Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Where’s the glory in repeating what others have done? Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Today I am reviewing a great book, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It is a bit of a mouthful, but definitely worth the read. It follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, a demigod, half man, half god. It uses the Ancient Greek myths and brings them alive in an interesting way. In the book, Percy finds out that he is related to the Greek god Poseidon. His mother is kidnapped and he has to go on a quest to find her.

The book is class. It has found a gap, a very big gap, and Riordan has exploited it. The way he incorporates myth and Ancient Greek tales into the real life is great and, like many books published for young adults, makes it so that nothing is unexplained. Every little detail links into the modern times so much so that you start believing that maybe you are a Greek demigod.

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I would recommend this book to any ages, as there is nothing particularly adult about it. Don’t let this discourage you though, it is still a great read for teens to read, its just got no sex themes etc. It is a great book if you are looking for an action/humour books that is centred around fantasy. Because there is a lot of it. It is particularly great if someone is looking for a book that lets them escape from this world, into a new unexplored one with dangers around every corner. If you have read this book and the series, the next series is okay. It is definitely not as good as the first one, not by a long shot, but it is good if you want to read something.

If you are looking for a similar book I would recommend the Alex Rider books. This has a lot less fantasy, but is also similar when it comes to incorporating a fictional world into a modern one.

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I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore

“He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it.” – Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

Today I will be reviewing a very popular book, I Am Number Four. Written by Pittacus Lore in August 2010, it follows John Smith around, an alien belong to the Loric race, whose home planet was destroyed by a different alien race, the Mogadorians. After the Mogadorians, or Mogs, as they are referred to in the books, destroy the planet Lorien, 9 children, the oldest 3 years old, travel to planet earth each accompanied by a Cêpan.

This book is absolutely brilliant. The premise is brilliant, the language is superb and each character you get attached to, almost immediately. The fact that the writer was able to build on a stereotypical ‘alien travelling to planet earth’ and use it as a simple stepping stone to make a book about powers as well. I absolutely love the way he used the spell to further the storyline and the action scenes, though few, are depicted brilliantly.

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I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of 10. The writing is mature so it is a good book to read if you are around the age of 15, but suitable for younger readers. This may put some people off but this is my personal opinion and my personal opinion is that though this may be suitable for younger readers it is definitely still good for young adults. I would recommend it as a book for people who are looking for a cross between action and a tiny bit of romance and teenage rebellion.

If you are looking for a similar book then I would recommend the Skulduggery Pleasant series. It is a little bit more gory and tends to the more detective side of things but it is definitely similar and definitely good if you don’t like the romance part of it.

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Department 19 – Will Hill

“Department 6 is the Army.
Department 13 is MI5.
Department 19 is the reason you’re alive.”

Department 19. One of the most graphic and entertaining horror novels I have ever read. This is not your stereotypical vampire book. This isn’t even your not-so-stereotypical vampire book. This is a book for people who are looking for a book that is knee deep in blood and gore that provides horror for the bucket load. Written by Will Hill in April 2011, it follows the adventures of Jamie Carpenter, a boy who finds out his father, who seemed to be a government official, was actually working for a top secret organisation that destroys all types of mythological creatures. But mainly vampires.

This book is one of the most horrific and gory books I have ever read. The series is in my top 5 and this book is in my top 10. The writing is superb, every stab wound and death and wound described in explicit detail. The language and the dialogue used was superb. I loved every second of it, there was not one moment where something was not happening. Every action packed moment was written expertly. It was detailed but not so detailed that you feel that that is all there is.

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I definitely would only recommend this for people over the age of 13-14. This is a very graphic book. There are many things in here that are definitely not for younger readers. I would not be surprised if people under the age of 12 or 13 would get nightmares from reading this. It is a very detailed book that is definitely something you would buy someone who is looking for a serious book to read. If you are looking for a happy book this is definitely not the book for you.

If you are looking for a similar book to read I do not really know what to tell you. There are no other books like this one and if you don’t want to read this one then I do not know if there is a book out there for you.

