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K Drama Recommendations (My Favs)

Extraordinary You (2019)

 The series follows high school girl Eun Dan-oh (Kim Hye-yoon) who is a student at a prestigious academy. … Her hopes of freeing herself from the Writer’s control becomes stronger than before when she unexpectedly meets nameless Student Number 13 (Rowoon).

My rating: 10/10

Tale of the Nine Tailed (Tale of the Gumiho) (2020)

gumiho (nine-tailed fox) named Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook) abdicates his position as the guardian mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan to search for the reincarnation of his one true love, Ah-eum (Jo Bo-ah). He follows her soul along the Samdo River and marks her with a fox bead so he can find her when she is reborn.

Yeon offers his services to Taluipa (Kim Jung-nan), an agent in the Afterlife Immigration Office, to eradicate supernatural beings that threaten the mortal world in exchange for Ah-eum’s reincarnation. Throughout centuries, Yeon encounters several lookalikes of Ah-eum but none bear the fox bead.

Meanwhile, the mountains becomes unprotected in Yeon’s absence and humans soon invade and set fire to the mountain land. Yeon’s half-brother, Lee Rang (Kim Bum), flees the mountain and swears revenge on all human beings.

My rating: 10/10

Goblin: The Lonely Shinning God (2016)

Goblin is a fantasy romance about a modern day goblin (Gong Yoo) who seeks to end his cursed immortal life and needs a human bride (Kim Go Eun) to do so.  His life then becomes intertwined with a grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) who is unable to remember his past.

My rating: 10/10

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2016)

Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a delicate and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Guk-doo (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets a job as bodyguard to rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. In contrast to Guk-doo, Min-hyuk is an eccentric man who is playful, a little spoiled, has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats and has even been stalked, leading him to hire Bong-soon as his bodyguard after witnessing her beat up a bunch of gangsters at a construction site when they threatened an old elementary school bus driver.

My rating: 10/10

True Beauty (2020)

18-year-old high school student Lim Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young), who has an inferiority complex regarding her appearance, has been constantly discriminated by her family and bullied by her peers due to being perceived as ugly. She starts learning how to use makeup by binge-watching makeup tutorial videos on the Internet. When she masters the art just before transferring to her new school, her makeover proves to be transformative as she quickly rises to fame and her peers call her a “goddess.”

Despite her newfound popularity, Ju-kyung still considers herself ugly and it is her greatest fear that her peers will see her real face. This unfortunately comes true when her dashingly handsome, popular, and mysterious classmate Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo), whom she had previously run into with her bare face a couple of times, recognizes her beyond her makeup.[3] Su-ho is very popular among female students at school, but he hates being the constant center of attention and is often seen as aloof and cold. He has his own fears, and he harbors a dark secret—a tragic incident in the past—that has been haunting him for a long time. He and his former best friend Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-yeop) have distanced themselves from each other because of this incident, and the blame Seo-jun placed on Su-ho has caused him a lot of guilt. Ju-kyung and the estranged friends Su-ho and Seo-jun soon forge an unlikely relationship as they unravel secrets, share their pains, grow together and seek comfort from each other.

My rating: 10/10

Run On (2020)

A love story between Ki Seon-Gyeom (Im Si-Wan) and Oh Mi-Joo (Shin Se-Kyung).

Ki Seon-Gyeom was once a popular sprinter for the national team. Due to a case, he quit the sport. He then begins to work as a sports agent. Meanwhile, Oh Mi-Joo writes subtitle translations for movies. She was thrilled when she first she her name as a translator during the end credits. She meets Ki Seon-Gyeom, who just quit being a sprinter. She feels they were destined to meet.

Seo Dan-A (Sooyoung) is the CEO of a sports agency. She is the only child of a man who runs the Seomyung Group. Because of her gender, she is pushed back on the list of potential successors to the Seomyung Group. She lives fiercely to take back what originally belonged to her. Lee Young-Hwa (Kang Tae-Oh) then appears in her life. He is a university student, majoring in art. He likes movies and croquis drawing.

My rating: 9.75/10

The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)

Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho), a modern-day Emperor of the Kingdom of Corea, attempts to cross the barrier into an alternate reality where the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom’s stead. He comes across detective Jung Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun), whom he recognizes from an identity card he obtained during the turning point of his childhood: his father’s assassination. Lee Gon’s half-uncle, Lee Lim (Lee Jung-jin), who assassinated the previous king, Lee Ho (Lee Gon’s father), is in hiding and assembling armies whilst traversing back and forth between the two parallel worlds.

My rating: 9.75/10

W: Two Worlds (2016)

The series focuses on the eponymous fictional webtoon entitled W, written and illustrated by its legendary author and illustrator Oh Seong-moo (Kim Eui-sung) which begins to function on its own, like a distinct reality. W became so famous in South Korea that even its printed versions became best-sellers there.

