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Book Review – A Blaze of Sun

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Title: A Blaze of Sun [A Shade of Vampire 5]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 225

Rating: 2 Star

Series Review: 12, 34, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Welcome back to The Shade…

“Of course you know who I am. I’m a daughter of the darkness just as surely as you are his son…”

Ever since his brief encounter with Emilia at The Shade, Derek’s thoughts and dreams have been haunted with images of the mysterious, beautiful brunette. Plagued with guilt, he struggles to understand why he is so drawn to this dark stranger from his past.

When Emilia suddenly appears again on the island, Derek is both terrified and intrigued. But this time, he is determined to involve Sofia and discover who this woman is.

If only Derek and Sofia knew, Emilia is a mystery that should be left undiscovered…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read on because I just want to know how all this rubbish will be resolved. The books really are all bleeding into each other.

I made a jump for joy when the new stupid love triangle ended. I hated the first one, but I hated this one more. At one point Derek was all like You are being an absolute fool when he was with Emilia and all I could think is yes, yes you are. Forever and always a fool.

I had my suspicions that was actually in fact Cora from before Derek went to sleep ever since she first showed her now apparently Derek approved face. I hated this. Just… gah.. So much hatred. I LIKED Cora. Why oh why Forrest did you have to go and destroy such a good character by turning her into this poisonous bloody member in the love triangle. Two crimes to the series were done in this single act.

I had issues with the whole culling thing. For ages they make the culling sound like it happened years and years ago, but then I encountered a section that made it sound like it was within the last few years and this greatly confused me. If it happened so recently why on earth did they choose to do the first culling? The timeline for the culling has gotten confused and I cannot make sense of it. Important history things like this need to stay fixed and well planned and thought out and I didn’t think this was.

So Ingrid died in this one. I don’t believe it though. Her death seemed really quick and just from stupidity, so I have feelings that they might bring her back somehow. But she may not, I could be wrong. So in the book they think they have the cure idea down and decided to test the theory out on Ingrid because if they are wrong it means she dies! Except, despite all the hints that any cure must be done with immune blood like Sofia’s they decided to test with normal bloody human blood so of course she dies.

They get it right with Derek though of course. I also think this was a really silly thing for them to do, turn Derek human. Yes, at the end of the series it would make the most sense cause then they could be together. Right now though they have impending doom coming at them from all sides and they really could use kingly vampire strength and power but instead its decided that Derek should become human and go on a little trip for three months with Sofia and they just leave everyone high and dry. Sooooo annoying. Derek is supposed to love his sister, this is pretty much leaving her to the wolves and everyone with the risk of getting blown up/confined. The idea is put out there by the first big bad vampire guy that Derek is supposed to be stronger as a human but I don’t see that at all.

I know all this seems really negative. I think its just gone on a little too long for me. I did like bits from memory, but by the time I got to the end of the book I didn’t remember what they were. I know I like Kyle and find Anna and his story really cute though. I hope they end up together.

I think this series ends in like two books. I wish it was the next. I want answers and I don’t know how much more of this I can tolerate.

 

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Book Review – The Last Olympian

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Title: The Last Olympian [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 381

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was just such an awesome way to end a truly good series.

The gods have left Olympus to try and stop Typhon, Percy’s fathers world is all but shattered, and Kronos and the Titons move to attack Olympus while the gods are distracted. Percy must come to understand how Luke was able to host the body of Kronos without being destroyed with the help of Nico in order to stand a chance against the time lord and protect his home and the home of the gods.

This review will probably be filled with spoilers, so if you don’t want any I suggest you just take my word that it was awesome and read and then move onto another review.

From page one pretty much this book starts off with a bang and doesn’t really stop until the end. This book is filled with everything and everyone plus a few knew things and people to add to the drama.

