Top 5 Tuesday: books I don’t talk about enough

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week was a bit of a challenge for me. 2019 has, so far, been the year where I am finally catching up with all the famous young adult books all the bloggers have been raving about for ages. So, almost everything I read this year gets talked about plenty. I had to dig a little deeper to find some material for this week’s T5T post and gather some books I don’t talk about enough!

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

You may know Philip Pullman as the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy which was adapted into a TV show set to be released this year.
Well, he also wrote the truly awesome Sally Lockhart novels. There are four books about this genius woman who happens to solve mysteries wherever she goes. The first two books were adapted into TV movies with Billie Piper in the leading role. I was heartbroken that the remain two books were never picked up.
Well, now that His Dark Materials gets another shot, maybe these books will also get some more attention.

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is a household name in the young adult genre. While his Percy Jackson books are usually the main center of attention, his Kane Chronicles trilogy is also amazing. The books are focused on Egyptian mythology which is something so very different than what you usually hear about. These books certainly deserve more love.

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Book Talk: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles 3)

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It’s time for my thoughts on the final installment in Rick Riordan’s series on Egyptian mythology. Let’s talk about The Serpent’s Shadow, the third book of the Kane Chronicles!

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)


The Plot:
After all the traumatic events of the last book, the fight is still far from over. Not only is everybody gearing up for the final battle against Apophis, the chaos snake. Even the House of Life itself stands divided and the Gods can decide which side to support. Some of the most powerful humans and Gods would rather fight the Kanes than believe in the real threat. Sadie and Carter have their hands full. Will the teenagers be able to navigate through all this?


The Rating:
This series was hell of a ride! I loved the first two parts and The Serpent’s Shadow was far from a letdown.
Rick Riordan created a fast-paced end with lots of twist and turns for the last novel of the Kane Chronicles. Right up until the final chapters you won’t be able to tell who will survive or whether the world will be destroyed.
As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoyed how Riordan constructed the story and told it from two different points of view. It makes for an interesting flow that feels quite unique. Continue reading

Book Talk: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles 2)

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It’s time for my review on The Throne of Fire, second installment of Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles trilogy. Let’s see whether it can keep up with the amazing first part!

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Plot:
Sadie and Carter have been through a lot, but their ordeal is far from over. Apophis, the chaos snake, is rising. The only way to prevent the end of the world is to find the Ra, the sun god and restore his powers. But first they need to get the three sections of the book of Ra. Did I mention that both the book and the God have been missing for ages?


The Rating:
I’m a sucker for everything Rick Riordan and this series is no exception. It took me a while to get started but once I had picked the books up, it was impossible to stop. After hell of a ride with the first part, I was very excited to dive into The Throne of Fire.
One of the things I enjoyed so much about it is the way the story is told. The book is meant to be a transcript of some audio recordings Sadie and Carter did. So first of all, we get two different voices and perspectives which makes for nice changes (and funny moments) throughout the novel. It also feels more real, being told from those “having witnessed it first hand”. This really distinguishes the whole Kane Chronicles series from the rest of Riordan’s books. Otherwise it might have been lost among the rest of his works but instead it pops out. Continue reading

Book Talk: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles 1)

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Rick Riordan is one of my favorite YA writers. I’ve read almost all of his books – the only series still on my list was The Kane Chronicles. However, this summer I had some time at hand, so let’s kick it off with the first installment, The Red Pyramid!

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)


The Plot:
Sadie and Carter Kane are to very different siblings. Not only do they look quite differently, while Carter travelled the world with his archeologist father, Sadie spent her time in England with her grandparents.
But when Carter and their father come to visit Sadie, all of their lives are bound to change forever…


The Rating:
By now, you’ll all know that I’m a Rick Riordan fan. He wrote some amazing and breath-taking novels that you won’t be able to put down.
So, I was excited to finally catch up with the Kane Chronicles as those books had been published from 2010 to 2012.
After lots of stuff on Greek and Roman mythology, I was ready to learn some stuff about ancient Egypt!
The first thing to mentioned about the Kane Chronicles in general is the way the story is told. It’s supposed to be a transcript of a recording made by Carter and Sadie. You get the feeling that they tell their own story in their own words, which makes for a nice change. Continue reading