After finishing The Lightning Thief, I was looking forward to this one. Going into this one, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as g*3.5 out of 5 stars
After finishing The Lightning Thief, I was looking forward to this one. Going into this one, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as good as the first one and it wasn't, but it was still a good book. It picks up a little while after the first one ended, and gives you a bit of a refresher in case you have forgotten what happened in the first book. Like the first book, it jumps right into the action. Percy is once again facing something crazy at school and will inevitably be thrown out of this one too. There is plenty of adventure in this and kept me thoroughly engaged much as the first book did, but I felt like this one just lagged a bit. I still really enjoyed the characters and I like where the story is going.
Percy is still a caring person who will do anything for his friends and family, and in this one he will have to not only rescue his best friend Grover, but save Camp Half-Blood. It seems like all odds are against him, but he still keeps pushing along and won't let anything stop him. I would have liked him to have a little more character growth, but he pretty much just seemed to stay the same.
The other characters were more enjoyable to me in this one. I found myself more interested in what was going on with everyone else besides Percy. I really like Annabeth, and Tyson was a great addition to the series. We don't get a whole lot of Grover since he is being held prisoner, but I really like him too. I think that all of the secondary characters really kept this book interesting for me.
The journey that Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson go on is quite eventful. They have to take a crazy taxi ride to the camp, fight off numerous creatures, sail down the coast and somehow save the camp. There is also plenty of new things we learn and a twist at the end. (That I was pretty much expecting, but it was still a good direction to go in)
This being the second book in the series, I didn't expect it to quite live up to the first one, so I wasn't let down that I didn't like it as much. Especially knowing there are three more books in this series after this one, I know that this one is just leading up to more action, adventure, and danger for them. As with the first one, I really enjoyed the reader. I think he is a great voice for these books and I am about to get right into the next book now. This series so far is very fun to get lost in. The story progression is good and the characters are awesome!! I can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead....more
This book is so fun and educational! It's a wonderful book to read to or with your children. With rich illustrations, and beautiful writing it is a boThis book is so fun and educational! It's a wonderful book to read to or with your children. With rich illustrations, and beautiful writing it is a book that you can enjoy over and over again. My daughter can't get enough of it and I am so happy with how much she enjoys it. It has some repetitive lines that helps younger children to interact and read along which is also awesome for their confidence in learning to read.
This book is about the journey of a turtle from when it first hatches, to finding his mother. I think that it has a valuable lesson to never give up. This turtle keeps telling itself over and over that it will find it's mother. The moon is it's guide, and though the journey seems long, the end result is the turtle getting to where he needs and wants to be.
I think this was a beautiful story about nature, love, and family that both children and adults can enjoy over and over again. If you are looking for an inspiring book for young readers, this one should definitely go on your shelf. ...more
I have to admit that I am a bit put off by books written in verse, but this book had so many awesome reviews that I needed to see what it was all abouI have to admit that I am a bit put off by books written in verse, but this book had so many awesome reviews that I needed to see what it was all about. I never was much into poetry, so for a book to be written in the form of poems is quite intimidating to me. Fortunately listening to it in audiobook form makes it all blend well. Great for someone like me, but if you actually want to know where each poem begins and ends, it's best to read the actual book. The reader was fantastic and she really put the feeling into Kristina's character. This was a very intense book to listen to, but even as much as some of the things happening frustrated me, I couldn't stop.
Kristina starts off as a good girl and things go so bad, so quickly for her. I can't say that I relate to her because I never went down any of the paths she went down, but I can definitely say that I totally felt for her at times. Bree is her alter ego, the one who isn't the perfect good girl, the one who wants to flirt with boys...and even drugs. I feel bad for her because she doesn't know how effed up her life will become just from trying to escape for a little while. She takes a totally wrong path in life and she is now lost in the struggle of coming out of it. Except she doesn't really want to. She knows that she should, but The Monster (meth) calls to her. It calls to Bree. Bree is stronger than Kristina and Kristina is getting lost. Either way, Kristina/Bree falls in love a little too easily, is quick to do things that she shouldn't, and doesn't want to try hard enough to be helped before it's too late.
