Express reviews (4)

Here are some express pending reviews of the last books I've read.

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

I'm not posting a synopsis of this one because it would be a huge spoiler. The last part of The Hunger Games's trilogy is a very intense book, politically speaking, although the first part might feel boring because it lacks a lot of action. The ending is perfect, in my opinion: it couldn't have ended otherwise. I'm not quite pleased with the resolution of the love triangle but it is logical within the universe, so I won't complain about that. Oh, and I cried. A lot. Especially during the third act.


David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

 

Probably one of the world's most famous orphans along with Oliver Twist, David Copperfield discovers that life isn't a path of roses when his mother marries a not-so-nice man and he is sent to a boarding school. He manages to grow up and stay a nice person and, along the way, he meets a series of pintoresque people, both good and bad.

Reading David Copperfield somehow felt like watching one of those soap operas they air on Catalan TV (TV3) after lunch time, showing us the lives of several people and their everyday problems. The translation that came for free with my e-book was not especially good but it's an enjoyable book, although at times I wished for the plot to move forward a little bit faster. But well, that's the pace that 19th century novels had.


Goddess of the Sea - P.C. Cast


Christine, or CC, as she prefers to be called, is in the air force in spite of her fear of flying. At midnight on her birthday she wishes for a change in her life through a pagan ritual that she read about in a book. On a flight across Europe towards a base she has been transfered to, her plane crashes on the sea. When CC is about to die, a sea creature offers to exchange their souls, so CC finds herself inside the body of Undine, a mermaid daughter of the goddess of the earth and the god of the sea (just go with it). In order to be able to recover her earthly life, she is sent to a British island in the 11th century and she finds herself trying to pass off as an amnesiac princess in a monastery full of mysoginistic men while trying to discover what real love is. And things get complicated when she falls in love with merman Dylan.

Uh... Where to begin... First of all, the title is misleading: CC does not become the goddess of the sea, and Gaea, her "mentor", is actually the goddess of the Earth. The whole story with CC passing off as Undine in the monastery feels kind of forced, like the author had three ideas for three different novels and mashed them up in one. The love triangles in this book are weird and I don't understand why our protagonist takes so long to realize who she really loves if she spends the whole second act and a huge part of the third one with him and she is  disgusted by virtually all other men in the novel. It's not a bad story but I was expecting something different.


Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan


Percy Jackson has to go back to Camp Half-blood after a group of cyclopes cause a fire in his school and he is blamed for it. But something is wrong there, someone has poisoned Thalia's tree and the magical borders of the camp are weakening. To make things worse, Percy keeps having dreams about Grover being trapped with a cyclope and Poseidon surprises Percy by showing him that he has a half-brother. The only solution to save the camp is to get the Golden Fleece but in order to do so, Percy will have to journey into the Sea of Monsters.

I didn't quite enjoy this novel as much as the first one, The Lightning Thief, but the author manages one more time to adapt Greek mythology into our modern times and it's always a pleasure to revisit some of your favorite characters and events from Greek mythology in such a novel (this time it's basically the Odyssey). I think the Percy Jackson series are a great way to introduce younger audiences to the ancient myths. I'm looking forward to reading the next three novels.


Eighty Days Blue - Vina Jackson


Summer and Dominik are now a more or less stable couple but they are not sure if it can work in the distance, so Dominik moves to New York and they move in together. But can they actually be a regular couple, especially with Summer's upcoming solo tour?

I know I said I didn't want to read the second part to Eighty Days Yellow because I thought it worked well enough as an individual novel. And I partly wish I hadn't read it because now, after the cliffhanger that we got as an ending and knowing that neither of our protagonists are pleased with their love lives, I need to know what is going to happen to them. The sexual content of this book was milder that in the first one, in my opinion. And you'd be surprised how much I can relate to Summer in this novel, which is something I didn't quite expect.

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