[image error] Wrath- Zeus (or should I say Walter) shooting a lightning bolt at some poor soul
Greed, (and a little wrath) - Prometheus, the guy Zeus ch...more[image error] Wrath- Zeus (or should I say Walter) shooting a lightning bolt at some poor soul
Greed, (and a little wrath) - Prometheus, the guy Zeus chained to a rock for all eternity because he gave fire to man
Pride - The Parthenon in Athens, of which Athena and Poseidon fought tooth and nail to be the patron of the city
Lust......do I need to show a montage of all the women, other goddesses, and the nymphs that some of the gods impregnated? (Not that the other goddesses, such as Aphrodite, the goddess of lust, were so innocent either)
Envy - Baby Hercules strangling the serpents Hera sent to kill him because she was jealous that Zeus had another kid with a mortal woman
Gluttony & Sloth- The Greek Gods lovvvvveeed their feasts where they would eat and sit around for days (or decades, didn't matter to them)
So, after this visual presentation, I hope people will realize how positively ridiculous it is that the Greek gods would care anything about Christian morality. First of all, the Seven Deadly Sins were created by some bored monk in the 14th century. They are not even in the Bible. Why would gods, who do whatever the fuck they want, follow them, or implore anyone else to follow them? Gods did not care about humans. Hell, they would kill off their own bastard half-mortal children if they were making too much of a fuss.
I probably don't need to say this at this point, but I did not like the way Greek Mythology was handled in this book. The traditional myths were undermined and pussified. I was really excited when I first received a galley of this book, as I love it when an author takes old mythology and twists it in a new way. AHHHH TOO MUCH TWISTING. Carter managed to take every interesting about the Greek myths -the lust, violence, cruelty, and romance- and stomp on it, turning it into melodrama soup. Vindictively, I might imagine. My god, even Percy Jackson, a series for TWELVE YEAR OLDS, managed to stay truer to the myths.
There was really no trace of the old mythology besides the fact that Henry was supposedly Hades, and Kate was his new Persephone (she crapped on that myth too, by the way). What kind of name is Henry for a god anyway? It's a name for 19th century carriage boys. Fear me, I am Henry, Lord of the Dead, the EMO VIRGIN Ruler of the Underworld! And don't get me started on the name Walter. She gave, Zeus, the King of the Gods, the name Walter. WALTER! WALTER!!!
Just uuuuggggggghhhhh. And the book was boring too. Kate did nothing. Nothing happened to her. She sat around, was fed and clothed by servants, and flirted with an attractive man. That was it. The tests that supposedly verify her worth as an immortal being were a joke. I kept waiting for something to happen, for Kate to get called down into some chamber or something and told to complete a maze, to slay a dragon, to bake a cake, SOMETHING. But instead the tests happen very boringly without the reader's knowledge. So apparently, if you give away clothes you didn't even want in the first place, you are goddess material. Hey, I gave my favorite pen to Amanda Lukevitch last week, does this qualify me for immortal life? Come on, at least make me a nymph or something!! Kate's best character trait (not that she has many, the boring lump that she is) is that she is selfless, willing to sacrifice her life for others.
And the romance between Emo McWhiney and Kate was as dull as the tines of a spork. No spark or anything. Not the slightest bit of tension. This could be because all of the characters were as flat and dry as cardboard.
And I just love how Kate wasn't tested on things like intelligence, judgement, or leadership ability.....She's chaste, isn't that all what matters?
The cover is gorgeous, the premise is fine, but the inside is a whole lot of HELL NO.
Hailey Kendrick has a seemingly perfect life. She gets good grades, is Vice President of her class at a prestigious boarding school, and her boyfriend...moreHailey Kendrick has a seemingly perfect life. She gets good grades, is Vice President of her class at a prestigious boarding school, and her boyfriend is one of the most popular guys at school. She is the type that always colors in between the lines. But after an argument with a father leaves her angry and upset, she commits a random act of vandalism with an unlikely conspirator. She is caught, but her co-conspirator is not, and she finds herself taking the fall. As a punishment, she is forced to do janitorial service with a snarky townie, and the whole entire school is put on probation. Hailey has no choice but to watch her life change, as her boyfriend and her grow farther apart, her friends ignore her, and she loses the trusts of her teachers. Hailey is forced to begin coloring outside the lines if she wants to stay true to who she is.
God help me, I really liked this book. I do not like books like these. I hate cutesy books with their morals and their predictability and their cheesiness. I should have hated this one too. But the thing is.....I didn't....Am I turning into a sap or what?!
I blame it on the novel's charm. Yes, it was predictable and slightly cheesy, but it kept my glued to the pages. Honestly, I don't what adhesive got me stuck there, but it sure did work. Hailey was likable and at times, quite hilarious. She was awkward in all the right ways. I actually cringed for her, like the time she fell down the stairs. That would sooo happen to me. Right when she was trying to make a silent exit too *shakes head in laughter* Hailey was a relatable character, I think I mean to say. Also, her relationship with Drew was so cute! But not cheek-pinching cute. *glares at Arlene*
At the end of the book, I was actually grinning. GRINNING. My God! The cuteness, the humor, the sweetness had me looking like the Cheshire Cat!
