Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy-Jackson-The-Lightning-Thief-Original-CoverThe Lightning Thief, the first book of the Percy Jackson series, is written by Rick Riordan. He has also written two other series, one about Egyptian mythology and the other about Greek as well as Roman mythology.  The Lightning Thief is a fantasy fiction, revolving around Greek Mythology. Riordan uses the three powerful Greek gods: Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades as well as the Titan Kronos to play major roles in this novel. This fictional book is based on a dyslexic 6th grade boy, finding out that he is a half-blood, meaning his father is a god, however his mother is a human mortal. This boy, named Percy Jackson, finds out that he is not a normal human. He is taken to a camp to be trained to face evils that he will face in the future. As the title states the Lightning Thief, this book is about a thief who stole the Lightning Bolt, a symbol of power, from the Greek god, Zeus, in order to ignite a significant war against the powerful gods. The ending of this novel, is left at a cliff-hanger as the thief is known only to Percy. The overall theme of this book is associated with the motif of identity. Riordan suggests that the theme of the novel is: identity should be recognized as life progresses, rather than at rough times of life. This fictional book talks about a young boy and his ambiguity of his reality. This novel is really interesting as a boy in middle school finds his real parents and sets out on adventurous journey to help a god. This is an action packed book which ensures that the reader doesn’t get bored at any point of the plot. The only question that this book would raise in a reader, is, “What happens next?” By ending the plot with a cliff-hanger, Riordan compels the reader to continue reading the next book in the series. In my opinion, this book lacks nothing. It is both relatable as well as action-filled. By visualizing the plot of the novel, I personally find it amusing to read this book. I love this book, because it is fascinating to portray in my mind. As the plot deepens, so does my attention to detail as I visualize the images of the plot in my mind. The book talks about the strength that each god posses, and their power granted to their children. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in action-filled novels.


 I picked up this fictional book, because it had a displayed a contrasting and interesting juxtaposition of an innocent boy in a dangerous world. The novel implied a relatable yet an engaging tone as suggested by the adventurous almost dangerous cover. I selected this novel, because of both the peculiar and the conceptual title, The Lightning Thief. Finally, I chose this novel, due to the vast majority of my friends and peers recommending it. I was genuinely drawn into the novel because it was fascinating to me. Not only was it easy to comprehend, but also this book was extremely relatable to me and displayed to me that even though school and life gets rough, just seek comfort by surrounding yourself with people that give you positive influence in your life. This book was also exceptionally easy to visualize the scenes in my mind, which in turn made it better for me to effortlessly understand the entire plot. I would give this fictional book to anyone interested in reading action and adventurous books. People who are interested in fantasy fiction and greek mythology would love reading this book. This text could be given to anyone as it is easy visualize the plot.

Reviewed by Sam Choppala

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern


95783312 people, Josh, and Lillian, just graduated high school. They plan to do nothing the summer. But, a shy girl at their school, Penny, who becomes friends with Lillian, is kidnapped/ or did she kidnapped herself? So, Lillian and Josh decide to go on one last trip before college and go on a road trip all around USA to find her, using only a car without A/C and Josh’s rich dad’s money. This book is kind-of funny book with a dark insight on Penny’s thoughts. It is mostly “intense” because you never know what is going to happen, or where they will go next, and where they can find Penny. I agree with the author’s opinion about making Lillian and Josh go find Penny because even though they aren’t good friends, Lillian is Penny’s “acquaintance” because of the way Penny follows Lillian everywhere. One question this book can raise up is that will Josh and Lillian ever meet again after the trip and Lillian goes to college. I really liked the book because it was really descriptive and explained each part of their road trip, where they stayed, ate, went to see, hike, visit, etc. Also, at the end of each chapter, it gives a page about Penny’s (The girl who is kidnapped) thoughts and feelings. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes humor, some romance, and one big mystery that gets solved at the end. In all, this was a really good book.

I really liked the cover and I picked it up because the book is about a road trip, adventure, and most importantly, kidnapping. I kept reading because it went on about the road trip described all the places Lillian and Josh went, and where they stayed/ ate. It was nice to learn about new places across USA. Also, I kept reading because I wanted to know where Penny was and why she is/gets kidnapped. I would give this to anyone who likes comedy, a bit of romance, and mystery.


Reviewed by: Pranay R.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The book “The Fault in our Stars”, is about a girl named Hazel  who is 16 years old, who has thyroid cancer spread through her lungs. She is trying to live a normal life but sometimes wonders what her parents would do once she is dead. Hazel is a part of a cancer survivor support  program where she met Augustus, who she likes.Augustushadcancer,and as a result, he lost a leg and now wears a prosthetic. He also smokes. Overtime Hazel and Augustus become good friends and have a relationship. They share their interests with each other, including the books they like. Hazel’s favorite book is An Imperial Affliction. They enjoy reading the book. They went to Amsterdam to meet the author (Peter Van Houten) to get more info on the book. They get what they want then go home. Later the plot starts to have a twist. Surprising things start to happen. Bad things start happening in the novel. Hazel’s parents start to worry about Hazel and Augustus. But what are these bad events to happen? Will Hazel and Augustusbefine at the end? To find out, read the book. I was very surprised by the ending of the novel. There is a big twist. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. The plot was very creative and well written.  I liked the idea of cancer in the plot.  I picked up the book because I was interested in humans having a problem. I thought cancer would be the best topic for me. I kept reading it because it’s a really good book. It grabbed my attention by having cancer in the story. The plot is well written. It’s style fits perfectly with the plot.

