Thursday, January 17, 2013

Some Percy Jackson things

I know, I've been posting about Perseus three times in a row. But I'm still on fangirly mode, even though I'm deadbeat right now from friend problems at school that I won't bother mentioning. I'll keep this short and sweet.

Anyway, there's an awesome Percy Jackson blog that I'd appreciate if you follow. Click HERE to go see it!

On the side note, I'm almost done reading the Kane Chronicles. I do not like it as much as Percy Jackson, but it's pretty good. I didn't like the two protagonists as much as Percy, but I was always fascinated with Egypt more that Greek and Rome. I brought the last book in actual pages, not an ebook. I wanted to feel the pages and smell the scent while reading, and I wanted something that's a hard copy from Rick Riordan. I just thought the Kanes are worth mentioning.


Anyway... Still in Percy Jackson mode... May the Gods be with you!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan REVIEW


I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, since the series is not over and I don't want it to feel like it is either. Warning: Possible spoilers ahead. Bigger Warning: Fangirl on the Loose ahead.

Okay... *clears throat*

I read the three books- the Lost Hero, Son of Neptune, and the Mark of Athena. Like the Percy Jackson Series, I read it everywhere, and the kindle is in my hands from the moment I wake up until the moment I sleep. I read it while eating, walking, and... you get the point. There's going to be the fourth one, House of Hades, coming out this year 2013... in October. 

My reaction?

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!

Why. Why? WHY??? My Gods, why in the name of Zeus, I have to wait so many more months just to read the next book? 

Oh, Rick. I love him, but I hate him. He introduced me to a whole new world, and a beautiful one, but he made me FEEL the agonizing torture for me to wait for the next book.


My human, civilized self: Well, I'd rather wait all these months and get a good book than wait a shorter time and make it a lousy book.

But still.


***SPOILER***There was the bitter ending of the Mark of Athena... It was so sweet I was bawling.


While most of my fandoms has a special "Always" word, this one should be "never".

“Percy, let me go,” she croaked. “You can’t pull me up.”
His face was white with effort. She could see in his eyes that he knew it was hopeless.
“Never,” he said.

Percy tightened his grip on Annabeth’s wrist. His face was gaunt, scraped and bloody, his hair dusted with cobwebs, but when he locked eyes with her, she thought he had never looked more handsome.
“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”
Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall.
“As long as we’re together,” she said.
She heard Nico and Hazel still screaming for help. She saw the sunlight far, far above—maybe the last sunlight she would ever see.
Then Percy let go of his tiny ledge, and together, holding hands, he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness.  

So this is how I feel.


And then this.


And then this is my quest, as important as closing the Doors of Death. Okay, maybe not.

But Still...

Please?

Note to self: Calm down... they're alive... Rick said so...

Gods...

Excuse me, I need to jump out of a window. 

***SPOILER ENDS***

Okay, I should get civilized. The books were remarkable. Actually, no. EPIC doesn't cover it. There was action, humor, and a bit of cute romance. I had my own little lesson in Mythology, and I love the way Rick ties Greek into Roman into modern. The fate of the world hangs in balance with a couple of teenage kids who aren't exactly up for the task, even though they have special powers. I don't want to give away much, though, so I won't say a lot more. I should do a separate one for each.

For the flaws, I'd say the characters could be better developed, and they got through almost every problem. Come to think of it, it's a bit unreal but it still happened in the least expected way (like, if you read the book, when Mr. D showed up. If you didn't, never mind). No civilians dying at all is a bit unreal. WHERE'S PERCY'S PARENTS? He's in hell literally and they're not here!!! In fact, Percy isn't even in one of the books... *sniff*

The Lost Hero: I think this one may be my least favorite, since it changed so much from the Percy Jackson series that I needed time to adjust. My favorite character... Perseus... missing. He was never in the book. That's probably why I don't like it as much as the others (I still love it). I miss the old characters, but I got introduced to a bunch of new ones. In time I learnt to love them. Leo, the comic relief, especially stuck to me. Then there's Piper. And Annabeth is still there! 

Son of Neptune: Yay, Percy's back! Unfortunately, he doesn't know who he is. He doesn't know anything except for the name "Annabeth". So sweet! *cough*HERA!!!*cough* The quest is great, I loved seeing Roman stuff instead of Greek, but I miss Camp Half-Blood. This seems like it takes camp WAY too seriously, and at first I thought Greek Camp was hard.

Mark of Athena: This one broke my heart and got me depressed, though not necessarily in that order. It's probably the best, now that Percabeth is on again when they're reunited (So sweet... I was smiling like an idiot). As long as they're together, any challenge can be faced. All the twists and turns made me at the edge of my seat even more than the two previous books, and while every book taught me something new, this one is really special. To quote, "Being a hero doesn't mean you're invincible. It means that you're brave enough to stand up and do what is needed."

