Friday, November 25, 2011

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Steven loves playing his drums. He plays it every day whenever he can. He even plays for the school band and is the only eighth grade drummer to ever do so. Him and Annette, a prodigy on the piano, play for the same school band. Annette could be pretty annoying sometimes especially when he stops doing his homework.. but I won't go into that yet. He's had a huge crush on Renee since third grade. I think every boy has. She wears too much tight clothes for a thirteen year old. She acts kind of superior but turns out okay.

Now to the main part. The story starts off with him at his eighth grade reunion. Then he goes in to a journal entry he had earlier that year which was "The most annoying thing in the world." The most annoying thing in the world for him is his little brother Jeffery who since his Grandfather told him that he would be his protector he has done just that. He has protected his five year old little brother but what happens when he no longer can? He can't protect his brother against Leukemia. As he struggles to take care of his brother the best he can, his mother always off to hospitals, his father quiet whenever its just the two of them, and trying to prevent everyone in his school learning of his brother he grows closer to his family and learns that everything is less important than that - family.

It was a really good book. It wasn't fantastic but it was still really good.

Ida B... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B is different than your average kid. She talks to trees for one and she hears them respond back to her. She even has names for them like you have with your dolls or stuffed animals when you are little. At least I did. Anyways one day the trees are silent. She knows something isn't right. Viola speaks first. She's asking about her family and the Paulie T. That punk Paulie T. says that something bad is going to happen. Everyone seems to think that way. And guess what? There right. And it really is pretty horrible that they are right because you already get to like Ida B. from the start. It's Ida B. not Ida. She really doesn't like it when her kindergarten teacher won't call her that. Ida is her Mama's name. She gets this sinking feeling in school and that how her schooling lasts two weeks and three days. Well until she has to go back. Those trees were right. And she builds up this wall and her heart gets hard so all she is committed to do is to get everything back to normal. No matter what!

I love Ida B. Her personality shines throughout the book. I do find her a bit selfish but at other times I agreed with her 100% Sometimes when your life brings you down all you can do is think how unfair things are and that's precisely what Ida B did. She learns some things in the end with the help of one particular person. This was a really good book and I thoroughly enjoyed it and think everyone else will too. Hoped you liked the review!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Edward's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

The narrator Jake first met Edward when he was three years old. His mother who he never called mother just put him in his arms. Edward opened his beautiful eyes and it was like he was his. He pretty much raised him and read to him about Baseball which he grew to love. Edward even managed to pitch a Knuckleball which was nearly impossible. Everyone pretty much think Edward is great. He is a very insightful kid. He even knows when his sister Sabine is going to be born and he named her too! It's really weird. It's like one new kid gets born and the the one before it takes care of them. Edward likes to believe in signs. So does Albert or maybe it was Trick? Trick is a 90 year old man and Albert is his son who is almost equally as old. They hang around with the rest of the family. A very weird family. There's a couple of older kids but I can't really describe them. I know one loves to read. There mother likes to dance and sing and they own a bookstore.

This book was disappointing for me. I know some people who just loved it but I don't get it. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen and it was very touching and all but still. The family is really weird and so are the parents. The way they handle the kids it was really weird. I thought they were foster kids in the beginning but there not. It really needed some background information. It had no depth to it. It is a small book and it could have been bigger but even a small book could have been better. It was just confusing and weird and not as great as it could have been. I mean there was so much potential! Oh well...

Cover Love: Edward's Eyes

I love this cover as you may already be aware of. It's just beautiful and makes you think. This book from just the look of the cover and the name it makes you think. I love how Jake is in the background (his older brother) because he is the narrator of the story and it's all about Edward and also partly about his love of baseball. Well as you know this is the next review coming up soon so stay tuned!

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Catherine's little brother is autistic. She has to have rules for him since he doesn't act like he's supposed to. Rules like Pantless brothers are not my problem or No toys in the fish tank hence the cover. As you can see there is a rubber ducky in the fish tank. There are other things that get in there because of David and Catherine makes up what they are saying there. Catherine has Rules of her own too. She has to constantly make sure her brother doesn't embarrass himself well more like her. She sometimes wishes he was normal and that he could stick up for her.

See there is this boy named Ryan who likes to tease David and David doesn't know that he's making fun of him. I don't know how his mother doesn't know he is like that but whatever. Kristi is her new next door neighbor. She so badly wants her to be her best friend and play at the pond or use Morse code with flashlights. She discovers that she isn't the ideal friend especially since she likes to hang out with Ryan but she does show some morals I guess you'd say. She teaches something to Catherine that you wouldn't have expected from her.

