Friday, July 31, 2015

July Wrap Up


In July I read a total of 10 books, which I'm quite happy about. At least considering I spent one week travelling, and the the rest of the time I've been working 8 hours a day, monday through friday. At least I can listen to audiobooks whilst at work, or else I would never have been able to read this much. So, here are the books I read this month, in the order I read them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This got 5 stars.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This got 4,5 stars.

Hungry by H. A. Swain. This got 4 stars.

by Sarah Dessen. This got 3,5 stars.

The Blood of Olympus
 by Rick Riordan. This got 5 stars.

A Game of Thrones
 by George R. R. Martin. This got 4 stars.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe
 by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This got 4,5 stars.

Saint Anything
 by Sarah Dessen. This got 3,5 stars.

Of Poseidon
 by Anna Banks. This got 4 stars.

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow
by George R. R. Martin. This got 3,5 stars.

Which books did you read this month?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Year published: 2015
How I got this book: Bought it at Strand Book Store in NYC
Why I read this book: I heard a lot of great things about it on the internet, and wanted to give it a shot
My rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
A sumptuous and epically told love store inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch... she's falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

My thoughts:
I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book, because - to me - the names were so unusual. It took a while before I actually remember who was who, and got into it, but that was just me, and it wasn't something I took in account when rating this book. There were also a lot of new words that I didn't understand, and I didn't realize until I finished the book that there is a glossary in the back with all the words. That would have been helpful while reading, especially when picturing the characters in my head. 

I really enjoyed reading as Shazi, she was so interesting and complicated. And the stories she told the Caliph were amazing, and I found myself wanting more when she stopped. There's also a magical element in this book, which I enjoyed and found confusing at the same time. It didn't have a consistent appearance, but sort of popped in and out of the story without much explanation. I think that there will be more magic in the next book, and that hopefully means that we will learn more about it as well. 

The relationship development between Shazi and Khalid was a bit off to me. I did enjoy it, and I didn't really think about it too much, but now I don't think it's realistic. Shazi was conflicted for a long time about her feelings, but she always seemed to brush them off. It would have been different if she fell in love with him after she found out his secret, but by the time that happened, she was already in love with him.

But other than that, this is a great book. I enjoyed the characters - even though Tariq annoyed me immensely at times - and I want to know what happens to them in the next book. I can't wait until the next book comes out, and see how this all ends. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Are Fellow Booknerds

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Tyrion Lannister
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Hermione Granger
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Celaena Sardothien
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Elisabeth Bennet
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bilbo Baggins
The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Edward Cullen
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Sookie Stackhouse
Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris

I would love to see your list as well, so tell me in the comments or leave a link to your blogpost!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: The House of Hades

*Contains spoilers for the previous books in this series*

Title: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion books
Year published: 2013
How I got this book: I bought it at Strand Book Store in NYC
Why I read this book: I love Riordan's writing and this series.
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus. 

My thoughts:
I absolutely loved this book, and flew through it. I love all of the Seven, and care for them so much.  The Mark of Athena ended in the worst cliffhanger ever, so I was so desperate to get my hands on this and continuing the journey. 

In this book Percy and Annabeth are walking through Tartarus trying to find the Doors of Death, but most importantly: trying to stay alive. The fact Percy and Annabeth were the only POV's from Tartarus meant that we read a lot from their perspective. And I really liked that. I think they are the greatest couple, and they are so strong and great when they're together (when they're apart as well, but that's less exciting to read about).

The five other demigods are still on board on the Argo II, trying to find the other side of the Doors of Death, but not without obstacles for them either. The character development in some of them are crazy in this book, especially Hazel and Frank mature so much, and become stronger as a couple.

I'm not gonna say exactly what happens because I don't want to spoil too much, but I totally ship Leo with his new girl soooooo much, even though I have my doubt if it will actually work out. 

And last of all, Nico's revelation, I can't describe how much I enjoyed that. I did see it coming though, but I think that's because I was somewhat spoiled before reading this. I knew what the revelation was before reading this book, I just didn't know who it involved, but I was so pleasantly surprised! I really liked how it was incorporated into the story, and I hope that it'll help a lot of people, in it's own way.

So, as you probably understand I really enjoyed this book! I'm beyond sad that there's only on book left. I am currently reading that, but only a few chapters each day because I just don't want it to end. I'm not ready to say goodbye to any of these characters, even though I want to know how they're going to end up. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out

 This tag was originally created by Ely Jayne and ReadLikeWildFire

1. Best book you've read so far in 2015.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2015
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

3. New releases you haven't read yet, but want to.
An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

5. Biggest disappointment.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

6. Biggest surprise.
Act of God: A Novel by Jill Ciment. I had no idea if I would like this or not, because I don't read that much adult fiction, but I was so pleasantly surprised!

