I had such high hopes for this book. It had loads of potential which was why I was overly disappointed after reading the first 200 something pages of tI had such high hopes for this book. It had loads of potential which was why I was overly disappointed after reading the first 200 something pages of this book. I was actually surprised I even reached 200 pages. Reading this felt like watching one of those Filipino soap operas that drags on and on with the same stuff.
The reason I picked up this book was because of the mystery revolving this certain book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Did I get that correctly? I think I did. Anyways, thought it would somehow give me the same feel I had when I read Dan Brown’s books. I was for the first few pages really ecstatic because the synopsis was really promising. After I was done reading the first 100 pages that was when I started to get disappointed. It was getting too slow and too boring for me. The characters were fine; I liked them being all close and all but where was the mystery? Where was the thrill? I thought that probably all the talk and flashbacks were just preparations for what was yet to come but I was wrong. I was already past 200 pages and I still didn’t get what I was looking for and that was when I decided to put this book down. I had enough.
When a friend asked me how the book was I told him it was pretty much okay because I was in the first 100 pages then. I even told him I was wondering why this book had a low rating. I don’t know if it would be the same for everybody who read the book but the real reason why I didn’t enjoy this book was because of the pace of the story and the unnecessary flashbacks about how the friendship of the characters evolved and all that crap. At least that was what I thought. There were a lot of story telling about how the characters became friends and such but it didn’t really give much emphasis on the real main concept of the book.
I mean the story was about the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili right?
Or is it just me who thought that?
This book has 500 plus pages which I think should have just been around 300 plus if it just focused on the main story. I would have enjoyed it more. I have no issues with a slow paced story if it fitted the whole concept of the book but this is supposed to be a mystery/thriller right? It’s not supposed to be slow. It is supposed to make you want to know what happens next and savor the action and thrill that comes out from its pages.
I would have to give this book a three. This review is just based on the first 200 something pages I’ve read. I did not have the interest to read it any more. I may or may not reread it again in the future, I’m not sure. ...more
TITLE: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) AUTHOR: Rick Riordan PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books PUBLICATION DATE: 2014 GENRE: Middle TITLE: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) AUTHOR: Rick Riordan PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books PUBLICATION DATE: 2014 GENRE: Middle Grade, Mythology, Adventure
This series just keeps getting better and better!
Like the first book, I just had a fantastic time reading this book. I love being in the world of Percy Jackson. I love seeing how these Gods and Goddesses are in a contemporary fashion. I liked how everything that has been done in this series so far. I'm hoping to read the rest of the series soon!
Anyways, let's start the reviewing shall we?
Percy had an uneventful year (finally).
For the first time in my life, I'd almost made it an entire year without getting expelled. No weird accidents. No fights in the classroom. No teachers turning into monsters and trying to kill me with poisoned cafeteria food or exploding homework.
It was almost the end of the school year and he's relieved that none of the "accidents" he always had every year. Seemed the Greek Gods were giving Percy a break this year. At least, that's what he thought. Percy and Tyson were at gym class when the crazy began happening. Again.
All around Matt Sloan, the visitors were growing in size. They were no longer kids. They were eight-foot-tall giants with wild eyes, pointy teeth, and hairy arms tattooed with snakes and hula women and Valentine hearts.
So no. The Gods hasn't forgotten about Percy and someone was indeed still out to get him. These creatures called the... eehhh.. something that starts with a letter L (Laistrygonians... there you g) want to eat him. Because he didn't want his classmates or himself to be eaten, he tried to fight them off. Then, out of nowhere, Annabeth came.
Standing in the smoke was my friend Annabeth. Her face was grimy and scratched. She had a ragged backpack slung over her shoulder, her baseball cap tucked in her pocket, a bronze knife in her hand, and a wild look on her storm-gray eyes, like she's been chased a thousand miles by ghosts.
After escaping the huge giant bullies at the school, Annabeth, Percy, and Tyson rode the cab of doom to get to Camp Half-Blood. It will be literally your doom if those three lady drivers lose their eye. Ahaha. Not kidding.
After surviving the taxi ride, they arrived at camp and found it being attacked by those big, crazy bulls. The place was supposed to be warded by the tree. I won't mention much about it, but the tree that protected the camp has been poisoned. So anyone who isn't a Half-Blood can now cross the borders which is a big problem. None of the Half-Bloods are safe now. (Half-Bloods or Demigods as we all know them)
Now it was up to Percy and Annabeth to not only find a cure for the poisoned tree, but also rescue Grover who has been asking to been visiting Percy's dreams basically telling him he needed saving.
