Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Lightning Thief

Written by: Rick Riordan

Pages: 375

My rating 1-5 stars:

5 stars!!!


Percy Jackson is not a normal 12 year old. He is dyslexic, he has ADHD and he has never stayed at a school for more than a year. He is in the sixth grade at Yancy Academy, a school for misbehaving students. Other than him being on probation, every thing is okay. Mr. Brunner, his Latin teacher has shown great interest in Percy and his knowledge of Greek mythology. Percy has also met a true friend, Grover Underwood.
On a school field trip everything goes wrong. Nancy Bobofit won't stop throwing food at Grover, and it has pushed Percy over the edge. He tries to do what every guidance counselor has told him "Count to ten, get control of your temper" (quote from book). As rage fills him he notices that Nancy had fallen backwards into a water fountain. When his strange math teacher Mrs. Dobbs asks what happens, Nancy tells her that Percy has pushed her. Percy is confused, he doesn't remember pushing Nancy or did he?
A notice is sent to his mother stating that he will not be able to return to the school next year because of his behavior. When he returns home he is rudely welcomed home by his malodorous step-dad. He keeps his calm because he doesn't want his step-dad to reconsider letting him and his mom go to the beach for a few days. But what he doesn't know is that he is about to discover a whole new world.

Even though this book is a book mainly for pre-teens, I loved it. Reading this book made me wish I was Percy. The book is so descriptive that you can picture every thing that is happening perfectly. It was a quick and easy read, that kept my eyes adhered to every word on every page. This is a must read for every reader that loves adventure, suspense, funny, and even mystery books. Be warned you will not be able to stop reading this book, so make sure you have batteries in that flashlight by your bed.

Friday, May 30, 2008

My Challenge for the year 2008!

I just started this challenge! I decided to start this so I can get a feel for more series that are out there. Here are the books I plan on reading for this challenge:

1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
2. The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
3. Amoung the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
5. The Divide by Elizabeth Kay
6. Ravens Gate by Anthony Horowitz
7. The Witch Trade by Michael Molly

The last six I am not sure of what books to read. Please email me with suggestions!

To join this challenge click here.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Appeal

"Politics has always been a dirty game. Now Justice is, too."

Written by: John Grisham

Pages: 355

My rating 1-5 stars:

4.75 stars


The jury returns from deliberation with the surprising verdict. 41 million dollars is what the chemical company has to pay Jeannette Baker. This chemical company has turned a small county into the the worst "cancer cluster" in the history of the United States by illegally dumping toxic chemicals into a nearby river. Eventually the chemicals got in the county's water filter. Many people have died just like Jeannette's son and husband.
When the case is reassigned to the supreme court of Mississippi the owner of the chemical company notices that the Supreme Court Justices are too friendly. So he decides to buy a seat in the court. With a few million dollars he gets a contact to persuade a small town lawyer to run. As the campaign goes on they sculpt him to do what they want. They see him as a great Supreme Court Justice. Their personal Supreme Court Justice.

This book is a great read for everyone that enjoys law. Also if you like books that keep you wondering what will happen next then this is a great book to read. Every page you read will make you wonder "Could this be happening in our Justice system?".

I read this book for my Civics and Economics class and I absolutely loved it. I actually felt bad for some of the characters in this book. For a second here and there I actually thought this was a real trial that was occurring now. John Grisham keeps you hooked on to every page of this brilliantly written novel about the judicial system turning into a mayhem of politics.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I am so sorry that I haven't been posting that often. I have had a lot of school work and I just haven't had the time to work on this blog. I will start posting more often starting next week after my exams. Ugg I can't wait to get them over with. I am currently reading The Appeal by John Grisham. And I will have a review on it this weekend. I am loving the book and I have found it very interesting. I first heard about the book from my cousin, who also bought me this book last Friday. The reason I am reading it is for extra credit in my English and Civics class.