Review: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1) — By Rick Riordan

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Title: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Mythology / 376

Summary: 

“How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.”

Cover Review: ★★★★☆ (4.5 of 5). As always, John Rocco’s work is gorgeous. I wish more authors would hire REAL artists to do their book covers, not all that lame photoshop junk that’s normally on covers. The real, gorgeous artwork like this is the best in the industry!

Book Review: Usually, you’re supposed to love a book’s protagonist from the very first page. But in The Hidden Oracle, the opposite is actually true, and it was a refreshing break from the stereotypical MG novel formula. The most rewarding part of this novel was growing to love Apollo, and the godly jerk that he can be, haha. Also, pretty much every Percy Jackson character makes a cameo of some sort in this fantastic book — our beloved hero Percy included! And is there anyone who DIDN’T miss Rachel Elizabeth Dare? No? I didn’t think so. Getting to see her again was amazing!

 

I’m really tired and am not really feeling like writing a review in my typical format. Honestly, I’ll just be happy when I get this one published. I haven’t been doing a very good job of staying on top of these things, unfortunately.

Rick Riordan does NOT disappoint with this latest book. HUGE story arcs that go back to the very beginning of the PJ&O series are coming to light and being explained – and frankly? It’s crazy awesome. Nostalgia and over arcing plots aside, though, this story still plays out to perfection. Our newly introduced characters are complex, flawed, and completely unpredictable. And seeing the god Apollo as a mortal, interacting with our friends at CHB (his children included)? Well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Content Advisory: Some death and fighting, but nothing graphic.

To Sum It Up: Rick Riordan has outdone himself once more, and I cannot wait for the second installment of ToA. Adventure, laughter, betrayal, fighting… The Hidden Oracle has it all. I recommend it to Readers 8 and up.

 

 

Review: Sword of Summer – By Rick Riordan

First of all – I am still alive! I sincerely apologize for the hiatus I took. It was not something I wanted to do, but I overloaded myself with coursework this past semester, and a hiatus was necessary. Never fear, my friends! I have returned! Now on to the review!

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Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating★★★★

Genre/pages: Mythology/499

Synopsis: “Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .”

My Review: I’ve been a diehard fan of Rick’s work since I read the first PJ&O book nearly six years ago. I remember when he first announced that he would start a Norse series “in 2015” and I would sigh about how very far away 2015 was. And now it’s gone! Anyway, I think MC&GA is going to be a fantastic series. It’s certainly off to a phenomenal start with SoS! I mean, I’ve read some crazy stuff, but starting a book with a death… that’s pretty cool, Rick.

Hero/Heroine: Magnus and Sam. What’s not to love? A street-smart teen with mysterious ties to the Norse, and a cousin by the name of Annabeth, combined with a hijab-wearing valkyrie? Well, it’s pretty crazy, more than a little weird, and plenty of fun. I’ve heard some people complain that Magnus was too much like Percy, but I didn’t really see that. He had the same endearing Rick Riordan sass and sarcasm, but they remained very separate and unique characters. I would love to see them meet, though. They’d be quite the pair. And Sam! Sam is epic. And I love that they have a very Percabeth banter, without the romance.

Plot: The formula is pretty much what you expect from Rick’s books: regular guy figures out he’s a hero, saves a bunch of people, prophecy/mission that has to be fulfilled within about a week, etc. It’s a tried and true formula, but that doesn’t make the book any less wonderful! The actual details of the plot and the characters kept me fully invested and on the edge of my seat. You never really know what’s going to happen when you’re dealing with Rick, and Sword of Summer is FAR from predictable. You will be wholly satisfied with this epic installment in the modern mythos of the Riordan universe.

Content Advisory: Some mild violence. Death.

To Sum It Up: An absolutely magical adventure by everyone’s favorite mythological author – Rick Riordan. Mixing modern with myth and a healthy heaping of sass, Rick creates a story that will thrill readers for years to come. Here is to the next generation of the Riordan universe! I recommend it for readers ages 8+.

