The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief CoverNovel Facts:

  • Published: April 1st, 2006 (Paperback Edition)
  • Publisher: Mirimax Books/Puffin Books
  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Greek Mythology
  • Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
  • Pages in Paperback: 375
  • Followed By: The Sea of Monsters
  • Quote: “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it for myself.”
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Bookish News: TFiOS Trailer, Potter Buzz, Plutarch Heavensby

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Bookish News is a feature in which I scour the farthest corners in the virtual land known as the internet in hopes of learning what’s happening in the book world.

The Fault in Our Stars Trailer

For those of you that have read John Green’s latest novel, here is the trailer of the movie adaptation. I have to say that I had hesitations at first but after watching the trailer I am oh so excited. I love how the two main characters are so ‘real’ looking and not especially glamorized.

 

 

J.K. Rowling Drops a Bomb on Potter Fans

Saturday J.K. Rowling gave all her Potter fans a heart attack by claiming that she regrets having Ron and Hermione end up together. She went further to say that Harry and Hermione should have actually ended up together, claiming, that it made more sense. What’s even more interesting is Emma Watson was the one interviewing J.K. Rowling and she agreed with her, going on to say that she thought fans would always wonder if Ron could truly make Hermione happy.

Apparently when Rowling first started the series she envisioned Ron and Hermione together but as the series developed she forced the two together instead of letting the series take its natural course.

Twitter exploded with emotions as people immediately started taking sides and starting a war among those loyal to Ron and Harry. In my opinion it doesn’t matter. The books are written, its done, the end. She wrote Ron, Hermione and Harry so brilliantly that each one seemed real. Ron in particular seems to represent the everyday man, not the smartest or bravest, but loyal and to me he was the most inspiring.

It changes nothing, except adding to Rowling’s brilliance. If her forced writing is that believable than her capabilities are far more than we ever imagined.

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Plutarch Heavensby Needs Replacing

Sunday was a very tragic day indeed, and not just for Bronco fans. Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed way due to over dosing on heroin. Needless to say he was an extremely talented actor that influenced film and helped shape what it is today. For those of you that don’t know he played Plutarch Heavensby, the new game maker, in the movie Catching Fire. I think the majority opinion of fans of Suzanne Collins series is that he gave an excellent performance and exceeded all expectations of that character.

The question is now, what happens to the Mockingjay movies? They have all ready started filming, so did they get enough of Hoffman to make the movie work or will they have to erase what they have done and replace him. And if so, who will they replace him with? Besides all that though, Hoffman will be sorely missed.

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Are you excited about The Fault in Our Stars movie? Do you think Hermione should have ended up with Harry? Who do you think they should cast as Plutarch Heanvensby? Share below and happy reading!

Bookish Survey: Cast a HP Spell

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Jasmine from Flip That Page came up with this brilliant idea and yes it is indeed brilliant. Use magical spells from Harry Potter to categorize books. Its simpler than it sounds and more fun than it seems.

Jasmine gives us several spells that we would cast on books. For instance Reparo would be used on a book that could use some fixing, or reworking. Get the idea? Good, because I’m starting!

Reparo–fixes damaged objects

A book that needs serious fixing: Fallen by Lauren Kate– The story idea had potential and in a market where angels are booming Kate had all the advantage but the writing, characters and overall story just fell flat.

Lumos— creates a narrow beam of light

A book that deserves more attention: Ballad by Maggie Steifvater– Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy is all the rage, as it should but I think her book about faeries is just as good if not better. The characters are living, breathing creatures and the writing lyrical. Read this book!

Nox–counters the effects of lumos

An overhyped book: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis– I adore Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but Prince Caspian was a couple hundred pages of NOTHING happening and Susan complaining, yet it’s the second most popular in the Chronicles of Narnia. Why???

Accio— summons an object from a significant distance

A book you’re anticipating: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare– The final installment in the Mortal Instruments and so many turning points happened in the previous novel I simply can’t wait to see how Clare sums it all up in her end to the rollercoaster series.

Alohomora— opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched

A book you want to be more open about: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo– Okay listen, I know everyone is absolutely in love with this book but I’m not. I enjoyed reading it but I just don’t understand why everyone is RAVING about it. Except for the Darkling. That I understand.

Expecto Patronum— conjures an incarnation of positive feelings

A book that made you cry, or at least want to: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini– Although I didn’t shed any actual tears I was heartbroken with how women were treated in this novel. And what’s even more disheartening is that this is real and still goes on today.

Mosmorde— conjures the dark mark

A book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– I picked this novel up on a whim (an example of when judging a cover works out well) and fell in love with the intricate story. And to think this was Morgenstern’s debut novel, I can’t wait to see what she will write next.

