Book Review- The Hidden Oracle

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 376
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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

After not really loving the Magnus Chase books (click here), I was scared that I would never find another Rick Riordan book that I loved as much as the Percy Jackson books. And while that still remains true, The Hidden Oracle got pretty close.

This book, which follows a disgraced now-mortal Apollo was light hearted and funny. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions, and despite the narrators voice being very young, it was hilarious. The Hidden Oracle was a very fast, light read, and it left me feeling pretty good.

In this book, I got to see a return of a few of my favorite characters from the PJ books (including Percy Jackson himself!) which is always fun. The characters in this book weren’t that complicated, but they were all interesting and fun to read about. Everything about this book was just fun. There was no epic quest or anything, but it was still exciting and made me feel like a little kid again, reading the Percy Jackson books for the first time.

I was really happy with The Hidden Oracle, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a Rick Riordan fan. And, to anyone who hasn’t read any Rick Riordan, first of all, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????????, and second of all go start with the original Percy Jackson series. You’ll get here, don’t worry.

I am going to give The Hidden Oracle four out of five hearts.

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Book Review- The Time Thief

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The Time Thief by Linda Buckley-Archer
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on December 26, 2007
Genres: Time Travel, Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Adventure
Pages: 488
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An accident with an antigravity machine catapulted Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to 1763. A bungled rescue attempt leaves Peter stranded in the eighteenth century while a terrifying villain, the Tar Man, takes his place and explodes onto twenty-first-century London. Concerned about the potentially catastrophic effects of time travel, the NASA scientists responsible for the situation question whether it is right to rescue Peter. Kate decides to take matters into her own hands, but things don’t go as planned. Soon the physical effects of time travel begin to have a disturbing effect on her. Meanwhile, in our century, the Tar Man wreaks havoc in a city whose police force is powerless to stop him. Set against a backdrop of contemporary London and revolutionary France, The Time Thief is the sequel to the acclaimed The Time Travelers.

The Time Thief was a thrilling sequel to The Time Travelers (you can read that review here). The story begins where the first book ended, which I won’t say too much about because that would give away what happens in the first book.

There was a lot of great character development in The Time Thief, and I got to learn more about a lot of the characters who did not play such big roles in the first book. I loved the amount of perspectives that the story was told from, and how the events happening in different times and places were effortlessly put together into the story.

To my surprise, I ended up enjoying The Time Thief much more than its prequel. The story was more engaging, the plot more exciting, and the characters had more depth to them. I do wish that Gideon the Cutpurse was more present in the book, but at the same time, the reasons for his absence were good.

The end of this book has me grabbing at my shelves for the final book in the trilogy, The Time Quake. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes stories about time travel (this trilogy definitely has an interesting take on it), adventure, and historical fiction.

I am going to give The Time Thief four out of five hearts.

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Book Review- Three Dark Crowns

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Published September 20 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 416
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Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Three Dark Crowns was everything that was promised: a dark and twisty story about three sisters who are destined to fight to the death for the crown. Although, the Queens aren’t exactly what they are supposed to be. Arsinoe and Katherine struggle with their powers while Mirabella excels, only Mirabella dreads the thought of hurting her sisters.

The world that Blake has created is very unique. The sisters live on an island that they cannot escape; held captive by the power of the goddess. There is much magic on the island and many have a gift, but on the mainland there is no magic except for “low magic” (which is pretty gruesome, as you find out when you read the book). The powers on the island come in a few different forms, such as poisoner, naturalist, and elemental. Each have their own abilities.
The story was full of twists and turns. It was impossible to guess what was going to happen next. There were a few slow bits, but for the most part I could not put the book down! The end especially threw me over the edge. The world was turned upside down and on its side and put in a salad spinner for a while and when it came out everything was different. Book ends. Boom. I’m honestly still trying to process.

I probably don’t need to say that I can’t wait for the sequel (One Dark Throne), but I’m gonna say it anyway: I CAN NOT WAIT! I am going to give Three Dark Crowns four out of five hearts.

