Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse Review


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Hey Guys,
So today is the first time in while that I’ve done a book review. I’m reviewing Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse this time. Lets get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Date: Published: April 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

4.0 star

Blurb:

 IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive… 

My Review:

Okay so this is the 3rd book in the Percy Jackson series. Percy must venture out with 4 other people across the country to find Annabeth. With the Oracle’s words stuck in their mind, who will be the first to go? We are introduced to the Hunters of Artemis, Nico DiAngelis and his sister Bianca.

There was a lot that I liked about this book. For example, the introduction of the new characters. With Annabeth’s life in danger, there had to be someone to take her place on the quest. We found that in Zoë Nightshade. Her character was always in doubt of Percy and she was always looking to do her own thing. This made her similar to Annabeth (although she’d never admit it). We also had the rest of the Hunters that followed in Zoë ‘s footsteps. The introduction of Nico and Bianca was also a great addition as they were the cliché siblings who couldn’t be separated. However, Nico being too young and inexperienced to venture out on the quest, was left alone at camp while we got to know Bianca’s character as she went as part of the team on the Quest.

As well as there were things that I liked about this book, there were also things that I didn’t like. I found that, at times, the book became a bit tedious and slow paced for my taste. It took me a while to get through the novel which surprised me because usually I am a fast reader.

My overall opinion is that this was a good book. If you read the other Percy Jackson books and enjoyed them, obviously this book would be great for you even if it wasn’t perfect for me. I would recommend it to anyone reading the Percy Jackson Series.

Thanks for reading!

~Spike

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New Posts Arriving Soon!


Hey Guys

I have recently been looking over past posts that I have made over the 2 years that this blog has been running for and feel like it needs a bit of an update. This means that I am going to go back over the Reviews 2013 category and redo each of the reviews.

My reasoning for this is purely that I feel I am more experienced now then I was before and that allows me to be able to express my opinions on books with a lot more detail and clarity than before. This means that, over the course of the weekend, I will be redoing these reviews so look out for them!

I also plan to start posting nail art videos in the next couple weeks, however, as some of you may know, exam season is here so I am going to be busy with that this week but the nail videos shall soon follow 🙂

Just wanted to give you a heads up!

~Spike

New Blog Name


Hey Guys,

So right now, if you are reading this, the chances are that you’re on my blog. As you probably will have guessed, I’ve changed the blog name and the theme. This is to fit the new goal that I have been working on where I expand and improve on previous blog posts. For now, the URL is still http://www.spikesbooks.wordpress.com as I have yet to change that. I will probably not be changing it for a while so that’s all good 🙂

That’s all for now!

~Spike

Straight Vs. Curly


straight vs curlyHey Guys,

So I was going to post a long awaited review of Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse but alas, I have not had time. Instead however, I would like to have a bit of a rant/discussion/debate about the whole straight hair Vs. curly hair.

So, to start with, I have a problem with this myself. Naturally, I have very wavy hair. However, I have not been given smooth, gentle waves or tight ringlet curls that both seem to be very trending among celebrities. I have a mess that, to be frank, looks like a strange sort of birds nest. Being fair, however, my hair can behave some days and look party respectable but still in a mix between curls and straight. Also, the waves never seem to be in the same place! My hair is also very thick yet fragile and it breaks easily. These factors combined have gifted me with the frizz levels of a bumblebee on drugs. Currently, in an attempt to solve this, I have bought the Miraculous Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner as well as the serum from John Frieda’s “Frizz-Ease” collection. So far, I have not tried it, but if the reviews have anything to say it should help!

Anyway, back to the main focus, straight or curly? As mentioned, my hair is naturally wavy which most people like, however there are days when, as soon as I step outside, it becomes a mess of knots and tangles which require ages of painful brushing to once again tame. This leaves me with very little styling possibilities as the weather becomes a large factor with my hair having to be up most days. When I straighten my hair, however, this problem is minimized dramatically. I find that my hair when straight is less frizzy and easily knotted. Though there are positives, there are also negatives. Forcing my hair to become straight requires heat and because of this, hair can become damaged. This leads to more frizz and the cycle goes on. Straight hair is very much a positive, aside from that, as I find that it is much easier to style and my hair can still be thick and have lots of volume without getting in everyone’s way, including myself.

Now onto curly hair. Personally, I love people who have natural waves. I find that it adds character to their everyday look. However it takes lots of care. I remember once I was at the hairdressers and my hairdresser said to me that I was lucky to have the hair that I do where all I have to do is brush it and put some mousse into it to accentuate the curls and I would have lovely hair. This may be true for some of you but not for me. I find that it takes way to much time and have lately just been pulling it into a ponytail. Yet I do love curly hair. It’s so pretty and, when done right, can fit the style someone is trying to replicate perfectly. I also like my own curls because I find that they frame my face and, as they are natural, require no heat to create and therefore causing less damage.