The storyline of the webtoon W starts with the younger years of its main character Kang Chul (Lee Jong-suk), a handsome and intelligent boy who is also skilled in shooting. He becomes famous in South Korea as he won a shooting competition during the 2004 Athens Olympics. But this fame is interrupted when the unknown Murderer massacres his family, and he is erroneously accused of the crime. Another villain, Han Cheol-ho (Park Won-sang), handles the case to gain political popularity, urging the court to impose the death penalty upon Kang Chul. Despite his efforts, Kang Chul is deemed innocent of the crime. Depressed over losing his family, he attempts suicide over the Han River but stops himself and chooses to search for the real killer instead and devote his life to crime-fighting.

Ten years later, Kang Chul becomes a multimillionaire. He starts “Project W” in an effort to catch the real culprit behind his family’s death; part of the project is his television broadcasting company dubbed “W,” after the initials of the interrogatives “who” and “why” (hence, the title of the webtoon). One night, he receives a suspicious phone call and is severely injured by the same mysterious Murderer on the rooftop of his penthouse. Then even stranger things happen when the illustrator’s daughter Oh Yeon-joo (Han Hyo-joo) accidentally enters the comic world. The story runs about the question whether he will be able to have a happy ending.

My rating: 9.5/10

One Spring Night (2019)

Lee Jeong-in (Han Ji-Min) is a librarian who has been in a 4-year-old relationship with a banker, Kwon Gi-seok (Kim Jun-han). While Yoo Ji-ho (Jung Hae-in) is a pharmacist and single dad who has graduated a year behind Kwon Gi-seok from the same university. Little do they know that after meeting each other, Ji-ho and Jeong-in will begin to see love and relationships in a new light.[4]

Jeong-in runs into Ji-ho at the Woori Pharmacy when she goes to remedy her hangover. She tells him she is in a rush, so he opens the products and gives them to her before she pays. She realizes that she had left her wallet at her friend’s place the previous night. He tells her to pay him back later, and gives her money for a taxi.[2]

Ji-ho immediately becomes interested in Jeong-in after their first meeting, and intentionally does not respond to her texts so she has to pay him back in-person instead of just wiring him money. When she finally revisits the pharmacy, he implies his interest in her to which she responds that she can only be friends with him. She tells Ji-ho that she is in a relationship, and then, in the same conversation, Ji-ho hesitantly admits he is a single parent with a son. Single parenthood in South Korea is still frowned upon even though some attitudes about the subject are changing to be more positive.[5] As a young single parent, Ji-ho has to face this social stigma from almost everyone throughout the episodes. Strangers, Jeong-in’s parents, and even his friends look down on him due to his parental state. The only person who doesn’t seem to mind that he is a single parent is Jeong-in.

Jeong-in is in a long-term relationship with Gi-seok, and both of their parents have been pressuring them to get married for a long time. The only problem is that she doesn’t feel like she is ready for that kind of commitment, and she’s not sure if she loves Gi-seok. After meeting Ji-ho, Jeong-in starts to harbour even greater doubts about marrying Gi-seok.

Ji-ho and Jeong-in realize how difficult it would be to have a relationship with each other, so they intend to leave it be. However, tension builds between the two as Ji-ho cannot deny his feelings for Jeong-in and Jeong-in struggles to suppress her feelings for Ji-ho. There are many times where she calls him and wants to meet with him for no apparent reason. After some time, she decides to follow her heart. Both Ji-ho and Jeong-in have to make uncomfortable decisions, and the road for them is never easy as they prove to their parents and friends the sincerity of their feelings.

My rating: 9.5/10

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? (2018)

Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) is the vice-chairman of a major corporation. His world is shaken when, one day, his highly-capable secretary, Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young), announces that she will resign from her position after working for Lee Young-joon for nine years. Young-joon then decided to do whatever he can after talking to his best friend, who happens to be a Board Director in his company, to make sure Mi-so stays by his side.

Throughout the journey, Lee Young-joon planned plenty of things while Kim Mi-so decides to find for her elusive oppa from a past traumatic experience that she was a part of when she was a young child. Both were unknowingly aware that they shared the same experience of trauma but ultimately, Kim Mi-so falls in love with Lee Young-joon as they heal each other of their past traumatic experience of being kidnapped.

My rating: 9/10

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February 2021 | Wrap Up

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4 stars.

Read January 21st – February 2nd

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman – 1st read – physical

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Read February 14th

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4.5 stars.

Read February 13th – February 15th

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4 stars.

