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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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But one thing I’d learned from being a son of Frey- I couldn’t always fight my friends’ battles. The best I could do was be there to heal their injuries.

The Hammer of Thor is the second book of the trilogy The Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. I’ve briefly reviewed the first book here. It’s a series based on Norse mythology, and this book in particular follows Magnus and his friends trying to find Thor’s hammer while trying to stop another of Loki’s plans. 

I really liked how this book expanded on Sam being Muslim while interacting with Norse gods. It also detailed more about sign language when Hearthstone, who is deaf, signs which I also liked. This book also introduced Alex who is transgender and gender fluid, and she quickly became one of my favorite characters. I’ve looked through other people’s reviews, and as far as I’ve seen the only people with problems with the representation in this book disagree with Alex and think it’s inappropriate for children. So I think that’s a good sign.

It’s usually common for the second book in the series to have a dip in quality, but I found that I liked this one more than the first one. In the first book, I struggled with the mythology, and it slowed down reading. This time, I knew who was who already so that made reading a lot easier and more enjoyable. 

The characters continue to be the strong point of the series for me. I love all of them individually, and all their relationships with each other. They grow and change, and it’s simply a pleasure to read. Magnus is still a very strong protagonist to me. He’s soft, and the others allow him to be soft without ridicule. It’s very refreshing.

The plot is much the same as his other books. Fetch this, something goes wrong, fetch that, something goes wrong, get information here, something goes wrong, and so on and so forth. But it doesn’t bother me like it does other readers who have read his other two series with Percy Jackson. Maybe if I had read that it would, but to me it’s nice to know what will basically happen. I’m invested in the story, but even with all the action and plot twists I’m not on the edge of my seat with my heart racing. That can be a negative to some people, but it was a nice change of pace for me.

Reading The Hammer of Thor almost felt like coming home. I sank into this book, and I didn’t want it to end. It was comforting, funny, lighthearted, and everything that I needed at the moment. I look forward to the third book coming out in October.

Book Playlist – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is one of my favorite books, and I’ve decided to create a playlist inspired by it. I constantly listen to Aristotle and Dante playlists, and I’ve put together songs that I feel truly fit the book’s themes and characters.

Listen to it on 8tracks!

Songs:

  • Summer Skeletons – Radical Face 
    We were sun-burned and shoeless kids. It was the dead of July.
  • From Afar – Vance Joy
    It shouldn’t come as a surprise, what I’m feeling, what I’m feeling now.
  • Bright – Ecosmith and Lindsey Stirling
    I think you and the Moon and Neptune got it right, ’cause now I’m shining bright.
  • Only Love – Mumford & Sons
    And I rage and I rage, but perhaps I will come of age and be ready for you.
  • Heart of Glass – Blondie
    Love is so confusing there’s no peace of mind.
  • Talking Bird – Death Cab for Cutie
    It’s all here for you as long as you choose to stay.
  • Viento – Caifanes
    Viento, amarranos. Tiempo, detente muchos años.
  • Wild – Troye Sivan ft. Alessia Cara
    Never knew loving could hurt this good and it drives me wild.
  • Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron
    There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.
  • These Streets – Bastille
    These streets are yours, you can keep them.
  • Pasa El Tiempo – Caloncho
    Paso el tiempo asi, y no recuerdas que era tan feliz.
  • Featherstone – The Paper Kites
    And my love is yours, but your love’s not mine.
  • 16 Years – Phantogram
    Summertime is a whirlwind away and I know that the lights won’t invade.
  • Photograph – Ed Sheeran
    So you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans.
  • We Belong Together – Los Lobos
    You’re mine and we belong together.