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Book Review: The Course of True Love (and First Dates) by Cassandra Clare

The 10th novella in The Bane Chronicles 

Pages: 40

Published: 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood might fall in love—but first they have a first date. 

When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame…

My review:

This was honestly such a precious novella. I mean not to spoil, but Malec. They are adorable and it’s always great seeing Magnus and Alec interact and getting to know the Warlock’s thoughts on his Shadowhunter ‘friend.’ Again, not to be too spoilery but this novella chronicles their ‘first date’ and honestly it was great to see Alec and Magnus just by themselves, no Jace or Izzy (even though I love both of them!) but I mean there was almost an air of fragility around Alec, usually he would fight alongside his sister and parabatai, but when Magnus calls Catarina Loss for advice, she summons them both to help out at a disagreement. 

And honestly here on in is just so adorable, Magnus and Alec have such a precious and amazing scene at the end of this one, I was definitely feeling all over! I love these two and honestly cannot wait for the Malec centred trilogy that will be coming out! 

I could go on but I’ll leave it there, honestly anyone who is a fan of The Shadowhunter novels and hasn’t read this definitely ought to give it a read! 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂 


Book Review: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published in 2015 

Pages: 303

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 

My Thoughts:

Well, this was definitely an addictive read. I finished it in the space of an afternoon and evening, only stopping for my work shift and food. I enjoyed this even more than Albertalli’s “The Upside of Unrequited.” It was such an endearing and empowering read! 

Firstly, I felt so sympathetic to Simon! He was an amazing narrator and I was instantly drawn into his world, his friends, his rehearsal of the school musical, his family and his emails with the mysterious Blue. Albertalli definitely wastes no time getting into the story and building her characters, for each of them goes through a fair bit of growth, namely Simon! Who doesn’t want to come out to his family or really his friends, he prefers his drama to be in the rehearsal room! But this made me feel sad at times because no one should be afraid to express who they are! Simon projects his thoughts and feelings via email to Blue, who he doesn’t know, for neither of them have actually met. 

Or have they? 

I can’t go into too much detail because of spoilers, but I loved how the book was split up into the chapters and then inside the chapters were the emails between the two characters. These scenes were so precious! It gave the reader such a great insight into both these wonderful humans, and how they think and feel; and gosh did they have some laughs too, and friendly banter. It was amazing! They bonded over a love of Oreos (might I add here that this book made me hungry) and honestly so much more than that. I was constantly dying throughout for them to meet, and I was definitely feeling angst when one said they didn’t want to exchange numbers. Also when someone pretends to be Simon on “the Tumblr” and posts something mean. 

All the characterisation in this book was perfect. Actually, no, this whole book was perfect. I can’t fault it. I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put it down. It’s a contemporary full of feels, and I promise you’ll love it too! This book is definitely a perfect blend of friendship, family, love, and more! 

I could keep ranting but no spoilers so I’ll leave it there. Until next time, happy reading!

Brooklyn The Bookworm 🙂 

Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Book 6 in The Mortal Instruments series

Published: 2014

Pages: 733

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:


I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series! 

My Thoughts:

Okay,as I type this I’m honestly feeling every feel in existence. I have the best adrenaline rush and honestly I couldn’t be happier with how Clare wrapped up the series! Every page was perfection and the anticipation and feelings were real! There were shocks and feels aplenty in this book and I couldn’t put it down! There were even comical moments from banter between the characters which remained delicious as always! 

The character growth for everyone was amazing! And the links from The Infernal Devices and the Mortal Instruments were amazing! I love how Clare tied everything together, and we saw characters interact from both series and the feels were real! It was so beautifully done! And the friends we lost throughout both series, I definitely felt their prescence was felt. A character death from City of Glass, (those that read it will definitely know what I mean), has definitely shaped some of the characters, and we feel their pain too, but for Izzy, I felt that she bore the weight almost more than the rest; but in saying that she opened up and I loved her scenes with Simon! They are both so precious and I was cheering for them to get together. Every ship in this series had so many feels! Lots of angst and love! I was honestly screaming throughout this book! I didn’t want it to end yet I was hooked! I love Clare’s ability to tie up this series but set the foundation for The Dark Artefices! Amazing! And I loved meeting Emma and Julian and learning more about Aline and Helen! I love how Clare is continually bringing in all the more diversity to her world! And Mark! He’s so precious! I can’t wait to read more about these new characters, and I know I’ll get to re meet some old friends in The Bane Chronicles and Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy. I cannot wait!

