I kept thinking after I finished, I have to give it 5 stars! I have to! It's a Riordan book! But then I had to be honest with myself and rate the bookI kept thinking after I finished, I have to give it 5 stars! I have to! It's a Riordan book! But then I had to be honest with myself and rate the book for itself, not because I love the characters (because they are great) or the author (because I trust his writing).
I still really enjoyed it immensely but I couldn't get into as much as the others before. I thought maybe it's because it feels like similar stuff but that is not true at all. The characters are the same but they develop, especially Leo (view spoiler)[ and Nico admits that he is in love with Percy (hide spoiler)]. I got to see Hazel do some clever tricks too. Percy and Annabeth are just so great and they're together even if it's just in the worst circumstances. Percy starts to see beings (people/minor gods/etc.) that he's met in the past that he has been neglecting and starts admitting he could try harder to be a better hero.
There is so much bravery and sacrifice that my heart just went out to some characters. As always can't wait for The Blood of Olympus. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
No real huge problems with a lot of book. The only thing is it was pretty typical which I usually don't mind (depending on the characters, plot and soNo real huge problems with a lot of book. The only thing is it was pretty typical which I usually don't mind (depending on the characters, plot and so forth). The only thing is that I felt the girl protagonist was trying not to be typical but she didn't convince me. Aside from that however I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Quick Overview: Our persons of interest are Graham and Ellie. Graham is a mega star and Ellie is a small town girl (from somewhere in Maine). By accidentally sending an e-mail to Ellie, Graham and her strike up a e-mail friendship of sort (but we know it's more than that). When Graham gets the chance to meet Ellie in Maine he makes it happen. So starts a summer they will never forget.
So Graham seems like a great guy in my opinion, no ego or entitlement to be had. The fact that I could feel sorry for a much loved, rich movie stars deserves some praise for the author. Everyone says money and fame doesn't buy happiness and I've just shrugged and taken their word for it. While reading this however, it did evoke some sympathy in me towards Graham.
Ellie I liked in general too. The way she tries to keep her dad's secret was done better than it usually is. I can't really go into detail because I'm afraid to spoil anything though I don't feel like it's a huge secret. I'll just say she wasn't uncharacteristic while she was with Graham. I think she stayed true to her character throughout the novel.
I loved the atmosphere of Maine. It was like a character in itself. If nothing else I felt this book was different in that is wasn't set in the usually place books are set in (the ones that I read anyways).
It was a sweet book. And yes, yes, I know a romantic relationship based mostly on e-mails is unrealistic but I enjoyed myself while reading it. This book doesn't just have a bunch of e-mails that they send to each other if my last sentence worried you. ...more
Should I be embarassed that I read books like this for fun even though I'm technically an adult? Probably, but since this is the internet I'm not thatShould I be embarassed that I read books like this for fun even though I'm technically an adult? Probably, but since this is the internet I'm not that worried. Everyone who knows me in real life on this site already knows I'm a huge dork who can't seem to grow up properly.
So, I as I mentioned above if you like Rick Riordan's stuff I really think you should give this a try. He kind of has that silly satire that I love. If you are the kind of reader that can't take slow paced stories, than this is definitely the book for you. I was feeling exhausted for these characters about half-way through the book because there is never a break. Wait, there is maybe one near the beginning, I lied. Poor Jack, because to be honest how many times can a person get beat up and still be moving? It takes push-yourself-up-and-try-again to a whole new level. You know when the Hulk (in the Avengers) just grabs Loki like a rag doll and flings him back and forth? It’s like that, just done maybe five more times. The body can only take so much, but I assume since Jack is an Eye he can take a few more hits?
Twice Upon a Time takes place about three months after Half Upon a Time finishes. The first should be read before this one. May, Phillip, and Jack are all still together trying to find out who May’s parents are but low and behold it’s not that easy to just walk into fairy land and just ask. Some way or another they end up meeting King Pan (or Peter Pan), a bluebeard pirate, King of the World, and a mermaid princess with a past.
I might’ve given the book 5 stars if it wasn’t for May. I thought I’d warm up to her by now and I have but I still find her a bit exasperating. May is no longer sarcastic, but she does a lot of threatening which got tiring because she hardly ever follows through. It's not that I think she should kick everyone’s butt, but it seems like she is more bark than bite.
The ending I loved but I’ll keep the details to myself. ...more
I feel like I might be too bias to give this book an objective rating, but then again my ratings are never objective. It's all opinion. Anyways, whatI feel like I might be too bias to give this book an objective rating, but then again my ratings are never objective. It's all opinion. Anyways, what I mean to say is that I like the characters way too much to just not want to see more of them. After all we've been through, especially with Percy and Annabeth. Add to that an attention grabbing plot how could I not give it 5 stars?
