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.