Read February 16th – February 20th

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read February 20th – February 21st

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read February 21st – February 22nd

Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read February 22nd – February 22nd

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read February 22nd – February 22nd

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read February 22nd – February 23rd

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read February 23rd – February 24th

The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read February 24th – February 25th

The Brightest Night (Origin #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read February 25th – February 28th

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida – 1st read – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read February 27th – February 28th

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ARC Review: Shadow Service Vol.1 by Cavan Scott

Worried your partner is cheating? Need a missing person found? Gina Meyers is the Private Investigator for you. Sure, she’s a witch who worries that her powers make her more of a monster than the crooks she’s trying to catch, but it’s not like London’s criminal underworld is literally going to hell… is it? Spy craft meets black magic in the shadowy world of MI666.

Publisher: Vault Comics

Publication Date: April 20th 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel

Source: ARC provided by author’s team

Review:

A great start to this new series.
Our main character, Gina, has the ability to cast spells. She thinks she’s unique, and of course she isn’t. In fact, Great Britain has it’s own magic/demon-focused secret service, nicknamed MI666 (which is fun).
This first issue was fast-paced, action-packed and set up a very interesting storyline with a strong female protagonist at its center. It introduced a world very much like our own, but with fantastical entities lingering in its shadows.

The place seems to be run by a very old man trapped in the body of an 8-year-old boy, basically Number Five from The Umbrella Academy.

The MI666 HQ is inside a van, which is of course much bigger on the inside.

What I did like is the idea that Gina’s spellcasting creates insomnia, although this pretty much forgotten about later on in the book. That said, I do like the demon designs, and Number Five is in contact with a huge Angel of Death kind of thing, which looks great.

The artwork is solid, and I enjoyed the use of the restrained palette including purple for the main character and green for old-school creepy/moody/paranormal vibes. 

Thank you to the author, Cavan Scott, the illustrator, Corin Howell, and the publisher, Vault Comics, for this opportunity. Also, thanks to Jamie-Lee Nardone, the director of Black Crow PR, for originally reaching out to me about this title.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ARC Review: Sorcery of a Queen (Dragons of Terra #2) by Brian Naslund

A fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy

They called her the Witch Queen…

Driven from her kingdom, the would-be queen now seeks haven in the land of her mother, but Ashlyn will not stop until justice has been done. Determined to unlock the secret of powers long thought impossible. Ashlyn bends her will and intellegence to mastering the one thing people always accused her of, sorcery.

Meanwhile, having learned the truth of his mutation, Bershad is a man on borrowed time. Never knowing when his healing powers will drive him to a self-destruction, he is determined to see Ashlyn restored to her throne and the creatures they both love safe.

Review:

*I received a review copy of Sorcery of a Queen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Brian Naslund and Tor.

“Let me get this straight. Sitting on this ship, we have a stranger who claims to be a Witch Queen. An emperor-killing exile. And a notorious thief. In what realm would I bring the three of you within ten leagues of our Eternal Empress Okinu?”

Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund is a story of endurance against all odds and simultaneously an exploration of what happens when science goes too far. Yet underneath the darkness it is also a tale of endearing companionships in an otherwise brutal world.

What makes Sorcery of a Queen a worthy sequel to Blood of an Exile? Well firstly, it’s broader in scope as our protagonists are placed in various locations throughout Terra. We delve deeper into the Dainwood forest, we sail to Papyrian and even a mysterious island beyond. The world-building is enriched with different cultures and practices. Due to this Sorcery of a Queen also inevitably holds a larger cast of characters. Many of our beloved favourites remain significant to the narrative, but we are treated to a variety of new characters too.

Sorcery of a Queen follows the same fun banter with great humor. Surprising fantastical elements keep the plot fresh. There isn’t a thing in this series so far that I dislike, strong females, dragons and a lot of focus on nature and magic. Everything I love. There is even in a way an animal companion, loose but it still counts in my eyes haha. I can’t wait for the finale, it is turning into a fave series. There is plenty of suspense in the story and lovable characters that I enjoy following, all POV’s are great. 

The alternating chapters between different characters point of view really kept the story moving. Usually, there is a character that I’m a little less interested in then others, but Sorcery of a Queen managed to make me care and stay invested in everyone. While I found Vera’s chapters a little slower at first, by part two of the book I was as fully invested in her and Kira as I was with Bershad, and Ashlyn.

The humour of this book is absolutely spot on too. It’s a fine balance to write characters that are truly funny, but each character managed to have some really wonderful one-liners and some actual laugh out loud moments. They all have different humour too, which is so wonderful to see to create fully developed characters that each stand apart from each other. Ashlyn’s dry humour mixed with crude humour from Felgor and others, any reader will find a lot of this book hilarious no matter what your sense of humour is.

We are given multiple perspectives, Bershad, Ashlyn, The Widow, Vera, the alchemist, Jolan and Cabbage, the corsair. The one theme that stands out during these perspectives is the consequences of choices and actions. Sorcery Of A Queen was like a drug and Brian Naslund was my dealer. I was turning the pages so quickly I’m pretty sure that I had papercuts on top of my papercuts.

