Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian By Rick Riordan

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to review one of these books as they are all brilliant. I started this series after watching the film and the books were by far ten times better. Straight from the first book you get involved with the characters and become attached. I’m going to stop talking about the previous books and talk about this one, Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian which is the final book in the Percy Jackson series.
This book is all about the demigods protecting Mount Olympus. It is full of action and adventure and keeps you entertained all the way till the end. In this book you feel everything the characters go through the pain, the loss and of course the pride.  I loved how every character we had met in the previous books seemed to come back in this book which made it all better than expected. What I like about these books is how all the Greek mythology is involved and makes the story so much more interesting.
Percy Jackson was still the strong character we see in the previous books and in this book he grows more too. Annabeth was still the smart and wise girl we had met and she has to come to terms with a lot in this book. I find Grover the funniest character in the series except maybe Apollo and the only thing I didn’t like was how he seemed absent in the last few books unlike the first one when he was there the whole journey. Thalia was back in this book too and was as strong as ever leading the hunt. Nico, the son of Hades played a bigger part in this book and he is such a unique character who I find very interesting and wished he had a bigger part in the series but no matter what he is so awesome. I have to say Rick Riordan did a brilliant job by making each of the Gods and Goddess’ unique and brilliant in their own way. My favourite Gods and Goddess’ in this series have to be Apollo with his cheeky smile and great poetry, Hermes and his snakes, George and Martha (I think that’s their names), Dionysus even though he is meant to be horrible to Percy I find him quite funny and have a weird crush on him, and Artemis and her hunt, who seemed the nicest goddess out of them all and of course Hades who played a big part in the end.
I think this is why this book was strong as the characters were all well thought out and each had their fatal flaw like real people. The plot was also strong and constant throughout the whole series and always kept the reader interested. Despite reading these in a couple of weeks I have grown fond of these characters and will miss them greatly and I will most probably revisit the series very soon as I don’t wish to say goodbye yet.
Rick Riordan has created an exceptional and unique series and I would recommend this book to everyone especially those who are interested in Greek mythology.

Monday, 4 April 2011

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

This is a review of The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong.


Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can’t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students—for every grade from kindergarten to twelve.

Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya's determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya's home, and they won’t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret—and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark


I'd been waiting for this book a long time so when I saw it in a bookstore this weekend I couldn’t help but pick it up. I’m a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong’s work and have read every one of her books from Women Of The Otherworld, the Nadia Stafford series and the Darkest Powers Trilogy so I was very excited when she revealed she would be continuing this story line in a whole new trilogy with new characters, and I had high expectations for this book and it didn’t disappoint.

This book is about a girl called Maya living in the medical research town called Salmon Creek with her adoptive parents. This book follows her story as she begins questioning her best friend’s death and after getting closer to the mysterious new boy Rafe she finds out there is a lot more to question about herself and her friends let alone the whole town. Rafe has the answers to her questions about who and what she really is but agreeing to them is a lot harder than Maya believes although deep down she knows every word he is saying is correct. The book ends with a cliff-hanger which leaves me with lots of questions but I know after reading Armstrong’s Darkest Powers Trilogy that they will be answered in the end and all I have to do now is wait for the next books.

There wasn’t anything wrong with this book that I can think of off the top of my head except that it is slow to begin with but it’s a new trilogy and it had to start somewhere. I was so eager to find out what Maya was that I sailed through the book within a day. I also blame this on myself for wanting to know what Armstrong was letting us in for with this new series and I wasn’t disappointed. I love Armstrong’s style of writing and in this book it certainly didn’t disappoint my high expectations. I loved each of the characters; all were believable and had real depth to them. I especially love Maya, although Kelley has used female main characters in every one of her books she never fails to create a new character which is so different to the rest and in this book it was clear she had written a strong female character which would fit in with the rest of her strong heroines.

The thing I did really love while reading this book was the hindsight I had because I had read the previous trilogy and Armstrong’s adult series Women of the Otherworld which is set in the same world. I could easily make connections between them and I loved being able to do this as I felt I had a better idea about what was going on than the characters. I really enjoyed doing this as it linked to the previous trilogy with the link to the projects and a specific character. Then there were also the links to the adult series with the cabals. I was highly impressed with these little clues which only someone who had read some of Armstrong’s other books would have picked up.

