Saturday, August 27, 2011

"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

Divergent, by Veronica Roth


Beatrice Prior has a decision to make. This decision will influence her life in all ways, and she only has one day to make it.

Doesn't that sound like an amazing book? When I read the back cover for this book, I basically said "Yipee!!" When I read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games I fell in love with the whole idea of a dystopian society.

In Beatrice's world, there are 5 factions, Candor- The truthful, Erudite - The knowledgeable, Amity- the peaceful, Dauntless- The courageous, and Abegnation - the selfless.

Beatrice has lived in Abegnation for all her 16 years. When the time comes to decide whether to stay with or leave her family, she finds she is caught in the middle.
 A surprising turn of events cements her decision. Though it may be hard, she knows what she has to do.

Veronica Roth is officially one of my favourite authours. She has a unique way of writing that just calls to me. I become the character. I feel what they feel, I see what they see. When I get pulled out of her books, it feels like I am falling through the air, trying to land on my feet.

Especially with this book, I found that everything happened just right. I mean, yes, there were some deaths and such, but the story wouldn't have been the same without them. The story had a good flow to it for the most part.
The only thing that I found that I didn't like about this book was that is went a little slow at times. Sometimes there was too much of Tris sitting and thinking.

SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In my opinion, since Divergent is the first in a trilogy (or so I believe....) the ending shouldn't of been what it was. With the whole rebel thing, and Tris's parents dying, I think that if there is another book it doesn't have much to work with. That is just my opinion though.

So that's all!

Hope you enjoy Divergent!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book I: The Lightning Thief


The 12 main gods for eons have ruled over man kind. The big three, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are the most powerful, and therefore have the most powerful children.

Half-Bloods. Half Human, half god. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Unluckily for him, Percy Jackson knows exactly what it is like. When he is attacked by a demon teacher, he realises that not everything is how it seems. His favourite wheelchair bound teacher is actually a centaur in disguise and his best friend has hooves and a furry behind.

I found the Percy Jackson books when I was in middle school. I was crazy into Greek Mythology, and when I saw these, the ancient Greek gods, built into modern times, and I was hooked!

Rick Riordan did a really good job at writing at an appropriate level. The characters are not paper thin, but just deep enough to follow along. Percy has the attitude of a young boy. He often thinks he is always right, and doesn't really see all the way into situations. This makes him an easy character to fall in love with.

Another thing that Rick Riordan did great was the story line. Not once did this book get dull. The story had unexpected twists and turns, but it was still easy to follow along.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a fantasy book where a teenager is playing the main character.

There is only one thing that I don't like about this book. Percy Jackson, while you fall in love with him, and I realise he is the narrator, but he can get annoying! I don't know why.... I just found it.

So that is all that I have to say on The Lightning Thief! I would definitely recommend the entire series, there are 5 books in all.

So have fun reading!