Bookish Scenarios Tag

Bookish Scenarios Tag

Thank you to FOREVERSHANNON for nominating me to participate in this tag. I love doing these sorts of posts, even if they mainly laud the Harry Potter series, I’ve tried my best to make this more than just about Harry Potter. I really have! Everyone check out Shannon’s blog, we’re new followers of each other, but I can already tell her blog is right up my street!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

This is the first time I am participating in a Top Ten Tuesday! I have seen many people I follow participate in this weekly challenge, and after seeing some of their posts today, I thought I would quickly rustle up my own Top Ten Tuesday post in response to this week’s challenge, which has been created by the blog The Broke and the Bookish.


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Bloody Brilliant

The Blood of Olympus

4 / 5

A heroic conclusion to the battle versus Mother Earth.

The concluding chapter of the Heroes of Olympus series and an end to the world of Greek Mythology that has spanned 10 books, The Blood of Olympus proves to be all that we hoped for in this thrilling finale. The seven prophesised demigods aboard the Argo II continue their quest to thwart the rising of Gaia and to stop her from destroying the Earth as they know it. Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge attempt to shadow-travel the Athena Parthenos from Rome to Camp Half-Blood, to prevent a war between the Greek and Roman demigods. They have until the 1st August to complete both quests…

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Percy Jackson: Monsters of Hollywood

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters (Film 2)


Utterly unfaithful to the successful and entertaining book series.

Having read the complete series of Percy Jackson books, and enjoying them immensely, I was hoping the films would be able to replicate the books’ brilliance. However, someone has definitely dropped the ball with the Percy Jackson film franchise. The main problem I had with the film was the complete lack of attention to events that happened in the book. Yes, films have to miss or skip over parts that are in the book due to books having more details, but when the story is changed so dramatically I simply could not enjoy it.

Though there were scenes, especially in the finale that were entertaining, and Hollywood’s special effects team did do a good job of creating some awesome scenery and action, I’m afraid that this series of films will be held up against the Harry Potter books to films franchise. And due to the liberties taken with this film I feel it will be classed as a 2nd rate franchise. The kids may enjoy the fast paced and heroic carnage that happens in their quest. But for the adults, who may or may not have read the books, it will not feel engaging and the only thing they will find interesting is the CGI that creates this mythical world.

For someone who has read the books and wants to watch the films in much the same way as they did for books like Harry Potter. I would advise against watching this film, it would be best if you left yourself to imagine the scenes rather than see this unfaithful portrayal of Rick Riordan’s book. If there is a 3rd film, I will make sure I read some reviews first, and if Hollywood continue to change the story and destroy something that could have been magical, I and plenty of other will not be watching.

My tip: read the books and avoid the films.

Percy Jackson and The Olympians

The Lightning Thief 3.5/5

The Sea of Monsters 4/5

The Titan’s Curse 4/5

The Battle of The Labyrinth 4.5/5

The Last Olympian 4.5/5

The best series I’ve read since Harry Potter.

By the end you’ll be aching with joy, sadness, relief and amazement.

I recently had 2 weeks off work for holiday; I spent the majority of it glued to the Percy Jackson books. This children/teenage set of books was incredibly addictive with a fascinating storyline. Percy Jackson and The Olympians is a set of 5 books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian. I can honestly say this set of books is the most enjoyable and readable set of books since I read Harry Potter.

I was a relative latecomer to the Percy Jackson adventure, but I am a fully fledged fan of the series which has carried me on the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series but we’ll get to that later. When I began reading this series I only knew names of the well known Gods such as; Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and Athena, which put me in the same boat as Percy who also begins by not knowing who all the Gods are and what their power is. Riordan effectively introduces and explains the powers and the hierarchy of the Gods and I begin to have a new found fascination with Greek Mythology with all the exciting tales which Percy embarks on.

Percy Jackson thinks he is a normal schoolboy, but he is a descendant from the Gods from Greek Mythology, and Riordan charts the adventures of Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson through along with their trials and tribulations of fitting into the modern world with the knowledge that they have powers that they inherited from a godly parent.

When I began reading these books, all I knew was that it was about Greek Mythology in modern times, therefore I went into these books a bit blind. But Riordan was a shining light illuminating brilliance through compelling quests for Percy and his friends to go on. The quests, the friendships and the relationships left me with an ineffable ache showing how much I connected to the characters and how much I hoped that they were successful and that everything would work out. This series left me blown away and I must thank Riordan for this roller-coaster ride which put me through the mill of emotions, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I would’ve liked to go into greater depth about each book and how thrilling each was to read, and how each story gets better as the characters develop, and that you become attached to them, feeling their feelings and the twists and turns of their stories. But I think the best way to enjoy these books more is to just immerse yourself in the world of Percy Jackson and believe me, it is well worth the ride.