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Book Review | The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) | Rick Riordan


The Son of NeptuneTHE SON OF NEPTUNE (HEROES OF OLYMPUS #2)
by Rick Riordan ★★★★

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ONE CURSED DEMIGOD.
TWO NEW HEROES.
A QUEST TO UNLEASH THE
GOD OF DEATH…..

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.

But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain–Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed. [Goodreads]


My Review

I have to be honest that when I first started reading this one I thought that I’d missed a book in the series. I nearly gave up reading it. The beginning seemed to be too random and disconnected with the previous book, but as it turns out, Percy had lost his memory. Perhaps it was RR’s intention to confuse the reader so they could empathize with Percy … or maybe I’m just not that bright, and the gap from book 1 was too long … who knows?

Anyway, as the story progressed and started rolling along I started to enjoy it. I liked the new characters that teamed up with Percy and their adventures moved along in true PJ fashion.  It’s another exciting instalment in the journey to fulfil the Prophecy of Seven. All PJ books have the same underlying theme where most characters have generally been abandoned/left/forgotten/orphaned by their parents and they’re trying to discover their past and future purpose. This is also true for the newbie characters in this one. There is plenty of action as the questing teens face many challenges on their way to and from Alaska, climaxing in the biggest challenge of all.

LOL … as usual, RR also manages to throw in a storyline that includes our modern day icons. Amazon as a mythical place in Seattle full of Amazons. The guards have cards with one-click abilities that can open cells were prisoners are held. Funny idea Mr Riordan … and the Amazons read from little black tablets too. RR must’ve chuckled as he wrote it. Once I got into the book I enjoyed it and I’m keen to see the next part of the prophecy in the book 3.


In a nutshellIt’s another cool PJ tale, which was hard for me to initially get into, but once I did, I enjoyed the read.

It’s a no brainer that it will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson.

 


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Book Review | The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner 2) | James Dashner

 


The Scorch TrialsTHE SCORCH TRIALS
(Maze Runner 2)
by James Dashner ★★★★★

The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?   [Goodreads]


My Review

Newsflash … This is the best book I’ve read this year … End of Newsflash.

I was a big fan of the first book (The Maze Runner) and I loved this one even more. It’s one of those series that you read and totally immerse yourself in, but there’s a constant doubt in the back of your mind as to whether you (or the characters) are being tricked and misled. Nothing is as it seems … Or is it? … I love that uncertainty.

Fresh from their escape from the Maze, the Gladers find themselves at the whim of WICKED once again. Were they ever free of them? (Read it to find out) In this book, snippets of information are slowly revealed, teasing us  with clues about the bigger picture. Who is WICKED? Who is Thomas? Where did the Gladers come from? Why are they there? Did another team survive the maze? Every clue brings more questions, so if you like to be kept on your toes from one page to the next, then you’ll love the mystery in this one.

Thomas is still the main guy, and just when he starts to relax because everything is going well, his mysterious mind link with Theresa from book 1 is suddenly broken. That’s when things start to go a little haywire and turn dangerous. Thomas is completely disheartened when he discovers that Theresa has vanished without a trace. He fears the worst. What’s happened to her? Is she still alive? And the fact that she’s been replaced by a new guy called, Aris, who can also talk to Thomas with his mind, is another great twist.

The Gladers are forced to embark on a new and even more treacherous journey known as the Scorch Trials. I won’t tell you why they have to go, or what they get if they succeed – you’ll need to read it yourself. The Scorch Trials lead them through impossibly long and dark underground tunnels, across scorching desert, and into the dangerous streets of a city in ruins. Every turn brings more danger, whether it be from deadly mechanical beasts, extremes of Mother Nature or zombie-like-diseased-human-leftovers that chase them without an ounce of mercy. There is such a constant barrage of deadly challenges in this book, that it’s not just a question of ’Who will make it to the end?’ It’s a question of ’Will they make it to the end?’

I’m literally busting to see what the next book in the series brings. If it’s as good as this one I’ll be a very happy lad. On a side note, I’m also really looking forward to seeing The Maze Runner movie (Book 1), which is due for cinema release in September 2014. I’m crossing my fingers that The Scorch Trials movie won’t be too long a wait after that. I’m sure it’ll be brilliant (fingers crossed).
FYI – As with The Maze Runner, this one definitely sits in the Young Adult bucket, not Middle Grade.

In a nutshellThis book is a full-on action packed thrill ride from cover to cover. It’s got new friends, old friends, new foes, old foes, betrayal, doubt, pain, hope, hopelessness. I could go on, but I think you get the message … it’s got heaps crammed into it. Highly recommended.

