Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of DeSeven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
The Lost Hero is the first book in Heroes of Olympus, a companion series to the popular Percy Jackson novels. I was a big fan of the Percy Jackson series. The first books read a bit young since Percy was just a kid when the novels began, but the series was still so much fun to read, and I loved all of the bits of Greek Mythology. The same is true of The Lost Hero. The characters are also older when this series begins and we get to bypass the awkward middle school phase that dragged down the PJ series at the beginning. I do think the characters still tend to come across a bit younger than other YA characters but it didn't really bother me.
The Lost Hero is told from the perspectives of three different half bloods: Leo, Piper and Jason. I thought that each character had their own unique voice, which I think is so important when it comes to a novel with multiple perspectives. The three half bloods go on many adventures in this novel and all proved to be just as amusing and interesting to read about as the adventures of Percy and Annabeth. The humor is still a little cheesy but it actually grew on me after awhile. It was refreshing after reading so many novels that seem to take themselves too seriously.
A few of our favorite characters from Percy Jackson are back at Camp Half Blood. By far my favorite scenes from both this series and PJ are the scenes that take place at Camp Half Blood. There's just something about the camp that reminds me of Hogwarts. Perhaps it's that each half blood is grouped together with their other siblings and they all compete against each other. Just like at Hogwarts each of the students tends to exemplify certain characteristics of their house; each half blood is similar to their God parent in some way. Aphrodite's children tend to care a lot about beauty. Hephaestus' children are good at fixing things. Ares' children are eager to go to war. There is something so fun about trying to guess which God each half blood belongs to before they are claimed by their godly parent.
Also, ten extra points to this book for including a flying mechanical dragon and making him into a loveable character all his own. Maybe I just like dragons.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read. I think people who are interested in Greek Mythology will get more out of this series than others. ...more
What an amazing book. I hesitated to say it at first but in the end I think I liked it even better than The Hunger Games. I can see why comparisons arWhat an amazing book. I hesitated to say it at first but in the end I think I liked it even better than The Hunger Games. I can see why comparisons are being made between the two books. Both novels are amazing but I think Divergent has a slight edge for me because I prefer Tris to Katniss. I relate to her a lot more and think a lot of the choices she made would be similar to the ones I'd make. I'd be yelling at the book urging her to do something and then she'd actually do it. Then I'd cheer her on as knives were being thrown at her head. I'd like to think I'd have been Dauntless. I'd love to try all of those things! What a rush. Though of course too much of anything is no good at all. There is an important lesson to be learned from this book.
This review is all over the place but I just LOVED this book. It really made me think. I can't wait for the next in the series. ...more
I went into this novel thinking I’d end up having to push myself through it. I have little tolerance for huge books if I’m not 100% invested in them,I went into this novel thinking I’d end up having to push myself through it. I have little tolerance for huge books if I’m not 100% invested in them, and since I’m not a big Fantasy reader, I didn’t think I would enjoy it enough to hold my interest. I was very wrong. This book shifts between several perspectives and it keeps the book from ever being dull. I immediately fell in love with the characters (especially the unlucky Stark family) and the setting. The setting is so well written that you are completely transfixed and transported into this world. It is one of those books that you can't really walk away from. It stays in your head throughout the day. I wish that more had been resolved in the end of the novel but since it is such a long series it makes sense that so much was left open.
I am definitely going to be reading more from the Fantasy genre after reading this. I think it might be my new favorite genre.
Favorite characters in this installment: Arya Stark, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen....more
Another book that caused me some struggle when it came time to give out stars. That's two in a row now. I really need half stars, Goodreads.
I absoluteAnother book that caused me some struggle when it came time to give out stars. That's two in a row now. I really need half stars, Goodreads.
I absolutely adored this book. The creepy vintage photographs (real photographs that various collectors have found) were a wonderful addition to the story. I am so glad that the author came up with that idea for this book. They fit so perfectly in between the pages that it's hard to imagine the story being told without them.
While I didn't feel very connected to the main character (which could just be because I'm a female in my mid-twenties and he is a teenage boy) I was so intrigued by most of the kids from Miss Peregrine's Home. There is a moment where some of their back stories are mentioned in passing, and I couldn't help but think what a missed opportunity it had been, to ignore the possibility to explore these children's lives further. I've read that there will be a sequel and I am very excited to see what that brings to the table. I am hoping that it might even be told through the perspective of one of the other Peculiar characters. I think Emma would make a very interesting narrator and would be able to give us more insight into the other children from the Home as well.
