Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Title: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
Released: August 28, 2012 (Paperback)
Series: N/A
Rating: ★★★★★

Description: Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks”, son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful, irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes in Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

While the myth of Achilles and Patroclus is known in wider circles, this portion is cut for room. If you are not familiar with the myth, it’s best to read this book with blind eyes because I will go all out on this and talk about it in great detail, including the preconceptions I had about the myth, and everything in between. This isn’t necessarily a spoiler warning, but I’d proceed with caution nevertheless.

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Book Review: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Title: Ghost Squad
Author: Claribel A. Ortega
Released: April 07, 2020 (Hardcover)
Series: N/A
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Description: Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy. For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s fireflies before it’s too late. With the family dynamics of Coco and the action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

Please keep in mind that this review contains spoilers for the entire book. Read with caution. If you click on the “Read More”, it is under the impression you either don’t care about spoilers or you’ve already read the book.

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February 2021 Wrap-Ups

And now, here’s the second month of 2021. In this short month, things ended up becoming a lot slower so I ended up reading more! Though, I’m sure I could’ve always read more but we’re not getting into that right now!

This month, though, I’ve been struggling with a death anniversary and the lack of courage to continue my manuscript. I’m still working on it though, February was just hard. On the other hand, I read 5 books this month which is good! It’s definitely better than last month’s count, to be sure, and I’m hoping March will be even better since it is a longer one!

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Book Review: Ride Your Wave by Mika Toyoda

Title: Ride Your Wave
Author: Mika Toyoda, Masaaki Yuasa, Reiko Yoshida
Released: February 16, 2021 (Paperback)
Series: N/A
Rating: ★★★★☆

Description: The novel version of the acclaimed anime film about surfing, summer love, grief, and a hint of magic.

Carefree Hinako moves to a small seaside town to surf. When her new apartment catches fire, she’s rescued by Minato, a gentle firefighter with a heart of gold. The two soon begin surfing together, and before they know it, they’re falling in love. But their young romance comes to an abrupt halt when tragedy strikes. Now Hinako is determined to rescue Minato, just like he once saved her. A moving tale of love and yearning based on the award-winning anime.

Please keep in mind that this review contains spoilers for the entire book. Read with caution. If you click on the “Read More”, it is under the assumption you either don’t care about spoilers, you’ve already read the book, or you’ve seen the anime movie.

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