I would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for the ending.
I really liked this book, with the various intertwining mysteries. However, I didn't like thI would have given it 4 stars if it wasn't for the ending.
I really liked this book, with the various intertwining mysteries. However, I didn't like the ending because it didn't solve all the mysteries and left a few things too open for my taste. Also, although the characters are likeable and believable I was never rooting or sympathizing with any them.
It's the first in the Jackson Brodie series but I don't know if I'm going to get the next....more
With all the wizards, vampires, werewolves and other paranormal entities being very popular in both YA books and adult books The Lightning Thief is aWith all the wizards, vampires, werewolves and other paranormal entities being very popular in both YA books and adult books The Lightning Thief is a welcome change.
It is the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and tells the story of how Percy Jackson discovers that he's the son of the Greek God Poseidon. Because not so nice other beings are after him he ends up in a "summer camp" where children of all Gods can come to either just enjoy summer (when their parent isn't a big god) or stay there year round (when their parent is a major god and the child is in danger).
In this first novel Percy is sent on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt, which has been stolen. Zeus suspects that Poseidon is the thief and the two major gods are on the brink of war. Of course nothing is straight forward and it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what is really happening.
I really liked this novel, it's fast, the characters are likeable (or not likeable when needed). The story is well written and although it's the first in a series, and there's an unfinished storyline, it can stand on it's own and has a good ending. I hate it when books in a series don't really have an ending, just a cliffhanger so you are forced to buy the next book in the series.
In the story names of many Greek gods are told, but this book focusses on the most important ones. I assume other gods will be introduced in other books in the series. Although I would have liked to know about all the gods I think by gradually introducing them, giving each their own personality Riordan has made it easier to remember who is who.
I would recommend this book not only to younger reader but also to adults, it's a fun introduction to Greek mythology....more
I really liked this book I did, however, needed some time to get into it because the main character, Hamish MacBeth, was introduced as a rather negatiI really liked this book I did, however, needed some time to get into it because the main character, Hamish MacBeth, was introduced as a rather negative and unfriendly person. I took a while to warm up to him because the story is mainly told from the point of view of another character.
Although the murder didn't take place until about halfway through the book it wasn't tedious and drawn out. It was not hard to know who was going to be murdered but the way was it happened was original. I didn't guess who the murderer was until nearly at the end of the book, although that was mainly because that character wasn't as fleshed out as other characters of the story.
Although I did like this book both the story and the character could have been developed better but this won't deter me from getting the next book in the series....more
This is the second in the Hamish MacBeth series and the main character, Hamish MacBeth, is much more likeable than in the first of the series. In theThis is the second in the Hamish MacBeth series and the main character, Hamish MacBeth, is much more likeable than in the first of the series. In the first book the story was told from the point-of-view of another character and it seems most characters seem not to like Hamish. Because this book is mostly told from his POV you understand that other characters misjudge him.
The story is very similar to the first; early on in the book it is obvious who will get killed, everybody who is part of the group surrounding the victim has a reason to dislike/murder him, police from the big city comes in to help but Hamish solves it using his knowledge of the local area and contacts around the world.
Although I did like this book I do hope the other books in the series have a bit more variation in set-up otherwise I'm afraid it will grow old very quickly....more
Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first book in the Amelia Peabody series. It tells the story of a Victorian lady, Amelia Peabody, who inherets money fCrocodile on the Sandbank is the first book in the Amelia Peabody series. It tells the story of a Victorian lady, Amelia Peabody, who inherets money from her father and decides to go on a trip to Egypt. Strange things start to happen, even before Amelia and her new friend start their trip properly and it's up to Amelia and her friends to solve the mystery.
I loved this book; Amelia is somehow very realistic and likeable. Her thoughts and actions are all very understandable, for instance her annoyance with the clothes a Victorian woman is supposed to wear. Although some characters start out as a charicature they progress during the story, making them more likeable, or not, and more believable.
I did find that the ending could have been a bit shorter and more to the point, but Peters clearly wanted to build up to the grand finale....more