Updates + Mimi and Fifi

21 Jun

Hi!

MimiWell. Long time no see, right? I feel a bit bad about leaving all of you lovely readers for so long. The end of the school year has been crazy busy for me, and I haven’t had a lot of time to blog. :( To help fill you in on past and upcoming events, I have compiled a purple-panda-approved list! Enjoy…

  • Mimi got a new buddy named Fifi… (See below)
  • I auditioned, went to call-backs, and got cast in my school’s production of Once on this Island. Yay!
  • Zig-Zag the Zebra (Mimi’s traveling buddy) went to Turkey. Pictures coming soon, not to worry. :)
  • I just went to see Inside Out, which was super adorable, and therefore deserved to be on the list.
  • Feeling like you need an extra dose of purple panda-ness? Go check out my recent posts on Doll Mag, the online magazine devoted to dolls that I write with my amazing sister Bella, (who blogs here).

Speaking of Mimi’s new friend, I recently received a very cute Disney Marie Tsum Tsum as a gift from my wonderful mom, who I have named Fifi. After meeting her tiny look-alike, Mimi immediately knew that she had found a new friend! I couldn’t wait to take a few pictures of the two cuties together – check them out below!

Mimi and Fifi 1 Mimi and Fifi 2 Mimi and Fifi 3 Mimi and Fifi 4 Mimi and Fifi 5

Have a great night!

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Purple Panda Points: Mira’s Diary – Bombs Over London

6 May

Hi!

Hello everyone! Sorry for disappearing for a bit, (I was in the middle of tech week for my school’s production of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever) but there’s no need to worry – I have loads of fun things planned for the rest of the month! Today’s post is a review of book three in the Mira’s Diary series by Marissa Moss. It was a very fun read that I’m sure any time travel-lover will enjoy. Check out my review below!

Here’s a quick recap of my book review system for any of you who aren’t yet familiar with it:

My book review format is called “Purple Panda Points”, where I talk about three elements of the book (setting, plot, characters) in brief points. Hopefully this will help to keep the reviews informative, interesting, and spoiler-free!

The books are rated using the ice cream rankings (because, delish!)…

1 Panda PointOne Purple Panda Point: One point means that the book was just plain bad. I would never read it again. It’s the book equivalent of spinach ice cream.

Two PointsTwo Purple Panda Points: Two points means the book was okay. Fine. Nothing remarkable. The book equivalent of vanilla ice cream with no toppings in a dish.

Three PointsThree Purple Panda Points: Three points means the book was good. I enjoyed it and would read it again. The book equivalent of vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream in a wafer cone.

Four PointsFour Purple Panda Points: Four points means the book was great. I loved it actually! The book equivalent of cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a sugar cone.

Five PointsFive Purple Panda Points: Five points mean that the book was one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Amazing! Awesome! Cool beans! The ice cream equivalent of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream in a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

Woo, that made me hungry! And now onto the review…

Purple Panda Points MiraToday I’ll be reviewing Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London by Marissa Moss. You can read my full thoughts below or a quick overview of them in the image above.

Summary: Mira has spent the last few months traveling across Europe and through time. After receiving  a post card from her time-traveling mother, she finds herself in WWI London amongst soldiers, suffragettes, writers, nurses, coders, detectives…and other time travelers. As Mira intercepts coded messages and attends rallies, she begins to doubt whether or not changing the past is the right thing to do. Can Mira figure out what’s right and find a way to get her mother home?

Plot: Unfortunately, I feel that Bombs Over London suffers from a slow beginning and stilted dialogue in the modern world. When it gets to the history though, that’s where it really shines! I loved reading about Mira’s experiences throughout London, and the author did a lovely job of weaving history into the story. I can’t wait to see what happens!

Characters: I definitely enjoyed the interactions between Mira and the different historical figures – the writers’ meeting and suffragette speech were some of my favorite parts of the book! The Watcher and Mira’s mother are quite interesting, although Mira herself didn’t leave a very strong impression.

Setting: Reading about historical London through Mira’s eyes is one of the best parts of this book – it helps combine the history and story in a way that is both informative and interesting! The descriptive language and sketches throughout the book really helps you visualize the famous British landmarks as well.

