I Need This Now

I Need This Now: Percy Jackson Edition

As a book box addict, I’m no stranger to bookish merch. I Need  This Now will hopefully be a feature where I show off some amazing book merchandise for books/series that get overlooked.

Today’s focus is Percy Jackson and the Olympians/ Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

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Book Review

Book Review: “Sky In The Deep”

Sky in the Deep” by Adrienne Young

Source: Owlcrate

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy


Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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Book Review

Book Review: “Romanov”

“Romanov” by Nadine Brandes

Source: ARC in exchange for honest review

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy


The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

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Book Review

Book Review: “Aurora Rising”

“Aurora Rising” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Source: ARC in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction


The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic

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Congratulations! You’re Going To Be Stuck In A Car For Hours With Children: A Guide To Family Friendly Audiobooks

Summer is almost on us. That means Summer vacation and for many people that means family vacations. You love your kids [or younger siblings] but being stuck in a car for hours on end can be exhausting. Here’s a list of audiobook recommendations that grown ups will enjoy just as much as the under-twelve crowd.

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