It can easily be said that the Shadowhunter world is an all time favourite of mine, and Clare a favourite author; she packs so many emotions into her characters and there’s such intricate detail to her Shadowhunter world, it’s perfection. While I’m sad that I’ve finished The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, I know I’ll easily re read both, and Clare is gifting us with many more books centred around her characters, so it feels like it’ll never end, which is just how I want it! Clare’s books have definitely been a constant in my life from when I started reading them, they’re comforting and not once did anything feel forced or overwhelming. And she wrapped up everything in this book so perfectly, I’m once again in awe. 

I laughed, cried, cheered and lamented in this book, it feels like this whole book had something memorable in it, and it did. Utterly perfect and even the whole series never had a dull moment in it! As well as JK Rowling, I think only Clare could make me feel slightly sorry for the antagonist. There’s been moments when I’ve compared Sebastian to Voldemort, both having been stripped bare of any humanity; and both are honestly such wicked villains, but oh honestly. What happened at the end of this book was actually raw and powerful. An honourable mention to Luke and Jocelyn, honestly my heart ached for both of them for different reasons throughout. 

But the last chapter and the epilogue really topped off the epicness in this series! The feelings were unreal and wild! I was constantly on the edge of my seat, once again feeling every possible emotion. It remains one of the best epilogues ever and I couldn’t get enough, even though I tried to take it slow, it was just too addictive. 

I could keep ranting but I’ll end it there, all in all there are no words. I applaud Clare once again and can’t wait to read The Bane Chronicles, Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy and The Dark Artifices! As well as her planned books, which will be amazing! And her series co written with Holly Black. She’s definitely a favourite author as I mentioned and I’m so happy to have discovered her epic writing!

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading 🙂

– Brooklyn The Bookworm 

Book Review: Dean and Me, A Love Story by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

Published 2005

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 328

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

They were the unlikeliest of pairs — a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. 

Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked—something miraculous—and audiences saw it at once. 

Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions (and the women) flowed in, seemingly without end—and then, on July 24, 1956, ten years from the day when the two men joined forces, it all ended.

After that traumatic day, the two wouldn’t speak again for twenty years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers—Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies—their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man’s heart.
In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a fifty-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and Fifty-fourth Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.
In Dean and Me, Jerry Lewis makes a convincing case for Dean Martin as one of the great — and most underrated — comic talents of our era. But what comes across most powerfully in this definitive memoir is the depth of love Lewis felt, and still feels, for his partner, and which his partner felt for him: truly a love to last for all time.
My Thoughts:

This was a re read for me, once I heard of Jerry Lewis’s passing I knew I had to get this book out and re experience the emotions; Martin and Lewis are it for me as far as stand up comedy goes, their routine of the monkey and the swooner are priceless and never fail to make me laugh, so it’s no surprise that I would often re watch their movies and comedy hours. Their chemistry is perfection and honestly it made me tear up reading Lewis’s words about their final film, Pardners, and how fractured their relationship was then. To me, they were always the big brother and little kid act, Dean being all smooth and effortless, Jerry goofing around and making a mess out of things. 

And like Magic, it was amazing to watch, and it still is. This book, for me, honestly contained so many emotions, it was honest writing and it had zero sugar coating to it, there was honestly, love, enthusiasm, passion and so much more; you could honestly tell how deeply Jerry admired Dean and how much he relied on him; see, Jerry found himself lonely quite a bit, and really relied on Dean for many things; and I think it worked both ways; even though Dean might not have expressed it so easily. 

In this book, Jerry rebuffs the rumours and cliches that were always associated with his comedy partner; for Dean wasn’t the drunk he was portrayed as. He was simply a family man who loved golf and western movies. 

What was conveyed the most here in this book, and what felt the most natural and earnest was how much this book conveyed Jerry’s absolute love and immense devotion to Dino. There was so much enthusiasm and emotion about his partner, from his first impression of him to when they were starting to split up, you could honestly feel Jerry’s pain, and his immense devastation when he heard his partner passed away. 

However, I do think Martin and Lewis are immortal as far as comedy goes, and who doesn’t love Dean Martin as a singer? Utterly amazing and a perfect memoir, it felt like I was having tea with Lewis, just an honest to good heart to heart with a friend. 

And that concludes my review, honestly I could keep ranting but I definitely recommend this book. I must also say how much Jerry talks about Sinatra, who was crucial in getting these two old friends to reunite. Jerry also speaks highly of him, they were longtime friends too.

Okay, review concluded, happy reading 🙂

– Brooklyn the Bookworm

Book Review: Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie 

A Hercule Poirot mystery 

Published in 1973

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Hercule Poirot is determined to solve an old husband and wife double murder that is still an open verdict! Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. Here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies — a husband and wife — shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder? Poirot delves back into the past and discovers that ‘old sin can leave long shadows’. 
My Thoughts:

This was yet another re read on my part, but there’s something that’s always exciting about going back to an Agatha Christie favourite mystery and re reading it. No need to over stretch those little grey cells, the reader can just cruise along as one reacquaintes themselves with the story, the setting and the characters. 