Favorite Character: I’m not sure if I have a favorite…Beatrix Potter was pretty cool though. 

Recommended Reading: If you enjoyed Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London, you’ll love the Time Traveling Fashionista Series, North of Nowhere, Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure, The Wells Bequest, and The Magic Half.

Overall Rating: Three Purple Panda Points

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Have a great rest of your week!

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Let’s Read It Again! >> 01

13 Apr

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Midnight Ball Hello everyone! I’m happy to return to posting with a brand new feature, entitled Let’s Read It Again! where I will talk about I book that I am reading for the second (or third…or ninth if we’re talking about The School for Good and Evil) time. I’m kicking off the feature with a re-review of Jessica Day George’s adaption of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess of the Midnight Ball, so let’s get to it!

S U M M A R Y > > Due to a deal their deceased mother made, Princess Rose and her eleven sisters have been cursed to dance every night in a mysterious kingdom of darkness and danger since they’ve been able to walk. Due to his parents’ death, young solider Galen is returning home to a family he doesn’t know. Together, Rose and Galen will dive into a world of magic – both good and bad. Can they break the curse that plagues Rose’s family before it’s too late?

W H Y   I   D E C I D E D   T O   R E R E A D   I T >> A few weeks ago, I was looking for something to read and realized that I had gotten to the bottom of my pile of library books. I turned to my shelf looking for something to read until I got a chance to take out some more books, and I ended up grabbing Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George, the third book in one of my favorite series. Of course, while I was in the middle of reading Silver Woods, I decided I might as well reread the series from the beginning. And so, I put the first book in the series (Princess of the Midnight Ball) on hold, and here we are!

M Y   O R I G I N A L   T H O U G H T S >> I remember reading this book on the bus on my way home from school and being so engrossed in the story that I didn’t realize it was my stop and almost forgot to get off…so I’m going to assume that I loved it! (I have a very vivid memory of this bus ride for some strange reason – I even remember that I was wearing a blue sweatshirt. Odd.)

M Y   T H O U G H T S   N O W >> I’m definitely glad I reread this! Jessica Day George is such a great author and I was able to get lost in the world she created just as easily this time as I was when I first read it. I enjoyed reading from both Galen’s and Rose’s points of view (Poppy, Pansy, and Petunia remain my favorite princesses however. I guess I like characters whose names start with a “P.”) and thought that their individual takes on things intertwined well. The settings were described in great detail and I can still see them in my mind as I write this review, so yay! :) My only complaint is that there are so many characters that not all of them felt developed. I had a bit of trouble keeping track of everyone, but while I was reading I found a bookmark I had made a few years ago to go with the series. It lists all the characters, their ages, their significant others, and their enemies. It also has some very mysterious stains…

And just for fun, here are some of my favorite quotes from Princess of the Midnight Ball…

>> “Your voice sounds familiar.’ Her eyes sparkled. ‘Could you pretend to snore, so that I could make sure?”

>> “What does it say? Does he love you madly?”

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What books do you think I should reread next?

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Speed Read >> 01

21 Mar

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Speed ReadHappy Saturday everyone! Today I’m very happy to introduce a new book review feature on my blog: Speed Read! Since I love reading all the books in a series all at once, (and I bet you do too!) I thought it would be fun to create a new style of book review where I write about all the books in a series all at once. And so, for the very first edition of Speed Read, I will be talking about the Gallagher Girls books* by Ally Carter. It’s a very fun series with loads of suspense and general awesomeness, so let’s get to it…

*I wrote each of these mini reviews as I read the corresponding book, so none of my thoughts are effected by the next story in the series. I also try to not include spoilers, but if they’re unavoidable, I will include a warning label. (READ SUMMARIES AT YOUR OWN RISK!)

Speed Read 1B  O O K   O N E >> I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

S U M M A R Y >> Cammie Morgan’s life is just like any other teenage girl’s. She goes to school, does homework, and hangs out with her friends, Liz, Bex, and Macey…except those friends can speak 14 different languages…and that homework includes trailing her professors without their knowledge…and that school happens to be a school for spies. Cammie is freshman at the Gallagher Academy: a school where you learn not only how to be a spy, but also how to survive. But to the outside world, the academy is a mansion for rich snobs. Cammie never imagined these worlds could collide, but when she develops a crush on a boy from town, it will take all of her skills to keep things from going out of control.