I'm going soft! Quick, someone tell a dead baby joke!
Overall, I did like this book. Quite a bit, actually. I read one Cook previously (Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood), and I enjoyed as well, although not as much. In these two books, I can sense a formula. She takes a well known novel (In this case, The Scarlet Letter), gives it a modern day makeover, and infuses it with DIsney charm. And for some reason, it all works.
If anyone calls me soft after this, I shall stab them with a fork. (less)
East was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a her...moreEast was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a heroine with low self-esteem. Rose, this novel's main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and courageous. She has a strong drive and a true moral compass. The plot reminds me of more classical fantasy that involves epic journeys over several countries over the course of years. The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its more suited to a middle-school audience nowadays.
Yet, despite the intriguing premise, I found myself bored with it. There was little to none action, for instance. Since the book had such a large scope in following different characters over an extended period of time, it read like this: "We journeyed across the tundra. Weeks passed." (not an actual quote) It was just very slow pace, and there was more telling than showing.
Also, being a romantic girl, I wanted there to be more immediate romance. The romance was slow-building, more about trust and compassion, than about physical lust. Which, don't get me wrong, was certainly refreshing, but the novel was slow-paced already, and having nothing in the romance department along with nothing in the action department lead for a bored Morgan.
I did like this book, but when you are used to action-y, romance-y YA, it can be a bit too slow. I do appreciate it though. It was an altogether pleasant change of pace. (less)
Meghan Chase is used to being nothing special. Her father disappeared when she was six, and her family seems to forget she even lives with them someti...moreMeghan Chase is used to being nothing special. Her father disappeared when she was six, and her family seems to forget she even lives with them sometimes. At school its much of the same, her only friend being Robbie, a prankster who seems to be more and more protective of her of late. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she is sure that will all change. Her cool crush will notice her and her mother will take her to get her license. Meghan is determined that this will be the most special birthday ever. It is; but not in the way she imagined. Meghan begins to see mysterious figures and things she knows can't be real, and when her little brother disappears, a vicious, other-wordly creature in his place, Meghan will find out how special she is. Guided by the faery Puck, Meghan will have to travel into the faery realm, filled with magic and danger, in order to retrieve her stolen little brother.
One thing I regret is that I didn't read A Midsummer Night's Dream first. I would rather go into this book with Shakespeare's characters in my head, then got into Shakespeare's play with Kagawa's characters in my head. Hopefully, that does not effect my enjoyment of the play, which I intend to read one day on my own terms, seeing as my school system failed to force me to read it under a restrictive classroom setting.
One positive thing I can say about this book is that it is entertaining and undemanding. Everything is imaginable and easy to follow, and the action flows at a steady pace. It covered some really well-worn territory, but it did so in a charming way. Most of it was pretty standard fey book fair, but there were a few ideas (the Iron Court, for instance), that I felt were original.
Meghan, while not necessarily stupid, was not the brightest bulb in the bunch. She was rash and oblivious at the same time. She didn't seem to do much. The whole thing was quite repetitive. She would follow someone somewhere, they would run into danger, something would save her, and then she would begin to follow someone else to somewhere else, they would once again run into danger, she would be saved one again and so on and so forth. She wasn't particularly great.
The two love interests (because I assume Puck shall become a love interest) are pretty bland. I know, ladies, Ash is supposed to make me weak at the knees, but at this point he is pretty "eeeehhhh". Is he supposed to be the "bad boy"? And what is Megan being all "I am his beloved!"? They made out a few times. I do not consider that love. Certainly not love I would be willing to risk my future on, because if Ash's mom finds out she is going to be pissssssssed.
Overall, my impression of this book can be summed up in one word: "solid". Is that weird? To call a book "solid"? But thats what is was. Dependable, safe, and consistent.
The only character that I liked enough to make remarks over is Grimalkin. There should be a requirement for every fantasy to have a snarky talking cat, if there isn't one already. I just love those furry grumps.
Ever since a horrific car accident nine years ago, Megan has been haunted by the ghost of her dead twin sister, Remy. Megan, in an attempt to keep an...moreEver since a horrific car accident nine years ago, Megan has been haunted by the ghost of her dead twin sister, Remy. Megan, in an attempt to keep an eye on her boyfriend and his perky best friend, takes up a summer job at the amusement park, Land of Enchantment. On her first day there, Remy comes and gives Megan a horrifying vision. Megan isn't the only one who saw Remy this time, however. Luke, a cute guy who works at the park, is determined to help Megan and get her twin sister to move on. But Remy is becoming more and more insistent and much more terrifying, bringing violent visions of whats to come.
I would not call this book a retelling of Snow White. It's more of a continuation of "what-if". After the prologue, the only references to Snow White come much later in the novel. So I don't really recommend this book if you are looking for a good fairytale.
I didn't enjoy this book too much, but it was different. For me it fluctuated between original, weird, and just plain stupid. The writing is nothing to give a hoot about. Plot-wise, things were uneven. I think the book jumped into the story too fast, took a break, and then finished in a rush.
