The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old boy with dyslexia and ADHD, narrates The Lightning Thief. He lives in New York City, and when the story begins, he is on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see a Greco-Roman exhibit. A bully picks on his friend Grover Underwood. Percy pushes the bully into a fountain, and is taken away by his teacher, Mrs. Dodds. Percy expects to be punished, but is shocked when the teacher turns into a winged Fury and attacks him. The other chaperone, Mr. Brunner, appears and throws Percy a pen that changes into a sword. Percy swings at the monster, and she disappears. The other students do not remember seeing anything that happened, and they do not remember Mrs. Dodds. Percy convinces himself it was all a hallucination, except that Grover acts strangely around him, and he overhears Grover and Mr. Brunner talking about him.

As the summer starts, Percy and his mother, Sally, go to the beach. There’s a big storm, and the two are woken up by Grover, who reveals he is not a human teenager, but a Satyr with goat legs. He tells Percy and Sally they are in danger, and the three drive to a mysterious summer camp. Suddenly, they’re attacked by a Minotaur, who knocks Grover unconscious and grabs Sally, who disappears in a flash of gold light. Thinking his mother is dead, Percy attacks the Minotaur and kills it, then retreats into a nearby farmhouse. He wakes up three days later and finds he is at a place called Camp Half-Blood, a retreat for young demigods — and he is one of them.

Percy meets many other young demigods at the camp, including Luke Castellan, the son of Hermes; Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena, and Clarisse La Rue, daughter of Ares. Percy’s powers continue to emerge, indicating he has links to the water. When a Hellhound sneaks into the camp and attacks him, he is protected and publicly claimed by the God of the seas, Poseidon. Mr. Brunner, who is actually Chiron the centaur, runs the camp; he summons Percy to tell him about a pact between the three elder Gods, Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades. They swore not to have any more children, and Percy is a violation of that oath. In addition, Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen, bringing the old Gods to the brink of war. Percy is tasked with finding the bolt, and asks Annabeth and Grover to accompany him on his quest.

They travel to the realm of Hades, whom Chiron thinks is the most likely culprit. They fight several mythical beasts along the way, but when they track Hades to LA, they find out that his Helm of Darkness, his equivalent symbol of power, has been taken as well. Hades accuses Percy of stealing the Helm and reveals that Percy’s mother is his hostage. He threatens to kill her, but they escape and discover that Ares has been manipulating them and is the actual thief. Percy defeats Ares in a duel. Hades, realizing that Percy wasn’t the thief, returns his mother safely to New York.

Percy takes the lightning bolt back to Zeus, who forgives Poseidon’s breaking of the oath and lets Percy go safely. He returns to camp and has fun for the rest of the summer. On the last day, he and Luke Castellan are hanging out, when Luke suddenly turns on him and attacks him. Luke reveals that he is the true thief, and both he and Ares were working for the same villain — Kronos, the Lord of the Titans and the predecessor to the reign of Zeus. Percy is shocked, but Luke explains his belief that the Gods must be overthrown because they’re poor leaders. He says it is time for the demigods to rise, and offers Percy the chance to join him. Percy refuses, and Luke attempts to kill him with a poisonous scorpion. Percy manages to kill the dangerous arachnid, but is poisoned in the process. He is in a coma for several days while Luke escapes, and when he wakes up he is given the choice to stay at the camp full-time with a lot of the other demigods, or return home to live with his mother for the school year. He chooses to go home—even though it will be more dangerous, he feels that he belongs in both worlds.

My Brother, My Brother, and Me

mbmbam_317.0What can I say- the McElroy brothers are where it’s at!

MBMBAM (my-bim-bam) is a comedy advice podcast.

It stars Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, and is edited by Griffin McElroy.

Each episode is about one hour long and they come out each Monday.

What’s great about the podcast is that it has 450 episodes, BUT it doesn’t matter what episode you start with because there is no real plot!

The boys take listener’s questions and come with hilarious (and often bad) advice. They also have people find weird Yahoo! Answers questions and create comedy out of those.

There are some really funny bits within their podcast:

Munch Squad — they find ridiculous food ads and restaurant menu items.

Movie Watch — they create a fake plot for a new upcoming movie.

