Review: “The Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan

 ~o~Rating~o~
3 tp

~o~Goodreads Synopsis~o~

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

~o~Review~o~

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”

I tried, guys, I really tried. I mean, after Blood of Olympus, my expectations weren’t even that high. But… Magnus Chase really did just seem like Percy Jackson with a different name and heritage. The connection we felt with Percy in the beginning of Lightning Thief wasn’t there at all. Maybe this is just me being biased, since I pretty much grew up with the Percy Jackson books, but in comparison, Magnus Chase felt too predictable and boring.

Magnus’ character wasn’t developed very well. He keeps bringing up the fact that he was homeless for two years but it just doesn’t fit with his personality. I understand that Riordan uses humor as a teaching method but it was just too much. Towards the middle of the book, I ended up just skimming the pages because I couldn’t wait for the book to be over.

PROS:

Annabeth! I wish she was in the book more. I honestly only continued the book in the hopes of seeing her.

Finally a Muslim character in a Riordan book! One of the three stars up above is just for having Samirah. Even though some of the plot around her doesn’t quite add up (the fact that she is a Valkrye for Norse gods yet she’s Muslim. And that she takes off her hijab whenever she wants to in front of other men… usually, you either wear it or you don’t). But minor issues aside, the diversity made me really happy.

Review: “Hostage Three” by Nick Lake

~o~Rating~o~
3 tp

~o~Synopsis~o~ 

Amy is forced to take a trip on a yacht with her father and stepmother. Aboard the Daisy May, Amy almost starts to enjoy herself… until one day, the ship is captured by Somalian pirates. The passengers aboard the ship are taken hostage. Amy finds herself drawing closer to one of the pirates, a boy who didn’t want this life any more than Amy wanted hers.

~o~Review~o~

Hmm… lots of mixed feelings about this book. I still don’t know if I liked it. I’m rating this three stars Goodreads style which means it was okay.

My biggest issue with this book was the structure. I understand Nick Lake was trying to be stylistic by not using quotation marks for dialogues, but lack of punctuation bothers me. A lot. I definitely would not have finished this book if it wasn’t for something school related.

Going past structure, Amy bothered me quite a bit too before I started warming up to her. After her mother’s death, Amy desperately seeks her wealthy father’s attention by lashing out (you know, the usual: getting drunk; smoking; piercings; etc). Her behavior in the beginning took away any chance of me liking her but she was developed in a realistic way.

In a cruise with her family, their yacht is captured by Somalian pirates. The book explores the idea of Stockholm Syndrome, or tried to at-least. The romance between Amy and Farouz seemed forced and unrealistic. I don’t know how you can start to like the person who is holding a gun over your head (but to her credit, neither did Amy).

What I really liked was getting to know the pirates. Everyone steals for a reason and theirs is a pretty good one.

Review: “Captive” by Aimee Carter

Captive by Aimee Carter~o~Rating~o~
3 tp

Warning: Captive is the second book to Pawn. 

~o~Goodreads Synopsis~o~

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

~o~Review~o~

I tried to like this book, I really did. Did I like it though? No. The first book in the series, Pawn, was much better in my opinion. Captive started off really slow and the main character Kitty was acting like a brat during most of the book. It took a long time for me to actually get into the story and even when I did, I was not as invested as I wanted to be.

~o~Spoiler Alert~o~
 
I would say though Carter’s description of Elsewhere was interesting. In the last book, it seemed like Elsewhere was this giant forest where the rich went to “hunt” down the poor who were accused of crimes. Witnessing that it was almost like a town was unexpected.

The big reveal about Kitty’s background was also unexpected. I don’t know what I think of that just yet. I kind of liked knowing that the only reason Kitty was chosen was because of her eye color and not because of her heritage. I am excited to see where this leads though.