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, Do It Yourself Projects, Fashion

Literary Character Halloween Costumes

So, Halloween is fast approaching and I have never been that big on celebrating it, or dressing up. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really tried to create a costume in a very long time, and mostly I’ve half-assed it. (Forgive my cussing, but it’s the truth.) Last year, a delightful blog called The Broke and the Bookish put out an idea which caught my attention, asking what the Top 10 characters are that I would want to be for Halloween… a very good question. Who ARE the fictional book characters that I might want to be for the day? Of course, narrowing it down to just 10 might be tough,  so here’s round 1…

Round 1: Children’s Book Characters:


Annabeth Chase
From: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Why Annabeth?

In spite of the Yankees cap (I’m a Red Sox supporter), this would be an easy costume to pull together (I already own a camp half-blood T shirt). Add some jeans, and perhaps a fake sword and I’d be good to go. Also, she is one of the smartest, toughest, and most awesome characters in children’s/young adult lit. How could I NOT want to go as her?

Hermione with bookHermione Granger
From: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why Hermione?

This one is another big fat DUH! She is perhaps one of the greatest literary characters of all time (regardless of age or genre) and she would be fairly easy to piece together a costume for as well. Perhaps the reason she’s not first on my list is because I’ve done another Harry Potter character for Halloween before (Ginny, because my hair already is straight and a bit red). But that also means I’ve already got the gear if I want to give the HP world another go…

Lucy PevensieLucy Pevensie
From: The Chronicles of Narnia

Why Lucy?

Lucy has always been my favorite of the Pevensie children. She’s the one who believed first, and who believed longest, who never wavered in her desire to be a part of Narnia. I love the innocence and faith that she represents in these stories. I also think she got more enjoyment out of this world than the others. She would also be fairly easy to dress as, because I would simply need an old fashioned dress and sweater, and perhaps a bow or clip for my hair. And of course a small jewel-like flash for the potion that Aslan gave her.

Ms. FrizzleMs. Frizzle
From: The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole

Why Ms. Frizzle?

Outside of her sheer awesomeness, Ms. Frizzle is a character I feel like I could totally pull off! Shaping the wacky hairdos and finding myself a stuffed lizard companion might be a bit tricky, but I’m sure I could find a wacky-patterned dress and some crazy earrings and talk about the wonders of science. I think this would be a big hit as a costume, and would be so much fun to wear!

From: The Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

Why Madeline?

Once again, I feel like this would be a fun, and fairly simple costume to put together… A navy dress with short white gloves, white knee-socks and black shoes. The yellow hat would probably be the trickiest part to get my hands on. Then just a little hair dye and I’m in business. I think people would get a real kick out of seeing a Madeline costume, she’s such a staple of so many people’s childhoods. I would have a blast as her.

Lowly WormLowly Worm
From: The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Why Lowly?

This one I would do for fun, especially if I were going to a party with a bunch of friends or people in my age group (or people who have kids). Because I think Lowly would get a lot of attention. As a costume, this would be a lot harder to pull together. Getting green pants and red high tops would be difficult. So would that crazy little hat. Also, if I wanted to be really authentic, I would probably have to find a way to tie my feet together and hop around (because Lowly only has the one leg, of course).

nancy drewNancy Drew
From: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Why Nancy?

She’s such a classic children’s literature character, and her look is pretty iconic. While it might be a pain to try and curl my hair a la the 50’s styling, finding a poofy, collared, old-fashioned dress wouldn’t present much of a challenge. I might also see if I could find a toy car like hers just to be cute. Add a magnifying glass just for those who don’t “get it” right away and I think I’d be all set. I’d probably have to practice my “surprised” face so that I look like all the

Fancy NancyFancy Nancy
From: The Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor

Why Nancy?

THIS Nancy would be a riot to dress up as because I could go all-out. Nancy loves to dress up, so I would definitely want to find some grown-up, dress-up clothes (maybe even a tutu) and find lots of sparkly hair pieces and jewelry. Nancy has so many delightful outfits to choose from. Anyone with girly-girls would probably recognize me. And in general I just think this one would be a blast.

Sister BearSister Bear
From: The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Why Sister Bear?

The Berenstain Bears are some of the most iconic literary characters of my childhood, and I can’t even describe how many videos and books I consumed that were about these lovely bears. Sister Bear was my favorite of the family, so I would want to dress like her. She also probably had the most recognizable look of the family, which would probably be difficult for me to replicate. Pink overalls are not very easy to come by, especially not with a matching pink polka-dot shirt. That would take some doing. But I be the reaction I got from friends and family would be worth it!

Sara Crewe a Little PrincessSara Crewe
From: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Why Sara?

Sara Crewe has been one of my longtime favorite characters, and her story has been wonderfully recreated on film. I think wearing an outfit from the time period of this story (takes place during WWI) would be really interesting and fun. I would want to try for an outfit from before she becomes an orphan (or perhaps do the outfit from when Ram Dass decorates her and Becky’s attic room, and he leaves them beautiful robes and slippers). In any case, it would be fun to live out this fantasy and pair whatever outfit with her signature locket and her doll Emily.


Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: The Sword of Summer

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. 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 a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

NEW RICK RIORDAN SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! A fantastic birthday present!!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
ISBN# 9781423160915
Page: 285

I stared into the murky clouds. After being in Freya’s realm, the world of the dwarves seemed oppressive, but it also seemed more familiar … more genuine. I guess no true Bostonian would trust a place that was sunny and pleasant all the time. But a gritty, perpetually cold and gloomy neighborhood? Throw in a couple of Dunkin’ Donuts location, and I’m right at home.

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!

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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

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“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!