Hi everyone! I’ve been busy with a lot of personal things of late hence the lack of posts. I’ve also been backlogged with book reviews for months now, so I’ve decided to do mini-reviews to catch up! I hope you don’t mind!
Today I’m going to do short reviews for the following books:
- Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Her Treasures by Fida Islaih
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
MINI REVIEW #1 – PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF BY RICK RIORDAN
Title: Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: June 28th 2005
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 400
Summary: “Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: ableism, use of ableist language, manipulation, animal abuse
Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
As I said, short and sweet! Percy Jackson was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I love mythology so this was right up my street. I read this some time ago in 2018 so it’s not fresh in my mind, but I do remember that this was quite a page-turner. My only criticism is that it contained a LOT of ableist comments and metaphors. Riordan has said that he wrote Percy Jackson for his son who also has ADHD (the character Percy has dyslexia and ADHD), but I found there to be a lot of ableist things in the novel. Also, I won’t say who but there is a disabled character who turns out not to be permanently disabled because of “fantasy” and I really REALLY didn’t like that at all. Disabled people deserve better representation.
Anyway, I’m hoping to finish the Percy Jackson series this year so check back for more PJ reviews!
MINI REVIEW #2 – HER TREASURES BY FIDA ISLAIH
Title: Her Treasures
Author: Fida Islaih
Publisher: Amazon Createspace
Publication Date: October 1st 2015
Page Count: 64
Summary: “Islaih shares her travel to Malaysia. She continues to share more of her thoughts on Palestine. More poems include her love for her sisters, faith and words.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: terrorism, war, refugee trauma
Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
I’ve read Islaih’s poetry collection ‘Blossoming Heart’ which I absolutely adored, but this collection didn’t seem to impact me as much. I find with Islaih’s poetry, it’s either a hit or a miss. I guess that could apply to most books. I feel like it is simply my own personal reading likes and dislikes. However, I think Islaih is a wonderful self-published poet and this collection in particular really demonstrates the poet’s heart. I’ve got lots of her other collections sitting on my shelf, so I’m looking forward to delving into more of her work.
MINI REVIEW #3 – DEAR MARTIN BY NIC STONE
Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Page Count: 210
Summary: “Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: racism, police brutality, death, blackface, injury detail
Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Dear Martin was undoubtedly an intense read. I read it some time ago but I can remember the feelings it created in me. So much anger towards the white characters in the novel. Not only does this novel expose America’s racism toward young black boys, it also exposes how oblivious young white teenagers are and how much they reinforce white supremacy. Stone characterised the discussions about racism in the classroom really well. The fact that young black people have to educate white people who are twice their age is incredibly unjust. I think this novel truly did what it had to do.
Thank you for reading this massive review post! My mental health has stopped me from reviewing books so this is just an easier way for me to catch up without stressing out too much.
Have you read any of the above books? What did you think? Let me know below!
Until next time, be brave & bookish!