First Impression Friday: “The Map of Salt & Stars” by Zeyn Joukhader

I started off this year by reading The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukahder, about a trans Syrian boy struggling to find their name in a world after their mother has died. The Map of Salt & Stars was actually written by Zeyn before they transitioned, and deals with a young woman moving to … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Map of Salt & Stars” by Zeyn Joukhader

First Impression Friday: “The Blood of Olympus” by Rick Riordan

And we come at last to the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus. I was quite surprised to see the actual cover underneath the dust jacket was a dark purple, and the end pages were bright orange, until I realized it was Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood colors, showing … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Blood of Olympus” by Rick Riordan

First Impression Friday: “The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan

Can you believe we're already in April, and this is a book that I started on January 26? If I keep reading at this pace, I'll have to start publishing two First Impressions every Friday and two book reviews a week so I don't end up spilling every book over into next year. I can't … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan

First Impression Friday: “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan

Hot on the tail of The Son of Neptune, let's start The Mark of Athena, book three in the Heroes of Olympus series. From GoodReads: Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan

First Impression Friday: “The Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan

I was finally able to get the rest of this series from my sister (because Amazon only had the first one available to read for free, and my library doesn't have the rights to the ebooks anymore), so we're diving right back into the demigods' story. From GoodReads: PERCY IS CONFUSED. When he awoke from his … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan

First Impression Friday: “The Swallowed Man” by Edward Carey

This is January 2021's Fantastic Stranglings Book Club Book, and the first thing I'm going to say is that I am incredibly upset that this tiny little book has a price tag of $26.00. (I pay a flat $30 fee every month for my subscription, but this book is 192 pages long - it shouldn't … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Swallowed Man” by Edward Carey

First Impression Friday: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibañez

There's a map at the start of this book, and I am a sucker for maps. From GoodReads: Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibañez

First Impression Friday: “Over the Woodward Wall” by A. Deborah Baker

After two disappointing books in a row, I'm ready to find something interesting again. From GoodReads: Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.Zib is also an exceptional child, … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Over the Woodward Wall” by A. Deborah Baker

First Impression Friday: “Bloodline” by Jess Lourey

I think this was either a December 2020 or January 2021 Kindle First book. From GoodReads: In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. After spending a childhood on the move and chasing the screams and swirls of news-rich city … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Bloodline” by Jess Lourey

First Impression Friday: “Follow Me to Ground” by Sue Rainsford

I purchased this book because it's the only Fantastic Stranglings book club book I didn't get last year (because I joined after the cut off), so I decided to treat myself to it as part of the 3 books I bought as Christmas presents to myself. From GoodReads: Ada and her father, touched by the … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Follow Me to Ground” by Sue Rainsford