WHAT I LIKED:
Freakin Percy Jackson! Can I say how much I adored this guy. And his narrative! So hilarious and honest. I liked how Rick Riordan made his character. He was special, but he wasn't perfect. I liked how the author handled his insecurity because you understand where it was coming from. It wasn't just a random, fleeting feeling. It was really something someone would feel when your own father seem to be playing favorite. Or at least that's how he thinks it was. Percy didn't pretend he was an overly nice person, because he wasn't. You'll see that wasnt such a nice guy, but he redeemed himself towards the end which was great. He was just a teenage demigod who feels, speaks, and listens like all normal teenager would which I think is one of the reasons why a lot of people read this.
Aside from Percy, I love Annabeth. I love this girl so much! I know there isn't any romantic stuff between Annabeth and Percy (yet) but I ship them so bad you won't even believe it! So aside from shipping her and Percy together, I'd have to say I was thoroughly surprised by her character. For someone as young as her, she was responsible, tough, smart, and really kickass. The author didn't tell me how great she was but he showed me. I think that's one of the reasons why I loved Annabeth.
The continuous flow of new Greek myth characters were so enjoyable. I am a big fan of mythology. Greek. Roman. Norse. You name it, I love it. Anyways, I was a bit iffy reading this because the author might not be able to give justice to the Greek gods, but this book did. It even exceeded it. Gaaah!!!
No freakin "I can't live without you" bullshit on this book. There were a lot of cutesy moments between Anabeth and Percy. And when I say cute, it's just really cute. I ship them so hard!!! :) i dont care if there was no romance in this book. But I can feel something would chance. Hrhehe
The cover! I mean the cover for the new editions. I didn't really like the older ones. The cover right there on top is the one I have and I absolutely love it
The chapter titles were funny.
There wasn't a lot of action on this book, but I felt that this book developed the characters a bit more. I saw more of Percy character than I did on the first book. I saw him as a son of a Poseidon and just a normal teenager who also feel jealous (hahahaha), scared, insecure and all the things that normal teenagers feel and I like that. It made his character more relatable and likable in my opinion
The silent message about family and how you should never turn back on family.
"My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it."
I liked how it preached that without being too obvious. But it wasn't just about family, there was also a bit about friendship.
I really liked Hermes, Luke's dad!
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
Grover. I'm not very fond of him in this book.
I found Luke a weak villain on this book. I know he is not the main antagonist, but I don't see him fighting anything himself. He was a coward and someone who relies heavily on what he believe is right. He is a rebel because of his issues with Daddy. I don't think his reason for doing what he is doing for the more evil guy is right. His motivations were a bit weak in my opinion. I wonder when we'll see the more evil guy? Would he be as devious and inhuman as Volemort? I wonder...
This series is easily becoming one of the series I would give priority in finishing. I loved every minute of Sea of Monsters. And according to my friend Cam, she loved the rest of the books too! I can't wait to get to the rest of the books. I'm going to be hopefully getting them during the Manila International Book Fair which is happening in a few weeks!
Have you guys read the Percy Jackson series? What were your thoughts? :)
Share them in the comments below! Talk to you guys soon!
You are an evil person. A mad person. A person who has no conscience at all!!!
Why? Why the fuck? Why?? RATING:
I fucking hate you Brandon Sanderson.
You are an evil person. A mad person. A person who has no conscience at all!!!
Why? Why the fuck? Why???
I want to kill people.
I'm seriously distraught with this entire thing.
Don't get me wrong, I love this book. But there were just so many things towards the end of this book that broke my heart. I was so invested with these characters that when I lost one of them, I just couldn't help myself not to cry.
Gsakdghsfghidfg!! I hate you Brandon Sanderson.
*Breathes in. Breathes out.*
Okay so let's start this review shall we?
The Final Empire mostly follow both Kelsier and Vin and their quest to bring down the Final Empire.
Let's talk about Vin first.
Vin is a skaa (or slaves) and is part of a thieving crew that milks money from the noble men of the empire. She never knew her mother or her father. All she had was her brother, Reen who was originally a part of this thieving crew. But he abandoned her so she replaces him in the thieving crew.
Turns out, Vin has a weird ability that is so valuable to the leader of the crew, Camon. She is his lucky charm. Whenever she's around, his deals always ends up well. Vin could influence the emotions of others. She, somehow, could manipulate the emotion of others without knowing how or why it happens. There is something more to her than just being able to soothe emotions.
Then there's Kelsier.
Kelsier is another skaa or was a skaa. And he was supposed to die in the Pits of Hathsin where they sentenced him there for treason. But he didn't die. He didn't die, but something happened to him in the pits. He snapped.
What does snapping mean?
