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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

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Twelfth Night Review


Hello good people of the internet and welcome back to a Review Sunday!

So this week I will be reviewing the second completely book in the PopSugar reading challenge 2015. This for me was a play and I chose to read Twelfth Night which was cheating in a way because I am reading it al school so it didn’t take much time. Just a warning before I get into this review, I have never reviewed a play and my rating system is going to be slightly biased because I am not normally a fan of Shakespeare and I find it very difficult to understand so… with that in mind, let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Twelfth Night
Author: William Shakespeare
Date Published: 1601
Publisher: N/A
Overall Rating:

4.0 star

Blurb:

Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming “Count Malvolio” only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy, mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown’s sad song.

My Review:

So this play is about a set of twins who got separated in a shipwreck and ended up in different parts of the world. Viola ended up in Illeria with Duke Orsino and Countess Olivia who had just lost her brother in a tragic accident and has been left with a large inheritance. In order to blend in and get a job and continue life, Viola decided to go ‘under cover’ as a man. This is where the store starts.

Ok so where to start, let’s start with Olivia. She is a very lonely lady who wants nothing more than to get over the death of her brother. But when she is landed with a large sum of money and remains single, she is constantly being hit on my the Duke Orsino. This means that she is constantly worried about people only wanting to date or marry her for her money. This leaves a clear opening in the plot for her. Viola is also a new character as she has lost her brother in a shipwreck and ended up with a lot more psychiatric problems then she originally thought.

I don’t really know how to write a review on a play because I haven’t done one like it before. Powering on though! Some of the things that I liked about this play was the unique characters. They all added a special role to the play and they all made it more and more funny. I think that if I were to see it on stage, it would be unbelievably funny and completely capture the audience. However in saying that, there are some things that I didn’t fully understand every word that they were talking about. I suppose some could argue that that is the beauty of Shakespeare but in my personal opinion, I found it confusing even though I was able to follow the whole plot. I think that is also another example as to how it is better to see in the theatre.

To conclude, I did enjoy this play but it would be better to see a live performance. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read plays and Shakespeare because it was a classic Shakespearian story.

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all soon!

Spike

NaNoWriMo


Hey Guys,

If a lot of you are in the business of writing novels, you will know that this is the time of year where all writers have the ability to hibernate all month during a challenge known as NaNoWriMo. This year, I have decided to have a go myself! I will be posting when I hit milestones and I will post the final story at the end of the month.

For me, it is back to writing so have a happy November and talk soon!

Spike

PS if any of you are doing this challenge, I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Girl, Missing Book Review


Girl, MissingHello everyone,

Today I am going to be doing another favourite book review. This week I am going to be reviewing Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie. Let’s get started!

Book Title: Girl, Missing
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Date Published: December 1st 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?

My Review:

So this book starts with a sixteen year old Lauren doing her English project. It’s kind of that classic first day back at school project titles something along the lines of Who am I? Considering as Lauren was adopted when she was about three months old, there isn’t really anything interesting that she could write. So during her research, she looks up different things which lead her onto a missing child website. Scrolling down the pictures, she reaches one that has similar sort of personal information to her own, leading to the conclusion: was she kidnapped as a baby?
This book was a lot of fun. I liked the depth of the characters and how strong the bonds of friendship between Lauren and Jam were. each individual character had an amazing personality and they all slotted together perfectly. I liked how the story flowed as a reasonable pace and that Lauren and Jam took the reader through every process that they went through. I liked this book because, as it was short, it didn’t take very long to get to the main point of the story. It kept the reader hooked on every word and I just loved it.
There were however some things that I didn’t liked. Such as when Lauren and Jam run away in America to start their mission, she doesn’t seem to be too worried about how her Mum is reacting to her disappearing in a completely different continent let alone country! I found that when they both *SPOILER WARNING* get kidnapped by the same person who kidnapped her earlier, I found this really unrealistic that a couple of teenagers would get into a car with a random stranger. I mean sure she was wearing a police outfit but it isn’t that hard to just buy one from a party shop, is it? I do agree however that without this point in the story, it could very well not have turned out the same. *SPOILERS OVER*
I did really enjoy this book overall. I’m very upset though because I had this book on my shelves and I either lent it to one of my friends and they haven’t given it back (unlikely as I asked all of them about it afterwards) or I’ve just lost it because, as with a lot of things that I lend to friends (or attempt to lend to friends) it went missing. Just like the title huh? So yeah I’m a bit miffed because I really wanted to reread it but oh well. I gave this book a 4.0 out of 5 stars because, well, it was fun! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery books but I do think that it may be a bit of a teen read as well so if you are a teenager who loves mystery novels then this is the book for you!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next week!
Spike

