Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan | Spoilery Book Review

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The Last One!

Everything comes to an end. Some endings are far more realistic than others.


Blurb: 

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Let’s see if I can get through this review without mentioning the very obvious parallels between Harry Potter. Like the end scene and all the realistic casualties… On with the review!

REVIEW!

I actually enjoyed this book. From start to end I really thought it had depth and even though it was the children that were destined to save the day while the Olympians were distracted and away, Riordan didn’t dismiss them.

I cannot hate this series and I’m really not sure anyone can. Along with Harry Potter, it has set the precedent for Middle-Grade novels universally.

It is very family orientated in a sense that the parents although absent and albeit sometimes not Percy’s own, are always always included in the storyline and, even if not a part of the plot or in a committed relationship, they play a crucial part in their child’s lives. It is obvious that it is the parents that shape the person that the demigod has become.

The best example of this is when Percy and Nico try to understand why Luke is the way he is and what lead him to allow Kronos to inhabit his body. They immediately make their way to Luke’s mother’s house without a second thought, showing an obvious connection between Luke’s behaviour, the state of his mother and the absence of his father.

I really liked how the characters didn’t like or agree with each other. This caused conflict which kept me on the damn edge of my seat. Of course, I’m talking about Nico here! My sweet little dark muffin. I think I’ve fallen into his dark trap of being all protective over him. How can you not?!

Somehow Riordan created so much mystery around Nico, yet so much intrigue and interest in his character; making him young yet powerful but also weak yet cunning. It shows from all of the flashes Percy receives into Nico’s actions, but also in the way Percy underestimates Nico’s well-thought-out plan that may have had some ulterior motives, but in all was cunning and worked perfectly.

The best part about the fight was the attention paid to who was present. If a character was mentioned, they were significant and came back into the picture, and Riordan didn’t dismiss any of the campers either. I find books that include a whole school/ community of people to paint the picture yet only focus on the main trio that saves the day. This book was unlike that, where countless times Percy checked on the location of each of his campmates, asking about them and actively going to protect them. This just highlighted his growth and leadership skills. Even at the end, everyone was given a mention. Tributes were paid to every camper who fought, and those who died, even those of whom were never claimed by their God parent (not to be confused with Godparent) were given the recognition they deserved.

Every element from the previous four books; and every learning that was given to the demigods, was brought back in this final book. For Annabeth used her computer gift from Daedalus and was able to make a monumental (see what I did there) contribution to the future of the Gods, and also the camp.

Once again, the incorporation of the myths was perfect and not at all like a re-telling, but very obvious easter-eggs you had to find in a book about Percy Jackson and his quests. I enjoyed the story from start to end, and I wasn’t mad about the character redemption at the end. Yes, I am very salty that Snape got a redemption arc in canon but not Draco.

I made it this far without a Harry Potter comparison, so be proud! There will be no middle-grade novel with a trio, that is safe from the Harry Potter comparison.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book a ★★★★★ (5/5 stars) because, well not only is it an epic finale, but it shows the importance of making decisions in life and the character development of Percy into a teenager!

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Underdog Book Launch! The Most Down To Earth Book Event <3

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The Most Down-To-Earth Book Event Ever!

On Friday the 15th of March I attended the book launch for Underdog, a #LoveOzYA anthology of short stories based on what it is like to be an Australian. The novel is named after the new publishing company of the same name, started by the book’s editor Tobias Madden.

The event was held at Dymocks books on Collins St. in Melbourne’s CBD. It is the biggest Dymocks – and probably the biggest book store – in the city and maybe even the state!

Warning: Photos may be blurry because I was shaking a lot more that day and I was taking photos on my phone.

What is Underdog?

Edited by Tobias Madden (@tobias_madden), Underdog is a celebration of the once humble hashtag, turned global phenomenon #LoveOzYa! The anthology is a collection of diverse short stories of our wonderful nation’s ever-changing diverse and beautifully inclusive culture. The stories are sometimes political, very queer and overall, a giant love letter to Australia.

You can read more about the novel on the Underdog website!

The Launch!

Sarah from @TheYARoom lead the interview for the launch, with Shaun on camera and Bianca on social media duty. Sarah asked questions to each of the seven authors and did an amazing job with name pronunciation for that is always the hardest part, as all booktubers and bookaholics alike will understand.