Sorcery Of A Queen demands your attention and doesn’t let go. Its inventive, a unique universe with an incredibly vibrant setting. Tense and atmospheric, a must-read.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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January 2021 | Wrap Up

Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4 stars.

Read January 3rd

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4.5 stars.

Read January 3rd – January 4th

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 4th – January 5th

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 7th – January 8th

Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 8th – January 8th

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4 stars.

Read January 8th – January 12th

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 13th – January 13th

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J.Maas – reread – physical

Rating: 3 stars.

Read January 15th

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J.Maas – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 15th – January 17th

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J.Maas – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 18th

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) by Sarah J.Maas – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 19th

Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman – 1st read – physical

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Read January 22nd – January 24th

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 26th

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars.

Read January 26th – January 27th

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December 2020 | Wrap Up

Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4 stars

Read November 29th – December 3rd

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read December 11th – December 27th

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentorut – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read December 13th – December 28th

The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read December 15th – December 17th

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi – reread – physical

Rating: 5 stars

Read December 14th – December 16th

Obsession (An Arum Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 1st read – physical

Rating: 4.5 stars

Read December 22nd – December 26th

We Jace you a Clary Xmas – 1st read – ebook

Rating: 5 stars

Read December 26th – December 27th

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ARC Review: Orientation (Chronicles of a Spell Caster #1) by J.J Singleton

Publisher: Unknown

Publication Date: September 19th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: ARC provided by author

Review:

*a copy was provided by author in exchange for a honest review
All thoughts and opinions are my own

We follow Jet as our main character in this first book. We get to learn a lot about the school and the magic system through him, and well about Jet himself and others as well. The World building in this book is very well done.
This helps getting into the book a bit faster and getting to know the characters and eventually the plot.

I think people who are fans of Harry Potter would adore this! I both enjoyed and had my issues with Chronicles of a Spell Caster. I’ll start by saying that this book had a lot of potential! It had some really unique ideas and a well-developed magic system and lots of action and adventure, but it fell short in the execution and writing style for me.

The ending is the best part of my reading experience. It will make one think if it is something satisfying or not. I am curious what will happen in the succeeding books.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

⭐⭐⭐

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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan Review.

PERCY IS CONFUSED. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

HAZEL IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

FRANK IS A KLUTZ. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery—although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
by Rick Riordan
Purchase on: Amazon,  
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Add to: Goodreads

⭐⭐⭐⭐.75

Review:

In this book we finally get to see Percy and what has happened to him whilst Jason has been with the Greeks. I actually enjoyed this book more than the first book, though this may just be down to Percy’s presence in this book.

Throughout the book we also encountered many new characters. There were the Romans and the Amazons, we saw the Roman side of Ares, Mars, and we were also reintroduced to old characters, such as Tyson and Nico. On the topic of characters, I really liked Hazel and Frank, possibly more so than I enjoyed Piper and Leo in The Lost Hero. It was also interesting to see Mars in his role as Frank’s father. (I don’t mind posting spoilers because this book was published approximately four years ago.)

The book was funny and witty, as Percy’s character always is. It was very interesting to read and imagine Camp Jupiter and how different is it to Camp Half-blood, though I would still prefer the latter. With new places comes new adventures and as long as camp is concerned, new quests which I loved experiencing with the characters.

In The Lost Hero I was still adjusting to the concept of Greek and Roman gods, but I now I am really enjoying them. I love how different cultures with almost the same beliefs have merged to create gods with various identities which only makes them more complex characters. After all, someone who is immortal and who has been around for centuries and centuries etc. is likely to have different parts to their identity.

Also, to compare this book to The Lost Hero, the writing is a lot better, in my opinion. In the first book the chapters changed perspective too often that you barely got a chance to properly get to know the characters and when you felt yourself getting deeper into them, the perspective would changed and you’d be yanked out and pushed into another character. Meanwhile, in this book I feel like we both got to read about the Percy we all know and love as well as get to know Hazel and Frank. I think this is a big part of why I prefer Hazel and Frank to Piper and Leo.

My rating: 4.75/5 stars.

⭐⭐⭐⭐.75

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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan Review.

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
by Rick Riordan
Purchase on: Amazon,  
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

⭐⭐⭐⭐.75

Review:

The Lost Hero is the first book from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Riordan is also the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which I read last year. I know I am a bit late on reading all of these books, but better late than never, right? I really enjoyed the first series and am happy to finally be making some progress with this second series.

