The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

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My Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.5/ 5

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: YA Fantasy

synopsis

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.

(Goodreads).

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“Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?”

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The Red Pyramid is about two young siblings who find out they are magicians and that Egyptian gods really do exist. They go on a long journey to California to save the world from the evil god Set and free their father and uncle. At the end the escape from Set.

There is a lot of symbolism throughout this book considering that it is a book about magicians using ancient hieroglyphics for their magic. For example, the Eye of Horus is mentioned throughout the book. Carter had a necklace from his father that has the Eye of Horus on it because it is used to protect people. As we find out later, though, it is because Horus is using Carter as a host. The Eye Of Horus is also mentioned to have connections with the ℞ symbol used in pharmaceuticals because it is a sign of “good health”. The Eyes of Horus are also painted on boats to watch for dangers on the sea. This Egyptian symbol and other are all featured in the novel as sources for producing magic.

The characterization was very uniquely portrayed through the main characters in the book. The main characters are two siblings who have barely known each other for years and are brought together by their father releasing an evil god. Then, the two completely different brother and sister had to work together in tough situations. Their slow partnership was shown throughout the book through the many challenges they face leading up to the climax of saving the world from Set. Carter is homeschooled and travel the world constantly with his dad. Sadie lives in England with her grandparents and is more rebellious than Carter would ever be. They end up changing towards the end of the book by learning to help each other from a series of challenges and problems.

This book was really enjoyable and is once again filled with lots of Rick Riordan charm. He brought back the old mythological charm I have read from Percy Jackson and gave it all a twist to enjoy his writing in a new way. The characters were empathetical and were believable, even if they were cat goddesses name Bast, or the god of knowledge Thoth. It was filled with lots of humor and a fun-filled journey, reviving the spirit of the old ancient Egyptian myths. This book was an enjoyable read.

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This Year, Upcycle a Christmas Tree

What an enthralling idea to have an eco-friendly upcycled Pheonix Christmas tree! This might be a potential idea for the future.

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If you’ve been looking for a way to have a Christmas tree, but don’t want to either cut a living tree down or buy one that’s been molded from plastic, I’d like to recommend the approach that my wife and I started last year: upcycling a dead tree.

Basically, we went out to the woods, found a dead old tree, and upcycled it into a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree. Instead of taking a living one, which has been growing for ten years or so, and chopping it down, I like to think of this as taking a dead tree and bringing it back to life. Like a Phoenix Tree, if you will.

Aside from the obvious benefits mentioned above, it also results in a highly unique looking Christmas Tree. Frequent readers will remember the tree I posted last year, and here’s a look at this year’s tree below.

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If anyone else likes the concept, go for it, and let…

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My Dive Into Blogging In All It’s Glory

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So, this is it, my start on blogging. In this blog, I will just write about my thoughts, maybe some writing, some book reviews, and discussions about books. Maybe, later on, I will write about movies or just things that interest me.

Now, in The Over Average Teen, I don’t want anything to take out of this but to connect with other people and hopefully inspire. If you read this and think it’s something special then please share this blog with your uncle, aunt, grandma, friend, etc.

Well, this is the end of my first blog post (clap-clap-clap). Please chime in every Tuesday to see any new posts I have published.

See ya. Vi ses (Swedish).

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