Percy Jackson hasn’t had the easiest time of it. No father, evil step-father, loving mother who he’s always parted from, new school every year… Then hPercy Jackson hasn’t had the easiest time of it. No father, evil step-father, loving mother who he’s always parted from, new school every year… Then his math teacher turns into an evil monster, who he kills when his Latin teacher throws him a pen that morphs into a sword, and he really knows something’s different about him.
There’s not a lot more to say, without giving away most of the plot, but let’s just say that the peaceful trip to shore Percy and his mother plan turns anything but, and the ensuing adventure of trying to reach Half-Blood Hill is just the beginning.
Fantasy or adventure fan? You’re sure to fall in love with this series!...more
I've yet to read The Red Pyramid, but I knew I didn't want to miss out on another Olympians book, and I was right. The Lost Hero introduces a new setI've yet to read The Red Pyramid, but I knew I didn't want to miss out on another Olympians book, and I was right. The Lost Hero introduces a new set of heroes - Piper, Leo and Jason - with the famous Percy missing and unaccounted for. From the get-go there's page-turning non-stop action, and now that I've made it to the end, I'm dying to know what happens next....more
Quick-moving, fast-paced installment. Rarely put it down. A lot of surprising twists. Some enemies become friends, some friends turn out to be other tQuick-moving, fast-paced installment. Rarely put it down. A lot of surprising twists. Some enemies become friends, some friends turn out to be other than they said they were. Can't wait to read the finale....more
**spoiler alert** Once again, summer at Fablehaven is anything but calm and restful. After saving the preserve from the brink of collapse one summer p**spoiler alert** Once again, summer at Fablehaven is anything but calm and restful. After saving the preserve from the brink of collapse one summer prior, the family now finds themselves facing their worst dilemma yet. Firstly, that their greatest ally could in fact be their greatest enemy. If true, the situation for all preserves is more dire than they'd thought. Secondly, a mysterious plague has come to Fablehaven, turning light creatures dark. Such a thing has never been seen before.
It was Seth, never one to follow rules, who first discovered the mysterious ailment, while visiting the seven kingdoms of the Nipsies with his satyr friends. And while his information was of utmost importance, it did not save him from punishment. While Kendra jaunts off to join the Knights of the Dawn and visit another secret preserve, Seth is stuck at home, bored.
By the time Kendra arrives back home with the news that the artifact they were seeking is in fact at Fablehaven, the preserve is nearing the brink of collapse, it's been discovered that only Seth can see the shadowy forms of their friends now infected with the darkness, and the house is overrun my dark brownies.
After seeing Fablehaven through many dark times, can the family find the root of this mystery evil and stop it before it's too late?...more
This is definitely a strong beginning to a series. Ursu has a really great style, with lots of spunk, which made reading this book a lot of fun. You kThis is definitely a strong beginning to a series. Ursu has a really great style, with lots of spunk, which made reading this book a lot of fun. You know, more so than usual.
The story begins in the middle, with Charlotte Mielswetzski's discovery of a kitten on her way home from school. She and her parents are all immediately taken with it. Her parents try not to get attached, since they're advertising to see if she's lost, but they all kind of know she's there to stay. Charlotte decides to call her Bartholomew, "Mew" being the best ever nickname for a cat.
Unfortunately, Mew seems to be the only good thing happening.
Charlotte's best friend doesn't come to school the next day, or the next, and when Charlotte decides to collect her homework to bring it to her, she doesn't like what she sees. Maddy's mother is looking haggard, and Maddy herself looks even worse. She can barely sit up, yet there's nothing physically wrong with her.
One by one, the students at school start to disappear, bed-ridden. Rumors circulate about a Piper Fly, and school is closed for the rest of the week.
Charlotte thinks this is great, despite the cause, but when she shares the news with her cousin Zee, his reaction takes her by surprise.
Which is when we go back to beginning, with Zee's summer in Exeter with his Grandmother Winter. It's the best summer in the world, until she dies. The next morning Zee wakes feeling completely out of sorts, but with breakfast and a little rest the feeling passes. He thinks little of it.
But then strange things start happening. One by one, all his friends in Exeter, the kids he went to camp with, all fall ill with some mystery disease. His parents want to send him home, but he stays to help them finish up.
When they do return to London, it starts to happen again. Zee believes it must have something to do with him. And after seeing a boy accosted by two strange men-like things on his way home one afternoon, Zee stops leaving the house. At which point the children stop falling ill.
His parents pretty much think he's lost it, which is how he ends up coming to live with Charlotte in America.
And so we're back to the end of the middle. Charlotte and Zee now both know something shady is going on, and that no one would believe them if they tried to say anything. That is, until they're rescued by their English teacher, Mr. Metos, who happens to be a son of Prometheus. He does believe them, because he knows all about it.
Long story short, the two end up in exactly the last place they're supposed to be, the Underworld, trying to stop the overthrow of Hades.