L I K E S >> It’s a spy school. A spy school for super cool girls who would totally be best friends with one Cat Royal, if they ever got their hands on a time machine. (Unless they already have…) Seriously though, the students of the Gallagher Academy all felt well-developed and distinct, and exploring the school sounds like a blast. I love all of the operation summaries in there too – they made me laugh so hard!

D I S L I K E S >> Since it was the first book, the characters and settings all had to be introduced, which led to sort of a slow start. I also felt that a few events were just “filler”, although very entertaining filler, of course.

F A V O R I T E   C H A R A C T E R >> Tina and Liz are tied, for sure!

F A V O R I T E   L I N E >> “To learn her skills. Honor her sword. And keep her secrets.” – The Gallagher Academy student body.

C O V E R   C O N V E R S A T I O N S >> I like cover #1 much more than #2 and #3, thoughts?

R A N D O M N E S S >> There was a Gilmore Girls reference, guys! Teehee.

Speed Read 2B  O O K   T W O >> Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy 

S U M M A R Y >> After a few unfortunate mishaps involving a crush and a forklift, Cammie Morgan and her fellow spies-in-training are ready for a relaxing school year. But their plans change when they discover that their beloved Gallagher Academy is opening its doors to a set of new students: Boys. Boys who have their own spy school and their own set of secrets. The new students’ arrival causes a flurry of mysterious events, and Cammie soon finds herself wondering whether they’re allies or enemies.

L I K E S >> Ooh…there are new characters. And these new characters are cute and nice and have witty banter with our lovely main character. And they’re interesting and bring loads of suspenseful drama and embarrassing (but entertaining!) moments! Oh, and they also bring lots of new plots that will hopefully carry into the next few books! And I think it’s clear that I really like this series…

D I S L I K E S >> As much as I enjoyed this book, there were a few spots that I had to go back and reread because so much was going on in that it got a bit confusing. (Spy missions have a habit of doing that.) Nothing else to really complain about, although I do think we should get a spinoff series: “Macey McHenry’s Revenge on the 8th Graders.”

F A V O R I T E   C H A R A C T E R >> Zach is definitely cool…but Liz is still the best!

F A V O R I T E   L I N E >> “Hey Gallagher Girl” – Zach Goode

C O V E R   C O N V E R S A T I O N S >> Cover #1: It’s just soooooo pretty….. Cover #2: It’s nice, just not my favorite….Cover #3: *Yawn*

R A N D O M N E S S >> That run-in with Deedee and Josh was AWKWARD! And also, (WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!) that kiss! Zach and Cammie are adorable. :)

Speed Read 3B  O O K   T H R E E >> Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover 

S U M M A R Y >> Cammie Morgan is ending her summer in style! After being invited by her roommate and friend, Macey McHenry, to hang out during the McHenry political campaign, Cammie heads up to Boston for a few weeks of speeches, nominations, and interviews. But not everything is as it seems on the campaign trail, and Macey and Cammie soon find themselves targeted by a group of dangerous kidnappers. With the help of their Gallagher Girls knowledge and friends Bex and Liz, can these kick-butt spies get to the bottom of this mystery before it’s too late?

L I K E S >> I was really happy to see that this story focused a bit more on Macey, who I think is really interesting and well, awesome! Seeing her bond more with Cammie, Liz, and Bex was really sweet, and I’m rooting for her in future books. And how about that evil spy group? I sense lots of suspense and thrilling adventure in the future. And a round of applause for Abby, who I’m pretty sure is the most interesting adult so far.

D I S L I K E S >> Less Zach being mysterious and not being able to tell us things, please. That is all.

F A V O R I T E   C H A R A C T E R >> Macey rocked this one.

F A V O R I T E   L I N E >> “…the only way Bex would miss this would be if she were unconscious. And tied up. And in a concrete bunker. In Siberia.”

C O V E R   C O N V E R S A T I O N S >> #1 of this roundup is actually my favorite cover of the entire series…which is ironic, given the title.

R A N D O M N E S S >> More Macey in all future books please! She and Preston are super-duper cute.

