Monday, October 31, 2011

I'm grateful for.........

Why you may ask? Well, my love for Greek Mythology started with this series. It opened my mind to new stories about different myths that I could turn into different stories. Plus, from this series, many other books based on Greek Myths have been created, and I love many of them (like Abandon by Meg Cabot).  Many of my own ideas for stories have been based off of this series too.
Plus, the second series by Rick Riordan is my all time FAVORITE series EVER! I love it. Plus, when they made the movie, sure, I was peved that some things were changed, but the person they choose as Percy (logan lerman) is HOT!
Thirdly, I feel this series of books is one of the only series out there for both girls and boys. Today you see a lot of Paranoramal/YA novels for girls. I mean, what boy wants to read about vampires falling in love with a human (Evernight, Twilight, etc) or a fallen angel fighting for his love (Fallen series, Hush Hush series, etc)? Seriouly? If i was guy, I wouldn't even touch them. But this series aims towards both boys and girls. Fighting monsters? A hidden camp? Supernatural butt kicking power?! Guys love that stuff, and girls like it too. How do you think Rick Riordan got so popular?
The only thing I'm not grateful for for this book is that yes, a new series was born from it, but now I have to wait a whole year for the next book in the second series (The Heroes of Olympus-The Mark of Athena) to come out. A WHOLE STINKIN YEAR! WHY!? Good thing I have more books to read. :D
So, if you are reading, read the series if you haven't already. It's the BEST one out there (in my opinion anyway ;) )!

This lovely post is for the contest below. Now, don't faint. Yes, it's for 19 BOOKS! And A MILLION SUNS is included! :D It's so awesome!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bloodlines review


Goodreads: When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

Okay, since it's been a long time since i actually read this book, this isn't going to be much of a review.
Plot: I liked it. It was different. I found the book a really good one, The following is just some mental notes I took.
1: I'm not sure how I feel about the tattoo problem. Sure, I was happy the Keith got caught red-handed, but I don't get why she didn't tell us why he was dealing 'blood'. that or i missed it.
2: Jill's many admirers. Okay, when she told us that Micah (human) and Lee (moroi) were intersted in her, I thought "Cool! Finally someone else besides Adrian for her love interest. He's way too old." But at the end, when Sydney told us that Eddie was interested in her too, I thought "Lucky, but why so many?" I mean, one to two is awesome. Team Micah or Team Lee.
3: BIG TYPO. "Beside Jill was a dhampir, one I knew in teh same way I knew Adrian--that is, I'd see him but had never been introduced." Page 49. JILL ISN'T A DHAMPIR! SHE'S A MOROI!
4. I think the hint of Syndey being a witch is cool, but a witch? Aren't we suppose to be focusing on vampires? I think the witch thing might be a little over done, but it's going to be interesting to see who gave her the DNA of a witch. I think her mother did.
5. I LOVE THE CAMEO OF ROSE! Love her. Still the same badass as ever.

Like most of them except Keith (horrible horrible person) and Syndey's dad (horrible man who doesn't deserve Syndey or any of the women in his life). Now, you're wondering "WHAT? WHY?" Why in deed? Well, like it said in the book, he regets having only girls. I swear, I would divorce him after learning this.

None for this one. I can't remember any. Sorry!

4.5 shells

Cover: 4.5
Ending: 4.5

Note: I didn't receive this book in exchange for a review. I bought it. AMAZON!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Son of Neptune (Part 2) review


Goodreads: 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 tol 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 and 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 he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and 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.

Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes od Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

Okay, so, I promised two reviews Friday. As i said before, I got distracted. But here's one now.

Plot: LOVED IT! I'm a big fan of Alaska, and thought of it being the "Land beyond the Gods" is actually pretty smart. It's isolated from the rest of the USA, and the Gods rule from the West to the East Coasts. Alaska isn't even part of that. (I wonder if Hawaii is included in this?)
The subplot of Percy getting back his memory was genius in my opinion. I didn't even know Gorgon blood could be used like that. I wonder what they will do with the other vile. Hmm....
One problem/romantic part of the book was Percy and Annabeth. I love it how Rick made it so he remembered her, but I'm not sure how I feel about him thinking so far ahead into their future that he can picture them with kids. I want to say that it was romantic, but also a bit fast. Could be me. Two months for dating and then thinking about that is a little too fast, but of course, Percy was gone a total of eight months.

