Sunday, December 9, 2012

A review of "The Last Olympian" by Rick Riordan

This is the last book in the Percy Jackson series and it is the most exciting one in the series, in my opinion. Will Percy and his friends prevail over the newly restored titan Kronos? The story begins with Percy sharing an afternoon with his friend Rachel Dare when Percy’s Pegasus, Blackjack, lands on the car Percy is driving and tells him that his powers are needed elsewhere. So Percy, hoping to return soon, zooms off to help his friends. After coming back sad from a loss of a friend and  a completed mission, Percy and Blackjack return to Camp Half-Blood, a camp that trains Greek Demigods, they meet up with Percy’s friends Annabeth and the satyr Grover. They gather together the camp and they ride to Manhattan and to the Empire State building, on top of which is Olympus, palace of the gods. The camp is soon joined by the Hunters of Artemis and together they set up defenses. Of course they are out numbered one to ten and none of the gods can help them because they’re all busy fighting the monster Typhon. This book which I highly recommend and which I have read many times reminds people of old mythology and if you enjoy this book, Rick Riordan has written many others.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

A review of “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer

One of my favorite parts of this story happens to be the prologue, from which I will quote:

                          The story began several years ago, at the dawn of the twenty-first century.   Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family’s fortune. A plan that could topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war.
                          He was twelve years old at the time.

      As you can see, the author shows wit and humor as he captures his readers in an engrossing battle of humans against Fairies. Artemis and his manservant, Butler acquire a copy of the fairy bible and use it to capture one Holly Short, a captain in the agency LEPrecon because a fairy can not leave a human settlement without permission from the owner. Holly is trapped Artemis is not going to let his prey leave. The entire population of fairies is amazed that there secrecy is being threatened by three people, a twelve-year-old boy, a giant manservant, and a teenage girl obsessed with wrestling. As Artemis’s brain is challenged trying to think up new ways to survive, Butler and Holly briefly work together to battle a troll. This is truly one of the best books I have ever read and I also strongly suggest one of his other books, Half Moon Investigations. Artemis Fowl is part of a series which I am not sure involves fairies in general but I am sure we will see Holly Short again. I am sure Eoin Colfer’s other books are just as wonderful as this one was.