Friday, October 30, 2009

Review: Swan Town by Michael J. Ortiz

A girl like me, more nimble of mind than finger, what am I to do?
Hide my wit in a half-penny purse, and smile all say long?

Boils and plagues! Thirteen-year-old Susanna Shakespeare longs for something exciting to happen in her quiet, dusty village of Stratford, England. Her father, Will, is off in London, working on new plays. Susanna yearsn to be a part of that world, but girls aren't allowed to preform in the theater, or even attend school. Narrow-minded knaves! Susanna refuses to turn into a good-for-nothing lackwit an begins keeping a journal, hoping something will deliver her from her dull life.

When her uncle gets into trouble with the Master of Revels, Susanna is whisked off to London to help. Suddenly her stage is set for adventure...and romance.

Swan Town offers an unconventional glimpse into the life of the famed Bard's family in Elizabethan England, as seen through the eyes of Shakespeare's spirited daughter.

This is a very good book. The way the story starts off and finishes is juts perfect. Though I think the book flew by a bit I can see what that mus have been necessary. Susanna's voice was true and strong and she indeed sounded like Shakespeare's daughter. Reading this book, I got a look into what England was like in those days. We learn not only about Susanna but about others as well.

I think a lot of you will enjoy this book because Susanna is not that different from the rest of us teenagers. We all want something exciting to happen and we all want romance. So this is a very good book to read if you want to know more about Shakespeare and his family and the Elizabethan Era. Of course, if you just want to read this book for the fun of it, go ahead.

Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Krono's army is strong than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and and army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. The long awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for the Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspecion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

This series comes down with a thundering epic conclusion with book five. Rick Riordan has done it yet again. This book has everything, like all the others before it but there was a special ring to this book as the conclusion. The action and the violence is absolutely amazing. The friendships and relationships are also worth wile. As is the ethical dilemmas and the cope and of course, the Greek mythology.

Percy himself has become his own true hero. He's in command of his powers and knows (for the most part) what he's doing. He's caring and concerned for the well being of others and yes, even his enemies (sometimes). Plus, he's willing to let other's be heroes as well. Even at his own expense.

The exciting action, with the big, huge, gigantic battles ravaging in the US and NYC, and amidst it all is Percy's growth--both personally and as a hero--that makes this book so great. Also the growth of the other character and even the gods bring in a lot of perspective.

The ending is perfect as is the beginning and middle. The ending chapter is a great one and will diffidently make the fans want more out of the demi-gods.

All in all this book is simply great and I think everyone should read it!