Books4Hearts – Book Reviews: December 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

“The Lost Hero” (the Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

(Cat actually wrote this review a month or two ago and forgot to post it)
“The Heroes of Olympus” is a new series of books about Camp Half-Blood, like in the Percy Jackson series (which, by the way you should read first) and the greek demi-gods and that whole situation. This time, the story does NOT surround Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. (Although I’m not gonna lie, you’re going to get to them 😛 they’re a part of it too, it’s just not entirely about them!) Instead, the lead characters are Jason, Piper and Leo.

As the book begins, Jason literally wakes up (with no recollection of anything, let alone how he got there) next to a ‘very pretty girl’ Piper, who he comes to find out is supposed to be his girlfriend. His best friend, Leo, is also there. Apparently, him and his friends have all participated in criminal activities and are now stuck in a school for juvenile delinquents. They all have different backgrounds, personalities, and reasons, but they all ended up in the same place. Of course, you automatically know they must be half-bloods/demi-gods, because this just doesn’t happen to normal people, especially when they’re on a ‘field trip’ and are attacked by greek monsters and…

To find out what else happens, pick up “The Lost Hero”. I thought it was a great book! I think I almost like it better then the original Percy Jackson series. It’s a bit different, especially in style. The book is quite a bit longer then most of the Percy Jackson books, and also, the story also switches perspectives every two chapters between Jason, Piper, and Leo, which I thought worked really well for this book. It was exciting and interesting, and walked perfectly in the middle for me of being too much like the Percy Jackson series and feeling like you’re reading the same thing, and it being too different. 🙂 You should read it!

Monday, December 13, 2010

“Witch & Wizard” by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Witch & Wizard is a story surrounding a brother and sister by the name of Whit and Wisty. The story starts -after the prologue- as Whit and Wisty are woken in the middle of the night, with troops of the “New Order” (N.O.) surrounding their house, trying to capture them. As far as Whit and Wisty know, they are normal teenagers, but according to the N.O. -which is also the new popular political party-, they are dangerous criminals. What are they talking about? Well according to the N.O. which likes everyone to be normal, and align to a certain look and idea, Whit and Wisty aren’t normal, they’re Witch & Wizard.
What happens next? Well you’ll have to read it to find out.

The next question would be did I like it? Yes, and no. I thought it was a brilliant concept, kind of like that of mixing situations that remind of “Maximum Ride” (also by James Patterson), “Harry Potter”, “The Hunger Games”, and ongoing themes of a nazi-Germany situation and probably that of the Salem Witch Trials. I think the story was great, itself. However, I did not think the execution was nearly as great as the idea. I had several problems including, James Patterson’s use of short, (as in 2-3 pages) ‘chapters’. I usually enjoy this a lot, for “Daniel X” and “Maximum Ride” as examples, it was great and really carried the story on. This story, I think would have done better with longer chapters, such as 5-6 pages at least. I think the short chapters really just made it kind of choppy and confusing, although I realize that was probably just me. That’s the other thing, I found probably the first half of the book just plain confusing… There were a few other, say, ‘quirks’ but all in all I did enjoy this book. I give it 4/5 stars!

Also, weirdly enough, I believe the sequel to “Witch & Wizard” comes out today. “The Gift”

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit -J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is a whimsical fantasy tale about the soon-to-be adventures of a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins. He’s lead a quiet life so far, and likes to stay in his home, his lovely hobbit hole. He likes to keep it that way. All that changes when the great wizard Gandalf comes to visit him, wishing to involve him in an ‘adventure’. Just when he thinks he can get away from such things, thirteen dwarves show up at his doorstep. Did I mention he doesn’t particularly enjoy unwanted visitors, sharing food, or being busy?

To find out what happens in this classic tale,  a prequel  to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, read it!

I give this book three and one half stars! It was a fun book, didn’t take too much thought. It’s kind of hard to get through for some people or kind of slow because of the old English and all that, but it’s a classic and that’s what you get, you should really kind of expect it, but I really do recommend this book.  

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