Book Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Rating: StarStarStarStar

(Kane Chronicles #1)

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Literary Award: A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2010)

***** ***** *****


It is obvious by now that Rick Riordan is a master of storytelling. From the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series, i had no doubt that reading this Egyptian-mythology concept won’t disappoint.

Carter and Kadie are estranged siblings and there’s a reason why. They are not gods (unlike Riordan’s other series) but they are somewhat entwined with them. They also came from a line of Egyptian magicians that are so ancient they are believed to be more powerful than the current members of The House of Life.

With these descriptions, it is inevitable that they will be tasked to fight Set before his obsession on world domination comes to life. Seems simple? yeah, right. With Riordan, nothing is ever simple. TWIST is is middle name.

From one action-packed scene to another, from one continent to another, it was hard not to like what i read. It is still full of humor.

I like Carter. He’s a goody-two-shoes kinda guy. conforms to his father’s ideals. doesn’t like moving around so often but does not voice it out. nerd when it comes to Egyptian mythology. From losing his dad, to discovering his dad’s other life, to claiming the stage that was set before him by his parents, Carter proved to be worthy as the god Horus. He has his moments, and he shone brightly as the hero that i expected him to be.

I dislike Sadie. She is the reason i only gave this book a 4-star rating. i hate her character. her constant bullying to his older brother Carter annoyed me. she’s like miss high-and-mighty! ugh. there are few times that i laughed about her punchlines, but that’s it. Mr. Riordan, can you put Sadie into Duat? and keep her there!

It was a pretty entertaining read. Khufu is my most loved character. next is Horus.

who knew that Egyptian gods and goddesses are as vindictive, selfish, and manipulative as the Greek ones?



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Splurged: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner


Literary Award: Newberry Honor (1997)

i’ve been reading a lot of dystopia and paranormal books lately so i’m craving for some fantaasy adventure.  Tina of One More Page recommended this book so i bought a PB copy from Fully Booked Shang.

So, i’m off to reading this today. I want to get lost in another world! and that’s nothing a Newberry award winning book can’t fix. 😛

“I can steal anything.”
After Gen’s bragging lands him in the king’s prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king’s scholar, the magus, needs the thief’s skill for a seemingly impossible task – to steal a hidden treasure from another land.
To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”