7. Favourite new author
Sarah J. Maas. I hadn't read any of her books in previous years, but so far in 2015 I've read everything she's published. I love this woman, and her writing. I wish I could be her friend

8. Newest fictional crush
Rhysand from a Court of Thorns and Roses. I know he's not the "nicest" guy, but he's just so interesting and I want to help him and I just love him so much.
9. Newest favourite character.
Leo Valdez from Heroes of Olympus. How can you not love Leo?

10. Book that made you cry
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

11. Book that made you happy
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. All of the books in this series make me happy, but especially this one.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I wasn't the biggest fan of this movie and have quite a few problems with it, but as longs as I didn't think about the book it was enjoyable. Not amazing, but not terrible either.

13. Favourite video you've done so far

14. Most beautiful book you've bought/received so far this year.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I think this cover is so beautiful, with the colors and the dragon and just everything.
15. Books you need to read by the end of the year
The Final Descent by Rick Yancey. I've read the other books in this series, and I really want to finish it because it's so good. If all goes according to plan I will read this in October, because I like to read the scary books around Halloween. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Celebrate Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

LGTBQ (gay characters)

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

LGBTQ (gay characters)

None of the Above by I. W. Gregario
LGBTQ (intersex main character)

LGBTQ (Gay main character)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
I think this one's pretty obvious

Again, pretty obvious

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
POC main character

Which books are on your list this week?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Year published: 2015
How I got this book: Barnes & Nobles in New York
Why I read this book: I love the Throne of Glass series by Sarah, and this had such good reviews that I had to read it. 
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beat-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only know about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it ... or doom Tamlin - and his world - forever.

My thoughts:
This is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and I absolutely loved it. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie, so I was a little worried that this would disappoint me. But it never did. There are some elements that are clearly taken from the fairytale, but Maas also made this story her own. She also made some opposites, that I really enjoyed, for instance that while Belle loves to read, Feyre doesn't know how to and loves painting instead. 

When I finished this book I was a little confused. I knew that this was going to be a trilogy, but I didn't know that Maas will incorporate a different fairytale/myth in the next one, so I was so confused because the Beauty and the Beast story was already finished. 

I can't get over how good Maas is at writing fictional boys that I just fall in love with, while being completely different from each other. Tamlin was so adorable, and I fell completely in love with him. 

From here on, there will be spoilers

I just have to say that while I did love Tamlin, a lot, I love Rhysand so much more. When Feyre first ran into him the forest during the solstice, I just knew that we would be seeing more of him, and I couldn't wait. And when he goes to the spring court again and is all mean, I just knew that he wasn't all that bad. I mean, he obviously knew that Feyre was giving a fake name, but he didn't do anything about it. While I obviously think that some of the things he did at the end of the book were questionable, I understand why he did it. But Rhys obviously has been through a lot, and I can't wait to learn more about him in the next book.

And when Feyre get's sent away just THREE days before the curse can't be broken anymore? I got so mad at Tamlin when he did that, and at Lucien for letting him go through with it. So when Feyre decides to go back I was so happy, because finally they can be together. But then, of course Tamlin is missing.

The final part of the book, with the trials under the mountain was so intense. I couldn't put the book down, and I was so into it. I couldn't understand the riddle Amarantha gave Feyre, but I didn't really try that hard either, to be honest. I didn't want to stop reading the book, so I didn't give myself time to think about it. 

I know that this review probably didn't make that much sense, but that's because my thoughts about this book is still all over the place. But I did really enjoy it, and would recommend it to everyone that likes fairytales, fantasy and a good romance. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: In Real Life

Title: In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World
Author: Joey Graceffa
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Year published: 2015
How I got this book: Bought it at a Barnes & Nobles in New York
Why I read this book: I used to be a big fan of Joey, and honestly, I wasn't planning on picking up his book since I don't really watch his video anymore. But all of a sudden I see that the bookstore has an autographed copy, and being the fangirl I am, I obviously had to by it. 
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality.

It's not where you begin that matters.
It's where you end up.

Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair.) Yet, Joey wasn't always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance.

To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life, but also isn't afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passions in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa's story is a welcome reminder that it's not where you being that matters, but where you end up.

My thoughts:
I am so glad I picked this up, because I thoroughly enjoyed this. We learn so much about Joey's past, and that it hasn't always been easy. For me, the best part came later in the book. I was a big fan in 2011/2012, and I pretty much watched all of his videos. And in this book we learn so much about those years as well, and what he was struggling with behind the scenes. My heart broke a little, but the ending was happy (so far, at least).

