[12 Days of Christmas] #8: That’s Christmas to Me, Cupid!

On the 8th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:


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 “Cupid and Psyche” from Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology is one of my favorite books. It’s a collection of Greek (mostly), Roman, and Norse myths. I first read it when I was 11, and I truly enjoyed it. “Cupid and Psyche” quickly became one of my favorites (I’m such a hopeless romantic, I know 😆 ).

Quick Quotes

… that beautiful winged youth whom some call Cupid and others Love, against whose arrows there is no defense, neither in heaven nor on earth.

Psyche, the all beautiful, sat sad and solitary, only admired, never loved.

“Love cannot live where there is no trust.” – Cupid

SONG – “That’s Christmas to Me” by Pentatonix

This one is an original song from this very talented quintet. I like the simple arrangement and the feeling of nostalgia it evokes. 🙂

 

[Book Review] The Alchemyst

The_Alchemyst_Nicholas_FlamelTitle: The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, Book 1)
Author: Michael Scott
Published: May 2007 by Random House
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from the publisher:

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects- the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

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[Book Review] The House of Hades

The_House_of_Hades_coverTitle: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology
Published: October 2013 by Hyperion Books for Children
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

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[Book Review] The Mark of Athena

**Before reading the “House of Hades” (Book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series) this October, I’ve been “re-reading” the first three books by listening to the audiobooks (I listen to the audio during my commute to and from work, which saves me time and makes the commute much, much more enjoyable, plus it also gives me a chance to write a review! Hurray for multitasking!)

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Title: The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology
Published: October 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children
Recommended as suitable for ages 10 and up
Source: Purchased

Audiobook: Narrated by Joshua Swanson

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

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[Book Review] The Son of Neptune

**Before reading the “House of Hades” (Book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series released this October), I’ve been “re-reading” the first three books by listening to the audiobooks during my commute to and from work (which saves me time and makes the commute much, much more enjoyable, plus it also gives me a chance to write a review! Hurray for multitasking.)

The_Son_of_Neptune_coverTitle: The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology
Published: October 2011 by Hyperion Books for Children
Recommended for ages 10 and up
Source: Purchased

Audiobook: Narrated by Joshua Swanson

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. When the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother claims he is descended from ancient heroes, but he doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery. His big and bulky physique makes him feel like a clumsy ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely-enough, even, to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far north as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all of whom are destined to play a part in the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.

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[Book Review] The Lost Hero

**In preparation for the release of “House of Hades” (Book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series) this October, I’ve been “re-reading” the first three books by listening to the audio books during my commute to and from work (which saves me time and makes the commute much, much more enjoyable, plus it also gives me a chance to write a review! Hurray for multitasking.)

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Title: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology
Published: October 2010 by Hyperion Books for Children
Recommended as suitable for ages 10 and up
Source: Purchased

Audio book: Narrated by Joshua Swanson

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all — including Leo — related to a god.

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