My favourite part was when Tobias spoke about how Underdog started. How it exploded from a dream and just a sh*t ton about of effort and determination. He has people who have stuck by him throughout the whole journey and… well please watch the video 🙂

Melbourne Authors:

Photo from: Jes’ Instagram: @ageekwithahat

(left to right) Michael Earp, Jes Layton, Tobias Madden, KM Stamer-Squair, Cassi Dorian, Sophie L. Macdonald.

All Other Authors: Sofia Casanova, Stacy Malacari, Felicity Martin, Kaneana may, Sarah Taviani, Vivian Wei.

Favourite Part!

Jes Layton is known as @ageekwithahat on all social media and is someone who I have interacted with at many bookish events and is just wonderful to talk to. She was having her own copy of underdog signed by people who asked for her signature. I think this is the coolest thing ever!

The whole event was just so humbling. It was plainly obvious that these authors couldn’t even believe it themselves that they could now see their writing on shelves, let alone in the biggest Dymocks in the city! Everyone was just so down to earth and genuinely excited and awestruck that everyone had come out to see them and celebrate their little stories in such a big way!

I’m so proud of every single one of them and all the other authors who I haven’t had the chance to meet, and to Tobias who made everything from a single crazy thought. Amazing!

Look Out For My Author Interview with Jes Layton on my blog!

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A Woman’s Poem (SW#25)

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Another poem time!

I read a book about strong women. I reviewed a book about strong women. Click the link to read the review for Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, the story that inspired this poem.

I Read a Book Today
I read a book today that tore out my heart.

I read a book today that ticked my sides.
I read a book today that opened my eyes.
I read a book today that made me want to speak up.
The book I read today was about women.

I read a book today that made me cry. 
The book I read gave me hope.
It was about love 
of a different kind
A sweeter kind,
a kinder kind.

It was aggravating,
bone shaking,
protest making!

I want to speak out
and speak up.
Scream out and stand up
for what is right,
turn down what is wrong.

The book I read taught me how to stand up
and what to stand up for.
It gave my passion a spark, 
my writing a new voice
a new way to speak.

I read a book today from two amazing women.
These women gave me articulated insight
into a scary,
hate-filled world with a 
reason to fight harder
stronger, without 
Violence.

I read a book today that made me feel everything
and
left me with a valuable message.

I read a book today that all women should read.
A story men need to understand
In a world where this,
the moral of the story
is the real world problem and 
Not fiction.
Not fantasy.
Real problems with real solutions.

The book I read today inspired me.

I wrote this poem after I’d finished reading Watch Us Rise. That book shook me in a way that no other book has done before. Pick it up, read it. Stand up for what you believe in and like this post if you like this poem x

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Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan | Spoiler Free Book Review

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Keep on Empowering Women in Literature!

Disclaimer: This book was kindly sent to me from Bloomsbury Publishing and was released on the 12th of February 2019.

For the people who want to read about women empowering women in a story where the women not only talk about their experiences but do something to change the fate the world has dealt them.



Blurb: 

Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.

I usually chat some more here but no more comments! I loved this book and I want to get to reviewing this wonderful novel, with thanks to Bloomsbury.

REVIEW!

The book starts off with the biggest bombshell ever! Jasmine’s main source of love and motivation in her world is dying but she must keep on living. When Jasmine is bullied by both students and teachers, at a school that is supposed to put their utmost care and attention into the art of social justice, she realises that there may be some flaws in the system. Along with her best friend and partner in crime, Chelsea, who has also faced prejudice for being a woman and wanting her voice heard; the two of them make it their mission to not stop until their voices are heard. Until something is done about the way women are treated in their society, starting with the school.

The message that this book is sending to young teens is amazing. Awareness is placed of the impact people of colour are having/ have had in the world and the teens are encouraged to use their passions to stand up for what they believe in! This is what the Summer challenge was all about. Jasmine’s group of friends combine each of their own unique talents to create the perfect campaign for women’s rights.

The Cast: Jasmine the writer and actress; Chelsea the Poet; Nadine the stylist and part-time D.J.; and Isaac the artist.