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Book Reivew- I am the Weapon

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I am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Published by Little Brown on May 13, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Action, Adventure
Pages: 368
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They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when The Program assigns him to the mayor of New York City, things change. Somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and a girlfriend; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

I am the Weapon was intense. It is action packed and fast paced from the first sentence. Boy Nobody, who later adopts the name Ben, is a highly trained solider who lives his life mission to mission. Is he cool? Yes. Is he dangerous? Hell yea. Is he good? Now that right there is the million dollar question.

Throughout the book, Boy Nobody begins to reveal (or rather, remember) things from his past. Things from before he became Boy Nobody. Instead of following his instructions and completing his mission, he goes on a quest for answers, causing a whole lot of craziness in his wake.

One thing that makes me love the book is the relationship story line. I love how Ben and Sam aren’t immediately head-over-heels… it feels more real that way. They don’t trust each other (for good reason) and they have a lot of great entertaining conversations that drive the story line forward and have real substance.

The ending of the book took me by surprise. Well, I don’t know if surprise is the right word, because I expect nothing less than what happened from Boy Nobody… but I certainly didn’t see it coming. It broke my heart a little, and my only complaint is it didn’t break my heart enough.

I also feel like I am the Weapon would have been a great stand-alone book (besides the whole unresolved mysterious past). I don’t really feel compelled to read the second book, which is never exactly a good thing. But at the same time I’m curious, and I expect some pretty big things from I am the Mission.

I am going to give I am the Weapon four out of five hearts.

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Book Review- Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen

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Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen: A Kingdom of Legends Adventure  by Alan Sproles
Published by Bookbaby on December 3, 2015
Genres: Children’s Books, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Pages: 222
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Would you like to leave on a camping trip poor and come back rich? But what if that meant fighting a vicious huge blue bunny, or a big black bear, or man-eating trees or a two-headed dragon guarded by giant spiders? That’s what happened to Billy on a weekend camping with his dad and friends. Told by his dad not to cross the creek, Billy does just that when he hears the call for help from inside a large cave in the side of a cliff. Billy, the good scout, goes in the cave alone concerned that someone was in trouble. As he moved deeper and deeper into the cave Billy falls into a vortex that sweeps him into another world. It is a brilliant but very strange place. It appears to be a one-way trip until he acquires some very strange and even famous characters as friends starting with a rose that has been calling out for help because a large bunny has been eating them. Rose informs him that the only person who can help him get home would be the genie and tells him how to get there. On the way Billy encounters Hansel and Gretel who accompanies him on his journey. After their near fatal encounter at the chocolate house of the witch they make it to the genie who informs them that the only way home is to defeat the Dragon Queen, a two-headed dragon at Flagara’s house of Sad Faces. To return home Billy must grow up fast if he is to survive and conquer the biggest challenge of his life- if he can. Does he have what it takes? He’s just a kid but he’ll need to be a man to get home. Billy Bedivere must defeat the Dragon Queen but first his life will change forever along the way! It changes because of his new friends- a droll named Sparkie, a pixie named Pippy and a talking dragon named Dreadon to name three, and there are many more. Billy succeeds in getting through the Dark Forest and to Flagara’s house of Sad Faces where the great dragon is protected by a hoard of giant spiders. The Dragon was once a princess that was cursed by another very evil witch. Billy is victorious in his battle with the dragon but that victory will reveal something even more shocking. And that will change everything again!

Billy Bedivere was an interesting book. The story itself makes a good children’s story, however, it did not feel like I was reading a children’s book. The writing style was strange… some version of third person present tense, but there were several places in the book where it slipped in to second person, which did not exactly read well. If anything the way the book was written kept it from being more exciting.

This is a book that would be amazing if it were rewritten. The story itself is somewhere between Narnia and The Magic Tree House, and definitely has a lot of potential. It’s just the writing that makes it fall short. The writing takes away some of the magic.

All of the characters in the book are great. There is a good mix of fairy tale characters and magical creatures that team up together to go on an amazing quest/adventure. It’s a heart warming tale and I really did find myself enjoying it, and I do think that I will read the second one when it comes out. I just really wish the writing was a bit different… I think that would make a huge difference.

I am going to give Billy Bedivere in The Quest for the Dragon Queen three out of five hearts.

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*This book was sent to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way affected my views or opinions of the book.