Category: Middle School

Descendants TV Movie

Posted August 22, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fairytales, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle School, Music, Review, Romance, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Descendants

Plot Summary

In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King Adam “Beast” and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption to the trouble-making teenaged descendants of defeated villains exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains’ descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes’ kids.

My take on this movie: All I’ve got to say is that this movie was sooo good! Okay so this was my second time watching this movie. Once before I read the book and the second time after I read the book. The book was a prologue to the movie and this movie sort of starts right where the book ended. Granted I said sort of because we have to go through Mal talking and bringing us into with what was going through in Auradon if we haven’t read the book.

Sure some people say that this movie sucks but to someone that has watched the old Disney and some of the new Disney that this movie is really good. I love all the songs that was in the movie along with the acting. I love the way that they changed ethnicity of some of the characters in the movie so that it works well with the kids nowadays.

I don’t know for about some other people but I always wondered what happened after each happily ever after that happened in the movies. Now with this movie I can squash that wondering since I have it. I love all of the characters in the movies because they are all different.

The thing that I love is the way that the book tied in even more with the movie. Prince Ben and Mal both have visions of the other in both different locations than of where they were. Mal had a vision of her and Ben’s first date in Auradon and Ben had a vision of Mal helping him up in Isle of the Lost. I also like how Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos’s kind of friendship transferred into the movie.

If anyone asked me about this movie I will say that it is a five stars and that they should really watch this movie after they read the book!

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The Isle of the Lost

Posted August 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fantasy, Magic, Middle School, Review, Rural, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Isle of the LostThe Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Descendants #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover
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Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?
Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.
Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.
Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.
Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

My take on this book: I can only think of one word to say about this book is WOW!

Melissa de la Cruz has always been one of my favorite authors, especially after this book. Okay so probably the characters actually belong to Disney but with this book we understand the characters and how they become the way they seem like in the movie Descendants.

Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (and her namesake) has always been trying to make her mom proud of her. But the one problem is that Maleficent doesn’t seem like she ever will be proud of her daughter. This is especially true in this little prequel book of the movie.

Jay, the son of Jafar, doesn’t really seem like he is that evil in this book. He just wants to have a place that really makes him belong and with Mal, Evie, and Carlos he has found that. Even though he, much like Mal, doesn’t seem like he will ever make his dad proud of him.

Evie, the daughter of Evil Queen, can be seen even in this book that she is quite smart and not as vain as her mom, which can be a good or a bad thing. Probably with Evil Queen she wouldn’t be proud of her daughter being smart and not focusing on her beauty. Though she along with the other two aren’t doing their parent’s justice/evil and that is something that every second generation villain wants to try and do. But also wanting to do something better than their parents as well.

Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil, is the youngest of the other three and is really trying to get more credit and love in his mom’s eyes but this is hard for him as his mom’s one true love isn’t him. Carlos is quite smart which is something that is needed in this little rag tag gang of “friends”. But like the first three he is also a disappointment to his mom.

We also see a little bit of Auradon but not a lot since this book is mostly about the main four starting to become “friends”. This book is really good and I am giving it a five stars.

I’m also happy to say that this book is good and now I can’t wait to watch the movie again and see if I like the movie even more now. 😀 I’m also hoping that there is another book!!!

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.


The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 8th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 597
Format: Kindle
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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

My take on this book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

Okay first off I blew through this book in like three days. It was soo good and so totally different. We got to finally see in our minds what Tartarus is actually like. I never thought that Tartarus would actually be a body. Well Tartarus, the god Tartarus’s body to be exact, I was happy to see Bob, the good Titan, again. Even if being in Tartarus he got his memories back but didn’t return to being evil at all.

We also find out with why Nico is so grumpy and not very talkative with Annabeth anymore like he used to be as a preteen. I had my suspicions that Nico might have liked liked Percy throughout the book but they were confirmed in this book by Cupid himself.

This book is really good and we learned a lot. Leo even visited Calypso and we learned what that line in the prophecy about a promise was really Leo promising Calypso to free her from her prison so that one day they could open up a car repair garage/food place.

A lot of the characters developed in this book. Leo’s ADHD hasn’t been too bad, Piper can charmspeak things to being actual living things while also learning how to fight, and being in Tartarus both changed Percy and Annabeth while growing them more together. Rick Riordan did just a good job on this book that I can’t believe that we will only have one last book of Percy Jackson/the Heroes of Olympus books left. It is just so sad in my opinion as I love both book series and I just don’t want it to end at all.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Book on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 586
Format: Kindle
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Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson andamp; the Olympians series.In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land--Greece itself--to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery...With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET!!!!!