So as you probably know now the seven are together and heading straight for Rome. A lot is at stake here. You know the usual: their friends, family, future, and the world.
We get various points of view in this book which makes it pretty long but I noticed that it is only the Greek demigods (Annabeth, Percy, Leo, and Piper) that we hear from. There is tension between the demigods. I was surprised that the characters creating the most personal drama where the guys. I was so worried it would be the other way around and it would fall into stereotypes. It didn't and I'm glad. I have to say I was ecstatic that Annabeth got some limelight in this one. It is only in the second half but still it's pretty good.
I knew there was going to be a cliffhanger ending but I didn't think was going to be that bad. It's like the young version of Catching Fire kind of cliffhanger. Oh these authors, I hate them and I love them. ...more
This is an intro to a book called Fox and Phoenix. It's pretty short and normally I don't really enjoy short stories but since it's an intro I know thThis is an intro to a book called Fox and Phoenix. It's pretty short and normally I don't really enjoy short stories but since it's an intro I know there is more to come. Kai is a smart alec kid who isn't always the brightest, and isn't always the nicest but he is the sponkiest. He is the leader of a bunch of street kids and has a plan to get some money. He has to pose as a prince and do three impossible tasks, this will give him money and the princess's hand in marriage. Kai isn't really interested in the princess but he's all over the money.
There is a distinct beginning, middle, and end so that is a plus for a short where it sometimes feels like it is just left wide open. I think its supposed to be set somewhere in Asia in the past but with magic. The magic system was different from what I've usually seen but I couldn't get the full grasp of how it works completely. Kai is pretty likeable in that sarcastic way. His members are fun too. Fox and Phoenix should be good. ...more
This is my second attempt at Koontz or third, I can't be sure. This one reminded me a little of the first I'd read. It had a regular guy who didn't waThis is my second attempt at Koontz or third, I can't be sure. This one reminded me a little of the first I'd read. It had a regular guy who didn't want to be famous, doesn't want to live in a big city, or anything but possesses a gift. In this case he can see ghosts. There is a girl, she's pretty and tough. They been together for a few years I think. The only reason they haven't gotten married is because something in Stormy's past still prevents her.
The illustrations surprised me because it looks like animae; though my knowledge in graphic novels, comics, manga, and the like is very limited.
The whole 'we are one' thing between him and his girlfriend kind of sounded strange. I've heard of soul mates and stuff which I can understand it to an extent but in this graphic novel I just couldn't get a sense for it. I could maybe chalk it all up to having only limited amount of air time for the couple I guess.
The mystery itself was interesting I guess but I still didn't feel any suspense in it. I kind of felt like it was just saying this is what happened, and then this is what happened, etc. Although I did get a small sense of the characters' personalities I couldn’t really feel for them at all. My view of the characters is very apathetic.
I just wasn't invested at all. If I wasn't having a lazy day I might not have finished it at all. Usually I don't finish a book I would give 2 stars but it really was just okay for me.y...more
The title of this book I like. The cover is good too.
But moving on, Riordan is definitely getting better at the cliffhangers. Gosh I don't know if IThe title of this book I like. The cover is good too.
But moving on, Riordan is definitely getting better at the cliffhangers. Gosh I don't know if I like it or not. Wait a minute, I do know-I don't like it. I don't enjoy having to wait but now that The Son of Neptune is out I don't feel as bad as I would've.
Jason is quite a strange character since he already knows all these things about monsters and gods (by there Roman names) but somehow he doesn't know his last name. Than we have Piper and Leo as his two friends. I thought it was good to put in there background stories though it did make the book longer. My favorite new character is Leo.
You know the whole time your reading this book that there is this big thing that none of the characters know, and of course it involves Jason. There are some hints along the way and if you are one of those savvy people who try to figure things out than you can figure it out but as for me when the hints were presented I just thought, that is probably an important clue. oh well, it'll clear up later.
It took forever for the quest to start, not that there wasn't any action before the quest but I just kept waiting and waiting for them to get going. There are so many things going on like how Zeus has shut off Olympus, people are missing, the camp is different, and of course the quest to save Hera makes this book have eveything come into play with all the humor Riordan is good at.
