Friday, July 28, 2017

Spinning Pages (18): The Midnight Queen/No oh oh

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

So, yeah, The Midnight Queen and I did not see eye-to-eye. I was sorely disappointed in this book that could not even make it out of the prologue. It was just boring and the character, whose name I've forgotten, was just annoying as all get out. 

But here's a song's lyrics that perfectly sum up my thoughts on it.

No Oh Oh by CLC-
Don’t keep calling me like that
Eh-oh, eh-oh, no no
No, no, no, it’s no
The future you are thinking, no oh oh

Do not ask me to look back
Eh-oh, eh-oh, no no
No, no, no, it’s no
The future you are thinking, no oh oh

Let go, there’s gonna be trouble
Don’t do this, you’ll get in trouble

(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)

While I don't feel like going into, another, a diatribe on why I disliked Sylvia Izzao Hunter's The Midnight Queen, I thought why not pair it with a song to set my feelings down on it. 

I so so wanted to like this one! First off, it has a map!! And we all know that I love books with maps!! So imagine my disappointment to not be in bookish love with all aspects of The Midnight Queen!! Secondly, the main character just annoyed me to no end! I wanted nothing more than to slap him and to tell him to grow a spine. 

If you want a more clear cut discussion on why I DNF'd The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzao Hunter, then, please, check out my review.  

Don't forget to check out the full song, and video, for CLC's No oh oh!! You definitely want to watch the video as it is so colorful and cute!! Also, the song is really fun to listen to as well. 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Want to Read It (63): The Son of Neptune

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, 2) by Rick Riordan, October 4, 2011. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Own it/Need to Read It.
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
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 wished 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. 

Ever since I read The Lost Hero I have been wanting to know what will happen next. It ended on a pretty big cliffhanger if I recall correctly. I love books with mythology, and so far Rick Riordan's writing has always been amusing. Truthfully, I have owned a copy of this book, thank you used book store, for over a year now. I just have not found the time to read it...also I need to dig through the stacks to locate my copy...

Did you read the Heroes of Olympus series? 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Midnight Queen

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open 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!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 24, 2017

DNF Review: The Midnight Queen

The Midnight Queen (Noctis Magicae, 1) by Sylvia Izzao Hunter, September 2, 2016. 417 pages. Published by Ace. Source: Blogging for Books.
In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented—and highest born—sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover…
Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.

Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father’s wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings.
First Sentence
It was his own fault entirely, Gray reflected later.

I should not have had such high expectations going into The Midnight Queen. My expectations just left me all the more disappointed when I could not even make it out of the prologue. Ugh!!

  • While I'm sure this must be a perfectly fine book, it just was not for me. Everything about the characters annoyed me, and I only read maybe ten pages, as he came across as a total pushover with absolutely no personality. I just wanted to tell the stupid guy to get some backbone and, you know, make an actual decision for himself. GAH!! I'm still rather steamed up over this!!
  • Sadly, I was not only dismayed by the lackluster characterization but also that of the writing and world building. Which is really disappointing as the synopsis made it sound like such an interesting book. I was really looking forward to seeing the world that the author created; yet when I slipped into it, there was nothing that made me want to stick around. World building is one of my favorite things about fantasy books, so when I come across one that's, to be blunt, is unable to stand out it can be rather disheartening. 
  • I was just unimpressed with this one. About the only thing, I found favorable about The Midnight Queen was the cover and the nice map of the world included in the front of the book. I wish that there were more positive aspects of the book to share with y'all, but this book just left me bored and uninterested in seeing the main character's, whose name I've already forgotten, fate.
Final Verdict: The Midnight Queen- I just do not have time for the levels of boredom that this book elicited.

The Midnight Queen earns

A copy of this book was received for review consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Spinning Pages (17): The Hate U Give/Unbreakable

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

Originally, I was not going to include The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Spinning Pages. Simply because there was not a single song that was "speaking" to me in terms of this book. Fast forward, from April to late Thursday night, of this week, when I had the library of music, on my computer, set to shuffle and this one song came on that made me think of Starr (and her family).

Unbreakable by B.A.P
I won’t ever break 
I won’t ever fall down 
Even if the story tries to swallow me
I’m unbreakable
Even if I die, I won’t break 
Even if I die, I won’t give up 
Even if my wings are trampled in the darkness
U know? I’m unbreakable
(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)

B.A.P's Unbreakable is one of my absolute favorite songs of theirs; especially on those days where you have to dig out every last piece of fortitude to finish your run.

If you haven't already guessed by the lyrics I chose from the song, then you are probably wondering why this particular song brought to my mind Starr and her family. Well, it is rather simple. Even though there were times when she felt lost and like giving up, during the aftermath of what happened,  to me, she and her family came out stronger for all they went through. I may not have loved Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, but I did quite enjoy how supportive her family was of her.

You can see my full thoughts on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas by checking out my review.

Don't forget to give the full song a listen!!



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