Tuesday, 13 September 2016

17 in 1: A Collection of Book Reviews | Spoiler Free

I have maintained a series of weekly book reviews and recommendations on this blog that I call ‘Reviews Day Tuesday’. At some point earlier in the year however, I stopped. My reading continued but the reviewing took a hit. And as the list of books I needed to review grew larger and more intimidating, my willpower weakened likewise. So, to start off with a clean slate, here are – 17 books reviewed in a go. 

(As usual, all book reviews are spoiler free)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series (5 Books) by Rick Riordan

This is a series of 5 books narrated by the protagonist Percy Jackson, who starts out as a 12 year old boy. In a Harry Potter meets Greek mythology scenario, Percy discovers his demigod status, the presence of Greek gods in the 21st century and a prophecy that contains the fate of the world. No pressure. The series itself is scatter brained and chaotic, following Percy and his friends across America. But where the book lacks in the story, it makes up in the writing. In a first person narrative, Rick Riordan has given Percy a sarcastic, genuine and funny voice that ensures that there is never a dull moment. As is the case with most fantasy fiction novels, one tends to easily get invested to the point where the characters feel like friends. 

It is intended for the pre teen age group and rightfully so. But if you are like me and have a prior attachment (I first read it when I was 13), it is always a good series for some comfort rereading. 

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Teeth is a love story between Rudy, a teenage boy who has moved to deserted island with his family with the hopes of improving his brother’s health and the merman who lives in the local waters called Teeth. True to its YA roots, the story is simply in its concept and execution. It is a short read, laced with a dry sense of humour and unapologetically bisexual undertones. It is funny, sincere and in moments, heart wrenching. The characters are instantly likeable and the ongoing conflict of the story is resolved neatly. For me, Rudy’s character is definitely worth reading the story. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Life After Hogwarts: Moving On

It’s September first and at 18, it would be my last year at Hogwarts and that too by a stretch. It is heart breaking knowing there won’t be boarding the Hogwarts express again but not as horrible as I expected it to be. I was so far young when I first read the Harry Potter series that I don’t remember it. And my relationship with the boy who lived hasn’t always been a breeze. 

The first time I picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I got bored 4 chapters in. To be fair to the past (and stupid) me, those were the Dursley chapters. A couple of years later when I decided to give it a second shot, I found true love. Harry has taught, among other things, the importance of second chances. 

Around book three I learnt to second guess everything. Apparently Sirius Black isn’t a crazy mass murderer; just plain ol’ crazy. But is he? I was convinced that the plot twist was a red herring. Sirius still had to earn my trust before I would let him near Harry. And then all too soon I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I think for most readers, this is the toughest book. Harry’s anger is palpable and quite frustrating. But just as it is those things, it is justified. And so you stick it out with him.