Percy Jackson –A Book Rave and Movie Rant

9780786838653_p0_v4_s260x42024543668824_p0_v2_s260x420

The entire Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan was simply wonderful! Any fan of the Harry Potter series will fall in love with Percy Jackson and his oddball friends. These books will have even the most reluctant readers begging for more.

Percy Jackson has gotten kicked out of every school he has ever gone to. It’s not his fault…things just seem to happen around him. Things he has no explanation for and no control over. Add to it the fact that he is ADHD and dyslexic, school just flat out sucks for Percy.

Then, on his sixth grade school field trip, something insane happens…his pre-algebra teacher turns into a Fury and tries to kill him! He only survives because Mr. Brunner, his wheelchair-bound teacher, throws him a ball point pen that somehow turns into a sword when he uncaps it. The even stranger part…no one acknowledges that this near-death-event even happened. Even his best friend Grover, a kid with a handicap limp, says that Percy just imagined it.

While on vacation at a seaside cabin with his mom, shit gets real. Percy’s mom orders him to the car, where they embark upon a high-speed journey to a destination unbeknownst to Percy.  Somehow Grover ends up in the car with them and Percy discovers the startling truth: He is a demigod, birthed from one mortal parent and one Greek God, straight out of ancient Greek mythology. Also, it turns out that his best friend Grover is really a satyr—human from the waist up (if you ignore the small horns growing out of his curly hair) and goat from the waist down (this explains his “handicap” limp—all those years of stuffing goat hooves into tennis shoes).

The destination is Camp Half-Blood: A summer camp where a magical boarder keeps half-bloods safe from mythological monsters. You see, monsters can smell demigods…they sniff them out to try to kill them before they get old enough to learn how to fight. That’s what Camp Half-Blood is for: training young demigods how to battle mythological creatures.

Unfortunately, Percy is only at camp for a short while, and soon embarks upon a quest to try to prevent war from breaking out between the gods. You see, Zeus’s master lightning bolt is missing…and he is convinced that Percy has it! Thus, with his new friend, Annabeth Chase (daughter to Athena), and of course the trusty satyr Grover, Percy must travel to the underworld and back, searching for the lightning bolt. If he can find the bolt, and return it to Olympus (which just so happens to reside on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City), just maybe he can stop a war between Gods.

Great for kids and adults alike, the Percy Jackson series is not to be missed! These books are surprisingly full of wit and humor. And the Greek Mythology is extremely accurate, so you learn about all of the mythological legends in a fun way that doesn’t make your head hurt.  

Five Stars for the entire series!

 

 

Okay…now for the movie:

If you haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson books, I imagine the movie would be quite enjoyable. But for avid fans of the novels, it is extremely aggravating! They leave out SO MUCH!!!

First of all, let me start out by saying that I absolutely adore Logan Lerman, who portrays Percy Jackson. I have absolutely no beef with him. Great actor.

But the fact that they made all of the characters teenagers in the movie kind of irked me…they are supposed to be twelve-year-olds in The Lightening Thief. AND Annabeth is supposed to be a blonde…AND they didn’t even have her invisibility hat in the movie, which was a major part of the books. Plus, they add characters to the movie that don’t show up until Book 5 in the series! Little things like that throughout the movie and got on my nerves. They also left out some of my absolute favorite scenes and failed to show some major characters, namely the god of war, Ares.  

And Camp Half-Blood looked ALL wrong! The camp is supposed to be comprised of cabins around a central courtyard in a “U” shape. In the movie, they made it look like a primitive camp site with tents thrown out all willy-nilly.

Also, they don’t even make Percy have to figure out who his immortal father is…they’re just all like, “Oh, hey, B T Dubs, yo daddy is Poseidon, mmm kay?”

One thing I did really enjoy from the movie that they got mostly accurate is the Lotus Hotel scene. It was pretty bad ass J

All in all, I can only honestly give the movie two out of five stars. Maybe three stars at most.

I do have to say though, from what I’m seeing of the trailer, it looks like they are trying to correct all of their mistakes with the second movie, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. I guess they realized that Percy Jackson fans are abundant and were royally pissed with the outcome of the first movie. So fingers crossed and here’s to hoping!

What’s your story?

971960_10151456761330954_1038319348_n

“Every story starts somewhere.” Such simple words, but resounding with so much power and truth.

I think it’s safe to say that every booknerd out there has, at some point, drooled over the library Beast gives Belle in the Disney animated classic, Beauty & the Beast. And what are the books in the library filled with? Stories. And who wrote these vast stories? Somebody.

That’s all it really boils down to, isn’t it? That somebody got an idea and took the time to write it down. And inspiration can strike you anywhere at any moment, if only your mind is open to it. Whether it be a realistic notion or something completely out of this world, all stories start from that one little brain spark.

