Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Books 1 & 2

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I didn’t write a review for the first book, so this is a review for both “The Sword of Summer” and “The Hammer of Thor”.

These were actually my first Rick Riordan books, so I have nothing to compare them to. I don’t need to compare them to anything though because they were so amazing! I’m pretty picky when it comes to the books I read so that’s say a lot. Here are the reasons why you should read the Magnus Chase series:

  1. The Main Character is Relatable:
    If the main character isn’t relatable, I have a hard time getting into the book. That was not the problem here. Magnus Chase was sarcastic, witty, and kind of a dork. Everything that I am. He also has a resemblance to Kurt Cobain (which it talks about in the book). There was never a time that I thought “Hmm, he’s kind of annoying”, which is sometimes I often think about main characters.
  2. Diverse Main Characters:
    One of the main characters is a Muslim that wears her hijab and prays 5 times a day. Another character is a deaf elf. The other characters learn sign language to communicate with him instead of treating him as an inconvenience. In book two a (magically) gender fluid character is introduced.
  3. There’s a Singing Sword:
    One of the supporting character’s is Magnus’s sword that can talk and sings top forty hits.
  4. No Mushy Romance:
    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some romance in a book, but I dislike the mushy/teenage angst romance. That’s often the risk I take with YA novels, but not in these books. This book focuses on action and friendship, like in Harry Potter.
  5. Never a Dull Moment:
    I had a hard time putting these books done. Alas, work and sleep are a thing so I had to sometimes. When I was reading, I was up late totally engrossed.
  6. Crossovers:
    I haven’t read any of Rick’s other books, but I have some friends that have. Magnus’s cousin Annabeth has a small role. She mentioned dealing with Greek and Roman gods/goddesses. I looked it up and it is Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson. I thought that was interesting. Her parts are small in both books, but it looks like she will have a larger part in the third book. Percy Jackson will most likely make an appearance in the third book because he was mentioned in the second one (Annabeth wants to introduce him to Magnus). Now I definitely need to read the other series’.
  7. Norse Deities:
    If you haven’t guessed by the ‘Gods of Asgard’ part, this series is filled with Norse mythology. Riordan adds his own flair to the personalities of the gods and goddesses. Thor is addicted to Netflix and Heimdall (introduced in book two) likes to take selfies.

In conclusion this series was epic and you really need to read it. Like right meow. I give this book 5 stars. That’s rare for me, but it’s happening.

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Update 10/4/16

I know, I know. I’m the worst at keeping up with this blog. I’ve jus been having so many bad days with my Hashimotos. Plus, I’m just getting over a sinus infection that I’ve had for like a month. I finally went to the doctor for it last week and he gave me an antibiotic for it. For the most part I’m feeling better.

Birthday

My dad’s birthday was on September 17th. All he wanted to do was walk around the flea market and then have dinner at my brother’s house. We only got to walk around the flea market for about an hour and a half because I had to go into work for a couple of appointments. I was able to find some good treasures though:

My favorite is the Venus de Milo statue. It was basically free. I do the owner’s hair and instead of paying me, she gives me store credit. I only do that with her because I love her store and I already shopped there way before I started doing her hair. I already owned The Proposal (my favorite movie btw), my dad borrowed it and misplaced it. He said he gave it back, but I recently just cleaned out my room very thoroughly and did not find it. Oh well it was only like a dollar so I bought it again. the complete 1st season of Fringe was only $6. I found out why when I started watching it. It skips a lot, but not too much that I can’t still enjoy it.

After my appointments, we drove out to my brother’s for din din. We had hamburgers and I got to spend some time with my cute nephew.

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Mabon

I didn’t really do much for Mabon. I was still feeling gross from my sinus infection. I did set up a little outside altar and gave thanks.

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Dog Sitting

I did some dog sitting for my neighbor. Her dogs are weird, but cute. They’re also super cuddly.

Skateboarding

My brother took my 3 year old nephew to the skate park. He had bought him a skateboard for his birthday last year.

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Another Birthday

It was also my Gangy’s birthday last month. Alright, she’s not really my Gangy. She’s actually a neighbor that I take care of while her daughter is out of town. Her daughter does dog shows and is gone for several days at a time. While she’s gone, I’ll go over and cook breakfast and dinner for her mother (my “Gangy”). She can do everything else by herself, she’s just partially blind and can’t see the numbers on the stove/microwave. I call her my Gangy because she’s a lot nicer than my real one. Anyway, her daughter invited me to go out to lunch with them for her birthday. We went to Pisces Rising in Mount Dora. It was over priced for small portions of sub-par food. Good thing I wasn’t paying! It sure was a beautiful day though.

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Well that’s how my September went. I’m excited that October is here. I can’t wait until Samhain/Halloween.

Witch Crafts: Beach in a Bowl

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This craft is perfect for sea witches that  are land locked or far from the ocean. Or for any witch that wants the “beach” on their altar. Mine kind of looks like an altar for Aphrodite, so you could do that too. You can tweak it how you want, this is just to show you one way of doing it. Let’s get started!

Supplies:
-Sand (beach or white)
-Water
-Salt (sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, or table.)
-Mortar and pestle (for crushing sea salt or HPS)
-Glass bowl
-Empty glass votive or shot glass
-Large plastic bowl (to catch any stray sand. Gets kind of messy).
-Funnel
-Tiny shells (real or fake), gemstones, or other little trinkets you want to use.

*A note about the sand: If you use sand you’ve collected from the beach, first lay it out on a large pan to dry out. Make sure it is thoroughly dry before using it or it will stink and get moldy. Also, be sure to clean out your shells if you use real ones.

1. First, put your glass votive or shot glass into your glass bowl. Then put both into tour plastic bowl.

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2. Grab your funnel and your sand. You may want to put the sand in a cup or jar to make it easier to pour into the funnel.   Place the funnel inside the bowl, but outside of the votive. You’re going to pour the sand all the way around the votive. Gently pour the sand in. Full it to just a little bit below the lip of the votive. That way the sand won’t flow over. Once you get all the sand in, gently shift it so that the sand lays out flat.

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3. If you’re using sea salt or HPS, now is when you’d crush it in the mortar and pestle. I used sea salt to give it more of an ocean feel. But if all you have is table salt, that’s fine too.

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4. Once you’re done crushing the salt, pour it into the votive.

5. Next, gently pour in the water. Again, just full it up to a little below the lip so it doesn’t spill out over the edge.

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6. Lastly, add your shells, stones, or trinkets. I added shells, an amethyst, and a goddess figure. It turned out looking like an altar for Aphrodite. Which I love, because I’ve been really drawn to her lately.

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You can altar yours to fit your tastes. You can also make it as big or small as your want. I wanted mine to fit on my altar.

Post any questions you may have below in the comments. I’d be happy to answer them. I’d also love to see variations.