If you were to choose curly hair, there is also the level of curls that you can get. You can be subtle yet stylish with gentle, bohemian waves 10634066_1 Selena-Gomez-wavy-Bob-Hair-Cut1or you can completely rock the boat and go all the way with tight ringlets. Of course, it all depends on what you like and what you think looks best but each type require different care and neither of which are easily found naturally without the assistance of curlers of different widths. As seen in the image on the right, this hair has very little wave to it yet is long enough for the hair to weigh down the curls to produce these waves. On the image on the left, the curls have been tightened and accentuated by the short cut of hair. For celebrities such as Selena Gomez (as pictured), their hair is not a problem as they have personal stylists who make sure that they look their best almost all the time. I find that maintaining my curls can be a very difficult task and sometimes not worth the effort as the effect desired is almost impossible to produce without heat or hair products.

As much as it may seem that I am trying to tell you that I hate my natural hair, this is not true. I do dearly love my hair because it can be wonderful at times and I feel that it perfectly matches my facial features and looks. However, when it doesn’t work and become stressful to deal with, is it worth straightening it to bring me my desired look and create a void in the stress yet damaging and drying it out, or should I leave it and wait for a rare occasion where it looks decent.

Bringing this back to a more general opinion, it is obviously up to you however you want to style your hair. Be it straight, curly, dyed brunette or blond (my opinions on this are another story however I do not object to people wishing to dye their hair whatever colour they prefer as it is personal choice and no one should be judged on their opinion of themselves), all styles are up to the person creating them. For me personally, I am on the fence with the straight vs. curly debate as both are very beautiful styles and fit whoever chooses to style it this way. I’d love to know your thoughts though, let me know if you’re a curly hair or a straight hair person or anything hair related.

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Spike

(no credit taken for photos shown in the post as they are not mine. Only the collage towards the beginning is mine however I did not take the photos, only created the collage. Credit given to the photographer/s taking them)

Interview with Christa Yelich-Koth!!!


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Hey Guys!

So one of the first people who I followed when I joined the blogging world and one of my first followers was Christa Yelich-Koth, a science-fiction graphic novelist. To celebrate the publication of her latest book Illusion, I have had the privilege to interview her. Let’s get on with the interview:

Q:So Christa, what inspired you to become a writer?

A: I always enjoyed reading when I was young. In middle school, I loved the creative writing portion of class where we got to write our own stories. In high school, I worked on a collaborative book series with two of my friends. From that sparked the story of ILLUSION, in which I saw a scene involving a young woman named Daith who woke up on a space ship with no memories. I wrote the scene down and knew that if I wanted to find out what happened next, I’d have to write more. While writing ILLUSION, I would come in and tell a coworker of mine the scenes I’d written the night before. After several weeks she asked “when are you going to publish this?” It opened a whole new world to me. I’d never really thought of becoming a published writer until that point.

Q: Out of all different genres of novels to choose from, what made you decide to go with science-fiction?

A: Science fiction is one of the only genre’s (the exception being fantasy) where I can make up anything I want. Without being bound by Earth rules, I can create worlds, peoples, abilities, and stories that couldn’t happen otherwise. It gives me absolute freedom to let the story unfold how it’s supposed to, without any restrictions.

Q: Your first comic, Hollow, is a 5 star rated book on Amazon.com. Did yyou every expect is to become so successful?

A: Haha! Not at all. HOLLOW was a really exciting graphic novel I did with illustrator Conrad Teves. I had no idea it would take off the way it did. I didn’t realize that the concept of free will versus happiness (which is the premise) would appeal to so many readers. Add to it the mix of the Matrix meets War of the Worlds and I was amazed, and humbled, at the positive response.  One of the great things on my end was I was able to do a follow-up series, HOLLOW’S PRISM. Without the support of the fans, I would not have continued on with the story, and I would have never have created Squee and his band of tinnybots! (They are super adorable. 🙂 )

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for your characters in Illusion?

A: I’m not really sure. I get flashes of scenes more than anything else. Once I write that, the characters start to take on a life of their own and I’m just along for the ride. What’s always surprising to me is when readers find parallels to real people or other characters. Though I have to admit, even though Daith is the main character, I’ve had a lot of readers really enjoy Trey’s journey.

Q: What made you choose graphic novels as a way to produce your works?

A: I originally wrote HOLLOW as a short story. It was fun, but it lacked something that kept it from being a sought after story. I reread it and found that if I added a visual component, the story could really shine. So I entered the world of graphic novels and comics—a world I was pretty foreign to I might add. I did my research, spoke with many other artists and writers, found a good illustrator, and worked my butt off. The finished product, HOLLOW, is something I never thought would come from a girl who only likes to write novels!

