Book Review: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

 

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacis #3) by Pittacus Lore

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York—but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.
But they’ll have to fight us first.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 21, 2012

RATING 5 STARS!

I LOVED this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rise of Nine. Catchy title for an awesome book. The Rise of Nine’s main character is Number Four, also known as John Smith. This book takes place all around the world: West Virginia, New Mexico, India, England, and Chicago.

The main conflict of this book: It’s time to gather the rest of the Garde. Their enemy, the Mogs, are gathering and planning their death. They don’t plan to die without a fight.

Nine….is a meatcake. 😛 But he’s pretty cool. I loved his witty remarks, but he was frustrating at times. For one, he’s not very cooperative. He goes looking for trouble.

Four was amazing. As always! 😀 His visions were cool to read. He’s a good character to have in a book, even if he can be stubborn. But hey! Everyone’s stubborn once in a while!

Six. Six, six, six….YOU KICK BUTT GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! She’s. AWESOME.
Enough said.

I loved the action scenes. The ending was my favorite part of the book. Biggest. Action. Scene. EVER! LOVED IT! I also noticed something….The author put himself in the book! I would totally do that! Lol moment. BK(Bernie Kosar), was awesome. 😀 I love that beagle.

Parts I didn’t like were, well, when the book took place in India. It was cool I guess, but they weren’t my favorite. 🙁 I don’t know why, they just weren’t. Also, I thought this would be the last book in the series. But guess what? It’s not! It ending was a cliffhanger! Seriously?!?!? A cliffhanger!!!!!!! I was totally prepared for one of my favorite series to end in this book, but instead it was a cliffhanger. A real cliffhanger. Cut off in the middle of action! :O Grrrrr……

Above all, amazing book! Can’t wait to find out when the fourth comes out! Great work Pittacus Lore!

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I recommend to Middle School ages(12 & up) through adult. If you’ve read the first book of this series and or second, read this one too. If you’ve read The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, you might enjoy this book. Action/Adventure readers will LOVE this book.

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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: 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: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

*TOP 10 OF 2012*

Marie’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)

RATING 4 STARS

I read Legend right after reading The Grey Wolf Throne.  The two books complimented each other.  It was really interesting, because I really like Han in the other series.  Day is a similar character. He’s poor with a tormented past.  He’s on his own and will do anything to survive.  One difference is that Han seems to be a bit of an egoist while Day is still trying to act within his own moral code.  Day hasn’t killed anyone.

And that’s what spurs this book.  Although he’s caused the Republic lots of problems, he hasn’t killed anyone.  Then one night things go horribly wrong and he’s accused of killing June’s brother.  The story unfolds beautifully, not too fast, not too slow.  We learn what happened to June’s family and the clues her brother left for her.  June hunts Day with the intention of killing him.  She’s the Republic’s golden child.  She’s smart, cunning, and merciless.  She’s the youngest solider and the smartest.

I LOVED this book.  It was dark and intense, with reasons that resonated with the reader.  You were routing for June and then hoping she’d fail, because you are routing for Day, too. Their two worlds collide and the story is just awesome!  I can’t say enough about this book.  It wasn’t on my short list of books because I hate the cover.  Yeah, I’m a girl and it’s an ugly cover.  Anyway, Legend is in my top 10 books read in 2012.  So why’d I give it 4 stars?

Lemme explain.  There is only one reason why I didn’t give it 5 fricken fab stars – the formatting.  Printing things in bold, weird colors was a gimmick that this book did NOT need.  Instead of lending to the book, these issues made Legend difficult to read from major headaches and eyestrain.  Publisher of Legend, I have one thing to say to you: I hope you print the next book normal so I can read it.  I completely hated the publisher’s guts while I was reading this book.  Doing anything that makes it more difficult for a reader to read a book is STUPID.  You might as well be shooting Chinese stars out of the pages at my eyeballs.  Majorly annoyed about that.

To the author: Your book was so good, I endured the migraines to finish it.

4 star book review

If you liked DIVERGENT, SHATTER ME, or 7 REALMS SERIES then you’ll like this.  Weird cross over on that last one, but I stand by it.  Han and Day are both awesome.  <3 <3 <3

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Book Review: The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima

Description: “Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.

Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (August 30, 2011)

5 STARS–YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

The last book that’s out! I need the forth!!!!!! NOW!