This book has a few minor flaws (the romance is a little bit... awkward? odd? peculiar?), and it isn't the very best book I've ever read, but I would definitely recommend it. It's a very enjoyable read and reminiscent of X-Men, but the photographs make it into something much more interesting, despite the similarities. Can't wait for the sequel. Unfortunately, it appears it won't be out until 2013? Such a long wait. ...more
**spoiler alert** Zombies! Enclave is just one offering of many in the YA Dystopia genre these days, but the difference between Enclave and a lot of t**spoiler alert** Zombies! Enclave is just one offering of many in the YA Dystopia genre these days, but the difference between Enclave and a lot of these books, is that Enclave actually has something that feels original to offer. On the surface Enclave is much like a lot of the other Dystopia offerings out there. It's the end of the world as we know it and we've got a heroine who intends to fight the system, the oppressive one put in place by those left behind, who only feels beautiful when she's fighting.
"I never felt beautiful unless I was fighting, and even then it was something that went beyond skin and bone into the kinetic joy of successive movements."
One difference here is that Deuce does not start out as a rebel. This is a large part of her struggle throughout the novel, and adds a nice depth to her character. Despite the kindness in her heart, Deuce agrees with the leaders and believes in the necessity of making hard decisions for the better of the people, even if it may mean hurting one person.
Another thing worth mentioning is the writing itself. I found myself writing down various sentences because they were just so lovely. Aguirre succeeds here, not only with her characters and story, but also with her distinctive writing style.
An enthralling thriller that kept me in its grip until the very end, the only issue found within Enclave for me was it's use of the dreaded Love Triangle™. Second only to Instalove™ in the "Biggest Romance Cliche An Author Can Ruin Their Novel With" list (a list I just made up perhaps) the Love Triangle™ has ruined many an original novel with its ability to ruin characters in an instant and detract from any originality found within the rest of the story. While I will concede that the Love Triangle™ made a little more sense here than in other books, given the fact that it represented Deuce's inner struggle of Kindness vs. Survival Instinct, it still pulled me away from characters I was otherwise coming to care about.
I hope that the sequel to Enclave packs the same punch and can deliver to us more depth to the story that Aguirre has started here. I would recommend this to anyone who devours Dystopia novels with the same fervor as I do.
Edit: A few different reviews now have made me consider this book in a new light. One review belonging specifically to one of my favorite reviewers: Ms. Library. Toward the end of the book there is use of the Bad Boy Trope that I tend to find so abhorrent, but at the time it didn't bother me, because from my perspective the author didn't seem to be romanticizing this character. In fact, I thought he was just being used to further Deuce's development as she struggled with choosing between her survivalist side, and the side of her that needed to realize every person counted, and she needed to think of more than herself. I thought, and still think, that he was being used to show that the attitude Deuce was raised with was wrong. So as unnerved as I was by Deuce not exactly rejecting his affections, that didn't bother me.
One thing that does bother me though, that others have mentioned, is the detached way that the author handles a character who was raped. While I understand that the author was trying to show us a horrific world in which characters had to make these hard choices to survive, I do think in retrospect that she could have dealt with the subject of rape in a more compassionate manner. In fact, Ceilidh's Review points out that at one point Deuce thinks to herself that if the character were stronger, the rape wouldn't have happened. I must have missed that part, because I find that absolutely appalling. Rape is never the victim's fault. EVER. So despite really enjoying this book when I read it and feeling like it was one of the better dystopian offerings out there, I will be bumping this down from four stars to two. ...more
The Night Circus is such a beautiful tale that I don't feel that words in a review can do it justice. This is a story of both timing and fate. Of loveThe Night Circus is such a beautiful tale that I don't feel that words in a review can do it justice. This is a story of both timing and fate. Of love letters made of magic, and of sugary confections that make you want to run to the kitchen in the middle of the night. It is the story of The Circus of Dreams.
