Book Review: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

 

The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn’t take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion…all in one hour or less?

With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and illustrated profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection that is sure to delight legions of loyal fans.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 14, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

LOOOOOOVED IT! <3! 😀 This book was amazing. Percy returned in one of the short stories in this book, along with Annabeth, Luke, Thalia, Leo, Jason, and Piper. Though, they weren’t all in the same story.

The Demigod Diaries has four short stories in it: Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, The Diary of Luke Castellan, Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford, and Son of Magic.

In Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes, it’s Percy and Annabeth’s 1 month anniversary. It was hilarious!

‘I gave her a smile that I hoped conveyed something like: Hey, you know I’m on your side. Gods are suck jerks! But what can you do? Probably my expression actually conveyed: It’s not my fault! Please don’t kill me!

Lmho, right? 😉 I loved reading from Percy’s point of view again, and since it was a date with Annabeth, that made it more awesome. 🙂 I also learned that Hermes may not be the safest delivery god. Why? Here’s why:

‘Hermes and I sat in the back of the truck on a couple of boxes labeled TOXIC SERPENTS. THIS END UP. Maybe that wasn’t the best place to sit, but it was better than some of his other deliveries, which were labeled EXPLOSIVES, DO NOT SIT ON, and DRAKON EGGS, DO NOT STORE NEAR EXPLOSIVES.’

-_- Yeah……Hermes isn’t the safest UPS guy. Oh, and it has a fire-breathing giant. Did I forget to mention that?

In The Diary of Luke Castellan, Luke writes from his point of view, part of his adventure with Thalia before camp. Which involved a magic goat with udders that gave out Pepsi and Free Ice. We also learn Luke’s first weapon was destroyed. The one he uses in the story is…..Dun, dun, dun! A golf club. Lol! I loved the magic goat/soda machine. 😛 Thalia was cool, as always. Luke was funny. Funny where I had tears coming out of my eyes. I now love Luke in this story. 🙂 My favorite part was, you guessed it, the soda/magic goat! 😀

Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford. I was laughing so hard while I read it this one. It was awesome! Leo returns, along with Jason and Piper! You can tell this story is awesome because the first sentance in it is,

‘Leo blamed the Windex.’

😀 Awesome, right?! 😀 Buford is a walking table that, other than hates Windex, holds something important. Can’t tell you what because I you have to read it. 😛 Haha! It has insane chicks, a walking table named Buford, and of course, Leo Valdez! Also known as Repair Boy. Hehehe. There’s an awesome party too, and the Hokey Pokey.

The Son of Magic, the last short story in this book, was written by Rick’s son, Haley. It’s about a son of Hecate who fought for Kronos in the second titan war. We read the story from the point of view of Claymore, an author. The only thing I can tell you about this one without going into spoiler mode is Claymore is apparently really, really, aggnorant (And stubborn in my opinion). This one needed a bit more humor, other than that, cool-O!

The reading age says 10 & up, but I think 8, possibly 7-year-olds will be able to handle these stories. If you’re uncertain about it though, but you’re kid is a Percy Jackson fan, just make sure they don’t read The Diary of Luke Castellan if you buy it.

Altogether, five stars! Well done! I loved seeing my favorite characters again in this book of stories and games. Congrats to Rick Riordan and his son, Haley Riordan! 🙂

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I recommend to ages 8(Possibly 7)-Adult (Look at second to last paragraph if you’re concerned about age). If you’ve read his Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief series, or enjoyed Heroes of Olympus (Book #1), you will LOVE this.

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Book Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

False Memory (False Memory #1) by Dan Krokos

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter…when there may not be a future.

Dan Krokos’ debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 14, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

I loved this book very much. 🙂 It takes place, well, in America basically. The beginning and end take place in Cleveland. Other than that, they travel.

The main character is Miranda North, and she has a pretty big problem. Miranda has no memory. Stinks, huh?

Well, here I would say the main conflict, but I basically already did. Miranda has no memory. The other part of the main conflict is there’s someone they need to stop. Someone bad(Duh). But I can’t say who.

I would compair this book to Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. The writing style in my opinion is very similair. They both made me laugh and smile. They both made me want to punch someone an uncountable number of times(Noah for this book.)

