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  • Mini Reviews: The Flamel Secrets

    The Magician The Secrets of the Immortal of Nicholas Flamel, Book 2 By Michael Scott A fantastic sequel to The Alchemyst! It moved quicker and contained more “action” scenes. Since most of the characters were introduced in the previous book, there was more time for some character development. I’m looking forward to The Sorceress, next in the series, to develop Perenelle’s character… I think she could be my favorite! I’m still adjusting to a clash of myths/legends because I typically like stories that keep them categorically separate, but I am finding it an interesting read nonetheless. Audiobook Performance: ★★★★ The Sorceress The Secrets of the Immortal of Nicholas Flamel, Book…

  • Book Review: The Song of Achilles

    The Song of Achilles By Madeline Miller Released: 2011   Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy,…

  • Mini Reviews: 3-Star Streak

    The Serpent’s Secret By Sayantani DasGupta A fun middle grade adventure featuring a bull-headed 12-year-old female protagonist, Kiranmala. I really enjoyed the introduction to Bengali folklore as I am not familiar. I liked the world-building of the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers full of vibrant colors, magic, and shifting maps. I really enjoyed the comic relief of Tuntuni (the talking bird). However, I didn’t connect well with the first person writing or the gibberish rhymes of the rakkhosh (demons), but the latter could be a lack of exposure to Bengali tales? I appreciated the character development of Kiranmala as I don’t think I would have finished the book…