This book takes place all over at the beginning sense they’re traveling. I’ll try to name all the places best I can, Fells, Tamron, Arden, Delphi, Marisa Pines. That all I can remember, but I’m guessing that is all of the locations.

The main characters, Han Alister and Raisa anna’Marianna are back. Raisa’s main conflict(What I think it is because it’s a conflict all throughout the book) is: Whom can Raisa trust? That is basically the main main conflict all through the book.

I liked the beginning(About 20, maybe 30% in). I can’t tell you why because otherwise it’ll be a spoiler. I ♥ Han’s character and attitude. I was amazed him and Amon got along(Read book 2 to find out why). Cat was awesome with her amazing attitude. Raisa with her mouth, backbone, and arguments were cool.

I didn’t really have any trouble during it, but the locations I always get mixed up because there as many and I can’t really spell them to tell you them.

I was a fan of the ending for a couple of reasons. 1.) It wasn’t a HUGE cliffhanger, but it still was one(Thank you Cinda! I love cliffhangers, but if it’s too big, I go insane waiting for the book!!!). 2.) Raisa was in it. Hehe, I lie Raisa. 3.) IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D☺:D☺:D☺

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Series order: #1-Demon King, #2-Exiled Queen, #3-Gray Wolf Throne, #4-Crimson Crown

Recommended for readers who enjoyed Harry PotterEragon, and Artemis Fowl Series.  This series has the feel of epic fantasy, but it moves faster than Eragon.  The core of the series is magic.  Despite the title of the 1st book, there are no demons running around, well not at this point anyway.

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Book Review: The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2)
by Cinda Williams Chima

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Description: “You can’t always run from danger… Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen. The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction. EXCERPT: Han slid his fingers inside his shirt and absently touched the serpent amulet that sizzled against the skin of his chest. Power flowed out of him and into the jinxpiece, relieving the magical pressure that had been building all day. It had become a habit, this drawing off of power that might otherwise pinwheel out of control. He needed to constantly reassure himself the amulet was still there. Han had become strangely attached to it since he’d stolen it from Micah Bayar. The magical pendant had once belonged to his ancestor, Alger Waterlow, known by most people as the Demon King. Meanwhile, the Lone Hunter amulet made for him by the Clan Matriarch Elena Demonai languished in his saddlebag. He should hate the Waterlow jinxpiece. He’d paid for it with Mam’s and Mari’s lives. Some said the amulet was a black magic piece—capable of naught but evil. But it was all he had to show for his nearly seventeen years, save Mari’s charred storybook and Mam’s gold locket. It was all that remained of a season of disaster.”

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 592 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)

5 STARS-YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

I ♥ this book~!

Raisa/Rebecca and Han/Cuffs/Hunts Alone(This guy has too many names) are back in this book! Raisa has run away from the castle to go into hiding from the High Wizard. She is on a journey to Oden’s Ford, where she wants to enroll to a soldier school.
Han Alister(I’m only calling him that now) is on a journey to Oden’s Ford, but for a different reason. He is going to Mystwork House with Fire Dancer to train(I’m not telling you for what, hahaha!!!)

The book takes place in Tamron, Arden, Oden’s Ford, and, err, not sure of the rest. Sorry folks!

Again, there are two conflicts in this book, one for each main character. Raisa’s is; What is happening back in the Fells and should she go back? Han Alister’s is; What are the Bayar’s up to? Both plots are amazing(So are the characters). Raisa’s may sound a bit boring, but I actually found it interesting.

I liked Han and his story a lot. Raisa on her trip to the Ford was awesome too. 😉 Amon…Eh. He just…isn’t my favorite character int he book. I like everyone’s attitude though. Fiona…Is a creep.

In this book I didn’t find many(Try none) typos. I’m now reading the third book in the series(Hehe, I got it straight).

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Series order: #1-Demon King, #2-Exiled Queen, #3-Gray Wolf Throne, #4-Crimson Crown

Recommended for readers who enjoyed Harry Potter, Eragon, and Artemis Fowl Series.  This series has the feel of epic fantasy, but it moves faster than Eragon.  The core of the series is magic.  Despite the title of the 1st book, there are no demons running around, well not at this point anyway.

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

rick riordan, kane Chronicles, percy jackson, middle grade fiction, books for boys, Egyptian gods, adventure booksThe Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3) by Rick Riordan

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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