Characters That Steal Your Heart: The Percy Jackson Series

First things first, I would just like to say how happy I am that Beauty and the Beast got remade! And to top the present off with a bow, Emma Watson is playing Belle(please know who that is!). I haven’t been to the movies to see it yet, but any day now I will. Now back to the book talk.

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I love many books (almost every single one that I have ever read), but for the last four or so years, the Percy Jackson series has really held a special place in my heart.

When I first started my journey with Rick Riordan (the author), I actually started with the Heroes of Olympus series. This wasn’t my brightest idea, mostly because that series occurs after the Percy Jackson series.

I loved the Heroes of Olympus series. It was the series that finally got me interested in books. Without it, I would have been like every other teenager, and I would be watching tv, or obsessed with social media. Instead, in my free time, I can almost always be found with a book in my hand.

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During the first few books of the second series, I am sad to say that I didn’t care about Percy or Annabeth that much. That soon changed after I read the Percy Jackson series.

Now, four years later, I am still deathly in love with Percy and Annabeth. (I don’t care if people say that it is weird to be in love with a fictional character.)

Some people might think that this series is for children, but that is not true. My 50 year old father read Percy Jackson and he also loved it. These books do not have certain age on them; no matter what gender, age, race, etc., you are, you can still read about Percy and his Friend’s adventures.

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Here is a brief description on what the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief, is all about:

Percy tries to be normal. He tries to be good. But no matter what he does, danger seems to follow him around like a heat seeking missile. But, one day on a school field trip in sixth grade at his boarding school, Percy realizes that something is very different about him.

One of his classmates, Nancy Bobofit, is bullying and harassing Percy’s best friend Grover. When Percy gets angry- the fountain behind her rises up and pulls her in, drenching her from head to toe.

He looks around, everyone is saying that he pushed her in, but he knows he didn’t. Then, when his Pre-Algebra teacher pulls him over to talk to him, away from the prying eyes of the rest of his classmates.

Instead of talking- she attacks, and she is demanding he return to lightning bolt he stole. Percy knows that he hasn’t stolen anything (never mind a lightning bolt), and so he is rightfully very confused.

Then Mr. Brunner, the other teacher at the field trip, shows up at the end of the room. He throws him something- a pen? But when Percy clicks it, it turns into a sword.

Somehow Percy fights her off, and she disappears into a cloud of dust. When he returns, no one questioned where their teacher went. Later that year, when his mother learns about what happened, she rushes him off to a place that she says is “safe”. There he learns about a frightening truth that changes everything he thought he knew about the world.

The ancient Greek gods and monsters are real and alive. And his father is one of them.

 

Please give this book a chance! It is one of my utmost favorite series!

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(5 book worms)

– bookworm727

p.s., tell me what you think! Also what are your thoughts on the movie adaptations?

Opposite Sides of the Same Coin: Legend by Marie Lu

A couple years ago, I read the Legend series, and I was immediately hooked.

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Legend is a dystopian book, like The Hunger GamesDivergentThe Maze Runner, etc., that takes place in what was once known at the United States. What was once one whole country, is now two separate nations that are constantly at war.

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The book’s point of view changes between two characters, Day and June, who both live in the Republic in an area that was once known as California,  are both on opposite sides of the economy.

June is a child prodigy who was born to to a very wealthy family. She is fifteen years old, and is attending one of the countries top schools, to help groom her for her very bright future.

Day, on the other hand, is living in slums. Not only is he the country’s most wanted criminal, but, unknown to the public, day is only a 15 year old boy.

Living in ghetto has more down sides than first thought- a deadly plague is making its way across the nation, and every day, Day worries that someone in his family will be the next one to have it.

When Day’s little brother comes down with the plague, Day knows that he doesn’t have many options left, and when he hears about a supposed plague, he knows that he has to get it to save his family.

Not only does Day fail to procure the cure, he also gets framed for a murder he didn’t commit. The guard that they think he murdered is named Metais, and he is no random officer.

He is June’s older brother, and June in not about to let this crime go unpunished. But in their journey, Day and June learn startling truths that about their country, and they earn just how far the Republic will go to keep these secrets secret.

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Personally, this is one of my favorite books, and I liked it even more than Divergent and Maze Runner. The characters are much more lively, and the story is more developed.

For years I have hoped that this book would be made into a movie. I think that it is so much better than some of the other books that have been made into movies, and I know that one day it will be.

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(4 1/2 book worms)

– bookworm727

p.s., What books do you think should be made into movies? What books that were made into movies do you wish were not movies? Do you think that any book to screen adaptations were better than the book?(I think Mockingjay and The Fifth Wave)

The OHSHC Trifecta:The anime, manga, and movie that make up Ouran Hist School Host Club

I don’t read まんが(manga) much, but when I do I usually like the ones that I read. My first(and favorite) manga that I have read is Ouran High School Host Club, by Bisco Hatori.

