Books, Children's Literature, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Hidden Oracle

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 376 pages
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484732748
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

What can I say?  It’s Rick Riordan, and a continuation of Percy Jackson’s world. OF COURSE I want to read this book!!! LOL Sorry if I’m a bit too excited for some of you, but I can’t really care too much. These books are really that good. What I’m looking forward to with the start of this new series is that we’re getting the perspective of one of the Gods! Apollo takes center stage and that change in viewpoint is HUGE. I do hope we get the opportunity to see some of the characters from past books. I’d really like to know if Leo ever made it home. But even if it’s got a whole new set of Demigods I bet they’ll be just as cool as their predecessors. Combine Riordan’s trademark humor with his irreverent interpretation of the Ancient Greek and Roman myths, and I just know this will be another epic series!


What are you waiting for this week?


Books, Children's Literature, Fictional Bucket List, Movies

Fictional Bucket List #49



Associated Book/Series: Percy Jackson

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!


Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: August 19th, 2014
ISBN# 9781423183648
Page: 13

In addition to being king of the cosmos, Kronos became the Titan of time. He couldn’t pop around the time stream like Doctor Who or anything, but he could occasionally make time slow down or speed up. Whenever you’re in an incredibly boring lecture that seems to take forever, blame Kronos. Or when your weekend is way too short, that’s Kronos’s fault, too.




Percy Jackson mentioned Doctor Who!! Ahh!

Books, Fictional Bucket List, Movies, TV

Fictional Bucket List #11



Associated Book/Series: Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Little Women, Matilda, Veronica Mars, Pride and Prejudice, Beauty and the Beast

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Blood of Olympus

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5) by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication Date: Oct. 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062286925
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Oh gods, oh gods, oh gods! It’s the FINAL book in the second Percy Jackson series, The Heroes of Olympus! So if you’ve ever read a Percy Jackson book before, you might understand my co-mingling emotions of elation and despair. It’s horrible that its ending, and yet, the stories have built and built to these final moments and battles. I’m so excited for this!! The characters are phenomenal, so varied in personality but they really ALL have personality and that is so hard to do with such a large cast of characters. Rick Riordan’s ability to tell this story is so incredible. I just, I can’t. How am I gonna deal with this? I have no idea. But I can’t wait until I have to!

What are you waiting for this week?

Books, Children's Literature

MegaAwesome Adventures Book Panel!

This photo, courtesy of Rick Riordan, was taken from a private school auditorium in Wellesley, MA where my friend Kim (blogger at Book Munchies) and I attended an author panel with Mega-Awesome children’s authors: Rick Riordan, Eoin Colfer, Ridley Pearson, and Jonathan Stroud! Yes, it was quite the super-star panel. It was great to hear a little bit about each of the authors’ insights into some of their characters and the inspirations behind their amazing books.

For those of you who are unaware (perhaps you’ve been hiding from children’s lit for the last decade or so), Rick Riordan is the author of 2 series starring Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and the Heroes of Olympus) as well as a third series called the Kane Chronicles. There have currently been 2 movie adaptations of the first 2 Percy Jackson books. You can count me as a total Fangirl of Percy and his friends!

Along with the photo, he had this to say on his Tumblr page:


Thanks, Wellesley, for a great event yesterday! Follow @disneypublishing for more pix and updates.

Eoin Colfer (a man with an enchanting Irish accent and dark sense of humor) wrote the excellent Artemis Fowl series about a delightfully criminal young man who is an evil genius. He has now begun a new series W.A.R.P. beginning with The Reluctant Assassin. Colfer admitted that he likes the bad guys the best. I think we can all understand their appeal.

With Kim and Ridley PearsonRidley Pearson is one of the co-authors (along with Dave Barry) of the fantastic Peter and the Starcatchers series, as well as the author of The Kingdom Keepers series, where 5 young teens must protect the Disney Parks from the vicious Overtakers (whom you might recognize as dastardly Disney villains!) The final book in the series, book 7: The Insider was just released! For those of you crying “NOOOOOOO!” in your hearts, I have a feeling we might not have heard the last of these guys…

Ridley Pearson was awesome at the event. He and a couple of the other authors stuck around to take photos and answer questions afterwards. Here’s one of myself, Ridley Pearson, and Kim (on the left)!With Kim and Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud was the 4th and final author, who may be best known for his Bartimaeus trilogy, a tale told by the titular character who is a powerful djinni. He is full of wit, snark, and sarcasm, and the stories are rife with mayhem and adventure. Stroud’s latest series, Lockwood & Co., is quickly rising in popularity as well and focuses on a London that is overrun with ghosts. A small company of kids (sort of a twisted Ghostbusters crew) fight to rid people of their poltergeist problems. It’s one of the most unique stories I’ve heard in a long time! Stroud had a great deal of wit (and a lovely British accent) that we would have happily stuck around to listen to for much, much longer. As it was, he was nice enough to let us grab a photo after the event too (on the right)!

I’d love to extend my thanks to all of the authors for coming out to share your books and your thoughts with us all! It is very much appreciated!