Hey guys! I can’t believe May is already over!!! I didn’t read as much as I hoped to this month, which I’m a little sorry to say. I was able to get through a couple manga during finals week, and I threw in two short stories as well, but I did my best to get a few novels read, too. It is what it is, you know? Anyway, let’s get to it!
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. 7-9 by Akira Himekawa
Synopsis: Vol. 7: Link’s battle with his dark alter ego leaves him wounded and exhausted. With Midna gone and Link unable to harness the power of the Master Sword, his quest seems doomed. Visions of a grizzled warrior also haunt his dreams, but who is it? And what can this warrior teach Link that he will need to defeat Ganondorf? Certainly Link will need the Master Sword again, but only a true hero can wield the power of that legendary weapon…
Vol. 8: Link has the passion needed to take on the fearsome challenges that lie ahead, but he needs to hone his skills to a finer edge. To do so, he becomes the student of the mysterious skeletal warrior, the wanderer across space and time. Meanwhile, Midna reaffirms her resolve to repair the Mirror of Shadow. Link and Midna’s quest is far from over, and their journey will take them to even more fantastic places and pit them against ever more terrible foes!
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I’m going to apologize to Vol. 8 and Vol. 9 in advance, because sometimes I forget it exists when Vol. 7 just blows the rest of the volumes out of the water. There is just something about Vol. 7 that really punches you in the gut with it’s themes, and it gets me every. single. time. In Vol. 6, Link had battled with Dark Link and Zant, and was nearly killed. In Vol. 7, we watch his recovery. The art is fantastic and all, but the dialogue!!! It is something else!!! I’m just going to say that the scene between Dark Link and Link was done extremely well, like it surprises me every time I read it. And then that cameo!! As you can see, this one is my favorite volume in the series, haha!
Vol. 8 is good as well, but honestly, I feel like 8 and 9 lacked a little (especially 9). It was mostly just a lot of dialogue really, and while I did like the Twilight Realm in Vol. 9, it often left me feeling a little bored. Still, I enjoyed Vol. 8 and Vol. 9, and I would recommend it to those who are fans of the original game!
Vol. 7: 5/5 Stars
Vol. 8: 3.75/5 Stars
Vol. 9: 3/75
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
Synopsis: Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.
Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.
After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.
The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.
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I have been rendered speechless, and it’s NOT because this was a good book. In fact, if I’m being completely honest, it was crappy. The writing was kind of pathetic sometimes, which I feel harsh saying since who am I to judge? But guys, the story is worse. It jumps around to a bunch of pointless plot points, the characters are entirely flat and unlikable, and it felt like nothing was happening most of the time. It’s a miracle I even got through it. I mean, I didn’t even ship Persephone and Hades, which is saying a lot. Actually, this book made me really dislike Persephone. I mean, was this author TRYING to make people not like them?
And let me just touch on the elephant in the room. I had to skip the MAJORITY of this book because of the explicit content, and I was NOT there for that. Maybe that’s how I got through it. It was utterly useless in the grand scheme of the story (was there a story, though?) and because of this, I can’t recommend it. Like, at all.
It stinks because I was excited to get into the series, because there’s not many modern retellings of Greek mythology. But I will not be continuing with this series. The only reason it gets any stars at all is because Hermes is a sweetheart and he’s the only character Clair did right. Can she write a book just about him?
Rating: 2.75/5 Stars
The Captive by Christoph von Schmid
Synopsis: Kidnapped by Algerian pirates, teenaged Anselmo finds himself on the auction block in a foreign country. When offered an easy escape from life’s difficult circumstances, some will eagerly jump at the opportunity and flee the trials that God has laid in their path. Young Anselmo is made of sterner stuff and brings glory to God with his unyielding faith in God and his Savior, Jesus Christ. Watch as God unfolds a bounty of blessing simply because one young man has the courage to see the goodness of his Creator in every circumstance both good and ill.
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This was a quick read for me, since it was a short story. If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know I have a hard time with Lamplighters. Most of the time, I can’t find one I like. However, I thought this one was pretty good! I read it when I was little, and I’m pretty sure I liked it then, so I was curious to see if I still had the same feelings for it. If anything, I think I appreciate it more now that I’m older. It made me think about things in my own life, and I realized a couple things about myself. It is in no way my favorite Lamplighter, but I definitely liked it, and I recommend it!
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: The sea holds many secrets.
Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.
Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.
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I read this in March last year, but I wanted to read it again on my Florida vacation a couple weeks ago. Sadly, I didn’t get barely any reading done during the vacation. I’m kind of disappointed with myself for that, but I wanted to spend time with my family, so that was more important to me than getting some books read, haha! Obviously I did end up reading it, just not in Florida. Honestly, I can’t say my feelings have changed about this book upon my second read. I do love this book very much, but there was some stuff that annoyed me about it. But the fact that this is a debut novel makes me want to forget the small annoyances, because it is a really strong debut.
The two main characters are lovable, at least in my opinion, but I thought the background characters were a little flat. I think Jude made up for it though, because he was written soooooo well, haha! Aside from the characters, I think the plot was pretty good, but there were some scenes and plot points I thought were a little pointless, like when Jude got arrested. It didn’t really add anything to the story, and taking it out wouldn’t have done anything, so yeah.
Aside from that, the vibes of this book are everything I could have asked for! I love the foggy lighthouse on a creepy island ambience, and the fact that there were Sirens involved was great! Also, this is a minor thing, but I just wanted to point it out because it was one of my favorite parts of this book. So it’s really hard to avoid profanity in books, and that can get really annoying sometimes. But this book is surprisingly clean. There is a grand total of one cuss word. Also, the romance is incredibly sweet (and also very clean). For all of that, it gets extra points! It’s just a great read, and I highly recommend it!
Rating: 4.74/5 Stars
Little Sir Galahad by Lillian Holmes
Synopsis: Little Sir Galahad will capture your heart from the start as you peer through the lens of a little boy who can no longer walk. Facing new restrictions and challenges, David learns that real strength comes in controlling his own spirit.
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I read this book YEARS ago when I was little, and I remember that I liked it then. After a second read, I find my feelings haven’t changed! So that makes two Lamplighters in a row that I didn’t hate! I thought this book was a nice little story, and though it was predictable, I thought it had a lot of great lessons for people of all ages!
Rating: 4.75./5 Stars
I wanted to get in a few more reads this month, but I was just a mite too lazy about reading, haha! I’ll give you a little hint for want my June reading month will look like; it’ll be a themed month! More details will be out tomorrow morning, so keep an eye out for that post! In the meantime, let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and what you read in May! God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!
Synopses taken from Goodreads