There were things mentioned in this novel, everyday influences on women pointed out and dissected of things that even I remained blissfully unaware of. I had become so used to seeing these things in magazines, advertisements, television shows, on the side of buildings, trains and trams; I was blinded. Not even realising that these messages are there, but still taking them in makes me almost think of degrading mass media advertisements as subliminal messages to suppress us women; weaken us to something lesser. Keep us compliant and in our place. Watson and Hagan opened my eyes to these messages.

The only thing that I found off about the novel was the school that the girls attended and how it almost felt too fake like it was a school exaggerated to love social justice more than life for the sake of the story. I say this because my high school is very into social justice and helping out the community, but they don’t force it upon students (except for one day of every year). I personally couldn’t imagine a school where after school activities are mandatory when they will obviously impede on homework time. Which, let’s face it, is the main focus of many schools.

The hardest thing about this review is doing it spoiler free. There are so many things that I learnt from this book, but it spoils half the story and I can’t have that happen! Although on the other hand, doing this review spoiler free leaves the review shorter and more appealing to read.

The best thing I learnt about racism from this book is the various stereotypes that are placed on black women in movie roles. These are all defined in the book, but as I was reading through the list, I now look a little differently on the women of colour in the book, ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kid. I think a little more on how much of their characters were shaped by society’s view of women back when the novel was written, and if they would be any different now?

“I resolve!”

The “I resolve” statements had to have been my favourite take away from the novel. It is a method of reflecting and goal setting, that I can realistically use to better myself in my daily life. For instance, instead of saying “my new year’s resolution is…” you say “I resolve to…” It’s more personal and is almost like a promise to yourself.

An example of my own would be; “I RESOLVE TO LOVE MYSELF.”

From the poems in this book, I have been inspired to revisit my old poems and start writing more of them. They all stem from my heart. A pained one works well, but a heart that is experiencing an abundance of strong emotions produces the best poems. That’s where Jasmine and Chelsea’s writings came from.

Women banding together, standing up for each other and guiding the next generation of activists to do what they wish they could. Even the ones that seemed too cool for school took part, knowing that this is their fight too.

We have made it to the most bittersweet of endings. But it never really ends, does it? Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan started off a wonderful discussion in hopes that their story is shared, and inspire actions to be taken to end the story they started telling. I hope one day Jasmine and Chelsea can be written into a world where they are not judged for their body size, type or gender. Where their opinions will be heard, and they can speak up, stand up and rise up!

This story will continue until we let it. Until we create equality for women; and until young boys are taught how to treat their female counterparts with respect. Until the older men of society learn that there is more than one gender on this planet. Watch Us Rise will be a story that never ends! Girls will continue to stage rallies and walk-outs. We will continue to share our stories and speak up, speak out, make our voices heard. Until our bodies stop being a selling point for products and companies cease to put us down to bring them up, we will rally and we will continue to rise!

★ Rating ★

I rated this book a ★★★★★ (5/5 stars) because it dealt with real-world issues and showed their impact on children as young as fourteen, and how these high schoolers can take some real-world action, instead of just creating a discussion. If these girls can do it, then so can us adults.

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March TBR

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This has to be my favourite TBR so far!

I’m not saying that I’ve changed, but this might be achievable. 5 books in 31 days, one of which has already been completed, a second of which I am already 30 pages in.

The books I am planning to fly through this month include:

  •  Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • Otherworld by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller
  • Otherearth by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller
  • Ida by Alison Evans
  • Queen Of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

These are in order of how I plan to read them all. I want to get through the books/ series I have started already, which are coincidently all middle-grade novels, then I’ll move up genres as per increase in age.

I started and almost finished the Percy Jackson Series last November, of which I have reviewed four out of five of the books, with the last one on this TBR! You can read my reviews for The Lightning ThiefThe Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle Of The Labyrinth by clicking on the corresponding links above.

Queen of Air and Darkness, better known as QOAaD, because the title is insanely long and annoying to type (but actually magnificent). This book was my most anticipated release of 2018, and is now my most anticipated read of 2019! I cannot wait to get to it, but I put it last on my list due to the length of it and how long it will take me to read it. You’ll most definitely see it on my April TBR.

If you’d like to hear the reasons why I chose the other books on my list, you can watch the video I made on my channel where I talk more about the books on this list 🙂

MARCH TBR VIDEO!

You can watch my video below. I speak slower in this one. So you’re one of the ones who scrolled fast down to the bottom of this post, and aren’t as interested in reading a great big gushy post; or maybe you just want to support my ‘lil channel, you can find me in YouTube as Jasper + Spice.

I hope you enjoy xx Thank you for reading/ watching!

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It’s A Novel Race!

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I started another project! *sigh*

So, there’s this thing that happens where I get an amazing idea; get hung up on that idea, and kinda have to roll with it. For some reason, I cannot stick to one task at a time and I end up taking on multiple projects – writing and the like – at the same time. Since I am also horrible with keeping up with “Blog Series'” or remembering to update anything ever (see my inconsistent posting on Instagram) so I won’t be calling this a blog series in the way people would,

BUTT

It’s a blog series.

How It Came About…

A good friend of mine and I have challenged each other to write a full completed novel in a six-month time frame – the length of our industry placements. Both novels are to stem from the same prompt, but have a different premise! We will be doing while completing a full-time work placement.

Who is my friend and why haven’t you heard of him??

It’s true, I speak about my friends constantly – well, mostly Tracy @trufflereads – but I’ve never spoken of this friend before, despite having spent every day for of the six-week summer semester together.

Does he write?

He has told me that he has only ever tried writing a story once in his life; though I don’t let that fool me. He is an amazing storyteller! As the DM (Dungeon Master) of two separate Dungeons and Dragons games, he has to have a keen eye for detail, and the ability to visualise and create original settings and characters, along with the ability to come up with various stories and wacky premises.

So What’s The Story Idea??

This challenge came about after viewing this post I sent him from Pinterest:

Honestly, it’s such a silly meme, but due to our collective lack of sleeps (yes, sleeps. plural) and the fact that we were both working on audit and taxation homework over the summer semester period, our brains were pretty fried.

We started feeling sorry for death.

And that’s how our stories came about.

My Idea/ Summary: Depressed death can’t take it anymore is on the edge but can’t die until some cute boi in white is like I’ll take ur job for a bit if you don’t let me die and death thinks this boi is hella cute (and hella tan, with those pretty brown eyes and goofy self-assured smile, and relaxed shrug) and Death doesn’t know why anyone would want this job, let alone a motal who looks like he hcan have the world at his feet, but death is hella sad and says yes Fuck it imma go on vacay and gives all his responsibilities over, goes on vacay for like a day and then says Fuck I can’t subject some poor pretty boi in white to what u had to go through so he tracks down obituaries and stuff coz he kinda lost his death tracking power after handing it over and like after tracking down dying people and sitting by their bedside who just won’t Fkn die, he decides to murder someone which brings new boi death to him and he’s like OMG you’re so sexy can I plz have my job back and dude is all like you didn’t even have a vacay and I love this gig. But death is all like please you won’t die because I love you and god is like SMITE you can’t love and be death Fkn choose so yeah I haven’t gotten past that yet.Also death realises why the boy wants his job and he is hella sad for him and well of course when it looks like one can have the world, their mind is holding them hostage and he too is hella sad and just wanted to make someone else happy if he couldn’t be.

This is the OG initial message I sent my friend when the discussion started. I am currently planning out the story out in tabular form and have reached chapter 6 already. Planning in this manner is the best thing I have done. The table layout I am using is as follows:

You can download a template for planning a novel by clicking on the document link: Book Writing Layout_ Plan

Holy Sheit! So I just read over that poor excuse for a paragraph for what feels like the first time in a month and I have totally deviated from it whilst writing my official plan. Not that I’m mad tho.

The plan I am currently writing has deviated greatly from the little paragraph above, but I’m happy with it. I like being able to compare my very first idea of the story with the plan, and then the first draft when I actually write it. It’s all to do with the flow of the novel and if the story I want to be written flows as a written story.

So that’s my new project all laid bare and exposed. I hope you enjoyed that, and with my planning, you should expect to see more updates on the Wednesdays to come! Let’s hope I can complete the first draft by July but knowing my track record, I’m not promising anything grand.

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What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson | Spoiler Free Book Review

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An oldie but a goodie!

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me this novel for review. It was released in America on the 8th of January (my birthday!).

 

Was first published by Bloomsbury USA in February of 2012, and has been re-released this year

Blurb:

Rediscover Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winner Renée Watson's heart-rending debut, about one girl's journey to reconnect to joy.

Serenity is good at keeping secrets, and she's got a whole lifetime's worth of them. Her mother is dead, her father is gone, and starting life over at her grandparents' house is strange. Luckily, certain things seem to hold promise: a new friend who makes her feel connected, and a boy who makes her feel seen. But when her brother starts making poor choices, her friend is keeping her own dangerous secret, and her grandparents put all of their trust in a faith that Serenity isn't sure she understands, it is the power of love that will repair her heart and keep her sure of just who she is.

Renée Watson's stunning writing shines in this powerful and ultimately uplifting novel.

I loved how I was fully immersed in the story and how Watson just drew me in with her words. Though I did enjoy the book, the ending let me down and upon reflection, I discovered a few flaws with the novel. 

REVIEW!

This is the first book I’ve read by Renee Watson, and despite the harsh review I will give this book, I am eager to read further books by her in the future as I believe in on judging an author’s entire archive of books off of one work.

I will keep this short as it was quite a small novel and a quick one to fly through, despite all of the improper English in the speech of the characters that tripped me up and the constant use of “daddy” instead of “dad” or “father” that tripped me up constantly (sorry for being gen z).

The main thing that ticked me off about this novel was the fact that it was dealing with a girl of about 13-14 years of age who had lost both her mother and father and was now dealing with immense grief, but the story didn’t feel like it was focused on the grief, rather all the things that were happening in Serenity’s daily life. It made it worse that all of the actions that occurred weren’t a cause or had any direct relation to the death/ grief, but kind of ignored it except for when needing to bring up drama and old secrets for the sake of it. The storyline, that I felt wasn’t truly established, didn’t revolve around the central theme of Serenity’s mother’s death and the dangerous cause of it, rather just left the subject untouched altogether.

From the way Serenity spoke, using childish words like “daddy” and describing everything in a very simplistic and naïve way, it made her seem younger than the 13-14-year-old she was being portrayed as. Maybe it was because she was raised as a very conservative Christian and had little freedom or exposure to anything or just a manner in which she was raised, but I felt as if her speech and her actions – pinning after a boy who was described like someone much older – were very contradictory of each other, and I wasn’t sure of how to perceive her.

Despite this, I did feel okay with the other characters, although the things they did made me question their ages and parental guidance. I found that their journeys were a little more interesting than Serenity’s at times. Usually, when other characters lives entwine with the protagonists, their stories usually end too, wind up and come to a close with the protagonist; but it seemed as if there were too many unfinished stories & undiscovered happiness left out in the open. With Jay and his bag of clothes; and Maria and her grieving. If people are placed in the path of the protagonist with their own lives on display, they have to have an ending too. An explanation or reaction to certain events that would’ve been nice to see from other’s points of views too. The end was very much a let down for me and not at all conclusive or memorable, even for the protagonist.

Otherwise, I grew to enjoy and become comfortable with the voice it was written in, although the incorrect “me & Danny” was annoying as it is supposed to be “Danny & I” and really threw me off and ruined the flow of the story. I told myself that was just character and identified her as a resident of Portland and maybe that’s how they speak (improper English) in the area. I am making no judgements, though it did make the writing feel jerky and uncomfortable to read.

★ Rating ★

I rated this novel a ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) as there were a few elements missing for me. It was definitely not a five-star novel, but it could’ve been a four star if the story was more developed and didn’t leave so many holes with the other characters that were involved in the story.

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Hospitality Course Week 2

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I love learning!

To replace the Back To School Series that I do every year, I am going to be documenting my time at Hospitality school! This is week 2!

Week 1 I spoke a little bit about the course. You can read about my Introductory class here. A little bit of backstory can be found in my previous post, a small snippet here… I am going to be doing a new course called Certificate IV in Hospitality and Leadership Management. It runs over 19 weeks (3 months), with one session each week, and can be completed within a 12 month period. 