On to JASON. I HEART JASON! He is so sweet. She meets him at OT which is therapy. Physically not emotionally. Jason is in a wheel chair and only can communicate with flash card type things. He has some real boring ones so she asks if she could make ones for him or it might have been the other way around I can't remember. Anyways Jason is the sweetest guy. I knew that he was crushing on her and if SHE BROKE HIS HEART SO HELP ME...!!! Sorry. She learns some things about herself and the way she feels about David from him as well as Kristi. It was a fantastic book and you should definitely go out now and read it! You'll love it! (: Thank you for reading my ranting and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

April, May, and June are three sisters whose parents have just divorced. After May's tequila breakdown they decided to move. Now there at this new school and about two weeks into it strange things start happening. I know I'm sounding cliche.

April is the eldest and she acts like it. She's pretty protective over her sisters especially June. She's the book worm and gets straight A's. She's bossy too. It all starts with her and her waking up seeing red. We find out later that she can see the future. You know there's going to be trouble already. She can look at people or think about people and sees things. She does this with this guy all of a sudden. They are going out and kissing and other stuff... which wasn't necessary. She knows something with June is going to happen so she tries to prevent it.

May is the middle child and feels completely invisible which is actually her power. Becoming invisible. She is kind of goth I guess. She's a loner too wit absolutely no friends like ever. She's sarcastic all the time and as you read earlier took the divorce hard especially since she was so close to her father. She needs a tutor in the beginning and gets stuck with Stanford Henry. He wears everything Stanford. He is rude when he first meets her and she gets angry at him all the time.

June. Oh, June. She is 14 so I guess it's okay for her to be immature but she is really immature! Her goal is to be... wait for it! Popular. Yeah... She sees Mariah as her gateway to that popularity. What she doesn't know is all the issues she has. And her jerk of a boyfriend Blake who doesn't even think about her and she would know because her power is reading minds. She gets really angry at her sisters treating her like a child.

This was a good book but it lacked. It could have been way better. It had so much potential. But my mom was right it is a little slow. Only a little. I guess I wanted the action right away. I don't know it just seemed like the big event and leading up to it could have been better. It could been more dramatic and the writing could have been better in that way.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cover Love: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

Such a cover love! So beautiful! I've got a bone to pick with the cover though. The story is about three sisters. April is the eldest, May the middle child, and June the youngest. June is where her name is. She looks older than May! She's supposed to be 12. I thought May would have a looked a little tougher because she has that type of personality. She's supposed to look kind of mean and pretty skinny which she is but just not how she is described in the book. April actually looks pretty good. She looks like she could be the eldest of the three sisters. It's just May and June who are bugging me. Sorry if you are getting confused by the names. The first time I read it I thought I wasn't going to get it but if you don't think about worrying so much you'll get it! There personalities are pretty different so I was able to get used to it. Well now you know what will be my next review. Get excited peoples!

The Sea of Monsters: the movie

You read correctly. There will be a second movie. Why? Because it's not like it totally failed. You know why? Because people who really liked the book actually wanted to see it. Of course you ruined it for them! Ugh. I have no idea if I am going to watch this movie. Maybe I'll have a burst of hope one of these days and decide to watch it. Look what is said about it here. It wasn't a great failure? Nice. Here's another link that talks about it some more. It is being released March 27th 2013. I'm so disappointed in Chris Columbus.

Percy Jackson Highlight: Tyson

Warning: Do not read this if you haven't read the book or you might get some things ruined for you! Continue at your own risk! (;

I'm not going to outwardly put a picture of because that would ruin everything for people who don't want to know yet! But if you do want to know here is my Highlight of the lovable Tyson! Tyson is a Cyclops! Percy couldn't tell right away. He is more than six foot tall. The Mist affected him which was the real problem. It was weird to me because he is a demigod. He probably didn't notice any weird things before he knew but now he should be able to see through it already. I hope that Chiron does one day show him how to control the Mist.

Tyson is compared to an eight year old. He's a baby in the family. When Percy finds out that he actually is his brother he's not too pleased about it. Poor Tyson. I get it though. A Cyclops my brother? Pretty embarrassing. But, he was friends with him all year... I still understand. Tyson loves ponies! He thinks Chiron is a pony which was a pretty funny moment.

