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In Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, the character Percy Jackson, the hero of Rick Riordan’s popular adventure series, recounts the history of the ancient Greek gods and various ancient myths concerning them. It includes details on each of the twelve Olympian gods and Hades and Persephone as well as many interesting stories and legends from the perspective of someone who was immersed in the action.
I personally found Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods a riveting and fascinating read and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Ancient Greek mythology. I have always been intrigued by Greek and Roman mythology, especially after reading the two Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus. It was great having a back story of all the gods and other deities mentioned in the books, and my knowledge of Greek myths has increased considerably. Not only was this book educational, but also full of hilarious remarks by Percy Jackson and told in an easily understandable way. I laughed out loud more than once and was completely absorbed with the book from start to finish. I would press this book upon everyone I know, for it would fascinate anyone with its gripping tales and historical legends, passed down from the time of Ancient Greece itself.
Rosa, age 13
The W.A.R.P. series – which stands for Witness Anonymous Relocation Program – by Eoin Colfer is about a time-traveling FBI agent named Chevron Savano who works across time with a boy named Riley, from the Victorian era. In The Hangman’s Revolution, the second book in the series, Chevie returns to London after the events of the first book, which took her back in time to Victorian England. When she arrives, she finds that the actions she took when she was in the past have made the present very different. Europe is now in the hands of a fascist movement called the Boxites and there is no such thing as the FBI. Chevie realises that she must work again across time with Riley and other characters, like Ram King Otto Malarkey, to try to save Europe from the evil Colonel Box. Unfortunately, there are people out to get them both in the present and in the past.
I haven’t read the first book in this series but I enjoyed reading The Hangman’s Revolution all the same. There was a sort of prologue at the beginning of the book, which helped me understand the story better. I enjoyed the fact that the book is based around time travel and that it gives a clear message of how dangerous it can be if events in the past are changed. I like the idea of time travel and the theories on time travel in the book were very interesting.
I think that this book would appeal to kids between the ages of 12 and 15. Although there are some reasonably detailed scenes with blood, which some young children may not want to read about, it does not have an overly complicated plot. This book is an exciting adventure story and thriller, which is full of witty remarks. I would definitely recommend it to others who like to read about time traveling adventures.
Malika, age 15
Kylie Fornasier’s Masquerade is a charming novel set in the world of Venice in 1750. It follows the stories of seven teens, throughout the months of Carnevale, as they struggle with their romances, lies and betrayals. Orelia, a newcomer to the city, struggles to hide her secrets and discover a hidden truth. Her friends and family all have their own secrets and they slowly unravel as the book progresses.
I liked that the characters were all quite developed, especially considering there were seven main roles, and how well-researched it was. I found Masquerade to be very dramatic for what I had thought to be a light read, and it was hard to put it down. Some of the words used are quite unfamiliar, making it a little harder to read, but there is a glossary included which helped things a lot.
I would certainly recommend this book to someone looking for a slightly more refreshing young adult novel, but advise that it is best suited for more mature audiences, 14+ at least, due to some of the adult themes.
Miriam, age 15