Eragon and Eldest

 

Eragon image from here, Eldest image from here  

Roughly 2 weeks ago, I started reading the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. I finished reading Eragon about a week ago, and I just finished Eldest literally just now. I really wanted to do a book review, because the series is SO GOOD!!! (And also because I’m really bored)

If you haven’t read either of the books, go read them, then come back here ­čÖé (yeah, don’t read this unless you want spoilers)

If you have read Eragon but not Eldest, don’t worry, I’m doing both reviews seperately

If you have read Eldest but not Eragon, I have one┬áquestion for you: WHAT ARE THOSE!? Okay, I’m kidding. The question is: Why would you read the second book but not the first???

 

ERAGON

 

A summary of the book by me?

Dragons

My favourite part?

When Eragon and Murtagh are in Gil’ead, and Eragon is getting beaten by Durza the Shade, and Saphira comes and saves them

My favourite character?

That’s a hard one. Probably Saphira, because she’s a freaking dragon. I like Eragon, Arya, and Murtagh as well

My least favourite character?

That’s really hard to say. Galbatorix was the one behind the Fall of the Riders, and Morzan was as well. I really hate the Twins though, and I don’t think they should be trusted at all

My reaction when Garrow died?

CALLED IT!

My reaction when Brom died?

CALLED IT! But that was so sad…

My reaction when Murtagh reveals he’s the son of Morzan?

I knew he’d have someone evil as his father… but ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

My reaction when Brom reveals that he was a Rider and that his dragon was named Saphira?

 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

 

ELDEST

 

A summary of the book by me?

Dragons

My favourite part?

I don’t really have one

My favourite character?

I don’t have a favourite, but my favourite 5┬ácharacters are┬áEragon, Saphira,┬áArya,┬áRoran, Nasuada

My least favourite character?

THE TWINS. THEY WERE TRAITORS AND THEY WERE BEHIND AJIHAD’S DEATH AND WHAT HAPPENED TO MURTAGH

How do I feel about Eragon liking Arya?

I wanted them to be together ever since they met! Stop friend zoning Eragon, Arya!!! (It is kinda funny, though)

My reaction when Eragon finds out he cursed Elva rather than blessing her?

*Slow clap* WELL DONE ERAGON *endless sarcasm*

My reaction when Ajihad died?

That’s so sad! The battle was over, then he got killed? I wonder who’s gonna lead the Varden now…

My reaction when the Twins vanished?

I DON’T CARE ABOUT THEM! WHERE IS MURTAGH?!?!

My reaction when Murtagh vanished?

NOOOOOO!!! I REFUSE TO BELIEVE HE IS DEAD!

My reaction when Oromis and Glaedr came into the story?

OH MY GODS THERE IS ANOTHER DRAGON AND RIDER

My reaction when Eragon is fighting the anonymous Rider?

Is that Galbatorix? No, it can’t be, this is only the second book out of four… yeah, Galbatorix has a black dragon, not a red dragon… who is it? Wait… Eragon knows him… I never thought Murtagh died… wait… NOOOOO!!!!!!!

My reaction when Murtagh turns out to be the opposing Rider fighting Eragon?

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?!? HE WAS ONE OF MY┬áFAVOURITES┬áAND NOW HE’S EVIL

 

My reaction when Murtagh tells Eragon they’re brothers, and his father is Morzan?

WHAT THEY’RE BROTHERS? WHAT!? I thought Eragon would have someone evil as his father… but Morzan!?!? Just WHAT!?!

 

ERAGON AND ELDEST OUT OF 10?

9 and 3/4. Yes, I rate it the same as Harry Potter

 

Thanks for reading!

THE HIDDEN ORACLE (THE TRIALS OF APOLLO)!!!!!

Image from here

(SPOILER FREE! (well, at least the start is. I’ll say when there are spoilers))

IT’S HERE! THE HIDDEN ORACLE (THE TRIALS OF APOLLO)!!!

If you’ve read Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase, or the Kane chronicles – it’s written by the same author, Rick Riordan (oh, and if you haven’t read any of them, GO READ IT PLEASE! Maybe not the Kane chronicles – I don’t think it’s very good, but whatever…)

The Trials of Apollo is a Greek mythology based book, like Percy Jackson, and the Heroes of Olympus (I suggest you go read Percy Jackson, then the Heroes of Olympus, then the Trials of Apollo, because that’s the order of how you’re meant to read it)

It was released a week or two ago, and I was super happy┬áto get it a couple of days after it got released! ­čÖé

A summary of The Hidden Oracle, written by me:

Apollo, the Greek god of archery, prophecies, and poetry, has been stripped of his godly powers by the king of the gods, Zeus. The now mortal Apollo seeks help at Camp Half-Blood, but Camp Half-Blood isn’t going too well. Demigods are disappearing, and the power of prophecies isn’t working. It’s up to Apollo and his friend┬áMeg McCaffrey to save the day…

Who is Apollo?:

Apollo is the Greek god of archery, healing, poetry, prophecies, music, light, the Sun, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus (the king of the gods), and Leto (one of the Titans), and is twins with Artemis, goddess of archery, the moon, and the Hunters of Artemis (a group of girls who become maidens forever for immortality). Apollo is very loud and flashy (unlike his sister Artemis, who is quieter)

What would I rate The Hidden Oracle out of 10?

8/10

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS 

What do I think of Will Solace and Nico di Angelo together?

I dunno. It’s not like I love Solangelo (that’s the name for Will and Nico), but I don’t hate it. I can see why people like Solangelo, with the light and dark thing, but I’m neutral on the couple. Oh yeah, and I don’t care whether it’s a gay pairing. Some people are gay. Get over it. The End ­čÖé

Who’s my favourite character and why?

I’m not actually sure. Annabeth, Percy, Hazel, Thalia, and Nico are my favourites from the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series, but the only ones that were actually in it were Percy and Nico. Percy was only there at the beginning and the end, and Nico was there most of the time, but didn’t play a┬ámajor part. Apollo is cool, but it got annoying when he was always like ‘UGHHHHHHH WHY AM I NOT A GOD? I HATE ZEUSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!’. Meg is pretty awesome as well, but she’s not really my favourite… So, my final answer is: I DON’T KNOW

What did I like?

I liked how the book was deeper into Greek mythology than Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus (duh – it was narrated by a god).

A lot of the mystery was really good as well, because the book made you ask a gazillion questions, and were answered later on in the book

Also, I was reading other people’s reviews on The Hidden Oracle, and people said that it’s quite a change from the typical demigod teen, which basically make up all of Rick Riordan’s other books. This time, it’s a god turned into a mortal who is very self-centred and has a massive ego. I definitely agree – I guess the other books tend to blur together a bit (but seriously, the other books are AMAZING!). My favourite line from another person’s review:┬áApollo is the Gilderoy Lockhart of this world and it is hilarious.┬á(It’s so true!!!)

What did I not like?

I didn’t like the part when Apollo and Meg discover the missing demigods, and the Grove of Dodona. The whole book was leading up to it, and I feel like it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. Like, sure, it was good, but not as good as I thought it was going to be

Also, some bits were kind of obvious.┬áI can’t think of any examples at the moment, but there were some obvious parts

 

Thanks for reading, and happy Friday 13! (I think Friday 13 is AWESOME!)

 

 

Scorch Trials and Death Cure

 

Scorch Trials poster (from here), and the 2 notes that Newt left in the Death Cure (noooooo why?) (first image (the note Newt left in the Berg to Thomas, Minho, Brenda, and Jorge) from here), second image (the note from Newt to Thomas) from here)

(Most obviously, there will be spoilers from the entire Maze Runner series, so if you haven’t read the books, don’t read this post. Even if you’ve watched the movies, don’t read this post. I haven’t watched the movies yet, but apparently the movies are extremely different from the books (Jiya told me exactly what happened in the Scorch Trials movies, and it’s very different from the book).)

Hey guys! So I finished reading the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure ages and ages ago, but I forgot to write a post about it :/ But don’t worry, I remembered!

So I decided to squish both of my reviews of the last 2 Maze Runner books together in one post, because I can’t really remember exactly what happened, since I read it a while ago. So, here is what I thought of the Maze Runner books #2 and #3!

Scorch Trials:

Overall review: Definitely the most boring book out of the 3. It was still good, but in the first book, it was way more exciting, because like every chapter ended on a cliffhanger, and it forced you to keep reading, and in the Death Cure, there were more twists and turns in the plot. But it was still good!

Favourite characters: Thomas, Newt, Minho, Brenda, and Teresa (I know she betrayed Thomas, but I believed her when she said that she was forced into betraying Thomas, or they’d kill him, because Teresa’s title was the betrayer (something like that), so it was meant to happen. Teresa didn’t betray Thomas of her own will, she did it to save him. I’m not saying I’d forgive Teresa straight away, though, if that was me)

Death Cure:

Overall review: I think it was a lot better than the Scorch Trials. I still think the Maze Runner was the best book of the lot – so intense, and suspenseful, and amazing, and it’s basically one of my top 10 favourite books. In the Death Cure, there wasn’t as many dramatic moments and cliffhangers that made you keep reading, but the plot was quite complicated, because the Gladers and Group B had escaped WICKED, and ventured out into the Flare-infested world.