Chiron sniffed. "My dear young Cyclops! I am a centaur."

I love when he says that. And keeps on repeating. Tyson is taken under the wing of Beckendorf. He learns about blacksmithing and likes to tinker with some tools before he goes to bed. Reminding me of Tinkerbell. He creates this awesome chariot and a couple of weapons and something special for his brother. I forgot to talk about how he was homeless. He was considered a mistake. Again poor Tyson! He has scars on his back from the monsters who attacked him. He lived in a box. Percy was his only friend at school and of course it was meant to be.

Tyson meets a Hippocampi. It's a fish horse that I thought looked innocent until I saw this. Be careful. Try to not look at the information on the page. It's not a really big deal but it does talk about the other books. He befriends one and names it Rainbow. He does back flips for him.. it's real cute. Anyways I won't ramble anymore. I hope you liked the Highlight!

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

It's been awhile hasn't it? You though I forgot didn't you!? Nope. I remember the Percy Jackson Marathon. Here is the next book up. The second in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians Series.

Instantly Percy is in one of his all to real dreams that are not really dreams they are actually happening. Grover is the center of the dream and he is running trying to get away from something... in a wedding dress. That's pretty awkward for Percy to see Grover like that. Especially since he's a boy! There's just a glimpse of what he is doing then. There is more throughout the book but right now Percy is waking up to a start. Not only that he actually sees a shadow through his window and then it just vanishes. He goes and gets breakfast. No I'm not going to recant the whole book. It's just I wanted to post a really wonderful quote.
My mom made blue waffles and blue eggs for breakfast. She's funny that way, celebrating special occasions with blue food. I think it's her way of saying anything is possible. Percy can pass seventh grade. Waffles can be blue. Little miracles like that.
Didn't that just make you smile? There celebrating him being actually able to graduate a whole year of a grade! Well that's what they think. His mom is acting weird in the morning. She doesn't want to tell him something. He might not be able to go to camp? There's something wrong. He couldn't not go to camp. It's the safest place for demigods like him or is it? (To many question marks I know. I'll try to stop sounding... I don't know weird.)
Percy has a new friend named Tyson this year. A more than six foot tall boy who cries a lot. He was the school's project. See he's homeless so I guess they thought they could help him out but all the other students keep harassing him because he isn't as mean or scary as they thought he would have been. There are some pretty mean looking exchange students well visitors. He plays dodgeball and finds out pretty soon they aren't human. There monsters that Annabeth nicknames Canadians. Annabeth? Yeah Annabeth. She come in to help Percy but it's not like Tyson needed the help. He was throwing flaming cannonball type things at the monsters. Annabeth does not like Tyson. Percy is pretty irritated at the way she's acting. They hitch a ride with the grey sisters learning an important thing that I won't give away and get to camp and need to help save it because Thalia's tree is dying. Someone poisoned it. Tyson helps save Percy. He crosses the border with a little help from Annabeth. Percy isn't going to thank her for that later.

Chiron is leaving to Florida! Yeah! Florida not that he's leaving. Everyone thinks he poisoned the tree for some unknown reason. There is someone new to take his place, Tantalus, who can't eat or drink anything. He has a bitter attitude like Mr. D. He's pretty entertaining. You also meet Beckendorf, a blacksmith who's father is Hephaestus, Silena a nice girl from the Aphrodite cabin, and the Stoll brothers now in charge of the Hermes cabin. Btw the name of one of the Stoll brothers is in the acknowledgements. Didn't notice that until I read The Lightning Thief the last time. Oh yeah. Tyson is different. You'll know when you read it. I would go into more of the story but again I don't want to ruin anything. I think I went on too much with the other Percy Jackson review so I'll keep this to a minimum. Just so you know your going to love this one! It's a great second book. I'll be posting the Highlight soon so stay tuned!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2012

I've entered my first challenge with this blog! I've never read any cozies but they look like they'll be fun to read. I'm going for Investigator with 10 books. Here are the rules:

1.Choose the level you wish to participate"

Level 1- Snoop- Read at least 6 books
Level 2- Investigator- Read 7-12 books
Level 3- Super Sleuth- Read 13 or more books

2.The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012

3.You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.
4.Books can be any format- paper, audio, all counts!
5.You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

This challenge is being hosted at Socrates' Book Reviews.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon: the movie