Review: Blood of Olympus – by Rick Riordan

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, #5, AKA BOOK THE END)

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary: Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Genre/Pages: Mythological Fantasy/502

Rating: ★★★★ (5 of 5)

My Review:  For me, the end came quietly. This will not be an all-caps review. My emotions were not all caps. It was a quiet, gentle, agony… but it left almost a sense of peace — definitely a sense of … not happiness … more like, serenity. When I finished it, it wasn’t a throw-the-book-across-the-room-shove-your-face-in-a-pillow-and-scream moment. I gently closed the book, placed it next to me on my bed, laid down, covered my face with a blanket and pillow and softly began to cry as I quietly mumbled nonsensically. Absolutely spoiler-free, it went something like this (add lengthend sylablles and shaky breathes as needed): “and now I’ll never know. What if — . What if — . and now I’ll never know. Rick, you’re so mean. why are you so mean, Rick? I’ll never know. It’s over. forever. The end of an era. But, what if — .” It was a daring conclusion, and I’d never read anything like it. It was wholly original. In other words, this was an epic conclusion to a phenomenal series.

Hero/Heroine: Well, there ARE ten main character, so this’ll probably get complicated. Narrators: Piper, Leo, Reyna, Nico, and Jason. Other main characters: Percy, Annabeth, Hazel, Frank, and (kinda sorta), Octavian. Rick does a fabulous job of creating separate characters with seperate roles, without getting them confused, or lessening the role of any one character. A lot of people complained that Percy didn’t have a major role. Wellll… he DID get 5 books in PJ&O, Son of Neptune, AND House of Hades. He’s already played the majority of his role in the final stand. The others had to step up. Equal importance does not mean they all have the same job. Okay, off my soapbox. Anyway, this is the first time we get a POV of Reyna and Nico. They were both FABULOUS. I love Reyna. I thought we were allowed to discover a lot of important background info on these characters, they developed greatly. In fact, Rick Riordan responded to a tweet of mine about Reyna:

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Plot: It wasn’t as shocking or world shaking as some of his other books have been, but it was still wonderful and perfect, in a completely different way. There was never a dull moment, but the whole book had a sense of EASE to it. I loved how it all went down. It was the perfect balance between the characters, locations, and Points of View. I think Rick did a wonderful job of wrapping up each character’s story, even if they didn’t have a POV. This book was perfect.

Content Advisory: Duh. It’s Rick Riordan. There’s nothing bad. It’s intense, there are a some teenage deaths, but nothing horrible. 

To Sum it Up: Just read it, alright? Give it a chance. There may have been a few things I didn’t ADORE about the book, or things I wish could have happened, but Rick knows best. It was all perfect. So perfect. I love this world. This series. This is the end of an era. My childhood. It’s over.

Something new I’m starting: Using Reenin from Deviantart’s sketch Reading Zone, as a guide, I will determine which Reading Posture I was using during this book. :)

Blood of Olympus Reading Posture: Lost to Reality Reading

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Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Bookish Survey: Cast a Harry Potter Spell!

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Reparo

fixes damaged objects

A book that needs some serious fixing: Rumplestiltskin – By Jenni James. I couldn’t even finish it. In fact, the dialogue and writing was so unrealistic, stilted, and rushed, that I even broke my cardinal rule of always read 5 chapters before quitting. I couldn’t get past 5 pages of this dialogue.

Lumos

creates a narrow beam of light

A book that deserves more attention: Knightley Academy – Violet Haberdasher. Maybe if this book got more attention the author would flippin’ FINISH THE SERIES ALREADY. You can’t just end the second book on a cliffhanger, PROMISE a third book, then change your name and disappear off the face of the writing earth. That said, oh my gosh, I ADORED this book. It’s the kind of book that fans of Percy Jackson, Ranger’s Apprentice, Beyonders, etc., would enjoy.

