Book Review: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan (adapted by Robert Venditti)

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Goodreads Synopsis:

You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

 

About the Author & Adapter:

Author:

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

Adapter:

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Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film. He currently writes the ongoing monthly comic book series X-O ManowarWrath of the Eternal Warrior, and Green Lantern. His debut children’s novel, Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde, was released by Simon & Schuster in June 2015.
My Review:
I absolutely fangirled when I saw this book sitting on my local library’s shelf.  I absolutely love Rick Riordan’s work especially when it comes to Percy Jackson.  That series and the Heroes of Olympus series are my 2 ultimate favorite book series ever.  I loved the artistry in this book and I obviously loved the storyline of it too.  I can’t wait to read the others in graphic novel form.
What is your favorite Percy Jackson book? Have you read this one? I would love to hear your thoughts please comment below.
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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Goodreads Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

 

About the Author

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I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

 

My Review:

Marie Lu is such an amazing writer.  I love her books, and this one is no exception.  I really hope to read more of her books in the future.  Warcross held my attention from cover to cover.

 

I would love to here your thoughts on this book and maybe what your favorite Marie Lu book that you have read was.  Please comment below.

Wrap Up: November 2017

Here are the books that I have read in the month of November (click the pictures for my reviews of each book):

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Dark Hunters Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Heart of Steel by Fred Van Lente

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Iron Man by Fred Van Lente

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Book Review: Iron Man by Fred Van Lente

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Heart of steel: Captured by terrorists, genius inventor Tony Stark must secretly develop an all-new technology if he hopes to escape.
Titanium trap: While investigating a string of thefts from a Stark facility in Brazil, Tony faces a rival with a suit of armor stronger than his own.

Seven rings hath the Mandarin: Spider-Man, Hulk and Ant-Man join Iron Man in an attempt to stop the powerful Mandarin.

There’s an ape for that: Iron Man teams up with Nova to stop the Red Ghost and his three super-powered apes.

Employee of the month: A rogue employee allows Spymaster and his team of villains to steal Stark technology, and, with Iron Man disabled, it takes the efforts of a very special employee to win the day.

 

About the Author:

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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won’t hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

 

My Review:

I loved every single one of these stories and the artwork was outstanding.  I really love anything that deals with one or all of the Avengers.  I can’t wait to go on many more adventures with them.

Book Review: Heart of Steel by Fred Van Lente

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Book Series Status:  Book 1 of 4

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Armored Avenger blasts into the newest title in the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line Who is Iron Man, the world-renowned symbol of mega-conglomerate Stark International? And what terrible secret from his past forces billionaire inventor Tony Stark to become the Golden Guardian?

 

About the Author:

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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won’t hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

 

My Review:

The story line was amazing and so was the artwork.  I love pretty much anything that has to deal with either one or more of the Avengers so this was right up my alley.  Can’t wait to read more about the Avengers and their adventures.

Title Reveal: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas Book #4

YAY!!!!  The title of the fourth book in the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas is here.  Can’t wait for it to come and and read it.

 

 

 

 

 

Without further ado. . .here is the title for book #4 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas.

 

 

 

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What is your favorite ACOTAR book so far?

Book Review: The Dark Hunters Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Series Status:  Book 1 of 4

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.
It’s a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it’s not so bad.
Until Kyrian meets the most frightening thing imaginable. An accountant who’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. If Amanda Devereaux goes down, so does he and no offense, he doesn’t want to die (hence the whole immortality thing). And he doesn’t want humanity dead either which is a good thing for us since he and Amanda are all that stands between us and oblivion. Let’s hope they win.

 

About the Author:

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New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

 

My Review:

This book was amazing. The artwork was amazing, the storyline was amazing, everything about this book was amazing. I really want to continue on with this series and see what happens next.

 If you have read this book please comment below.
What are some of your favorite Manga Series? 

Book Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Series Status:  Book 1 of 8

Goodreads Synopsis:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

 

About the Author:

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New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

 

My Review:

I actually really enjoyed this book.  Towards the beginning it was a little slow and it couldn’t hold my attention for very long, but towards the end of the book it started revving up and I couldn’t put it down.  Zombies aren’t really my cup of tea, but there are always exceptions to those kinds of rules.  This book just happens to be one of them.

 

If you have read this book I would love to see how you thought of it please write your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

My Writing Diaries #1

Since I am writing my own book I decided to start a post series called My Writing Diaries where you guys could follow my process in writing my own books.

 

Here is where you can read Chapter 1 of Everlasting Kingdom.  Please tell me what you think and don’t necessarily trash it, just give me some constructive criticism if you believe I need to make some changes to my book.  You can read it on Wattpad or Quotev (which ever you prefer).

Wattpad version

Quotev version

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Series Status:  Book 1 of 6 (counting the 0.5, 0.6, and 2.5 as books)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

 

About the Author:

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James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.
My Review:
I honestly really liked this book. I think that fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins would really like to dive into this book. It is almost just like The Hunger Games, but without all of the children killing each other. I really want to continue on with this series and can’t wait to read the next book.
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