As I said in the last post the book and the movie of How to Train Your Dragon have completely different concepts. Dragons terrorize his home and take the villagers sheep which causes the Vikings to want to fight back. This all results in their homes being severely damaged with fire! So they don't train dragons they train to fend themselves against them and kill them. Hiccup is his same awkward self but he looks a little different. He is still very intelligent and he even creates useful things throughout the movie.
The Night Fury is like the Nightmare dragon but way cooler! He is more stealthier. He is not small but he does stand out of the crowd. He is the dragon that everyone (I guess you wouldn't say fear?) sees as the strongest. He's a pretty funny character when you see him starting to open to Hiccup. The only reason is because he is stuck in this low place after Hiccup actually hurt his wing. They bond together after awhile and he creates a something to help him fly. They fly together and now he knows that dragons aren't all bad. Toothless actually does have teeth but they are retractable. He imitates Hiccup and looks oh so cute doing it. (: He is also very protective of Hiccup when he brings in another character.

There are no longer 10 boy initiatives. There are 6 of them including 2 girls. One of them is of course someone that ends up being close with Hiccup. A little love is not a bad thing after all. She is the most promising initiative yet and when Hiccup shows her Toothless, after she has been following him around because he suddenly became such a great dragon fighter, she threatens to tell the village but after some coercion in the form of flying she changes her mind. Her name is Astrid. Unlike the book Hiccup doesn't have Fishlegs as a best friend. There is a threat on the movie too in the form of a gigantic dragon. The other initiatives are Snotlout, Fishlegs (which were in the books and who both look different especially the big Fishlegs), Ruffnut, Tuffnut (the twins. Tuffnut was in the book but didn't speak I'm pretty sure. Ruffnut is the girl twin. The twins are pretty funny as are all twins are in movies), and as you know Astrid.

All Hiccup really wants to do is prove to his father that he can be a fighter. His father Stoick the Vast is more present in the book while his mother isn't even there which is pretty much all right because all she says basically is one sentence. Their relationship together is more prominent in the movie and it's a really good part of it. It's very sweet.
Well that's the end of the review. I hope you enjoyed it! (:

Friday, November 18, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking as told to Cressida Cowell

As I have seen the movie before I felt that I wasn't going to like this as much when I started reading because of how different it is to the movie. That is a conversation for a later time. Now on to the book!

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is the Chief's son. He is the heir to the tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. There is a slight problem with that because unlike his father, Stoick the Vast, he isn't big or murderous or even really like a hero he is supposed to be. A Viking Warrior is not how you would describe him. He is a puny thing with flame red hair. He is going into Initiation now. It's either "DEATH OR GLORY!" because if he doesn't complete the initiation he will be exiled and his father's brother son (cousin) Snotlout will become the heir and he has the right stuff for it. He is the perfect bully and doesn't just hide behind others because he is as strong as well.

Now these 10 boys at the age of 10 must go to the Dragon's Nursery and pick out a fearsome dragon as a hunting buddy. They must train them to pass the Initiation and become a Hairy Hooligan. He only has one friend and that is Fishlegs who is kind of like him but with glasses. He messes everything up and he didn't get a dragon and that would mean exile for him but Hiccup gives him the one he obtained earlier and even thought there are about a thousand dragons flying after the 10 boys he goes and gets one.

His grandfather Old Wrinkly always said that Hiccup would get an extraordinary dragon and he did alright an extraordinarily small one without teeth now named Toothless. The How to Train Your Dragon at that time has only one suggestion in it in how to train your dragon which is to yell at it and he can't very well do that. His yell is not that impressive. He has one advantage. He can speak Dragonese which is illegal. He has observed them enough to learn it but the only problem is he won't listen to a word he says. He has a list of six Dragon Motivations. Gratitude but Dragons are never grateful, Fear which works but he cannot do it, Greed which could fill him up so that he could possibly not fly, Vanity which is possible, Revenge which is worth a try, and last but not least Jokes and Riddles but only if he is desperate. Not only does he have to worrying about Toothless not paying attention to him and everyone making fun of him on Thor'sday Thursday (Initiation Day) but a storm is coming and a sea dragon is awakening. No one knows that the dragon is awakening which will be a problem.

I really liked it. It ended up being not disappointing I guess I would say compared to the movie which I really loved. The whole concept is different in the movie. I wonder if I loved the books if I would have "geeked out" and hated the movie? It was a really good movie and the book was also very good. I'll be posting the movie later and after that... The Sea of Monsters!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff

This isn't my usual book but it was for a group on Goodreads so I decided to read it and I liked the summary. It's more of a book that an adult would read.

