Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Blood of Olympus by: Rick Riordan

The seven members of the Argo II have made progress in their quests to defeat Gaea but haven't quite gotten there. Gaea has plans for them and needs two of them to help her rise. They must make choices that will lead to many sacrifices, if they don't the destruction of both their camps is imminent. Gaea must also be stopped, because if she awakens the game is over. The conclusion the Heroes of Olympus series and the last time the readers will meet Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, the thrilling finale.

All in all it was a good book. But, and this is a big but, it could have been an amazing book. So here's why it was a good book and not an amazing book. I didn't like the ending. Okay well, I liked some of the ending but not all of it. I felt like it ended too abruptly. Come on, Rick Riordan, this is the last book in the series, never mind that we will never get to meet some of these characters ever again. I'm very glad you didn't go all Veronica Roth on us but you could have elaborated a bit more on what the characters did after the whole she-bang (climax). I had higher expectations since this is the last time we meet these characters which leads me to my next point (complaint), there are no chapters, NO CHAPTERS, from the POV (point of view) of Percy and Annabeth! You gave us nine books, NINE FREAKING BOOKS, to get to know them and love them and then you don't even include their POVs' in the last book? Seriously?! This is betraying your readers Rick Riordan, this is betrayal. Other than these two really important and emotional things, Rick Riordan did what he does best, he enchanted us. I would give The Blood of Olympus 4 stars. I had seen myself giving it 5 stars and raving about how great and awesome it was before I read it.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Books Read 5/4/15 - 11/4/15

People always say, "Great minds think alike." Nate Wright figures this is the reason no one around him thinks the way he does, he's the only great mind around. 2 stars.

Illeni lost everything when she lost her magic: her place in society, her purpose, her love. When the Elders send her to teach magic to the assassins she goes willingly, even though the last two tutors died mysteriously. But not all is as it seems in the assassins' cave. 3 stars.

Mira's past is shrouded in secrecy and she has been forbidden to visit her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Mira runs away to Beau Rivage to discover that things aren't what they seem like. Fairy tales come to life, and curses are awakened. But the fairy tale aren't always pretty, and Mira has a fairy tale of her own. 4 stars. My Review

Ava has been pushed around by men all her life, but when a mistake needs her to escape her spaceship and go to Earth, she has to learn to fight for herself and take her fate into her own hands. 3 stars.  

Wren Caswell is average, She's the good girl that's quiet and has always done what she is supposed to do. She wants to change but doesn't know how. Grayson Barrett was on the fast track to brilliance until he got expelled. He's on a downward spiral and wants to change bu doesn't know how. One fateful night Wren and Grayson meet, and what comes next is simply amazing. 3 stars.

The world is going to end, there's no stopping it, all that you can do is wait. So what do you do as the clock winds down? The story of three radically different teens discovering what matters and what doesn't as the world begins to end. 2 stars.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pretty Little Liars by: Sara Shepard

Three years ago, Allison mysteriously disappeared after a slumber party, and hasn't been seen since. Her friends mourned her, but also breathed secret sighs of relief because each of them guarded a secret that only Allison knew, and with her gone their secrets were safe. Now they have even bigger secrets that destroy them in the gossip hungry world that thy live in. When they begin receiving anonymous emails and texts hinting at their secrets they begin to panic. Are they being betrayed by someone in their circle? Or worse, is Allison back?

I, unfortunately, judged Pretty Little Liars by it's cover as well as the people who read it, and I apologize for doing so. Because I not only missed the opportunity of reading an amazing book earlier as well as created opinions about people that were very misinformed and misconceived. I thought that Pretty Little Liars would be the sob story of two or three privileged teenage girls who didn't get what they want and therefore lie. Boy, I was wrong. Pretty Little Liars turned out to be a mystery, which drew me in and never let go. I was and am hooked. Sara Shepard's writing is amazing, she knows how to keep the suspense going without making it repetitive and boring. I loved how divide and conquer has been applied in the book to keep the Liars in line. A small warning before you read it, it ends with a major cliffhanger, which goes to show Sara Shepard's writing skills. I would give Pretty Little Liars 5 stars.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Books Read 29/3/15 - 4/4/15

The story of Whittington who arrives at a barn full of rescued animals asking for a place there. He begins to tell them the story of his ancestor and her master, Dick Whittington. A beautiful story about the transcendent power of story-telling. 4 stars.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Looking For Alaska by: John Green

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is obsessed with last words. This obsession combined with the fact that his entire life is a non-event, is making him crave the "Great Perhaps." He heads to the crazy, unstable and anything but boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School in search of his "Great Perhaps." He meets Alaska Young, a gorgeous, clever, sexy, screwed up, and utterly fascinating girl who is an event herself. She takes Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Reading any John Green book is a learning experience. In An Abundance of Katherines its math. In The Fault In Our Stars its the philosophical musings of two dying teenagers. In Looking For Alaska its last words and what happens after death. I liked Looking For Alaska but it wasn't as good as The Fault In Our Stars or An Abundance of Katherines. I don't know if it is because John Green evolved as a writer or because I couldn't relate to the characters. I don't disagree with the people who say it was well written but for someone to like a book, a bond must form between the reader and the written word. Looking For Alaska was good but it didn't meet all of my expectations. I would give it 3 stars.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Books Read 22/3/15 - 28/3/15

Kate, Michael and Emma have moved from orphanage to orphanage, for the last ten years. They are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. They are being protected from an evil, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. 3 stars.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Midnight's Children by: Salman Rushdie

Saleem Sinai was born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India's independence, he was born special. He is one of the 1,001 children born in the midnight hour of India's independence, children who have been bestowed special gifts, children who Saleem is connected to telepathically. But, there has been a mix up at birth and Saleem's life take twists and turns. He grows amidst disasters and triumphs he realizes that his fate is inexplicably connected to the fate of his country. Every one of his actions is mirrored and magnified to shape the newborn country India. It is a terrible curse, and a great blessing. 

The blurb of Midnight's Children made it sound like a really cool book. It wasn't. It was quite boring. It took me three months and two days to read it. Those of you who know me well, will realize that three months and two days is too much for me to read a six hundred forty-seven page book. I read a eight hundred forty-nine page book in three days for god's sake. I believe I found it boring because I expected a wonderfully written action packed book. I did not like the way it was written. The sentences were jerky and broken which made it hard to understand anything. The style of writing was just not compatible to me, as a reader. Another reason that I found it boring was because it was incredibly slow moving. I honestly believe that Salman Rushdie wrote a two hundred page book in six hundred forty-seven pages. I would give Midnight's Children 0 stars.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Books Read 15/3/15 - 21/3/15

A plane crash on an uninhabited island results in a group of boys creating a group and having fun. But slowly their social behavior starts to change into something more primal. 4 stars.
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