Leo is definitely my favorite. I love him. Being Hephaestus ‘ kid is actually pretty cool. He’s an amazing character and I loved his PoV’s.
Piper, she’s pretty cool, I like her. She’s sweet. Being a child of Aphrodite is also pretty cool, I love her powers. Charmspeak which is basically Compulsion like from TVD , but without the blood drinking thing. I’ve always liked Aphrodite and I liked her even more in this Book. In case you didn’t know my favorite gods are Apollo and Aphrodite. 

Jason. I’ve heard people disliked him aka Christine, but I actually did like him. Not as much as Percy but he’s still likeable and besides the exchange isn’t  his fault, It’s Hera’s. No one likes her.
Okay so Percy…… What do you mean HE DOESN’T REMEMBER lol, but I’ve been spoiled drastically about this whole series so I know in the end Percabeth is fine though I don’t know what they go through.  Gods I missed Percy and Nico so much It’s not even funny. Can’t wait to read The Son of Neptune; and Percy’s the Son of Neptune so I’m guessing he’s a big part. He better be!

Jason’s coin weapon. For a second there I actually thought it was cooler then Riptide ,I was wrong. I mean It’s still pretty cool though but I prefer Riptide. It also broke and that’s not cute although it did save them as it broke so that was a nice way to say goodbye.

I loved how in the end they were all Cabin Leaders. Especially the way Piper took the the throne, yes! You go girl! I liked her even more then. Drew had it coming.

Let me just say I ship Jason & Piper – Jasper / Jiper- so hard. They’re so cute and I don’t care if that Reyna chick was his gf, not anymore because team Piper!
Also as he was recalling names I saw Hazel’s name and I know she’s one of the seven too (:

My rating: 4.75/5 stars.

⭐⭐⭐⭐.75

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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins Recap.

Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love. 

Early on the morning of the Reaping for the 74th Annual Hunger Games, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen left home early to meet her friend Gale in the woods. The two shared breakfast, did some fishing and gathering, then did some trading in town. Katniss went home to dress for the Reaping, then headed to the Town Square with her twelve-year-old sister Prim. Katniss prayed that her name wouldn’t be called as the girls’ Tribute, and it wasn’t. The name drawn was Primrose Everdeen instead.

Katniss stepped forward to volunteer in her sister’s place, while Gale carried Prim back to her mother. The boy’s name drawn was Peeta Mellark. Katniss didn’t really know him, but she remembered a time when she had been starving, and he had given her bread. The ceremony concluded, and Katniss and Peeta were taken to the Justice Building, where they had an hour to say goodbye to friends and family. Katniss told her mother to take care of Prim and reminded Gale of his promise to help provide for her family. Madge, one of her friends, stopped by and gave Katniss a gold mockingjay pin to wear in the Games as a token from her district.

Then Katniss and Peeta were taken to the train and shown to their rooms for the trip to the Capitol. They had a fancy dinner with Effie Trinket, their assigned representative. After the meal, their mentor Haymitch Abernathy showed up, drunk as usual. Effie pointed out that the tributes shouldn’t be amused by his behavior since he was their mentor and could mean the difference between life and death for them.

The next morning, the Tributes enjoyed a big breakfast on the train. They showed Haymitch that they were fighters and expected his help as their mentor. Haymitch agreed to stay sober enough to be of use to them if they didn’t interfere with his drinking and did exactly what he told them. He gave them their first instruction: As soon as they got to the Capitol, they’d be sent to their stylists. They should go along with whatever the stylists wanted them to do. Later, Katniss and Peeta watched through the train windows as they moved through the Capitol. Katniss observed Peeta waving and smiling at the people and realized he was already playing to win the Games.

In the Capitol, Katniss was turned over to her Prep Team, the well-meaning trio of Octavia, Flavius, and Venia. They subjected her to a series of mostly painful beautification procedures, after which she met her stylist, Cinna. Katniss was pleasantly surprised that Cinna seemed to be a fairly normal person and was even happier when she realized that she’d be appearing in the pre-Games parade in an impressive outfit. Katniss and Peeta wore flaming costumes in the Parade, resulting in lots of cheers from the crowd and more than their fair share of air time from the television network.

After the parade, Katniss and Peeta were taken to the Training Center, where they would live and prepare until the start of the games. They were joined at dinner by their stylists, Effie, and Haymitch, who actually appeared fairly sober. Katniss recognized one of their servers, a red-haired girl. Effie immediately pointed out that there was no way Katniss could know the girl, as she was an Avox, a traitor who was being punished by having her tongue cut and being forced into servitude in the Capitol. Peeta covered for Katniss by saying that the girl looked a lot like Delly Cartwright, a girl from District 12.

Later, Peeta showed Katniss the roof garden, where they could talk without being overheard. Katniss shared the story of how she knew the Avox. Once when she and Gale were out hunting, they saw the girl and a boy running through the woods. A hovercraft appeared, killed the boy, and captured the girl in a net. This was the same girl, and Katniss was saddened by her fate and felt guilty for not trying to help her at the time.

