Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Published: October 2019 Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents Recommended Age: 10+ Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Action, Mythology
This is a solid story. With solid, memorable characters, and an intriguing concept. The writing, also, is solid. The fact that this is a debut is astounding. I completely understand why Rick Riordan picked it for publishing. I would have done the same thing. This story deserves to be out there, because it is not more of the same. The diversity and unusualness of the types of characters/creatures made it exciting to my eyes, from the beginning. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed Publication Date: May 3rd 2016 Publisher: Disney-Hypersion Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure, Monsters, Mystery
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: borrowed Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Genres & Themes: YA, Graphic Novel, Greek Mythology, Adventure, Montsers, Friendship.
Seventh grade has been surprisingly quiet for Percy Jackson. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
In the follow-up to the wildly popular The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars Received: borrowed Publication Date: October 12th 2010 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pacing: fast Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Adventure, YA-MG, Mythology
You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.