On a different note, I think Chancellor Paige should have more to do with the plot. She was mentioned quite a lot, but the only time she came in was when she saved Thomas’s life, and got helped him to rescue the rest of the Immunes. I think Chancellor Paige could have been more involved, rather than (somewhat randomly) coming in at the end to save the day

Favourite characters: Thomas, Newt (RIP ­čÖü Noooooo he was my favourite!), Minho, Brenda, Teresa (RIP ­čÖü I’m sorry you had to die Teresa ­čÖü ­čÖü ­čÖü ), Jorge, and Rat Man Jenson (just kidding! I HATE HIM AND HE DESERVED TO DIE!!!!!!!!!)

Random stuff:

Should Thomas have ended up with Teresa or Brenda? I think Thomas should have ended up with Teresa, but as soon as Teresa betrayed Thomas, I knew that Thomas was going to be with Brenda at the end, because I didn’t think Thomas would suddenly just forgive her, then fall in love with Teresa. I wasn’t surprised that Teresa died right at the end – I knew she would have to die at some point in the story, so Thomas could fall for Brenda ­čÖü

Is WICKED good or bad? Even though Chancellor Paige, the leader of WICKED, was good, WICKED as a whole is bad. They brainwashed themselves into thinking that they could find the secret of why Immunes were immune to the Flare, so they could create a medicine, so the world wouldn’t be destroyed. In reality , they destroyed the world trying to find a cure. WICKED took the innocent lives of dozens (like Chuck┬á­čÖü )

Saddest death and least saddest death: Saddest was Newt, he was my most favourite character out of all my favourite characters. Why was Newt not immune??? WHY??????

Least saddest was Rat Man. HE DESERVED TO DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Favourite book to least favourite book out of the Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, and the Death Cure: I made it pretty obvious that the first book was the best. Death Cure was pretty good, it’s my second favourite. I’m not saying the Scorch Trials is bad, but it’s most definitely my least favourite

My 7 favourite series in order:

1. Harry Potter

2. Percy Jackson

3. Heroes of Olympus

4. Maze Runner

5. The Hunger Games

6. Gone

7. Divergent.

Basically the Maze Runner is now my 4th favourite series!

Summary: Altogether, the Maze Runner series is awesome! If you haven’t read them, go to the shop and BUY THE SERIES RIGHT NOW. Then again, I don’t know why you would be reading this post, because I literally just spoiler everything that happens in the series, and at the beginning of the post I told you not to read this post if you haven’t read the Maze Runner series *stares suspiciously at you*

So yeah. Read the books. I haven’t watched the movies, but I really want to, even though it’s really, really, different from the books, and I sort of know what happens in the movies, but whatever

Thanks for reading my opinion on the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure! Comment what you thought of the second and third books of the Maze Runner series!

 

 

 

 

The Maze Runner

Image from here (I don’t really know who is who in the picture. My guess (left to right): Newt, Teresa, Thomas, Minho, Alby)

I finished The Maze Runner for the first time last Friday!!!!!

The Maze Runner is AWESOME, if you haven’t read it read it RIGHT NOW (the first book is AMAZING, but I heard from a couple of people that other books in the Maze Runner series isn’t as good).

Summary that I made up: Thomas wakes up with no memories of anything. He joins the Glade, and soon finds out that the Glade is located in the middle of a dangerous maze, monster machines called Grievers roaming the maze. The Gladers have spent 2 years trying to find a way out, and never has anyone found an exit. Weird things begin to happen since Thomas joins the Glade. Will the Gladers find a way to escape the Maze?

The actual summary: When the lift cranks open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone – an army of boys welcomes him to the Glace, an encampment at the centre of a terrible maze. The Gladers have no idea why thy’re there, or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.

The book in 3 words: I found this on the back pretty much as soon as I finished the book. I saw a small bubble saying ‘THIS BOOK IN THREE WORDS’on the back, the 3 words covered by the price tag. I pulled it off, and the 3 words are: Cryptic – Pulse-pounding – Adventure. This sums up the book perfectly

Characters: My favourite character is probably Thomas, but I also like Newt, Chuck, Teresa, and Minho. I have no idea why I like these characters. I think I like Thomas because it’s from his point of view (but not first person, like Percy Jackson), and I think I like Newt, Chuck, Teresa, and Minho because those are the people Thomas like.

My experience reading the Maze Runner (SPOILERS): I already knew that Chuck died in the end of the first book, but it was still sad! You could really feel how Thomas felt when he broke his promise to Chuck, Thomas’ promise obviously was important to him.