It took me a whole month to finish this book and usually that would frustrate me to no end. It was frustrating but I knew it wasn't the books fault and it was well worth the time to finish. ...more
I plan on reading more retellings of Robin Hood so I figured why not read the original? Or at least one of the more original ones. This is why I readI plan on reading more retellings of Robin Hood so I figured why not read the original? Or at least one of the more original ones. This is why I read it, and also it is a free e-book. I hope the retellings are better. Not that this was bad. It just felt like a lot of short stories about the same person. And short stories are never my favorite. The stories were interesting but too simplistic for me.
Some of the chapters felt kind of repetitive even though they are all different and set up in a sequence of time; from the start of Robin Hood to the end of his tale. Robin recruits quite a few merry men like this: first telling the man to give him their money or something equally demanding, second the man refuses, third they start fighting while both characters are surprised by their opponent’s skills, and fourth Robin usually has to call on his merry men because he is losing and then offers the yeoman to join them. There was a lot of fighting but it was not in a way that I felt like I was involved in it (i.e. I didn't feel like I was watching the action in my head). Perhaps this is a result of my lack of imagination but I kind of felt like I was just being told that it was a great duel instead of actually thinking it was. Not all the chapters are like this but there were more than three I'm pretty sure.
Also, and I hate to say this, but Robin Hood doesn't seem as noble as I wanted him to be. There wasn't so much giving to the poor as recruiting men, duping the sheriff and bishop, and killing the king’s game. It does show Robin and his men giving to the poor a few times but nothing thats really heart warming.
There is this one part where Robin catches a man about to kill a deer or something and Robin feels possessiveness over the game. He stops the man from killing it and acts like he owns the forest and all the game in it. This I don't get, since he and his men are killing game that belongs to the king but no one else can?
It any case it was not bad just not what I was hoping for. Some of the tales were actually interesting but I just couldn’t get into it....more
If you haven't read the book yet (however many of you there are out there) I suggest you not read too many reviews. If you're anything like me it won'If you haven't read the book yet (however many of you there are out there) I suggest you not read too many reviews. If you're anything like me it won't ruin the book because it is a great book but it will make it less special. Some reviewers kind of spoiled the book without meaning to. If the blurb sounds interesting enough just take the book and read it.
I'll just say that I thought the character Gen was funny and the remaining characters that go on the quest are great too. The magus (did he have a name? I can't remember) is cunning and a bit assuming, but loyal. Pol is also loyal and your oh so admirable silent and tough but good-hearted type. And Sophos is the most earnest lad. I loved reading the interactions between them. There's another man but I can't remember his name.
There is mythology (not the kind we know), no romance, and adventure. ...more
When first looking at this book I thought it had promise but after a while of putting it off I became less enthusiastic. I loved the whole King in disWhen first looking at this book I thought it had promise but after a while of putting it off I became less enthusiastic. I loved the whole King in disguise idea but I couldn’t get over the setting. Something as crazy as this seems like it should be in a fantasy book but hey I liked the book anyways so I guess the setting worked.
Quick Overview: Essentially this gentleman, Rudolf, looks a lot like the King to be and when the King is drugged and kidnapped Rudolf fills in for him. With the help of two of the King’s subjects, Rudolf has to keep his identity secret, try to rescue the real King, all while making the kingdom love their new ruler and keeping his emotions in check. Of course this is no easy task.
It turned out better than I thought I would. I'm not sure why though; it had some things that usually bother me but didn't in this book. Like the romance was too fast. You didn't get much build up before he says he loves her. The action wasn't as intricate. The fight scenes aren't explained out very much and some people were killed, nothing gory though. These things however didn't bother me too much. I surprisingly liked the romance part of it, for the most part anyways. As for the fight scenes I wasn't anticipating much on that front, since it's a classic, so any action was much appreciated.
The aspect that surprised me most was the way I felt for the characters. I wanted them so much to succeed. Now I know you are supposed to feel invested in the characters most of the time anyways but with classics I usually don't have that much success. In any case I think Rudolf is a noble soul and enjoyed reading about his trails and adventures of being a substitute King.
This may be a spoiler but I like happy endings. Life is sad enough as it is and though I can take not perfect endings sometimes I don't read books to feel sad but satisfied. I can't say it was a bad ending because it ended as it should but I just felt so sorry for some of the characters. I felt a small pang in my chest every time I thought about it. ...more
Maybe I should've starting reading the books before watching the movie (the one with the guy from Iron Man) because I was kind of disappointed. I shouMaybe I should've starting reading the books before watching the movie (the one with the guy from Iron Man) because I was kind of disappointed. I should also mention that I’ve seen no other adaptation—at least I don’t remember seeing any.
