T5W 2018 Most Disappointing Reads

I have been a busy bee this week and haven’t had time to look at a book or the blog. It’s been bad times but I finally have a free hour, and what’s better than a Top 5 Wednesday to get back in the blogging swing?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Ginger Reads Lainey and currently hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. I have found another Top 5 Wednesday I’m interested in! More tea shall be spilt this week, mwahaha.

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TISTHESEASONATHON TBR

December is gloriously full of readathons, perfect to finish your TBR goals or simply to get into the festive spirit.

The first readathon I’m going to be taking part in is ‘Tis the Seasonathon’ it is the perfect readathon to get into the holiday spirit. There will be plenty of sprints on the twitter page Tistheseason. It runs from 3rd-9th December and is run by:

  • Crowns and Quills
  • Super Space Chick
  • Btwchapters
  • Chelsea Dollin

I will try to participate in the 5 challenges but will see how the week goes with work, my goal is to read at least two of the books for it!

  1. Short Book Under 250 Pages

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the perfect holiday read, I’ve already read it once this weekends and will definitely be reading it just a few more times during the festive season. Perfect for people who are festive scrooges.

  

    

    

2. Book With Red on the Cover

The Red Ribbon is a historical fiction set in  a dressmakers in Auschwitz. Although it is not a typical holiday read I’ve started it and completely fell in love with the characters and there support for one another in a horrible time.

  

    

3.Holiday Themed Book

A Boy Called Christmas will be the perfect sweet book to read after the Red Ribbon. It’s about Father Christmas when he is a child and I feel that Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a middle grade book.

   

     

4. Read A Warm And Fuzzy Book

    Continuing on my middle grade Matt Haig Train, I’m hoping to get to The Girl Who Saved Christmas which has the same sweet illustration style. It is also set in Victorian London, I love books set in Victorian times!

  

    

5. Read a Book While Listening to Holiday Music

Giant Days is one of my favourite graphic novel series and I’ve a couple volumes to catch up on. Its definitely the perfect time to it up while finding some festive pop punk to listen to.

   

    

Are you taking part in Tistheseasonathon? What books are you reading?

 

Outrun the Wind Review

I love Greek myths and retellings so I was excited to pick Outrun the Wind up!

Title: Outrun the Wind

Author : Elizabeth Tammi

Genre: Fantasy/ Retelling

Age of Protagonist : YA

Diversity: LGBT

Trigger warning: Sexual Assault

Rating: 🔆🔆🔆🔆

Synopsis:

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

Review

Outrun the Wind is a well crafted fantasy novel based in Ancient Greece, with two main female characters that are strong in completely different ways.

The Ancient Greece nerd in me fell in love with the setting, the temples are perfect and you would definitely not want to mess with the gods! Elizabeth Tammi’s knowledge of Ancient Greece society and myths clearly shines through out the book.

Kahina and Atalanta’s relationship from hating each other to friends feels so natural, it’s slow paced and the reader can physically feel the hate slowly changing to something different. Both girls although flawed are ultimately likeable, you get to know the girls’ backstory and it is heartbreaking to think about.

Outrun the Wind is set in a time were a woman was married by 14 and didn’t have many choices, the male characters mostly want to control the women and it seems the only choices are get married or join the hunt. The girls fighting against this and supporting each other is inspiring, although they use methods that I would not endorse in real life!

Phelix is the sweetest person and he has a big part in bringing Kahina and Atalanta together, his growth as a caring brother and amazing friend reminds the reader that not all men are bad in Ancient Greece.

Outrun the Wind is the first book in a long time that has made me tear up and it will definitely stay with me for a long time!

I highly recommend Outrun the Wind for anyone who loves mythology and romance mixed.

*ARC received from publisher via netgalley, all opinions voiced are my own*

Tldr: Perfect for those who like their mythology with a bit of Lgbt+ romance.

Lessons learned:

  • You can run from marriage if you run really really fast
  • Sniffing fumes will make you see visions