The circus itself became a character for me, and was perhaps my favorite character of all, but I didn't feel that the other characters in the story were neglected. I absolutely adored Poppet and Widget. They are born to the circus and travel with the circus as they grow up. It feels like their perception of the circus grounds is the most magical and also the most intimate. The two magicians chosen to compete and create the circus, Marco and Celia, left me feeling as though I was always watching them from a bit of a distance, and would never be able to get quite as close as I wanted. This may have been due to the third person narrative that the majority of the book was written in. For the most part, I felt that the choice to write the novel this way was perfect, and allowed the reader to experience the circus from all possible perspectives. We saw the circus from the eyes of those in the circus, of those on the outside but tied to the circus in some way (whether by choice or not) and through the eyes of the dreamers who deserve to be cited separately from the others. Their dedication to the circus - to dreams - causes them to follow the circus around the world. Wouldn't we all love to follow our dreams so far?
There are also occasional chapters written in the second person that allow us to experience the circus as if we are there. The author speaks to the reader directly and invites us to this magical circus to experience the sights, smells, and tastes for ourselves. I found that the perfect setting for reading this book was curled up in the dark (the circus only comes out at night, after all) with a sweet smelling candle lit. It really added to the ambiance, which seems important, because it felt to me that this story was more of an experience than just merely pages bound together in a book.
I think it's important to mention that despite all of the praise you see above, this book was definitely written with a specific sort of reader in mind. If you don't have a fondness for stories that revolve around the circus, are annoyed by very descriptive writing, tire easily of stories that jump around a lot and contain many threads, or can't abide a book that doesn't have a great deal of action, then you will not like this book. However, if you love to watch magical worlds being built in the charming sort of way that I've only previously seen accomplished by Rowling and Gaiman, then you may find something here that you will fall in love with and miss when it's over. You may just become a dreamer yourself. ...more
Discworld is a very large series. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. There are numerous charts available on the internet that list what boDiscworld is a very large series. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. There are numerous charts available on the internet that list what books in the series tie together. I decided that my first Discworld novel would be the first book in the series of books centered around the witches of the Discworld.
The main characters here are two very strong women. One old and very wise woman (and if she doesn't know something - she's going to pretend she does so that you don't suspect otherwise!) and one young girl who thinks herself very wise. This is a story about Granny Weatherwax and Eskarina Smith. Granny is a witch. She is present for the birth of Eskarina (Esk) and when a wizard comes calling to give her his powers. It is said that all wizards are the eighth son of an eighth son. Only... surprise! Esk is a female. This leads to Esk becoming the first female wizard. Only everyone tells her such a thing is not possible. Females simply cannot be wizards or attend Unseen University. Esk and Granny plan to change that.
The thing I really enjoyed about this story were the characters. Granny is very funny and doesn't care a thing for what anyone thinks she should do. Esk is very much like Granny in this way. She is determined to go after the things she wants and not to let anyone tell her that it's impossible.
Terry Pratchett has created a funny little world filled with humor and interesting characters. I'm excited to meet more of them as I continue reading this series. ...more
Just as fun as the first two but not as clever as I would have liked. I wanted more surprises and also more insight into Thomas and Theresa's pasts. IJust as fun as the first two but not as clever as I would have liked. I wanted more surprises and also more insight into Thomas and Theresa's pasts. I also thought a certain character didn't get the ending they deserved. Their death seemed convenient to the plot and they didn't get treated very well in the book before that point either. We never learned much more about their side of things. Plus things with WICKED were wrapped up too neatly and without many answers. I still really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole and will continue to recommend. ...more
There is nothing I love more in a novel than well developed characters; unfortunately there were none here. The man was a stereotype. The woman wasn'tThere is nothing I love more in a novel than well developed characters; unfortunately there were none here. The man was a stereotype. The woman wasn't given any redeeming qualities that would allow me to at least pity her. I wish I'd been given the opportunity to know her because I'd have spent the book connected and sobbing instead of detached and uncomfortable.
I also found several parts of the novel unrealistic. This guy who doesn't know anything about her randomly showing up at her grandmother's funeral was one thing. Another was a woman falling in love with someone based on illicit sex in a car park and staying in love despite never being given more than an ounce (if that) of affection. I never saw this guy's so called charm. Mostly he just whipped out his penis a lot.
The ending didn't help my opinion of the book either. It was engrossing throughout but in the end I felt this one just didn't quite hit the mark....more