When you go into a series like this, I at least, expect the happy ending. I was pleasantly surprised about how our happy ending came about though. We has this prophecy shoved in our face the entire series and even though we know those prophecies can be tricky Riordan still found a way to end everything neatly and gives us a few touching and also a little bit saddening surprises as to how it was all going to come about. I think we all knew that Luke was going to die, but he sacrificed himself for everyone else and I so respected him for that. Annabeth FINALLY accepted that he couldn’t be saved but I know that was so hard for her.

One way our hero’s get help is Annabeth (I think it was Annabeth anyway I should have taken notes!) after reading work and plans that Daedalus had given her she works out that all the statues in the city could be made to come alive and be given an objective like “Wake the other statues” or “Kill the enemy” was really really interesting. I would love to see that happen in a movie. I also loved Grovers new found Wild powers that he gained from Pan. He has a lot of issues ahead of him trying to get nature more of place in the world but I believe in him! Poseidon really was not kidding about how a sand dollar could be useful if Percy could work out how to spend it. That was an awesome scene.

I loved that Percy and Annabeth finally got together. Their underwater kiss was just so adorable.

When we found out the poor Oracle’s, you know the mummy in the attic, back story I felt so so so so so bad for her. Just so devastated her. She really must have suffered all those long years. Though I kind of think its a bit creepy that Rachel became the Oracle I am so happy that she did because it gave that other poor girl and chance to finally rest. Also, it took her out of the running to be with Percy.

When Percy saves the day the Gods grant him a wish (or two really) for all he had done. He thankfully turned down the offer of immortality (I was freaking out a second when I thought he might accept!) but he makes the god accept all their half blood children and give EVERY god’s child a cabin at camp half-blood if they wished to be there. This made me so happy for children like Nico and for the minor gods like Hestia who normally just got over looked because they were not important enough or because they didn’t ‘fit’ right with the rest.

I would more than willing pick this series up again. There was start up for the next series which I am so looking forward to reading as well! Everyone should at least read this part of the series. I don’t think I have a single bad thing to say about this book. Read. It.

 

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Book Review – The Battle of the Labyrinth

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Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 4]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 368

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This is my favourite one so far I think.

Kronos is close to rising, the big bad Titans are an ever looming threat. Many think that camp half-blood is a safe place to be when all hell breaks loose. But we find out that isn’t the case. Luke plans to invade the camp and destroy all those who could potentially stop his plans of rising Kronos and destroying Olympus by using the mythical Labyrinth to enter camp inside its shield.

Of course they find the entrance that Luke plans on using, but Luke and his army have a head start, they have already started exploring and trying to work out ways to get through the ever changing maze with traps and monsters down every end and around every corner. They must find Daedalus’ workshop in the hopes of destroying the maze and killing Luke’s entrance to the camp.

I have always loved story about the Labyrinth and I loved every moment of this one. The pressure of things happening grows and grows as Percy does, coming ever closer to the age when he is supposed to the something to make or break the world they know. Everyone’s storyline in this book is interesting. We get Tyson back, Nico is one of the most fascinating creatures ever, Grover’s head is spinning after having heard Pan speak to him, we get more human interaction with our new character Rachel Dare, and poor Annabeth and Percy go through their struggles. Annabeth leads this quest and I was so happy about that, it was just so worthy of her.

*SPOILER* – I was so so so sad for poor Grover when he finally meets Pan. Heck, I was emotionally destroyed about the encounter too. Grover and his kind have been looking for their lord of the wild for as long as forever, and Grover finally finds him and talks to him, then he goes and dies. It killed me cause he was the wilderness, I mourn the loss of that sense or nature and just natural beauty that there is no way of getting back. - *END SPOILER*

Because this book is more serious than the last, and I suspect that the last one will be the most serious, that doesn’t mean that we don’t get the same witty and joyous comments and writing. Actually, the only comments I actually made about this book (such a bad habit to fall into when you plan on reviewing things) were some highlights of lines that I found so wonderful.

“It’s not a date!” I protest. “It’s just Annabeth, Mom. Jeez!”