What always stood out for me and sort of separated this one from many of Christie’s other mysteries, is that the murder in question took place in the past; we know the who, sort of. Well we know who’s deaths are being questioned, but we definitely don’t know the what’s and whys. Even re reading this, I was reminded of those feelings of intrigue and wondering what was happening. I really love how the reader is transported into the past as it were at the very conclusion, when Poirot is explaining what he thought was the conclusion; again, I’m reminded of the awe feeling I felt when I read the book initially, thinking of the immense tragedy that this case held. This is a mystery, yes, but what lies at the heart of it, in my opinion, one of the most tragic and heartbreaking murders ever; the reader, I find, is given hints throughout which lead to a conclusion of ‘whodunnit’, and even the first time I read this book, as I got absorbed into the story and followed Ariadne Oliver, a fictional version of Dame Agatha herself, as she familiarised herself with elephants (aka ‘once familiar faces’ that had ties to the mystery, I was captivated.

All in all, this is an enthralling mystery that will have the reader engaged from the word go, and there’s a fantastic cast of supporting characters; Celia Ravenscroft is headstrong and curious, easily one of my favourite supporting characters in Christie’s books; and Ariadne is always refreshing and fun to read about, I love her friendship with Poirot; this book is honestly one of my all time favourite Christie mysteries, and I’ll never tire of reading it. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

– BrooklynTheBookworm

Book Review: My Story, The Diary of a Tudor Lady (1547-1544) Lady Jane Grey by Sue Reid

Published: 2012

Pages: 229

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The tragic story of Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for nine days in July 1553. Jane grew up watching her cousins in training as heirs to the throne, little imagining that by a twist of fate she would one day be crowned. But this is Tudor England where nobody plays fair, and even a queen isn’t safe from those who wsh her harm.
My thoughts:

Okay, it’s not that this book was bad, it had its moments that I really enjoyed, however, I found that it lagged in places and there were definitely some gaps, especially as I reached the ending. I was like, ‘oh, is that all?’ 

What I did like about the book was its structure, it was entirely presented in diary format, chronicling the brief life of Lady Jane Grey, nine day English Queen. 

I felt that the book connected the reader to Jane, we saw everything through her eyes and we were essentially reading her thoughts throughout; I liked how the author characterised Jane, I felt it made her relatable, and even though I don’t know how accurate this book was, I thought some of it was definitely plausible – she was definitely used as a pawn by her father and family in order to elevate their gain, as many young girls were used for that same purpose in the Tudor time; and although we’ll never really know if Jane loved Guildford, her betrothed and forced husband (in this book and in my own research I’ve done, I’m lead to think not), but this book painted their relationship to be forced, but through the tragic circumstances that both found themselves in, a part of me thinks that perhaps they might’ve grown fond of one another. 

I’ve read many a book, both fictional and non, on Lady Jane Grey, and I’ll keep reading more. I’m fascinated with her as a historical figure, and she makes for some brilliant reading. 

This book however, I’m not quite sure what my problem was with it. I liked the bookishness of her character, I liked that it was told in her diary format; I think it would be perfect for a child to read, it’s an ideal introduction to Tudor history. But as an older reader, I felt that perhaps the writing was slightly sugar coated, and it doesn’t properly explain the ending; Which for my fellow Tudor history fans, will know. 

All in all, it was the book that got me back into Tudor fiction, so I’m happy for that, even if it wasn’t the best read. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Book 2 in the Infernal Devices series

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 498

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
My thoughts:

I don’t even know where to begin, honestly. This book is perfection, as is this series. The characters, the romance, the setting, the writing is nothing short of perfection. 

I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book, honestly, I couldn’t even anticipate what would come next and my heart was torn throughout. Jem, Tessa and Will are my favourite bookish trio ever, and I love their bond. Nothing compares to Jem and Will’s parabatai bond but then there’s Tessa and honestly I felt for her throughout, being so torn for many reasons. 

The characterisation for every character developed so much from book one! It was amazing, coming back to them after a short break, it felt like being with friends again! I can’t even process the beauty that is this book! Definitely remarkable, I love how Cassandra Clare makes the reader think one thing and then spins it all on its head and the outcome, oh my gosh! What I thought I knew was one thing but as I read this book I was stunned at all the revelations! Absolutely chilling and devastating and perfection! 

