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Spring Time Releases

With winter having just begun, we can look on to the new releases for spring 2015. There appear to be three major releases that I have heard of; Terminal – the final Virals books, Kingdom Keepers: The Return of Disney Lands – the beginning of a new KK series, and The Crown of Ptolemy – the third Percy Jackson-Kane Chronicles Cross Over story.

Terminal involves Tori Brennan and her fellow Virals attempting to taken on a new breed of Virals created in a test by Chance Claybourne. Kathy Reichs has revealed it to be the final book in the Virals Series. The epic finale to the Virals Series is released on March 3, 2015.

The new Kingdom Keepers series appears to be a continuation of the mysterious ending Ridley Pearson wrote for KK7: The Insider. It is unknown how long this new series will be, but the concept of a trilogy has been thrown around. This new series debuts on March 31, 2015.

And the new Cross Over has been revealed to include Percy, Annabeth, Sadie, and Carter in an epic showdown with, presumably, Setne. Little else is known about it. It is released in eBook format on May 12, 2015.

If you have more releases that we have yet heard of, please comment on this post or contact us at kingdomreviews.com

What Do You Do After Reading Hunger Games?

Last week, I finished The Hunger Games Series for third time. And now, I am beginning a new series, The Last Dragon Chronicles. But there’s a problem. After reading Hunger Games, I have becomed attached to the books and the characters and the story. So…what do I do? What do you do after reading The Hunger Games.

There really aren’t any books like The Hunger Games. The combination of an action packed storyline, unbelievable characters, and brilliant writing makes it one of the best series ever written.

There are no characters like Katniss Everdeen. No characters as brave. Or as lifelike. Or as easy to love as Katniss. There are few characters I have ever becomes attached too like I am attached to Katniss. Maybe Harry Potter. Maybe Percy Jackson. Maybe the characters of Fablehaven. Maybe. But even those characters pale in comparison to the Girl on Fire.

While there are plenty of dystopian fantasies on the market now, none have the plot or the action or the the themes of The Hunger Games. While set in the future, the series is really written in respect to war and tyranny in general. And that gives it a very interesting application to modern life. People connect to those themes in ways they don’t to other ones.

In short, there is nothing likes Hunger Games. Few books even comes close by my standards. Even Harry Potter, widely regarded as one of the best series ever written, is nothing compared to the Hunger Games. So, there isn’t really anything to do after you read the series. Once you’ve read it once, you have forever been touched by it. And books are never really the same after that. There is no way to get over reading the Hunger Games. Few if any books can really fill the void created by a loss of the THG novels.

It will take me weeks to get over not reading them. But, in just a year, I will be sitting there reading them again. Because, while the books are over, the story of Katniss Everdeen and Panem are not over. There is still a movie to be made. So, if you find yourself in this situation, you have two options:

1. reread the books for the remainder of your life

2. Admit that few things will ever be able to match THG and read something else. And then, every year, November 1-20 re read the series.

 

Also…for those fans of, The Hanging Tree, here is the mp3 file:

MOCKINGJAY!!!

I went and saw Mockingjay today … and it was great!!

While not as good as the first two films, it wasn’t because of how it was done, but because of what the actual content was. The first two films, were all about Katniss and Peeta surviving the games, but Mockingjay Part 1 is more about the beginnings of the revolution and how Katniss and District 13 get the Districts to rebel against the capitol. There is little action but plenty of significant scenes that will play big roles in the final movie.

Knowing what the is movie would contain, I was expecting the movie be fairly different from the book, specifically because of how little actually goes on; but I was surprised to find that the majority of the movie was almost exactly like the book. The main differences are: the very first scene, which does not take place in District 12; Katniss’s conditions for becoming the Mockingjay, which did not include the famous I Kill Snow condition; and the presence of Effie Trinket in the movie. But otherwise, the movie and book were very similar.