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Book Review | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | J.K. Rowling

HP 4HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
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It’s the summer holidays and soon Harry Potter will be starting his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is counting the days: there are new spells to be learnt, more Quidditch to be played, and Hogwarts castle to continue exploring. But Harry needs to be careful – there are unexpected dangers lurking …

JK Rowling continues to surprise and delight with the power of her rich, demanding and action-packed storytelling. [Goodreads]


My Review

 An action packed story that’s full of great moments.

This was another great trip down memory lane. I love re-reading HP books. Harry has endured another challenging period in the Dursley household with fresh memories of Sirius from book 3 crisp in his mind. At last he had someone (besides Dumbledore) to watch over him, even if it was from a distance.

HP 4 starts with a great celebration. It’s Quiddich World Cup time and there’s a bucket load of excitement that goes with it. It’s a rare opportunity for magic folk to gather and bask in the spectacle of a major event. As with any great spectacle, there are some who see it as an opportunity to cause havoc. An evil prank by a pack of Death Eaters and the appearance of the Dark Mark demonstrate how easily things can switch from the highs of the sports field to the lows of dark magic. It’s a huge wake up call to many, but others still remain in denial of the impending return of Voldemort.

Soon after the cup, another school year begins, which promises to be full of drama and excitement. Existing bonds have grown stronger and foes have grown ’foeier’, but there is big news on the way. Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the legendary Triwizard Cup, which has been dormant in the magic world for many years (due to unfortunate deaths and injuries in the past). The cup would be a good hearted battle of endurance and smarts between the three great schools of the wizarding world.

That’s where J.K. throws a spanner in the works. Instead of the expected three competitors, a fourth is thrust into the game. Harry. And he must accept his role and compete to win, whilst fighting against multiple opponents that lay within and outwith the challenges of the cup. The Triwizard Cup is a battle for Harry on so many levels. Only one competitor can win and claim victory. The plot is full of great twists that both surprise and delight.

The influx of visitors to Hogwarts brings with it a whole wave of new characters that weave into the lives of our favourite wizards. Hagrid for one shows a new side to his personality as he falls for one of the visitors. Hermione is also a little besotted by one of Harry’s opponents, as she blossoms into her teens and dazzles at the ball. There’s also the subtle beginnings of an underlying (and unacknowledged) chemistry with Ron.

This book is another wonderful tale by J.K. that builds on the previous books and sets up well for the ones that follow. She builds the threat of looming chaos and Dumbledore is worried. It’s a turning point in the series where the Ministry is starting to lose all sense of logic by denying that Voldemort’s strength is growing. There’s a lesson to be learned – don’t ignore the squeaky wheel, it’ll fall off one day and you’ll be in deep trouble.

In a nutshellEach time I re-read these books I love them more. The Goblet of Fire is an action packed story that’s full of great moments. The various paths and plots within the story converge into a wonderful and exciting climax.


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Book Review | Double Vision | F.T. Bradley


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DOUBLE VISION (Double Vision 1)
By F.T. Bradley    ★★★★★
Paperback edition

Fans of 39 Clues and Artemis Fowl will enjoy the fun, fresh thrill ride through this humorous, action-packed adventure from debut author F. T. Bradley.

In the trilogy opener, twelve-year-old Lincoln Baker finds himself in a world of trouble! First, Linc’s seemingly harmless prank on a school field trip ends in expulsion and a lawsuit. Then two mysterious figures from a secret government agency called Pandora show up at Linc’s house with a proposition for him.

Turns out Linc looks exactly like one of Pandora’s top kid agents, Benjamin Green, who vanished while on a critical spy mission in Paris. If Linc agrees to take his place, they’ll get him back in school and make that costly lawsuit disappear.

But the mission is a lot more complicated than it seems. A highly valuable copy of the Mona Lisa has gone missing and now Linc must make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Too bad Linc isn’t a black belt math genius who can run a four-minute mile like his double, Ben, because he’ll need those skills to make it out alive. . . . [Goodreads]


My Review

A nice mix of action and adventure.

Ever since I first saw this book I’ve wanted to read it. So, I waited for ages for the ebook to be available for me here in Australia. No such luck. I finally put an end to the waiting and ordered a paperback copy from the Book Depository in the UK (It was a great deal with free postage). And I have to say that I’m very glad that I decided to  grab a copy, because I loved this book.

Linc is a normal kid, who has a talent for causing mayhem without even trying. One day, his mayhem has some pretty serious repercussions on his family and it looks like everything is taking a dive because of him. Then, everything changes. His uncanny resemblance to a high performing kid spy becomes his ticket to an amazing adventure, and hopefully a solution to the problems he’s brought upon his folks.

Without giving away too much of the plot, Linc embarks on a top secret mission to recover a priceless piece of art that could fall into the wrong hands. Far from the quiet streets of his hometown, he finds himself on a thrilling adventure through Paris solving hidden clues with his new friend, Francoise.