So in this world, there are people called Mistings. Mistings were usually noble-borns who develop a certain ability when they ingest metals. Like for example, when they ingest and burn Iron, they can push or pull metals. Or when they ingest and burn (its the term they use) Brass, they can soothe emotions. For Mistings, they can only use one metal. The other metals won't work for them. But then, there are the Mistborns who could burn more than one. And in the pits was where Kelsier realized he was a Mistborn.
Okay so going back to Kel. He lost so much in his life because of the Lord Ruler and he wasn't going to sit down and wallow in his misery. He had a plan. A plan that involved wiping out the Final Empire and killing the Lord Ruler.
So how would Kel and Vin bring down the Final Empire?
That my friend, you have to find out when you read the book.
I would have to say that I am absolutely in love with the world building. The world that Brandon Sanderson made seemed so real. He didn't throw us a lot of details about this world he created. He took his time to show us and introduce us to this world. And boy was I hooked.
The writing was so easy to get into. This was a fantasy book, but it did not have the same Lord of the Rings type of writing to it.
I loved all the characters in this book.Vin is such a great female protagonist in my opinion because she was so relatable and kickass. There were a lot of character development in her part and I loved watching her grow from this meek member of the thieving crew to this confident girl who could take on the entire world. Then there's Kelsier who I love to death. He is such a fun character to read about because of the humor he brings to the table every freaking time he talks. Of course he has his serious moments, especially when it comes to any discussion about his deceased wife. But overall, I love his character. Vin and Kel aren't the only characters here that I really enjoyed. There were Marsh (Kel's brother), Ham, Docks, Spook, Clubs and Sazed. And there's a certain noble man that caught my attention.
The villain in this book is truly a menacing villain. The Lord Ruler is such a revelation. I did not expect him to be who he is. You hear about the evil things that this person did. You don't get too see him in the story often, but just by those stories, you get a feel of how evil and corrupt this character is. I feel that a lot of good stories missed on having a great antagonist. The Lord Ruler is one of the best I have read so far.
I loved the relationships that developed throughout this book. There are a lot of relationships in this book. And when I mean by relationships, I'm not just pertaining to romantic ones. One example, is the relationship between Vin and Kelsier. I loved reading about their conversations and how they share their thoughts about things. I liked seeing how Kelsier sort of became a fatherly figure to Vin. It was so heartwarming.
The romance!!!! Oh boy. I loved how I was caught of guard by this. I wasn't expecting Vin to meet someone. Honestly. I was actually hoping there wouldn't any romance in this book, just for a change. But when it happened I was like "Oh my god! I want more of that." It gave me the feels!! So much feels. It didn't feel forced at all. It was a little bit insta-lovey, but I kid you not, it's so good you won't even care it's insta-love.
There were quite a lot of unexpected turns in this book and I am a great big fan of that. One good example of this is the Lord Ruler and Kelsier's plan.
None. None None.
I hate people dying on me. This is just my opinion okay. I hated that people had to die in this book, I really do. I thought George RR Martin was the only one who does that, but I was wrong. Brandon Sanderson does it too.
It took me a year to finish this book! Yes. Literally, a year. It wasn't because I didn't like the book when I first started it, but it was because it was so good I get annoyed and put it down when I get distracted.
Guys! If you love fantasy and have not read this yet, what the hell are you doing? Read this. Read this now!
I can't wait to get my greedy hands on the next books. I don't have them yet because I am on a book buying ban, but I would… Soon. I promise!!
Now leave me in peace while I reminisce my heartache towards this book.
I got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved arounI got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved around the Vatican, the Popes but this time it also involved a secret.
The Third Secret was about three secrets that the Virgin Mary entrusted to three peasant children. This secret had been kept hidden by the Vatican. It was released in 2000, but was it really? Did they really release the third secret that the Virgin Mary imparted to the three children? No they didn’t. What was so important about that secret? Why was Pope Clement XV so worried? Because this secret, if revealed to the public could change the Catholic world.
I highly recommend this book. But if you are sensitive to the topic of religion in books then I don’t recommend it. It was full of suspense. The book was well researched. Most of the facts here are very accurate. Full of details. If I’d not known this was fiction I would have believed what I read. ...more
"They move freely through the streets… through the world, but unopposed. They are, after all… our protector."
I wasn't expecting to like this. I re
"They move freely through the streets… through the world, but unopposed. They are, after all… our protector."
I wasn't expecting to like this. I really wasn't. It was just one of those days when I have no idea what to read, then remembered someone recommending this, so I picked it up. Imagine my surprise when I ended up loving it. I'm pretty iffy with older comics because of how they are written. I don't really enjoy the way it's written as some of them are written in a very dated way. I prefer the writing a bit more modern and contemporary. Kingdom Come may be a bit dated, but holy crap, the story was great and so was the art.