To finish this review I have to say I loved this book and it clearly deserved 5 stars with the believable characters and a whole world which you get dragged into. The plot was also brilliant and although I had hindsight from the other series I was still surprised at some things that happened and the book never failed to keep me entertained. I was engrossed in this book for about 5 hours and there was no way anyone would keep me from finishing it. I highly recommend this book especially if you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s work and if you’re not, I still highly recommend reading this book and even more I recommend Armstrong’s other books as they are all brilliant and never fail to entertain you.

I have written a hell of a lot more than expected which only further proves how much ive enjoyed this book and how much I will definitely be continuing the series as I feel I have connected with these characters. I highly recommend this book and i think you should either go out or go online and buy this book now.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Awakened By P.C and Kristin Cast

This is my review of Awakened By P.C and Kristin Cast and this is book 8 of the House Of Night Series.

Description: At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

Review: This is the eighth book of the House Of Night series and i really like this series but after reading this i think the current story line has been going on to long and it needs to hurry up an be summed up. Although i did like this book, the beginning was really slow and it only began to be fast paced nearer the end which was quite disappointing but the end was good and does make you want to continue reading the series. I found that this book was more focused on Stevie Rae and Rephaim, then the gang battling evil.

This book starts just where burned left off, Zoey and Kalona are back from the other world. Neferet finally finds out that Kalona failed his mission therefore she punishes him or that's what she thinks. Zoey finds peace at Isle Of Skye and she sees a good future if she stays there but nothing can ever stay peaceful in Zoey's life for a few minutes a terrible tragedy drags her and Stark back to Tulsa and her House Of Night. On arrival she finds Neferet has returned and the council seemed to have forgiven her but only the gang see how evil she really is. Stevie Rae and Rephaim have to come to terms with how they feel about each other and this i find is the strongest part of the book.

If you haven't read this series i recommend it but don't get put of by how the first book seems to target young teenagers because as the series and characters progress the books mature and are pretty much written from a mature young adults P.O.V instead of the young girl we met in Marked. Altogether i was disappointed with this book but it was still good and i will be continuing the series.

Monday, 24 January 2011

My Top 10 Books of 2010

I know it's nearly the end of January but i created a list of my top 10 books of 2010 for my English coursework so i thought i might as well share it online as well. It didn't take me to long to figure out what my favourite books were from 2010 as each one of them stood out from the rest. So here they are:

10. Hush Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick

9.Last Vampire and Black Blood By Christopher Pike

8. Kiss of Death By Rachel Caine

7. City of Glass By Cassandra Clare

6. The Reckoning By Kelley Armstrong

5. Raised By Wovles By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

4. Waking the Witch By Kelley Armstrong

3.Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare

2. Last Sacrifice By Richelle Mead

1. Alpha By Rachel Vincent

Monday, 17 January 2011

Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins

This is my review of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

Description:  My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

Review: This is the third and final book of the Hunger Games Trilogy and what a ride its been for both us and the characters. This is a fantastic ending of the trilogy with its fast paced action and a never ending roller coaster of emotions.

Mockingjay picks up just where Catching Fire left off. District 12 has been destroyed and Katniss has gone back to see what is left in the remains of her old home but it isn't long until she's whisked back to District 13, the place which everyone thought had been destroyed long ago but instead there is an underground society of all the survivors. It is here where Katniss has to take on her role of being the Mockingjay and lead the rebellion to victory, but can she do it? Will she put aside all her feelings and do what everyone else believes is right? Well you're going to have to read it to find out.

In this book you get to see Katniss struggle with her emotions more than in the previous books, especially after previous accidents has made her unstable. Katniss remains strong throughout this book and does what she believes is right, not caring if other people tell her she's wrong. I'm going to miss Katniss's strong will and fierce attitude to fight for what she thinks is right. Peeta is this book goes through a lot both physically and emotionally. We get to see the darker side of Peeta and there's only one person who can bring him back. We also get to see more of Gale and see more of his personality.

Finally Katniss needs to choose one of them and i think she chooses the right person. Throughout the series, i liked Gale first then Peeta and so on it went until this book where i saw that she could go on online but she doesn't of course. The ending was brilliant and satisfying for all readers.

