Tyrant’s Tomb | A Book Review

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Title: The Tyrant’s Tomb

Author: Rick Riordan

# of Pages: 439

In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

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December TBR

To be honest, I am tired of the usual TBR posts. It feels tedious… Does anyone else feel that way? I decided to change this up by just listing a few bullet points, summarizing why I am excited to read this book for the month of December.

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  • My favorite genre: Fantasy! (Also Young adult)
  • F/F romance. Representation is always good in a book.
  • Fascinating concept: Automae rebelled against their human owners, turning the status quo on its head.
  • Fantasy duology; sequel is slated to be released in 2020.
  • I love this cover; it immediately caught my attention.

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Evermore by Sara Holland

Title: Evermore

Author: Sara Holland

# of Pages: 368

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Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.

BEWARE: This book review contains spoilers. You have been warned. 

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Musical References in The Tyrant’s Tomb

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I just finished The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan and it was amazing. Considering that Apollo is the Greek god of music, he makes many historical references to music that we know today. Listed below are 8 musical references (and 1 literary) that Apollo claims to have an hand in.

 

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“Back in the 1950s, I played with Dizzy Gillespie at Bop City in the Fillmore. “
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“During the Summer of Love, I hosted an impromptu jam session in Golden Gate Park with the Grateful Dead. (Lovely bunch of guys, but did they really need those fifteen-minute-long solos?)”
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“In the 1980s, I hung out in Oakland with Stan Burrell – otherwise known as MC Hammer – as he pioneered pop rap. I can’t claim credit for Stan’s music, but I did advise him on his fashion choices. Those gold lame parachute pants? My idea. You’re welcome, fashionistas.”
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“I did some research on Folsom Prison with Johnny Cash. Long story.”
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‘What’s Going On,’ Ella said. ‘Marvin Gaye, 1971.’ “Yes, I know,” I said. “I helped write that song.”
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I haven’t seen a lecture hall this crowded since Charles Dickens’s 1867 Second American Tour. (Great show. I still have the autographed T-shirt framed in my bedroom in the Palace of the Sun.)
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I had not been there [People’s Park] since 1969, when I’d stopped by to experience some groovy hippie music and flower power and instead found myself in the middle of the riot. 
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He moved stiffly, leaving a trail of bloody footprints on the asphalt that reminded me – quite inappropriately – of a ballroom-dancing diagram Fred Astaire had once given me. 
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I remained very still. I had vivid memories of Iggy Pop throwing peanut butter, ice cubes, watermelons, and other dangerous objects at his fans during his concerts. 

This is a different blog post compared to the usual book hauls and reviews. What did you think? I have one more fun blog post involving this book planned for later this week!

 

 

Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

# of Pages: 36232320661

 

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Book of the Month Book Haul

Hey guys! I am excited to announce that I am now a Book of the Month affiliate. I will start doing a monthly haul to share my book selections. I will continue to attempt to read at least one BOTM selection, whether the current one or one from a past month.

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November is a very busy month for new releases, as everyone can attest. Especially November 5th. Due to that, I chose to have two books in my BOTM box.

1. The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

IMG_7104Surprisingly, I have already read this book. This is a narrative nonfiction surrounding the famous study of David Rosenhan’s titled “On Being Sane in Insane Places.” Published in 1973, it had an essential impact on the changes we made to treat mental illness. While it moved the psychiatric system away from the problem of asylums, it led to the current problem we have of the lack of psychiatric beds to treat individuals.

2. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

IMG_6468This book, written by Kiersten White, is a new young adult fantasy series surrounding the legend of King Arthur. For more information, including a synopsis, check out it’s Goodreads page here.

What books did you get in your November Box. Don’t forget, I am an affiliate and you can get your first book for only $5. Check out my referral link here.