Nox

counters the effects of Lumos

An overhyped book: (I’m going to ignore the obvious answer of Twilight), Matched – By Ally Condie. It wasn’t horrible — heck, I even followed through and read the entire series. But… eh. It just fell flat for me. Very flat.

Accio

summons an object from a significant distance

A book you’re anticipating: The Blood of Olympus – By Rick Riordan. Need I say any more? It’s the series finale. The end of Percy Jackson. After more than 10 books… it’s all going to be over.

Alohomora

opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched

A book you want to be more open about: Sweet Romances in general. I’ve started reading a handful of them lately, but I always feel like I can’t talk about how much I loved them, because sweet (AKA clean) romance novels aren’t “cool.”

Expecto Patronum

conjures an incarnation of positive feelings

A book that made you cry, or at least want to: The Burning Bridge – By John Flanagan. Anyone who’s read the ending of this book understands. I was crying. I was sobbing. It was uncontrollable. OH, the feels. Never has a book ended that horribly. And beautifully. And tragically. Oh, goodness, if I keep on talking about it, I’m gonna start crying all over again.

Morsmordre

conjures the Dark Mark

A book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: The Captive Maiden – By Melanie Dickerson & The Dark Lord of Derkholm – By Diana Wynne Jones. The Captive Maiden is a retelling of Cinderella — except I actually loved it! It was very different from the classic, and the characters were actual people. I loved it. It was a feel good happy ending book. Ranger’s Apprentice meets Cinderella. The Dark Lord of Derkholm… Well, I love books written in that era. It is a wonderful fantasy high adventure for middle grade and YA. I loved it.

Petrificus Totalus

petrifies victim

A book you wish to keep forever: I can’t pick one… So I have two. Harry Potter – By J.K. Rowling & Narnia – By C.S. Lewis. I really don’t think an explanation is necessary for either of these. I will treasure these books all my life, and read them to my children from a young age. This will be a part of their lives forever.

Protego

shield charm

An intimidating book you keep putting off: The Illiad – By Homer  and The Odyssey – By Homer. I think it’s quite obvious why they’re so intimidating. You know… 500+ pages, in prose, of greek mythology. The original greek mythologies. I desperately want to read these books, but they’re just SO HUGE.

Riddikulus

used against a boggart

A book with a deceiving synopsis: North of Nowhere – By Liz Kessler. The synopsis makes it seem quite boring. Stereotypical, cliche, been there, read that. But the actual book? PHENOMENAL! It was a middle grade mystery with suspense that actually had me enthralled and engaged by the mystery.

Lacarnum Inflamarae

shoots fireballs

A book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: Unwind – By Neal Shusterman. Even just thinking back to this book makes me nauseous. The premise was fascinating, but the dystopian world was far to intense for me. I don’t often abandon books, but I couldn’t physically bring myself to continue this one. It was sickening. It felt rated R. Everything was too intense, too graphic, to messed up. The world was just so twisted I couldn’t physically handle it. If I could, I would burn this book completely out of my memory. That would be wonderful.

Wingardium Leviosa

levitates objects

A book you wish to reread: Harry Potter – By J.K. Rowling. Seriously? I ALWAYS need to re-read this series. You can never read Harry Potter enough! I’m actually in the middle of a Harry Potter Movie Marathon (13 hours and counting! 8 hours left! Wish me luck!), so I REALLY want to read the books again. And again. And again. Best books in the world.

Avada Kedavra

causes instant death

Worst book EVER: Switched – By Amanda Hocking. I’m in the hated minority here. Everyone loved this book. I hated everything about it. Starting with the main character (she was a brat! and a totally undeveloped one at that!), and ending with the entire world. In the middle was the writing, the backstory, the so-called “romances”, and the awful, awful, everything about this book. Horrible, abusive relationships. Word to the wise? If a mysterious stranger’s been stalking you for days, asks you to dance at the school dance, yells at you while dancing, and then shows up at your bedroom window (on the second story) that night, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU LEAVE YOUR FAMILY AND TRAVEL TO AN ALTERNATE REALM WITH HIM?!?!?!? Let alone spend all your time thinking about nothing but making out with him. Ughhh…

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Stupefy

puts victim in unconscious state

A book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over:  All is Well – By Gerald N. Lund. Having spent THOUSANDS of pages invested in these wonderful characters, and the historical fiction era they lived in… To finally read that last chapter — Where everything had finally wrapped up so perfectly… It was… Heartwarming. Overwhelming. Tear jerking. Beautiful. Satisfying. Perfect.