The ending of this book was good, but it almost, barely though, reminded me of the Inheritance ending(The last Eragon book), which I did not really think was a good ending. It was good, it was a cliffhanger (*silence*), and I will read the second book. I just think it needed to be better…written.

What I wasn’t a fan of in this book, was the tense shifts. They were, just, ugh. One page it would be present tense, how it’s supposed to be, two pages later it would be past tense when it wasn’t even a memory. -_-

I loved, LOVED, the action scenes. They were so well written and I just plain loved them. There was enough description for me to imagine it, but not too much where it’s mostly words. I craved these moments of the book. They were my favorite.

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I recommend it to 11-Teen, even though the reading age says 12 & up. I think some adults would like this too. Fans of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment should read it. People who also enjoyed Artemis Fowl should check this out. 😉

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Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

 I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.”

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 20, 2007)

RATING 3 STARS

Eh.

That’s what it was. Eh. This book takes place in Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. The main conflict is romance. Romance between Cameron Morgan and Josh Abrams.

I liked the beginning. It was cool and off to a good start. I love, love, LOVE that she used parentheses for adding extra stuff the character wanted to say. It made it better for me, plus, some of the stuff in the parentheses was awesome slash funny.

Then it went downhill. As soon as Cammie saw Josh, she loved him. I’m sorry, but is that believable? Love at first sight in a book about spies? The crush/love that Cammie started feeling for Josh went way too fast.

The ending was cool and exciting, but slightly unrealistic. I liked her assignment, but the part after that…

Liz got annoying and it seemed like Bex didn’t need to be there. Mr. Solomon was annoying and I wanted to punch him a lot. Cammie, during the middle part of the book, was annoying and to me seemed slightly crazy.

I would buy the next book if it went on sale basically. I did finish this book in case you’re wondering. Amazon says this book is for 18 & up, but I read it and I’m in middle school. It was perfectly fine for me, so maybe it’s fine for your girl.

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I recommend to romance/action lovers (Mostly romance lovers) and people 8/9-young teen. This book is mostly for girls so don’t have your boy read it. That might cause some awkward moments.. If you’ve read perhaps Twilight, there’s a chance you might like this.

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Book Review: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8) by Eoin Colfer

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION:

“Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (July 10, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

:O That’s the first thing I’m gonna type in this review other than this sentence. :O

Eoin Colfer has worked his magic again in this book! Artemis, Holly, Mulch, Butler, and Foaly all return! Sadly, along with our most wanted super-crazy-villain.

This book takes place at the Fowl Estate most of the time, in Dublin(Pretty sure it’s Dublin….). If it’s not at the Fowl Estate,then it’s in the the Lower Elements under the earth’s crust. Opal Koboi is back and needs to be stopped.

The main conflict you ask? Opal has risen warriors from the earth, and Artemis and the gang have until sunrise to return them back to the earth unless they want Opal to succeed and take over. ‘That crazy pixie’.

I loved the laughs in this book. Mulch was awesome! I loved reading his parts because I giggling, and giggling. Most of the time I was reading, crazy giggling could be heard, or complete silence because I was sucked into the book. 🙂 Artemis was awesome, as always. Holly was Holly and naturally did what she thought. 🙂 Foaly is the best centaur I’ve read about(Actually is the only centaur I’ve read about besides the one in Narnia). The book had enough action to even out the laughs and sad spots.

I admit though, I expected the ending. I seriously did. I thought it would happen a different way, but still, I expected it. I feel like he might have left it a little unfinished. He made it so more adventures could happen, he didn’t say any of the characters’ futures. 🙁 I just hope a spin-off series will bring our famous Artemis Fowl back.

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I recommend to people who have read the previous Artemis Fowl books, like/love adventure and comedy books, and people who like a good twist in their books. If your child can take a little blood and near death too, they would like this. Altogether, ages 8-Adult, 8-year-old depending on if they can hadle blood and near death. If you’ve read Percy Jackson and The OlympainsMaximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Son of Neptune, or The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones, you’ll LOVE this. 😉

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Book Review: Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.

Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?”

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Graphia; Reprint edition (May 4, 2009)

RATING 4 STARS

Princess Ben is one wicked awesome princess.