Q: The plot of Illusion is so unique and original. What gave you the idea?

A: First off, thanks! Truth be told, I didn’t know what the plot was going to be. I’d had a completely different idea around why Daith had no memories and what was the big secret about who she is. But as I wrote along that story, it got harder and harder to write. It was then I realized I couldn’t MAKE the story go where I wanted it to go. So I backtracked and let the story flow where it wanted. “Where it wanted” was a fast-paced, psychological adventure with a kidnapped woman with no memories, but special abilities, a captain of a ship who feels the burden of everything, but makes logically insane choices along the way, and a memory specialist, who can sense people’s emotions and yet is emotionally constricted from a recent loss in his life, which makes him terrified to rock the boat.

Q: As a final question, what other works can we expect from you in the future?

A: There is a second novel, IDENTITY, (out in 2016) which follows Daith after she’s chosen what to do with her life in ILLUSION (either search for the truth about her past or stay on the ship and use her abilities to help balance the galaxy’s unrest.) It introduces someone from her past who knows the truth about who she is and how that could conflict with the choice she made in ILLUSION.

I have REVENGE, ((tentatively out in 2017)) which is also part of the Eomix Galaxy Books collection, that follows a side character from IDENTITY, Ness Opute. Opute must give up his identity to infiltrate the organization of the woman who murdered his wife, although what he doesn’t know is that he is not the only one on the hunt.

In the fantasy department, I’m working on a YA series called The Land of Aia, first book: DREAMS, which follows Bekk, a sophomore who’s being plagued by resurfacing childhood dreams and how he must deal with them.

And, a reader favorite, the first in my detective series (and the only non SF/fantasy I’ve written), SPIDER’S TRUTH. This story follows Boston P.D. Detective Sean Trann as he faces off with a serial killer who he was able to stop the year before, but has come back with a personal grudge against Sean.

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So there are all my questions out about Illusion! I hope you all had as much reading it as myself and Christa did. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and make sure to check out Christa at http://www.christayelichkoth.com and order her book!

Thanks for reading!

Spike

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Christa Yelich-Koth is the author of graphic novel HOLLOW, comic book series HOLLOW’S PRISM and upcoming science fantasy novel ILLUSION from Buzz & Roar Publishing. She has staffed and led a workshop at the Southern California Writer’s Conference, been a panelist at MiniCon, and was co-founder of Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics. She can be reached at cyelkoth@gmail.com. Her website is http://www.christayelichkoth.com.

ILLUSION can be purchased for pre-order (with an exclusive pdf schematic of the Horizon spaceship), at http://www.buzzandroarpublishing.com/our-books.

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Book Haul!!!


Hey Guys,

So I’ve been meaning to post this since Christmas and now I finally have time for it. So, as you may know, I’m doing the 50 book challenge over the course of the year and these are some of the books that I’m going to be reading. Most of these books I was given at Christmas and other’s I bought over the course of the past couple months.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here are the books:

  • Atlantia by Ally Condie
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors
  • Wither by Lauren DeStephano
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

So these are all the books that I’ve bought and/or been given since December. Thanks for reading and make sure to vote on the new blog name!

~Spike

New Themes?


Hey Guys,

So as many of you will know, I have been posting for 2 and a half years. In that time, my posts have been very strict to books and book reviews and news in the book world. This fact was emphasized even in the title of my blog ‘Spikes Books’. Recently, I have been thinking about writing with more varied topics such as makeup, clothes, hairstyles, my thoughts on recent events and so on. I love nail art and creating new hairstyles as well and I was trying to think of a way to share that with you guys without having to create another blog. So, if this change goes ahead, I would be posting things for a wider audience range such as new movie releases, high-street makeup, clothing hauls etc. I would love to know what you guys think about this change and even some possibly new blog names that encompass a wider topic. Let me know in comments and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Thanks for reading

~Spike

Pretty Little Liars ~ New Fandom and Finale of Season 5


Hey Guys,
So over the past few weeks, I have become very interested in the Pretty Little Liars series. Last night, I finished the final episode of the 5th series. This by all means was one of my favourites and has left me with even more questions. There will be spoilers in this post so if you don’t want spoilers then STOP HERE!

Let’s start from the beginning:
JANEL PARRISH, TROIAN BELLISARIOMONA LIVES!!!! So a couple episodes before this one, we see that Mona has indeed been ‘killed’… or so we thought. In a recent plot twist, Mike reveals that Mona planned to fake her death but, as she never contacted him, Mike believed that ‘A’ had intercepted her and killed her. However, even though no body was found, we were shown her body in the back of a car that we can only assume belonged to ‘A’. This brought about more questions such as, “How did her body look so lifeless if she was still alive?”, “Why did ‘A’ specifically choose Mona?” and “What did he/she plan to do with her?”