I would give it to my friend Jonathan S. San Miguel because he is very interested in this novel. He has seen the movie. I know he will enjoy the book. For the rest of the book they return home and stay there. Later Augustus’s cancer returns and he get’s sick. There is probably not much time left for him. Hazell wants to be with Augustus even though his cancer his strong. Eventually, his cancer kills him. Hazel shows lots of grief. She attends his funeral. Hazel was surprised to see Peter Van Housten. He told her that he wrote the book because his daughter died of cancer. She understands why he wrote An Imperial Affliction.  She found out that before he died, Augustus was writing an alternate ending for the book she was reading.  At the end she learns her mother is trying to be a leader at the cancer survivor support program so she has a life after Hazel dies.

Reviewed by Saurabhjit Singh




The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

41F0ANC74bL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Miss Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Stoker, the vampire hunter find themselves hired by Irene Adler, the Princess of the Wales to solve a case regarding a clockwork scarab. Numerous deaths coincide, Miss Homes and Stoker must solve the mystery before the next death.

This book is very interesting and I definitely recommend it to those who especially like mysteries such as Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book can be appealing to others with different interests of genres like Sci-fi or romance. I found this book very interesting because the author manages to tie in many genres into one; such as action and murder, love and friendship, time travel and vampires. I agree with the authors opinions about this vamped up world of Sherlock and Watson twisted into a story of his niece and her partner in a womanly perspective. This book is very fast paced and many courses of actions take place quickly but not many questions can be raised as the author uses great descriptions and analysis.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the way Gleason links multiple genres into one book and especially how she incorporates this book in the 1880s of London. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in detectives, time traveling, romance and friendship, and action and adventures.

I picked out this book because it referred back to the familiar world of Sherlock and Watson which I really enjoyed so I thought it would be interesting to read something similar in a different perspective.

I kept reading this book after I first started because this was one of those books that once you start reading, you can’t stop. You become part of the book and you don’t want to abandon it.

I’d give this book to someone who’d like to experience the same situation I experienced while reading this thrilling book.

Reviewed by Khushi



The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

51G05QcGZELThe Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle depicts the emotional and perilous journey of a unicorn who seeks the truth aboutwhether or not she is the last of her kind. She encounters mortals who are both kind and selfish along her travels, and for the first time she begins to understand what it feels like to be a mortal. Each of the characters are very memorable in what they have to offer to the reader and the story, and there will be lines of dialogue that will echo in your mind for ages. I was in awe of how mature and philosophical the author portrayed the subject of unicorns, which I thought would be portrayed as a childish and playful being. This book is a favorite to me, and I would recommend it to anyone who is curious  enough to read this enchanting story.

Reviewed by Jalen Greene

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

bookcover-680x1020A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is a heart warming story about a girl named Jamie Sullivan and a jock, Landon Carter. The two are introduced when Landon is assigned community service as a result of one of his pranks on his classmate. He is put into the spring play and rehearses with Jamie since they are one of the two important characters in the play. Throughout the rehearsals, Jamie and Landon become closer and declare their love for each other. Then, Jamie tells Landon that she is extremely ill and will reach God soon.

I loved this book because it had so many events that I was able to relate to. The author did a fantastic job of writing a story about realistic high school events that could happen anytime in the world. I was glad to have read the book before watching the movie because the movie lacked many important details. The book is filled with more emotion and events. I would recommend this book to high school girls who love to curl up with a good book on their bed over the weekend.

Reviewed By: Radhika K.

Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen

In the story Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, take upon a journey in finding their true life companion. As both opinions vary drastically on the characteristics a good husband should have, time goes on and they learn to appreciate each others feelingsSense-and-Sensibility and become closer. The story starts of with their family moves from their hometown; Elinor is separated from the man she loves while Marianne finds a man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. With years and months, soon relationships of the two sisters become entangled and both suffer the pain of being alone. Seeing them so depressed their friends decide for them to take a break and go to London where soon Elinor and Marianne’s questions are solved. Even though they received answers to their questions, they were not happy and they went back home. Soon life gives them great opportunities and in the end both find their true happiness in men they love.

As a reader, this novel felt very hard to understand because of its Old English structures and long sentences. The story itself is very interesting, although there are too many problems going on at once. Reading the novel, I also felt that there were several characters to keep track of and found that to be quite confusing for one. Overall, the book is stretched out longer than necessary and the there is not a clear problem or climax in the story.

Reviewed by: Vinita Shah

When it Happens by Susan Colasanti

9e3f76cfa868b48cc3a94e86a4b277f8When it Happens , by Susan Colasanti, is a romance novel full of twist and turns. The hidden theme throughout the book is “ Don’t judge book by it’s cover.” Sara Tyler is a typical high school student, she’s had her crushes here and there, achieves excellent grades….. but she is hardly ever noticed. However, this year, she is determined to go out with a decent guy, and in her mind that is Dave, the jock. But then there’s Tobey, a wannabe rockstar with gorgeous blue eyes that has shown interest in her. This book is very instructive because it shows that almost everyone (the teenage population) puts on a facade that allows them to seem more perfect in their peers’ views. Most people don’t try to look under this facade and think that this person is flawless, where in reality they aren’t. It taught me that I shouldn’t judge people on the way they look. Someone might look very nice, but he or she may be deceiving or backstabbing. When it Happens gives an insight of a typical teenage girl’s life. It perfectly captures the way that teenagers talk and is not too cheesy and unrealistic on the romance.