This book is about Princess Benevolence, a girl who soon finds out she’s different from the rest of the royal family. That’s basically the main conflict. Ben is not like the rest of the royal family. She is part of the magical arts. This book takes place in Ancienne, a fantasy land.

The book has four parts. Part one, to me, went slow, even though they were explaining the fantasy world, it was still slow. Part two kept me interest and made me love Ben so much! Part 3: the whole thing was an adventure that I would go on again. 🙂 Part four had awesome laughs, good adventure, and some funny but interesting scenes. Altogether, the book was good enough for me to keep reading. 🙂

The ending, has to be my favorite part of the book, because of the laughs, scenes, adventure, and how much it made me smile. The beginning was slow, but it made me realize, READ 100 PAGES BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON A BOOK. I was on, like, page 76 when it finally got interesting. SO KEEP READING IT WHEN YA’ GET IT.

The character Ben was amazing. She has natural talent that shows more toward the end of the book. Prince Florian, I usually always wanted to punch his face, that annoying nuisance of a prince. Hmph.

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I recommend to people who enjoy fantasy, magic, and princesses. I mostly recommend for woman and girls, teen girls especially. Girls, 9-15 might like this. If you want to read this to your 9-year-old, make sure they can handle blood, otherwise wait until they are older, just to be safe. If you’ve read The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, you’ll enjoy this book. Miri and Ben kick butt. 😉

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Book Review: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

 

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale

Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen’s Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

This book is going to be memorable. Very memorable. 🙂

Miri is back and awesome as eva’!!!! 😀 The book takes place in Asland, has more humor, and awesome action.

Miri arrives in Asland with her other Princess Academy friends. Britta is getting ready to marry Steffen, the prince. Book = Awesome. :P:D

I can’t really describe the main conflict, but let me try. There are plans brewing among the people of Asland. And they aren’t good for the palace. -_- Uh oh.

I loved Miri. She was funny, exciting, and an awesome main character. I loved following her through the story. What’s fun about her is, she does things I don’t expect.
Peder was also a favorite. He was a awesome guy. THE awesome guy. 😉

The ending was happy. But it was also sad. You know why it was sad? Because now I’m stuck wondering what happens next! :O Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked the action parts of the book. There were enough that it wasn’t just Miri wandering around and talking. I liked the parts where they were partly sad, but then something funny, awesome, or someone got mad happened. Yes, someone getting mad in a sad scene can make it better for me. Why? It takes your mind off of the sad scene. 🙂

I loved Miri in this story, and I hope you do too! 🙂

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If you liked you’ll like this. Princess Academy is on sale right now for under $5! Go get it! I recommed to 10-Adult. Adult readers will like this if they like Shannon Hale. Anyone who loved Miri before, will love her even more. If you liked The Gray Wolf Throne(Seven Realms #3), you’ll love this one. 🙂

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Book Review: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3) by Rick Riordan

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A Pirate Princess Review

Description: “He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld.

Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.”

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)

5 STARS! NOT TO BE MISSED!  I MEAN IT!

Sadie and Carter Kane are back~!

This book is my favorite out of the Kane Chronicles.  Sadie, Cater, Bast, and the rest of the gang are back! This book takes place at a couple of fun places, let’s see if I can name all of them: Dallas, TX, Brooklyn House/21st Nome, 1st Nome, Egypt, and the Daut. 😛 Hey, I did it! Whoo hoo!

Anyway, back to the book. This book has a good plot, but I admit, he hinted at something a little too much. I figured it out almost straight away. I’m not saying exactly what, because I don’t want to spoil it. If you have read Serpent’s Shadow, ain’t that awesome!

The main conflict is: How will the Kanes stop Apophis? Me, I know how because I’ve read it.

The two main characters, Sadie and Carter, I can tell they’ve grown up. Sadie still has her attitude. Carter is still Mr. Wikipedia. Anubis, Walt, and Felix are back also. I like Walt tons! More than Anubis (That’s right! You heard me! {Or at least you saw what I typed} Anubis, sure he’s a god that everyone says is hot, but seriously. I like Walt much better.)