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Alison also enters her court case and we receive the final verdict… arrested for first degree murder… and she took the other four liars down with her for assistance.

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In the truck, on the way to a Woman’s Correctional Facility, they get attacked. When they wake up, they appear to be back in their own rooms. However, there are camera’s in every corner and no photos or personal belongings of any kind. Turns out that they are in a large house that resembles each Liar’s bedroom as well as a couple other rooms needed for any other activities ‘A’ has in mind. Throughout the series’, occasionally when we see a scene of what ‘A’ is planning, there appears to be a dollhouse. This episode allows that to make sense as they are completely under the control of ‘A’ and have been put in an underground structure that resembles a dollhouse.

JANEL PARRISHWithin this house, the liar’s discover that Mona is still alive, but being forced to pretend to be Alison for the entertainment of ‘A’. She herself has been in this house for a while and she is working on a way to leave and get back to her home and normal life.   

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Mike also becomes more important in this episode as he becomes a target for ‘A’. This brings around questions such as: “Why is Mike being involved?” and “What will ‘A’ do to him next?”.

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Andrew also begins to look a bit suspicious. When he listens in on an important conversation between the Liars, we can all start to suspect that he is involved in this. Remember, in Pretty Little Liars, everyone is guilty until proven innocent.

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Spencer’s parents have also discovered ‘A’ and have joined Toby, Caleb and Ezra in the hunt for ‘A’ and where the girls are. What will this mean for the girls and how much danger are they all in now?

TROIAN BELLISARIO

Lastly, WHO IS CHARLES??? Towards the end of the episode, in an escape attempt, Spencer discovers a room full of ‘A’ personal mementos. She discovers that his name is Charles and, when a video randomly plays, she discovers that Charles appears to be Alison’s sibling. This brings up more questions than it answers. Why haven’t we seen him before? Where was he throughout the series? Why does he hate Alison? Why did he put the girls through torture?

In an interview with the director, he revealed that ‘A’ is someone we have seen before and that, by the end of season 6A, we will know who ‘A’ is and the story. The plan for the next season is a flash forward, using flash backs to discover how they escaped the dollhouse in the middle of nowhere and how they ended up the way they became. There are however only going to be 10 episodes is season 6A whereas there used to be 12 or 13.

I don’t know about anyone else but I am extremely excited for the next season and looking forward to finally discovering who ‘A’ is.

Thanks for reading and a review for Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse should be up around Sunday.

Spike

All photos are from: http://tvline.com/gallery/pretty-little-liars-season-5b-photos/#!21/brandon-jones/

New Book Quotes


Hey Everyone,

I have just updated my Book Quotes page so if you want, you can go check it out! It has a couple quotes from John Green, a couple classic quotes about reading and books as well as one that I created which is a quote from Harry Potter. I would love it if you check it out!

Thanks for reading

Spike

PS I am behind on my reading this year as I have been very interested in the Pretty Little Liars series. Now that I am up-to-date with that, my reading should be back to normal so expect a review in a week on Sunday 🙂

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters Review


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So today I will be reviewing the second book in the Percy Jackson series and my Book with Non-Human characters for the 2015 reading challenge. I finished this book on the bus yesterday so couldn’t wait to get the review up for you. Before you read this book, please note that I watched the movie before reading the book. *gasp* how could I?! Well, it was out in the cinema and I saw the first one and thought, why not. Apologies in advance but lets get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: April 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

5.0 star

Blurb:

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

My Review:

In this book, we join Percy as Camp Half-Blood has become invaded with monsters… again. This time, the magical shield of Thalia’s tree has been broken as the tree has been poisoned. Grover has been sent off in a search for Pan but uses an empathy connection to tell Percy that he is in danger. Clarisse is chosen to go on a quest to search for the Golden Fleece when Percy and his gang go along as well. I think that is the basic plot line of the story.

There are a lot of things I like about the book. For one thing, I like the detail and the funny comparisons made throughout the novel. Definitely had me laughing for a while! I also liked the character development. For example, Annabeth becomes so much more open to Percy during this book and you start to see the person she is underneath rather than the person she wants to be seen as. Percy also has some development as he grows up a lot. He becomes generous and understanding towards the end of the books. However you can see that there is a lot more development to come.

There isn’t much that I didn’t like about the book. I felt that the timing was just right and there was enough detail for you to imagine the scene, but not to much that it becomes boring.

I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first one and it is suitable for all ages. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Thanks for reading and I’ll write again next week!

Spike