I don't really have much to say about this, except that I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Everyone that has watched or are watching Joey'd videos should read this, and they will most likely enjoy it. I could tell that it was Joey telling me all of this throughout the book, and even though he had help writing it, they really kept his spirit in the writing. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: The Mark of Athena

Title: The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Year published: 2012
How I got this book: Borrowing from school library
Why I read this book: I love this series
My rating: 4,5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can't blame he Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sights of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace. 

And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feel weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find - and close - the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows that she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side. 

My thoughts:
You know how when you finish a book, you sometimes immediately know what you're going to write in your review? This was not one of them. I don't know what to make of my thoughts about this in a way that makes sense. 

I really liked this book. So far, I really like all of the books in the series. I don't know what to say. 

In this book the seven heroes finally meets each other, and Annabeth and Percy are reunited. I loved seeing how they all acted around each other. There was a lot of tension between some of the characters, like Jason and Percy, and I liked that all of the main characters didn't really get along, but they knew when they needed to stick together. 

There's a lot happening in this book, especially at the end. They all split up, so we read from different adventures that's happening at the same time. While this could lead to a lot of confusion, Rick does it in a great way. He doesn't switch between the characters too often, there are at least 3 chapters for each in a row. And we don't read from all seven perspectives, just four; Annabeth, Percy, Hazel and Leo. 

I've found out that I enjoy reading from Annabeth's perspective the most. It's interesting to see how her brain works and how she figures things out. 

So far in this series, my favourite is The Son of Neptune, but I love them all and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. This book ended on such a cliffhanger, I can't bear it

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Required Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello! So this post will basically just be a New York haul, since I bought 9 of them while I was there. But anyway, I hope you enjoy and tell me in the comments if we have some common books!

So I'm going to start with my most recent by, and work my way backwards. 
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. This is the only book on this list that I didn't by whilst in NYC, and I bought it at my local bookstore. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I got this at a Barnes & Noble in NYC. This was a book that was on my to buy-list while I was there. 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This one was also bought at Barnes & Noble, and was also a book I really wanted to buy.

In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa. The last one I bought at Barnes & Noble. Before I left I wasn't really sure if I wanted to read it or not, but when I saw that they had autographed copies I was sold and bought it. 
In fear of repeating myself to much; the rest of the books were bought at Strand Book Store, my absolute favourite bookshop in the world.

Hungry by H. A. Swain. I had never heard of this book before I stumbled across it, but the premise was so intriguing that I just had to buy it. (And it was only 5 dollars.)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I'd heard about this book on youtube so many times, so I'm glad i finally have it.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. As you probably know, I absolutely love this series, so I was looking for this while browsing through the store.

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey. I actually though this was another book when I first bough it. I thought this was the book called The Witch Hunger, because I couldn't remember the name or the cover. But while it wasn't what I thought I was buying, this also sounds interesting and I can't wait to read it. 

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. I don't know a lot about this book, all I know is that it has mermaids in it. And that's enough for me.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Another one that I don't know much about, but I've heard it mentioned on booktube a couple of times. I had in on my phone as an audibook, but I prefer physical books so I picked this up as well. 

Do we have any of the same books? What's the last ten books you bought?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review: All the Bright Places

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf
Year published: 2015
How I got this book: Scribd
Why I read this book: I didn't really know much about it, I saw it on a list, and decided to give it a try,
My rating: 3,5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. 

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair u on a project to discover the "natural wonders! of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: IT's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begin to shrink.

My thoughts:
Even though this only got 3,5 stars I did enjoy it  lot. I just didn't really connect with the characters, they didn't seem realistic to me. I've read some review on goodreads, and it appears that this is a hit or miss. It was neither of them for me, but more hit than miss. 

The plot is completely fine, and it's not boring. We switch between Violet's and Finch's perspectives. I listened to this on audiobook, and I really liked that there were to different narrators. A man when we read from Finch's perspective, and a woman when we read from Violet's. 

I actually feel like I have a lot to say about his book, both good and bad, but I don't know how to put my feelings into words, and therefore I won't even try. This book is okay and worth the read, but don't go in with high expectations. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: The Pearl

Title: The Pearl
Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin Books

Year published: 1947
How I got this book: School library
Why I read this book: I read Of Mice and Men a couple of years ago and fell in love with his writing, so when I saw this at the library I just had to pick it up
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comvort and of security.