I liked that Rick kept the sarcasm and laughs even with all the conflict. When something shocking happened, he made up for it in some way (I said shocking. I did not cry at all when reading this book. I was close to during one thing though).

I LOVE his chapter titles tons, like these two, Bulls With Freaking Laser Beams…and…Welcome to the Fun House of Evil. LoL.

I did find some areas where I was confused. There were at least a couple of typos, too, but nothing major (I read the hardcover).

I think this book was the best out of the series. The Red Pyramid started the Kane Chronicles off, but it was slow-ish at the beginning and some parts in the middle. The Throne of Fire, the second book in the series…I think was just…Umm, too much conflict. I just…didn’t favor that one very much. This one answer questions I wanted to know, has good conflict, not too much or little, doesn’t really have any slow or boring spots, good humor. You get it now, right?

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I would recommend SERPENT’S SHADOW to:  middle grade, tween, adventure readers, people who enjoy fun books, Rick Riordan fans, fans of mythology, and Percy Jackson fans of course. If you liked Peter and the Starcatchers, you will also like this series.

This book was the third and final book in the Kane Chronicles trilogy.  It is preceded by The Red Pyramid (#1) and the Throne of Fire (#2).

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Event: Rick Riordan Reading and Q&A at San Marcos, TX 5/11/2012

Event: RICK RIORDAN Reading + Q&A-SOLD OUT
San Marcos, TX, Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Location: TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS LBJ STUDENT CENTER BALLROOM

Description: Wittliff Collections will host Rick Riordan for this special event to celebrate Rick Riordan’s World of Myth and Mythery, an exhibition showcasing the Wittliff’s major Riordan Collection—to which the author has been generously donating since 2004.

Note from Mrs. Riordan:

As many of Rick’s hosting venues now require a book purchase in the ticket price this event has the opportunity to purchase a ticket for $5 that does not include a book. Great for those of us that read books from the library! Rick will be reading from passages of books yet to be published and do a more lengthy Q&A. This should be a very special event.

Hey Bloggers!

The Pirate Princess, here! Thanks you very much for reading my blog.  Here is some fun news! I just came back from San Marcos, TX–the last stop on the tour of author Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan has written four series.  His first children’s series was the awesome Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. Rick co-authored a book in The 39 Clues. Another series is titled The Kane Chronicles, which is a trilogy, and the last book was released on May 1st. Sadly (yet awesomely!!!), I had to wait until the 11th to get mine. Why, you ask? Because the 11th of May was his last stop on his tour for The Serpents Shadow.

I got my ticket and went to San Marcos, and had an awesome time!!! Eeep! I was the 8th person in line since we got there extra early.  We were told that the people who sat closer to the front, right next to the camera usually got called on during the Q&A, so that’s right were I sat.

I bought a SIGNED copy of The Serpent’s Shadow that night and got to ask him a question, and was awesome–I always am! 😉

Rick talked about how when he was young (No, it will not be like your grandparents telling you, “When I was young, I didn’t have a bike. Blah, blah, blah.) that he didn’t like reading or writing–until he found a book that he really liked. The first book he read that he enjoyed was Lord of the Rings. He was told it based of Norse gods and goddesses and myths or Norway/Scandinavia, which interested him at the time.

When he was in eighth grade, he sure he wanted to be an author. Rick wrote his  first short story where a guy goes to heaven and has a conversation with an angel. I forgot what he named it (I think it was Conversations with an Archangel).  His teacher told him to send it out to see if he could get it published. And he did.  Rick sent it to a sci-fi magazine that wrote stories like the one he had written and then waited for two months. When he got the letter (It was written with a typewriter), he got rejected.

And guess what? His mom was proud of that rejection letter! She framed it and put it in the hall, where he had to pass it and had to look at it…every. Single. Day. Then, a few years later, the house burned down. The only thing that survived (besides the family)….was that rejection letter. She reframed it and it’s now hanging in Riordan’s mom’s house. That’s the power of rejection for ya’!

Rick told us about how The Lightning Thief came to be:  (If you haven’t you have to read the books! The Lightening Thief is number one in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.)

