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

19 Feb


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?


New Rating System + Purple Panda Points: Pegasus Series

12 Jan


A few days ago I was going to do a Purple Panda Points review of the book, Pegasus: Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn. I, of course, procrastinated and didn’t review it until after I had read the second book, and then I just headed straight into the third one. (Speedy reader I am!) And, then I really had no choice but read the fourth one, right? So now, I might as well review them all together!

Here’s a quick review of the Purple Panda Points format (along with a few rating updates) for your reading pleasure…

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!

I’ve decided to adjust my rating system. Until now, I’ve been assigning stars to books, but I haven’t had a clear description of what these stars mean. I may give five stars to a book I enjoyed, but I also may give five stars to something like The School For Good and Evil (my all time favorite) and that just doesn’t seem fair. And so, today I’m switching to “Panda Points” instead of stars. This ratings, of course, are based on pandas and ice cream, (what else?) You can see full explanations for what each of these “Panda Points” mean below…

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 sugar 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…

PegasusAbove or below you can read a brief summary of my thoughts on the Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn.

Summary: When the Olympian winged-horse, Pegasus, falls onto the roof of New Yorker Emily’s apartment, she is suddenly thrust into the dangerous world of Roman gods and goddesses, blood-thirsty monsters, magic, powers, and mysterious scientists. As her adventures with Pegasus continue, Emily begins to discover more about the powers that hold the key to protecting Olympus…and herself.

Characters: The best part of this series was the characters. Despite being Olympians, they all felt realistic to me, and I enjoyed their friendly natures, (not including the villains.) I’m also glad the romance between two characters didn’t overpower the story.

Plot: The entire series was suspenseful and exciting, though I sometimes thought it got a bit too strange. My favorite books in the series were #1 and #4 because they felt more original than the middle two. I was sick of the CRU after awhile

Setting: The characters in this series travel so much, it’s sort of hard to discuss one setting. Each did what it was supposed to do: the prison was creepy, Olympus was whimsical, New York was busy. I wanted to learn more about Xanadu, but there’s always a chance for one more book! :)

Overall rating: 4 Purple Panda Points

Four Points

Have a great week!