Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Son of Neptune

9520360Goodreads Says:    
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. 

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 of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.


My Thoughts:

-    I read this ages ago, but somehow I forgot to write a review! Oops!

-    I love how the first book was about Jason at Camp Half-Blood, and this one is all about Percy at Camp Jupiter.

-    I loved exploring the new camp. I really glad they provided a map. It was really helpful.

-    It was fun to learn the Roman names for all the gods and who their Greek counterparts were. It was also fun to see the difference between satyrs and fauns and the cyclopes. 

-    I really liked the new characters introduced. Hazel and Frank were great, but I'm really curious about Reyna. I hope there is more of her in the future.

-    Nico is back!!

-    Percy is a natural leader. He grew so much in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, so I'm glad the book focused on Percy helping Hazel and Frank find their strengths. 

-    I can't remember everything I wanted to say, but I really liked this one!

First Book in The Heroes of Olympus Series:
(cover is linked to my thoughts)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 2014 Books


Top Ten Books I Read Released in 2014

This was a great year for books, and next year looks even better!


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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Terminal



My Thoughts:

-    Tom Hanks has some pretty classic movies. There is Big, Castaway, Saving Private Ryan, all the ones with Meg Ryan, Splash, AND The Terminal. Great actor!

-    I am so amazed at Tom's performance in this one. His speech, posture, and even the way he walks is so unique for his character. That would have been hard. 

-    I love Viktor. You can't help but cheer for him and sympathize with him. Great character!

-    Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of the most beautiful actresses. I wish I looked like her, and had her voice. Her acting is great as well.

-    This movie is so funny, heart warming, and all around great! I really enjoy watching every moment.

-    The music is AWESOME!! I want to learn that clarinet part! 

-    All the sub characters are great as well. They give wonderful performances and they make me laugh.

-    I don't like seeing Stanley Tucci as a bad guy, but he does a good job, like always. 


-    I love watching how Viktor uses his skills and resources to survive in the airport.

-    This movie makes living in airport look a little fun. I wouldn't want to do it for a long time, but a couple weeks would be fun. 

-    If you haven't seen this yet, get ye hence and find it! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fan Art Friday

showcasing:

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These books are so awesome!



 












There was so much out there for this book! Wow!

My favorites are the last two. I love epic scenes, and I'm a sucker for anime. I love the style and colors on the last one.

Which is your favorite?

So many talented artists! Each picture is linked to the source where I found them. I recommend clicking on the last picture. That artist has a drawing of a lot of the characters from the series. They are fantastic!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2

20530924Goodreads Says:    The second volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists.

Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton, and David Lafuente lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel.

Volume Two includes chapter six to the end of the book.



My Thoughts:

-    I think more books should be adapted into graphic novels. This was so much fun! It is a great way to experience books in a new way.

-    I liked the first volume more than the 2nd, but I liked the first half of the original better as well.

-    I think I might enjoy the graphic novel more than the original. The artists did a great job illustrating the book.

-    The different illustrators worked out a lot better in this one. It was more consistent. 

-    I loved the illustrations! Great portrayal of everything! 

-    I love the bitter sweet ending to this tale. Bod has to grow up and live his own life, but I feel sad about everything he has to leave.

-    Even though I knew what was coming, it was still exciting to see/read some of the scenes. 

-    Wonderful adaptation! Every fan of The Graveyard Book should check these out!


First Volume:
(cover is linked)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

North and South Read Along Sign Ups


My love and admiration for Richard Armitage is no secret! I LOVE watching North and South over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It never gets old!

Well, I've never read the book, and my friends want to remedy that! We are hosting a North and South Read Along for January! Are you excited? I am! Will you be picturing Mr. Thornton as Richard Armitage? I will!

Schedule:

Chapters 1-28
Discussion Post January 10 on Jenni's Blog

Chapters 29-35
Discussion Post January 20 here

Chapters 36-the end
Discussion Post January 31 on Suey's Blog

Twitter chats will be announced on discussion  posts! We'll be using #NorthSouthRAL for chats, thoughts, quotes, and anything else!

We'll also be having a movie night after the read along. 
Details will be announced later!

We plan on kicking this off on January 1st! I'm really excited! I hope you'll join us! It will be lots of fun! I love read alongs! Please spread the word! The more the merrier! 

And if this doesn't make you love Richard Armitage, I don't know what will! 



The Raven Boys

17675462Goodreads Synopsis:    “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

My Thoughts:

-    Why did it take me so long to read this!? This was a hauntingly brilliant story!

-    I loved the characters! They were all so intriguing, and I just want to know more and more about each one, especially the boys.

-    I'm still a little confused with some things. I'm still digesting this.

-    It takes a little bit to get things rolling, but the story kept slowly building up to something great! The ending is awesome! Wow!

-    My mind was blown after Gansey and Blue visit the old church. 

-    I loved the friendship between Gansey, Ronan, Noah, and Adam. It is one of my favorite aspects of the book.

-    I can't wait to read The Dream Thieves!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Author Extravaganza

 On Saturday the Orem Library had a big panel of authors. It was a signing only day.

Here is Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, and Natalie Whipple.

Here is Ally Condie, Shannon Hale, Julianne Donaldson, and Sarah M. Eden.

 A couple years ago, back when Sanderson didn't have a line, I got Mistborn signed. Then I hopped over to the Shannon Hale line. Dean Hale was with her, and while Shannon was signing Goose Girl, Dean asked if he could sign my Mistborn. I said sure and handed it to him. He hesitated so Shannon grabbed it and said, "I'll sign it!" After Shannon signed, Dean signed. It was awesome!

I've been wanting Sanderson to sign my Goose Girl since then, and I finally got him to do it on Saturday.
It says, "This book is okay . . . but it needs more Mistborn!"

I love it! I should get more of our Utah Authors to sign each other's books.

The event was good! There were so many people there! It was good to see Orem get a huge crowd for something.