The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

7 Dec

HOOImagine being thrown into the middle of a life- your life- and not knowing anything except your name.

Sucks, huh? That’s what Jason experiences when he blinks onto a bus in the middle of nowhere, holding hands with a pretty girl. Not that he’s complaining, of course; any guy would kill to be in his shoes. He discovers that he has a best friend- the wonderfully comical Leo Valdez- and a girlfriend, Piper McClean. As much as he’s enjoying his brand new life, he can’t help but wonder who the Hades he is.

Then, you know, life throws a big ol’ pothole smack dab into the intersection of Easy street and Whatever boulevard.

He finds out what he is- a demigod. But, something’s still missing. He can only remember the Roman names for the gods, not the greek, and he can speak fluent Latin, something not so easy to do without years of practice.

Things are just a bit too fishy for Jason.

Him and his two best friends, Leo and Piper, go on a quest to save Hera and uncover quite a few things.

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I love love loved this book! It took me a while to get into it ’cause I was pretty pissed that Percy wasn’t in it AT ALL! (Not co0l, Uncle Rick. NOT COOL!) But, I really got into it.

Me being the conflicted little being that I am, I’m still on the fence about where I stand on the whole Jason vs. Percy thing. Though Percy is my fave and no one can top him, Jason is pretty kick-a… I mean kick- butt. (sorry bout that!)

But I have nothing but praise for the first installment in this gripping new series!

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

30 Nov

PJOFor one, Gods are completely, totally not real.

Or, at least, that’s what Percy Jackson always believed. He thought that he was just a “troubled” kid, gift-wrapped with a good ol’ dose of ADHD and dyslexia. A pain in the backside, but at least he was normal by some standards (just ask his old counselor, Mrs. Campbell. She couldn’t stop talking about how he was not an oddball, and even kinda normal.)

But, then bad things get worse when his teacher, Mrs. Dodds, tries to rip out his throat with her wrinkly talons. And he thought Math Homework was a killer! He finds out what he really is- a demigod; part human and part god (and yes, one hundred freaking percent mortal. Some dreams never come true.), he never felt more freakish. But, there are many more just like him, and soon he finds out he’s “destined for greatness.” Whatever. He just wants to live to next year.

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I first read this book in fourth grade. I was a bit hesitant at first, but now I claim to be a fellow demigod, myself. Growing up with Percy Jackson is something that will always be a part of me. I was there when he uncapped Anaklusmos for the first time, when he learned the truth about who he was. Anytime my favorite male demigod did something, I lived it too.

And, yes, I could see how some people would put it on the shelf with your fairy tales and Junie B. Jones’s,  but I honestly find it a comfort read. Oh, well. Some people are just lost souls, I guess.

Out of ten, I give this book an eleven, and that’s saying something.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

27 Nov

ImageThis book takes place in Dystopian Chicago. In order to create a more functional society, they (being the government) split the city into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Once a person reaches age sixteen, the individual takes an aptitude test that tells them in which faction they’d best fit in, so they then can choose the faction in which they will reside for the remainder of their lives.

Tris Prior was raised in the Abnegation faction, but she never felt at peace there. She never once felt quite selfless enough to belong with such kind people, like her parents or brother, Caleb. Caleb has a birthday around the same time as her, so they take the aptitude test at the same time.

Things don’t go as planned. Tris becomes something she didn’t know before that day- a Divergent. She is forced to keep it all a secret, and surprises everyone with her choice of faction. Only a handful of people before her have chosen that same path.

Along the way, she deals with your average teenage stuff, like boyfriends and bullies, and some things that would earn a solid eleven on the freak-o-meter. She comes to find that one choice can transform you.

*****

I loved this book. It was the a perfect balance of realistic and fiction. You as a reader come to know Tris as much more than she makes herself out to be. As she says “I am Selfish. I am Brave”. I also think that this book sets an example for all of us, that no one person fits just one faction, and that many different things and personalities must work together to make a society successful.

Now, this book does have some romantic themes along the way, but that does not mean that is necessarily a “chick” book. Guys have approached me in the past to comment on the novel. None of them had anything bad to say about it.

As for Veroncia Roth’s heart-pounding debut novel, I give it two thumbs-up.

Hello, Lovelies

26 Nov

Hi. My name is Faith and I’m an eighth grader. I may not get a lot of things. I’m not the smartest nor am I the prettiest or funniest. You could say I’m barely average. But, if there is one thing I do understand, it’s books. I read any and every genre I can get my hands on. The school librarian knows me by name, that’s how often I read. For as long as I can remember, my nose has been permanently fixated in a book.

Some people just don’t understand why I enjoy it. They find other pastimes more thrilling, and I don’t judge them for their opinions. But, I also find it hard to believe why people don’t enjoy it. The way you can just lose yourself in the pages and words has such a magical quality to it. Books don’t judge you and they don’t withhold their honesty. They evoke such an emotion that I just can’t describe.

So, that’s what this blog is for. As I finish a book, I’ll rate it along with a picture of the cover and tell you my thoughts on it. I’ll tell some of my favorite bookstores and where you can get the best prices. Who knows, maybe I’ll even help some people.

Hello world!

26 Nov

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!