When his son was little, they found out that he had ADHD and is dyslexia. It made it so that his son didn’t like reading or writing. Rick asked his son if there was anything he was interested in at school. His son responded he liked the Greek myths they were teaching. Riordan told his son all of the myths. The night he ran out, his son wasn’t too happy. He wanted more.

“Make up another!” his son said.

“Another hasn’t been made in 2000 years,” Rick told him. Then, he decided to make a story. He gave it a shot. Then came Percy Jackson. He told his son Percy Jackson was ADHD and dyslexic, too. So, Percy Jackson started as a bedtime story. Now it’s a bestselling awesome book. (Read it already!)

Rick let his class read it before it was published. They liked it. He had to change the title though.  His class pointed out that he needed a catchier title. After that, he sent his manuscript out.

Disney Hyperion liked it and said, “We want it!” Rick said okay. Then, when they worked on the cover. The first guy….I forgot what happened to him but he got fired. The second guy wanted to monsters to be coming out of the book (see pic on left). Then they made a second edition which is the one we all see today. The Lightening Thief was sold worldwide. Rick was told that in Germany, they needed a strict, striking, dark cover. He prepared to see that. And he got…The Minotaur….In his Fruit of the Loom underpants, aka, tidy widies.

During the Q&A, I got to ask him a question.

I asked, “How do you come up with your stories?”

He replied, “I think of the myths and imagine what they would be like in the real world.”

Apparently, in the 21st century the Minotaur needs undies.

Rick also told us about his adult series(Don’t read it! {Unless you are an adult of course.}) They were killer mysteries. He said, one day in his sixth grade class(He was a teacher), one of his students asked, “Can we read your book?”

“NO!” Was Rick’s response. “It has violence and bad words! Lots of bad words!” He said when he told them that their eyes lit up and they said, “Really?” They all got the book and highlighted the bad words. So much for no.

Rick read the first chapter to a book called, Mark of Athena, the third book in his series Heroes of Olympus. I laughed very hard. You’ll see why when it comes out.

He told us more about his adult books and his children series.

He also said, one day his son came into his writing room and said, “Yeah, so I finished my manuscript.”

Here, *insert shocked expression* “What?” Rick asked.

“Yeah, it’s 600 pages.” Hayley, his son, said.

“That’s more than anything I’ve written,” Rick told his son.

Hayley said, *insert evil smile and nodding* “I knowww.”

That’s a LoL moment!

Another LOL moment.  Rick said, for his book, as I have mentioned many times(The Lightning Thief for those of you who skimmed this) he had a Japanese translator.  She had to translate all the American phrases into Japanese. Every day he got e-mails from her asking about American terms. One day he got one that said this…

Mr. Riordan,

What is a wedgie?

Hahaha! 😛

Here are some more answers to the top questions his readers may be thinking…

  1. Yes! Rick will write a Norse gods series after Heroes of Olympus.
  2. Yes, the Percy Jackson world and Sadie and Carter’s world DO exist side-by-side. So, in the Red Pyramid, Carter did see Blackjack!!!
  3. Rick does not know if he will make a Red Pyramid movie. He said if he’s offered the right amount, maybe, but he hasn’t considered it much.
  4. Rick does not know if he will continue the Percy Jackson world after “Heroes of Olympus”.
  5. No, the Lotus Casino does not exist.
  6. Rick did not see the movie of The Lightning Thief. He had nothing to do with it. He said he didn’t see the movie, because he already has the characters in his head. If he went to movie, it might’ve messed that up, so he avoided it.

And I happened to notice that right now, The Lightening Thief is on sale for Kindle for $4.99, which is awesome!

If you enjoy reading Rick’s books, you will LOVE seeing him speak in person.  If you get the chance to hear him speak, you should totally do it.  We drove over four hours to get there and it was totally worth it.  And in case your parents are wondering: Yes!  There were lots of kids there.  Most were in Middle School, like me.  To see when he’s touring next, watch his website.  We bought tickets within an hour of the event being posted and got in.  They sold out by later that night, so be ready to grab tickets as soon as they go up or you might not get in.

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That’s all for now Rick Riordan fans! Thank you for reading!!!

Related Reviews: The Lost Hero, The Serpent’s Shadow (Coming soon)

 

Book Review: Kingdom Keepers V-Shell Game by Ridley Pearson

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A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: “As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disneyforever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was.
An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do . . .

