The Hidden Oracle


Review by: shipperprincess52

How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.
But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

The Hidden Oracle takes place after The Blood of Olympus and around the same time as The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book #1). It’s a really good book and it’s interesting to read a book written from a god’s point of view instead of a demigod’s. If you haven’t already read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase , I highly suggest reading them before you read The Hidden Oracle.  Rick Riordan is an amazing author and The Hidden Oracle is just as good as all of his other books.

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

Marthe leveled a cool stare at James Blakely. “The Wicked God’s dead. You were all at least willing to tell us that. If the Twisted Things are still loose on the countryside, don’t you tell me it’s not certain and we should just be afraid when you tell us to. I paid too much for that.” Her hand drifted to her belly; made a fist. “It was too much to have bought nothing.”

Six months ago, the men of the Lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks ago, a lowly soldier named John Balsam stabbed it in the heart.

Hallie is just trying to save her farm. Marthe, her sister, is waiting for her husband to come back. They cover their fears with arguments that snap like a taut bow. The family is slowly crumbling, even as Hallie’s friends Nat and Tyler pitch in to help the farm survive.

What nearly breaks their relationship for good is Hallie’s decision to take on a worker – Heron, a scarred young veteran a long way from home. But what results from that decision is much more catastrophic than an ended relationship.

A Twisted Thing – one of the unnatural, acid-and-ashes monsters that burn everything they touch – crashes through Hallie’s window. Cryptic messages are written in the stones on the riverbank. The mayor of their village tries to take the farm.

Heron is hiding something important, the Twisted Things are arriving in greater numbers every day, and Hallie and Marthe must fix their family in time to fight the last battle of their war.

An Inheritance of Ashes is a story of the aftermath of war. There is nothing cheerful about the men who come home missing limbs, with their eyes blasted pale by the Wicked God’s fall. But the mending of the relationship between Hallie and Marthe gives readers hope that something can be salvaged – and many things are. (There’s even a little bit of sweet, slow-building romance.)

The intricate relationships between the cast, and a thoughtful portrayal of their flaws make this book realistic and touching. They come together to fight the Twisted Things despite their peacetime differences, standing up to soldiers who don’t understand how to stop the invasion. Even the main Big Bad is made… if not necessarily good, then understandable.

As the story moves on, it’s clear that the book is set in a post-apocalyptic America where technology is gone, but the people still have the same problems we have. In the prologue, it’s made clear that Hallie and Marthe have an abusive father. He’s dead by the time of the main story, but his influence rings in the sisters’ relationship.

What I loved is that the story is not focused on the invasion, but its results in the families of the village, the injuries of the characters, and the lives of the soldiers who came home.

In all the books I’ve read before An Inheritance of Ashes, the aftermath of the war was a side issue. The hero was in the limelight. Nothing was given to the side characters besides a few passing mentions.

Here, the real heroes are on the home front.

Review of Sabriel, by Garth Nix


Recently I did a bit more reading, and had the oppurunity to read an interesting novel called “Sabriel”. Sabriel is a book about a heroic necromancer. Nope, necromancers aren’t good in this novel- practically all of them are evil, and it isn’t some sort of squishy romance- the problem is that ordinary mages just can’t match the sheer power of risky Free Magic and Dead. (In this novel, undead isn’t considered an appropriate word because these creatures have all died, therefore they are all dead.) The Abhorsen is the counter-necromancer, based on the principal that only necromancy can stop necromancy. In addition to this strange magic, there is another sort of magic that is considered good and widely used, called Charter Magic. Long ago the Charter created order out of the chaos, and also did some other things (shouldn’t want to give the plot away.). Such as building a gigantic wall separating the ancient, magical Old Kingdom from the vaguely early 20th century England nation of Ancelstiere. The book opens up when Sabriel, daughter of the current Abhorsen, is visited by a Dead creature bearing her father’s sword and set of magical necromancy bells. Determining that her father must be incapacitated, she journeys into the Old Kingdom to find trouble and chaos, Dead roaming freely and few, if any humans. Pursued by Dead, she flees to the traditional home of the Abhorsen, but is forced to leave there. In the process she picks up a “cat”, Mogget (actually a tremendously powerful and ancient being of magic that most definitely does not like the Abhorsen when unbound), a young man who has been more or less wood for centuries in a royal tomb, and then journeys to the capital city to find the origin of the trouble, or more accurately her father, who is located there- only to find a secret far darker than she expected, and something more powerful and more evil than she thought. In conclusion, Sabriel is a good, action-packed book with decent plot and a rather interesting magic system. I would recommend it as a good read for anyone who likes fantasy.

City of Bones


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is about a world hidden within our own.  When Clary Fray walks in the Pandemonium Club in New York City she did not expect to be thrown into the world of demons and the half angel people who protect us by killing the demons.  When her mother goes missing, Clary is willing to do anything to get her back even fighting demons and diving headfirst into this unfamiliar world.