Grace Lyndon is this determined and a bit obsessive worker. She has it all figured out. She goes everywhere to search new fragrances that are natural and the best to use on perfumes. She's working in Paris where her perfume is being launched but not with her name attached to it. Instead her boss gets all the credit. In walks Bill, an owner of a flavor company located in Georgia, and he is appealing to Grace's... hmm lets say want of recognition. He is giving her total creative control. She ends up going with his company. About (I think) 18 months later she's at her new job and the biggest account that has come by for the company is on Grace's shoulders. It's close to a billion dollar deal that can change the company forever. She nails it.

Dylan Jackson works on an Orchard (yeah I think you could have guessed that (; ) he is a single father who hasn't been able to move on but before this is all explained he is at an airport and thinks he sees... could he be her? He thought he saw his wife. He doesn't know why he thinks it's her but he goes after nonetheless. She leaves a scarf and there eyes meet but he couldn't get to her on time. Again 18 months later he is getting this call from this woman trying to buy his apple scent. Grace of course! She's not supposed to be calling him because she is supposed to be on a blind date but... she couldn't help it. She is a bit obsessive about her work and she smelled and tasted the best apple ever and she wanted the scent for it. They talked very naturally but he denies her request. Next thing you know it she's on the Orchard where she first meets Carter his daughter. She's an intelligent little girl that kind of acts like an adult sometimes. Her and Dylan meet and they stop because this feeling they are having for complete strangers can't be real.

This is a pretty good book. Carter is kind of weird to me at the end. She's way too excepting that he should move on. It's like she didn't care about her mom. I don't know why they had to be "intimate" if you know what I mean. Why would I want to read that? It was good throughout but it never was this really great romance. Some surprises and some disappointing ones as well. So over all it's an okay book.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hunger Games Trailer!

Thank you Waking Brain Cells for this link! Click on the blogs link! Here.

Not what I expected but some parts look promising.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Lightning Thief: The Movie

Okay. Just to prepare you I'm going to rant and might go a little crazy so... I never thought I was one of those people. The people who go crazy when everything isn't perfect in a book turned into a movie. I did not watch this movie over again because I didn't want to torture myself. Others have watched this and not read the book. I kind of envy them if they can like it. I don't even think I would even like it if I didn't read the book. There are so many problems with this movie.

Ummm... There supposed to be twelve! Really? Really? They are no child actors at all!? The actors are okay but they are in there 20s. At least Annabeth's character is. I have the biggest problem with her. I can't really tell but I think she doesn't even have grey eyes which is the signature mark of all Athena children. If so I have this to say, "Really? You couldn't put contacts on. You are an actress! Get used to it." She looks like she has green eyes so... ): Also, Annabeth has blond hair!!!!!!!!!!! She doesn't even look like Annabeth! She's in her 20s, has the wrong eye color, and brown hair. Whoever cast her clearly didn't read the book. You are supposed to be marketing to those who have actually read the book. It is a fantastic book. Why do you have to change it? This is another problem but before I get into that I didn't even see Grover's picture before this book and when I did it was completely different to what Grover looked in the movie. I actually don't mind. He looks fine. I don't care if he isn't white. Also, there were too many known actors here. Basically everyone and it was overload. Percy annoyed me. He wasn't ever rude to his dad. He was unsure like his dad was of himself. It just got me so annoyed! Percy is not a brat. He's hilariously amazing! Oh yeah. I looked it up and she had blue-grey eyes... It doesn't look that bad. Sorry for that part. Not the hair part.
No. Just no.

Clarisse was not in the movie!!! What? I'm sorry but in a way Clarisse is kind of awesome. She needs to be in the movie and the book. She's the bully! We need the bully! Anyway she's not that bad. The Story line was off. They don't look for the pearls they are given to him. He's not even accusing Hades of stealing the lightning bolt!? I cant believe that. Ugh. I just really didn't like the movie. Here. I found this. It's the differences between the book and the movie. Some things are fine like taking out a not really productive or needed scene but other things that annoy me as well are on here. Annabeth doesn't even have the invisibility cap... The camp homes look horrible... ugh. No more. Here

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What!? Who's 18!?