Petrificus Totaluspetrifies victim

A book you wish to keep forever: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine– This was one of the books that first cast it’s spell on me and since then it has always stuck. I can pick it up anytime and enjoy it no matter how many times I’ve reread it. It’s simply enchanting.

Protego— shield charm

An intimidating book you keep putting off: Divergent by Veronica Roth– I’ve heard so much about this book so if I read it I’m going to feel a lot of pressure to love it. Hence the procrastination.

Riddikulus— used against a boggart

A book with a deceiving synopsis: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling– I loved the book but the synopsis made it seem like the whole town was vying over this city council seat when in actuality is was about the ugly truth of ordinary people. Not what I expected but definitely an excellent read.

Lacarnum InflamaraeShoots fireballs

A book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad– I shouldn’t have expected much but I can’t help it when I get a new book and with this one well… it wasn’t interesting. As simple as that.

Wingardium Leviosalevitates objects

A book you wish to reread: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman– I’ll never forget reading this in the tiny school library of middle school. Lyra was my first hero and I can’t wait to reread it from an older perspective.

Avada Kedavracauses instant death

Worst book EVERMarked by P.C. and Kristin Cast– Can be summed in two words; exaggerated and shallow.

Stupefyputs victim in unconscious state

A book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– The chapter where a certain someone tries to strangle another certain someone? As Yoda would say “Stunned into silence, I was.”

Confundocauses befuddlement or forgetfulness

A book that generally caused confusion: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis– Not so much as confused as bewildered that my beloved Narnian world could end so quickly.

Crucioinflicts unbearable pain

A book that was a pain to read: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck– I love East of Eden  but this one I struggled through. I think it was the whole you-must-read-it-for-school thing, kind of puts a damper on it.

Episkeyheals relatively minor injuries

A feel good book that you enjoyed: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger– I adore the fleeting romance in this novel; its quick beginning and the way it burns out just as quickly. Definitely good on a Sunday afternoon.

Expelliarmustemporarily disarms an opponent

A book with a swoon-worthy character: The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare– Will Herondale, enough said.

Impedimenta impedes target’s process

A book that kept you all night reading: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer– I’m not going to lie, once upon a time before the movies came out I enjoyed Twilight. So much so that I lost a good deal of sleep over it.

Silencio– immediate silencing

A book that left you speechless after you read it: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– The story was a simple one but with complex characters. To this day I have trouble summarizing my feelings over it except that it was incredibly enlightening.

Legilimensallows you to delve into someone’s mind

A book with well-developed characters: The Stand by Steven King– King’s reputation for outstanding characterization isn’t false, King is a master when it comes to character development.

Levicorpusa spell that turns you upside down

A book that changed your mind about a character from it’s prequel: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– Severus Snape is AMAZING and I’m sorry for ever doubting him!

Obliviateused to hide memories

A book with a story you can’t remember: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore– I remembered liking it and that it was a science fiction novel about aliens but I can’t remember the details. Just means its time for a reread!

Peskipiksi Pesternomiuseless spell

A boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: The Lord of the Flies by William Golding– I did not enjoy this book at all and frankly I saw the ending coming a mile away.

Reducto– breaks through solid objects

A book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connolly– Talk about your fast paced thrillers! This book delivered on all accounts and officially got me hooked on the Thriller genre.

Rictusempratickling spell

A book that made you laugh: The Help by Kathryn Stockett– When I read about Minnie’s pie I just about died from laughter. The paramedics were called and everything…

Sectusempraoffensive spell that violently wounds the target

A book that may have scarred you for life: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– I liked the book but I swear if I read the word IKEA one more time…

Tarantallegramakes you dance uncontrollably

A series finale that made you feel giddy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– No other feelings can compare to how I felt about opening this book up for the first time. It was definitely a bittersweet moment.

Bombarda Maximacauses an explosion that breaks through walls

A book that made you explode with the feels: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare– When I finished this novel I literally ran into my sisters room at 2am and demanded that she wake up so I could talk about how this book made me feel. Sometimes I still do.

Finite Incantatem– nullifies other spells

A book you’d thought you dislike but ended up lovingEast of Eden by John Steinbeck– After reading his previous work I was very wary of venturing into another Steinbeck novel, but homework called and I took the plunge. It was worth it! Just a typical soap opera, what’s not to love?

Feel like participating? Just check out Jasmine’s blog for the details and feel free to link back so that I can see your answers. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to share them below and happy reading!

Spread the Word

spreadthewordHi there! Welcome to my first ever feature of Spread the Word, a feature that was inspired by A Bookish Heart with her Bookish Friends feature. This is a weekly feature that I have started to shine the spotlight on other bloggers that have caught my eye. There are so many great bloggers out there that keep me giggling or thinking with their blog posts and it’s gotten to the point where I want to shout it to the world so that others can discover their greatness too.

