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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)

=D ~


The Hunger Games Rules. . .

27 Sep

I first heard rumblings of The Hunger Games a few years ago when one of my former students—a boy I called Johnny even though his name was not Johnny—stopped me in the hallway and said:

Have you read The Hunger Games?  It’s the BEST book ever!

Considering that I could never get Johnny to read anything other than Manga when he was in my class, I figured The Hunger Games HAD to be pretty good.  Any book that could hook Johnny had potential because Johnny wasn’t easy to hook.

So I stopped by the bookstore on the way home from school, bought me a copy, and started reading—and like Johnny, I was hooked.  It was one of those titles that I couldn’t stop thinking about and that I couldn’t put down.

What makes The Hunger Games so remarkable to me is that it is a violent, blow ’em up, rock ’em, sock ’em robot kind of book.  Almost every chapter sees the main character—Katniss Everdeen—in a predicament fit only for an imagination.  She’s chased by horrible creatures, hunted by horrible kids, and forced to do horrible things.

All while becoming the star of one of the most shocking reality shows of all time—a show brewed up by an evil government to punish their citizens by pitting 24 kids against each other in a fight to the death on live television.

Crazy, isn’t it?

Each death is broadcast on a nightly program that captures the attention of the entire nation.  Each act of brutality is celebrated by a country.

What made The Hunger Games different from all of the other gory books I’ve read in my life though—and I’ve read a bunch of gory books—is that there are characters that I really learn to love.  Katniss shows immense kindness and integrity while fighting in the arena, protecting a much younger, much sweeter girl named Rue and Peeta, her partner from her home district.

That’s cool, isn’t it?  Kind of an unexpected twist that makes her more human to me.

And The Hunger Games is full of interesting moral questions:

  1. Should we stand up to power when the powerful are making choices that are horrible?
  2. Would we act with character and class even in circumstances that are completely out of our control?
  3. Could we become horrible people if it meant protecting our own lives?

Those kinds of questions kept me wondering throughout The Hunger Games…and wondering is one of my favorite things to do.  Even better, those questions keep me wondering even today—and when a book makes me wonder long after I’ve finished reading it, it’s a-okay to say the least.

The Hunger Games Rating:  Way100