Heroes of Olympus/Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan…I didn’t want to get sucked in. I didn’t. I also didn’t want to pick up a book A) Not on my reading list that B) I wanted to read more than anything on my reading list. But here I am, downloading The Lightning Thief and getting in to bed early to start it.

Just what I need…another book series with a wicked tattoo.

The bookstore I work at made a point to announce the new book The Mark of Athena and it’s got a really great cover with OWLS and HORSES and SWORDS and how can I not know more about this? I should admit I didn’t see the movie as I’m a big believer in reading the book before seeing the movie…and I had no interest in the books…until…well, owls, horses, lightning, swords. Ya ken?

So, after reading Dark Places and being convinced that everyone in my family was going to murder me, I’ll be starting The Lightning Thief. And I’m assuming I’ll start thinking my family are all half-Olympian gods and pegasuses…pegasi?

Just look at this cover!

UPDATE: I have finished The Lightning Thief and I can say I’m hooked. Percy’s character alone is worth the read, he’s almost impossible not to like and you find yourself cringing along with him when he does something stupid. He’s also loyal and brave and intelligent (even if he doesn’t think so sometimes and doesn’t act like it others). I’m reading to head onto the next book The Sea of Monsters and I might even check out The Lightning Thief movie.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

About a month and a half ago, when Nick was in a book buying mood and I couldn’t decide on just ONE book to download, we headed to the local bookstore (that I may just happen to work at) and shopped around. After hearing rave reviews for Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl I decided to start off with (paperback) Dark Places.

I was stunned. The narrative switches between three main characters and the voice in these sections is amazing. In a lot of novels that deal with different perspectives it’s obvious that they’re all being written by the same writer. The same could be said for Flynn, however, the voice is done deliberately because the three characters are related. Considering what happens to the family, it feels darkly touching that their thoughts are this similar.

The most impressive feature of the story is the pacing. I’ve seen it way too many times (and written it myself even more) that authors try to force as much information on you as possible because they have sooooo much to tell you! Flynn sucks us in at the beginning of each chapter and then leaves us hanging at the end. We’re forced to read on, even in the middle of the night, even when we’re babysitting a two year old and know that we’re going to be up in three hours. And then once we put the book down we’re completely on edge about what our family members are up to and did I just hear a creak outside my bedroom door?!

Maybe that’s just me.

My English professor loved the quote, “A good ending should be surprising and inevitable” and Flynn’s novel succeeds at both. This is definitely a must read. And I wrote this all without the novel in front of me because I left it in Nebraska for my sister to read, that’s how good it was…though now she’ll probably be very suspicious of me…