Oh, yeah that's me! It's pretty weird to be considered an adult. You never feel any different when your birthday comes so I know I'll have to get used to it. I always do but... still! I obtained two bookshelves from my parents in the summer. I also got to pick out a book the weekend before. I love my parents! (:
I got The Death Cure which if the last book of the Maze Runner Trilogy. It's going to be epic. I basically hung out with my brother after school. It was a nice day. 18 years of life... thank God. See you guys.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Percy Jackson Highlight: Grover

As I posted earlier I might have gods or other character highlights after a Percy book. So I'm having one on Grover. As you know Grover is Percy's friend. He goes with him to Yancy Academy for a year. He can't go to gym class because he has this limp. The book later explains that it was because he is a Satyr. A Satyr is part goat. Percy thought he was part donkey and Grover got a bit indignant when he said that. It was an insult that could get you killed he said. He limps because of the way he moves. You know how a horse clomps? Like that. That's why he limps. He has fake legs but without it he has two hairy legs. He's like the guy Lucy meets in Narnia.

Dionysus is the master of the Satyrs. It says everywhere else that he was actually a companion. He gets in trouble because he didn't do a good job on his mission. Percy is alive yes but Percy is the one who carried Grover to the Big House. Percy's mother also didn't make it so... he gets a little bit chewed out. This was his second chance to get his Searcher's license. Pan is who he is looking for. Pan is the Greek god of the wild. 2000 years ago someone said he was dead. The humans have been polluting the world ever since. So all the Satyrs are looking for him but he keeps on failing as a Keeper, a protector of demigods.

Grover has bad luck. He finds the two most powerful demigods, Percy and Thalia, but they are always in trouble and they can and have gotten killed. He'll never get his searcher's license if he they all die! He was as I said Thalia's keeper. Thalia sacrificed herself so Grover could get her two friends across to Camp Half-Blood territory. One was Annabeth and the other another camper made Luke. He is the best swordsman for a long time in Camp Half-Blood.

He eats tin cans by the way. He's always nervous it seems. And he talks to animals. I didn't add his picture from the website because a lot of people (including me) find it disappointing. I would want you to imagine however you want. He just looks silly which makes sense but still... Well I hope you liked the highlight. I did add the picture from the movie because the post looked bare. Speaking about the movie... Coming soon is my rant about the movie. So stay tuned!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I know I need to be more timely I know. Well on to the review. First of all I must say I LOVE Percy Jackson. He is so sarcastically hilarious. This series is so entertaining. It is one of the best series out there.

Percy Jackson is dyslexic and has ADHD. He gets kicked out of every school he can get into. Things happen to him all the time that he cannot explain. He doesn't know what he is yet but he's about to find out. He's at a museum on a school field trip with fellow screw ups. Mr. Brunner, his Latin teacher, is talking about Greek Mythology. He is singled out to answer a question. He is always singled out he feels by Mr. Brunner. It's like he is expected to know more with all of his problems. He actually does try with Mr. Brunner because he is his favorite teacher. He randomly gears up in armor and challenges his students to answer questions. He is a pretty cool teacher.

Later on him and his friend Grover are eating lunch. Grover is being teased and has food being thrown at him by Nancy Bobofit. (I forgot about her.) She's the classic bully. Percy is a fighter. He gets in fights all the time and wouldn't mind giving Nancy a piece of his mind but, he is on probation. Then he just can't help it. He gets so angry that one second Nancy is in front of him sneering at him and the other second she's in the fountain screaming that he had pushed her. That's when Mrs. Dodds seizes her chance to punish Percy. She hates Percy and just adores Nancy. But she has a sinister smile on her face now like she is about to do more than give him a detention. She ends up transforming into a Fury. Basically it's like a bird with a face. Well that's what I think in my head. Here's the description:

She wasn't human. She was a shriveled hag with bat wings and claws and a mouth full of fangs, and she was about to slice me to ribbons.

Mr. Brunner comes in and tosses him a pen. No ordinary pen. A pen that turns into a sword. The sword that you see on the cover. It's explained later that it's named Riptide and it was a present from Poseidon. He slices Mrs. Dodds and she explodes into a yellow powder. Then the world turnes against him. No one knew who Mrs. Dodds was well except for Grover. He didn't look convincing enough when he said he didn't know her. Events take place and then he goes back home. He lives with his Mom and Smelly Gabe. Gabe is his stepfather. He is a loser and he doesn't know why someone like his mother would be with him. His mother is the sweetest person ever. She doesn't yell and she cares so much about Percy. She works at a candy store too. Awesome benefits! Her and Percy have this thing with blue food. Her and Gabe had an argument about if they were or weren't blue food. Now Percy's mom goes out of her way to find blue food and serve it. They get ready for a trip to his favorite place in the world. It's the beach where her mother met his dad. Grover comes and before they know it they are running for there lives. From what? A Minotaur. The Minotaur "kills" his mother and he "kills" the Minotaur. He takes it's horn as a spoils of war. That's the horn you see on the cover.