And I recognize that not everyone has the creativity to be a writer—we can’t all be gifted with awesome right brain activity levels—but even the simple act of journaling can give you such an amazing outlet.

One of my favorite sayings that came out of the mass hysteria that is Harry Potter is: “It all started with a book.” Even Walt Disney’s insane world has the slogan, “It all started with a mouse.” All it took was someone to take the glimmer of an idea and water it until it blew up and grew into a worldwide phenomenon.

It is success stories like J.k. Rowling, Walt Disney, Stephen King and John Green, which give me the inspiration to keep at it. Because my story matters. And so does yours.

#portkeyproblems

c06-the-portkey

10736338-large

So, I’m listening to the 4th Harry Potter audiobook (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and I’m at the part where they are getting ready to go to the Quidditch World Cup, gathering around the portkey.

While the portkey is being described to Harry about how it’s always some old ordinary and uninteresting looking object so that a muggle won’t come and pick it up, that’s when my Sarah brain takes over.

In my head, I keep seeing those road side crews who pick up trash along the highway coming along with their pokey stick thingys and stabbing a portkey, which thrusts them unknowingly into some crazy ass location, such as the inside of a pyramid, or a dragon’s lair.

Needless to say this image has been cracking me up all morning, so I thought I would share 🙂

“Harry Potter” –A Way of Life

Hogwarts-Will-Always-Be-There-harry-potter-29615730-640-480

We all knew it was just a matter of time before I wrote about Harry Potter, so here it goes:

 Harry Potter isn’t just a book series, or a set of movies, it’s a way of life. Anytime I see a snowy owl, a pair of round spectacles, or hear the tinkling sound of the music on the Harry Potter film score, I get all giddy inside. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or where you live, Harry Potter is a gift to be treasured by all.

I’m not going to waste time writing a summary of the series (we all know about these books from one source or another). What I am going to do is take a moment to share with you all the sense of rightness I (and everyone should) feel when I read, watch, or even think about, Harry Potter.

Harry Potter has always been, and will always continue to be, the perfect escape. No matter what kind of chaos or stress is happening in your own life, escaping to the world in which Harry and his friends live just seems to make everything better. Hogwarts is a place where owls deliver messages, objects fly at the flick of a wand, the right ingredients can make a potion that will grant you extreme luck, staircases change at random, portraits move, and secret corridors exist. But most importantly, Hogwarts is a place where best friends and fond memories are made.

Anytime I pick up one of the Harry Potter books, I am instantly transported into the world of witches and wizards. And every time it feels like returning home. My life would feel incomplete—no, scratch that, my life would feel flat out wrong— if I couldn’t search the Marauder’s Map for signs of Filch and Mrs. Norris, battle a dragon in the Triwizard Tournament, or listen to Moaning Myrtle weep in the girl’s lavatory on the first floor of the castle. I am forever grateful to J.K. Rowling for creating such a place for me to visit again and again ❤

That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter, because there is nothing that I might ever say that could actually do justice to the magic of Harry Potter.

“All was well.”

“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” –Albus Dumbledore

“The Host”—Another typical Stephenie Meyer film.

the-host-poster

I saw The Host this weekend, and while I wasn’t “disappointed,” I also wasn’t “awed.” If you have read the novel, The Host by Stephenie and enjoyed it, the movie is worth seeing. But if you haven’t read the book, don’t expect the movie to be anything special.

The film followed the novel almost to a “T”, but thankfully cut out a lot of unnecessary fluff. For example, a scene that lasted about 100 pages in the book was summed up in about 3 minutes of screen time. The costuming and filming sites were spot on from what I pictured in my head when I read the book, which I greatly appreciated. And the romance did bring out my inner chic, causing me to squeal and “eeeeap.” However, the effect of having the one body host two minds was better achieved in my mind while I read…the dual voice switchover while staring at the same body in the film was just weird and a bit annoying.

My boyfriend (who has not read the novel) found the movie insanely annoying and lackluster, but with a lap full of theater snacks, the movie was as bearable as can be expected of a guy for movie made from a Stephenie Meyer book.

All in all I would give this movie three out of five stars.

 

Salutations, fellow booknerds!

ImageI have finally relented and joined the world of blogging! Aaaaaaand….GET EXCITED!

I am a voracious reader, devouring a ridiculous amount of (mostly teen) books a month. I have currently written one Teen Fantasy novel , titled Jenslynia, and am hard at work on my next teen novel dedicated to the “tough stuff” genre.

On my blog, I will be posting book reviews, book rants, fabby fab book quotes, as well as leaking snippets of my personal writing. Stay tuned if you geek teen books!