The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: 2013 (first published April 1st 2006)
Publisher : Penguin Group
Read Date : January 27th 2019
Pages : 288
Stars : 5/5

YOU CAN’T TELL BY LOOKING AT ME THAT MY DAD IS POSEIDON, GOD OF THE SEA.

It’s not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodgeball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants – and that was only the beginning.

Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack and, unless I can get my hands of the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones… 

The sea of monster was another perilous quest of Percy Jackson in which he has to save his friend Grover and camp at the same time. This time he gets little help from his father and other God. This book showed strength of team work, friends and family (even though it’s messy) and how these three bonds together can conquer biggest enemy and help in completing any quest.

As usual characterization was the second best part of this book. They were little developed and learn new things as they move ahead in life and book. New characters were introduced in this book.

Tyson– Percy’s half-brother. He was big baby Cyclops, so cute, funny and loving but because of Annabeth’s bad history and Percy’s jealousy, poor guy was not appreciated enough. His affable, caring and protective nature won heart of Percy, Annabeth and all camper in the end.

Tantalus was horrible camp director. I was surprised he was chosen as a director while Gods could have chosen some other reasonable person. I mean how they could give future of their kids in hands of not-so-ideal father/person!! But as Hermes said ‘immortal families are eternally messy’.

Annabeth saved Percy’s butt many times here. She was brave, brilliant and also accepted her fatal flaw. Percy managed to work with Clarisse ever the brave and difficult to deal with and also even impressed her in the end, ‘for time being’, by his cool nature. I loved how author showed strength of female characters over male protagonist in this book.

Percy was great friend and a good-hearted person and showed his true nature, while fighting Polyphemus and what he did with flees after quest, which might be his fatal flaw. He developed more by overcoming his jealousy about how his dad gave attention to his half-brother, who showed up without warning, and accepted him as a brother in the end.

The book started with a Percy’s nightmare, something his mother was hiding about camp half-blood and last day of 7th grade turned into cannonball fight with monsters, blowing up the gym and running from the police. Couldn’t expect more action in the beginning right? There was more! Camp half-blood under attack, Thalia’s tree dying due to poison, magical border deteriorating. Camp itself was dying! Only few weeks left and only way to save it was magical Golden Fleece. Hold your ponies readers, things are going to be more action packed, tragic and entertaining.

As and when necessary few things were explained from the first book like what is half-blood, who was Grover and what was his satyr brothers work, about camp, Clarisse and camp’s director- all things to recall from first book if you have taken long time to read sequel, of course not in repetitive manner.

As usual camp Half-blood and Greek mythology along with characters was my most favorite part of the book. Story of Tantalus, Golden Fleece was beat to read. Oh and shocking part was knowing who Chiron’s father was. I loved how Rick Riordan depicted monsters and scenes, he teaches Greek myth in most entertaining way with flawless writing and gripping adventure.

Another thing I liked about Rick Riordan’s writing is his amusing references -‘ Charybdis got louder- a horrible wet roar like the galaxy’s biggest toilet being flushed’. ‘Charybdis was orthodontist’s nightmare.’ ‘The tree (Olive) struck him with such force it would’ve flattened me into a Percy Pizza with extra olives’. And some more that made me chuckle throughout the book.

Some tense scenes – knowing Luke’s plan on Cruz ship, why he poisoned Thalia’s tree and what he intended to do with fleece; fighting hydra; going through sea of monsters; escaping C.C’s Island, sirens and Polyphemus- made me sit anxiously with urge to read more and faster. We get to know bits of the big prophecy that involved Percy in this book.

Twist at the end of each chapter, suspense of prophecy, Titan Lord’s tricky plans for Percy made this dangerous quest full of excitement and action packed. Sassy Nature of Percy, innocence and golden heart of Tyson, Annabeth’s smartness through refreshing tone and perspective of Percy was fun to read. The bond between Percy and Tyson was charming and I loved to read this new trio on quest of saving old friend and ultimately end up saving more than what they intended.

Climax was utterly brilliant and end was shocking and a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to start next book in the series.

Overall, it was action packed, adventurous and fun to read. I highly recommend this book to YA, Greek Mythology lovers.

Author : Rick Riordan

Purchase Link : Amazon.in / Amazon.com

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Matilda by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Published: August 16th 2007 (first published 1988)

Publisher: Puffin Books

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Classic 

Pages: 240

Stars: 5/5

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“The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!


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What do I say about this book that no one knows? Being late reader has its disadvantage, right? I was looking for a book that was published in my birth year and look what a wonderful book I’ve found. Anyway back to book…

Who said you need strength to fight someone! The brain is enough. And little Matilda has proved it in this book.

Matilda is story of sweet little 5-year-old girl who was exceptionally brilliant and smart kid. The story is about struggle of this girl at her home and school. It’s about bullying, ill-treatment, and fighting for your rights.

Matilda was a prodigy, such a down to earth, innocent, mischievous, and brilliant kid. She was so adorable little fierce heroines. I was so awed when I read she taught herself to read at age 4, was going to library on her own, and had read so many books. Even I haven’t read all the books from Matilda’s book list except 1, Pride and Prejudice.

Matilda’s parents were so full of themselves. They never cared for her, were such a stereotype and not even hesitated in leaving Matilda behind. I can’t believe parents can be this bad. They didn’t deserve to be parents.

Miss Trunchbull was tyrannical headmaster of school and biggest bully one can ever imagine. More surprising was even parents of other kids never acted against Miss Trunchbull. Can’t they believe their kids for once!! Those horror stories of kids experiencing her cruel punishment was unbelievable. Like Miss Honey I also wonder how Miss Trunchbull got her headmaster position! That will be one big mystery that I wanted to know after reading this book.

I loved Miss Honey and Mrs Phelp, both were so friendly, kind, and helpful to Matilda. I even liked some of Metilda’s classmates specially Nigel and Lavender.

I so enjoyed reading Matilda’s revenge on her father and Miss Trunchbull. All her pranks were so creative and I loved how smartly she avoided being caught. Oh and that cake eating event was so mind-blowing, I so laughed with other kids when Bogtrotter ate that whole cake. Matilda and Lavender’s betting on if he will win or not was so amusing.

Story was told in third person narrative in such mesmerizing voice and amusing style. I so loved the beginning of the book. By reading first line only I knew I’m gone love this book. Character descriptions, their characteristics and thoughts were all described remarkably. Oh and those illustrations were so awesome. I specifically liked Miss Trunchbull’s picture it was so damn perfect.

I honestly haven’t expected such big twist and turns. Miss Honey’s story, truth about Miss Trunchbull, Matilda’s power and her miracle acts, her parents’ decision at the end of the book was so surprising and amazingly written.

I so loved the climax and it awed me how Matilda used her power to help Miss Honey and there wasn’t even a drop of pride on this this kid. The theory of her power was also justified nicely in the end, on a second thought I also felt like she got those power just to help Miss Honey.

I so loved the end. It saddened me to see her parents’ reaction and decision but I also felt good in way for Matilda because she deserved better by such end she could have better future and life than with those useless parents.

I heard before this book is amazing, it’s a must read book but it turned out more amazing than I expected. Oh I loved first page of the book. This-

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If all Roald Dahl’s books has this awesome first page then I’m going to buy them all. All book should have such first page. I so loved signing there.

Overall, I simply loved this book and I highly recommend it.

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