One thing I’ve found I love to do the last few years: bring a look from a story to life. It lets me combine my secret wish to be a fashion consultant/personal stylist with my love of reading, and Polyvore lets me do it without actually spending a dime.
While I typically aim to create everyday looks, Princess Eadlyn, protagonist of The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass wears only the finest. This modern ballgown by Modcloth.com combines the shape and detail of the dress from The Heir with the color of gown from The Crown. Accessorize with an embellished sash or belt and some dressy heels. And no princess would dare be caught on camera without her tiara! Find all the items used in this set and shop the look on Polyvore.
As part of my voluntary writers’ group homework, I was told to read several books in the same genre as my own novel to get a sense of pace, structure, style, and so forth. A book with a strikingly similar word count, series length, genre, and audience is The Giver by Lois Lowry.
I find The Giver and its sequels to be a moving, thought-provoking set of stories for readers of any age. Here are some of my thoughts on the four books in The Giver Quartet.
Happy National Readathon Day! In honor of the holiday, I’m introducing a new book review series.
In my effort to review all the shows, movies, music, and graphic novels I’m keeping up with, it hit me that I’ve been neglecting my book reviews for the last few months. Whoops. So to remedy that, welcome to a new blog series where I play catchup and tell you the books I’ve been reading (the good, the bad, and the great).
I meant to review Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods way back in the fall when I finally got around to reading it. Come to think of it, I never reviewed The Blood of Olympus either, did I? Okay. We’ll just add that to the list then.
For now, let’s stick to discussing PJGG.
I just finished reading Rick Riordan’s new short story “The Staff of Serapis” featuring Annabeth Chase of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus and Sadie Kane of The Kane Chronicles. This crossover story has all the action, history, and mythology rolled into one that I love from the original series. But with twice the heroines, twice the culture, and twice the gods, it’s doubly awesome.
The narrative style follows Annabeth’s thoughts in the third-person limited form, much like in The Heroes of Olympus. This makes sense as this story appears to fall, based on a couple of textual clues, after the events of The Heroes of Olympus in the Kane/Jackson timeline. The story is entertaining, exciting, and everything fans could hope for. Riordan furthers the Greek/Egypt culture-fusion begun in “The Son of Sobek,” a plot which seems sure to lead to further crossover tales in the future and could even spring a new novel if the author so chooses.
The audiobook, read by the author himself, further exemplifies Riordan’s talent for storytelling with his range of voices for different characters and narrative style. And the mp3 is a great way to read along or listen on the go.
As for the preview of The Blood of Olympus, my only complaint was that it felt far too short, but that’s probably because it looks like the final installment of the Heroes series will either equal or surpass the greatness of the fantastic books that came before it and I’ve been itching to read it since I read the last word in The House of Hades.
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Originally published January 2, 2014 on The Bookworm’s Apple by L.E. Ellis.
Back in high school, I remember getting my younger brother (in middle school at the time) to read anything was a rather difficult thing to do. But one book series he gladly read: Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
And it’s no wonder why. Rick Riordan knows how to keep his readers laughing out loud and glued to the edge of their seats with his modernized tales of the Greek gods and their half-human children, the demigods: a group of monster-fighting, quest-conquering, ADHD teenagers worried more about saving the world than passing a driver’s test.
The sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus, involves the protagonist of the original series, Percy Jackson, as well as 6 other heroes destined to fulfill the Prophecy of Seven which foretells of a battle with one of nature’s oldest, most dangerous forces for the future of the world. This series combines both Roman and Greek mythology and delivers all the humor, suspense, and action standard of Riordan’s work.
The best way to learn history is to live it.
But until we get some time machines up and running, the next best way to live out history is by reading first-person accounts.
Dates and numbers only stick in the memory so long, but when history is tied to a story, it stays with me and I never lose it.
While I do feel there is tremendous value in historic fiction (I write the stuff!) and its ability to teach readers facts through art (most of my knowledge of European royal families’ histories and connections comes not from my many, many history and literature courses, but primarily from reading The Royal Diaries in middle school), no matter how compelling the piece, there is always some small sense, some small comfort in knowing at the end of an imaginative work, “Well, it’s not completely true. It couldn’t have been that awful. It’s fiction, after all.”
But with a real-life story, there is no escaping the truth of history, both in its brightest and bleakest moments.
I have found that creative non-fiction provides the readability and captivation of other forms of creative writing while allowing the reader to participate in real-life facts and events. By walking in the author/narrator’s shoes, we, the readers, get to sense, in some small way, how it felt to view events first hand, how it felt to endure it, to live it.