Friday, 9 December 2016

Review: The Sea of Monster (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

580002Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Genre: Adventure, Paranormal, Middle Grade
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication date: April 30th 2017
Pages: 265 (paperback)
Source: own it






The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Rioran's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Rioran'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.


Earlier this week I posted my review of the first Percy Jackson book and like I told you in there this series really got me hooked. So here is my review for the second book in the series The Sea of Monsters.

The Percy Jackson isn’t the best that I have ever read but it certainly is not bad and I am sure that it is even more appealing to a 12-year-old which is the target audience. But like the first book The Sea of Monsters was such a fun read. There is just so much adventure and so much is happening that it does not bore you for a minute. In every chapter something new and exciting happens and I guess that is one of the main reasons why this book was so hard to put down and why I read it in just one day, something I have not done in ages.

My only issue with this book is that this book is a bit repetitive, every single time it seems like that the heroes come across a big issue. They are able to solve it, most of the time with somebodies help, but that gets them into some more problems later on.  But I guess the characters make up a lot for that. I just cannot withstand their charms. Annabeth who is too intelligent for her age and always has a plan for everything, Percy who is the reckless one and never thinks about what his actions might do and Grover who always gets himself accidently into some trouble, bad luck just seems to follow him. And then of course there was Tyson, the cyclops, that got introduced in this book. I really liked him as a character and I am hoping we will get to see more of him in the next books.

A lot of other characters from the Greek mythology made an appearance in this book. I really liked reading about all of them and getting to know their little back stories. I know that those have to be taken with a pinch of salt since it’s aimed at middle graders so it has some alternations but it was still so great to read about it.

I have a feeling that the back story will come more and more to the forefront now in the next books, Kronos his rise to power. And I am really excited for that, that together with the major event at the end of the book makes that I cannot wait to start reading the next book in the series.


Overall I really enjoyed The Sea of Monster, it was a quick and fun read. The Percy Jackson world is definitely a really interesting one. And I cannot wait to continue reading this series. 


Elien

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Concert Review: Pierce The Veil at the O2 Academy Brixton

Band: Pierce The Veil
Opening Acts: Creeper and Letlive
Venue: O2 Academy Brixton
Date: November 27th 2016









Another week another concert review. Last week I went to see Pierce The Veil live at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London. I have been a fan of this band for many years, basically since I was a teenager.  And finally I had the chance to go see them live, so of course I had to go. And I am so glad that I did.

I always go see the opening bands as well, this time it was Creeper and Letlive. I had seen Creeper before when they opened for another band at another concert in London. And to be fair I am not the biggest fan of them. It is not that they are bad, the certainly aren’t but their music is just not my thing. I think partly because the lead singer’s voice is a bit weird. I had never seen Letlive before, I even had never heard of them before. Their music certainly wasn’t bad but I found that the singer had too much attitude. I don’t know if that makes any sense since it is a rock band after all. But the way he behaved on the stage it was just not my thing I guess.

Now on to the main act for the evening, Pierce The Veil. I have been wanted to see them live for years and they were so worth the wait. Their entrance on the stage was so epic, first they played some intro video on a big intro screen and afterwards they basically broke out off a space rocket. It was so nice to see. And there music was so on point, from the very first song they had swept up the crowd. They played a decent amount from their older albums, which I love. I always hate it when bands only play songs from their newest album. I also want to hear the stuff that I fell in love with in the first place. And Pierce The Veil did exactly that. Anyway their newest album is insanely good as well so all the songs that they performed were top notch. I believe that they have been around for ten years now and you can clearly hear that in their music. They really bring it to life when they play it on stage. One of the best things is that just everyone can sing along with all their songs.


Overall I really enjoyed this concert, the opening acts might not have been my favorite but Pierce The Veil was just amazing. The evening was much to short and I can honestly not wait to see these guys again at some point!

