The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Review

Just when it looks like things are starting to calm down at Camp Half-Blood Percy Jackson goes missing and the Gods of Olympus have gone silent. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordin starts where The Last Olympian leaves off. Piper, Leo and Jason are older than the typical age of 13 when they are discovered by one of the satyrs at a boarding school.

Leo is a wise-cracking teenager with the amazing ability to fix things. Piper works hard to appear normal because her father is a famous movie-star and she has had a non-traditional childhood. Jason doesn’t remember anything beyond the last three days but he does know something important is going to be happening soon and he is going to be a part of it.

I really enjoyed this latest installment in Riordan’s Olympic World. Riordan’s writing style has improved through his novels, the original series followed the point of view of Percy Jackson and this installment follows three main characters. I enjoyed getting into three different viewpoints and a close look at the events as the unfurled instead of an explanation after the fact.  Riordan introduces obscure mythological characters in this novel and I liked trying to guess which new character was he was bringing it forward. Riordan’s choice to use new characters and not the original characters I felt was a wise choice, after five novels following Percy it was nice to have some new blood.  If you liked the Percy Jackson series you will enjoy this new one.

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Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Format:  Hardbound

Page Nos.: 576

ISBN: 978-1423113393

Publisher: Hyperion

Release Date: October 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Costco

Reviewer: Jessica

The Duke’s Downfall by Lynn Michaels Review

Lady Elizabeth Keaton has the left the country to escape an unwanted marriage to her slimy cousin for the perilous London Society. In The Duke’s Downfall by Lynn Michaels Lizzie has a plan to make herself undesirable to unwanted suitors by  appearing as an eccentric and with the help of her Irish Wolfhound Boru.

Charles Earnshaw, Duke of Braxton, has worked hard his entire life to overcome the excesses that most of his family have indulged in.  When his younger brother Teddy falls for Lizzie, Charles feels like he must step in to keep him from getting married at too young an age. Charles is hesitant to get too involved because every encounter with Lizzie leaves him with torn clothing or injured in some way.

The Duke’s Downfall is a funny lighthearted romantic read. One of my favorite scenes of the novel is where the servants are informed that Boru is coming to stay so they remove anything breakable from the house and hire two large footman to keep him under control. Boru’s antics are a little far fetched at times but entertaining nonetheless. Some of the antics are very reminisant of “slapstick” comedy, which is easy to achieve in a film but much harder to achieve in the written word, Michaels does an incredible job of bringing the antics to life.  The Duke’s Downfall reminded me of the Zebra Regency Romance novels that I have enjoyed reading so much.

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Title: The Duke’s Downfall

Author: Lynn Michaels

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 240

ISBN: B0041N3R8E

Publisher: Delphi Books

Available for purchase: Amazon.com,

Reviewer: Jessica

Unthinkable by Shirley Duke Review

Omar Phillips loves writing horror stories and has become somewhat of a school celebrity.  In Unthinkable by Shirley Duke, Omar’s stories become a true nightmare when his ex-girlfriend goes missing and is found exactly how his latest story foretold.  Now a suspect Omar is ostercized at his school but does find solace in the company of another outcast Sophie Minax.  Visions are now haunting Omar at all times and his uncontrollable urge to write them down is driving him crazy!  Sophie is there to stop him a few times.  Sophie isn’t all that she seems and soon Omar is in a bigger nightmare than he realizes.

This was a quick read and had my interest from the first chapter.  I’m a fan of thrillers and was excited to see where this story would end.  Omar is truly a tortured character who is trying everything in his power to stop his visions to be written down.  Once written his visions come to pass so while searching for a way to make them stop Sophie has the perfect solution.

I found this novel with an interesting plot but it was so short that the author tried to pack too much information in such little space.  If she would have written a full novel more back story could have been told of Sophie and where she came from.  It left me a little unsatisfied since it wrapped up so quickly.

I would recommend this for those who like ghost stories.  Very quick read!

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Title: Unthinkable
Author: Shirley Duke
Format: Gallery
Page #’s: 112
ISBN: 076136157X
Publisher: Lerner Classroom
Release Date: October 28th 2010
Reviewer: Megan

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.