Haunted Doll Watch — they read ads for haunted dolls on eBay.

~~~~~~~plus more ~~~~~~~

The brothers never fail to make me laugh whether I’m baking, doing homework, running, or on a bike ride.

You can also find their tv show (which I want to write about in the future) at:

https://vrv.co.

They also do live shows all over the country. You can find the tour dates, merchandise, YouTube videos, social media, and other podcasts:

https://www.themcelroy.family

Find the episodes at:

Spotify

Apple Podcast

or on the Max Fun Network https://www.maximumfun.org.

Pleassssssse go check them out you’ll love them so much!

(Not recommended for anyone under 15, there is adult humor.)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fahrenheit 451 novel review

 

Farenheit 451

Ray Bradbury pieces together a magnificent story of the journey against corruption in a dystopian society. The significance of the title, Fahrenheit 451, is that it is the temperature at which books burn. In this society, it is illegal to possess books because to government sees knowledge as a dangerous power that is best to be burned.

Along with this terrifying law, the duties of a fireman are completely different. Instead of saving people from fires and putting them out, firemen start the fires. They receive calls when a house needs to be burned, when someone is caught with books. They unconsciously slide down their poles and bring  along their kerosene-spewing hoses in a wailing firetruck.

People live differently, they talk to “family” the television walls in their houses, and everyone is addicted to electronics. They drive so fast on the highways that no one sees the grass or the trees or the flowers on the side of the road. Children are hit and killed on the roads, there are multiple suicides each week, and no one cares. You either fit in, or you’ll perish here.

Guy Montag is a normal citizen living in the society, and he works as a fireman. He sees nothing wrong with burning houses and books because that is how everyone does it. In fact, he loves the book burning. He adores watching the flames devour words of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and even the Holy Bible. But Guy is suddenly changed when his eyes are opened to the other side. When he first illegally holds a book in his hands. And he knows he’s never letting go of it.

Someone has to win, and Guy knows it can’t be the flames of evil.

Review of books one and two in “The Unwanteds Quests” series, by Lisa McMann

The Unwanteds Quests

This is the sequel series to “The Unwanteds,” and I found the first two books to be disappointing.

***THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR “THE UNWANTEDS” SERIES.***

Books one and two of “The Unwanteds Quests” are in the perspective of Alex and Aaron’s younger twin sisters, Fifer and Thisbe.

Fifer and Thisbe are desperate to learn magic, as they are easily the most powerful mages in Artimé, having killed Captain Baldhead in Artimé’s final battle and destroying the silence spell on Warbler Island.

But Alex forbids them to learn, because it’s “dangerous.” They get into all sorts of trouble performing spells they shouldn’t know and sneaking out of the mansion.

Then one day, bad news arrives. Hux, the ice-blue dragon, returns to Artimé, requesting new wings for him and his siblings. The problem is, he needs them because they are enslaved and need them to do work.

Is this Fifer and Thisbe’s chance to finally use the magic they’ve been dreaming of? Find out by reading “The Unwanteds Quests.”

Rating: 2.5/5 stars. These books were depressing, with poor Alex and his unusable dominant arm. I think this was the main reason the series focused more on Thisbe and Fifer, and not Alex, because Alex can’t even do magic anymore. Some people die in the series (sorry for the slight spoiler there), so overall, not the happiest books. If you’re looking for a book or two that’ll cheer you up, this is not the place to go. Also, I found that the series was very slow, and does not speed up until halfway through the second book. I found myself zoning out many times, having to backtrack a page or so every time. (And that rarely happens with me!) There were a couple other issues I found with the series, but I couldn’t tell you without ruining the books!

Ages: 11-14

***THE SPOILERS END HERE.***

I do not recommend the first two books in “The Unwanteds Quests” series unless you read “The Unwanteds” series first. (I tried once and I only got a couple chapters in!) Also, if you dislike sad books, do not read them. However, if you can’t wait to know what happens next, go ahead!

The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

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After waking up in a cabin with no memory of how she got there, Cady starts to panic. Soon after regaining consciousness, she hears her captors talking hears one of them tell the other to take her out back and “finish her off”. After managing to escape, she has no idea where to go…she has no money, doesn’t remember her name, and doesn’t know what happened to her.

In her run from these men, she meets Ty, who ends up accompanying her on her journey to get to safety. What Cady does know is that she’s still in danger, she just doesn’t know why.

