Book Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians The Lightning Thief

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Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

ISBN: 0786838655

Genre: Fantasy, Greek Mythology

Synopsis

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Review

This is another book I read because it had a movie adaptation and I want to judge the movie for what it did to the plot development of the story.

Let me be very honest with all of you. When  I first saw the movie, my 10 year old self was very impressed, considering I had (and probably still have) low standards then and got fascinated by the simplest movie tricks. Also, I hadn’t known about the book series, then. A friend of mine mentioned how he hated the movies for its injustice to the books, and boy do I agree with him. Continue reading

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN: 0-06-202402-7

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction

Synopsis

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

Review

This was one of those books I read because a movie adaptation came out and I want to know what crucial parts of the book they took out. So expect a lot of comparing the book and movie in here.

I didn’t entirely like the book. There were some parts that felt unnecessary, but I can’t do anything about that, can I?

I have no problem with the way the books starts, I think it started out smoothly. Direct to the point. The way how they’re being put into the five factions bothered me though. They have this aptitude test that works somehow like the Sorting Hat because it determines which faction you belong in, but it’s you who’ll make the choice of which faction you will join. So what exactly is the point of having a test to tell which faction you belong in, when in the end, you’re the one who chooses your faction? Continue reading

Trischa

“They said, your writing style is similar with Trischa’s! They said, your like the second Trischa.”

 

These were the words my English teacher told me when I won the schools press conference in the previous year. I felt proud, of course! Who wouldn’t?

Every time somebody mentions “Feature Writing” her name is the first that comes to mind. She’s known for her writing skills ever since she was in the 5th grade. She has won numerous of writing contests.(which I cannot mention, because there are just too many to mention) And apart from that, writing articles are not the only thing she’s good at. She graduated as a Valedictorian (and is currently studying at UP Cebu) and she’s gorgeous.

Even now, it feels nice to be described as the second Trischa, but like everything else in this world, there’s a teeny tiny downside. Being the “second someone” feels like you’ll never be able to make a name for yourself. You’ll forever be known as the second of somebody and never yourself. Continue reading