The next morning, Katniss and Peeta discovered that their stylists had again dressed them in matching outfits. The Tributes would have three days to train prior to the start of the games and would appear before the Gamemakers on the last day to demonstrate their skills. Haymitch discussed training strategy with Katniss and Peeta. They told him about what they were able to do, and he advised them to spend their training time trying to learn new skills and not to show anyone what they’re best at until their private session with the Gamemakers. Haymitch also ordered them to stay together and pretend to like each other at all times.

Katniss and Peeta followed Haymitch’s instructions, staying together during training and avoiding the archery and strength-related stations. They learned some new skills in the process. As the District 12 female tribute, Katniss had the last assessment. The Gamemakers were already bored and ready to leave by the time her turn came, and they were eating and not paying attention to her. She responded by shooting the apple out of the mouth of their roasted boar and pinning it to the wall. Then she thanked them for their consideration and left without waiting to be dismissed.

When the Training Scores were announced via a televised program later that evening, Katniss was pleased to see that Rue (a young tribute who reminded her of Prim) scored a 7. Peeta got an 8. Training scores range from 1 (hopeless) to 12 (impossibly great). Katniss was expecting a low score after her actions during the assessment and was surprised to receive an 11.

The next day, the Tributes prepared for their televised interviews with Caesar Flickerman. Katniss was surprised when she learned that Peeta had asked to be coached separately. She spent the morning working with Effie on things like how to walk in high heels and sit like a lady. She spent the afternoon with Haymitch, working on how she should present herself at the interview. In the end, Haymitch got frustrated and gave up.

Cinna and the Prep Team brought Katniss her dress and helped her get ready. The dress was a stunning, jewel-covered garment in a flame pattern. When Katniss expressed her worry about how she’d come across during the interview, Cinna suggested she find him in the stylists’ section and answer Caesar’s questions as if she were speaking directly to him. She followed Cinna’s advice, and it worked. Katniss came across as funny and likable, and the audience loved her dress. Peeta stunned everyone at the end of his interview by explaining that he’d had a crush on Katniss for a long time, but she hadn’t realized he existed until the Reaping.

Part II: The Games

After the interviews, Katniss was angry with Peeta and shoved him so that he knocked over a pottery urn and cut his hands badly enough to need medical attention before dinner. After the meal, the two said goodbye to Effie and Haymitch. Haymitch offered some final advice: avoid the initial bloodbath at the Cornucopia, get as far away from the rest of the tributes as possible, and find water.

Katniss was unable to sleep that night and went to the roof for some fresh air. She met Peeta, and he talked about how he didn’t expect to win and only hoped he could die while still retaining his sense of self. In the morning, Cinna escorted Katniss to the hovercraft that would take her to the Arena. Once there, Cinna helped her dress in the provided outfit and braided her hair. He had remembered her mockingjay pin and attached it to her shirt. Katniss didn’t want to talk while she waiting, so she and Cinna sat quietly together in her Launch Room. When it was time to go, Katniss stood on a circular plate and was raised into the Arena via a clear cylinder.

Once all the tributes were in their places, everyone had to wait 60 seconds until a gong sounded, signaling the official start of the Games. While waiting, Katniss spotted a bow and arrows among the supplies in the Cornucopia and decided to try to grab them despite Haymitch’s advice. Just before the gong rang, she caught Peeta’s eye, which distracted her and cost her a couple of seconds of running time. Instead of trying for the bow, Katniss grabbed a nearby piece of plastic and an orange backpack. Another tribute threw a knife at her, but she blocked it with the backpack, acquiring the knife in the process.

Katniss ran for the woods and kept moving away from the Cornucopia. She didn’t find any water but saw a rabbit and figured there must be water nearby for the animals to drink. She found an empty water bottle, a warm sleeping bag, some food, iodine, and a pair of sunglasses in the backpack. That night, she slept in a tree, using her belt to secure herself to a branch.

The Panem national anthem was played, followed by the pictures of the tributes who had died the first day. Eleven were dead, leaving thirteen in the competition. During the night, another tribute made a fire nearby. This attracted the group of career tributes, who promptly killed the girl. Katniss was surprised to learn Peeta was part of that group.

Katniss spent the second day unsuccessfully searching for water. She killed a rabbit for food and spent another night in a tree. On the third day, she again searched for water and finally found a pond. She remembered to use the iodine from her pack to purify the water before drinking it. She planned to spend the following day by the pond, eating fish and camouflaging her pack.

After a few hours of sleep in a tree, Katniss awoke to the sound of animals running and a wall of fire moving in her direction. She fled as well, and evaded the flames until the end of the attack (she was positive the fire had been sent by the Gamemakers), when she was hit in the leg by a fireball. She suffered significant burns to the leg and additional burns to her hands.