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Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

“What would killing the Elders result in?”
“Panic? Fear? Three empty parking spaces in the Sanctuary?” – Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

Today I will be reviewing a book that is in my absolute favourite series of all time. This series is so good that I do not want to review it as a series, but as singular books. It is called Skulduggery Pleasant and is written in 2007 by Derek Landy. It follows the adventures of Valkyrie Cain (Stephanie Edgley) and Skulduggery Pleasant who is a living skeleton.

Do not let the name deceive you in to thinking that this is a childish book for 10 year olds to read. It is not. Also don’t be deceived into thinking that just because it is about magic it is a childs book. It, again, is not. It has magic, humour and crime. Fortunately Landy had the good sense to write this as a young adults book, else most of the crime and humour would not be able to be put into the book.

Skulduggery Pleasant is an absolutely brilliant book. It is written superbly and Landy has made sure that even though the book is a bit comedic at times, the storyline and many aspects of the books are serious. The language didn’t especially focus on the description of the settings, but it was still enough for you to get an idea for the people and the settings, but it made up for this because of the action and the crimes. This book is great if you have a particularly vivid imagination because then you really get a feel for it, as you start to imagine the fight scenes in your head. The fight scenes were described amazingly well, every single punch thrown was described, which made this even better as if this does happen, many action books tend to forget this and it doesn’t make it as good.

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I would recommend this book for anyone 13+ and up. Again the first couple of books are okay for younger people but as the books progress further than that Landy starts to describe the crime scenes more, making it a gory book at times. If you are of this age and are looking for a humorous book that has a lot of action and crime, this is definitely a book for you. I would also recommend this for parents who want to get their child into reading, as it is an utterly unputdownable book that your child will get engrossed in.

If you are looking for a similar book then I would recommend the Percy Jackson series. It has magic and mythology like this one and the same amount of humour, but there isn’t any crime and it is definitely not as gory.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound! – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Today I will be reviewing probably one of the most well known books in the world, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in March 1902, it follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. It is a story about a particularly devious murder, one which uses both the supernatural and the normal.

This book, in my opinion, is one of the best crime books I have ever read. It ties both the supernatural and the logical and it definitely made me start to believe that there was something hellish going on in the book. The language was absolutely brilliant and I could even imagine what Baskerville Hall and the Grimpen Mire looked like, in all its luscious, natural glory.

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As a book I would recommend for people aged 14+. This isn’t because the themes are adult, its because the text is very old fashioned and some people under this age might not be able to fully get it and if they don’t fully get it, the book won’t be as good. If you’re of this age and you are looking for a little bit more adult themed, but still looking for some crime type books, this is one I would definitely recommend.

If you are looking for this type of book but not written as old fashioned as it is, I would recommend Skulduggery Pleasant (This is the name if the series), though this incorporates magic and is a bit more gory, but has the same amount of crime solving (If you think this book sounds bad, you are mistaken. One of the best books I have read and I will be doing a review of it).

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Just a quick post

This isn’t a book review (there will be one in a couple of days), it is more of a plug for my daily blog. This is my main blogging website so if you haven’t already check it out! Also if you came here from cavansdailyblog the web address has changed to

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CHERUB – Robert Muchamore

Mentioning violence to Bruce was like mentioning chocolate sauce to a six-year-old. – Robert Muchamore, Shadow Wave

For my first review I decided to do one of my favourite series that I have ever read, Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB. The first series (the one I will be reviewing today) has 11 books in it and is centered around someone called James Adams. He is recruited by an organisation called CHERUB to become a teenage spy.

It is fun, exciting and action-packed and any teenager will love it. I was genuinely sad when the series ended and even sadder when the new series came out because it definitely did not live up to the expectations set by the previous series, but I will get into that in a different review.

As a series I would recommend it to anyone from the ages of 13-17. I would recommend it for lower ages but as the series progresses the themes get more adult, the language gets stronger and so do the connotations. By the eighth book he has sex, so I would only recommend it to 13 year olds, no lower. If you are a parent looking for a book for your 13 year old child or just a bored teenager wanting something to read this is a must read.

If you are looking for a book similar to this but less adult I would recommend the HIVE series, which is currently ongoing.

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