Crooked Kingdom Review/Discussion| My favorite duology

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Series: Six of Crows series

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: September 20th 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Rating: ♛♛♛♛♛

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”

Since this is the second book of the series, don not read this review if you haven’t read the first book. You can read my review on Six of Crows here: Six of Crows| Review

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope.

As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

I have been anticipating this book months before its release and as soon as it came out, I read it. To be honest, I had no doubt in my mind that this book was going to be amazing after what happened at the end of book one.

Before diving into this book, I didn’t know if it was possible that it would be better than the first book, but I fell in love all over again with the characters. I just admire their courage and what they would do for each other. It is just amazing knowing someone would literally die for you. It is just fantastic.

I don’t really want to say anything else because it will spoil people so if you haven’t read the book, do not read further.

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“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?”
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.”   

It is no mystery by now that I absolutely live for those characters and this plot. I was scared that we wouldn’t see Inej until the end of the book, but that wasn’t the case. I was so pleasantly surprised when Inej was returned to her crew and they planned what they were going to do. It was painful getting through her chapters at the beginning though. Seeing all she had to go through and the fact that she thought Kaz and the others weren’t going to rescue her, just broke my heart, but I was so happy to see that at the end, Kaz opened up a little and he and Inej would maybe end up together.

On a positive note, Wylan and Jesper are now officially a thing. I remember shipping since the beginning. I mean, all the flirting and there was chemistry ever since the beginning. My heart was overwhelmed when I learned that they were going to stay together at the end. In this book, we learn the backstory of Wylan and it just makes me love him even more. I just love how Leigh Bardugo writes her characters, they all have a back story and those stories make you feel even more connected with the characters.

Also, let’s not talk about Matthias because I don’t think I’ll ever be over it. Nina is probably one of the best characters I ever read. She has been through so much but her personality is still joyful and cheery and I just love her for it. It shows that no matter what happened, you can still be happy and that it is just so inspiring.

There is so much more but I won’t write a too long post for this book (mostly because I don’t know how to do this book justice).

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Sea of Monsters|A series worth its hype!

Sea of Monsters

Book: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Year published: 2006

Genre: Young adult, fantasy, adventure, Greek mythology

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Ever since I finished the first book in the Percy Jackson series “The lightning thief”, I have wanted to read the sequel which is “Sea of Monsters”. I can tell you that it did not disappoint at all. So today, I’m going to be reviewing and discussing about this amazing book.

**This review contains spoilers but I will put a spoiler alert before so you won’t get spoil, but if yo haven’t read the first book, I suggest not reading this review**

Here is my review on the first book: The lightning thief| Review and Discussion

And here are some quotes that made me laugh so hard: Sea of Monsters quotes that made me crack up

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The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series.

Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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There is no words to express how much I fell in love with this series. Rick Riordan knows exactly how to entertain his readers with actions that make you at the edge of your seat and with unique and amazing characters. These characters are such an inspiration to everyone out there! Percy, who is the bravest and who would do anything for the one he loves (even though there is a high probability that he could die). Annabeth, a super talented girl who is way too smart for her age. Grover, who is always here for his friends no matter what. I just love this trio so much.

As usual, the humor keeps surprising me. I think that these books are one of the most funny books I have ever read. I just love the sarcastic replies of Percy. It adds so much to his character and makes me even more eager to read these books.

I never found this book boring or not entertaining. I wasn’t expecting something so good after the lightning thief and was totally blown away at how much I loved it. I really don’t know why it took me that long to read this series. Seriously, I’m totally in love and already starting the next book (which I’ll probably finish tomorrow). No shame there!

Fortunately, I didn’t watch the movie before reading the book which I thank the gods for!!!! (Did you get my joke? Hahaha okay, I’m stopping now). I can totally get why some fans are outraged about it. If you read the books, you can absolutely agree that the movies suck. Now I’m not happy to say it because those wonderful books deserve wonderful movies but I’m glad that they stopped after the second movie.

Such an entertaining read that everyone should absolutely read!!!!

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So now the spoiler section!! First of all, let’s talk about how funny it is that Grover was going to marry a cyclops. I mean, it was totally ridiculous, but genius. I would just kill to see him in his wedding dress!! Like I said before, I loved the humor in this book! So much more entertaining!!

To be honest, at first I was kind of suspicious about Tyson. I personally thought that he was playing dumb and at any time become a monster (before we knew that he is Percy’s brother). Fortunately, that doesn’t happen and I was startle when we learned the truth about his identity. Also, I understood why Percy was embarrassed at first. I mean, even before he got pick on and with a cyclops for a half brother, he got even more bullied. So embarrassment is a normal thing to feel, but I’m really glad that he got over it and now would do anything for his brother.

Also, can I talk about how much Clarisse was dumb!!!! Not only is she mean to Percy, but she just keeps putting them in danger during the quest. When she got captured by the cyclops, she tells him that Grover is a satyr….I mean….that’s just pure stupidity. And when she kept yelling at the cyclops and ruined the “escaping-without-making-a-sound-so-the-cyclops-won’t-hear-them” plan.

