Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

In the book Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle angering Zeus, Apollo is thrown down into New York as a teenage boy. While liked by many, Apollo is also hated by many, including gods, demons, humans, and many others. To survive, Apollo travels to Camp Half-Blood, a camp where all Half-Bloods (children of a god and a human) stay to escape the monsters that hate the young of the gods. When Apollo reaches the camp, he finds that some campers have gone missing and the Oracle of Delphi has been stolen. 

I loved this book because it continued with the already amazing Percy Jackson series, a series that I have enjoyed reading for years. The book also adds new characters to the series that, hopefully, will have an impact in a later book. The book is also the first in the Trials of Apollo series, a new series that will, again, hopefully bring back old characters from the last two Percy Jackson series. 

The book, along with most other Percy Jackson books, helps use humor to connect to the audience. The last reason I absolutely love the book, is that the book takes place in New York, this is where the first few books took place, and it is very cool to be back. I would recommend this book to anybody who has an interest in mythology and has read at least a few of the other Percy Jackson books.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Wrath of the Storm, by Jennifer Nielsen

The Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen is the final book of the Mark of the Thief trilogy. It is about an escaped slave named Nicolas Calva, who lives in the vast empire of Rome. Trouble has a way of always finding Nicolas (also called Nic). Ever since he received the Divine Star, a mark that allows one to wield the magic of the gods, all of the powers of Rome have been circling Nic. With Caesar’s bulla and the Malice of Mars, two of the three magical amulets, Nic has to maneuver his way through scheming government officials and magical beasts in order to save the empire. 

After finding the Malice of Mars, Nic has to prevent the infamous Mistress as well as the Praetors of Rome from destroying the empire from within. The Mistress is a former vestalis named Atroxia who has been punished and cursed by the roman goddess Diana. The Mistress’s main mission is to deliver the Jupiter Stone, the third and most powerful magical amulet, to Diana. Nic is the only person who can stop the Mistress from delivering the Jupiter Stone to Diana and renewing the Praetor War in the heavens. 

It is up to Nic to keep his friends and family safe, claim his own freedom, and rescue Rome before his magic gets the better of him. I really enjoyed this book because it is very action-packed and had many heart-stopping moments. The author did a really nice job allowing you as the reader to experience what Nic was experiencing, see what Nic was seeing, and feel what Nic was feeling. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Roman Mythology and action-packed adventures.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lost Boy, by Tim Green

Lost Boy by Tim Green is a story about a boy named Ryder Strong and his mother. Ryder's mom, Ruby, got into a terrible accident one night, and the surgeries needed to help her cost way more than they had. With help from the firefighter, Doyle, who's truck hit Ruby, and Ryder's old neighbor, Mr. Starr, they had to raise a lot of money to pay for his mom's surgeries. Along with that, if Ryder figured out who his father was, who he had never met, he might get the money from him instead. 

Ryder experiences many adventures in order to figure out the mystery of who his father is, in order to save his mom. I found this book very interesting, and fun to read. First off, I enjoyed the book because it involves baseball, although it is not the main factor of the story. The story is full of hope and mystery throughout Ryder's adventures, which I enjoyed mainly. This book is one of a few, that when I pick it up, I don't want to put it back down. 

The only dislike I have of the book is that I was upset that Ryder's mom was getting closer and closer to dying, but it made me more anxious to keep reading and see if she'd be saved. In my opinion, the author, Tim Green, did a great job making the readers want to keep reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an amazing story about hope and mystery, not just if you're a fan of baseball.