In a way, this book reminded me of a Da Vinci Code for kids, without the murders and dark themes. Just an urgent mission to solve the clues before it was too late. This is one of the most enjoyable books that I’ve read this year. Great job. I’m looking forward to books 2 and 3.

In a nutshellThe plot is great. It has a nice mix of action, adventure and a likeable cast. Twists, turns and the suspicion of double agents had me changing my mind along the way as the mystery unfolded.

Highly recommended.

Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


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Book Review | Fizz and Peppers at the Bottom of the World | M.G. King


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FIZZ AND PEPPERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD
By M.G. King    ★★★★★

NOMINATED FOR 2013 CYBIL AWARDS!

Everyone knows that sunlight turns trolls to stone. What most people don’t realize is that a single bubble of soda fizz wakes those violent, bickering creatures back up! Just ask Colin Colbeck.

When Colin drops through a mysterious hole under his brother’s bed, he discovers a band of smoothie drinking trolls who tell him his grandmother has been kidnapped. It’s up to Colin to journey into the deep to save her.

Followed by his ex-best friend and a reckless little brother, Colin and his companions discover a troll war about to cause a catastrophic earthquake. Scandanavian mythology meets suburbia in this perilous tale. [Goodreads]


My Review

This book has been lingering in my to read pile for quite a while and I finally took the plunge to read it. It was totally surprising to find such a rich adventure lingering beneath such an unassuming cover. It gave no indication as to the type of story or the scale of the setting within. M.G. King has created an amazing world full of great characters that could quite possibly really be underneath our noses.

Colin is the main character of the story, who finds himself in a desperate search for his missing Grand. She’s wandered off one night and gone missing. Much to his surprise, he discovers that she’s been kidnapped … by Trolls! This is where it gets complicated for young Colin. Soon enough his younger brother, Sid, goes missing too. The trouble is, who’d believe his story that Trolls live under the house and have a penchant for kidnapping. Would you?

So the adventure moves underground to an amazing place. We soon find that there’s a heap of drama going on in the world of Trolls, which will have a terrible impact on everyone above ground. There’s plenty of action, captures, escapes, and surprises lingering in this story.

In a stroke of genius, Sid had decided to bring along his spy book for reference purposes, in case they were in a jam. It came in very handy and littered the story with comical tips that often had me chuckling as I read. Another character that we meet is Pepper, she’s the mean and grumpy girl from next door, and she was my least favourite character. You’ll need to read it for yourself to see how she deals with the huge chip she has on her shoulder.

In addition to these ones, I seem to have come across lots of Trolls lately, reading Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly, and watching The Hobbit on DVD. I’m wondering if they really do exist! I really enjoyed this book. It had an action packed climax and a clever twist right at the end.

In a nutshell

Fizz and Peppers is a great read that as I mentioned before, was a pleasant and action filled surprise.

There’s a lot more to this one than the cover suggests.


Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


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Blog Tour & Review | Mammoth Trouble (Noah Zarc 1) | D.Robert Pease

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Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease

Title: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble
(Book #1)
Author: D. Robert Pease
Publication Date: July 22, 2013
Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition)
Number of pages: 214
Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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My Review

This is a story of extremes. It’s an old tale retold, with a mixture of futuristic space travellers and a sprinkling of cave dwellers and extinct animals.  A futuristic family has been tasked with collecting all the creatures from history, ready for repopulation on earth. The ARC is their mode of transportation,  and it sounds absolutely mind-blowing. I can’t imagine how long it would take to build something so huge, let alone the ongoing maintenance.

Their journey takes some of them waaaaaaaay back into the past where they meet up with a group of peaceful and friendly cave dwellers. Based on my normal assumptions about cave dwellers, I expected that they would be less civilized and quite untrusting of mysterious people from the sky. But in this story that stereotype is thrown out the window. They welcomed them with open cave. It was great to see the Noah’s new caver friend, Adina’s story unfold, and for her strengths to be an important factor in the final outcome. It just goes to show that there must’ve been some clever cavers. It’ll be interesting to see how well she adjusts to her new life in later books.

One thing that amazed me was how well the translator worked. The ease of communication between two groups of people from the extreme opposite ends of civilization was practically seamless. This was the only part of the story that I thought was a stretch, but I found the rest of it quite well thought out, believable and possible. It’s quite clear as well that there is an underlying environmental message in the story, with extremely opposite views from different characters. Each side felt that they were on the right side, but Haon (the baddie) was blinded by his opinions and wasn’t approaching it in the most appropriate way.

I think that the author has succeeded in weaving together plenty of different plot levels into a well thought out story. I haven’t mentioned it, but there is also an overarching power that is having a huge impact on everyone’s life. It was also great that a kid with his own physical challenges took centre stage as the main protagonist and overcame them. Let’s hope the technology that helped Noah really does become a reality in he future.