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My favorite scene (which was very hard to pick by the way) was when Percy gave Clarisse the fleece and the money to go back at the camp. This part just made me tear up because this scene shows exactly how good of a person Percy is. It was also really funny when Annabeth was like “Are you insane?”. I just loved it!!!

What was YOUR favorite scene?

Parts I have to talk about

  • At the beginning, how Annabeth just saves the day: I was super pumped during the dodge ball attack and I loved the fact that Annabeth came to save the day.
  • The revelation about Tyson: It was funny how different Tyson’s and Percy’s claiming were so different. When it was revealed that Tyson was a son of Poseidon, it really gave me chills.
  • Percy’s meeting with Hermes: In the first book, I wasn’t a great fan of gods. They seemed so distant and cold. Hermes is actually one of the first gods that I liked. And the snakes were just so freaking cool.
  • Percy turning into a guinea pig: It made me laugh so hard!! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Percy but it was just so random and funny that I just loved this scene. Then, Annabeth realizes that Percy was turn into a guinea pig and fights Circe. Just epic! And how they stole the pirates’ ship.
  • Annabeth’s “dream” with the sirens
  • The whole battle between the heroes and the cyclops
  • Tyson coming back to save the day: Now, let me tell you! I knew that he wasn’t dead!!!! Knew it, knew it, knew it!!!
  • Thalia coming back: I thought something had gone wrong with Annabeth, but thank god she’s alright. But HOLY CRAP!!! Thalia is back! That just opens up a lot of new possibilities!!! Like, is she sixteen yet? Will she betray the heroes and go to Luke? Because I could sense like they have a history.

Have you read this book and if yes, what did you think about it?

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The Lightning Thief Review| So much better than I thought (and the movie) discussion.

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As you may know if you read my other posts, I haven’t read the Percy Jackson series yet and I wanted to read it for a long time now. Well, guess what? I read it!!!! And wow! It surprised me so much because I watched the movie before reading the book (which now, I’m ashamed of and I understand why the fans were saying it is not a good book to movie adaptation) But I read the book guys! I read it! Now let’s discuss about it, shall we?

**This review contains spoilers but I will put a spoiler alert before so you won’t get spoil**

If you don’t know what it’s about, then I have a question for you. Have you been living under a rock because this book is everywhere! Nonetheless here is the summary:

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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.

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First of all, I want to start this review by saying that I should have read the book before watching the movieThe first time I watched it, I didn’t really understand why so many people said it was bad, but now that I read the book, I understand their frustration.

This book was so entertaining and action-packed. Even when you think that the action is finished, it keeps coming and coming. Which made me at the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. I thought that monsters were going to come out at any time.

The interactions between the characters were the best. Those characters made me crack up several times. We can see that sarcasm is very well mastered by Percy (And btw, we don’t see that in the movie). There’s something about those characters that are so fascinating. And it’s so pleasant to see that they would risk each other’s life to save their friends.

I’m so excited to read the next book!!! I’m planing on reading it really soon since I just bought the whole box-set of the series. Actually, I got it for only 18,99$, which is a good deal for 5 books. Here is where I bought them: Percy Jackson Box Set.

Book to movie adaptation: **still no spoilers**

Ok like I said before, when I first watched the movie without reading the book, I thought it was good because I didn’t know about all the parts they left out. To be honest, I completely separated the movie and the book. First of all, the characters! I don’t see the 12 year old Percy Jackson in the movie…Or maybe puberty hit him really early.

Things I didn’t like about the movie/liked about the book:

  • Even though I watched the movie first, the book still help some mysteries that I didn’t know about.
  • Some action-packed scenes were left out in the movie which made the book 100x better.
  • The characters are just not fitting.

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It was hard to pick only one but my absolute favorite part is when Percy’s father claimed him. Remember this part? When he was playing ‘Capture the Flag’ and Clarisse wanted to hurt him and then he went into the water and got strength. After, a little trident was on his head and everyone bowed!!!! It was such a moving scene!

Parts I have to talk about

  • Percy’s first fight with a monster (in a museum containing myths about the gods, now that’s something)
  • His mother’s “death”. It was really moving how Percy loves his mother so much and how his mother too would do anything for him (even marry smelly Gabe)
  • The first thing Annabeth told Percy: “You drool when you sleep”
  • When Percy used his power to stop Clarisse from putting his head in the toilet bowl
  • Capture the flag game
  • Going on the quest
  • The epic fight with Medusa and he background story about why she hates Annabeth (which by the way wasn’t in the movie, just saying)
  • When Percy jumped off a 300 feet building (was it 300 feet? I don’t really know for sure)
  • Percy and Annabeth going to the triangle of love (*wink*)
  • How Annabeth and Grover were ready to stay in the underwourld to save Percy and his mom.
  • Percy’s and Ares’ fight
  • His “talk” with his father: Although I’m not sure it was the most pleasant thing…
  • How his mom stood up for herself and….created some statues. *smiling broadly*

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