Confundo

causes befuddlement or forgetfulness

A book that generally confused you: Proxy – By Alex London. In the moment, while reading it… I sorta enjoyed it. Anytime I’d put it down I would think that I didn’t like it. But then at the climax, I did like it. But then in retrospect, I thought that maybe I hadn’t liked it afterward. But the ending had made me cry. But I didn’t even LIKE the characters ALL that much. Confused is a good word to describe it.

Crucio

inflicts unbearable pain

A book that was a pain to read: Mockingjay – By Suzanne Collins. I could go on for hours about all the things I hated about this book. Long story incredibly short? The entire book was painful. A horrible end to a wonderful series by a truly talented author. This book crashed and burned. It was hard to read, to see these characters, the world,  coming to this.

Episkey

heals relatively minor injuries

A feel good book that you enjoyed: Appaloosa Summer – By Tudor Robins. This book was phenomenal. I thought it was going to be a YAWN been-there-read-that horse story. But this one was different. It was amazing. Even the (sweet) romance! I adored this book, and HIGHLY recommend it to all horse lovers! I would re-read this in a heartbeat on a bad day. It’s like my happy book.

Expelliarmus

temporarily disarms an opponent

A book with a swoon-worthy character: Persephone – By Kaitlin Bevis. I never thought I could love a Persephone retelling — let alone FALL in love WITH Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The sweet romance is perfect, and the mythology is like none you’ve ever read before! A modern retelling with PLENTY of new twists. You can never see them coming until they hit you in the face. And Hades. He’s got a rough side, a wild side, a sweet side, a gentle side. He’s not a “bad boy,” so to speak, but he’s not an angel, either. He’s the perfect guy. Flawed, but caring.

Impedimenta

impedes target’s progress

A book that kept you up all night reading: The Ruins of Gorlan – By John Flanagan

 I’d been meaning to read this book for quite some time, but nothing about it ‘spoke’ to me…so, it just sat there. Finally, late one night, at about 10 pm,  my stack was gone. All that was left was The Ruins of Gorlan. So, I picked up, I was desperate. About 4 hours later, I closed it. THIS BOOK WAS PHENOMENAL. This series is my LIFE! I love it!

Silencio

immediate silencing

A book that left you speechless after you read it: The Shadow Children series – By Margaret Peterson Haddix. Every single one of the books did this to me, but particularly the first book and the last book. The dystopia she creates is so believable, so close to modern society, it is terrifying. The characters she creates are phenomenal… you become so deeply attached to them, it hurts.

 

Legilimens

allows you to delve into someone’s mind

A book with well-developed characters: The False Prince – By Jennifer A. Nielsen. Sage, Jason, Imogen, Mott, Amarinda… Jennifer creates a character, you fall in love with him/her. The complexity of her characters is breathtaking, and the dialogue is absolute perfection. I cannot possibly speak highly enough of these characters. I adore each and every one of them.

Levicorpus

a spell that turns you upside down

A book that changed your mind about a character from its prequel:  I can’t think of any book characters. However, the one character that does come to mind is Wesley Wyndham-Pryce of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fame. In Buffy he’s the most detestable character on the planet… in Angel, you fall in love with him. He changes, and you understand him. By far the best character development I have ever seen on television.

Obliviate

used to hide memories

A book with a story you can’t remember: The Amaranth Enchantment – By Julie Berry. Apparently, I read this book in 2011, and gave it a 4 star review. Even looking at the cover and reading the synopsis… Nothing about it rings a bell. I basically have NO memory of this entire book.