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The story of all of the characters is really interesting, and it is really fun. Some of it can be serious, but most of it is really goofy and funny.  The main character Haruhi, is going to Ouran Academy, a prestigious こおこお-kookoo(high school), as a scholarship student. She is highly intelligent, and studies hard.

On her first day of school she wanders into an empty きょうしつ-kyooshitsu(classroom), in the music hallway. But she comes to find that the classroom is not as empty as she thought.

Inside this music room is where Ouran’s own “Host Club” where young high school age boys “entertain” bored girls. This usually means they cosplay, eat sweets, and talk and flirt with these girls. The 6 boys greet Haruhi and startled, she goes to leave the room.

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While she is walking away from the Host Club, she knocks over an expensive vase that the boys were going to sell at an auction. Because Haruhi broke it, she must be the one to pay for the vase.

Because this is an elite school for the uber rich, the vase is naturally expensive. Haruhi is a scholarship student that does not have the おかね-okane(money) to pay the boys back for the vase.

Since she cannot pay them, she must work for them as a part of the host club, so she can eventually pay back her さいむ-saimu (debt).

Oh, and did I forget to mention that everyone at the school thinks she is a boy? They do. Probably because of her short hair, skinny figure, and the huge glasses that make her large wide eyes appear smaller.

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This story really develops, and by the end of the 18 volume series, and Haruhi and the characters all learn important lessons and make memories and relationships that none of them will ever forget.

I don’t know if you have noticed that the pictures in my post don’t look like a manga or not, but if you have, you are a true fan of OHSHC and manga and anime.

OHSHC is not just a manga, it is also an あにめ(anime), and a movie! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but while it does have an ending different to manga, the anime is extremely good.

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The Manga
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The Anime
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The Movie

The theme song also gets stuck in your head.

The one above is the English version.

The one above is the Japanese version.

My favorites are Mori and Kyoya(although I love them all), Who are your favorites?

Rating:

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(5 bookworms)

– bookworm727 p.s. I am looking for manga, book, movie any type of suggestions!!! Don’t be afraid to comment!

 

 

Not a False Note: My views on the False Prince

Before I talk about the book,  I want to talk tot you guys about how excited I was when it snowed on Saturday!!!

I love snow! I love when you step outside into the cold, hard snow and you can hear the crunch of every step you make.

The wind comes out in white puffs as your cheeks turn pink from the cold. I also love the fresh smell that comes from snow.The white powder gets squished underneath you boots as you walk outside.

I get so disappointed when snow turns that ugly black color from the dirty streets.  The snow is already melting though:(

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https://www.pexels.com/search/snow/ (This is the website that I got this picture from. I tried to put it in the caption, but it wouldn’t work, and I was getting annoyed.)

 

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One of my absolute favorite books ever is The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilson. I am the type of person who loves books about kingdoms and royalty and things like that, and I knew that I would love this book.

But that wasn’t the only thing that drew me to this book. Let’s be honest now. The saying,

 

“Don’t judge a book by its cover”

is a completely empty saying.

Most readers know that most of the time, when they are looking for books to read, the don’t carefully read the backs of every book in the store.

They browse and look around at the covers and title’s on all the books, and when one stands out to them, they pick up the book and then they read the back.

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See how these are colorful and they stand out?

It is safe to say that I did that with this book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was really drawn to Sage and his character, and how he wasn’t greedy, and he just wanted to live his life. I feel like this really sums up Sage and all of his strengths and weaknesses,

“If I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen this life. Then again, I’m not sure I ever had a choice”- Sage, Page 1 The False Prince

Having this on the first page of the book, also gives a sense of foreboding. It gets you thinking, “What could have happened to him where he would think like this? Where he would image the whole world against him”.

Sage, an orphan boy from the city of Carthya, is picked up off of the streets for his uncanny resemblance to the lost prince Jarron.

He must compete with four other orphans to impersonate Jarron and eventually be the king of Carthya. But, if he loses, he faces the very real possibility of death, for Conner, the man running this hoax of a contest, will not let anyone ruin his plan to become the puppet master of the kingdom.

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I feel like this is Carthya-like 

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He is brought from the streets, to a beautiful mansion, but more dangers might be hiding inside this beautiful home, then there are residing on the outside world. As mysteries keep unfolding, Sage finds himself in the middle of story that is yet to conclude.

Can Sage find a way to become, The False Prince? Find out in this heart stopping novel by Jennifer A. Neilson.

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(4 and a half bookworms)

-bookworm727 (Are there any books, movies or tv, shows you think I might like? Comment! Btw, if you like alien love stories, watch Star Crossed it’s a show that I just started watching on Netflix. I really like it!)

 

Volde-more: Who else wants more about the person behind the mask that is Lord Voldemort?

*****Firstly- this blog is made for those who have finished reading the Harry Potter series. I don’t want anyone to have any information spoiled for them before they read it, no matter how small. I will also be including information on the fairly recent movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. ******

A couple of week ago I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with my friends at the movie theater, and I absolutely loved it!!! Even though it doesn’t actually involve any of the characters from the original Harry Potter, it is a story from the world of the witches and wizards, and it is probably a story that Harry and his friends were taught in their history class.