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, greed, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

My thoughts:
Wow, I don't even know what to say about this. Steinbeck's writing is absolutely fantastic. In 85 pages he made me care for the characters and break my heart. I had forgotten how much I actually liked his writing, and I'm so glad that I read another story by him. 

Steinbeck's writing style is unlike anything I've ever read before, and I love it. He doesn't write long, boring sentences. He writes them simple, like it is. And he doesn't only write as one character. We follow the main character, but still get to know what the people they interact with are thinking and what they want, and I haven't read any stories by any other authors that writes like that. 

In this novella we follow Kino, his wife Juana and their child, Coyotito. I had no idea what this story was about when I picked it up, and in the beginning I did not see how this story would develop. 

My favourite thing about this novella was the relationship between Kino and Juana. It's so evident how much they care about each other, and how much they value the other person's wishes. We need to see more relationship like this in the YA-genre. 

I would recommend this to absolutely everyone I know. It's less than a hundred pages, and can be read in such a short amount of time there's no excuse to not read it. It's captivating, and it made me feel a lot more than what several novels have done. 

June Wrap Up

This wrap up is up a little late, and I apologize for that. I just got home from my trip to the States and I didn't bring my computer so I wasn't able write it while I was there. Hopefully you understand!

But, better late than never. So here are the books I read this month in chronological order;

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. This got 3 stars.

The Pearl
by John Steinbeck. This got 5 stars.

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck. This got 5 stars.

The Son of Neptune
by Rick Riordan. This got 4 stars.

None of the Above
by I. W. Gregario. This got 5 stars.

by Suzanne Collins. This got 5 stars.

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan. This got 4,5 stars.

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven. This got 3,5 stars.

Paper Towns
by John Green. This got 4 stars.

In Real Life: A Journey to a Pixelated World
by Joey Graceffa. This got 5 stars.

An Act of God: A Novel
by Jill Ciment. This got 3 stars.

by Kristin Ashore. This got 5 stars.

The House of Hades
by Rick Riordan. This got 5 stars.

As you probably can tell, I had a really good reading month. I know that quite a few of them aren't on the picture, but that's because 4 of them were audiobooks, some haven't been unpacked yet, and some aren't in the house at the moment. 

I really wish I could do a review for all of them, but I won't be able to do that, so I'll do as many as I can.

How was your reading month?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Hyped Books I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I've heard a lot about all of these books, both good and bad. I'm probably not gonna read all of these, but some of them are pretty high on my TBR. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Tags: Because Feelings Matter

This tag was created by Michelle Lyn, and you can find the original video here.

1. What book made you feel confident, either abut yourself or your life?
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. This is a dystopian book where the world almost ends, so of course it made me feel so grateful and positive about my life.  

2. What book made you feel sympathetic or sympathise greatly with the characters?
The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I cared so much about the main characters and wanted the best for them, and all in 85 pages. 

3. What book made you feel anxious?
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. If you've read the book, you'll know why. 

4. What book made you feel annoyed?
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I felt like nothing was happening, and Lincoln - the main character - really got on my nerves, and I didn't enjoy reading from his perspective at all. 

5. What book made you feel disappointed?
Again, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Mu expectations 

6. What book made you feel confused?
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I was confused while reading it, and I still am. I don't understand why he was captured by aliens, or any of that stuff.

7. What book made you feel satisfied?
Most of the books I read, to be honest. But if I had to choose I would say the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins.

8. What book made you feel like you could really relate to the main character?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I could relate to her immediately, and recognized myself in her plenty of times.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: The Son of Neptune

*This will contain spoilers for The Lost Hero*

Title: The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year published: 2012
How I got this book: School library
Why I read this book: I liked The Lost Hero
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. he trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 

My thoughts:
First of all, this book was funny. It made me laugh at several occasions, and I absolutely loved it, especially Terminus at the end of the book.

Even though this is the sequel to the lost hero, we follow three "new" kids. Percy Jackson is one of them, and then two people - Hazel and Frank - whom he meets at camp Jupiter, the camp for half-bloods from Roman gods. 

I really enjoyed reading as Percy again, I've missed him, but the Hazel and Frank were great as well. I think Rick does an amazing job at writing from several perspectives without it being confusing. I always knew who I was reading as, and it was easy to follow. 

There's a lot of flashbacks in this book, both from Hazel's and Frank's POV. We learn about their past, and why they are they way they are. We meet another character from the Percy Jackson series as well, Nico di Angelo, and even though he's not a big character in this book, I'm certain he will come back in the next books. 

I don't really have much to say about his book, except that it's a typical Percy Jackson book. It's funny, exciting and extremely fast paced. I already have the next book sitting in my shelf, so I can jump straight into it, and I can't wait.