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text 2020-05-28 12:56
Reading progress update: I've read 238 out of 683 pages.
The Iliad - Homer,Bernard Knox,Robert Fagles

Zeus bans interference from the other gods and sends his lightning and thunder down to aid the Trojans.

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review 2020-05-27 09:57
Triumphant Love
Triumphant Love (Banished Saga Book 9) - Ramona Flightner

3.5 stars. I was going to do full review in the beginning, but I've changed my mind. It's mainly because many things have hindered my reading of this book and it took me a while to finish it. But then "Triumphant Love" was a pretty long book to begin with, and being the last book of Banished Saga, I was eagerly waiting for it until sh!t hit the fan in my personal life, as well as worldwide. Who the hell wants a pandemic tell me? I don't know how to explain my feelings as I read the book but it's been really odd with all that's been affecting my reading life lately. But it's bittersweet to say the least, saying 'goodbye' to a series I've been following since 2013.

 

If you are a fan of the Saga already, you'll be in for a treat, seeing all of your favorite characters coming together as they gather in Missoula where Gabriel lives. There's also some thrilling moments, suspenseful incidents that are both happy and sad. But everywhere, the tune was the same; it was time to say goodbye. One of the best moments of the story had to be the epilogue of the book. I don't wanna reveal exactly why but it left a big smile on my face. I was so happy for Sophronia and her gang, the girls (Clarissa, Florence, Zylphia, Parthena, Rowena), then felt utterly sad that this maybe the last time I'm going to read about them. It's been raining the whole morning today which kind of reflected my mood as I finished "Triumphant Love".

 

If I really have to mention it, the only thing that I kind of disliked was Eleanor's character. I didn't precisely hate her but she wasn't the most inspiring person either. I tried my best to sympathize with her due to her past but gosh, it was difficult since she was one of the major characters! I'm still not sure whether she was the correct choice for Jeremy and that kind of affected my enjoyment of the book.

 

It also occurred to me that another pandemic that happened in 1918, was mentioned in one of the previous installments, where I lost 2 of my favorite characters because of it. Which also almost broke me because I wasn't prepared for it at all. I'm trying hard not to find a connection between that and with our current situation but I can't help myself TBH. Was that a kind of foreshadowing? I don't know. I kept thinking of that the whole time I was reading this book, even if that pandemic isn't mentioned anywhere here. This last story takes place around 2 yrs. after the initial blow of it.

 

For any newbie to the series, please begin from the very first book that started it all, titled "Banished Love". All the books are very, very much interconnected and needed to be read in order to understand all that have been going on in a tale that spanned almost 20yrs (from 1899-1920).

 

I'd like to thank Ramona for this wonderful journey that she took us through for the past 7 yrs. It was wonderful and so worth it! I highly recommend this series. Also thanks for sending me a review copy. x

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text 2020-05-25 09:20
Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 683 pages.
The Iliad - Homer,Bernard Knox,Robert Fagles

Antenor asks that Helen be given up to the Argives. He seems to have the backing of most of the Trojans - but Paris refuses once more. A one day truce is called so that both sides can burn their dead.

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review 2020-05-24 16:26
Saga Vol.4!!!
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

english review (spoilerfree)

 

Summary: Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

 

My review: Here's my heart...take it!!!

 

Let me mention the one positive thing first; toddler Hazel is the absolute cutest.

 

This was pretty much the only part of the book that sparked any joy in me. Everything else ripped out my heart, stomped on it before ripping it into tiny little pieces and made me more nervous and scared than any action packed volume before. BUT I LOVED IT!!!!

 
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review 2020-05-19 17:55
Saga Vol. 3!!!
Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

english review (spoilerfree)

 

Summary: Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple's multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

 

My review: SO DAMN GOOD!!!!

 

Seriously, this just keeps getting better and better. I love the characters more and more with every new volume. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO DAMN MUCH.

 

Give me diverse characters, give me adventure storylines, give me complex characters. GIVE ME STUNNING ART. (And you get 5 star ratings all around)

 
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