So this is me now.


I know this is not really a proper review, just fangirling and telling what I like, but...
PERCY'S SOOOOO CUTE!!! <3

For me to take it all in. So I'll leave it here. Perhaps one day I'll meet Rick and he'll give me an autograph.

(Padmé, you're making me too jealous)

On to the Krane Chronicles!!! Leave a comment below on the behalf on the gif above! :) May the Force be with you!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan REVIEW

  

Possible minor spoilers ahead!

I honestly don't know why I'm bothering to review this series. No review will do it justice. The awesomeness is just beyond words. I haven't felt this kind of magic since reading Harry Potter. I want to rush up to the author and say thank-you for making such a legendary book. I'd love to buy anything related to it. That reminds me... I feel kind of guilty since I downloaded these books into my rather new kindle and didn't pay for it. I prefer to have the original, so I can feel the texture of the pages, smell the paper in the book, and, well, it just feels more natural with it. But I have to make do with this.

Like how Harry Potter borrowed elements from Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson borrows elements from Harry Potter. Just to show you, I'll do a comparison thing here. The bold ones apply to Percy Jackson.

LOTR-HP
Magical creatures, like elves, dwarves, wizards, etc. 
Invisibility is used.
Sauron and Voldemort is referred to as "Dark Lord".
Antagonist is broken and wants to regain power.
Fighting with trolls
Dark Forests
Merry and Pippin/Fred and George
Powerful swords (Andruil/Godric's sword)
Starts out pretty young
Wants to go to safe heaven (Shire/Hogwarts)

HP-Percy Jackson
In addition to what the picture explains...
Magical creatures, like elves, dwarves, wizards, etc. 
Invisibility is used. (Annabeth's cap)
Starts out pretty young
Antagonist is broken and wants to regain power. (Kronos)
Powerful swords (Riptide)
Wants to go to safe heaven (Half-blood camp)

Professor Trelawney/The Oracle
Umbridge/Tantalus (They took over the safe haven for sometime and failed)
They both are nervous to say the name of a powerful character
The school divides its students into houses/cabins, and the protagonist didn't agree with one (Slytherin/Ares)
The wise ones know the prophecy but won't tell them until the time comes
Dursleys/Smelly Gabe
Talking to certain animals (Snakes/Horses)
Buckbeak/Blackjack
Three-headed dogs

I could go on, but I will stop there. You get the point. Moving on.

This book incorporates fantasy stuff into the 'real world', or the world as we know it. From the first page, where it said 'read on if you think this is fiction' got me hooked and gave me the illusion that it was actually real, which I really like. 

One thing that especially made me like the series was the weird family, especially the bond between Percy and his father. Today is my father's birthday, and I can't imagine not being with him. Percy's dad and other gods are just so powerful looking, and I always look forward to Percy's relationship with them. I would never forget the first time they hugged.

Another thing is the protagonist himself, which reminds me of Harry. His greatest flaw is that of Anakin Skywalkers- he would give the world to save his friends. Unlike Anakin, he did both. I always find myself wondering, if given the choice, would I save everyone I love and let everyone else die, or save everyone and those they love and let whom I love die. I know the right choice- pick like a Jedi. But it's hard. If it's just me dying a painless death, then I would probably choose me dead and everyone else saved.

Back to the topic. Percy is perfect to me- he's not a perfect character, he's real. I can just hear him being called 'seaweed brain'. He doesn't know everything. He can't shoot straight. He doesn't think he's handsome (But, believe me, just imagining him would make me smile like an idiot). He isn't a good archer (I like good ones like Legolas, but he shot straight once, right?). He isn't the best swordsman, though he is pretty good. He is hindered by the sky, but he's powerful in the sea. His name alone captures my interest. Perseus. For some reason, I love that name so much. I won't be surprised if I name my kids that someday, but let's not get to that.

The plot of each story itself is amazing. Each book is distinguished but intertwined with one another. Action is packed inside the best way possible, and it's fast paced and will never leave you disappointed. Each character's conflict, courage, revelation, treachery, friendship, and, in the end, love, makes the story extremely interesting.

**SPOILER** In the end of the series, I find Percy and Annabeth very cute together, but it bothers me that Percy will never become a god... he'll die a mortal. While I know that people do crazy things for love (makes me think of Hercules's story- how he stayed mortal for his love), I will never understand this. I know dying is not the worst thing that can happen, but I still want him to become immortal. He deserves it. I feel at loss. **SPOILER ENDS**

And, oh, the humor. I find myself choking with laughter every so often. Sarcastic comments, bored gods in the face of danger, flying pigs to grilled pork chow, Poseidon to peanut butter, and who knows what? This will certainly serve as a huge inspiration for my book. I've been looking for ways to put in humor.