Peskipiksi Pesternomi

useless spell

A boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: Prep School Confidential – Kara Taylor. I wouldn’t say it had no effect on me — It definitely succeeded in making me incredibly angry, frustrated, BORED, and completely lose faith in humanity at large.

Reducto

breaks through solid objects

A book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: Her Ex Next Door – By Beverly Farr. This was the first sweet romance (or, really, any romance, but I only read the clean stuff) that I had ever read. I actually ended up thoroughly enjoying it, and have since read 5 or 6 books in the genre. I love it!

Rictusempra

tickling spell

A book that made you laugh: Slaves of Socorro – By John Flanagan. Brotherband meets Ranger’s Apprentice in this amazing book! It’s hilarious, and Flanagan has a sense of humor that never fails. He (and occasionally Rick Riordan) is the only author who came make me ACTUALLY laugh out loud. And I laugh until tears roll down my cheeks — I laugh until I’ve completed my ab workout for the day… all because of this amazing book. It was far too short.

Sectusempra

offensive spell that violently wounds the target

A book that may have scarred you for life: Gregor and the Code of the Claw – By Suzanne Collins. MAY HAVE?!?!??!?! This entire series scarred me for life! In the best way possible, of course. I adore this series to no end, and would absolutely adore to re-read the series. But this is written for middle grade children. NO. I was 15 when I read it, and it scarred me. I love this book so much! Emotionally scarring, but one of the best books ever!

Tarantallegra

makes you dance uncontrollably

A series finale that made you feel giddy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – By J.K. Rowling. No words are needed. Harry Potter is the best series ever written, and Jo is the best author ever. She is the Queen.

Bombarda Maxima

causes an explosion that breaks through obstacles

A book that made you explode with the feels: Allegiant – By Veronica Roth. All I’m going to say is that I ADORED Allegiant. ESPECIALLY the ending. The ending was literary perfection. Don’t even try to argue this point with me. I LOVE THIS ENDING.

Finite Incantatem

nullifies other spells

A book you thought you’d dislike, but ended up loving: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – By J.K. Rowling. I’ve got an interesting story on this one. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER  So, I have always loved Sirius Black. By far my favorite character in the series. My brother was listening to the audiobook the day it came out, and little six year old me overheard Harry’s vision about Voldemort torturing Sirius. I demanded that my brother tell me if Sirius ACTUALLY died. He told me yes. And, little six year old me who had read the first 3 books, and watched the first 3 movies, determined never to read OotP. Half-Blood Prince came out, and, as a family, we all listened to the book day it came out. By the end, I was THOROUGHLY confused, and determined that my hand was forced — I had to go back and read OotP. I went into it knowing I would hate it. When I finished the book shortly thereafter, I proceeded to read it again. And again. I loved it. It is my favorite HP book.

I’d like to add one spell/mini review that was not included in the original post:

Animagus

being able to turn oneself into an animal, this process is highly

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Cover image from goodreads.com. Click on image to go to goodreads book page.

dangerous, and yet authorization is rarely given out. (this one’s a bit of a stretch, honestly).

That fandom analysis book you’ve read and loved with “unathorized” on the cover (e.i. The Unathorized Harry Potter coobook, etc.): Harry Potter and the Art of Spying – By Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am almost done with this book, so you will soon be able to access the full review. However, here is my mid-way, mini-review. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s written by two amazing people, Lynn (Author of spy novel, Mission to Chara) and Peter (Executive Director of the International Spy Museum). Basically, they’re analyzing the Harry Potter series (particularly books 5-7), from the persepective and experience of spies. Not only do you get to see the series in an entirely new light, but you also get to learn a lot about real-life spy techniques and missions. This is a SUPER fun and easy read. I thought it might be difficult to read, seeing as it’s non-fiction, but it’s actually quite the page turner! This book is set for release September 15th, 2014.

Soo… This is a Harry Potter heavy post, but I AM 6 movies into a Harry Potter Movie Marathon, and haven’t slept in over 30 hours, sooo…

Signature Saturday (2) – Rick Riordan!