She kept moving until she found a spring-fed pond, where she soothed the burns as best she could in the cool water. After awhile, she heard the Career pack coming, so she ran again until she found a good climbing tree. She headed up, taunting the Careers to come after her. Cato tried and fell; Glimmer tried and gave up. Peeta suggested that they wait until morning since Katniss couldn’t go anywhere anyway.

High up in the tree, Katniss saw Rue in the next tree over, pointing at something above her head. She looked up and saw a tracker jacker nest. These were Capitol-mutated lethal bees. Katniss sawed through the branch, dropping the nest onto the Careers below. The Careers tried to run for the water, but two (Glimmer and the girl from District 4) died from the stings.

Katniss was stung three times. She got out of the tree and ran in the direction opposite to the way the Careers had headed. After a bit, she realized that Glimmer had been holding the bow and arrows when she died. Katniss headed back and retrieved the weapon but had started to hallucinate by then. She heard the Careers returning and expected to die. Peeta got to her first and told her to run, which she did. She fled until she collapsed into a small pit and lost consciousness.

Katniss eventually woke up and started walking again. She found water and killed a rabbit and groosling (wild bird) with her bow and arrows. When she stopped to make a fire to cook the meat, she spotted Rue hiding nearby. Katniss invited the girl to join her for some food and suggested an alliance.

Rue provided mashed leaves to help Katniss’ tracker jacker stings, and Katniss gave Rue some of the burn medication she’d received from sponsors. Rue provided some valuable information: Katniss had been unconscious for two nights, ten tributes were still alive, Peeta was no longer with the Careers, and the Careers had a camp near the lake with lots of food and supplies.

The next day, Katniss and Rue formulated a plan. Rue lit a couple of fires to lure the Careers away from their camp. Katniss snuck up and observed until she realized that the supplies were protected by land mines. She shot some arrows through a hanging bag of apples until it split open, causing the apples to fall and trigger the mines. There was a massive explosion, and the food and supplies were destroyed.

Katniss was dizzy and deafened from being so close to the explosions; she was barely able to crawl far enough away to hide before the Careers returned. Cato was furious to see all the supplies destroyed and killed the boy from District 3 who had made the mines.

That evening’s sky graphics revealed that only eight tributes were left, as another had been killed earlier that day. Katniss hid and waited for morning, when she was able to walk without dizziness and could hear out of one ear. She waited for Rue for awhile, then went looking for her. Katniss heard a scream and followed it just in time to see Rue stabbed by another tribute. Katniss killed him with an arrow before he could even retrieve the spear he’d used to attack Rue.

Katniss stayed with Rue and sang her a lullaby. After Rue’s death, Katniss adorned her body with wildflowers. Then she took both tributes’ packs and walked away. That evening, a surprise announcement stated that, for the first time in Hunger Games history, two tributes could win if they were from the same district.

Part III: The Victor

The next morning, Katniss started trying to find Peeta. She knew he was badly injured and figured he’d be hiding near a water source, so she followed the stream. Peeta was well camouflaged and hidden near the stream. Katniss got him cleaned up and treated his stings and burns.

The spear wound in his leg was more serious. She used the tracker jacker leaves, which leached out lots of pus, then applied the burn medicine, knowing it helped with infection. She also gave him some fever-reducing pills from the pack of the tribute she’d killed. Peeta was too weak to walk on his own, so Katniss helped him to a small cave, where she put him to bed in her sleeping bag. She kissed him (her first kiss ever), then went outside to find a silver sponsor parachute. It contained a pot of warm broth.

The next morning, Peeta was still feverish, and the leg wound looked worse. Peeta was developing blood poisoning, which was beyond what Katniss could treat with the supplies she had. Later, another announcement was made: there would be a Feast at the Cornucopia at dawn the next day. Each tribute would find the item he needed most in a backpack with his district number on it.

Katniss assumed her backpack would have the medication Peeta needed and wanted to go, while Peeta resisted, saying it was too dangerous. Haymitch sent Katniss another sponsor gift: a vial of sleeping potion, which she mixed with berries and gave to Peeta so he’d sleep deeply and she could attempt to retrieve the backpack at the Feast.

Katniss left the cave before dawn and headed to the Cornucopia, where she hid and watched. Just after sunrise, a table rose from the ground holding four backpacks. Immediately, Foxface ran over, grabbed hers, and fled. Katniss tried the same thing and had to dodge a knife thrown by Clove, the girl from District 2. She shot an arrow through Clove’s arm, then grabbed her backpack. Clove threw another knife, which hit her in the temple. She was about to kill Katniss when Thresh appeared and killed Clove. Thresh told Katniss he’d let her go this time because of her alliance with Rue. Katniss ran, and Thresh grabbed both his pack and Cato’s and ran as well.