Percy: Still love him. In this book, I feel that he has matured more. He more knowledgable and still the thoughtful guy we know and love.
Hazel: When I first read about HER HORSE on the official website, I thought she was going to be the Daughter of Mars or something since she looked like she was a warrior on that horse of hers. Arion right? Right. Anyway, I felt sorry for her. All those flashbacks, and the fact she didn't get to be with Sammy. But I love her courage and wit when she's with the Amazons. Down part of her, I'm not sure how I like it that she's thirteen. Sure, Romans start off young, but her personality seems more older than that. But of course, the Underworld does change you.
Frank: I LOVE HIM! HE'S CHINESE LIKE ME! No, seriously, he is. At first, when you looked at his picture on the website, Apollo is the first think in probably everyone's mind. The bow and arrow give a huge lead-on to his Godly parent. But nope. I just can't believe who it actually is. I would have ever have guess it. Now his ability/gift: amazing. I want his gift. I'm not saying what it is, but if you looked at the picture of him, you might be able to guess.
The fact he likes Hazel is cute. And they do make a cute couple. I just wished he saw that in the beginning of the book.
NOTE: His heritage (besides being Chinese AND Canadian) will shock you. I mean, I was shocked too.
Ella: Harpy with a smart brain. Wish I had it.
Reyna: Really, really scary but nice. I feel sorry for her in a way. She likes Jason. He disappears. Once she learns about him and Piper. War goddess child + love goddess = not good.
Octavian: Hate him. Period.
Lupa: I'm disappointed that I don't get to see more of her in this book. I know she trains the Roman demigods, but that's it. It would have been nice to see her as the big boss at the Camp/City.
Terminus: Crazy OCD God of Boarders.
Amazons: Brave and strong warriors. Very loyal (depending on who is on the throne). That reminds me, I feel sorry for Reyna and her sister Hyalla. Captured by pirates after they destroyed their home. But they made it out alive.
Arion: Hazel's pretty brown cussing horse that escaped with them during the escape from the Amazons. I wonder he was saying when he was cussing. I have a good idea.
Future: I hate it that I have to wait an entire year for "The Mark of Athena", which we all know is about Annabeth and the Doors of Death.
Okay, big spoiler, but with Leo being a reincarnation of Sammy, do you think Hazel will have mixed feelings for him and Frank? I think Leo should at least get a girl to flirt with, like Gwen. But that's it.
Piper, Jason, and Reyna. Who will get him? Usually it's Team Jacob or Team Ash, but this time, it's two girls. I'm for one Team Piper. She got the short end of the stick. The Mist manipulated her feelings and memory. Reyna knew Jason for a while. But then again, she did, and she lost him. That's big. But I'm still Team Piper.

This book.....well, ask anyone (except my smartass friend Ben Ra.) that this book is a must read.

Favorite Quotes
"Anyone got a pen?" Lord Mars. "Two hundred Romans and no one's got a pen? Never mind!" page 148-9
"That was my kid. First over the wall, won the game for his team. Unless you're blind, that was an MVP play. You're not blind, are you?" Lord Mars. pg 150
"Percy imagined what that would be like: getting an apartment in this tiny replica of Rome, protected by the legion and Terminus the OCD border god. He imagined holding hands with Annabeth at a cafe. Maybe when they were older, watching thwir own kid chase seagulls acrosse the forum...." page. 161
"'He just said, "I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man.'" Percy page 341
"Beat that, ya punks!" Arion page 440
"I got a bone to pick with you, Zhang. You can turn in to an eagle? And a bear?" Percy page 471
"'Hazel,' Percy said, 'I am seriously going to wash your horse's mouth with soap. He says, yes, he can pull it, but he needs food.'" page 472

5 shells
(smart huh? goes with the theme)
Cover: 5 shells
Ending: 5

Note: I didn't receive this book in exchange for a review. I bought it. AMAZON!