I don’t ask them questions or anything like that as it can be time-consuming to the featured blogger who is busy…blogging. So instead I just go through their blog with a fine tooth comb and learn everything I can to share it all with you. Ready? Good! Excited? Me too!

Today I’ve decided to spotlight a blog that I discovered quite recently. She is an amazing writer that knows how to write quality posts. Her passion pours through every sentence and she is not afraid to share her opinions regardless of what others might think. Oh, and she can win an entire revolution before breakfast.

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She is Lauren @ Revolution For Breakfast

I discovered Lauren after she left a comment that was so thoughtful and personal and LONG. Literally, Lauren reads every single one of my posts and leaves such long comments that I always have to go to the comment archives so that I have room on my screen to respond. It’s absolutely wonderful because it says that she has so much to say about what I’ve written and as a blogger, that’s all I ask for. (Please note that I also love small comments, even one word comments so don’t be discouraged if you favor that kind of commenting, I often write small comments myself).

Here is an examples of one of her comments:

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Notice how the picture doesn’t show her entire comment? That’s because it’s too long to get the whole shot. See what I mean! She always has a lot to say and makes you feel as if your post was worth reading.

So after Lauren presented herself to me I immediately checked out her blog. I soon discovered that she has a great talent with words. She can write long, thorough posts which might be intimidating to people who aren’t in the mood for reading but they are always filled with this keen wit that she possesses and her gripping passion that even the intimidated reader can’t help but read on.

One of things I love about her posts is that she always comes up with brilliant post titles! For example:

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Lauren also has several weekly original features that she runs on her blog that are quite fun to read. These include:

Blurbsday Musings– Lauren writes a random rant every Thursday about something going on in the media and/or the world. Her most recent rant was about The Jodi Arias Trial and it was really interesting.

Fanfiction.net Spotlight– This is featured every Wednesday until September and is where Lauren spotlights talented writers of fan fiction. Her most recent post was about an exceptionally talented writer who wrote fan fiction based on Harry Potter in which Harry goes missing after being placed on the Dursley’s door step. (The Potterhead in me is demanding to read this).

Five-Song Fridays– Lauren recommends five songs that go along with a certain theme. Her most recent theme was Favorite 90’s Boy Band Songs. It was a really fun read.

Keeping It Reel Saturdays– This is where Lauren writes very thought out movie reviews. Her most recent review was on What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? and man, does it sound creepy.

Here are a couple of random facts that I’ve gathered from reading Lauren’s blog:

  • She likes Nancy Grace
  • She doesn’t think Cameron Diaz can act
  • She broke up with a boyfriend who recommended a bad book to her (but not for that reason)
  • She is an English major but went on to law school
  • Once melted a Nick Carter doll she got from Burger King (she now regrets it)
  • Prefers book stores to libraries (like me)
  • She is a fellow fan of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series

When it comes down to it, I like reading Lauren’s blog because I know I will get quality posts (and she’s really nice too)! I urge everyone to check out her blog, you won’t regret it!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 13: Your Favorite Author

I want you all to know that I really tried. I really tried to pick someone other than J.K. Rowling but in the end, she’s the one. Not only did she write THE most brilliant series the world has ever seen, but we’ve seen from The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling that she can write in other areas and most importantly, WRITE IT WELL.

Let’s look at the Harry Potter series first, shall we?

J.K. Rowling has created a cultural phenomenon with her Harry Potter series and is more than likely the most successful living author today. Even if you don’t like fantasy you have to admit that these books are incredibly intricate. Her stories say so many things and are woven together like a puzzle piece so that connections are strung together every which way. Separately and as a whole, J.K. Rowling has created a masterpiece, plain and simple.

Now, let’s consider The Casual Vacancy.

Complete opposite of Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy is steeped in reality; it is about the stark truth and bleak normality of the ordinary human life. This novel is not my favorite story by any means, but it is a GOOD story. Every single character was three-dimensional and well fleshed out. They all acted according to their development and circumstances. The story was believable and like Harry Potter had many things to say about the human condition. J.K. Rowling shows that she can go from fantasy to social drama in the blink of an eye like it’s easy peasy. That’s talent.

Finally, but not least, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

…Okay, so I haven’t actually read this one yet, but give me a break! I’m a broke college student that has an expensive hobby, I can’t buy every book I want– no matter how much I want it…oh and I want it. I included it however because I have heard that J.K. Rowling pulls off another great novel with real characters and a compelling story. Since it’s J.K Rowling, I can believe it.

Whether you like or not, you got to have some respect for her. She has shaped children’s fiction today and is proving that her talented is not limited to any one area. The woman is a genius and thusly, my favorite author.

Who is your favorite author? Do you have more than one? Share it below and happy reading!