Speed Read 4B  O O K   F O U R >> Only the Good Spy Young

S U M M A R Y >> The junior year of Cammie Morgan’s life at spy school has already been filled with danger and secret missions, but it’s about to get a lot more exciting. After discovering that the dangerous Circle of Cavan is hunting her, Cammie spends her winter break being followed by agents and guards through the busy streets of London, but even the world’s best spies can’t protect her from those who know her the best. In a world filled with traitors, spies, enemies, and allies, does Cammie know who to trust?

L I K E S >> There are answers. And snarky British agents. And evil villains who make me want to throw my book at a wall while spinning in my favorite spinning chair because that’s how evil villains should be.  And suspenseful cliffhangers that I really hate but also love. And lots of roommate bonding happiness while breaking into dangerous sublevels and protecting of main characters. And lots of cute moments between one Cammie Morgan and one Zachary Goode (even if he was occasionally bothering me.) And a very witty title. I liked everything, okay?

D I S L I K E S >> Cliffhangers are so not cool beans.* Cliffhangers are so not cool beans. Cliffhangers are so not cool beans. Cliffhangers are so not cool beans. Cliffhangers are so not cool beans. (If you write it a million times, the cliffhangers will magically disappear! :) )

*For my thoughts on cliffhangers, please refer to this post.

O T H E R   N O N – C L I F F H A N G E R – H A T R E D – R E L A T E D  D I S L I K E S >> Oh, adult characters, please do something. At least tell Cammie about the dangerous spy group that is hunting her. No one enjoys your secret meetings and vague comments. Almost as much as no one enjoys cliffhangers…

F A V O R I T E   C H A R A C T E R >> Liz beats everyone. As we all know.

F A V O R I T E   L I N E >> “How Not to Break Into Sublevel Two: A List by Cameron Morgan with Help from Macey McHenry.

-Teleportation: Sure, Liz says she has an excellent working theory, but she doesn’t have a prototype yet. And without a prototype it’s pretty much a moot point.

-That thing Bex’s parents did in Dubai with liquid nitrogen, an earthquake simulator, and a ferret: Because we don’t have a ferret.”

C O V E R   C O N V E R S A T I O N S >> Don’t we have a system by now? #1 is always the winner!

R A N D O M N E S S >> Who wants to join me in creating a “I Hate Cliffhangers” club? How about a “I Always Read the End First” society?

Speed Read 5B  O O K   F I V E >> Out of Sight, Out of Time 

S U M M A R Y >> Cammie Morgan woke up one morning in October. In a convent. In Austria. She has no memory of what happened in the summer, and now she must return to the place where she once felt safe: The Gallagher Academy. But not all the students of the prestigious spy school are willing to welcome her back with open arms. As Cammie and her friends continue to unravel the secrets surrounding the summer, they’ll discover things that they wished they could forget…things that will bring them one step closer to taking down the evil organization that has been hunting Cammie for years.

L I K E S >> Well, that got dark…and even more awesome than before! While I know some people didn’t really like the more serious turn, I rather enjoyed it since Ally Carter managed to keep the writing suspenseful, while still adding in those silly moments I adore. The way Cammie’s memories came together like a puzzle was really interesting to read about, and when you pair that with the amount of emotion the characters were showing, you have a really, (REALLY!) good book.

D I S L I K E S >> Not enough witty banter between Zach and Cammie…*sigh* And not enough arguing between Agent Townsend and Abby either. *double sigh*

F A V O R I T E   C H A R A C T E R >> I think Cammie deserves this one, although I do always love the escapades of Macey, Bex, and Liz.

F A V O R I T E   L I N E >>”‘I’m an agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service,’ Townsend said, indignant. ‘I do not do booby traps.”

C O V E R   C O N V E R S A T I O N S >> The red scarf is so dramatic!

R A N D O M N E S S >> Did anyone else feel really stupid when we found out who was manipulating Cammie at the end? I wasn’t even suspicious, but now it feels so obvious.

Speed Read 6B  O O K   S I X >> United We Spy 

(I will fully admit to the fact that I wrote “Book Seven” before proofreading this post. I can’t count, apparently.)