In camp he meets Annabeth Chase who keeps asking about the Summer Solstice which he knows nothing about. Grover turns out to be a Satyr. Mr. Brunner is actually Chiron, the trainer of heroes. He meets the Camp Director Mr. D who is Dionysus the god of wine. His father sent him there as punishment for disobeying him. His father is Zeus. He's not allowed to have alcohol and he doesn't like kids so he is extremely grumpy. He constantly gets Percy's name wrong. He knows it though. He's just messing with him. Here's a particularly entertaining exchange so you can get the sense of how he is:
Spontaneous combustion is a form of harm, Mr. D," Chiron put in. "Nonsense," Dionysus said. "Boy wouldn't feel a thing.
Everyone is staring at him. He did just "kill" the Minotaur. Well, he didn't really. The monsters can come back. In the actual Mythical stories Perseus which is his name kills the Minotaur. So everyone thinks he could be one of "The Big Three" which are Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. He could be one of their kids but that would spell trouble. They all made a promise that they wouldn't have kids anymore after World War II because they were too powerful. Zeus broke that promise. His daughter Thalia got made into a tree because of it. Weird I know. Now Poseidon ends up claiming Percy. He needs him because he is being accused of taking the Master Bolt. Zeus's Master Bolt. Nature is fighting with each other and utter chaos will occur if Percy doesn't get the bolt back. Everything points to Hades. He would gain the most if they fought. More territory. So he is headed to Las Vegas the entrance to the Underworld. I should explain two things first one that on the Empire State Building's 600th floor is Mount Olympus. The palace moves wherever it is most powerful so that's why it is in America now. Two he sees an oracle before this. He takes Annabeth and Grover with him to stop a war from going on. He meets other gods and monsters, has some crazy dreams, discovers some sinister plots, and has his the prophecy fulfilled. Oh yeah. There's another one. Then Percy is planning to save his mother from the Underworld while he's there.
You shall go west, and face the god who has turned.
You shall find what was stolen, and see it safely returned.
You shall be betrayed by one who calls you friend.
And you shall fail to save what matters most, in the end.

I love how they do mention God. He says the gods are less complicated than God. I actually wondered about that. It is just a story but still I really like how he added that in there. Again this series is one of the best. It's the first so I love it the most out of all of them. Well.. I love other parts of the series. It just is a fantastic series! Hope you liked the review! (:

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Lightning Thief: the cover

Before I get into anything I would like to say sorry I haven't posted lately. I actually have been busy since I have the SAT coming up tomorrow! I'm posting this up to get you guys excited! I should be posting up the actual review of the first book tomorrow after the SAT. I might again add books in between.

The Lightning Thief. The start of it all! I did ramble earlier on how amazing this book is so I won't do it here. I'll wait for the review. The reason I wanted to highlight this cover was because it is the start of it all. You can tell a lot about the cover. I actually doubted who his godly father was til they he was actually claimed. I should have known. The cover shouts (I kind of have to tell you the godly parent because it's a major part of the story)Poseidon! Everyone figured it out before me but I kept wondering if he was Zeus's kid. Page 9 is where I should have given that up.
A wave roared in my ears. I don't remember touching her, but the next thing I knew, Nancy was sitting on her butt in the fountain, screaming, "Percy pushed me!"
The cover lets you know before even that page. He is in the middle of the ocean. You also know that there is something wrong. The weather is acting up. That's how you know that there is a conflict going on. He is holding his sword and a horn that again I will go into later with the review. It also shows New York which is... I'll wait for the review to explain. (;

Well this and all the covers of the series and the extended series is illustrated by John Rocco. He's also done The Kane Chronicles also by Rick Riordan, the new covers for Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and others. When I found that out I had to look him up. I found it out at the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog. His other illustrations are really incredible. He really has talent. He has even written his own. I love his space themed ones covers the most. Here are some of his other books:

He not only illustrated but wrote Fu Finds the Way and Moonpowder. Well that's it for the cover. I hope you enjoy the marathon!