Fiction, Upcoming reads, Young Adult books

List of Recent Releases I am Stoked About

Queue the screaming, some of the most anticipated books of 2018 have just been released and I for one am super excited.
CirceCirce by Madeline Miller
There needs to be no explanation if you’ve already read Miller’s Achilles.The Greek witch myth is something I am 100% behind, and it is by a woman who has extensive education on the topic of the Ancients. So yes. Give me. Release Date: April 10
I Met a Traveller in an Antique LandI Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

Connie Willis is funny, insightful, and writes great SciFi romances. I’ll read anything she writes so this is one top of my list. Her time travel series are my favorite, but her stand alones are great as well. Release Date: April 30

 

My Oxford Year

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

This is a debut novel that I am looking forward to reading. It’s a novel about a young woman with ambition who is quickly introduced to the idea of love. It seems like she has to pick between the too and I will be interested to see how this plays out. Release Date: April 24

 

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

This book just sounds so freaking awesome. Alternative Civil War with Zombies that kids are trained to fight? Lord have mercy. Also, that cover art is beautiful and this book has gotten a lot of hype. Release Date: April 3

 

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Reviews

Review: The Song of Achillies by Madeline Miller

5 stars out of 5

I’ve been interested in the Trojan War since middle school, when I read a book with Helen as the narrator. Years later, I read the Iliad and the Odyssey, Plato’s take on Homer, and other bits that fermented my interest in Greek epic-history. I considered myself well briefed in the Trojan War, until I picked up this book and read a name I have never seen before, the name Patroclus. 

Achilles is a name the majority of people associate with the Trojan War, along side Ajax, Odysseus, Helen, Hector, Paris, and Agamemnon. Where is Patroclus, the man who loved and was loved by Achilles? He’s here, in Madeline Miller’s wonderful novel. The summary from Goodreads goes:

Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.

Achilles, ‘best of all the Greeks’, is everything Patroclus is not — strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess — and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper — despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

Seriously, how can you read that description and not start drooling? This novel is goooooood, like so good I cannot even fully describe the goodness it entails.

If you’re scared to read about two boys kissing, well, this is a good place to open your mind. A lot of the greatness in this novel is the fact that it exposes that one of the greatest warriors and manly men of the Earth’s collective consciousness was openly gay, that even years later PLATO was talking about his relationship with Patroclus as being more than a stupid bro-mance. It makes the reader ask why has this relationship been lost? Well, why do you think? I think it’s fairly obvious.

Any-who, go buy, borrow, or check-out this novel. It will teach you something about the Greek epics that you may not find elsewhere. Oh, and check out Rick Riordan’s review. If that doesn’t sell it, I don’t know what will. 

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What I’m Reading Now: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

 

The Song of Achilles was recommended to me by one of my friends, whose advice on reading material I take seriously. So far, I’m loving this book. It historic, it’s epic, it’s amazing. I’m a little apprehensive to get any further into the book because I am familiar with the Iliad and I don’t want the bad things I know are going to happen, to happen, but alas, so is life. If you like ancient Greece, the Iliad, historical fiction, none puke worthy romance, then for sure add this to your reading list.