I’ve had a few less than stellar reads lately, and I was hoping this quick thriller would be just the thing to break my drought. Unfortunately, it didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and felt more like an action book than a thriller. The end also took a turn I wasn’t expecting – very similar to The Outliers, which was another book I didn’t like.
What I did like was Cady and her friendship with Ty. I did find it a little unrealistic that they bonded so quickly and that Ty innately trusted Cady when she didn’t even know who she was or what happened to her, but they were good together and relied on each other, which while not always believable, was a nice add to the story, especially considering most of the characters weren’t super developed and were often flat.

Overall, I don’t have a ton to say about the book, which is probably fitting considering it was only ~200 pages long. It was a very quick read, and if you like action books/movies with a touch of biological warfare, this will be the perfect choice for you.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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The book series called Divergent is an interesting one. It is the first book in a three-part series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant). This was a book recommended by a friend who has a similar taste in books. Overall, I enjoyed this book, though some parts were questionable.
Divergent is about a future Chicago where everybody is split into factions. There are 5 factions with different attributes associated with it. There is Abnegation (Selflessness), Amity (Peaceful), Candor (Truthful), Dauntless (Brave), and Erudite (Smart). When you turn 16 you go through a test in which you are given a faction that is mostly likely one that you would be placed in based on what you pick in the test. There is then a ceremony where you must pick where you live, work, and do everything for the rest of your life. There are tests to get into the faction and if you don’t pass you could become factionless. However, there are people called the Divergent. These people can do things like manipulate the tests and be aware that they are in a simulation (whereas normal people can’t).
Beatrice Prior (Now known as Tris) was born and raised in Abnegation where everything they do has to be selfless, whether it means eating the simplest food or letting other people get on the bus before you. When she takes her aptitude test to see which faction she is fit for, the person administering it stops and says she is Divergent. She says this is dangerous, not to tell anyone, and then manually logs the data saying Tris is Abnegation. When the ceremony comes around Tris must make a hard decision. She picks Dauntless, where they are all about being brave. She has a large amount of experiences, losses, and rivalry along the way. She also meets a person named Four (Tobias Eaton). They start to have a romantic relationship but must keep it a secret. They then discover a plot against the Abnegation, started by the Erudite who want power, and powered by the Dauntless because they have skills in combat. They are being controlled by a serum that had been injected unknowingly. Since Tris is Divergent she is not affected. She needs to save her friends and stop the Erudite from killing all the Abnegation.
I overall enjoyed this book a lot. The only parts I didn’t like were when she was talking with Four. The way that it was described and, the way that they communicated seemed inappropriate for 16-year-olds. Besides that, and the fact that some parts are sad. It was a very good book and I would recommend it, especially if you are into books such as The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, or Harry Potter.
I would rate this book a 9/10.

 

The Seven Deadly Sins(Season 1and 2): TV Show Review

Cover image features characters from the show The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is about the country of Britannia in what seems to be set during the middle ages. The princess, Elizabeth stumbles upon the Boar Hat Tavern after running away from the kingdom. She ran away because the Holy Knights, who are the “supposed” guardians of Liones (kingdom in Britannia), attempt to overthrow the king. Elizabeth’s quest is the find the Seven Deadly Sins, the group that went rogue and murdered tons of Holy Knights in Liones only ten years ago. In the Boar Hat, Elizabeth finds Sir Meliodas, the captain and most powerful of the Sins. Little do they know that, the leaders of the Holy Knights Dreyfus and Hendrickson are attempting to bring back the legendary demon race by tricking failed Holy Knights into drinking Demon Blood. This not only makes them stronger but if their hate grows too strong, they will become a demon as well. Therefore, Meliodas, Elizabeth and the Seven Deadly Sins must take back Liones, the kingdom that framed them for a crime they didn’t commit, before the Grand Holy Knights can summon the demon race and end humanity.

Pros: This anime had a great story, which not only included great plot twists but also had loveable characters and a great sense of humor that anyone could adore.

Cons: Even though the story was fantastic, there are almost too many plot twists to keep up with.

Rating: 9/10