October 4, 2011

Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 511
Publisher: Disney Hyperion, hardback

Goodreads Summary:
In the first pages of this standalone sequel to The Lost Hero, Percy Jackson remembers only his name and the name of Annabeth, a mysterious woman he associates somehow with the city of San Francisco. From those sparse clues, he must somehow complete a mission for the leader of the Roman camp even as he is being pursued by the two sisters of Medusa, who possess an apparently unquenchable thirst for vengeance: Even when killed, they spring back to life. Rick Riordan's second Heroes of Olympus promises even more excitement than the first.

My Review:

I swear, series like these are going to give me heart attacks, or diabetes or something!

Another great story to the Heroes of Olympus series has been added. Rick Riordan's newest book, The Son of Neptune, was certainly worth the year long wait.

Percy Jackson has been asleep for eight months and has finally awoken, without memory of his past. Similar to Jason Grace's story, The Son of Neptune takes place in the Roman Camp, and is told in the point of view of three different characters: Percy, Frank and Hazel. It tale starts with how Percy, son of Neptune, gets to find the Roman camp to the long awaited reunion. Only not quiet.

Personally, I don't like the whole 3 different character POV thing. I know it's in 3rd person, but I'm just so accustomed to one POV from the Percy Jackson series. At least these characters are much more tolerable than last books. Okay, that's a lie. The only I couldn't tolerate was Pipper, but there's no Pipper in this book!

Frank, newly recruited Roman demi-god, he's kind of that awkward, shy kid that is really nice, but is always messing things up on accident and no one really talks to him. His parentage kind of comes in a shock, but not really if you pay close attention to his description. And don't trick yourself into believing that Frank is the underdog, because this guy is full of secrets and surprises. Just wait, you'll get to like him!

Hazel, she has some secrets of her own. I'm starting to think that all Hades' kids have the same kind of story, because there really seems to be some kind of repetition going on. At first, her curse might not make much sense to you, but just hang in there! The truth will be told! And she's not annoying like Piper! I found that really exciting! There were only little hints of romantic thoughts and I really liked the way we got to learn about her past. But come on Rick Riordan! This girl has gone through a lot, and yet you do that thing, with Leo?! Cruel. Just cruel.

Percy. Our hero has not changed! Well, only a little. I found that he made kind of silly comments when he first arrives at camp, and for a moment I was afraid he'd been dumped down. But quickly the reader gets to see flashes of the good ol' Percy and everything is made right with the world. He quickly rises to his true leadership position, which is great. You learn a lot more about what the future has in story of this kid, and of course, his love of Annabeth was still strong! What else would you expect? But I swear, this guy knows like everyone. So watch out for those cameos! Let's see if you can guess who they are before their identities are revealed (and in some cases they aren't!)

Octavius. The bad guy we all love to hate. Couldn't have made his character any more easier. I mean, this guy kind of gave me the bad vibe just from his description. The second he opened his mouth I knew I wasn't going to like him. And I don't! So well done Mr. Riordan, you have written your story well.

Reyna. She's so cool! She's that girl I wish I was, strong, cool, collective, smart and athletic. She's a great praetor and I wish her the best of luck. Hopefully, we'll get to see more of her in later books.

The writing wasn't much different from the last book. There were definitely parts were I felt the story was lacking something. I felt this one was less exciting that The Lost Hero, but it was good in its own way. Of course, there were parts were I was like freaking out and hyperventilating, but there were also others were I kind of just skimmed the paragraph because it wasn't that interesting. There are references to books from the PJO series, so I hope you guys remember what happened. And I'm not saying references from the last book, some maybe be as early as the first three books. I also didn't think the gods were as funny in this book, but that's also because their Roman forms are much more serious. The difference between Greek and Roman way is definitely noted. It's even pointed out to the reader, to prove the point. Their lifestyles are so much different! I mean, they're like polar opposites! Questions campers have had about the after-life of campers will surely be answered. And by after-life I mean life after camp, if they're not killed by a giant or a gryphon before hand that is.

Let's thank the gods that Rick Riordan added a glossary to the book. I mean, near the beginning I was rather lost with all the Roman talk. Sure, I'm widely educated in the civilization of the Ancient Greeks (I wrote many term papers on them) but my Roman knowledge was lacking a bit. And it just seemed so odd to me that there was Roman talk. After six Greek books, you get used to Greek terms.

The ending will keep you shocked. Mostly because you can't believe it just ended right there! Then you get past the glossary and there's that little note that says The Mark of Athena, Fall 2012. That's one whole year away. I'll be a senior then...wow. Sure, the time will fly by, but still...a whole year. Four whole seasons have to pass before I get to read what happens next. How the meeting between the two groups goes, if there's tension in the air or if they're accepted. I've probably already said enough, so you guys will just have to read it to find out what I mean.

