Category: Greek Mythology

The Becoming by William Truax III

Posted October 22, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Angels, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Mythology, Novella, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Witches / 0 Comments

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The Becoming by William Truax IIIThe Becoming by William L. Truax III
Series: Angel/Witch Saga #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 25th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 204
Format: Kindle
three-stars

Just one day after Cameron leaves her job, Francis takes Cameron to meet Dean, (a charming, sophisticated and successful young man) her employer and friend. She is offered a position at his company where Francis works. Cameron is thrilled and accepts the position without hesitation. Read what happens when these two friends discover their true paths as they venture into endeavors with some unforeseen allies. Their goal is to stop an ancient evil who is hell bent on destroying Heaven and taking God's Throne!

My take on this book:              The Becoming by William Truax III is unlike what I thought it would be. I had a completely different version of the book from the synopsis to what the book actually is.

The book is in two different point-of-views. The first point-of-view is of Cameron and she is, unknowingly to her, a witch. The second point-of-view is of Sam and he is, unknowingly also an angel or at least part of an angel.

Cameron is a believable character that is trying to get a job and support herself. Which she does with the help of her friend, Francis.  Cameron finds out about her being a witch and that her main powers are with electricity and lightning. To me, those two powers sound so awesome. I also think that these powers totally fit Cameron. Cameron will isn’t as strong as I would think someone of her power should be. It is almost like she goes under a spell and loses herself in him.

Sam is living on his own despite his mom having a key to his apartment. He works at Walmart and has made recent changes to his lifestyle. Sam is a believable character. At first, his mother was very overprotective of him but then she seems to allow him to become an adult. The mother-son relationship between the two was totally sweet, I could totally picture it. He didn’t really know about himself being an Angel until he went to get his girlfriend back from the people that took her away.

The book overall was good. I truly like the concept. Although, the beginning of the book was slow and kind of hard for me to get into. Once  I got to the middle of the book, it was fast-paced and I liked it more. However, I found the gaps of time that weren’t explained well, due to the deep point of view that author maintains. I also found that I had a lot of unanswered questions after reading the book. These unanswered questions had to do with things that I didn’t understand in the book and with why certain things happened when it contradicted with what the character was thinking/doing in the first half of the book. The gaps in time really bothered the flow of the story. I figured these might be answered within the other books of the series.

The Becoming by William Truax III is overall a good book but not exactly what I thought it would be. I am giving it a three stars rating due to the time gaps and the unanswered questions. I think that the author really has a way with keeping with the point of view which is good. But I would like to see a better switch and less confusion when going from Cameron to Sam. I feel that this author will continue to grow as a writer. Please give it a try as if you like mythology you may understand it better than I did.

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About William L. Truax III

William L. Truax III is a father of 2, an 11-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. His wife, Tiffany, and himself have been together now for the last 12 years and going strong. He works full time for Xerox and he, of course, writes. He resides in Marianna, Florida with his family. In 2006 to 2007 he served in the United States Military Corps and was sent home due to injury, since then he has been taken care of by the Veteran’s Affairs.


Down the Wormhole by Ana Franco

Posted November 23, 2015 by karenbaron in Egypt Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Mythology, Norse Mythology, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Down the Wormhole by Ana FrancoDown the Wormhole by Ana Franco
Series: Wormhole #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on September 21st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 173
Format: ebook
three-stars

Medusa is a nice girl, Aphrodite is empowering, Loki vanished on thin air, Isis doesn’t have a memory and Anubis is the only sane one. Join them all in an adventure that mixes the styles of ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson. What this can possibly mean? Why, chaos, of course!

My take on this book: This book has a great storyline that I think Ana Franco did amazing at. I bet in her native language it would have been awesome. The translations need to be worked on as some of the sentences when read aloud sounded funny. Before you read this book, so that you won’t get lost, you should probably read An Apple Through the Wormhole and The Cat Inside the Wormhole. These two would be very helpful to read so that you won’t get lost in reading the book like I did. Otherwise the book is pretty good.

We see a bunch of different things and it’s very interesting with the way Ana France involved Greek, Egypt, and Norse myths together to make this series. I am giving this book a three star rating because it is really good but the translations at times kicked me out of the book before I get sucked back in. I really do like the different myths being put together as it makes a really interesting storyline. Down the Wormhole by Ana Franco is a great book and I might recommend it for other people to read if they don’t mind wonky translations. I wish Ms. Franco the best with this book series.

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Ana Franco was born in a small town on the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. She is known as a blogger under the name of “Ana the Bookworm” and her Young Adult novel, “Down The Wormhole”, is her first take in writing in English. Ana attends to college of Literature and Teaching in her country as well as she has taken courses in areas of Children’s Literature, Literature in schools, influences of the world wars at the world’s cultures and in writing for a global market.


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
five-stars

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.