Elien

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #136: The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater's Daughter #3) by Melinda Salisbury


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

The Scarecrow Queen
by Melinda Salisbury

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The final battle is coming...

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closed in on the ragged ban of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever.


Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury's internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater's Daughter.

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Why I Can't Wait


I read the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. So I cannot wait to find out how the rest of the story will continue.


Expected publication date: March 2nd 2017

Elien

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #97: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

  1. Rick Riordan
  2. Melinda Salisbury
  3. Joan Aiken
  4. Destiny Soria
  5. Jojo Moyes
  6. Rainbow Rowell
  7. Renee Ahdieh
  8. Huntley Fitzpatrick
  9. Markus Zusak
  10. Marieke Nijkamp

Elien

Monday, 5 December 2016

Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

28187Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians 
Genre: Adventure, Paranormal, Middle Grade
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Publication date: March 1st 2006
Pages: 377 (paperback)
Source: Own it






Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he got to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends - one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


After all those years of hearing how amazing the Percy Jackson series I finally gave in and I started to read the series. And now I finally understand why people love those books so much! I should have read those years ago. I have always liked Greek mythology; those Greek gods always seemed a bit of a weird bunch thrown together and to be hones reading Percy Jackson is a great way to get to know more about them.

By now I think most people know what these books are about but I’ll tell you again anyway. Percy Jackson is a bit of a troubled teen, the fact that he has ADHD and dyslexia does not really help his case. Because of that he has been thrown out of several boarding schools, so he’s constantly on the move. Then in sixth grade things get weirder than they have ever been and he finally finds out why he never belonged anywhere else before.

I picked The Lightning Thief up thinking that it would be a fun and fast read and it certainly was. But what I did not expect was how hooked I would get on this series from the very beginning. The book might be oriented towards Middle Graders but it was so much fun to read and I really got addicted to it. I had seen the movie before so I know more or less what was going to happen but the movie really didn’t do any justice to the book. The book gives you so much more than the story of a young guy that goes on an adventure with his friends. It also provided a great insight into Greek mythology and you get to see it all in a new way and that was pretty nice.

I do get why people often compare it to Harry Potter, yes there are some big similarities but to be honest that didn’t bother me so much. This book still had enough unique things to make it something special. And I’m hoping that the similarities will disappear more to the background in the following books. Also I really liked Percy as the main character; he has such a strong loyalty to his friends that it’s pretty remarkable. When he first comes to camp Half-Blood he’s a bit of an outcast because of his heritage so he really has to gain all their trust and he does it pretty well I have to say.


Overall I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read all the other books in this series. And probably all of Rick Riordan’s other books. If you haven’t read this books yet then I would certainly recommend that you do so soon!


Elien

Sunday Post #35

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

This was so busy on Tuesday I went ice skating with some friends in the evening. I hadn't done it in years but it was good fun. Then on Wednesday evening I went to another concert. On Friday I had a Christmas party from work, we had a dinner on a boat that was on the River Thames, the view was so nice! On Saturday one of my friends had her birthday so we went out for drinks to celebrate and then today I went ice skating again but this time with my boyfriend, it was his first time on the ice and it was pretty funny to watch. On the downside I came down with a pretty bad cold so I haven't done much reading last week. Hopefully it will be better this week!

Last week on the blog:


Next week on the blog:

  • Monday: Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
  • Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday #97: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors That I Read For The First Time In 2016
  • Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday #136 
  • Thursday: Concert Review: Pierce The Veil at the O2 Academy Brixton
  • Friday: Review: Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

Elien

Friday, 2 December 2016

New Book Releases in December


This month is a month in which some amazing books are released. I'm so excited for some of them and I can't wait to read them! 

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Black Moon (Zodiac #3) by Romina Russell (December 6th)
Five Days of Famous by Alyson Noël (December 13th)
Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes (December 15th)

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Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill (December 27th)
Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) by Ally Carter (December 27th)
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (December 27th)

Elien