The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

sword of summerGenre: Mythology
Pages: 528
Publisher: Puffin
Format: Paperback Proof
Source: Puffin
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Invaded by Melissa Landers

InvadedGenre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 356
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Bought
Format: E-book
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb:
*SPOILERS FOR ALIENATED*
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Last night, after a restless hour or so of attempting to fall asleep I gave up and decided to start a whole new book rather than read one that I had already started(don’t ask me why) and this book was of course Alienated by Melissa Landers! I thought I’d read a couple of pages before feeling sleepy but I ended up reading half of the book last night and finishing the other half when I woke up this morning because it was just that good. If you don’t know what Alienated is about, here’s the synopsis:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Vampire Academy is the only paranormal romance novel that I’ve read and loved but this is on par with that because I devoured both so much. I was hesitant going into it because I am, quite obviously, not a very big paranormal romance fan and I haven’t read any books about aliens. This book has been compared to Jennifer L.Armentrout’s Obsidian but I have not read that due to it not sounding particularly interesting to me. Alas this book exceeded my expectations and I honestly loved it very much. This book is very fast paced and is generally a quick read that is a lot of fun. It made me laugh but it also had serious moments. Honestly, this book was everything I was looking for at this particular time and I’m so happy I decided to read it.

Cara Sweeney was a great main character. She didn’t annoy or irritate me which is a good thing because a lot of protagonists, even some of my favourites, annoy me from time to time. She was an overachiever and incredibly competitive but I felt as if this aspect of her decreased as the book went on but I still loved that about her. Cara was clever and she wasn’t whiny in the slightest. She didn’t rely on others and she didn’t do what the others told her to do which I really admired about her because under her circumstances, I most likely would have cracked and given up.

Aleyx himself was a swoony worthy male character. Since this book was split in dual POV, we got to see more of him and he wasn’t just there as a love interest. What made this book so special was the dual POV because without it, the book wouldn’t have been what it was. Aleyx had his own issues and suffered from a lot of feelings of guilt as well as suffering from the fact that he was experiencing feelings that he hadn’t experienced before and feelings that he had before thought to be ridiculous. He did really grow a lot throughout the book and I loved that. Many male love interests(even though he wasn’t just a love interest) are quite stubborn and usually it’s just the girl who changes drastically throughout the novel. But in Alienated, both characters grow and learn how their lives could be improved for the better.

The writing in this book was fabulous. Melissa Landers is able to pull off writing the dual POV and having it in third person but still allowing the reader to feel connected to both characters which I applaud her for. Believe me, I have tried to do this and it is not an easy thing to do. She also had the right amount of wit and humour in her writing to make the book funny but she had some emotion and a lot of realistic problems which stopped the book from just becoming a big joke. The problems that Cara and Aleyx face in this book are so realistic and I loved that. This novel shows the different ways that people can react to aliens coming in because we see both people who think it’s a good thing but also people who actually despise the idea.  The aliens in this book aren’t your typical “I’m going to invade your world and take over” aliens but instead they want to co-exist peacefully. They have a lot that can help the human race and they feel they themselves could benefit from an alliance and this was an interesting take on aliens. Despite this, a lot of people refused to accept the aliens as being good because they are aliens and the bad perception they have of aliens has altered how they think about other life forms. Melissa Landers has also created an amazing world with L’eihr and I can’t wait to further explore it in the sequel.

I have somehow come this far without mentioning the swoon-worthy romance between Aleyx and Cara. I loved watching this romance play out because it was most definitely not a case of insta-love. Ever since their first meeting at the gala, I knew that I would ship these guys a lot and I did! They took a while to realise their feelings for one another and I found myself screaming at the book, trying to force them together with my words. However, due to them taking a while to get together the reader got to fully appreciate just how much they did care for another and it showed an accurate representation of what a relationship should be like. They got to know each other first and did things to make the other happy e.g. Cara learning how to cook his food and Aleyx learning how to comfort someone else. This of course made me fall in love with their relationship even more and when that particular scene happened(you know what scene I’m talking about if you’ve read it), I was squealing with delight.

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My one problem: the ending. It felt slightly too rushed and I felt like Cara’s reaction to what happened was a bit unbelievable. However, the ending is setting up for the next book so I can’t complain.

So overall, I really loved this book a lot and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I gave this book a 5 star rating but it is closer to a 4.75. I definitely recommend you pick this book up if you love fast paced sci-fi books with an adorable romance.

Sofia