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Review: The Titan’s Curse (Rick Riordan)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

My mother pursed her lips. “I’m telling you that … you’re getting too old for me to tell you what to do. I’m telling you that I’ll support you, even if what you decide to do is dangerous.”

And this kind of settles in which direction this third book is heading. If you’re already familiar with Percy Jackson (which I’m pretty certain you are, because otherwise you wouldn’t read this review, right? *lol*) you know that the first two books were fun and had a lot of jokes in them. The third one? Not so much. Whilst it’s true that “The Titan’s Curse” was very entertaining and full of Uncle Rick’s trademark adventures I still have to point out that it was way more serious than its predecessors.

”It’s cool. No sword. See? No sword. Calm thoughts. Sea grass. Mama cows. Vegetarianism.”

Yes, we still have Percy’s funny remarks but just like the Harry Potter series this series is growing as well. The characters get older and their quests get more dangerous and grim. The stakes are higher and our characters are forced to realize that not everyone can be saved by a hero. For instance we’re barely a few chapters into the book when Annabeth disappears with the enemy. There’s no trace of her left and for all they know she even might be dead. Not that Percy would consider such an outcome! He has to save Annabeth because he just knows that she’s still alive! 😉 So what to do when you’re stranded on a cliff? Right, you call for the sun gods help to hitch a ride. XD

”Wow,” Thalia muttered. “Apollo is hot.”
“He’s the sun god,” I said.
“That’s not what I meant.”

I totally agree with Thalia btw! *lol* I loved that Apollo was a recurring part of this book and I can’t wait to read his series! He seems to be such a fun guy and I was more than just intrigued by his character. ❤ Artemis and her Hunters were a great addition to the cast as well, and the Di Angelo twins? I think we’ll read more about them in future books! 😉 I’m really looking forward to this because I already like little Nico and took him to my heart! The true star of this story is Bessie the cow serpent though and if you don’t know who that is you better read the book and find out! *lol*

”This is why I don’t use mortals,” Luke said. “They are unreliable.”
“They are weak-minded, easily bought, and violent,” the General said. “I love them.”

But of course there need to be real enemies in “The Titan’s Curse” as well and this time around they are pretty decent and smart. Next to Luke we have to face the General and this adversary is as dangerous and cunning as they come. Knowing my myths I wasn’t surprised about the story behind the man, but as a kid I probably would have been shocked. *lol*

Anyway, there was a short appearance of a character that helped Percy and I’ve to admit that I’m pretty curious about Rachel Elizabeth Dare. I can’t help but wonder if she’ll make an appearance in later books. The way she was introduced seemed to be very significant and Uncle Rick usually has a reason if he does things like that so… yeah. ;-P

”Seven hundred feet tall,” I said. “Built in the 1930s.”
“Five million cubic acres of water,” Thalia said.
Grover sighed. “Largest construction project in the United States.”
Zoe stared at us. “How do you know all that?”
“Annabeth,” I said. “She liked architecture.”
“She was nuts about monuments,” Thalia said.
“Spouted facts all the time.” Grover sniffled. “So annoying.”
“I wish she were here,” I said.

This moment was so great because it showed how much those characters love and care about each other even if they occasionally get on each other’s nerves. *lol* It made me sad that Annabeth wasn’t a big part of this story but considering the main plot it was okay that she only played a minor role. Let’s just hope she’ll play a bigger part in “The Battle of the Labyrinth” again. =) And last but not least I want to say how much I love Percy! XD

”Fight us,” I said. “And let’s see.”
“Have the gods taught you nothing? An immortal does not fight a mere mortal directly. It is beneath our dignity. I will have Luke crush you instead.”
“So you’re another coward,” I said.

Haha! Is it just me or is there actually no god he didn’t challenge already? XD No matter which goddess or god appears, Percy seems to be ready to fight them all and I love it! ;-P I think by now he’s so pissed that he just doesn’t care anymore. At this point he might even take them on for just looking at him the wrong way. *lol* I can’t help but wonder what this means for the next two books and I’m so ready to read “The Battle of the Labyrinth”!!! Next one, please! XD

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Review: White Fox (Chen Jiatong)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”Don’t hate all humans because of what happened to us. There are both good and evil humans: you need to see that for yourself.”

Okay, I’ll be honest here: One of the main reasons why I decided to read this book was the white fox on the cover. =) As you all know I love foxes and they are my spiritual animal so when I saw a book that didn’t only have a fox on the cover but also had the word in the title I just couldn’t resist! And I’m so glad I picked up “White Fox” because it was exactly what I needed. I’ve been constantly fighting against a work- and life-induced reading slump those last couple of months and sometimes you just need a short and enjoyable middle grade book to get away from reality. Well, at least for a little while so you can recharge your batteries and this book was exactly that.

”For the first time, he wondered if he really wanted to be a human at all. How could they be so heartless?”

So what is “White Fox” about? Basically it’s a book about Dilah the fox who wants to become human after his parents are killed by a hunter. With her last breath his mother hands him a mysterious moonstone that is supposed to guide him to a place where he can become human. Since nothing holds him anymore Dilah starts his journey with the moonstone but he isn’t the only fox that wants to be human and soon he’s followed by a pack of blue foxes that are led by their ruthless leader Carl. On his way Dilah meets humans and other animals and forms many friendships while he tries to solve the mystery of the moonstone.

”Why wouldn’t she give him a chance? He hadn’t done anything wrong. He liked Ankel and he happened to be a fox – what was wrong with that?”

On the one hand this was a very sad story. There is a lot loss and Dilah isn’t always welcome at the places he visits. Many of the animals have prejudices against him and Dilah doesn’t understand why they can’t see past their fear. I really loved this aspect of the book because it doesn’t only address the countless prejudices we have to face in our lives but also provides us with solutions to fight against them. Of course it doesn’t always work, but despite all odds Dilah always makes friends among the different animals because they refuse to be led by their own fear and prejudices. Sometimes the author allows the characters to voice it very clearly and I really loved this about the book.

”She’s done nothing wrong! What’s wrong is your prejudice, your fear of humans and your own cowardice!”

I absolutely adored Ankel the weasel and his friendship with Dilah was amazing! Little Bean was a very precious character as well and I felt so sorry for him but at the same time I was glad that he helped Ankel and Dilah when no one else would have. Seriously, despite all the sad parts this was such a lovely and heart-warming story and the beautiful illustrations by Viola Wang only made this an even more enjoyable read.

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All told this was a really great book and the strong bonds and the friendships between the characters were amazing! Since it was a short read I was through it in no time, but I really appreciated all the life-lessons that were taught in here. =) The ending was pretty open and as it seems there’s actually going to be a second book?! I’ll definitely make sure to watch out for it because I’m sure at some point of my life it might once again turn out to be exactly what I need. 😉