I got the Barnes & Noble's version, which by the way cost me like $17 dollars with tax. Can we say expensive? But since it's the B&N version, it's got a cool little extra to it: a pamphlet! It's much cooler than it seems, because it's like an introductory pamphlet to the Roman camp. So it was kind of worth spending my allowance this early in the month for it.

Overall: It was a good book that I enjoyed reading.

Did I fall in love with it? No, as I said before, I felt like it lacked a little something. But I will definitely be rereading it.

Do I recommend it to others? Yes! Especially those PJO/HO fans. The adventures continue!

Rating: 4.2/5 stars

October 2, 2011

Review: Crocodile Tears and Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz

Short reviews for two books! Better than no review at all, right?
Alright you caught me. I having an update because
Panem October is experince another crash, so I can't get on. (ps: add me! username: karyn link: http://www.panemoctober.com/citizen/karyn )
Title: Crocodile Tears
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 385

Goodreads Summary:

It's just another day in the life of an average kid. If you're Alex Rider, that is.

A con artist has realized there is big money in charity - the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes - gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries - to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.

Often imitated, never equaled, the series that triggered a reading phenomenon is back, exhilarating and addictive as ever.


Oh it's been a while since I read this series. For the first couple pages, I was completly lost in what was happening. It referred to the Australia mission, which I guess was the Snakehead book, which I read a while ago. But then it started coming back to me in little bits and I remembered!

So of course, once again Alex gets pulled into work for MI6, which isn't much a surprise. The surprise is that now I think the mission is more dangerous. So much more is invovled, with different factors that could all go wrong. Because now, there are two (kind of) bad guys.

For a moment, I started to think that Alex actually liked doing all this. I mean, of course he doesn't, since he was kind of forced into the whole spy thing, but in a way, it seems kind of right. Like a family legacy, or a family gene.

The book definitely kept me on my toes, waiting to see what would happen at every page turn.

Rating: 3/5

Title: Scorpia Rising
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Pages: 402

Goodreads Summary:
Scorpia has dogged Alex Rider for most of his life. They killed his parents, they did their best to con Alex into turning traitor, and they just keep coming back with more power. Now the world's most dangerous terrorist organization is playing with fire in the world's most combustible land: the Middle East. No one knows Scorpia like Alex. And no one knows how best to get to Alex like Scorpia. Until now.

The chases have never been more intense, the fights more treacherous, or the risks so perilous to mankind. And this time, Alex won't get away.

My review:

I read it right after Crocodile Tears and I was kind of freaking out.

I mean, if you read the little flap on the inside it's kind of scary. "This may be the one mission Alex won't be coming home from." That was kind of freaking me out.

Oh my gosh! What an end to the series! I can not believe it ended like that! I mean, Mr. Blunt, really! How could you do that to Alex!? I thought you had a conscious, especially near the end of Crocodile Tears. But apparently not. See what you did?! Do you see the pain you have caused?!

Okay, done talking to fictional characters now.

But honestly, I was happy and not with the ending. Personally, I'm the kind of person who likes epilogues, but this ended kind of suited the series.

Rating: 4/5

October 1, 2011

Overview: September 2011

Hey guys! Another overview (mostly because I'm avoiding doing homework). We didn't have on August, because it kept slipping from my mind.

Anyway here we go, let's see the numbers!

Total pageviews from September 2-October 1: 871.

That's close to 18% less pageviews than July (we had 994 back then).

Top Five Countries that visited Book Away:

1. United States
2. Australia
3. Canada
4. Russia
5. United Kingdom

Good job to Canada for moving up since July! And amazing job to Russia who made top 5this month!!

I wish I had put up August now to see how great this all was.
Here are other countries that visited us:

Czech Republic

April and I made a total of 5 posts...yeah I know, pretty pathetic. But in our defense, school had just started so we had to get back into the groove of things.

We gained over a hundred new followers! Of course, I think the Banned Book Giveaway helped. Giveaways are always a good way to get followers.

Up this month:


SON OF NEPTUNE IS BEING RELEASED IN 3 DAYS FROM TODAY! (October 4th, 2011)a.k.a= expect a review because I am in love with the series.

Hopefully more reviews, more updates, maybe a giveaway? Gotta get some money first though...

Panem October started! We're both a part of that so we'll see how that goes.

The Capitol.pn has give out DIPs to District 12 and 8 as of right now. (I have mine! District 8 right here! April's in District 1. ha loser. jk :D ))

Basically a whole bunch of fun stuff.

As always, thanks to everyone whose reviewed!

*on a seperate note, our review policy (which is under contact us) has been update and we're now accepting books to read.