Week 2 Topic: COFFEE & MARTINIS

23rd February 2019 – Week 2:

This week we focused on how to make the best coffee as well as other drinks using coffee. 

We learnt:

  • What makes the perfect espresso?
  • How to use a manual coffee machine, and how to test if the coffee that is made correctly.
  • That Arabica beans have a curve line down the middle of the bean, and Robusta beans have a straight line down the middle.
  • Making a Dry, Dirty and Filthy Martini & and Espresso Martini (using all of the coffee we made prior)
  • How to steam and pour milk into a coffee glass.

Out of the two sessions (with all the hype I make, it feels like more), this was my favourite one! I have been born and raised around coffee, with my parents and family friends complaining and criticising the perfect coffee.

As for me, I only started drinking coffee this year mainly because I felt kinda awkward going to the coffee shop with my best friend before Uni and not ordering anything. Also I just really craved the taste and bitterness of coffee. Bad idea. Coffee has bad effects for me, worsens my anxiety and shaking by increasing my heart rate, and well, just do coffee things.

Anyways this post isn’t about me and my inability to handle coffee.

COFFEE FACTS!

My favourite part was learning about the coffee beans and how they can affect the quality of a coffee. As I mentioned above, Arabica beans have a curve line down the middle of the bean and Robusta beans have a straight line down the middle. A Robusta bean is inferior in taste and will taste like bitter ass if they’re not mixed in with Arabica beans when coffee is made.

The beans also have natural oils so they need to be stored in a cool dry place once the packet has been opened to retain these natural oils for the next time they’re used. These oils come out in the coffee when it is made. When making an espresso, you may see a thin layer on top of the coffee that looks like a darker thin layer of coffee; this is actually the oils of the beans coming out into the coffee, giving it a fresher smell and taste. This oil layer is called the crema – which translates to creme in Italian.

I had so much fun learning about coffee, something I have grown up around and heard people talk about constantly, but I’ve never been given the facts about the caffeinated Italian drink everyone is so addicted to and in love with.

I really hope you enjoyed this post and learnt something about coffee like I did! I will be bringing you all some more writing updates and related writing content on Wednesdays!

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Operation Sin: Agent Carter by Immonen and Ellis | Comic Book Review

Heyo Bookaholics!

My first Marvel appearance!

So I don’t usually buy comic books, because they retail for approximately $25 at the least for a volume of Saga, and at least $30-$40 for Marvel branded comics. I will only pick them up when they are at a cheap or highly discounted price, much like this one here. I recently purchased Operation Sin: Agent Carter, and Wolverine and Jubilee stand-alone comics at The Book Grocer for $6.66666666… each *insert insanely shocked face here*

Blurb
 
Tying into the explosive events of ORIGINAL SIN , see an untold story from the origins of the Marvel Universe! After an alien energy source is discovered in Russia in the early 1950s, it's up to Peggy Carter and Howard Stark to find out what happened. But a newly risen terrorist group going by the name Hydra also happens to be on the hunt for their own nefarious purposes! It's only when a mysterious operative going by the name of Woodrow McCord enters the picture to aid Peggy and Howard that they realize just how far some people are willing to go to keep the Earth safe!

Operation S.I.N.: Agent Carter TPB is a tie-in to ABC's hit TV show, Marvel's Agent Carter!

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I have done a review for a comic book before titled Flight Volume 1, it was a strange read and honestly, I didn’t like it that much. This time, I am reviewing a Marvel comic, one I know that I am bound to enjoy, and enjoy it I did.

This is the tie-in to the amazing 2015 Netflix series Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell which was devastatingly cancelled after just one season and one hall of a cliffhanger. Yes, I am still very mad about this. Peggy Carter would not stand for this kind of treatment!

On with the review…

Review

I’m not very experienced in reviewing comics. I’ll be focusing on the storyline and commenting on the drawings, but there is no educated critique behind my review of the images, only fangirlly gushing.

There were a couple of things I enjoyed most about this story and Peggy herself. One of those is the typical Marvel thing of making every storyline about Aliens, with this one being no different as Peggy Carter and Howard Stark follow a mysterious lead for… Honestly, I don’t even know what lead them to their end predicament, but I assume as always it was Howard Stark chasing some unknown technology. Typical Howard.