THE STORY/WRITING: The story focused on the divide between the older heroes, the ones we all know and love (Superman, Wonderwoman, Green Lantern… you know who they are), and the newer ones, mostly the decendants of the older heroes. The divide between them is caused by the difference in their view on saving people. It kind of reminds me of Millar's Civil War for Marvel, only this one has a more interesting aspect to it being the narrator isn't really a superhero but a bystander who can see what was happening. That part, I really, really liked.
As for the writing, as I mentioned earlier, reading older works causes a bit of a nuisance for me. I find that some older stuff are harder to read because of the way they are written. Kingdom Come was published back in 1996 but the story is still pretty much relevant. The writing and the story definitely is something that still be relevant for future generations to read. It definitely is a classic despite it being an Elseworld story.
THE ILLUSTRATIONS: Oh my god! The illustrations were divine. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved looking at each frame. It was magnificent. They look like real people. They look so alive. I fucking loved it. I'm going to look for more Alex Ross illustrations. I need more of that shit.
THINGS I LIKED:
- The illustrations. Duh. It's beautiful!
- I liked that the narrator being someone from the outside and not someone close to the Justice League. It was like we were watching the events unravel with him and not just reading something on paper.
- It raises questions. It makes you ask the question what it really mean to be just. Is it allowing people to have equal rights? Villains and civilians. Should one life be worth than others? Should we give way to what the majority ones even if you know that it will only end up with a much bigger problem? The stories that makes you think and reflect are the best ones. This is definitely one of them.
- I liked how it used passages from the bible as a parallel to what was going to come. I thought that was a nice touch.
- It was easy to get into. If you have no clue about whatever was happening with the canon story line, you'd still be able to follow the story since this is a standalone run. There's no pre-requesite comic book that you need to read in order for you to appreciate this.
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
- There were some slower moments where I wish more was happening. This is really more of a nitpick than anything else.
- While I loved the story, this definitely suffered from some plotholes. Why did it take them a really long time for them to realize something was wrong with what the newer generation of heroes were doing? And what the hell were the other's doing anyways? Did they all rely that much with Superman?
Overall, this was an amazing read. I loved what it represents. I loved the story it chose to tell. The artwork for me was the greatest part of Kingdom Come. Would definitely be looking for more Alex Ross work in the future. ...more
I liked this, although, there were parts that I didn't really care about. Like the Fantastic Four ones with Dr. Doom trying to find and use Thor's HamI liked this, although, there were parts that I didn't really care about. Like the Fantastic Four ones with Dr. Doom trying to find and use Thor's Hammer. But I did enjoy the secret meetings Tony Stark and some of the major characters were having to discuss the Superhero Legislation Act and what each of them thought about it. I liked all the parts with Spiderman. I thought his conversations with Tony were very meaningful. I am hoping some of these would translate into the movie....more
I had my own share of unpleasant experience back in high school. But none of them could compare to what Melinda went through.
Our action always has aI had my own share of unpleasant experience back in high school. But none of them could compare to what Melinda went through.
Our action always has a consequence. When you do something bad it comes back to you. What Melinda did was right. But why was she being hated for it?
After the incident at a party where Melinda called the police, people haven’t looked at her the same way again. But what other people doesn’t know is what really happened there that made her do it.
What really made her do it?
Something happened to Melinda at the night of the party. She copes with what happened by not talking about it. She stirs away from people and keeps to herself. No one asks her what happened. They stay away from her because of what she did but no one ever asked her why she did it.
These types of books are really worth the read. I have read other books that I loved that deals with real issues (Forbidden, But I Love Him and A Million Little Pieces) and I loved them all. I just like reading about something that is entirely new to me but still it feels like I am right there experiencing what the characters were going through. With Speak, I experienced the same. Though I had a little issue with how Melinda narrated it I still found this book good. I did not focus on how it was told. I focused more on what the message was behind all of those words.
One lesson I learned here is not to quickly judge someone based on their actions. I mean I already know that but still I am a little guilty of this too. Sometimes, we tend to focus on what others did wrong rather that knowing why they did it.
The second lesson I learned is to not be afraid to speak up. I could understand why Melinda was hesitant to tell anyone about what happened. She was afraid of what other people would think of her. Speaking up will free you from a lot of things. The pain. The hurt. The longing to be heard. All you have to do is open your mouth and say it. And Melinda did.
The thing that I had been struggling with this book was the narrating style. I was not really a fan but I loved everything else about this book.
Would I recommend it?
It is definitely an eye opener. These things happen. Its not entirely fiction. The characters maybe fictionalized but the contents of this book might have already happened to someone we don’t know.