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Seeing this movie made me think more about Tom Marvolo Riddle, the child behind the mask that is Lord Voldemort. The orphan, Credence Barbone, from the movie reminded me somewhat of Tom. Just like Tom, this child had grown up in an orphanage with people who did not care for him. Both of them were lonely, and looking for someone to love and care for them. Once I made this connection, I started to feel more compassionate towards Tom. Yes, Voldemort did horrible things to the Wizard and Muggle world alike, and I’m not saying he was justified for what he had done, but when you think about it, Tom is just a scared little boy. He was tired of people pushing him around. He wanted others to suffer like he had suffered. Why should he be the only one to suffer. When you think about it, many people in real life think this way too. This is sometimes why bullies make fun of and tease others. They just want the hurting to stop and for them to be heard.

So it is safe to say that the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, made me want to know more about Tom Riddle, before he became Lord Voldemort. I thought, What if J.K. Rowling made a book based off of the life of Tom Riddle? I even thought of a name that the book could be called: “I am Lord Voldemort” because this is an anagram for “Tom Marvolo Riddle”. The story would talk about his life as a child, maybe 7 or 8. Then it would jump to his life around the time he was 12 years of age- when he was accepted into Hogwarts. Then the story could jump around into the major events in his time at Hogwarts. Maybe it would end right before he became Lord Voldemort, or it would end with the event that pushed him over the edge. I don’t know, but it should be something like that.

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If J.K. Rowling does end up making a book like this(and I hope she does), then it will most likely evolve into the movie world. All of my friends who have read the story of Harry Potter are all similarly intrigued, maybe even more so than me, about Tom Riddle. This (hopefully future) book would most likely even be as famous as Harry Potter, and the only reason not more so, because you would have to read Harry Potter to even know about Tom Riddle.

Can you guys please fill this poll out?!?! I would love to know what you guys think!!!

-bookworm727 p.s. Don’t be afraid to comment!!!

******First I would just like to point out that my blog is a no politics zone. (Not that anyone has actually said anything about the elections, because they haven’t). I don’t like the conflict that always ensues in a conversation about politics.

And now for the book talk.(p.s. I have decided that instead of actually critiquing books, I am going to talk about books, kind of like a book club, except with one person.

 

A few years ago I read The Mortal Instruments series, and I loved it. When I am reading most books I can make assumptions about the ending and they usually come out to be relatively true. However when I read The Mortal Instruments I was constantly surprised.

So when I heard about Cassandra Clare’s new companion series to the original books, I was intrigued. (There is also another companion series that she already made, but it is in the past, and it didn’t really interest me.) Image result for lady midnight

So I purchased the book and I have been reading it, and it seems to be very different from her first series, especially the characters and the style of writing. For example, in The Mortal Instruments, the books are in third person, and they are in one perspective. Lady Midnight is in third person as well, but it changes between perspectives.

The main character, Emma Carstairs, is very different from Clary Fairchild. Emma is very bad with authority, and she doesn’t believe in the laws of the Clave. Emma and Clary are two very different characters, and her ability to show the point of views of two different people, just helps to show how great of a writer Cassandra Clare is.

I am not far enough along in the book to know if this is true or not, but I have been told that sometime in the book, Jace and Clary show up, and I am really excited for that! I really miss those two, as well as all the others from The Mortal Instruments series.

So far I really like this book, and I can’t wait to see/ read what happens next!!!

– bookwurm 727 (p.p.s. if anyone has any werewolf books that they think I might like, put them in the comment section!!!)

Can’t wait!

Image result for empire of stormsTwo days ago the fifth (and I assume the final) book in The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas came out. The wifi in my house is awful so I wasn’t able to order it immediately, but later that night I did(along with another book). Barnes and Noble says that it should get here by Monday the  12. After I read it I will post a review.

I also started The Siren by Kiera Cass, an author who wrote a favorite series of mine, and lots of my friends, The Selection series. Her first series was a dystopian, that also had a theme like the tv show, “The Bachelor”, except in this case, the women all fight over the prince of their land, and the ability to move up the social latter. It is in the point of view of America Singer, a girl towards the lower end of the latter. Unlike most girls, for America, being in the Selection is not something that she desires. To please her mother and friend, America signs up for the Selection, sure that she will not be picked. Against all odds- she is. The story follows America’s journey through the glittering lights and flowing dresses of the Selection.

Cass’ new series however is a much different story that is based on the paranormal lore of sirens. At first I was hesitant to read a book so dissimilar to what I am used to reading(I mean the “siren” part. I read paranormal books all the time.), but I liked the other series she wrote so much that I decided to give it a try.

I have read around 50 pages, and I like most of the characters. I will go more into it once I finish it.

Going back to the topic of Empire of Storms, I always feel so disappointed whenever I finish a book series. Disappointed, not wary. The last time I was wary of finishing a book, it was the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Most of you should know how that ended. Enough said.