I loved Peggy’s loyalty to Howard and her willingness to go along with his crazy endeavours, and in her own way act as his bodyguard and most importantly a biased and loyal best friend. I also really appreciated how the storyline addressed how people underestimate Peggy because she is a woman, and how she uses this at most times to her advantage.

She does some crazy things when people leave her behind on babysitting duties because people – other than Howard who knows never to give Peggy an order as she won’t obey it (common knowledge) – think that she will not be useful in battle; when she really is.

I like how the comics – although a tie-in from the television series – kept the original image of a blonde Peggy, unlike the brown-haired Hayley Atwell (which I do like much better). I think the blond Peggy really made more sense with the time frame (the 1940s) and location (Ameria) that the comic is set in.

I don’t want to talk about the bonus story. I did not like how they portrayed Captain America and Peggy’s relationship, because it is portrayed so much better in The First Avenger movie (which I have seen a thousand times and I will watch a thousand times more!).

Overall, Stark and Peggy are my OTP Best Friends and no one can beat that!

★ Rating ★

I rated this comic ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars). I liked it but it isn’t anywhere near the quality of Saga, Wicked and The Divine, Jack Faction’s Hawkeye, and Black Widow.

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Do you read comics?? If so, which ones? I don’t read many comics (mainly because they’re expensive and the libraries don’t really stock them) xxx

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Hospitality Course Week 1

Heyo Bookaholics!

I love learning!

To replace the Back To School Series that I do every year, I am going to be documenting my time at Hospitality school!

Alongside my current course, I am going to be doing a new course called Certificate IV in Hospitality and Leadership Management. It runs over 19 weeks (3 months), with one session each week, and can be completed within a 12 month period. Every Friday – with the exception of this week – I will be posting about what I did in the course, some tips and tricks I was taught, and the progress I’ve made from week to week. Feel free to leave questions about the course and the content I post, in the comments below! I will answer them all in the next post!

What is Hospitality School?

‘Hospitality School’ is the name I have given the course. The real name of the course is a dual Certificate IV (4) in Hospitality and Leadership & Management. It is a short course that gives the student a certificate equipping them with the skills to work in the hospitality industry. The student will gain their RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol), RSF (Responsible Service of Food), and the two Certificate fours.

This course may be funded by the Australian Government depending on your eligibility, and you can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year.

Why Am I doing this?

I chose to do this course to have an extra qualification that is in stark contrast to my current Accounting/ Technology course. It gives me skills that will leave me with a one up in the job searching game and if not a job, then some cool party tricks!

15th February 2019 – Week 1:

Situation: It’s the morning of ‘the thing’ first day of class and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR!! I was anxious, naked, and on top of that, I had no idea what to expect! All I knew was that it was an intro class, so that reassured me a little bit.

So what did I wear?

Expectation: Well, of course, I just went with a basic look. Black on black, i.e. typical waitress/ waiter attire. Also not too casual, but not too professional (me on right).

Reality: Almost everyone who came was in blue jeans and a t-shirt, except for the girl in a tracksuit, and the other girl studying fashion. I still felt confident, so there’s that.

What to expect?

Expectations: We’d sit down and everyone would introduce themselves, maybe we’d talk about the basics; there’d be a powerpoint. I wasn’t expecting much.

Reality: Shit! There was a lot happening. I think I forgot that it was going to be a 4hr class. We did everything from paperwork and listening to a powerpoint presentation, to making cocktails, pouring beer and carrying plates. There was so much going on, I was on a learning high it was amazing! Which leads on to my next point…

Did  I learn anything?

Ah, HELL YEAH! I came away with so much information! By far my favourite things that I learnt are:

  • How to make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail
  • How to do a single and double pour of beer from a tap (with the correct amount of head)
  • and How to correctly carry 3 plates in 2 hands (and arm)

It was so much fun, and if we did all of this and more in just one 4hr session (+ doing paperwork), I can’t wait to find out what we do in the next 4hr session without all the time spent doing paperwork!

Till next week xx

I hope you enjoyed this post, maybe learnt something, or just enjoyed me talking about my experience and passions! I cannot wait for my next class, Friday week! It’ll be good fun after my 9am, 3hr Auditing exam.

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