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Personally, I like the original cover of Wolfsbane. It MATCHES the original one of Nightshade.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Well, reviews for the Son of Neptune and Bloodlines hopefully Friday since I'll have test to study for in these next two days. Chemistry and Math. Ugh.
Second, I decided to do a little cover love. This book is a year old, but I haven't read it, and it's just plain cute!
Goodreads's summary:
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Cute huh? I know. It's something different. You don't really hear about kids daring each other through a book these days. I can't wait to read it.

Movie to go along with the book:
Yeah I know, what does this movie have to do with the book? They're both different plots. Dares? A ten year old boy falling in love for the first time. Seriously? How original can you get here?

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Monday, October 17, 2011


Yeah, that's the word. GRR! Why? Well, I sensing I won't have time to put up my review for the Son of Neptune. Plus, I realized I didn't for Bloodlines yet either. So, hopefully only one test this week so my weekend is free. I hope.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Test week

This one is going to be short. Here we go.Well, it's going good so far. I should have read more yesterday and today when I had the chance, but I've been deleting crap off my computer since it has been running slow. Plus, i get distracted pretty easily. So, bare with me. Review hopefully in sometime this week if I don't have test after test after test this week. I'm pretty sure I have a test each day of this week. :(
Wish me luck

Monday, October 10, 2011

Well, it's been a good weekend so far......

Seriously, it has. Why?   
    1. I finished FOUR books this week. One being a hardcover, the others ebooks. :D
    2. I have about 10 "You have won" type of emails in my Yahoo Mail box.
    3. I just started Bloodlines this morning, and I'm already halfway through it.
    4. I've updated my blog.
Down side: My copy of the Son of Neptune still hasn't gotten here. And I PRE-ORDERED IT! That stink. :(
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mockingjay review

Goodreads: Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

Well, I finally finished Mockingjay yesterday! I know, it took me forever. Two weeks! But hey, that's how long it's going to take for a JUNIOR in high school finish a book since she has LOADS and LOADS of homework. :(
Well, I liked Mockingjay. Now you're probably wondering: LIKED? I LOVED IT! Well, I liked it. I LOVED the first book. This one was, in my opinion, was about Katniss and her mental instability and fighting for the rebels. I wish Suzanne put a bit more action into this one, but the action in it was good too. The fact Katniss kept going back and forth between stable and depressed and mentally wacked got kinda.....i don't want to say annoying, but i can't think of any other word for it.
I'm happy they got Peeta and the rest of them back, but personally, I wouldn't have let Peeta go out into the field. He was still too unstable.
Third, the one part of the book i absolutely didn't like was when Suzanne told us that Prim died. I DID NOT LIKE THAT ONE BIT! Also, I didn't like the fact i had to go and look up how she died. I got that the children were used as a human shield, and at first she was apart of it, but then online it said she was part of a medical team that got bombed. When did the book say that?
Otherwise: a great series over all.

4.5/5 shells

Cover: 5

Ending: 5 shells

 Note: I didn't receive this book in exchange for a review. I bought it. AMAZON!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Son of Neptune!

Hey there people. I'm so excited.
1: Go to this link and enter yourself in a dystopian giveaway by voting for this rockin' pic.
2. Guess what book comes out tomorrow!?

Yeah, that's right. The Son of Neptune. Go get yours NOW! It's so worth it!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Yeah, that's right people. PAST half way in Mockingjay. Read all yesterday and part of today. And right now, I hate Peeta. He's being a jack. Well, most of my day has been spent taking a pre-test for the PSAT (which, like all standardize test, is stupid) and helping prepare for the Haunted Forest in my hometown, Savanna. It's going to be awesome. So, if you guys are in Savanna, Illinois, on any Saturday, go to Poopy's (it's a restaurant. and yes, that's the name.) I don't know how much it is this year, but it's worth it.