Splurged : Sapphique By Catherine Fisher, Passage by Justin Cronin

It’s my birthday week and I’m all set for reading at my (quiet) leisure!!!

(so don’t try to find me, alright? ;))

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Hex HallDemonglass by Rachel Hawkins

National Bookstore’s Bargain Sale is robbing me every Monday. *sigh* But I’m so psyched to snag a copy of Sapphique!

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Been saving this for my birthday reading 😉 I believe Riordan will not disappoint. *fingers crossed*

The Passage by Justin Cronin

I’ve been spying on this book for years! I wanted to buy for so long, but something always holds me back. Good thing, eh? Got a hardbound copy for only P99 ($2.4)!

Which books have you read? Can you recommend them?



Book Review: The Heroes of Olympus #2: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

RATING: StarStarStarStarStar

(The Heroes of Olympus #2)

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa tol him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth 

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem – when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams. 

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery – although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely – enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 


Percy frowned. “You hold a feast for tuna?”


The Son of Neptune first captivated me with that oh-so-cool cover (Percy is so bad-ass!), then i started reading… and man, i really miss Percy Jackson!!! He now thinks before he speaks, he became perceptive, and he is more powerful than before. Rick Riordan, thank you for making Percy Jackson grow up. I love him now more than ever. =)

Percy is in Camp Jupiter, gaining new friends like Hazel and Frank, and enemies as well, like Octavian. They embarked on a quest that will push them to discover their potentials as they become the demigods included in the Prophecy of Seven. Riordan took a story pattern similar to The Lost Hero but this sequel is hands down more fun and engaging! I admit that i can’t wait to read those chapters with Percy’s POV (Hazel’s & Frank’s are not as entertaining as Percy’s), so imagine my glee every time I read his chapters – loads and loads of humor! Despite Percy’s memorable deadpans, it is obvious that here is a demigod who has the wits and the moves that can topple down any monster or giant Gaea will throw at him. I will say this again: Percy is a (demi)GOD!

Although there are few inconsistencies that i found, I did not mind them much. I enjoyed the The Son of Neptune because it is such a feel-good book! Riordan got me laughing and laughing all throughout. I really like Mars far more than Ares. Arion is one indignant horse, err, stallion. LOL

Are you a fan of Percy Jackson? If yes, then better grab a copy now! You would want to know how Terminus (the boundary god) had me LMAO every single minute! If no, well then, it’s about time you meet the greatest demigod there ever is. After all, he is the son of Poseidon (or Neptune, whatever).

#18 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

COVERed: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Book Release: 04 October 2011

(The Heroes of Olympus #2)

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophecy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea…

Yay! I almost missed seeing this cover! I can’t wait to get my hands on this. I’m pretty sure this is not Percy Jackson since he already had his own series, right??? So who could this be?

Love the icy blueness of the cover! Every time i look at it, something tells me that i’m in for another great adventure. 🙂

C’mon OCTOBER! I can’t sit still for this!



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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.”