Back at the cave, Katniss opened the bag and found a single syringe of medicine, which she injected into Peeta’s arm before passing out from her own injury. When she woke up, she found Peeta was feeling much better and had bandaged her wound. Their food supplies were running out, and they couldn’t hunt or gather because of a rainstorm that lasted a couple of days. Katniss got Peeta to talk, and after a particularly romantic conversation, Haymitch rewarded them with a sponsor gift of food.

On the last evening of the rainstorm, the nightly announcement showed that Thresh had been killed, leaving only four tributes alive. The next morning, Katniss and Peeta packed up and headed out to hunt. Peeta was so loud that he scared off all the game, so he stayed in one spot to gather while Katniss went off a bit further to hunt. Shortly after they met up again, the cannon sounded, signifying the death of a tribute. It turned out that Foxface had swiped some of the food Peeta left out, including some poisonous berries, and killed herself accidentally. That left only Cato alive besides the two of them.

That night, the two returned to the cave to sleep. They woke in the morning to find that the stream was completely dried up. They deduced that the Gamemakers were trying to herd the final three tributes back to the lake area for a final showdown. They headed to the lake, and waited for Cato to arrive. When he did, he was running full speed. He wasn’t running toward them but away from the muttations, dangerous Capitol-engineered wolves. The mutts had been created to resemble the dead tributes through their fur color, eyes, and special collars featuring district numbers.

The three remaining tributes took refuge on top of the Cornucopia, with Katniss shooting a couple of mutts to cover Peeta while he climbed up. Peeta’s leg had been badly clawed by a mutt. Cato grabbed him in a headlock, slowing asphyxiating him, and told Katniss she couldn’t shoot him because that would result in both of them falling over the edge. Peeta made an X on Cato’s hand using his own blood. Katniss shot Cato in the hand, Peeta shoved him backwards, and Cato fell over the edge. He fought the pack for awhile but eventually went down. Since he was wearing some sort of body armor, the mutts couldn’t kill him quickly.

Katniss and Peeta spend a cold night on top of the Cornucopia, trying to keep Peeta from bleeding to death. In the morning, Katniss was able to see Cato and had a good enough angle to kill him with an arrow to put him out of his misery. The final two tributes climbed down and moved far enough away for Cato’s body to be retrieved. Then another announcement was made: The previous rule change regarding two winners had been revoked. Now only one could survive.

Peeta asked Katniss to kill him and go home, saying that the Capitol had to have a Victor. Katniss had a better idea, and they each took some of the poison berries she had saved in her bag. They kissed goodbye, held out the berries, and began a countdown from three. Before they could kill themselves, it was announced that they were both victors of the 74th Hunger Games.

HOW IT ENDED?

The hovercraft came to take them out of the arena, and Peeta collapsed from blood loss as soon as they got off the ladder that raised them. A medical team was standing by to whisk him away. Katniss forgot she wasn’t still in the Games and lunged at the doctors. When they arrived back at the Training Center, she was flinging herself crazily against the glass partition. Someone gave her an injection from behind, and she later awoke to find herself in a hospital room, cleaned up and with her hearing restored.

After a couple of days in and out of consciousness in the hospital, Katniss awoke to find she was no longer attached to any tubes, and there was a clean outfit waiting for her. She dressed and ventured out to find Haymitch, Effie, and Cinna waiting for her. After a brief reunion, Cinna took her off to meet up with the Prep Team to get her ready for her victor’s interview.

Her dress for her first appearance as a victor was pale yellow and looked like candlelight; it made her look younger and more innocent. Just prior to the interview, Haymitch warned Katniss that the Capitol was angry about what she did with the berries. He explained that her only defense was that she and Peeta were so madly in love that they couldn’t be held responsible for their actions.

During the show, which featured a 3-hour recap of the Games, Katniss snuggled up with Peeta on the loveseat provided. The final interview with Caesar Flickerman was the next day. Cinna dressed Katniss in another sweet, innocent-looking dress, this one white with a pink bow. Peeta and Caesar did most of the talking, but Katniss did her best to appear in love with Peeta and explain that she was motivated by that love in the Arena. Afterwards, Haymitch confirmed that she’d done a good job.

After the interview, the group headed home on the train. During a stop, Katniss and Peeta went for a brief walk. Haymitch joined them and told them to maintain their performance back home until the cameras left. Peeta was surprised; he didn’t realize that much of Katniss’ recent behavior had, in fact, been a performance.

Katniss explained that the Capitol was angry over their defiance with the berries and that she wasn’t completely sure what she really felt. Peeta was hurt and stayed in his room on the train until they arrived a back in District 12. As they left the station, he took her hand for the cameras. The book ended with Katniss arriving safely back home, still unsure of her feelings toward both Peeta and Gale.