“She’s coming all the way from camp to meet you.”

“Well, yeah.”

“You’re going to the movies.”

“Yeah.”

“Just the two of you.”

“Mom!”

and then I also highlight:

“I am Poseidon.”

“Poseidon? That’s an interesting name.”

“Yes, I like it. I’ve gone by other names, but I do prefer Poseidon.”

“Like the god of the sea.”

“Very much like that. yes.”

The ending of this book made me very happy for Percy.

If you haven’t started reading this serious yet I really don’t know what to say to you. Do I need more words? I found the series started off slow but the more I read the more I love. Don’t disregard cause of the ‘middle grade’ label. Go forth and read!

 

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Book Review – Thirteen Reasons Why

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Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 288

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

A word of warning before I write this review. I have intensely negative views on suicide that will offend people and I am sure they are going to seep out in this review because its the whole plot to the book. So if you know don’t like people looking down upon those who have killed themselves, move on. We do not need to have a fight about it, the review is not worth it. If you can handle someone doing this though, read on. You have been warned.

I was greatly surprised by just how much I liked this book. I had heard great things from a few people in the book world but I was a bit iffy about it because of the reasons stated above. But I actually found it quite moving.

We start off the book with Clay receiving a package full of cassette tapes from Hanna Baker, a girl who killed herself the week before. It states the thirteen reasons and events why she killed herself, and the only reason you would be hearing the tapes are if you are one of those. I was a bit confused about the whole thing to begin with the voice and the person talking at the beginning of these tapes just seemed so strong to me. I thought This person killed herself? But she is so fired up! You could tell she really wanted to stick it to all the people who she accounts for why she chose to die. But as you go through the tapes, she looses some of that fire and by the end I was thinking There is that weakness I was looking for. I suppose that was well done. With each event she got more worn down and became weaker and weaker till she just gave up.

For example, at the beginning of the tapes Hannah is unable to say the word suicide during the tapes when talking about her plans, but by the end of them she is freely saying it with ease.

The people in her life are just disgusting. If I was surrounded by such horrible people that turn their back or do some of those thing to me the way they did to her I might be seriously depressed too. The only person in the whole book though that I felt sorry for was Clay. Not Hannah though I did at the beginning but that wore off quickly. Clay is such a sweety and having to listen to these tapes was just so hard for him. It got some closure to, but I think he just felt so hurt by the whole thing. Having to listen to her say that she didn’t have anyone on her side and no one would help her and listen to stories that the end about her putting herself in situations that would make her want to kill herself, knowing full well that they would not end well. I agreed with everything Clay was saying to himself at the end. You did not ask for help, Hannah. You sent him away when he was there. You always have another option. Poor, poor Clay.

All that being said though he is guilty of being one of the stupid people at times and he should have tried harder to be there for her because then she might have actually asked him for help. He was too scared to get close until she was already too far gone. I don’t mean he should have seen the signs, I just mean that he shouldn’t have let the opinions of others get in his way for something he really really wanted, such as Hannah.

While I don’t look upon people who commit suicide… fondly, I can understand to an extent I suppose. Things spiral and even the small things become big and depressing and life shattering. I believe though that people should be able to see this happening ans slam on the breaks and slow things down or call out for help. To more than one person. If they can’t though, I think this book is a very good telling of how these things can happen. The story was very well written and really amazingly presented and best of all realistic.

I would recommend this book to anyone who maybe wants a little bit of insight on the topic and how things can realistically happen. If you expect people to need huge reasons to die I would stay away, this is a story about more little things and you may not like it like I did. It is a short read though so it might be worth it. I will probably even pick it up again at some point.

