Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I finished the movie and was in shock.  The movie was really great.  For a while there have not been too many great movies out there that interested me.  This movie did but I wasn’t sure, but after hearing a good review from those who saw the movie I went.

The movie was much better than I thought, which lead me to think what would the book be like.  I was finally able to get my hands on the book and as the last page was turned I was in awe.  The book was interesting, funny, clever, and entertaining to read.

“Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again.  And that’s the least of his troubles.  Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook 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 Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.  But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him: solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

“Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan is categorized as a fantasy genre and it was truly amazing to read.  The characters, plot and dialogue were well thought out and had drawn me in to find out more about the series.  So I searched my favorite site, Fantastic Fiction and looked up Rick Riordan.  I saw that there are a total of five books for Percy Jackson and will be only five in the series, which have all been written.

While I was reading I thought about the movie compared to the book but I stopped.  You can never compare the movie to the book because things are always cut out and should be thought as their own entity.  Reading the book reminded me of Harry Potter which is also the genre of Fantasy.  I guess it is because of how in each book the main character really doesn’t know where they belong in the world.  Each are different from other people.

As I read the book I loved the detail that was intertwined with the book.  The detail of the characters life; the gods, the heroes, Percy and Percy’s mom.

Some things I thought that were interesting was that Percy is only 12 years old and in the movie the kid looked 15 so I was thrown a little.  I didn’t remember the age that Percy was supposed to be in the movie.  Another interesting thing was the people from the camp didn’t exactly know who Percy’s father was.  I thought that was strange since all around him there were clues about what Percy could do with water.  Another interesting part of the book was the involvement with all the different types of mythical creators.  I liked the oracles and their mysterious messages.

This book was something very easy, fast pace thriller that is fantastic to read.  It is something different from the normal vampires and werewolves.  It was refreshing to read and I can’t wait to get the other four books.

Dark Summer by Iris Johansen

A working veterinarian, a lone man and his dog are about to be tangled in a very complicated web.

“Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a remote search and rescue mission.  When a man arrives with his wounded black lab, Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror and destruction.

Jude Marrock is out for revenge and has no choice but to involve Devon in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with an escalating body count.  She doesn’t trust him one bit, but when the shots start flying and her friends start falling, she finds herself with nowhere else to run.  And there are innocent lives, both human and animal, at stake, including those of Ned and his mysterious pack.  Is Jude Devon’s salvation or her damnation?  Are the secrets he’s protecting worth killing for…or dying for?”

The story dialogue kept you turning the page in this fact pace thriller that Iris Johansen brought to text.  The characters in “Dark Summer” will amaze you and kept you entertained as you turn the pages.

Devon Brady is a veterinarian and has many animals that she has rescued in her life.  She has some good friends and a horrible ex husband but everything gets very complicated when she meets Jude and his dog Ned.  I love the fact that Devon is an animal lover and is able to rescue them.  I am a big animal lover, especially of dogs.

Now the great thing about Ned is that he is not your avenge dog.  He is being hunted because Ned is special.  He has the ability to heal and live longer.  Because of this trait anyone around him will be hunted.  Jude is the owner of Ned and protects Ned with his life and now Devon is going to be thrown into the middle of the warfare.

Jude Marrok is a very strong character that you want to succeed in his endeavors.  He takes Devon to help protect all the dogs with the special abilities but gets her tangled up with the villains who are after him and Ned.

The two characters, Devon and Jude are perfect together with their fierce protectiveness towards the animals and towards those they love.  The friends and people who work for them are entertaining and you sometimes do not know what side they are really on.

The end will surprise and excite you.  It was something that I didn’t exactly expect.

I have read most if not all books of Iris Johansen.  She is one of the authors I started a couple years ago.  I found one of her books and just started reading everyone I could get my hands on.  Reading her books I am always impressed by her dialogue, plots, characters and all the action which was intertwined within the pages of the book.