Updates


Hello hello hello everyone,
Right, now I have a couple updates to mention. Firstly, as you can probably tell, I have changed the theme again. Sorry about the constant changes but this theme I think suits the blog very well as it is neat but also a little cute and girly at the same time. The previous theme was very sophisticated and serious (black to all you Harry Potter fans. Don’t worry if you don’t get it).
Secondly, on our Facebook page, I am looking to expanding a bit more. We currently have 3 admins and we are on the hunt for more. If you would like to be a Facebook admin, please message us through the Facebook page.
Third, also about the Facebook page is the lack of a cover. If you have any ideas, please message me through the Facebook page again, just so all the Facebook related messages can stay neatly in the same place.
And last, on a new page that will be going up over the next week, I will be doing a continual story. For those who are on Wattpad, it will be like that except it will be on the blog so it can be easier to find. On that page as well you will be able to comment ideas about how the story shall progress to make it a collaborative story.
Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all soon
~Spike

TFIOS Movie Review ~ SPOILER WARNING


Hey Guys,
So yesterday I went on a half day shopping trip with my best friend and one of the things we did to top of the day was to watch the TFIOS movie which came out last Thursday. This review may contain spoilers so if you have not watched the movie or read the book yet, do not read the review.
TFIOS Movie POster
This isn’t so much a review as a massive discussion about how AWESOME this movie was! So you started off with a brief about 5 minute overview of Hazel’s life without certain details. All the details come into play later on in the movie however. As a lot of you who have read the book will know, there is a lot of texting that goes on between Hazel and Augustus. In the film, the texts were shown in little speech bubbles in the spare space. I found this amazingly clever as it added a personal touch to the film. As in all book based films, some of the parts were missed out. This was barely noticeable unless you had read the book numerous amounts of times and knew it almost by heart. However there was one particular scene that was missed out which contained a quote. This quote was My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations, yet even with this scene skipped, it didn’t make too much of a difference. The gas station scene was so touching and as soon as it started I knew exactly where we were in the story. Well done to Ansel for perfectly performing this scene. From this point onward for the rest of the film, I could hear the whole cinema sobbing. To counter that point, from the beginning the whole audience was laughing at the funny bits and crying at the sad bits. A final note just to say thank you to the staff at the cinema for handing out tissues at the end of the film. #TFIOS
A great film for a great book. Well done John Green!
DFTBA and thanks for reading!
~Spike

Alternate Universe


Hey Guys,

So I was talking with my friend and we started about random things. One of the things we were talking about was What if we are just another person’s dream? Well anyway, this got me thinking. I wrote a poem on it and I would love it if you guys could comment what you think. It would really help. Thanks and here’s the poem.

Spike

Alternate Universe

When you have seen all I have seen,

When you have felt all I have felt,

Then you will know

How it feels to only be there when one is asleep

To be gone when it was feels like such a short period of time

To be seen when no one is there

To have loved and lost in a matter of hours

Your watcher only seeing one image a night

Barely remembering you the next

Ever changing

Always there

A dream

That’s all they see

They don’t realise the beauty

The sweet satisfaction

I am not alive

Nor am I dead

Just in a different world

One where wars are not fought endlessly to the death

A world only seen in seven seconds

 A world no one could ever dream about

But that’s the thing

They have

Naturals Book Review


Hey Guys,
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Anyway, I read this book called Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It was honestly one of the best books I have read next to The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Anyway, I should probably get on with the review 🙂
Naturals
Book Title:The Naturals
Author:Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher:Disney-Hyperion
Date Published:November 5th 2013
Series?Yes. Book #2 comes out in November 2014
Overall Rating:
5.0 star
Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

My Review:
This book is another take on the classic typical teenage cover with a totally different reality. Cassie is a Profiler (this will all make sense if you read the book) and she lived a normal life. To her, it is all a hobby. Getting recruited by the FBI was the last thing she expected to happen and from there, it just got a lot more difficult.
My favourite thing about this book was mainly the ideas. I loved the idea of the story and all the people in it. My favourite character was Lea because her personality was so amusing. She plays the part of a lie detector in a way. I think that this gives her more of a mysterious side. She also appears very protective over her friends in certain points. My favourite part of the book has to be the Truth of Dare game. I will release one quote from this scene later on but I do not want to ruin the story for any reader. I read this book in a total of about 4-5 hours. I just couldn’t put it down.
The only thing that I have to dislike about the book was some of the murder scenes. For me, they were a bit too over the top but that doesn’t lower my review as it added atmosphere to the whole story.
I would recommend this book to any reader of the age of thirteen. I have recently discovered a passion for these sorts of books so any reader who loves secret spy books and powers will love Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!
Spike