A stunning masterpiece as it is, every book has flaws. It's hard to find, but I think there needs to be a bit more space between action for the character to reflect on themselves for character development. Annabeth... I like her, but I don't like the name for some reason. Some unoriginal ideas. The book is a bit too young for me. But other than that I love it. 

I haven't read like this in a long while. I mean, reading with such passion and never wanting to do anything but finish the book. I felt really sorry it finished, like my life is aimless for a moment. I finished the whole series in less than a week. I think I finished one and a half books a day, and I usually use one week to read the book. The last time it had been like this was when I read Pendragon (which I think deserves more respect and fans, since it's as good as this). When reading Pendragon, I had to sneak out of my room in the night (I sleep with my mom back then) and read in the toilet because I couldn't bear to wait until morning to finish it.


I recommend this book for anyone young at heart, or loves Greek Mythology. I am always interested in Egyptian, but this one made me extend to Greek too. I realized that I know more about Greek Mythology than I though by reading this book, and I also learnt more. By putting down this book, I felt a huge hole inside me. It will be a long time when I would feel this magic again. I don't know how it happened, or when it happened, but I know that I have become a fan. When putting down this book, I felt something special inside me that I haven't felt for a long, long time.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goodbye 2012, and Happy 2013!




A year gone, another  year comes. It's the way of things... the way of the Force.

People are now starting to think that I speak like Yoda. Now I see why!

Anyway, this post will be a 2012 quick recap and resolutions for 2013, as well as a short review for two books I can't resist to add. I've never done this before, and I never saw the point. This year, though, I need to organize my thoughts.

The first months I spent forming the first thoughts of my book, and trying and succeeding to get straight A's and top grades for seventh grade. The summer I spend writing my book. When summer ended, till now, I spent my time with eighth grade. I also rediscovered my interest for ping-pong, since it reminded me of good times in the past. Important events include my birthday, winning a ping pong tournament, and being part of the school play. I continued fangirling over my fandoms and acquiring new ones, like the Pirates of the Carribean over the summer.

December is the biggest month. The thing I looked forward to most was the Hobbit. Then there was Swift day, Voronda's birthday and several others, blogoversary, Christmas, and finally, in the last days, I found myself absorbed as a fan in X Factor (Shena, you should totally go there to peruse your singing dreams!) and Ellen. I always liked them, but never as much as now. And on the last day... I finished Percy Jackson in a few hours, refusing to do anything before I finish the book.

Percy Jackson. Perseus Jackson. What a cool name. What a cool book. Before I knew it, my heart seemed like it was melting- and it still is, even now. Rick, the author, impressed me very much. He captured me into the book well, but not as good as Harry Potter. Just as much as good Star Wars books- which is really great. In the end my thoughts were jumbled like it always is after a good book, and though I don't think about it much like I do with usual good books, I caught myself dreaming about it while I was asleep.

There's another book, too. Twilight. I know you guys here have low opinions of sparkling vampires and so on, but to tell you the truth, I did not find it that bad. I admit, I actually liked it. It can never compete with, say, Harry Potter to me, but it draws me in. The romance between the two main characters wasn't perfect (though I loved Alice and Jasper), and the protagonist isn't a strong character while Edward is a Mary Sue, or Gary Stu, but I find myself thinking about it sometimes. There are people who loved the book out there. So, in the end, I'd say that I respect Stephanie Meyer for Twilight, and it taught me one thing. Okay, maybe it's only one unlike my fandoms, but it's still something. It taught me that it's not what you are that matters. It's who you are. That's something I'll treasure.

Oh, excuse me for saying this, but... um... Edward is hot (Well, duh, he's supposed to be, he's a sparkling vampire). So is Perseus. But Legolas will always be the one.

Let's get off this topic, since I have a feeling you guys don't really like it... right? I still like to hear your thoughts about it, though. Recap of 2012... check. Reviews... check. That leaves 2013 resolutions.

Let's see. Um... I'm not good at this... I've never really thought about it... but here goes...

~Be the best in Math, which would be hard considering how much I hate it, even though I'm not that bad.
~Go to Canada, make some new friends there, and learn French. Meet Voronda and blogger friends there too.
~Write, write, WRITE! Then maybe, hand my book to the publishers.
~Look at new fandoms, like Doctor Who. That includes finish watching Avengers.
~Play guitar/piano/any instrument. I wanted to for so long.

That's about it for now. Anyway, I hope you have a great 2013! May the blessings of the Force be ever in your favor... always!