I really don't want to say goodbye to these characters (Can you tell?) but I'm afraid all things have to come to an end but this ones a good one. I really hope we will see more of these characters in the future. I still stand by what i said that this is the best trilogy i have read and probably will ever read (it's that good). So go out and get it then begin reading it and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. This is definitely a series you don't want to miss.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins

This is a review of Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins.


 Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


This is the second book of The Hunger Games Trilogy and after the brilliant first book i didn't know whether this too would be good or not. I read it within one day and i have to say it is just as good as the first one. It didn't disappoint as it was filled with even more action.

This book starts shortly after the previous one left off, when Katniss and Peeta are back home in District 12. Both now have homes in the Victors village but Katniss isn't very happy, even though she managed to survive the Hunger Games, she outsmarted them, much to the disgust of the President Snow.  Now back home Katniss begins to see the consequences of what she did and she isn't sure whether she likes it or not. She misses how everything was before the games but everyone knows there's no going back. Katniss tries to came to turns with what she has done, when the Capitol reveal whats going to happen at the next Hunger Games, the special Quarter Quell. When all is revealed, not many people are happy about it, especially Katniss. You'll need to read the book to find out more.

Once again i really enjoyed this book, we got to learn more about Katniss and how she struggles to come to terms with what she did, which seems hard enough without choosing between Peeta and Gale. The book was once again left at a cliffhanger which leaves you wanting more. This book doesn't disappoint and i really recommend reading it as it is a brilliant book which anyone can read and relate to. It is also another book which will be hard to top.

Monday, 10 January 2011

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

 This is my review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Description: Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


One way to describe this book is WOW! It is absolutely fantastic. I bought this book after reading so many good reviews about it and i am so glad i did. It is by far one of the best books I've ever read maybe even the best I've ever read. It is brilliant.

This book follows Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12. When people are being picked to be placed in the Hunger Games Katniss's younger sister Prim is chosen but Katniss won't let her own sister be killed so instead she steps forward. The boy who gets picked from District 12 is Peeta Mellark who Katniss doesn't really won't to be with stuck in an arena. The two get taken away to the Capitol where they prepare then they are sent into the arena where the real games begin.

I loved Katniss's character she felt like a real person who you could relate to one way or another. She's a strong heroine that you can't help but like. Peeta, well i wasn't sure about Peeta at first but i started growing towards him throughout the book but i couldn't stop thinking about Gale. Poor Gale who was left behind, the one who Katniss is truly close to. Haymitch is a previous games winner and i have to say i thought he was a really funny character.

The ending of the book was sad and i am so glad there are more books (which I'm going to read today, hopefully). This is a very strong book which i suggest everyone goes and reads as it is totally worth it. This is the first book I've read in 2011 and i think its going to be really hard to top it even though there's a whole year ahead. Suzanne Collins has done a really good job with this book and like i said its one of the best books i have read.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Happy New Year + Blog Update

Happy New Year everyone, i know it's a few days late but December was a really busy month for me. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, i know i did. Yes, it included eating a lot of roast dinners, sweets and consisted of everyone sitting around the TV watching the Christmas Doctor Who and the return of Primeval (which I'm really happy about). I know I've been away for a few months. November i was focused on doing Nanowrimo and getting my Novel completed then in December i had a week of mock exams then i went off to Florida for two weeks getting home just in time for Christmas Eve. The last few months of 2010 were busy but i had fun and 2010 was a good year for me.

Due to being busy I'm behind on doing a lot of book reviews which i hope to catch up with in the next few days. This is what i need to review:
  1. Torment
  2. Raised By Wolves
  3. Crescendo
  4. The Fledgling Handbook 101
  5. Last Sacrifice
  6. Quidditch Through The Ages
  7. The Last Vampire and Black Blood
I also have a  big to be read pile at the moment so there will be plenty more reviews in the next few weeks.

Another update is that i have finished my Novel at 63,000 words, and I'm pleased with how it has turned out and I'm really pleased with myself for actually finishing it. I started revising it last weekend and hopefully will get that done by the end of the week.

I have told myself that i will blog more this year and hopefully i will stick to it but feel free to send me a comment asking me where I've disappeared to. I know this post was quite brief but i will be back soon.