I knew that Holmes is supposed to be a conceited and arrogant fellow. This I’m okay with but what I wanted was for Watson not to add fuel the fire, it made Holmes more, I don’t know, complacent I guess. Watson didn't really help any either. Maybe this will change in the other books; I still want to give them a try. The redeeming factor of Holmes was that he seemed almost boyish at times, to me anyways.
Sherlock’s know-how is of course profound. And how he discovered the mystery was all together impressive once he described how he came to the conclusion. There is no way that the reader can figure out who did it given that some clues are excluded from us since we get it in Watson's point of view. I still felt kind of left out of the real mystery part though, no suspense.
After Sherlock solves the mystery we get a history of how it all started. It wasn't really all that interesting but it does explain why the person murdered the gentlemen. This back story shows how Mormons were perceived back than which wasn't entirely accurate. I could look over this too because it wasn't so big of a deal back than to do research before writing or publishing a book.
Even with all overlooking and shrugging off, thought it wasn't half bad. Maybe it was that Watson is the narrator and though he isn't a strong side kick right now, he is benevolent. Maybe it was Holmes, that despite his flaws I found him to be a very interesting character. Maybe it was because I enjoyed reading how his thought process worked from clue to conclusion....more
Jacobs mentions at the beginning that the tales in this book should be read out loud but I think parents should probably read the tales before they goJacobs mentions at the beginning that the tales in this book should be read out loud but I think parents should probably read the tales before they go and blab it to their kids. Not to say that their are a whole bunch of brutal killings but its not all sunshine and daisies all the time neither. I know that fairy tales are really not as sugary sweet as they are in Disney or any of the retellings that I love.
There is a repetivness to the tales. There were more Giants than I expected and can recall only one fairy story. Lots of Jacks too, and royalty (kind of knew that though).
Some of the tales were very familiar (ex. Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs) though they were a tad altered occasionally. But there were new ones I hadn't heard of before, but I'm no fairy tale expert. I pretty much stick to the Disney movies and book retellings that are out there.
One of my favorites that I never heard of before was Nix Nought Nothing. Now that I think is just screaming for a retelling. And Earl Mar's Daughter sounds like it could be really something. But that is the thing. I thought some of the tales were silly, some were interesting, some boring, and some were good but in the ones I believed were good I felt should have been full blown stories.
I did learn why some parents read fairy tales to their childs before bed. Almost evey time I started reading the tales I'd start getting sleepy. I'd be reading it in the middle of the day and I'd start nodding off. I don't know why because sometimes I was actually interested in the tales and there is no way I was too tired since I'm on vacation. It makes no sense.
Normally I don't go for short stories because I almost always think there is more that needs to be said after3.5 but one star up since I like Riordan.
Normally I don't go for short stories because I almost always think there is more that needs to be said after it's over. But I figured I'd give it a go since it was short and I needed something that wasn't going to take a lot of time. It has two or three short stroies, some interviews with the main characters, and pictures/profiles of our favorite characters. After watching the movie I thought indignantly that this is how I thougth the characters really looked like. Except for Athena who has black hair when I thought it was blonde, but I'm not too picky on her. The only character I thought looked the way I imaged it in the movie was maybe Chiron.
The short stories were fun and I didn't have that feeling of wanting to know more because I already know what happens to our heroes. Riordan didn't have to develop any of the characters either because he already did in the other books.
Even though I read this after reading all the series I thought it was nice to see all the characters again. ...more
I'm glad I read this even though I liked the first better. Very interesting, great writing, and certainly informative in the French Revolution aspect.I'm glad I read this even though I liked the first better. Very interesting, great writing, and certainly informative in the French Revolution aspect.
The book starts a couple of months after the first ended. Yann and his crew are helping people escape France. Sido and Yann are in love still and have sent letters to each other though it is dangerous.
I believe that the villain in this one is scarier, a plus point for me. I must say he is really really bad, and evil, and wicked. I mean literally, his lair is made up of bones human bones. It is mentioned quite a few times. Also his motto is "Have no mercy, show no mercy." Not exactly original and a bit of overkill. There are a few other things that I felt were emphasized more than they should have and just gone on with the plot. Kind of like a joke that had a good punch-line but then the comedian just kept adding on to it when it really would've been better if they just bowed out with everyone laughing. That was mostly what I had a problem with about the book.
I liked that this had more action and suspense. Lots of tension on Yann's side of the story. Sido doesn't play as big of a role as I hoped she would, but Yann's side of the story is more interesting most of the time anyways. That is until he starts getting really all melodramatic and mournful. The point of view is switched between quite a few characters. I forgot if this happened in the first but I'm thinking it did.
Not as great as I was hoping but honestly not a bad read....more