S U M M A R Y >> Cammie Morgan is about to graduate from the Gallagher Academy, but her school work is far from over. Now that the dangerous Circle of Cavan is hunting both her and her friends, they’re on the run and are trying to track the organization’s next move. After surviving these past few years, Cammie is ready to take down the Circle once and for all…but this spy will need the help of her entire school in order to make it to graduation alive.

L I K E S >> It was so good! (Tears up.) There were cute Zach and Cammie moments, dramatic villain take downs, a lovely graduation speech by Liz, secrets being revealed, and it all came together at the end in a suspenseful and interesting ending! In other words, a wonderful ending to a wonderful series.

D I S L I K E S >> Nothing. Except maybe the fact that it’s the last book in the series…but that makes me more sad than annoyed, so that doesn’t count.

F A V O R I T E   C H A R A C T E R >> Does the entire Gallagher Girls student body count as one character?

F A V O R I T E   L I N E >> There are so many great lines in this book that it was way too hard to choose just one…so I didn’t.

  • “But…I brought gummy bears,” Liz said as if that should be enough to neutralize any potential problem.”
  • “What is a Gallagher Girl?” Liz asked one final time. “She’s a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy. And now we are at the end of our time at school, and the one thing I know for certain is this: a Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be.
  • “Turns out, you can take the girl out of the spy school, but you can never take the spy school out of the girl.”
  • “Your test had cheese meteor questions?”
  • “It was epic. It was awkward. It was epically awkward.”

C O V E R   C O N V E R S A T I O N S >> They’re graduating already? They grow up so fast.

R A N D O M N E S S >> It’s over? Noooooooooooo! Wait. What’s this? Ally Carter has another series about art-stealing thieves called Heist Society? And there’s a Heist Society and Gallagher Girls crossover novella? Interesting….

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Have you read the Gallagher Girls series? What are your thoughts? Any recommendations for my next Speed Read?

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A (Very!) Yummy Brownie Recipe

5 Mar

BrowniesIt’s almost the weekend! Hooray! There’s no better way to celebrate than with a bit of chocolate, so I thought it would be the perfect time to post my favorite brownie recipe. Not only does it make oodles of delicious brownies, but it’s super duper easy too, so there’s no reason not to make them.

I N G R E D I E N T S:

  • 4 ounces of melted chocolate OR 12 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 4 eggs

T O    M A K E:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13 by 9 inch baking pan
  • Mix chocolate and butter together (this can be done by hand or in an electric mixer)
  • Stir in the sugar and the eggs
  • Add in the all-purpose and whole wheat flours
  • Pour the batter into a baking pan and smooth it out with a spatula
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Add some chocolate frosting and enjoy!

Adapted from Ciao Bella

Have fun baking!

Lulu :)

 

Purple Panda Points: Story Thieves

25 Feb

Hi!

Hooray for getting halfway through the school week! I plan on relaxing with a good book and watching some Amazing Race this evening before getting ready for tomorrow’s early wake up call, how about you? Since I’m in a reading mood, I thought it would be a perfect time to post a new Purple Panda Points…

Here’s a quick recap of my book review system for any of you who aren’t yet familiar with it:

My book review format is called “Purple Panda Points”, where I talk about three elements of the book (setting, plot, characters) in brief points. Hopefully this will help to keep the reviews informative, interesting, and spoiler-free!

The books are rated using the ice cream rankings (because, obviously)…

1 Panda PointOne Purple Panda Point: One point means that the book was just plain bad. I would never read it again. It’s the book equivalent of spinach ice cream.

Two PointsTwo Purple Panda Points: Two points means the book was okay. Fine. Nothing remarkable. The book equivalent of vanilla ice cream with no toppings in a dish.

Three PointsThree Purple Panda Points: Three points means the book was good. I enjoyed it and would read it again. The book equivalent of vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream in a wafer cone.

Four PointsFour Purple Panda Points: Four points means the book was great. I loved it actually! The book equivalent of cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a sugar cone.

Five PointsFive Purple Panda Points: Five points mean that the book was one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Amazing! Awesome! Cool beans! The ice cream equivalent of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream in a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

Woo, that made me hungry! And now onto the review…

Story Thieves Today I’ll be reviewing “Story Thieves” by James Riley. You can read my full thoughts below or a quick overview of them in the image above.

