Hi guys! Sorry I am posting a bit late tonight, we had a busy day. Boo had her comprehensive exam and dental cleaning, and she’s always a bit wonky after that (who knew you had to have your cat’s teeth cleaned?) We are also supposed to “brush” them (read: place pet toothpaste on her teeth with either a small pet tooth brush or fingers… not terrible but believe me when I say that this is a two person job). Her teeth are looking pretty good, but she has some gingivitis on her gums and a urinary track infection. She’s almost completely off the anesthesia now and can nearly walk in a straight line. Warren’s spent the better part of the evening laughing at drugged up kitty while I gave her small amounts of food and her favorite treat.
Anyway…. what came out this week? We have a new-ish series from Cassandra Clare and a new YA fantasy/adventure from Rick Riordan. Let’s get started!
The Red Scrolls of Magic is the first book in Clare’s Eldest Curses series. I am saying it’s “new-ish” because we are returning to well loved characters from the Mortal Instruments series. Magnus and Alex are back baby!! I am going to leave the Amazon summary here:
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshiping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand before the cult can cause any more damage. Demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.
I have to admit, I have not been keeping up with her books very well. I have the first two books of the Dark Artifices series (read one, meaning to read the other). It’s not that it’s bad in any way… I just didn’t care for book one the way I loved The Infernal Devices. I know, I am spoiled. Still, I did like Mortal Instruments and am excited to see these characters again.
The Tyrant’s Tomb is the fourth book in The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. This is another series that I am on the fence about. I love the fact that I get time with all the heroes and characters from The Heroes of Olympus series, but when pitted against the other main characters (Magnus, Percy, Jason and the Kane siblings)…. well, former god or not, he just doesn’t stack up. Book One introduced us to a weak, worthless and fairly unlikable character in Lester/ Apollo. He has grown a lot in the last two books and I am beginning to really admire him. I want to see where these stories take him, and I do love the recurring characters. I’ll leave the Amazon summary here.
It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.
So that’s me for the week. Have I missed any? Let me know!