Definitely, definitely worth reading. I can't wait to see where she goes next!...more
Kendra and Seth are not looking forward to staying with their Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson during their parents' cruise. Almost none of the family hasKendra and Seth are not looking forward to staying with their Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson during their parents' cruise. Almost none of the family has ever been to the Sorenson house; they barely know them. They expect the worst. And when Grandpa Sorenson lays down the ground rules: stay in the yard, stay out of the woods, it seems their fears might be right. Sure, the playroom is magnificent, but what kid doesn't want to explore? Seth, whose curiosity often gets the best of him, breaks the rules, and stumbles upon a discovery he shouldn't have. But due to some unforseen circumstances, their punishment is only confinement for a day. And the adventure is just beginning....more
I originally started re-reading this series when I first saw The Golden Compass preview on TV. Since it has come to annoy me, as having recently readI originally started re-reading this series when I first saw The Golden Compass preview on TV. Since it has come to annoy me, as having recently read the book again, I can tell they've altered the story. Unfortunately, I put down The Subtle Knife for a long time while concentrating on school books and other reads. Surprisingly, picking it up again after a long span of time, I was able to jump right back in, and it was every bit as compelling. But it does make reviewing it a little harder.
We pick up Lyra's story just after she's gone into the hole in the sky created by her father, intent on finding him and putting a stop to whatever he's doing. Instead of finding Lord Asriel, however, she finds herself in a beautiful city inhabited by only children. Some invisible menace known as Specters has driven off, or killed, all the adults.
A series of events conspire to unite Lyra with Will, a boy who grew up in an Oxford very much like, and very different from, her own. Will is searching for his father, missing for 12 years. Lyra has vowed to help him. Along the way of course comes the unexpected trouble of having the alethiometer stolen by and old man who turns out to be someone Lyra has already had a run-in with, the police looking for both she and Will, brokering a deal to go after a mysterious knife, only to find out it's incredibly powerful and has deemed Will its new master.
It's a very fast read, with never a dull moment. Any Pullman fan or Potter fan yet to read His Dark Materials will find plenty to like. And you'll certainly be left wanting to know how it will all end....more
Again, when I started the book, I felt left behind, because I couldn't remember all the details of the prior two installments, but eventually the backAgain, when I started the book, I felt left behind, because I couldn't remember all the details of the prior two installments, but eventually the back story started getting explained and then it was full speed ahead. Picking up right where he left off, Percy (a son of Poseidon) is headed off to Maine on a rescue mission, with the help of Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Thalia (daughter of Zeus). The trio hasn't got much of a plan, and their first encounter would have been their last if not for Thalia's ability to manipulate the Mist, and this pull the "wool" over the eyes of their questioners. Or one of them anyway. Dr. Thorn, as it happens, is not just the Principal, but a monster. Bad news.
Inside the gym of Westover Academy the group, now joined by Grover they Satyr, needs to think of a plan to get the two half-blood children Grover's discovered out of the school, away from Thorn, and safely to Camp Half-Blood. Unfortunately, Dr. Thorn makes away with the children first, causing Percy to chase after him on his own, in turn leading the rest of the group straight into a trap as they rush to his aid. Just when it seems they're sunk, help arrives in an unexpected form.
The whole gang makes it back to Camp, and 5 of them set off again almost immediately on a Quest. Four of them to save Artemis, Percy to save Annabeth. The prophecy they were given holds a lot of gloom, but still they know they must try.
The obstacles along the way are nearly endless, but good fortune shows its face too. The losses are heavily felt, and the victories made that much sweeter.
Definitely the most action-packed of the series to date. More than its predecessors, Titan's Curse will leave readers clamoring to know what's next. And maybe brushing up on their Greey Mythology in the meantime....more
After seeing a trailer for this movie recently, and then stumbling across my copies of the series in VT, I decided to re-read them.
This story is centrAfter seeing a trailer for this movie recently, and then stumbling across my copies of the series in VT, I decided to re-read them.
This story is central to Lyra Belacqua, a child without family, left in the care of Oxford College. While the college does its best to educate her, Lyra more greatly enjoys running amok with her best friend Roger, who works in the kitchens. But her curiosity and hankering to know are what lead everything into being.
Having snuck into a room she’s not meant to be in, she gets trapped, and while hiding in a closet sees a plot to poison her uncle unfold. She then warns her Uncle without thinking, and after filling him in, is left hidden to spy on the upcoming meeting. The meeting, of course, leaves her all the more curious, especially about Dust.
Then come the Gobblers, child thieves, stealing children from their families all around England, and finally coming to Oxford, where they get their hands both on Roger, and a gyptian boy Lyra knew. Lyra has little time to mourn, as she herself is about to go away, newly made assistant to the beautiful Mrs. Coulter.
Not long into her new life, Lyra grows increasingly disturbed, both by Mrs. Coulter, and her daemon, the evil golden monkey, who can roam too far from his mistress. In the end, she runs away, meeting up again with the gyptians, who hide her and keep her safe, as they know even more about her and the big picture and the gobblers than she herself does.
And so begins Lyra’s Quest to save Roger, and all the captured children, and her father, as she comes to learn Lord Asriel to be....more