely check this book out!

 

KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard: 

SUMMARY // GENRE: YA FANTASY: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

REVIEW: FIRST OF ALL: This book is the third book in the Red Queen series, which is written by the author, Victoria Aveyard, so if you haven’t read this series, GO READ IT!!! If you like fantasy books or want to begin reading fantasy books, read this series. ANYWAYYYY: OK SO I LITERALLY WAITED A YEAR FOR THIS BOOK TO COME OUT AND IT WAS AMAZING! To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy the second book in this series, Glass Sword. I just thought it was a bit boring and not very interesting, but King’s Cage was soooooo good! I liked how this book focuses more on the character, Maven, because we didn’t get to see much of him in the last book. King’s Cage also made me really like him because he is such an interesting and complex character and we see more into his actions and thinking in this book. In addition, it has multiple POV’s of a lot the characters, Mare (of course), Evangeline, Cameron, etc, and it introduces many new characters as well. Overall, it was really good, and I’m so excited for the fourth (and last) one that comes out next year.

NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman:

SUMMARY GENRE: MYTHOLOGY/FANTASY/SHORT STORIES: Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.
Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

REVIEW: I’ve always had a huge interest in mythology in general, partly due to the Percy Jackson series since after and while I read those books, I made myself an expert on Greek Mythology. I just fell in love with the fantastical stories of gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters. So, because I’ve exhausted the subject of greek mythology, I found this book while browsing a local bookstore, and decide I really wanted to read about Norse mythology. This book is a very fun, quick, easy book to read since it’s comprised of short stories regarding different aspects of the norse mythology realm. (I read it in like a day). It’s written really well, and it’s pretty funny. I recommend this book to the people who like this mythology stuff or someone who is in a book rut, and is in desperate need for a book to read.

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