The word building was superb! And the setting as always is perfection, whilst I adore The Mortal Instruments, there’s something about the setting of Victorian London that just compliments the Shadowhunter world perfectly, it’s just amazing. I cannot fault this book, I even loved getting to know more about Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood, and I love how Sophie and Tessa’s friendship grew, it was super precious. Another friendship that I loved in this book was the appearances of Magnus Bane, he was crucial to a specific revelation about one of the characters, who I don’t think I’ll name, but for those who’ve read the book, you know who I mean and my gosh my heart ached for them after I read what I did and imagined how I’d feel about my life if I had been through and told what this character had. 

Just a side note, usually I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but the one in this book is one of the most heartbreakingly exquisite ones in existence. I want more! It pains me that there’s only one book left in this trilogy! 

I’ll always sing praises about everything in this book, it made me feel every possible feel in existence! And it left on a fabulous cliffhanger, I cannot wait to read Clockwork Princess and get to know a certain character more, as well as indulge in the feelings that I can only imagine will ensue! 

And that concludes my review, as usual, thank you for reading, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley 

Published in 2016

Pages: 352

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough. 

My thoughts:

I was given a selection of books to review for work and told to pick one. Instantly, the cover to this book jumped out at me and I was instantly moved by the blurb on the back, so I chose this. 

I started it the next day and was instantly in  awe. The layout was and is absolutely beautiful, the writing captivating. It jumps between Henry and Rachel’s perspectives, as well as letters which are found in various books in the bookstore. The setting to this book was perfection, the bookstore and the stories inside held so much symbolism for the plot, what had happened, what was to come, and what the characters had gone through. 

Both Henry and Rachel went through their own angst through the story, and from the narrative the reader definitely got a tragic feel and I felt so sad for Rachel throughout, she was missing her brother greatly and his death impacted her so much, she had definitely changed, Henry hadn’t heard from her in some time, but when their paths cross, he knows how absent she is, there’s very little of the Rachel that was his best friend and she doesn’t tell anyone about her brother, she hardly talks to him.

I feel this book was definitely about both characters’ journies, but there were some great side characters that featured in this book too. Henry’s family, especially, they all had their things to deal with, and there was definitely a great amount of mystery as George (Henry’s sister) tried to figure out who was writing the secret letters under the mysterious pen name. I honestly didn’t know who it could’ve been but there was a tiny clue offered to the reader, and it clicked and the tragic irony was unlike anything I’d read in a YA contemporary fiction book before. 

There were so many bookish moments a book lover can appreciate, whether it’s the letters being shown that are found in the Howling Library section, and from what books and pages they were from, to the open book discussions that were in this book. Henry’s family had regular book group meetings and I thought that was so sweet. 

Definitely a book that will stay with me for some time, it had lots of light moments too, it washonestly a unique, precious read, and I recommend it to all! 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading 🙂


Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Book 3 of the Heroes of Olympus 

Pages: 574

Published: 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-blood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land—Greece itself—to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My thoughts:

Firstly. Let’s start at the end:

How do I explain that??? Like honestly, my feelings are a wreck right now! I didn’t expect that! Utterly beautifully brilliant! Wicked! Insane! Chilling!

Annabeth definitely had a few burdens to carry in this novel! The title suggests she would play a major role, and that’s true! I for one was definitely happy to see her back! She’s my favourite character in the Percy Jackson series and I was excited to read chapters from her perspective! I didn’t know what to expect from this, only that the prophecy, “wisdoms’ daughter walks alone, the Mark of Athena burns through Rome” would be coming to fruition. Reading Annabeth’s chapters gave me an insight into how that prophecy came to light, reading about her flashbacks to her ‘fight’ with Athena, her godly mother, was proper insane! And having Annabeth with Percy once again pretty much cemented my shipper heart in happiness! I love them together and while I adored seeing previous relationships with characters come to light, there’s just something so special about Percy and Annabeth together!! 
This book is also narrated by Percy himself, Leo and Piper. Each character narrations were mostly presented in three chapter per characters, which once again was brilliant because it allowed the reader to see and feel how the characters do, after all this time. 

Which brings me to the point, each character has matured so much across these books! It’s been amazing because I feel like I have been there right as each character goes through everything! 

I love how the friendships grew and developed even more in this book! Leo, Jason, Percy, Frank, Hazel, Piper and of course Annabeth are essentially squad goals and they’re all on my favourite character list! Each character is freaking amazing and had some wild and epic scenes in this book, but I must take a moment to appreciate Leo and those fabulous one liners of his! 

For all these reasons and many more, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is by far my favourite book in this series, the characters massively stepped up and worked together and Rick’s writing blended so well with everything! He covers so many emotions and adventures wound into 574 pages and I didn’t want it to end! And only he could create villains that take on the appearance of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn! This is just one example of how cleverly wicked his writing is! Only he could pull this off with such brilliance! 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,