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Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Greetings My Lovelies!

 

It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea!  I had a book last week that made me want to reread one of my favorite series.  I’m actually in the middle of rereading it so I figured why not review it. 

So here’s how this works.  I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

 

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

These books follow Percy Jackson as he discovers his Olympian heritage and deal with the complications that come along with it.  Prophecies, monsters, and combating the embodiment of evil is a lot for a twelve year old to handle.  But at least he doesn’t have to do it alone.  Percy has some loyal and bad ass friends along the way, some of them even god like.  But all he really wants is to go to camp and have fun learning how to sword fight and fly Pegasus…you know, normal things; and spend time with his mom.

 

My Thoughts:

When I first read the first book, The Lightening Thief, I didn’t like it.  I enjoyed reading it but by the end I was like, “meh”.  When I told my friend Acree about it he urged me to keep reading.  I guess I owe him because I did and fell more in love with each book.  Yeah it can get tiring with all the drama, but that’s not really what moves the story.  The connections the characters make with those around them and within themselves are just top notch.  Plus, the chapter titles are pretty hilarious and there are some great one liners.  The energy in these books kinda fluctuates like the tides for the first three and then it kicks it up a notch for the last two.  But one of the things that I loved the most is that you have strong male and female role models, and there are different strengths.  It’s not all brawn.  You also have weak characters whose flaws are the very things that make them special.  There’s a lot of resentment for parents who abandon their kids and as someone who once felt that way about a parent, these books show kids that you are not who your parents are, be they in your life or not.   It shows them that they can find their own strengths and learn to soar as high as the heavens.

 

Reread factor:

Like I said before, I’m in the middle of rereading these books.  I reread them at least once every couple of years.  I thoroughly enjoy them now from start to finish.  I will probably have these books on my shelf for as long as I’m alive and having to replace them when they become too worn out like my Harry Potter books.

 

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Greetings My Peeps!

Out of Balance

I have finished my first year of teaching and boy did the rest of my life suffer for it.  Almost everything got pushed to the side while I tried to keep my head over water.  I had no energy to do anything, and I mean anything.  Most nights I came home and instantly went to sleep.  Now bear in mind I got back home at 3:30.  That’s crazy.  I stopped working out.  I stopped reading.  I stopped painting and I especially stopped doing anything writing related.

I felt terrible.

But now it’s summer so I have the time to catch up on the huge pile I have on the back burner.  This blog being one of them.

My third book is due to come out at the end of next month but I’ve done almost no marketing for it.  I have no idea what I’m going to do.

I need a drink and start getting my life back on track.

Until next time my peoples!

Greetings My Peeps!

Happy Friday Everyone.

Greetings and happy Friday!

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I just wanted to stop by and let y’all know whats been going on.  I just finished chapter 10 and sent another chapter packet off to my editor.  I can’t believe that I made it to this point.  I never have.  This makes me excited and freaked out all at the same time.  I know that the likelihood of my book becoming popular is slim to none, but I hope that a few people like it.  If they don’t it’s ok because I love writing and I’ll continue to write because there is no way that I can stop writing.

This year is also the first year of my garden.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am.  I’ve wanted to do a garden for years.  I picked up my plants yesterday, but I won’t be planting for a little while longer.  According to my neighbor, who has been farming his whole life, I shouldn’t really plant till the first week in May.  I don’t think I can wait till then but I’ll try.

I’ve also started to work on a rough outline for my next book.  The Lost Guardian is the first book in a trilogy.  I’ve already worked out the cover and the title for the next book. I know they say that you shouldn’t worry about those things till the end but if I don’t then I can’t focus on the story.  The title and cover are just as important as the story itself so I try to make them right off the bat.

I’ve also taken up embroidery again…I know, I know…but I always like to have something going on.  Plus I’m extremely old fashioned.  Any who, that’s  all for me and I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.

Till Next Time

 

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Greetings My Peeps!

What’s Going On

Greetings everyone!  Man I have been struggling with the latest chapter of The Lost Guardian.  This is an extremely important chapter.  Not only is it the middle of the book, it’s also the point when things start to gear up.  I can’t seem to get it right.  I think I’ve rewritten it three times so far.  I hope to get it worked out soon because I need to keep on schedule if I want to complete this book by October.  I know that seems like a long way from now but as you know writing takes a long time.  I may just have to walk away from it for a few days so I can clear my head and then go back to it.  I still need to complete my cover for this book.  I have everything roughed out I just need to finalize it.

So in other news, I’m now in my last class before I earn my degree!  I couldn’t be happier!  I still have to take care of my graduation fees and set up an appointment with the school board in my area to discuss what steps I need to take to get my license and certification to start teaching.  I really hope to be in the classroom by years end so keep your fingers crossed.

I also need to start working on the quilt for my great-grandmother.  It was supposed to be done by Christmas but things got in the way so now I’m trying to finish it by her birthday which is in April.  I’ve become a bit old fashioned so I’m mixing embroidery into the quilt which does make the process longer.  Some of the material comes from an old blanket that once belonged to my great-great-grandmother.  When I get done I’ll make sure that I post a picture up so you guys can see it.

I’ve also started planing my garden for the spring. I know winter is still raging on, but since I don’t have a yard to dig up I have to use pots and planter boxes.  I’ve been dying to do a garden for years but it hasn’t worked out yet.  I tried when I lived in southern California, but the sun was too harsh and all my sprouts died.  (I cried)

So this is just a bit of what’s going on with me right now.  I haven’t really put anything up in a while so I just wanted to touch base.  Take care and see you soon.

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