Amazons, Bookworm Harpies, and Possessed Statues (The Son of Neptune)


Percy is confused.
When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth 

Together with Frank, reluctant son of Mars and unlikely quest leader, and Hazel, cursed daughter of Pluto, Percy travels to Alaska, the land beyond the gods to free Death from his chains so they can save New Rome, the city for Roman demigods and the descendants of demigods. 

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Tomorrow is Too Late

“The girl put up a hand, and Drakier stopped mid stride. “You’ll have to come with me. We don’t have time to reach your ship.” 

Grabbing Isal’s hand, she dragged him to Drakier. “What do you mean, come with you? How do we know you aren’t a Tiori?” Isal said.

The girl turned and looked Isal in the eyes. “My name is Ryo and I am your last hope.”

 Everyone has their prejudices. Not even the gods are perfect. After having their ship hit by a rogue planet, Captain Eri and her crew are stuck on Thog until they can get a job and repair their ship. In addition to that, Filion needs to look for Ryo who did not regenerate on the ship but in a mental facility where she thinks she can heal the mind of another Chozen. Meanwhile, the Afortiories realize Ryo is much more powerful than the average Chozen, and an Eoan contacts Filion in order to help him fight the Tioris.

I have to admit, I probably should have reread the first book before reading the second, because I was a little confused for about a page and a half. However, after that, it was very good. More monstrosities from Tioris, more corruption and a lot more action and suspense. Aside from a few typos and my general dislike for Rygel, I enjoyed the book a lot. It was a pretty quick read, and a lot of fun. I liked Red even more now than I did before and I’m definitely pleased with certain developments between Filion and Wiq, because I had my suspicions in the first book. Everyone who liked the first will definitely like the second, as well as most sci-fi fans, particularly Firefly fans.

 

Perrin Pring is also giving away 30 copies of Tomorrow is Too Late or Appointment at the Edge of Forever. Both books are definitely worth checking out, so I’d suggest getting them now before someone else snaps them up. Continue reading

A Big Ball of Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey…. Stuff (The Here and Now)

For Prenna, having the cute, nice and very smart and funny guy at her school like her isn’t a good thing. In fact, it could be her death sentence for both her and the boy. After all, she is from the future and is most likely carrying diseases that no one has immunity to, and as long as she is in the strict community of time travelers who track her every move, she has to watch her back to make sure she doesn’t disappear like others in her community who fall a little out of line. But when she receives information that could change the future from the hellish place she left to a place better, she knows she has to act, and hopefully save the boy she loves.

Definitely a good book. I liked all of the main characters as well as the plot. I also found it really relevant to what’s going on today, and what could happen if we keep destroying the environment. However, like most time travel stories, I get super confused easily. While this book kept the time-wimey stuff (my apologies, Stephen Moffat) to a minimum, some things still didn’t make sense to me. How did her father get that drawing when Ethan hadn’t given it to him? Are we supposed to infer that Anthony Balthos gave him the drawing? This was particularly frustrating because I really wanted Prenna’s dad to pull some sort of miraculous resurrection but instead there’s an incomplete explanation for the mystery of the drawing. And how did Anthony get the drawing in the first place? In the future he came from none of that had happened, so Prenna didn’t come back in time. There were a few others, but these were the most confusing. It’s hard for me to follow different and intersecting realities at once, so if someone can explain how this makes sense, then please, leave a comment ;-).

All in all, a fun read. Does it make the top ten books I’ve read this year? Probably not. This might not be in the top ten I’ve reviewed on here. But it’s definitely worth reading, for both the action-packed plot and the forbidden romance between Ethan and Prenna.

http://www.indiebound.org/book/

Blood Oath by Samantha Coville

They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and even though some of the Sirens under Lord Christopher’s rule are just plain mean, a lot of them have good intentions that just go awry.

Christopher’s daughter, Raya, is a Halfling, or half human and half Siren. After no contact for several years, Raya is sent to Siren headquarters on her seventeenth birthday to spend the last year of her childhood with her dad. The problem is, she doesn’t want to go. She isn’t a fan of Sirens, and most Sirens don’t like Halflings. It gets worse for Christopher because he swore a Blood Oath to protect his only daughter, unbeknownst to Raya. Breaking a Blood Oath means fatal consequences, so he must do everything he can to keep her safe. Meanwhile, Raya joins a rebellion plotting to dethrone Christopher because of unjust laws. But it isn’t long before she realizes it isn’t going to be a peaceful rebellion.