The Disney Dream leaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive guides are on board. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby join guests as the DHI experience moves to one of the most advanced cruise ships in the world.

But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation to be in attendance: nearly every Disney villain is aboard the ship, including Maleficent. The Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and crew. And no oneknows what they have planned.

The Dream sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew. But not for long. Maleficent takes over a video screen and warns the guests of trouble to come. With the ship arriving to the beaches of Castaway Cay–its first of many exotic ports of call–the Kingdom Keepers are under attack; back home the Base is threatened and about to fall. The Overtakers have expanded in ways never foreseen, and it’s clear they intend to use this element of surprise to accomplish what has eluded them so far: victory.

But not if Finn Whitman and friends have anything to say about it.”

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 3, 2012)

REVIEW 5 STARS-NOT TO BE MISSED!

Two words(Well four if you count the two before). Awesome. Cliffhanger.

This book is the fourth in the Kingdom Keepers series, written by Ridley Pearson. It takes place on the Disney cruise ship, The Dream and The Fantasy. Kingdom Keepers are now traveling from Orlando, Florida and across the Panama Canal to California.

The Keepers, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Philby, and Charlene along with their two friend Jes and Amanda, have a new adventure on their hands.

The book had amazing conflict and twists that I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t figure it out except for when the author told me(Haha!) and I can usually see who the culprit or what’s going to happen before the end of the book. The main conflict in this book is hard to place, but you’ll see when you read it it’s this. Why do the Overtakers want a certain item and why are they on the ship? Finn has the most conflict in this book, and you’ll see why.

I’ll compare the first book of this amazing series to this one. I think I like this one better. There’s more conflict, more problems the Keepers have to face, and it has an awesome ending, but the ending also made me go into shock.

Speaking of the ending, I have to say I did enjoy it. True, I did go into shock when I read it and re-read it to make sure I got it right…But it was still good. I thought the series was over then and there, but then I heard two more books are coming and I was jumping up and down like a crazy person(No! I am not crazy!).

I liked the characters in the books, but I found I didn’t like two of them as much any more, and they are not Overtakers. Finn, as always, is awesome, but I found some of his personality changed. Amanda…..Is amazing. That’s all I can say. New characters are introduced in this book to, but I won’t say who.

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I would definitely recommend this book to around 10-Adult. People who enjoyed the previous books of this series should read this one. Tweens and teens will lie it to. Heck! Adults will LOVE it!!!

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Book Review: The Case of the Most Ancient Bone #50 (Hank the Cowdog) by John R. Erickson

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Michael’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Hank the Cowdog?Head of ranch security?is on the case in his fiftieth mystery! And this is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill ranch intrigue. No sir, this is a real, honest-to-goodness archaeological adventure! when an old friend of slim?s starts an archaeological dig near the ranch, it doesn?t take long before little Alfred gets caught up in the excitement. And once Alfred manages to get himself invited to the dig, it isn?t long before Hank follows. once there, Hank finds himself face-to-face with the most ancient of bones?a huge bison bone that Hank just knows has been aged to delicious perfection. Hank should be protecting the bone, but can he keep his doggie instincts at bay and uphold his position? or will the most ancient of bones get the best of him?”

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Puffin (July 19, 2007)

REVIEW: 5 STARS TOO GOOD TO BE MISSED!

I liked this book because Hank is more silly in it.  He made the coyote brothers get their heads get stuck in a hole.  Also, Hank gets in trouble a lot more.  Those parts made me laugh at loud.  My favorite time Hank got in trouble was when Hank dug up all of Sallie Mae’s plants.  Pete the cat tricked him, and Hank got in a lot of trouble.

I thought the story he told about the root beer was really funny.  Snort and his brother were really thirsty and believed him.  It was funny.  That’s the part where they got their heads stuck in the hole.

The ending was great.  I liked that they were really confused about the bone/ tooth they found.  Hank was sneaky at the end.  And mommy liked that it connected to a previous Hank the Cowdog book about the soap.  We were both laughing.

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I recommend this book for reluctant readers, Hank the Cowdog fans, books for boys, and people who want to laugh at silly Hank.

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