“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)Hello there people of the blog-a-verse, it is Mari here (OMG she is still alive?) Yes I am! Anyways here we go:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, 
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth 

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams. 

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 

Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven

I absolutely loved it! I read more than three-fourths of it in one night! So I have to give it:

Here are the deets:

What I Didn't Like:
I feel really mean saying this but I didn't really love*semi-spoiler-alert?* Frank and Hazel's relationship *end of semi-spoiler* It was too cheesy.. Kind of perfect like they never really had a problem until {he found out about sammy, even then there wasn't really a big big problem plus i never want my favorite book relationships to have problems but, still maybe a small bump along the rooad to keep it exciting2!} But overall there wasn't anything that killed/ nausated/ gave me a heartattack / hurt me.

EVERYTHING! I absolutely LOVE { THE WHOLE jUNO/ hERA TRADING pERCY AND jASON, genius, BUjust amazing it was beautiful and I dont know HOW rrioran came up with THAT!}}}}}}
I also love the whole Nico Hazel thing, it was cool to see the sides of Hades, Riches/wealth and death. Also seeing how the Romans live! I loved the doors of death being opened because it just made everything THAT much harder! In general I am totally in love with this series and I don't want to be mean but I like this series just a BIT more than the first 5 books! Is that too mean? Hope not! 'Till next time Mari signing out!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Variant by Robison Wells

Variant (Variant, #1)Variant by Robinon Wells
Summary from: goodreads.com

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape--his only real hope for survival--may be impossible.


I finished this book about a week ago and for a reason I wasn't 100% sure of I felt like I NEEDED the next installment. I expected this book to be different...I really did but I was surprisingly happy with what it turned out to actually be. This book is LOADED with completely shocking twists and turns. It holds somethings I guarantee you could not have predicted. (if you read this book and predicted the secret...please tell me...because you are amazing.)

I gave this book....................................

FOUR STARS!! It got this because this book wasn't exceptionally memorable but I know it kept me flying by the seat of my pants the whole read. It was a can't-put-down and I can't say I hated it at all. This book is totally a worthy read.
What I didn't like: There's nothing I can think of that was terribly upsetting to me... I don't know if I completely enjoyed the plot twist. It made the protagonist's love interest dwindle from the story if those who have read this know what I mean... (I don't really count that as a spoiler..) the only thing I really didn't love is that I could forget this story... I haven't seen this kind of thing done before but it feels a bit forgettable. (and it was not what I expected...and I'm not sure it was better than what I expected...but it was not worse. Just average)
What I did like: I loved the concept. Some of the theories and big questions were provoking and really made you think..."what would I do in this situation?" I've heard people call it 'Lord of the Flies boarding school' and I agree it is, I completely agree. When I was reading it I kept thinking "this feels Hunger Games-y...but not quite" that's when I read about it being compared to Lord of The Flies and I was like "That's it! It's a modern Lord of the Flies." And I love anything like that. Anything that puts humanity out there to be tested.
I loved Benson. Woah man. I feel like he sounds/narrates and looks like Percy Jackson...am I the only one?
and the paintball! I couldn't wait for the times they would play paintball....I just awaited it the whole book. (I seriously want to start playing paintball right about now...anyone else?)
Overall this book had fantastic writing, a fresh new sci-fi version of Lord of the Flies and it was superb.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Hello everyone! So lovely of you to stop by!

Well...some of you may have noticed (probably not) that I haven't posted in almost two weeks (yikes!) well that is because I've been very sick (I'm all better now thank you) and this blog has become quite the handful to upkeep. And I honestly want it to be more fun and carefree... so I'm going to change it up a bit, be more fun and light hearted. I always see these amazing blogs and they are so professional and I just LOVE them! But I can't do it... so I'm tossing professional out the window and just being my little old self, whom is utterly nerdy/crazy/fangirl-y

and I always find myself apologizing for not posting, promising things and not following through, etc. and it's becoming tiring.... I bet no one even reads this blog anyway... (HELLO??,,,,,if you're out there.......?)


Welcome to the new blog....

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