The characters were thinly developed, but some did manage to surprise me at the end. I didn't like Megan though. She devoted more time to fussing about relationships than in mourning when something horrific happened. She just wasn't very smart. Luke was of the typical love interest fare. He was cute, yet understanding. And terribly, terribly cliched.
I would have to say the tone was overall light, even though there were some pretty gruesome scenes. Not that the reader was given any time to make an emotional connection to the event.
The book wasn't good, but wasn't horrible. I know some people will like it. I wouldn't discourage anyone from picking this up, especially if they were looking for a book to go in between heavier reads. (less)
Ever since their mother died, Carter and Sadie Kane haven't exactly been close. Carter travels the world with their Egyptologist father, while Sadie l...moreEver since their mother died, Carter and Sadie Kane haven't exactly been close. Carter travels the world with their Egyptologist father, while Sadie lives with their grandparents in London. On Christmas Eve, one of the few days a year all three of them are together, their father brings them to the British Museum for "a research experiment". The end result is a blown-up Rosetta Stone, a released evil Egyptian god, their father banished to who-knows-where, and the kids are on the run for their lives. Over the next couple days, Carter and Sadie discover they are magicians from a powerful family descending from Egyptian pharaohs, able to host gods and do powerful deeds. Soon, Carter and Sadie are on a mission to get their father back, while dealing with manipulative gods and uncovering deep family secrets.
I love Rick Riordan. Well, I love Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and when I first heard of this series, I thought it was going to be exactly like that. While there were similarities, The Red Pyramid never obtained that spark that set Percy Jackson on fire (not literally). The Red Pyramid was good, but a bit disappointing if you were expecting something as good as Percy Jackson.
Both Carter and Sadie narrated this novel, in the form of telling their story for a recording. They would take turns every couple of chapters, sometimes interrupting each other and bickering. This was very Lemony Snicket like for some reason, and I enjoyed. After a while though, I found it hard to distinguish Carter and Sadie's voices. Towards the beginning, it was a bit easier because Sadie sounded girly and British, and Carter sounded shy and unsure. But as the story went on, their voices blended together and I am thankful that it had the name of the person narrating at the top of the page.
I also found the book a bit long and the plot too repetitive. I felt the story could have been significantly condensed. Was it really that necessary to have so many moments where the kids get cornered by a god, they battle for a while, someone finally manages some big magic in order for them to escape, while someone gets left behind only to resurface later? I did appreciate, though, some of the more ridiculous elements in the story that added some humor. Like when Carter and Sadie turn a goddess into a cow by gorging her with salsa, tricking her into thinking its blood. Who can possibly come up with something like that? Rick Riordan can.
I'm not sure if I like the mythology of the Egyptian gods. While I do like learning it, I'm don't know how much of it is actually fact based, and how much Riordan is making up. The mythology just seems too confusing. I'm not sure what all the relationships between the gods are. Are they siblings or spouses?
Overall, the book was enjoyable, although not quite as fantastic as Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Note to self: Never start a Rick Riordan book the eve of the due date of a big project. It will end with a half-ass poster board and disapproving look...moreNote to self: Never start a Rick Riordan book the eve of the due date of a big project. It will end with a half-ass poster board and disapproving looks from my Spanish teacher.
So, I couldn't flippin' put this book down. I even read it during dinner and blew off prime-time TV! When I had to put it down for something trivial like, IDK, school, I spent the whole time day-dreaming about it, and eagerly waiting for the moment when I could immerse myself in it again. Rick Riordan's world is just completely absorbing.
Now, if you haven't noticed, I gave this book four stars. I had reasons for the point deduction. First off, although this book was awesome, Percy was awesomer. Some things about The Lost Hero bothered me. For instance, I wasn't a fan of the multiple third-person POVs. Usually, I don't mind them, but I would much rather have this novel focus on one hero and tell the story from their perspective, like in the Percy Jackson books. I didn't feel quite as connected to the characters as I had previously, and it didn't have the same humor or charm. The character development was slightly lacking, I think sacrificed for the sake of the break-neck pace. Jason, one of the three main characters, was very dull. I didn't find him interesting in the least. I liked Piper and Leo, though, they had slightly more personality, but reminded me a little too much of Annabeth and Grover. Also, it annoyed me how many times the fact was repeated that Percy was Annabeth's boyfriend. Every time Percy's name would come up someone would go "Annabeth's boyfriend?". It was just annoying. Especially since it just renewed my pain over Percy's absence.
But I still loved this book. Every time an old character would come up I would give a little squeal, although the one character I was REALLY HOPING FOR never showed up. I just can't believe how big a tease Rick is. I waited for five fricking years to see Annabeth and Percy together and then HE'S NOT HERE. HUGUAHGJABB;UBGUBUGBJ!!!!!!
And did anyone else find this book super-predictable? I found the ending just kind of like "Well, duuuh".
Overall, The Son of Neptune is much too far a wait away!!! Come here nooooooow!
Oh, one more thing........*spoiler*
IF PERCY FALLS FOR ANOTHER GIRL AT THE ROMAN CAMP I WILL CASTRATE HIM. I AM SOOO NOT KIDDING. (less)