I couldn’t sleep for a few nights (that’s why I was absolutely EXHAUSTED on Friday. It didn’t help that I forgot that band practice at 8am was cancelled, and I had to get up especially to go to band when I was so tired. After summer netball I pretty much ran out of energy and went straight to bed), because I had to go to bed when it was one of the more exciting parts.

I also went to bed really late as well, because I got up to the bit when Thomas jumped in the Maze at the last second. I was like ‘Yup, let’s finish off the chapter then go to sleep’, when the end of the chapter was ‘Then the Griver began to climb up the wall’ or something like that. I was like ‘Oh well I HAVE to continue. Another chapter.’ and so on. Finally my parents told me to get to bed, where I lay in bed like ‘Oh my gods what’s gonna happen next???’

Scorch Trials and Death Cure: My sister got the next 2 books for me right now, and is coming home with them so I can read them, but I have to go to summer netball soon ­čÖü Plus it’s raining and I really don’t want to play in the rain. I’ll probably write another blog post about the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure once I read them.

 

So I’m really excited to spend my weekend doing my favourite thing: reading. Apparently the next books aren’t as good as the first, but whatever, I want to know what happens next ­čÖé

The Red Suitcase

Front cover of The Red Suitcase. Image from here.

At school, Room 27 is split into 3 groups for reading. There’s a group reading Skellig, a group reading In The Sea There Are Crocodiles, and a group reading The Red Suitcase. Guess which book I’m reading! (hint hint: look at the title)

My summary: A girl named Ruth Scott has to move to Takapuna, Auckland because of a bomb in Indonesia, which is where she used to live. Weird things begin when Ruth starts having vision-like things about an airman in World War 2, and the only person who can help her is Thomas Barnard and Ruth’s old friend Sally Francis.

The actual summary on the back of the book: A terrorist bomb has forced Ruth’s family to leave Indonesia and return to Takapuna, Auckland, where she desperately tries to establish a life at her new school. But instead she finds herself inexplicably sharing the exploits of a mysterious airman who went missing during World War 2

The only person who makes sense of what’s happening to Ruth is Thomas Barnard – he knows something about the slippery nature of time. Help also comes from Ruth’s old friend Sally, who has a mysterious problem of her own. The Red Suitcase is an exciting story about a war that won’t go away, the uncertainties of peace and the need for friends to make sense of both.

My opinion on the book: I rate The Red Suitcase a 6 1/2 out of 10. At the start everyone in The Red Suitcase reading group was getting quite bored, but at the end it gets really tense (we have to read up to a certain chapter each week, and last week we had to stop on the most gigantic cliffhanger that I’ve ever read!)! Also the book could be clearer on what people/places look like (when Ruth had her vision-things, the book described what the place looked like pretty well). The plot is quite good, although it was very predictable; pretty much everyone in The Red Suitcase group could guess what was going to happen. And the ending is TERRIBLE!

What I think of the ending (obviously DON’T READ THIS BIT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE WHOLE BOOK!): The ending was HORRIBLE in my opinion (unless there’s a sequel to The Red Suitcase). Sure, I mean the last sentence is good (“‘I have something amazing to show you,’ she said.”), but it left a lot of questions. Here are all my questions:

Episode questions:

How did Jonah hear Ruth? Why did Jonah believe that Ruth was his great-great niece when Ruth said ‘Jonah. I’m sitting in front of you. I’m your great-great niece, Ruth.’? How did Jonah give Ruth the tiki? Why did he give Ruth the tiki? Could Jonah see Ruth? If so, did she suddenly appear in front of Jonah from Jonah’s point of view? If not, then how did Jonah give Ruth the tiki if he couldn’t see Ruth? How did Ruth leave Thomas’s stone in the dinghy? How was the stone sent back in the red suitcase if it was from the future? Did Ruth alter the past when she dropped the stone? How did Thomas have the stone if it was in the suitcase, sent back from the dinghy? Did Ruth ever have another episode after the one in which Jonah gave her the tiki? And of course, how did Ruth have the episodes???

Mick vs Thomas fight questions:

What happened to Mick? Did he go to jail? Was there any lasting damage on Nan or Thomas? What happened to Sally’s family? It says that Nan was alive, but what happened to her? What happened to Thomas? How long did Thomas and Nan have to stay in the hospital?

General questions:

I bet you forgot Ari, but what happened to her? How long did Rich and Mum stay in Auckland, or did they stay?

I have waaaaaaay more questions, but I have to go now. Overall, The Red Suitcase is a pretty good book, so you should read it! Oh, and I never said; The Red Suitcase is written by Jill Harris