Book Talk: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles 1)

Hey guys!
Rick Riordan is one of my favorite YA writers. I’ve read almost all of his books – the only series still on my list was The Kane Chronicles. However, this summer I had some time at hand, so let’s kick it off with the first installment, The Red Pyramid!

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
Sadie and Carter Kane are to very different siblings. Not only do they look quite differently, while Carter travelled the world with his archeologist father, Sadie spent her time in England with her grandparents.
But when Carter and their father come to visit Sadie, all of their lives are bound to change forever…

 

The Rating:
By now, you’ll all know that I’m a Rick Riordan fan. He wrote some amazing and breath-taking novels that you won’t be able to put down.
So, I was excited to finally catch up with the Kane Chronicles as those books had been published from 2010 to 2012.
After lots of stuff on Greek and Roman mythology, I was ready to learn some stuff about ancient Egypt!
The first thing to mentioned about the Kane Chronicles in general is the way the story is told. It’s supposed to be a transcript of a recording made by Carter and Sadie. You get the feeling that they tell their own story in their own words, which makes for a nice change. Continue reading

Book Review: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #2)

Hey guys!
I’m back my review on Rick Riordan’s next installment in the Trials of Apollo series. The Hidden Oracle is followed by The Dark Prophecy, so let’s see what Apollo has been up to!

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
This book essentially picks up right after The Hidden Oracle. This time Apollo/Lester will have to face the Triumvirat. Thankfully, he has his friends and a large bronze-dragon by his side to aid him in his quest…

 

The Rating:
I’ll keep this one short: The first book in the Trials of Apollo series was great. Despite some initial difficulties I love the novel and couldn’t wait for the next part.
The Dark Prophecy turned out to be a worthy follow-up. It’s all there: great characters you will care about, amazing humor that will keep you entertained throughout the novel, a gripping story and lots of knowledge on Greek mythology, so you my actually learn something! Continue reading

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)

Hey guys!
I’m currently catching up with Rick Riordan’s latest publications. After the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series Riordan created another story related to Greek mythology. The Trials of Apollo will also feature some of your favorite characters from the aforementioned books!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
The God Apollo fucked up. Big Time. Zeus is pissed and decide to do what every parent would do: punish the kid and hope they’ll do better next time. Only, punishment isn’t that easy when all the involved parties are immortal. So, Zeus does the most extrem him he could come up with: Apollo is turned into a mortal teenager. As Lester Papadopoulos. While trying to adjust to his new life, Lester/Apollo runs into the rather irritating young demi-God Meg. Oh, and of course there is always a world to save!

 

The Rating:
As my regular reader will know, I love Rick Riordan’s novels. However, with this one I had my problems at first. The name of each chapter is a bad haiku, as Apollo loves to come up with those. Often. At times this is mildly annoying but mostly funny. Apollo himself turns out to be a self-centered prick who could spend the whole day going on about how super duper wonderful and good-looking he is. While reading the first couple of chapter, I kept thinking “I’ll throw this book out the window, if it goes on like that!” Well, the good news: very soon you’ll get used to Apollo and you will actually grow fond of him! I honestly hadn’t expected that but by the end of the book I liked Apollo/Lester and couldn’t wait for the next one to come out. Continue reading

Book Review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

Hey my lovely readers!
I’m continuing my journey through all of Rick Riordan’s books and recently finished The Hammer of Thor. It’s the second installment in his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series – I hope there are many more to come!

Goodreads Cover – The Hammer of Thor

 

The Plot:
Thor misplaced his hammer. Again. Only this time it’s not that easy to be found. So Magnus Chase and his friends are sent to retrieve the hammer and save the world…

 

The Rating:
I’m sure you know it by know: I simply love Rick Riordan’s novels. After devouring the Percy Jackson books as well as the Heroes of Olympus series, I was super excited about his new topic: the Norse Gods. One of the main reasons I enjoy Riordan’s works so much is because you learn something with each page. I had always been fascinated by Greek mythology but the Norse stuff was completely new to me. As this is the second book in the series by now I have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in Asgard and I can’t wait to find out more. Continue reading

Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

Hey guys!
I recently finished Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. So I’m ready to dive into a series. What better choice would there be than Rick Riordan’s latest take on the Norse Gods?

Goodreads Cover - The Sword of Summer

Goodreads Cover – The Sword of Summer

 

The Plot:
Magnus Chase is your regular teenager. Except for the fact that he is homeless. And the son of Frey, a God. Oh, and he’s dead.
Well, Magnus had no idea that his life was about to change completely but it turns out, being that isn’t that bad. At least not when you made it to Valhalla, a place where worthy warriors get to wait and train for Ragnarok.
But before Magnus can make himself comfortable he has to go on a quest to retrieve the Sword of Summer and prevent Ragnarok from happening, well, next week…

 

The Rating:
As you know, I completely devoured Rick Riordan’s book on the Greek Gods. So I was super excited to check out his latest series on the Norse Gods. Continue reading

Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5)

Hello Folks!
That’s it, I finally finished Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Although I was super excited to find out what will happen next, I didn’t want to finish the book and say goodbye to all those amazing characters! Was The Blood of Olympus a worthy end for an impressive Pentalogy?

 

The Plot:
The demigods have to face their biggest battle. Gaia is waking. While Leo, Piper, Jason, Percy, Annabeth, Hazel and Frank follow the prophecy to the ancient lands, Reyna, Nico and Coach hedge have a different task at hand: to prevent war between the camps and bring the Athena Parthenos halfway across the world to Half-Blood Hill. While any of them complete the impossible tasks at hand?

 

The Rating:
So, this is the last time I get to talk about how much I love Greek mythology. What Rick Riordan really excels at, is weaving bits of story together. Not only did he pick up ancient myths and transfer them to today, he also managed to pick up stuff from his past books and perfectly tied it into the last novel in the series without it seeming repetitive or unoriginal. Continue reading