I was happy to see some scenes from Snow and the other rebelling districts since Katniss is sidelined not doing much for chunks of the movie, and was very pleased to see the actual rescue mission to get to Peeta. My real questions though stem from the point of Snow’s and Katniss’s conversation: if Snow really knew they were in the tribute center, why was it not guarded? In the book, it was made to seem that the rescue went off without error or issue, but the escape seemed a little easy. I attributed that to Beetee. But the movie changed that all up.

And of course, the biggest question that we can answer here is WHERE IS THE CUT?!?! As I previously states I believed that movie would end as Katniss gets shot in District 2. Turns out, I was off by about thirty minutes. The movie ends several minutes after Peeta attacks Katniss due to the hijacking. While not my choice, I think that it was good place to cut the movie; nice and dramatic.

I will be working on a complete set of reviews of The Hunger Game’s Movies and Books, and hope to have them completed by the end of the month.

Five Kingdoms: The Rogue Knight

Last year, Brandon Mull released the first book in his new series, The Five Kingdoms. It was entitled Sky Raiders and quickly rose to be a New York Times Bestseller.

This month, November 18 to be exact, the second book in the series, The Rogue Knight, releases. Here is the amazon summary of the book:

Cole Randolph never meant to come to The Outskirts, but when his friends were kidnapped on Halloween he had to try and save them. Now he’s trapped in a world that lies between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death.

Cole’s hunt for his lost friends has led him to the kingdom of Elloweer. Accompanied by new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cole teams up with the resistance movement and joins the search for Mira’s sister Honor.

But Elloweer has grown unstable. A mysterious enemy is wiping out towns, leaving no witnesses or survivors. And an infamous rebel known throughout the kingdom as the “Rogue Knight” is upsetting the balance of power.

With enemies in pursuit, Cole and Mira must resort to a fascinating new kind of magic to protect themselves. Every move is filled with danger as Cole and his friends try to outwit the High King, who will stop at nothing to regain what he has lost.
I found the first book to be a promising start to a new series and am excited to see where Brandon Mull takes next in the Five Kingdoms.

Also, for those of you who don’t know yet, Brandon Mull is releasing a second Fablehaven Series, Dragonwatch, which is set to be released in two years. According to his twitter account, the new series will still follow Kendra, Seth, and the Knights of the Dawn, but there will be new antagonists. Rumor has it that the series will also focus on the Dragon Sanctuaries (which is probably true considering the title of the series).

Tour dates for The Rogue Knight have been announced and can be located on Mull’s site: http://brandonmull.com/site/tour.

November 7, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1

With tomorrow being November 1, it will be exactly 20 days until the long awaited release of the new Mockingjay movie. After viewing many of the trailers, I have come to this single conclusion…it is going to be one epic movie.

From what it appears, there is going to be some intense action scenes and a well placed cut for the end of the movie. If I had to choose a place is would say the movie is going to get cut … **SPOILER****SPOILER** …right around the battle at district two where Katniss gets herself shot. **SPOILER****SPOILER** I think that that would be a natural stopping point for this movie since it is the final district battle before the epic siege of the capitol. And we all know that will be in the final movie.

I believe that this movie may cement The Hunger Games Movies as some of the greatest film works ever, right up there with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. But that may have to wait until the final movie. Regardless, this is going to be a great movie, and epic prequel to the epic finale of on elf the greatest literary series of our day.

For those of you who have not see the trailers; here they are:
Also; here are some artwork for the movie and the official movie poster:

More Rick Riordan News

So, now that The Blood of Olympus has been released, we all expected that Riordan related news would die down for a while. WRONG!!!!

There have been two recent developments in the world of Rick Riordan recently: the confirmation of a second PJ Greek Gods book, entitled Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, and the first publisher summary of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, as well as the release date, October 6, 2015.

Here’s the summary:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

And here’s an image of the new Greek Heroes book:

October 15, 2014.

The Blood of Olympus!!

I finished the Blood of Olympus today at 4:13pm after approximately 11 hours of combined reading and school. While my full review of the book will not be up for some day, here are my initial reactions:

1. This is the greatest book in the series and the best book ever written on the face of this earth. It was worth the agonizing 364 day wait.

