The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan Book Review

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.


I spent my childhood going to museums and my favorite exhibits were always the ones about Egypt. When I found out one of my favorite authors was writing a series about Egyptian mythology I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to see how Rick Riordan would weave his story.


Here are a couple of things i enjoyed about The Red Pyramid(very minor to minimal spoilers ahead):

  • The world building was phenomenal! I loved how Riordan blends his stories with realism and mythology.
  • The character building. The way the author writes his characters and makes you become attached despite your best attempts to not become attached because let’s be honest here, Mr. Riordan is not the kindest when it comes to characters. He can enjoy seeing them suffer.
  • The fact that incest is actually addressed.  There is a lot of incest in Ancient Egyptian history.  It actually makes learning more about the culture of the pharaohs a little difficult. The way Mr. Riordan handles it is graceful and leaves no doubt in your mind that there is no incest in his books.
  • I have always enjoyed how the love story is not a big deal in Riordan’s books.  It helps us keep in mind that the character are in their young teens.  No young teenager needs to worry about being in love and finding the love of their life. There is plenty of time to do that when they are older.
  • In Chapter 9 she says ‘My dear, i’m a cat everything i see is mine’.  I have always loved cats i have 3 of them. They are simply the most precious and sassy animals in the world.
  • Not many authors are comfortable about addressing race in their books but something Riordan has always done well is talk about the realities of being one race or having a specific belief.  In The Red Pyramid the relationship between PoC(in particular African American men) and the Police. He is very open and honest and states things exactly how they are. He does not gently blow this topic off(which would be difficult since one of the main characters is a PoC)
  • One of the final things I appreciated in this book is the fact that Riordan makes little references to his other books. In particular he references the Percy Jackson Series. If you have not read the Percy Jackson books you won’t understand the reference but if you do you will immediately be saying to yourself ‘I see what you did there’.

This book is perfect for anyone who wants a story that has an adventure but isn’t all consumed in romance. I feel like most adventure books are more absorbed in the romance and use that as a point to move the plot along but in my opinion none of Riordan’s books do that.  This book is technically middle grade so it is also very easy to read.

Overall I give this story 4.5 Bards!

Top 14 of 2014: Day 3



Instead of taking a week off after the Christmas holiday like I have every year since A Midsummer Night’s Read opened, I am joining forces with Krista from Krista’s Dust Jacket and Kim from Kimberly Faye Reads to host a Top 14 of 2014 meme!

 Not only are you able to participate in this meme, but we will each be hosting giveaways on our blogs including extra entries if you participate and add to our links! Feel free to use the graphic above in your posts.

Today’s topic is:

Top 14 Favorite Covers

I am choosing a specific type of cover (which is always my favorite) Photography

1. A Mad, Wicked Folly:  I adore a good cover with a beautiful dress.  I realize that this photograph is superimposed onto another image, but I still count it!

2. The Retribution of Mara Dyer: I also really enjoy surrealist photography (a good example would be Brooke Shaden’s work, you should google her! So I think this photograph is fabulous and poignant. I love the fluidity of it.

3. We Were Liars: I love how this photo looks a lot like an image that would have been taken at any family or friend vacation. It really fits the novel.

4. The Jewel: Another gorgeous dress cover. Yep, I’m a sucker.

5. The Fine Art of Pretending: I love how simplistic, yet realistic, this cover is and how it looks so much like a couple shoot after an engagement or something done for fun.

6. The Girl with the Windup Heart: be still my steampunk heart. Another beautiful dress, but I adorehow the designer threw in the references to the book’s genre. The clockwork necklace and the Victorian key are two examples.

7. These Gentle Wounds: This is a beautiful photograph that projects the vulnerability that the title suggests, and the lighting is really highlighting the subject well.  Plus, the model isn’t too bad on the eyes!

8. Inland: Remember when I mentioned how much I love Brooke Shaden and her surrealist photography up above? This cover was actually designed BY Brooke Shaden, so of course it is on my list!

9. Insanity: This photo was clearly taken in an abandoned and falling apart hallway, and the dress and the continuous movement implied by the blur over the subject is beautifully haunting.

10.  17 First Kisses: two words to describe why I like this photo: beautiful solitude. It is simple and yet speaks volumes.

What are some of your favorite covers from 2014?  Did you like the animated covers? Covers with inanimate objects? Or are you a photography fiend like me?

Join our meme!

Tomorrow’s topic is: Top 14 Favorite Couples

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

1. Hourglass by Myra McEntire

I actually do have the original photograph hanging as a piece of art in my room, along with a few other photograph prints that are signed by the photographer, Lissy Elle.

2. Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamara

 Another Lissy Elle photograph that just speaks to me and that I absolutely
love. I’d add it to my Lissy Elle collection I already have.

3. A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson

The cover shot is done by Brooke Shaden, undoubtedly my other favorite surrealist photographer, and just like the book, was inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

4. Inland by Kat Rosenfield

This cover was a recreation of one of Brooke Shaden’s original photographs that she re-shot specifically for this book cover. I actually like the coloring more on this one than the original photograph.

5. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

I’m a sucker for self portrait photography and whimsical locations.

6. Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Again with a pretty dress and an excellent location, I would most definitely
add this to my photography collection.

7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I know this one is very similar to the previous choice, but I definitely love the reverse gravity effect.

8. Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Another Lissy Elle photograph from the same series that inspired the first Hourglass novel’s cover.

9. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

I can’t help it, I love Lissy Elle’s photography, so of course this one is going to make my list as well!

10. One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

Yeah, I know another photograph seemingly defying gravity. I love it!

What covers would you hang in your house as artwork?

Waiting on Wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on: 
Release Date: January 14, 2014
In 1940 after the first book ends, Jacob and his new Welsh island friends flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world. Caul, a dangerous madman, is Miss Peregrine’s brother, and can steal Peculiar abilities for himself. The Peculiars must fight for survival, again.
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