 

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Top Ten Books – Characters Who Would Sit At My Table

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Now, as a quiet person who did not understand the drama that people created in school (and seem to continue making) I actively avoided, and was avoided by most of my student body. The only people younger I talked to were those who were friends of my brothers that came over to my house, the only people in my year I talked to that the others decided were not good enough to be their friends, or those a year or two ahead of me because (some) of those had grown out of the drama. Many teachers at my school who did not teach me directly actually thought I was years ahead and I got all the senior perks I wasn’t suppose to get 2 years before I was supposed to. Moving on.

1. Taylor from On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Her hatred of most people except those closest to her would instantly have put her at my table in school.

2. I kind of feel realistically might be a stretch but since I want him I am going to put him there. Adrian from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. People look down on him so this might have ended him up with us.

3. Arriane from Fallen by Lauren Kate. She is crazy and random and she would totally fit in with my group.

4. Matthew from Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. He lives in the land of bonkers so he will fit right in at my table.

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5. Zero from Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. He is a total antisocial dick, so he is a shoe in. He wont love how much we love him, but he will keep coming back anyways.

6. Mia from If I Stay by Gayle Forman. We had more than one music driven people in the group. She just seems like she would fit in.

7. Augustus from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I don’t know how much he would like this group I have made, but he is funny and I want him. If you know, he could be there.

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That is actually all the characters I can think of that I kinda love right now. I could have sworn there was more but…. I will add more later if I think of some.

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Book Review – If I Stay

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Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 138

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2

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Description/Synopsis:

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. I picked it up because the trailer for the movie looks amazing and when the book is so short I don’t really have an excuse not to read it before I see the movie now do I? I was a little bit worried about reading it because things get hyped and I don’t always like them but I was very pleasantly surprised.

There will be spoilers in this post so you may want to skip over it if you have not already read the book.

The idea of the story is very simple, should she wake up from her coma or should she move on and be with her family? The simplicity of it though is what makes it good. How does one make a decision like that? Are your dreams or friends or even boyfriend a good enough reason to wake up seriously injured and have to face the rest of your life without the people you loved the most in it? When you were the only one to live? I think some of you would just be like yes! Of course! But just think about how tired Mia must have been, it goes into her injuries in quite alot of detail. I don’t know what I would choose.

Because Mia is in a coma for pretty much the whole duration of the book, there is alot of back and forth between memories and the things going on around her in the hospital. I think this method worked well in the book because you slowly got depth to all the layers of things in her life including family, friends, boyfriend and of course the cello. I am a bit worried about how they are going to do this in the movie though because in the book they will just break off from the present to the past and that kind of thing works in a book but visually it might be not so great.

I felt connected to most the characters but I really, really loved the way her parents are portrayed and the general family dynamic. Her parents sound like the best people in the world. The one thing I highlighted in the book was when Mia’s brother Teddy was being born:

“Music! Goddammit! Music!” Mom screamed.

“We have some lovely Enya. Very soothing,” the midwife said.

“Fuck Enya!” Mom screamed. “Melvins. Earth. Now!”

I did like Mia quite alot and her relationships with everyone was cute. All of Adam’s attempts to see her and communicate with her throughout the book were just adorable and I loved him. The for alot of the book though I was screaming at her about one thing. Her brother Teddy. In the beginning she was like I must find him! But then she finds her own body and gets distracted and I can understand that. It must be shocking. But then she does very little thinking about him in present tense after that. The whole time I had a pretty good feeling that Teddy had died, but still. There was such urgency then nothing… I just wanted to know for sure! Only complaint about the book really. The ending was very abrupt but I didn’t mind that.

This is a book about the small things that mean the world but you might not notice them until something huge like this happens. I would recommend this book to anyone planning on seeing the movie, and who likes a mellow book about life. I will be picking up the next book and I don’t doubt that I will read this one again.

 

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Book Review – Grieftime

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Title: Grieftime

Author: Heather Bulpett

Genre: Dystopian

Length: 455

Rating: 2 Star

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In a world where life, love and even reproduction are regulated by the state, Lyn reluctantly accepts that she must marry again just weeks after her first husband’s death. Supported by her friend Judith, she acquiesces to her every movement being monitored ‘in her own best interests’.