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Today I will be featuring my signed copy of  The Lost Hero – By Rick Riordan!

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Me meeting Rick Riordan himself – AKA The Best 15 seconds of my life! :)

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So… Basically, it was an amazing day! My friend’s mom took the two of us to the signing, and waited in line with us for HOURS, (which was totally worth it) and we had a FANTASTIC time. :) He read us the never-before-heard 2nd chapter of The Son of Neptune, and he was super nice! Even though he signed probably at LEAST 1,000 books (2 books family) and met I don’t even know how many people, he was still super friendly and nice for the possibly less than 15 seconds he spent with each person. I was dressed in my full-on Annabeth Chase costume (Sadly minus the knife… apparently the museum didn’t want me bringing my plastic knife in.) Rick asked me if I made my costume, at which I said yes, and he complimented me on how nice it was.

Long story short, fantastic day!

Review: The Son of Sobek – By Rick Riordan

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: The Son of Sobek

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary: In this audio e-book short story narrated by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn’t exactly friendly. . . . Includes a sneak peek chapter from HOUSE OF HADES, Book Four in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Genre/Pages: Science-Fiction/307

Rating: ★★ (6 of 5)

My Review: I. Freakin. Loved. This. Book. 645 KB of utter perfection. It completely and totally satisfied my inner (Let’s be honest here, guys) fan girl.

Perseus Jackson. Meeting Carter Kane. And an Ancient Egyptian monster. Narrated by Rick Riordan himself. Can you really ask for anything better? Reading that short story was the half hour I’ve been waiting for my entire life. Er, well, my whole life since May 5th, 2010. You get what I mean.

Their meeting was perfectly executed, and I just love the realism of everything. Their confusion, their suspicions, their realizations… Holy Hephestaus, this was a fantastic short story! I wasn’t as impressed with the first chapter of House of Hades (at the end of this e-book), but I still have high hopes for the book. And I’m 99% sure I know who’s gonna be closing the Doors of Death from the Hades side.

Anyway, the ending of Son of Sobek? Beautiful perfection! Rick stated:

“Hopefully I’ll be able to continue that story line, so you can find out what happens with Percy and Carter next, though as I said, a lot of other irons in the fire . . .”

PleasepleasePLEASE tell me this means that Egypt with clash with Rome and Greece in the final showdown in HoO book 5! Please! But yes, he definitely left loose threads for a sequel, and I’m just hoping that is a clever way of incorporating them into HoO. Hey, A girl can hope, right?

Content Advisory: Umm… Demigod swearing? “Oh my gods”, “Holy Hera”, etc. Intense Action.

To Sum it Up: Can you say PURE AWESOMENESS? The humor, the action, the ingenuity, the sarcasm. I’ve missed Percy Jackson. This book lives up to everything I ever dreamed, and more. A great quick read in the PJ/KC/HoO world. I highly recommend it to fan-girls (and well, everyone else) everywhere who have read Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Throwback Thursday – The Percy Jackson Series

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This is hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. This is an amazing weekly meme dedicated to showcasing older titles that we miss and deserve to be put on others’ TBR piles.

My Pick of the Week:

 

Title: The Percy Jackson Series

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 1700

Published: April 1st, 2006

Book One Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Classic, yes. But does that make it any less amazing? Not at all. Not at all. The perfect mix of adventure, suspense, humor, realism, and romance; I absolutely adored this series. The characters are so… realistic and complex. The plots are all so intense and exciting. The settings well-written and believable. When I’m reading one of these books, I feel like I am there, in the thick of the action, with Percy and the gang. And no matter what, these books can always make me laugh. So, if you’re still one of those crazy people who have never read Percy Jackson, do it! You’ll love it.

What’s your Throwback Thursday book of the week?

Review: Day of Doom – By David Baldacci

 

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #6)

Author: David Baldacci

Summary: The Ultimate Sacrifice
It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister Amy began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostages safe.

