Archive | November, 2010

The Mysterious Benedict Society is Worth Your Time

5 Nov

When I gave Emma A the chance to be the first girl to recommend a book for me to read during silent reading, I was pretty convinced she was going to pick a book about love or horses, and that had me petrified because there’s nothing—outside of Rick Riordan books—-that a guy like me hates more than books about love and horses.

In fact, my general rule of thumb is that if something doesn’t blow up in the first fifteen pages, a book just isn’t worth reading.

Which is why I was so surprised by Emma’s recommendation:  The Mysterious Benedict Society.

You see, nothing blew up in the first fifteen pages, but I still wanted to keep reading.

What made TMBS such an interesting read for me wasn’t explosions.  Instead, it was really interesting characters—a group of four orphans with unique skills who are found by a quirky scientist trying to prevent the world from being taken over by his evil twin brother.

Reynie Muldoon—who is the most practical member of the group—joins together with Sticky (who has a photographic memory and a wicked case of the willies), Kate the Great (a former circus performer who carries a red bucket full of gizmos and gadgets tied to her belt), and Constance (an incredibly bright—and incredibly stubborn—two year old who made me laugh time and again because she was so downright uncooperative) in a partnership that they name The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Then, they travel to a remote island to uncover clues about the plotting of a madman.

They quickly discover that he’s developed a tool called The Whisperer that is designed to take over the minds of people all over the world, and after avoiding a ton of near disasters—including a trip to a horrific underground prison for Sticky that nearly pushes him over the edge—-they work together to stymie his wicked plan.

Now, TMBS wasn’t a perfect read.  It was really long and there were times that I found myself just wanting it to end.  I think there were events that could have been left out without affecting the story in a negative way.

But overall, the quirkiness of the characters combined with the suspense of the tasks that they were trying to complete together really caught my attention—which I didn’t expect, simply because TMBS wasn’t the kind of book that ever catches my attention.


The Mysterious Benedict Society Rating:  Way 65



The Lost Hero is Simply Epic. . .

5 Nov

Well, here’s another shocker, I’m Always Right readers:  I asked Blair G to write a review of another Riordan fire-starter—The Lost Hero.  I figured y’all would be interested, even if I’m not!  Here’s what she had to say about the latest from the author that everyone (it is everyone, right?)  loves to hate.

Hello, Rick Riordan fans! Blair speaking (Or typing?!?)

I just finished The Lost Hero by our buddy Rick Riordan. One word to sum this book up: SPECTACULAR!!!

This book is about Piper, Jason, and Leo, all of which are demigods. They’re from Camp Half-Blood, as you probably could guess… They’re on a quest to save the world from itself  by rescuing Olympus’s queen, Hera.

But there’s a twist: Movie star Tristan McLean, Piper’s dad, is taken hostage—a monster captured him and says if he is not rescued by the Winter Solstice, he will die—so Piper needs to help him.

He IS her DAD, after all.

But that’s when Hera needs to be saved, too. How can they save them BOTH?

The only way you will know is if you READ THE BOOK (Or is someone spills the beans…)!

The Lost Hero is a really funny book. In fact, in my opinion, this is Rick Riordan’s best book yet! It has action, suspense, romance (Eew, but if you like that, then great!), amnesiac characters, gods/goddesses, monsters, and MORE!

There’s even some “Goaty-humor,” if you know what I mean.

While learning about Piper and Leo’s past is a bit depressing, I didn’t care. The Lost Hero was still the BEST book I’ve ever read, and I’m picky, so… Maybe…Just maybe… READ THE BOOK!!!!!

My Rating for “The Lost Hero”– Way 100

(Yes, Mr. Ferriter, that IS possible for a Rick Riordan book)

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