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Five Magical Things about Summer + a RICK RIORDAN GIVEAWAY

May 10, 2018

thank you to Disney-Hyperion for partnering with me on this blog post + providing the prizes for the giveaway!

summer is nearly here and you know what THAT means? more time to read!! among other things. it’s actually my least favorite season (THE HEAT), but there are some things i still love about it. SO

here are some things i feel embody summer in the best ways:

1. the books!

usually people have more time to read and relax during the summer season simply because they’re off from school. since i’m no longer studying or in school, it doesn’t reaaaaally change much for me BUT, i do have a bit more free time. ish. not really. i try to stay positive. summer is the time i actually TRY and make an effort to read more. usually it’s binge-ing series and sleeping far too late. maybe i’ll finally get around to reading all the recent rick riordan releases…

2. the clothes

i could live in shorts and dresses. i already do – living in los angeles – but summer is the season you can REALLY slip on shorts and a t-shirt and be on your way. as much as i love winter and the cold, the bulky jackets and layers do get annoying (and tiring!) after a while.


all hail the best fruit ever!! i remember thinking to myself as a child, “if i could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it’d be watermelons.” there’s something so refreshingly SUMMER about watermelons and i love it. they’re small seeds of magic.


i feel like an annoying ~hipster californian~ when i say this but AVOCADOS ARE THE BEST. these are facts. and summer is when these veggies fruits are at their prime time which means 1) they’re super cheap and 2) super tasty. appreciate the little things, okay?

5. new beginnings

as much as i say i despise summer, it feels like important things always happen during this time of year. it’s when my birthday occurs. it anticipates new school years and work seasons (at least in ballet). new ideas always come (aka the birth of twirling pages, all those years ago). even though summer is in the middle of the year, it feels like the start of a new year. it’s a time to be a little lazy, a little daring, and a little magical. i just think of the phrase, “you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.” that’s what summer feels like.


okay the part i’m sure most of you are here for: the giveaway! i’m excited to be giving away a BUNCH of rick riordan goods (echm SEVEN BOOKS) including:

  • the trials of apollo series – including a signed copy of The Burning Maze
  • the kane chronicles series
  • the new companion novel – brooklyn house magician’s manual
  • a beach tote

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more about the books

Five Magical Things about Summer + a RICK RIORDAN GIVEAWAYThe Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion on May 1, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Greek & Roman, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Disney-Hyperion, Publisher
Amazon // The Book Depository

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

Five Magical Things about Summer + a RICK RIORDAN GIVEAWAYBrooklyn House Magician’s Manual by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion on May 1st, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Action & Adventure, General, Greek & Roman, Fantasy & Magic
Amazon // The Book Depository

Calling all young magicians of Egypt! If the blood of the pharaohs runs in your veins, you can't afford to be without this guide to Ancient Egyptian deities and creatures, and Carter and Sadie Kane's world of magic. Featuring fans’ favorite human, divine, and animal characters for the bestselling Kane Chronicles trilogy, Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual offers info about Egyptian mythology in laugh-out-loud entries with surprises throughout, including snarky comments from Sadie Kane and a dastardly plot by an old enemy.

Five Magical Things about Summer + a RICK RIORDAN GIVEAWAYThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Action & Adventure, General, Greek & Roman, Fantasy & Magic
Amazon // The Book Depository

Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

terms & conditions

  • open to US ONLY (sorry!)
  • must be 18 or older OR have your parent’s consent to release a mailing address.
  • you will be disqualified for picking up entires you didn’t do.
  • you may only use one account to enter.
  • if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, i will choose another winner.
  • we (twirling pages & disney hyperion) are not responsible for anything lost in the mail.

Alexandra Ling

alexandra is a twenty-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she's not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer or practicing yoga. she currently resides in los angeles, california.