For the most part, I liked this book. It kept me engaged almost all of the time, the romance between Raya and Drew was very sweet, and Raya’s friend, Kat, is really. But some parts of the book irritated me. Why would Raya even join the rebellion to begin with? She should have figured out that it wasn’t up to any good by looking at the other people in the group. I mean, she didn’t consider any of them particularly smart or friendly, with the exception of Tiana. She joined supposedly for Halfling’s rights, but did she really think they were going to lift the ban on Halflings in Headquarters when most of the people in the group hated her for being a Halfling? Also, considering the traumatic childhood even caused by Christopher’s carelessness, he should have figured out that his daughter would be less than thrill going to live with him for a year. Not to mention it was sprung on her seventeenth birthday, about fifteen minutes before she had to be in the car and ready to go. And I know he was trying to protect Raya by forbidding everyone from telling her about the Secret of the Halflings, but again with the road to Hell being paved with good intentions. It was asking for trouble. But aside from that, I thought it was a good book. The characters are well-developed and their interactions with each other are realistic and often funny. This would be a good book for just about any teenaged girl, especially those who like vampires and ghost stories.

(Netgalley Book) Defy by Sarah Larson

If you’ve read my post about The Sanctum Book One: The Girl, then you know that I love badass heroines. And that’s one of the reasons I love Defy by Sarah Larson. That, and it was impossible for me to put down. (“I have to wash the dishes. I have to write. The dog is barking because someone is at the door. For the love of god put down the book already…. one more page.”)

In the kingdom of Antion, there are two places orphans will go: into the army, or into the Breeding Houses, depending on if you are a boy or girl. For Alexa, due to her ability to fight and her brother’s quick thinking, she was able to join the army by cutting off her hair and then later binding her breasts. Three years later, “Alex” is the best fight on Prince Damian’s personal guard. He would be captain, except he was too young to take on the role when he beat the current captain in a sparring match. Only his twin brother, Marcel, knows Alex is really a she, and they like to keep it that way. But when there is an attempt on the prince’s life and Alex is ordered to sleep in a room adjoining the prince’s for his safety, things start spiraling out of control. The prince shows her glimpses of his real self beneath his spoiled, shallow facade, and Alex finds herself falling for him. Not only that, but she’s attracted her her fellow guard, Rylan, and it isn’t long before it’s revealed that both of them know she’s a girl.

This book is really good. It was funny in some parts, and very suspenseful. I thought the love triangle was well-written, and the romance didn’t have much angst to it, but was still sweet, which I liked. I’d recommend this book to any fantasy lover, as well as someone who likes romance.

You can find Defy here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/

The Vampirates by Justin Somper

Most people have read books about vampires. And most people have read books about pirates. But there’s only one series about vampires who are pirates. Vampirates by Justin Somper is a series about two twins, Grace and Connor Tempest who sail away from the town they grew up in when their father died. But only a few miles off shore they get caught in a storm that tears apart their ship and separates them.

Connor Tempest finds himself on pirate ship where he becomes part of the crew, sailing under the pirate rebel, Captain Molucco Wrathe. He’s admired for his athletic ability and quickly becomes accepted by the crew.

But Grace finds herself on a ship where she is kept in the dark and secrets swarm around her. She finds herself sleeping an unusually large amount of time and is only visited by one person: Lorcan Furey, the boy who rescued her. But from her room she hears snatches of conversations about things that make no sense at all. But as her brother was gifted with athletic ability, Grace was gifted with intelligence and it doesn’t take long for her to piece together the truth: she’s on a ship full of civilized vampires, run by a mysterious captain who hides his face beneath a mask.

Somper makes a truly original story where pirates are friendly, and have a government of their own, and vampires live on a ship and feed on volunteers. The Tempest twins must battle a rebel uprising, secrets, petty rivals, and reunite with each other as they figure out the mystery of the vampirates and their father’s mysterious connection with them.

This story is perfect for anyone looking for an intriguing fantasy adventure, whether they like pirates, vampires, or both.

You can find the first book in the series here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/

Catching Fire Movie!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m psyched for the new Hunger Games movie. I thought the first one did a great job with the books, and the books are, of course, amazing. Here’s a link to the teaser in case you haven’t already seen it. I thought it was awesome, and made the stupid mistake of watching it when in a public place. I’m sure I freaked people out by giggling like a maniac and jumping up and down, but it was late at night, I had just drank a couple cups of coffee and everything about the Hunger Games makes me really excited. I’m not crazy or anything. Anyway, the link: