Book Review! Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

•January 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

First of all, I apologize for not posting for so long! School is a pain. And I’m lazy. I also have a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips sitting on my desk. The effects of which… well my hands are shaking. I should probably stop eating them…

So for Christmas, I got a LOT of books. I got the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull (who just happens to be my favorite author), the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I had already read the Lightning Thief when I borrowed it from a friend of mine. It was great! But since I have the Sea of Monsters fresh in my brain, I will do a review on that one.

So without further ado, I give you…

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan

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After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson-a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia-only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family-one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.*

First of all, I thought that the Lightning Thief was pretty amazing, so I started reading this book with high expectations… and my expectations were met! I really enjoyed this book. It’s going to be hard to express how great this book is… Here goes!

There are a lot of things I love about this book, but the thing I love most of all is the POV Riordan uses. It feels like Percy is personally telling you the story. 

The story itself is really interesting. The general idea behind all of the books, children of the Greek gods all in one place, is great. I loved that they all had  ADD/ADHD and/or dyslexia. It’s just one of those quirks in books that you just have to love. It’s unique. It’s also appealing to me since I have ADD.  

Tyson was a great character. He’s one of those people that seems like he has an old soul. In fact, I loved a lot of the characters. Though some of them were from  the original book…

Annabeth is just awesome. I love a good strong female character. She’s smart, and sarcastic, and kind of reminds me of, well… me.

I really like how Riordan writes Clarisse.  She’s kind of like the popular girl that no one really likes, except she’s kind of likeable. She has a good heart, yet she’s kind of callous.

Riordan gives the Bermuda Triangle more meaning. It was no longer just a mysterious area in the ocean. It was where Charybdis and Scylla lived, and gave entrance to the sea of monsters. I love when writers take a real mystery, and give it meaning for something in their book.

There are probably a lot more things I could include in this, but I’m getting my sugar crash from all those chocolate chips…  And I’m writing this at 11:30 at night… So good night my friends! I hope this review was helpful! You can read a lot more reviews and buy the book here

To Camp Half-Blood!

-Emma

 

*review provided by amazon.com

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Work in Progress

•September 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I have a confession to make. I have never finished a book I started writing. I have a folder of unfinished novels on my computer. But now, I am writing a book that I intend on finishing. I thought I was almost done writing it, but then I found the most wonderful way of continuing it, and perhaps even writing a sequel. So I give you an excerpt of my WIP, please tell me what you think!

The soldiers tore apart my room as Celia, Dominic, and I watched. I was about to turn to Dominic to say that I knew that this was an outrageous accusation when Celia cried out.

            “Aha!” she said. “I knew it! I knew it was you! You filthy foreigner, you stole my necklace!” I whirled around to see what she was talking about when I saw it.  A soldier was holding a golden necklace.

            “What on earth?” I said. “I have no idea how that got there!”

            “Likely story.” Celia said.

            “Guards.” Dominic said. I looked at him, pleading with him. The guards took my arms. I started to fight them. As they dragged me out, Celia’s eyes met mine. It was that moment when I saw it, the smile on her face, and the look of triumph. I knew it then. Celia had planted that necklace. She saw me as a threat, and she wanted to get rid of me. I saw it in her eyes. She wanted the crown, and she would do anything to get it.

Of course, the paragraph I just gave you actually has barely anything to do with the actual plot, but I think it’s one of the best paragraphs in the novel so far. Please, let me know what you think! If you have any of your WIP you want me to see, I’d be happy to read them! Just click on the ‘Contact Me’ page. You’ll find my email there, and you’ll be able to send the excerpt to me.

Writing…

-Emma

Writing Something You’ve Never Experienced Before

•September 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Ah! The whole month has passed by and I haven’t posted! Oops…

Have you ever hated someone so much that every time you thought of that person, you cringed? Neither have I. So how do write these feeling in books? The answer is simple. Imagination.

Imagination is a writer’s most important tool. I’ve never been to France, I don’t live near the woods (depressing right?), and I’ve never spoken another language. These are all elements that have been or will be included in my novels. So I research and I imagine. I research France, woods, other languages, and then I put my own spin on things. I imagine a secret world beneath the streets of France, fairies and elves living in the woods, and a language of my own creation.

See? You don’t need to experience something to use it in a novel. I could live on a deserted island with just books and internet access and I could write a story that’s set in Venice. There is a quote from Albert Einstein that I love. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Imagining…

–Emma

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

•September 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Another book review!

Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books! Written by Gail Carson Levine (one of my favorite authors!) it’s a new, interesting take on Cinderella.

Synopsis:

How can a fairy’s blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy’s gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head!

But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse—and live happily ever after.*

My Review:

I love the twist Gail Carson Levine puts on Cinderella! I always hated  Cinderella a little bit because she was such a goody two shoes. GCL gives Ella a rebellious nature, but also give her no choice but to follow the commands. Ella seems like a real person.

I can’t find any words that would do this book justice… I can say that it’s amazing, well written, and one of my most favorite books of all time, but that tells you nothing about the book! So I will say this:

Gail Carson Levine creates a world of magic, monsters, fairies, and elves. She puts a brand new twist on a classic story. I get pulled into this book every time I read it! She writes the love story in this book really well, and it fits into the story without totally taking over the book (though it is a major component). The only way you can truly get a taste of this book is to read it for yourself.

The movie. Nothing like the book. I like the movie, it’s entertaining. But I enjoy the book so much better! I love the story line better, the ending, everything about it.

I hope you love this book as much as I do!

Have a book you want me to review? Post the name and author in the comments below or click on the Contact Me page for my email address.

Reading…

-Emma

*synopsis provided by amazon.com

 

The Silent Spy Awaits and What Does Nancy Drew Mean to People?

•September 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The time is here for the next Nancy Drew game! If you read my post talking about The Ghost of Thornton Hall you know that I love the Nancy Drew computer games. Yes, I’ll be talking about the next ND game in this post, but I’m also going to talk about what Nancy Drew means to me and many other people.

First, the game!

Nearly a decade ago Agent Kate Drew left home to neutralize a biochemical weapon in Scotland. While her assignment was a success, Kate died in a car accident. Or so we were told. Now the echoes of a similar plot reverberate and it’s up to you, as detective Nancy Drew, to thwart the sleeper cell and expose the truth about your mother’s tragic demise.*

Pre-orders begin on September 16th, but the game is available in stores on October 22nd.

Now what Nancy means to many people…

The first Nancy Drew book (Secret of the Old Clock) was published in 1930. This was during the great depression and many girls needed a positive role model. Nancy was a teenager going out and solving mysteries! She saw something wrong, and she stood up to it. She took risks, she went on adventures, and she solved problems. 

Today, Nancy is still a positive role model for girls! She still takes risks, she still goes on adventures, she still solves problems, and she still stands up for what’s right. Some girls read the books, some play the games, some do both! Nancy Drew has gotten people through hard times. She’s a positive influence! She shows that you should stand up for what’s right, what you believe in, and say no to injustice. 

Some people say that Nancy takes unnecessary risks or that she should stay home washing the dishes while the police does her work. It’s not about the danger, it’s about doing the right thing despite the danger. I believe that Nancy doesn’t need to be defended. She defends herself. She is Nancy Drew.

Nancy Drew has been a part of my life for a long time, and I’m really happy that she has been. Like I’ve said before, she’s a positive influence. I play the computer games, and since they’re interactive they really make you think! I really enjoy these games, and I plan to play them well into my adult years.

Nancy Drew Forever!

Solving…

-Emma

*game description provided by herinteractive.com

 

NaNoWriMo

•August 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal of this is to write 50,000 words in one month. NaNoWriMo takes place in November and thousands of writers around the world participate.

This year will be my first time doing NaNo, and I’m super excited! I’ve talked about it with my friends constantly and I’ve even convinced one of them to do NaNo with me! There are still two months left before NaNoWriMo, so now is the time to plan your novel! Get your plot, characters, and everything else in order!

Now some of you are probably thinking, “Yeah you’ll get 50,000 thousand words, but will they be any good?”. This isn’t the point of NaNo. The goal is to get the words out onto the page or screen, not worrying about quality. Write now, edit later.

I find it very convenient that NaNo happens right after Halloween. That means you have a bunch of sweet treats to munch on while writing. Fuel! Okay not really fuel, just delicious sugar that will help you power through the late nights.

When you reach November, you write as often as you can for as long as you can. There are late nights, early mornings, and hundreds of cups of tea and coffee. Word count goals, aching wrists, and it feels like your fingers are going to fall off. Get ready for NaNoWriMo people!

Want to learn more? Visit the NaNoWriMo site at www.nanowrimo.org

Planning…

-Emma

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

•August 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Aaaah! I just realized that I’ve yet to put a book review on here! So here’s a book review! The movie came out a couple of days ago and I’ve recently read the book, and it was amazing!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…*

My Review:

So this was an amazing book! It was well written, and an exciting read. It was also a very original story! I love the idea of a whole world hiding just under our nose! The book starts out interestingly, and it jumps right into the story! It’s an on the edge of your seat thrill ride!

I was suspecting a strong female main character (Clary), but I was a little disappointed. I found that most of the time she just hid in the corner and just let Jace and the other Shadowhunters do the work.

Isabelle did dress a little on the inappropriate side, short dresses and low cut shirts. Clary does wear some of these clothes when she has no other clothes available and when she has to go to a party to get information.

I thought that some of the content was a little unnecessary, such as the sexual orientation of two certain characters. I thought it took away from the plot, but it did add a sense of urgency since one of them wants to keep it a secret.

I was never one to jump on the Twilight wagon, and I was a little hesitant when reading the part that had, what do you know, both vampires and werewolves, and as usual, they are mortal enemies! But Cassandra Clare was successful in writing this part! I didn’t see many cliches in that scene (the only scene in the book where the vampires and werewolves interact directly).

And then there’s Jace and Clary… Okay. This was a bit of a cliche, but how she ended it! Wow! The farthest Jace and Clary go is kissing. But then the situation gets a little awkward… We find out that Simon likes Clary (well, duh!) and he just caught them kissing! But then comes the twist! Which I won’t tell you because it’ll spoil the book a bit. But wow! I still can’t decide if it’s true or not. I guess I’ll just have to read the next book!

I definitely don’t want to spoil the book for you guys, so I’ll finish off by saying that this is an amazing book, but it’s definitely for a bit older readers. (13+)

Have a book you want me to review? Leave the name and author in the comments or email me! You can find my email under the ‘Contact Me’ tab.

Reading…

-Emma

*Synopsis provided by Amazon