2. While I feel that Percy, Annabeth, and Frank deserved POV’s none of them necessarily needed them. While they are three of the seven, they were not specifically important in this book.This book was for Jason and Piper, who shine like stars.

3. NO ONE CAN EVER SAY THAT PIPER IS USELESS AGAIN!!! She proved herself in this book once and for all. She grew up and took on the challenge that she had been waiting for, for months. She rescued Annabeth from fear. She fought twelve giants solo. She forced Gaia to sleep a second time. And most important of all, she figures out the true meaning behind love and friendship. If anyone ever tells me that Piper is useless again, I am going to tell them to re-read the books, remove Piper, and see how quickly the whole plot line fails. Try, in about twenty chapters.

4. While the end of a great ride, this was a satisfying ending to the series. There are only four lose ends left at the conclusion of the story: Leo and Calypso, Nico’s relationship status, Hazel’s curse, and the problem of the Python in Delphi. That surprisingly few.

Those the main points I wanted to hit on. For a full review of the story, see my full review at http://kingdomreviews.com/Book-Reviews/The-Blood-of-Olympus.php

Its Been 8 Years…And It All Ends Tomorrow

Tomorrow marks the end of the best literary collection in the history of the world…Percy Jackson.

Tomorrow is the release date of The Blood of Olympus, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series and the final book in the Percy Jackson saga. Riordan has confirmed over twitter that, should he return at all to the world of Percy Jackson, it will be some years before it happens.

Many of us who have read the books have read grown to find them some of the very best books and series ever written; and its sad to think that tomorrow, October 7, 2014, it all has to come to end.

Whether Gaia wins and Camp Half Blood is destroyed; whether Jason or Leo defeat Gaia and save the earth from itself; whether Percy or Annabeth or Leo or Nico or Jason or Piper or Hazel or Frank die; it all comes to an end tomorrow.

Ever since that fateful day in 2006 when the first edition of The Lightning Thief appeared in bookstores the world of Percy Jackson has been leading up to this final event. Percy’s greatest challenge will happen tomorrow. And after that, we will have no new Percy story to look forward too.

While Rick is not finished writing, not by a long shot, we all know that he will forever be known as the author of Percy Jackson; and the fact that he has decided to stop writing one of the best-selling YA series of all time is saddening to the entire fandom.

We have followed Percy since his days at Yancy Academy to his first days at Camp Half Blood. From his trip to the Underworld, to his mission to save his best friend in the Sea of Monsters. From his quest to save Annabeth and Artemis from the hands of Atlas, to his times in the mysterious Labyrinth of Daedalus. Through the Titan War we have followed the world’s greatest hero. And just when we thought it was all over, a new twist was given to us.

We have followed Percy through New Rome and Alaska, as he defeats the very worst that Tartarus can throw at him. We have watched as he traveled through and bested the Mare Nostrum. And we have even seen him best the very pit itself; Tartarus.

We have watched as Percy Jackson has grown from the eleven year old he was introduced to us as into one of the greatest heroes and literary characters ever conceived.

And while we will have to say goodbye to our favorite demigod tomorrow, the world of Percy Jackson will always be only a few feet away; on the bookshelves of all of us. Even after Rick Riordan has finished writing and the world of Percy Jackson has been ended forever; Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Nico, and Reyna will persist in our minds and on our bookshelves as the greatest characters and heroes to have ever been written into existence.

Thank you Rick Riordan for the fabulous stories you have told through Percy and the rest of the Heroes of Olympus. But we, the entire fandom of Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus, have one last request from you:

NEVER STOP WRITING THESE FABULOUS STORIES
AND PLEASE
WRITE ANOTHER PERCY JACKSON SERIES

While the fandom will be satisfied with whatever you have planned for our favorite characters, we will always be asking you for one more adventure. One more monster to fight. One more immortal deity to stop. And one more look into the mind of Percy Jackson.

Read The Blood of Olympus, out October 7, 2014.