Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sonora and the Eye of the Titans by T.S Hall Book Review

 

Title: Sonora and the Eye of the Titans
Author: T.S. Hall
Publication date: January 14th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 3 / 5
Summary:

The King is dead, and the capital city of Titanis has fallen. The world of Sonora is at war, and the only hope against the onslaught of the Titan army lies with the last royal descendant of Zeus, who is being covertly sheltered on Earth in the secluded mountain town of Sandy, Oregon.

Allora is a shy, intelligent sixteen-year-old, trying to get through the gauntlet of high school while coming to terms with her otherworldly origins. After getting into a fight at soccer tryouts, Allora’s emotions boil over, and her hands suddenly burst into flames. She has harnessed the power of hadrons at the highest level, but at extreme cost. The magical outburst projects an energy signature that is detected by a group of assassins tasked with killing Sonoran rebels.

To survive, Allora, Katie, Dax, and Tanner must find a powerful ancient artifact known as the Eye of the Titans. With the help of a guardian known as Sasquatch, they will have to fight off creatures, solve complex riddles, and navigate magical caverns, all while enduring advanced calculus, jealous girlfriends, and prom.

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My Dream Author Panel

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Hey guys! Close your eyes and imagine, you’re attending a conference with a panel consisting of your favourite authors or even your favourite fictional characters. Last week, Eventbrite inspired me to do just that with a project they’re working on. And because we never get to have foreign authors coming to Malaysia for events (well, Sarah J Maas did came last year I think), I went crazy with this.

For those who may or may not know, Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Interested in hosting your own conference? Check out Eventbrite’s Conference Planning Page for useful and free tools. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Children of the Gods

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Oppression
Jessica Therrien
(Children of the Gods #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning – and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

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Uprising
Jessica Therrien
(Children of the Gods #2)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council’s reach. As long as they believe she’s dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable.

When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn’t need a prophecy to tell her to lead an army. Christoph has done the one thing that ensures she’ll fight to the death. He’s threatened the people she loves.

It will take more than the words of an oracle to help them fight against the most powerful Descendant alive. To break The Council’s oppression and rise up against a plot so many years in the making, Elyse will need to get dangerously close to her enemy. So close, in fact, she may not survive.

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Redemption
Jessica Therrien
(Children of the Gods #3)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

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The boxset version of The Children of the Gods was recently released. Jessica Therrien has put it up for sale at $0.99 for the duration of the blog tour.


book-review

GREEK MYTHOLOGY RETELLING!

I was so excited then, because I love Greek Mythology. I was hoping I would love this book as much as I love the Percy Jackson series, and The Song of Achilles.

After reading a few chapters, I had mixed feelings about this book. I like the premise of the story, but the book also contains elements that hits on my nerves, such as love at first sight, the changes made to the Greek mythology (it was hard to wrap my head around it at first) and also the way the character’s features was described. But I persevered, and read till the end.

I’m glad I did.

The book is kind of slow-paced at the beginning of the story, only picking up after the second half mark. But it gets better in the final book. Other than my annoyance towards Elyse at first, as well as the love at first sight aspect of the story, I’ve come to like the book. Each scenes has its moment; some were so sweet it made me go awe, some made me laugh, some made me angry, and surprisingly (or not), some made me feel like crying.

The first book lack any character development, and the many side characters introduced  feels like they were only there as fillers of sort. But please, don’t drop the book because of that. Because as I’ve mentioned, things gets better in the second book. And the side characters will play a larger role in the second and third book. I like William, I really do, aside from the love at first sight thing. You can say that’s just my pet peeves. But Elyse, well, it took me some time to get myself to like her. Her thoughts and attitude was just plain annoying at first. I do love Kara though, for some reason.

Overall, I like the series. Although I may have set my standards too high in the beginning, but it wasn’t all bad, and I wasn’t too disappointed. I’d recommend this book to Greek myth + Dystopia lovers. It can’t really be called Dystopia, I guess, but it has some elements of it, I think.

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Individual book review for each of the books will be available soon.

Author Bio:

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons. She is working on an adult novel and a children’s picture book.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #2 (Oct. 24 ’16)

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I’m here again with Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and hopefully I can recommend something great to you guys. Also, let’s just ignore the fact that I was supposed to post this last week.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish (Oct 5th ’16)

Hey everyone~ I am happy that for the first time in a long while, my T5W post is right on time.

So, the usual spiel. Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group in Goodreads, which was created by Lainey, and currently run by Sam. This week’s topic is books that took me the longest to finish. Quoting Sam word-to-word, here’s an elaboration for the topic:

These are the books that you had on your nightstand “in progress” for months or years. The books that you took weeks to read because they put you in a slump. Those books that were an uphill battle. These are books you started and actually read, not books you’ve just had on your shelf the longest.

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Book Review: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published date: 3rd May 2016
Available editions: Hardcover, Paperback
ISBN: 9781484732748
Source: Own copy
Date read: 5th May 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary:

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.


Finally finished
Never thought I’d see K-POP
In T.O.A book

Yes, that’s my embarrassing attempt in writing a haiku. Unlike the previous two series (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and The Heroes of Olympus), The Hidden Oracle’s chapter titles are haikus, and everything is in Apollo’s point of view. Anyways, because of the chapter titles, I’ve been making up bad haikus all day long.

The Trials of Apollo is the third series in this Percy Jackson/Greek/Roman chronicle (Honestly, I’m not sure what to call it), but it was still as funny as ever. It definitely surpassed my expectations. After reading Blood of Olympus, I am glad that I get to read a bit more of Nico in The Hidden Oracle. I bet everyone else want to read about Nico too after the ending of BOO. Haha.

In this first book, Uncle Rick introduced a new demigod, Meg. We get to read about the friendship blossoming between the now-mortal Apollo and Meg. We get to see Apollo in another light as he faced hardships, and shown kindness by his children and other demigods. The witty banter and Apollo’s narrations, with his inappropriate priorities sometimes, lightens up the mood and make readers laugh so hard.

In my opinion, as the first book in the series, this is perfectly written. I recommend this book to everyone who likes reading about Greek myths, fantasy, and YA. You will never regret picking this book up. I know I didn’t.

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