In a nutshell

This book was choc-full of action. I really enjoyed the story and it kept my interest from the first page.

Great climax too.

 


Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


 The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1: “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” ~ Publishers Weekly

Book 1: “If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan’s Olympians books, I think you’ll also like Noah Zarc.” ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author

Book 2: “This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results.” ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children’s Author

Book 2: “A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination.” ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer

Book 3: “I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.” ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer


 About the Author: D. Robert Pease

D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike.

Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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More than a book review | Bully for Them | by Fiona Scott-Norman


Bully for ThemBULLY FOR THEM
(Outstanding Australians on Hard Lessons Learned at School)

by Fiona Scott-Norman

One of the most difficult things about being bullied is the feeling that nobody else knows what it’s like. Twenty-two of Australia’s most talented and successful people know exactly what it’s like. In candid and entertaining interviews, leading lights from across Australian life recount how they were bullied and shunned at school just for being different. Not only did they survive the ordeal but their experiences helped shape them into the remarkable individuals they are today.

Contributors include: Missy Higgins (musician), Hazem El Masri (NRL), Christos Tsiolkas (writer), Tiffiny Hall (TV), Alice Pung (writer), Sam Bramham (paralympian), Stella Young (disability advocate), Eddie Perfect (actor), Megan Washington (musician), Brendan Cowell (actor), Marieke Hardy (writer), Adam Goodes (AFL), Adam Boland (TV), Bindi Cole (artist), Charlie Pickering (TV), Kate Miller-Heidke (musician), Tim Ferguson (comedian), Penny Wong (politician), Benjamin Law (writer), Judith Lucy (comedian), Paul Capsis (musician), and Wendy Harmer (TV). – Goodreads 


My Review

Bully for Them is a book filled with heartfelt words from a wide variety of famous Australians. Each of them recounts their experiences at school, many of them experiencing the brunt of bullying. Personally, I have no time or tolerance for bullies. This is a direct result of my own experiences. Even to this day, when I encounter people who’s manner or actions remind me of certain people from my school days, I can’t help but judge them – the wall goes up. I know it’s not fair, but my gut instincts are more often right than wrong. They need to prove themselves to me, to earn my respect and trust.

The experiences that are discussed by the contributors in the book are often very frank, and sometimes quite confronting. I mention this as I wouldn’t recommend this as a read for kids. It’s better suited to adults to see how school time experiences can shape an individual. This knowledge may help parents to spot troubled times for their kids along the way, so they can offer some help, and be there for them.

As a parent, one of the things that I fear most is that my kids would become victims of bullying. I dare say that I’ve brought them up to respect others and I’m extremely confident that they would never participate in bullying others.

Regular readers of this blog will know of my 9 year old daughter’s recent battle with cancer. One of the most worrying things for me when she returned to school a couple of months ago was whether her lack of hair and wearing a bandana would attract bullying or teasing.  Interestingly enough, the only confronting comments we’ve encountered (overheard) have been from a small number of teens and adults in public places. It’s extremely hard to ignore, and resist the temptation to set them straight – we don’t want to draw more attention. Thankfully, she has been welcomed back to school with open arms by her friends and teachers, and she has approached it bravely and gracefully, like the true champion she is. We’re so proud of her, and I’m proud of her friends for looking after her as well.

The common thread within the book is that the contributors have all taken strength from their past and turned it into something positive. They’ve grown and blossomed in their chosen field and are even thankful for the tough times, and acknowledged that they were the very things that built their character and made them what they are today.  I know that most readers of this blog are not from Australia, you’re mainly USA, Canada and UK, so you may not have heard of the famous Aussies in this book. The main thing is their stories. It shows that if you are determined enough, you can overcome the bullies and shine in the world.

Two standouts in the book for me were Kate Miller-Heidke (musician) and Tiffiny Hall (TV, author), both famous Australians that I’ve respected and admired for a number of years. As I read their stories I tweeted about it and was uber-thrilled to get the following replies.

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Tiffiny Hall is a beautiful and passionate person. My kids both think she’s awesome, they’re both definitely fans of the white ninja. She is also an accomplished author and is actively involved in anti-bully initiatives. Kate Miller-Heidke is one of those rare, quirky and immensely talented musicians that come into play from time to time. I’ve been a fan for the long run. One of her songs, Caught in the Crowd, is one of my all time favourites. It’s about bullying. I thought it was the perfect bonus to add to the end of this review.

It’s also interesting to know that if you search Kate Miller-Heidke on YouTube you’ll get a load of videos of this song done by school kids as part of an anti-bullying initiative. It’s worth watching a few.

In a nutshellThis started out as a simple book review, but I think it uncovered how much this book impacted me. I’m so glad to have seen it mentioned on The Project (an Aussie TV show), at which time I immediately went online and bought it. I think this is a wonderful book.


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