Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trivia+Giveaway: Atlantis in Peril

Atlantis Trivia
  1. According to predictions, there will be a room unearthed (if it has not been already) that will hold the record of Atlantis’ existence called the Hall of Records. Where is it supposed to be?

The right paw of the sphinx of Egypt

Edgar Cayce, a historian studied the tale of the lost city of Atlantis in detail for a long time. He wrote a book compiling all his findings. In that book, he mentions rising of the lost city once again like ‘the sun rises from the sea’. Also, according to his book, the entry to hall of records of the Atlantis city can be found under the right paw of the sphinx of Egypt which was later placed there only to protect the city from unmanned entry. His book says the entry will be possible only when the required time has been fulfilled. (Provided by funtrivia.com)

2.    According to popular legend, what is the most likely cause of the destruction of Atlantis?

Many theories have been put forward to explain how Atlantis was destroyed. These range from volcanic eruptions or tsunamis, to a meteor strike and even nuclear war. But the most common theory is that Atlantis was destroyed by a devastating earthquake.  (marineinsight.com)

  1. Who told the original myth of Atlantis?
Greek Philosopher Plato told the story of Atlantis in two stories Timaeus and Critias which were written about 355 B.C. (Channel.nationalgeographic.com)

4.      Of the many different kinds of people who legends say inhabited Atlantis, which people came from the greatest distance?

The original inhabitants of the lost city of Atlantis are believed to be of extraterrestrial origin. They are believed to have been much taller and fair skinned than today’s average human being. (marineinsight.com)

  1. Who is said to have built Atlantis?
Poseidon, god of the sea, is said to have originally built the city. He then had 5 pairs of twins who reigned in Atlantis. (marineinsight.com)

Win a copy of both Atlantis Rising and Atlantis in Peril. 
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About Book #1

In a magical land called Ellegandia, a young boy named Promi scrapes by, stealing pies, cakes and sweets to survive. But little does he know that his country is a pawn in an ages-old war between good and evil, battled both in the spirit realm and in the human world. Harboring secrets of his own, Promi teams up with a courageous girl named Atlanta and the two vow to save their land—and each other—no matter the cost. But their vow has greater repercussions than they ever could imagine—in fact, it may just bring about the creation of Atlantis, an island cut off from the rest of the world, where magic reigns supreme.

About Book #2

A Dream of Destiny, Greeks Bearing Gifts,
 and Narkazan’s Revenge

Chapter Excerpt from the Second Book in the Atlantis Saga by T.A. Barron
Available Online Now

Ambition, greed, revenge, sacrifice and love—all figure in T.A. Barron’s ATLANTIS IN PERIL ($17.99, May), the sequel to Atlantis Rising and second book in the Atlantis trilogy. With his trademark action, adventure and suspense, T.A. Barron explores the world of Atlantis and how its residents’ actions sow the seeds of its destruction. A chapter excerpt of the upcoming book is available online: www.tabarron.com.

When Promi and Atlanta transformed their native land into the magical island of Atlantis, little did they know an advanced civilization would arise only a few years later threatening their homeland once again. As Promi struggles with his feelings for Atlanta, Narkazan discovers the weakness between the spirit realm and the mortal world and plots his revenge. Will the desire for power win over the power of love to conquer and save all? Readers will toggle between the spirit and mortal world as Promi races to save residents and loved ones in both realms.

Booklist summarizes ATLANTIS IN PERIL well stating: “Story lines related to love and family relationships, environmental responsibility and destruction, and good overcoming evil are all in play as readers reach a sinister cliff-hanger of an ending.”

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2 : Battle Ready Posters!

Lionsgate has released posters for Mockingjay Part 2 and so far they've all been pretty amazing!

I love Prim's eyes in this. They scream of innocence.

Sam Claflin appreciation.

They've released posters of many other characters, all of which I've posted on my Facebook page. Go check them all out!

Mockingjay Part 2 tentative release date is Nov 20.

Don't forget to comment on which is your favourite poster.

Thoughts on the posters are welcome!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Cruel Beauty

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Source: Edelweiss ( Thanks HarperCollins!)

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy fairy tale retellings.I am sure I have mentioned this various times. Fairy tales just fascinate me and they can be told in so many ways.They can be lighthearted or dark,hopeful or full of despair,set in the past or even in a dystopian world. There is so much to work with.

Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is a story I'm fond of especially because of Belle and the fact that the Beast can easily be portrayed as someone who has social anxiety because of physical deformities. Cruel Beauty in my opinion is an original spin on the classic Disney movie that I liked but without it's charm.This is mostly due to the fact that Cruel Beauty is much darker spin on the tale.

Nyx unlike Belle has been prepared since birth to kill the monster. She has a lot of rage.She has had years to nurse her rage.Of course, she's not all rainbows and unicorns like Belle.She's all dark and twisted. I didn't like her as much as a character but she certainly had much more depth than the happy go lucky Belle. Her attraction for the monstrous beast also makes more sense as she is also a monster inside.

The story manages to engage but does drag towards the end. There is also an implied sexual scene which I wasn't exactly sure fit in with the story. I think it just drove home the fact that the story is much more mature and darker than the classic one we,as readers have seen and heard.

Overall, I didn't like this story as much as I enjoyed the Cinder series(another retelling) but it's an interesting spin on the tale of Beauty and the Beast.  

My Rating:



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