Summary: Owen’s life has never seemed as exciting or interesting as the ones of his favorite book characters…that is, until he catches his classmate Bethany actually climbing out of the pages of Willy Wonka with chocolate smeared across her face. Bethany is actually part fictional character, and that gives her the ability to travel into the worlds of books…and take Owen with her. But after Owen’s first story-traveling adventure goes wrong, the fictional and real worlds will never be the same again…

Plot: Owen may have believed his life was boring, but after a bit of a slow start to the story, this book really took off! The adventure was action-packed and fast paced, and I loved how the Kiel Gnomenfoot story was weaved into the plot taking place in the real world. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

Characters: Even with all the adventure going on in this story, the characters still felt fully-developed and relatable. Owen and Bethany were both very likable, and I could understand how they were feeling throughout the entire thing. Now, if only I could figure out how to jump into books like Bethany…

Setting: Considering half of this book takes place in a fantasy world made up of science and magic, there’s no way I wouldn’t love the setting! While the “real” world wasn’t quite as much fun, I did enjoy reading about Bethany’s adventures as she tried to stop the fictional characters from taking it over.

Favorite Character: I’m not sure…maybe Charm? 

Favorite Line: “You couldn’t just say no to Narnia!”

Recommended Reading: If you enjoyed Story Thieves, you’ll love Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Between the Lines (recommendation courtesy of my fabulous sister.)

Overall Rating: Four Purple Panda Points

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5 Mythology Books I Really Think You Should Read / B.I.R.T.Y.S.R. Volume 21

19 Feb

Hi!

Mythology Books (Background from Miss Tiina…because nothing says mythology like rainbows and hearts, am I right?)

Happy Thursday! I spent my day hanging out with friends, sewing, and watching one of my favorite animated movies, The Aristocats. I also realized this morning that I hadn’t posted this month’s Books I Really Think You Should Read, so here we are! This month’s theme is mythology, because I figured, why not? Happy reading!

Pegasus1 >> Pegasus Series by Kate O’Hearn / Read my review here.

First up we have Kate O’Hearns Pegasus series! I absolutely adore these books and finished the series in only a couple of weeks. The minute you open the front cover you’ll instantly find yourself caught up in Emily and Pegasus’s world of Roman gods and goddesses, blood-thirsty monsters, magic, myths, powers, and mysterious scientists…and you’ll LOVE it! This entire series is a must-read for any book lover, but I must warn you: be ready for some serious reading marathons.

Loki's Wolves2 >> The Blackwell Pages by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Although I did mention The Blackwell Pages series in my last Books I Really Think You Should Read post, I couldn’t help but feature this fabulous series again! It’s a perfect combination of suspense, adventure, and friendship, with a good dose of Norse mythology thrown in. The books have a terrible tendency to end in cliffhangers though, (you can read my thoughts on those here.) which may leave you terribly annoyed when you find out the next installment isn’t being released until March. *Sigh* :)

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods3 >> Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

While I would recommend the entire Percy Jackson series to well, everyone, I thought Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods would be the perfect choice for this list! It’s a collection of the Greek myths told from the point of view of everyone’s favorite demigod, filled with loads of laughs and great writing, along with amazing full-page illustrations. It’s size does make it a bit hard to carry around, I can assure you that it’s worth it! Now I just have to wait for the sequel…

The Pharaoh' Secret 4 >> The Pharaoh’s Secret by Marissa Moss

This book is a great read for fans of Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series! It follows the adventures of Talibah and her younger brother Adam as they travel to Egypt with their father and end up getting caught up in a world of tales and mysteries…which also makes it the perfect read for a rainy afternoon. :) Marissa Moss’s writing flows together very nicely and you’ll definitely find yourself finishing this book in one sitting. I’m actually about to start one of her other books, Bombs Over London…expect a Purple Panda Points review soon!

Goddess Girls5 >> Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

This series is a great introduction to Greek mythology for anyone who isn’t quite ready for the books above! The series (which already has fifteen books and another one coming out in the spring!) revolves around young Greek gods and goddesses and their adventures in their mythical boarding school. Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams did a great job of reworking the myths to fit in a modern middle school setting, while still not losing the original story lines. A quick and recommended read for any mythology lover!

What are your favorite mythology books?

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