This book seriously broke my heart. It was very hard to listen to at times. I wanted to scream at Kristina and ask what the eff was wrong with her. How could she not see what she was doing? How she was falling apart? Why when she gets to her fathers and sees how much of a scumbag loser he is, why didn't she immediately call her mom to go home? What kind of father does meth with their kid? How can she think she is in love with this drug addict boy after like a week? Those are just some of the things. Once she is back home, it's surprising how easy it is for her to find the drugs she wants needs. It's so sad how each situation seems to go from bad to worse for her. I can't even describe how much I wanted to just jump into the book and give her a hug and smack her at the same time. Tell her that it's not worth it.
This book is so raw and real. It's heartbreaking and eye opening. After reading this book I don't know any person who would want to get into this stuff and destroy their life like that. It is scary how quickly The Monster takes over. What Kristina will do to get it, what she risks, what she goes through, all of it. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is very intense. I can't say that I liked Kristina because honestly, she wasn't very likable, but I wanted to fix her so badly. I was so invested in the story because it was so sad that this seemingly wonderful girl is falling apart and destroying herself. I wanted to hate her parents for not being able to help her, but also knew that it's not their fault and that you can't help someone who doesn't want it. I think that mostly this book broke my heart because I read that this book is based on the authors own daughter. This book had to have been incredibly hard for her to write. I was just thinking how hard it would be to watch anyone, especially your own child go through that, totally helpless to do anything for them. I highly recommend this book!!...more
After finishing the first book, Crank, I was really interested to see what hell Kristina would go through in this next one. The end of the first bookAfter finishing the first book, Crank, I was really interested to see what hell Kristina would go through in this next one. The end of the first book gave me a little hope, but I knew that The Monster still had a strong hold on her. This book made me all sorts of angry. I was so mad at Kristina, but at the same time feeling bad for her. I thought the first one was hard to listen to, this one topped that, though I didn't think this one was quite as good. It is still a very serious, dark, and emotional story. We continue to watch as Kristina slips further and further and can only hope that something will finally snap into place and help her out of this addiction and life that is going to kill her if she doesn't stop.
Kristina is now a mother and knows she really needs to clean up her act. Unfortunately, she is totally in The Monsters grasp. She starts off thinking she will just use a little bit here and there to get her through, but she isn't strong enough to hold out. She soon becomes more wrapped up in it than ever. I find her to be very selfish and I don't know if she would be that way if it weren't for the drugs, but I thought she was even less likable in this book than the first one. She has really gone off the deep end in this one and her life is getting worse and worse. Of course the friends she makes are even worse for her since they all enable her drug use and make it even worse. The thing that I think is the worst about her behavior in this one is, she thinks because she is now eighteen she is miss responsible. She can be on her own, do what she wants... she doesn't need anyone. Well obviously she can't and things spiral way out of control.
There is also a new guy in her life now. Trey is nice and everything, but he is addicted to The Monster too. He also goes to college in a different town. I wanted to believe that maybe they could fix each other, but I knew they would just drag each other further down. Their relationship is really messed up too, but they do truly care for each other. It's just that they can't care for each other more than they care about The Monster.
I won't really say much more since this is the second book, but things do get a lot worse for Kristina. As bad as things get for her, I still knew that nothing would change. The only way to stop her is for her to die from it, or to be forced away, and kept away from it. As much of a train wreck her life is and how much she brings down everyone around her. I couldn't stop listening to this book. This one I think brought out more emotions in me than the first one since there is children involved. (oh boy, my mom instincts were wanting to seriously hurt Kristina at times for how stupid and neglectful she is with not only her own child, but other children too!) It was almost too much at times for me and I was sick to my stomach at some of the situations. Once again, this book is a book about a serious issue and I truly think that it will scare people enough to not ever want to think about doing it....more