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Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

28186 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: April 1, 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books
Series: #2 (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Length: 288 pages
Source: Bought

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.”


The Sea of Monsters is a fantasy sequel to the first book! It was so action packed that I flew through this book within a day. I have NEVER binged read a series before, and this book just makes me want to finish the whole series asap because I want to know what happens to Percy and the gang. In this book, something bad happens to Camp Half Blood and it’s up to Percy and Annabeth to save the day again.

I just love Rick Riordan’s writing. It really does feel like Percy is narrating the story. It’s amazing how he can bring each of his characters to life through written words. Even though Percy Jackson is still a child in this book, I can see that he’s becoming more mature and responsible. Although we don’t get to see much of Grover in this book, he’s still hilarious as ever! Annabeth still has that I- know-it-all attitude, but I still like her character. She’s brave, wise, and kick-ass and I can’t wait to see more of her adventures with Percy.

I also love how we are introduced to other mythical creatures like Hermes, the Siren, etc. I haven’t brushed up on my Greek God 411 since my freshman year of high school (5 years ago) so I’m interested in to reading more about these Greek creatures. This is the type of series that will get you out of that reading slump so I suggest you read it asap! Overall this book was all I could hope for. It’s definitely worth the time and money.

5 of 5

Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

3 Genre: MG Fantasy
Published: November 1, 2003 by Scholastic Press (first published 1997)
Series: #1 (Harry Potter)
Length: 310 pages
Source: bought (at Target)

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.”


I got two words for this book: THE FEELS. Harry Potter is one of those books that will take you on a journey without you having to leave your seat. Not once did I get bored while reading this book. I loved all the characters (even the antagonists) especially Harry Potter. In the movie I kind of disliked him, but in the book he is much smarter and keen which made me glad. I love how Rowling was able to put so much depth in all of her characters! They each had their own personalities and flaws which made them more relatable. What I also loved about this book is the world of Hogwarts. I now understand why everyone wishes this place was real. I just love the whole idea of having a school of witchcraft and wizardry! J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job of making the place alive and entertaining.

Besides the characters and the world building, I love all the plot twists! Although I have seen the movie, I don’t remember much (thankfully) so my jaw literally drops every time there is a plot twist. Overall this book was just perfect and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. I recommend this to everyone whether you are a child, a teenager, or an adult. If you are looking for mysteries, adventures, friendships, or a vacation from Earth, read Harry Potter now, you muggles!

5 of 5

Review: Things I Can’t Forget (Thousand Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally

12551082 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Series: #3 (Hundred Oaks)
Length: 320 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes and Noble)

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…


Miranda Kenneally has done it again everybody! *CLAPS EXAGGERATEDLY* Seriously! She’s one of the BEST author out there. This book is just WOW! While reading this book, I felt like I was with the characters the WHOLE time. Things I Can’t Forget is a companion novel to the other Hundred Oaks books, and you could totally read it as a standalone, but it’s better (in my opinion) if you read the two previous books so you can have a background on the other characters since they do appear in this book as well as the future Hundred Oaks books. I felt like that was a run-on sentence, but you get my point.

This novel is about Kate who is a very pious person who often sees things in black and white, but when she attends a camp as a counselor, she starts realizing that things aren’t always black and white. She discovers that her truth isn’t everyone’s truth, and she has to respect other people’s beliefs. I seriously love each and every character in this book as well as the characters from the previous books! Parker and Will from Stealing Parker are actually supporting characters in this book which is great because I love those two! Jordan from Catching Jordan appears about three times in the novel which is also great because I love her! Heck, I LOVE everything about this series!

The romance is very realistic and cute. Matt is an adorable character. He’s funny and I love how he is passionate about music and books! I also like how the parents in this book (and the rest of the Hundred Oaks series) makes a lot of appearance. I hate it when parents suddenly go MIA just so the guy and the girl can have the house all by themselves and have sex.

Overall this book is just amazing! If you’re looking for books that involves friendship, first love, and adventures, then you MUST read it. I also realized that if you pick up and start reading any of the books from this series that it’s VERY hard to stop. You’ll always tell yourself “one more chapter”. Trust me. I had to memorize 100 vocabulary words for a test I had the next day (which was today, so this happened yesterday) and I chose to read this instead and IT WAS FREAKING WORTH IT.

5 of 5

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