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Speculative Fiction

Faith & Fantasy Alliance

by Tosca Lee

The inherent “what if” at the heart of any story (What if a promising lawyer took a job with a law firm—only to learn it was run by the mob?) ventures beyond the everyday plausible with speculative fiction. What if the rapture happened to passengers riding on a commercial airplane? (Left Behind) What if a modern-day woman touched a magic stone and went back in time to 18th Century Scotland? (Outlander) What if a vampire had an existential crisis? (Interview With the Vampire).

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Reviews: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

Two reviews! Hooray for summer reading time!! 😀

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Greek mythology? YES PLEASE!!!

Characters

They were awesome! Percy is so sarcastic, I love it! And I really liked how the children of each of the gods had unique personalities specific to that god.

Plot

The plot flowed nicely. It was fast-paced, with never a dull moment. I kept waiting for some plot points to be resolved, though, and they never were, which was frustrating. But it is a series, so I guess I’ll have to read the rest of them!

Overall thoughts

I absolutely adore Greek mythology, so this was fabulous! There was quite a bit of explaining of things, that I thought was unnecessary, but it is written for younger kids (who aren’t necessarily mythology addicts), so that’s understandable. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Would I recommend it? Oh, yes!
Would I let my kids read it? Yes
Would I read the other books in the series? Yes!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Unleashed (Heroes of the Horde #1)Unleashed by Jennifer Hartz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Unleashed

Six mismatched students at Deacon Proprietary are about to discover the demonic legend of their school’s origin is actually true. Not only have they obtained amazing powers, but they’ve also unleashed the demonic Horde. Now it’s up to these six high school freshmen to stop the Horde before its evil spreads throughout the school and beyond.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

Unleashed was an interesting book about kids who acquired super powers with which to fight demons.

Characters

The characters were pretty good. I liked that they were all unique, and not exactly the same. Unfortunately, they were not very round characters.

Plot

The plot did not flow well. Each chapter was from a different character’s perspective (in first person, which I found jarring), and even within the chapter the plot jumped.

Overall thoughts

The dating. Ugh. I mean really, in ninth grade? Also, it was riddled with typos. Other than that, it was ok.

Would I recommend it? No
Would I let my kids read it? I would let them, if they wanted to, once they were in high school
Would I read the other books in the series? Maybe

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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One Genre to Rule Them All: A (very) biased opinion as to why fantasy is superior

Fantasy is definitely the most wonderful thing!!

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Believe it or not, I was once too good for fantasy. I thought the idea was silly, after all, who could take all that magic and monsters seriously, hmm? Not me, that was for sure. But as I have said before, it seems to be my lot in life to end up adoring/obsessed with things I once disliked. Eight years ago, I discovered fantasy literature and now there’s no going back.

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As a reader, fantasy adds a level of excitement and, for lack of a better word, awesome to stories that I just can’t find anywhere else. As a writer, fantasy opens up creative opportunities in a whole new way.

It’s far easier to get around a reader’s preformed ideas about a society or time period because I build my own and I don’t have to feel guilty about historical accuracy, though I often try. If, in a fit of…

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