To me a lot has happened in this book. We learn that Athena sends only the bravest and smartest of her kids to find a statue that the Romans stole and put away somewhere safe where no one would find it. We have all seven of the demigods together on one ship with Coach Hedge to supervise them.

We also find out that no demigod from either of the two camps have “gone back to the homelands”, meaning Greece and Rome, because of the many monsters that live in the Mediterranean Sea. Though it is there that Leo, Frank, and Hazel fell overboard. It was at the underwater palace that we found a training center for the underwater heroes. Though Percy was quite upset that they didn’t want to meet him, even though he is the son of the water god.

We also encounter a hero turned god and a goddess before the trek to Rome. Along with meeting a nymph called Echo, the poor girl, and a demigod that was obsessed with his own reflection. A lot of very good, cool, and interesting things has happened in this book and I just don’t want to spoil it at all. Especially with Aphrodite’s weird message to Annabeth.

Out of the whole book there is only one thing that I disliked about it and that was at the end after they helped Annabeth at the last leg of her journey, on the Mark of Athena quest, all only for her and Percy to end up in Tartarus. The worst place for a demigod to end up. Even if they need someone there to close the Doors of Death on that side. Though this book with the first two also had some character development going on but not a whole lot from with what I can remember.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Son of Neptune by Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 4th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 521
Format: Kindle
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Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK READ THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

When I first read the plot I read it super-fast because I was so excited that a new book was out and that it had Percy in it. I mean its Percy. Anyways after I read it the first time I had to stop and go “wait….what is it about?” So I had to reread it again but very slowly. I also tried to think of what maybe Rick was thinking about with each of the three things for the three main characters for this book.

For Percy’s all I had to do was read the first line and I started to think “oh no! Rick Riordan what did the gods do to Percy know!” As I read further along in the little paragraph I just kept on thinking which god did this to Percy and Annabeth. Then I saw the last sentence and immediately I thought “What! Did Athena and Aphrodite team up on Percy and Annabeth?” I was so unhappy as I thought about that since Percy and Annabeth have been through so much together. For Hazel’s I started to think after reading the first sentence “What is she a zombie that Ares brought back for the ‘other’ camp?” I then saw the next part about her mom being possessed by greed and I started to think didn’t one of Hades’ forms had a power to do something with jewels being brought up from the ground. But I also wasn’t exactly sure if that was right at all. I started to wonder what is Hazel’s gift and what did she do with it that could harm the future of the world. With the last sentence I just thought that she could have just liked horses and that she is meant to find the house that is in her dreams. For Frank’s when I saw klutz I automatically thought of a medium height person that isn’t to his full height and obviously clumsy. Then I saw the next line and I honestly hadn’t heard of any myths about people being descended from heroes but then I guess that it could happen. With the next line of him hoping Apollo claims him but not being very good at archery during the war games I can’t help but think that maybe he isn’t a son of Apollo at all. Since Apollo’s kids are always good at archery. The last sentence though is making me wonder what Frank’s secret is that he feels like he can trust Hazel with and what did Hazel do to get Frank to trust her with this kind of secret.

Now that was just my first thoughts just by reading the plot. I kept those thoughts in my head as I started to read the book. Which I immediately started to feel bad for Percy as he looked in my mind’s eye as looking pretty bad after fighting a ton of never dying monsters while trying to find Camp Jupiter. He runs into an old hippie lady that all I can’t help but think is either a monster or one of the other goddess’s hiding out. Which turns out to be right even though Percy had lost his invulnerability when he crossed into Roman territory which sucks for Percy. But what’s good is he makes some new friends, especially with Hazel and Frank, and goes on a quest with his two new friends.

We also found out a lot about Hazel and Frank’s pasts and with what Frank entrusts with Hazel. Which I’m not telling since that would ruin the book. Well not as much if I told you what the quest is about but I think you can tell what it is if you look at the cover and after you get kind of far into the book. Like once Percy is in camp. The ending is also very good as well.

Just like with most of Rick Riordan’s books this one is also a good book. I loved everything about it and I am glad though that Percy started to remember stuff from his past faster than Jason. Out of most of the people in this book there is one character I seriously dislike and I guess that is mostly just on him thinking he is this high and mighty sort of prophecy giver from teddy bear stuffing. His name is Octavian and I really don’t like him especially with the way he treats Percy, and most of the other campers, since they first met in the book. Plus he doesn’t even look that good. I mean Frank looks better than him. But yeah I think that is the only bad thing. Though we did see Nico and him acting like he didn’t know Percy when he did is kind of cool. Even though Percy didn’t like that when he got his memories back but knew that Nico did the right on acting like he didn’t know Percy so that the Roman campers wouldn’t gang up against him.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.