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

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 

 

 The book If I Stay by Gayle Forman is about a young girl named Mia who wakes up to an unexpected joyful snow day, making her and the rest of her family now have some available free time. They all together decide to take a small trip to visit some family friends at their home. They could have visited, then go to a bookstore to roam all of its inviting ailes, and then have dinner with the grandparents, but everything changes within seconds. There is a sudden car accident, completely totaling the car. Mia gets up only to shattered pieces of the car everywhere,both her now deceased parents, and her younger brother lying on the ground. She finds her own wounded body on the ground as well. She watches as the ambulances arrive quickly rushing her body in an ambulance and follows. Mia is in very critical condition putting her in coma. Now, Mia is forced to accept the death of her family and realizes she might not want to stay at all. This story brings attention to the difficult question that Mia has to answer that will make out what her life will become. In the end,she still is struggling with making her decision whether to take the easy way out and leaving with her family or to fight and live with the loss of her family. Will she have the power and courage to stay?

 I picked this book up because it caught my eye after hearing and many good reviews about it. I also knew there was a movie and was excited to read before watching to compare and cif yah stayontrast. I kept reading even though it was upsetting to me, I was determined to find out what she decided. It helped me in a way I could relate, my situation is not as tough and difficult as hers but it still guided me on my own life decisions making me realize every decision has an impact and effect. I would give this book to be honest to anyone really. It’s a great fictional read that could very much be a real life thing. It has the message of how in the matter of seconds everything can change and any decision you make no matter how easy or hard there’s always needs to be consideration of yourself and others.

Written by: Anam .R

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boys cover imageSummary: Every teenager is weird. Blue Sargent is just a bit weirder. First off, her name is Blue. She lives in a house full of psychics or feminists or both, most likely both. And she’s been told as long as she can recall that she has a curse on her: if she kisses her true love, he’ll die. Of course, by the time the story rolls around, Blue’s decided she’d never going to fall in love. But then she sees a spirit. And even though she lives in a houseful of psychics, she’s never had any sort of supernatural visions of her own. The spirit is the ghost of a boy who goes to the local private school, Aglionby Academy—a raven boy. She gets his name: Gansey. And then Blue goes on the hunt to warn him, because before the year ends, Gansey is going to die. Gansey, the son of old Virginia money, is much more than he seems. Sure, he has pocket change the size of Blue’s college fund, but he’s on a quest to find the Welsh king Glendower, who sleeps in the Virginia hills, waiting to be woken. There is a reward for the one who wakes him: one wish. The story tracks Blue as she meets Gansey and his circle of raven boys: Adam, a private school boy who isn’t made of money, Ronan, who has a secret that’s eating him up from the inside, and Noah, who is much more than he seems. Altogether, the story involves magic, curses, helicopters, guns, ghosts, visions, and murders. Not in that order. Blue learns about her past, Gansey about his king, and at the end, they all learn the meaning of sacrifice. Because to wake the sleeping king, someone has to die.

Why I picked it up: The name on the cover was the first factor. Maggie Stiefvater. She wrote one of my favorite books, The Scorpio Races. There was some pretty cover art: painting of a raven, an interesting symbol. It didn’t seem like the shelves of books with covers of girls in prom dresses, so I could walk around with this book and not be ashamed of the cover. The plotline seemed odd from the summary. The premise was intriguing enough. But when it came down to it, the author’s name was the biggest factor. Because in Maggie we trust. And she came through with a good book.

Why I kept reading it: The name on the cover was the first factor. Maggie Stiefvater. She wrote one of my favorite books, The Scorpio Races. There was some pretty cover art: painting of a raven, an interesting symbol. It didn’t seem like the shelves of books with covers of girls in prom dresses, so I could walk around with this book and not be ashamed of the cover. The plotline seemed odd from the summary. The premise was intriguing enough. But when it came down to it, the author’s name was the biggest factor. Because in Maggie we trust. And she came through with a good book.

Who I would give it to next: The best thing about this book is that it’s not exclusively a girl book or a boy book. Boys or girls can pick it up and like it perfectly fine. There are guns and violence and quite a few punches, but there’s also magic, seeing into the future, and unraveling mysteries. It feels like Indiana Jones met Lord of the Rings and they weren’t quite sure how to get along. It’s a refresher from shelves full of exclusively girl-oriented or boy-oriented novels. I’ll give it to my brother and see if he likes it.

Reviewed by Disha T.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our StarsSummary: Hazel Lancaster, the narrator, is a sixteen year old terminal cancer patient. Since her diagnosis at only thirteen, she’s been pulled out of school. More recently, she was additionally diagnosed with clinical depression, and was subsequently forced by worried parents into attending a Christian support group for cancer patients like herself. One day at support group, she meets Augustus Waters, a healed cancer patient who came with their mutual friend, Isaac. Each want to date the other, but Hazel refuses to for Augustus’ sake, knowing that her days are numbered.

Why I picked it up: I’ve watched the YouTube channel the author uses with his brother Hank, vlogbrothers, for years, and have always liked his books.

Why I kept reading it:  Initially, It wasn’t as exciting as most books I like, but one day I found myself done with the book at one in the morning, after a couple attempts to put it down. The book uses strong imagery and plays with your feelings.

Who I would give it to next: I was reading the book for an assignment, although I probably would’ve read it anyway, and my teacher asked to read it after I gave her a good review of it. In general, it’s nice if you need a good plot twist. I recommend it to people who are okay with a tear or two, and have a taste in books that border on Romantic Comedy.

Reviewed by Celine W.