I am personally a sucker for fantasy books so I had to read this book. I mean the catch phrase of this book is “all the stories are true”.  Which means demons, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and many other creatures are real.  Cassandra Clare did an amazing job with creating this world and the characters in it.  I have probably read this book at least three times so far. There are so many lines in here that made me giggle, resulting in weird looks from my classmates as I read this book.  For the people who enjoy hardcore fiction with weapons and dead things, there is plenty of that in this book.  Also, if you enjoy a touch of romance in your book, there is that as well. I really think that this is a book that many people will enjoy and I really recommend that you read the series.

Sara C. – 7th grade

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets




For about ever, my friends have been trying to get me to read their favorite book series, Harry Potter. Until a few weeks ago, I was firm on NOT getting in to deep with this craze. But it turns out, I am at high risk of becoming a Potter-er. I “sped,” through the second book in the series in a few weeks.
The book series by J.K. Rowling chronicles the life of a young wizard named Harry Potter. The pure-blood, muggle-raised Harry had no idea that he was a wizard until he received a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The second book of the series, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, centers around second-years Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and of course, Harry Potter. In this book, the adventure starts when mysterious attacks begin petrifying the victims. No one knows who is behind the attacks, but they all know that it is due to the opening of the thought to be mythical Chamber of Secrets. The chamber was rumored to have been built by the Slytherin Heir, Salazar Slytherin. Ron, Hermione, and Harry set off to solve the mystery, defeat the monster who lurks in the chamber and cure the victims.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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The Rose Society

By: Marie Lu

Diseases everywhere, that’s when it all began. The blood fever struck everywhere leaving its impact on the world, Malfettos. Special powers were given to some Malfettos now known as the elite. There is one very special elite, THE WHITE WOLF (Adelina). She is outcast with what once were her friends, the daggers including Lucent, Raffaele, Enzo, and Gemma. She is now alone with her sister in the world because she led to the death of Enzo, her prince and lover. The daggers left her with her sister as they ventured to Bedlin to seek protection from the new Queen there, Maeve, from the inquisition and Enzo’s sister, the Queen. Adelina and her sister Violeta then leave for Sunland, on their way they look long and hard for a young elite going by the name of Mangiano. When they find Mangiano they both learn of each others’ powers and the girl’s plan to wipe out the inquisition.

If secret powers of invisibility, illusion, imitating others powers, and bringing back the dead intrigue you then you are ready to read the Rose Society and you will learn of the secret powers of the Elite.

You will also learn if The White Wolf and her sister are able to extinguish the inquisition.

You never know what may happen until you pick up the Rose Society.

Erin 7th grader


The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni

8th day

“But I thought we – Transitioners – were the good guys. You know, we made the Eighth Day spell to capture the bad guys…” Wasn’t that what Mr. Crandall had said?

“‘No,’ Riley said forcefully. ‘I told you. These days, most Transitioners use the extra day for their own selfish purposes. It used to be that honor and chivalry mattered. But the world changed, Jax. It’s all about power and greed.’ Riley crossed his arms over his chest. ‘Not to me, though. I’ve got a job to do, and I plan on doing it the way my father would have. It’s my business to make sure the Emrys girl stays hidden and safe – the business you were supposed to stay out of.”

  • The Eighth Day

When Jax Aubrey woke up to a world without people, he was fairly sure it was the zombie apocalypse. But Riley Pendare, his clueless eighteen-year-old guardian, knew for a fact it wasn’t. It was something very different.

The Eighth Day, colloquially known as Grunsday, created by Merlin. Jax can exist on all eight days, one of which normal people don’t know is possible, because he’s a Transitioner, one of an ancient bloodline with strange genetic powers. Riley can force you to obey him. AJ Crandall, Riley’s best pal, can create tattoos that strengthen your powers. There are sensitives, people who are immune to the powers of others, weather workers, prophets. And Jax can suddenly ask anyone any question and get a truthful answer.

All this power comes with danger. When Jax disobeys Riley and meets the girl he’s only seen on the eighth day,he becomes, through his own meddling, seven days, leaving only the eighth day.

This series has it all. Secret societies? Legends of – descendants of –  Merlin and King Arthur? Magical powers! New races of human beings, gun battles, Transitioner crime syndicates and danger around every corner. This book never really slows down once it takes off, slowly but surely getting up to nonstop action, and lands with a not-so-neat ending that leads into the next book.

And the next book is even better, as Jax finds his family, but they may not be what he expected. He’s made many enemies, and the world is still in trouble, but he doesn’t know where his loyalties lie anymore and if he really wants to fight… Narrated, this time, from alternating points of view as Jax and his cousin Dorian tell you everything, in a slightly different style but with all the same action.

I truly liked this book, and it’s on my very short ‘reread often’ list.. The eighth day is a simple and elegant change in the world that leads to a whole host of problems for Jax and his friends. The series reminds me of 39 Clues and Harry Potter thrown into a blender with something I don’t have a name for yet, coming out fantasy adventure.  Jax is 13, and the books are about the right level for 11-14 year olds. Don’t pay too much attention to the labels, though, as you don’t have to be in this age range to enjoy everything about this series.