But when they deliver the last ransom, Amy and Dan discover Vesper One’s terrifying endgame. The objects he demanded are vital pieces in a Vesper plot that will harm millions of innocent people. Now the two siblings and their friends are in an all-out sprint to stop Vesper One . . . before the whole world goes BOOM.

“Trust No One”- William McIntyre

Genre/Pages: YA Fiction/272

Rating: ★★★ (3.5 of 5)

My Review: I wish I could say that I loved this book. That it was amazing. One of the best books I’ve ever read.

But I just can’t. I didn’t love it. It wasn’t amazing, and it was far from one of the best books I’ve ever read. I didn’t dislike it, exactly, but I didn’t love it. The past fifteen (16?) books had been leading up to this moment, and it was just… a let down. Honestly, I was disappointed. I’d expected better.

In this latest installment you really just didn’t get any of the intense clue-solving or even the in-depth character relations we used to have. There was no major character development. Everything was so… simple, I guess, cliche, almost. It was fairly predictable, and just wasn’t as exciting, amazing, and fun as all the other books.

Despite all that, though, I really did like this book (I did give it 3.5 stars, after all). I’ve loved these characters for so long, and I really did enjoy the book. It had me on the edge of my seat at times, near tears at others. I was excited, scared, worried, happy, sad, but overall, I just got the impression that I was an outsider looking on, unlike other books were I’d been in the thick of the action. I just wasn’t… connected, in the same way.

Content Advisory: Some people die. Nothing graphic. 

To Sum it Up: A fun book full of action, excitement, and suspense, I do recommend reading this book. In all honesty, if you’ve already gotten 15 (or more) books in, I wouldn’t stop just because this one wasn’t 5-star. It was a good, fun book, and I liked it.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

“Waiting On” Wednesday – The Son of Sobek

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

The Son of Sobek

By Rick Riordan
Publication date: June 18th, 2013.

Synopsis:

Cover image from rickriordan.blogspot.com, summary from amazon.com
Cover image from rickriordan.blogspot.com, summary from amazon.com


In this audio e-book short story narrated by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn’t exactly friendly. . . . Includes a sneak peek chapter from HOUSE OF HADES, Book Four in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Are there truly words enough to describe how flippin’ excited I am for this book?!?! I think NOT. A Kane Chronicles / Percy Jackson crossover??? I am SO in!

You can read an excerpt from this amazing story HERE.

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel – By Rick Riordan

Cover and summary from Goodreads.com

Title: The Lightning Thief: Graphic Novel

Author: Rick Riordan. Adapter: Robert Venditti

Genre/Pages: Fantasy/128

Rating: ☆ (1 of 5)*

Summary: You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

My Review: This review can be summed up in 3 words: “I hated it”. End of story. Case Closed. Okay, okay, WHY did I hate this book, you ask? Well, simple. I read the real book first. Okay. Now I’m gonna be professional about why I hated this book.

First off, the plot line. It was butchered. There were huge gaps in which you know nothing about what just happened. I also notice that a lot of times, even when they didn’t have huge gaps, they changed it. Honestly, I wouldn’t say that Rick Riordan was the author. He wrote the original book. Robert Venditti wrote this book. Not Rick.

And, second of all, the characters. Annabeth Chase (stereo-typical looking California girl. AKA gorgeous) looked like a guy. Don’t even get me started on some of the other characters, either! The drawing overall just wasn’t very great. So, you might be thinking, “well, you’re just super picky because you read the real book first.” Well, that could be true, but I’ve read plenty of other reviews by people who now refuse to read the real book because they read this.

To Sum it up: This book wasn’t very well written, drawn, or thought out. Way to many huge inconsistencies. If you look at this book and think “ooh! I want to read that!” Read the real book. It’s so amazing, you just have to read it! :) Recommended age: No one.

*Remember, 1 star is an extremely rare review from me. I love almost every book I read. Which is actually why I threw this review in, for some variety. :)