Into Lyn’s life comes Mikey, a younger man who was once a pupil of hers. Lyn tries to follow the rules and fit into the wifely role that has been allotted to her, learning how to cope with the exuberant, straight-talking Mikey and his large, boisterous family – something she never had as an orphan brought up in a ‘dump’ home. But a new relationship is not the only surprise Lyn has to face: she feels as if she is being stalked, and isn’t even sure if she can trust her best friend anymore.

As Lyn’s world unravels, she is comforted by her new husband and supported by her mysterious ‘counsellor’ Dylan. But who really has her best interests at heart, and can the heavy surveillance she is under ever be justified? Grieftime is an innovative novel that embraces a world shaped by technology; a world without free will that surely none of us would want to live in.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received an early copy of the book from the publishers for a review.

It kind of kills me to say this because I really get along with the publicist who sent me the book, he sent me The Forgotten War last time and I really really enjoyed that book, but I quite nearly hated this one.

We are presented with a dystopian world where women have no free will and men make all the choices. Literally. They get selected by the man when they become of marrying age, falling in love is not allowed, they go to special classes on how to please their man including sexual pleasure, they need permission to do anything, and what the man says goes. There are even laws to go along with this. Why is this world like this do you ask? Well I would like to know too. There are many mentions that the world was not always like this, that it was much closer to our world not even that long ago, but we get no explanation. This greatly annoyed me. I didn’t need a huge explanation, I just needed a reason as to why the world was working the way it was because it said it hadn’t always been this way. Without the explanation the book just kind of reeked of woman hatred which makes no sense cause the author is a woman. I saw a quote that said something along the lines that if you want to read a book that doesn’t exist yet you must write it. This makes me question why someone would want to write something like that.

The plot didn’t feel very well thought out to me. I didn’t feel very threatened or worried about this crazy best friend that was out to get out main character Lyn. The why though kind of explained just didn’t do it for me. Also, if she was such a big threat why didn;t anyone do anything quicker, that was never explained, and why didn’t just take Lyn out sooner. Or better yet, why did Lyn keep meeting up with her! It just got on my nerves. It also held the element that Lyn was apparently the best person ever and literally everyone was obsessed with her. So annoying.

I didn’t think the characters were very well written or developed as well. It was put across that Mikey was supposed to be a wonderful guy that was just full of unlawful love for his newly selected wife, a far better man than her last husband, but we get a mishmash. One minute he is fine, the next he is going crazy for no reason and at one point turned into a rapist. This makes it really hard to have any feelings for him whatsoever. His love also seems to be very inconsistent for no reason. Same goes for Lyn though, one minute she is fine, been cheeky or standing up for herself, then she will just turn into this coward over nothing. Literally, there were some moments where running away screaming were much more called for than the time she splashed food on Mikey’s shirt.

You will notice I didn’t rate it a one star though. This is because it did make me laugh at times. I thought the writing was not well done at all, but it did have its funny moments between Mikey and Lyn. Lyn mostly. A running joke is that Lyn can’t cook, and one joke that made me giggle was:

“If you don’t get a move on dinner will be cremated.”

Mikey looked round at that. “You can’t cremate a casserole.”

“Listen, mate, I can cremate anything.”

So that was funny.

Sadly I don’t feel like I can recommend this book to anyone. It does kill me to say that, but its true. Others seemed to have enjoyed it on goodreads but clearly it just was not for me.

 

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Book Review – The Titan’s Curse

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Title: The Titan’s Curse [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 3]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 320

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow. I am getting so into this series.

With each book I find that someone else is in trouble and it highlights different characters in the series. In this one Annabeth and Artemis the Goddess of the Hunt and Moon are missing and are in grave danger. Percy and his new group of people must go and save them in a very short amount of time. Zoe, second in command of Artemis’ Huntresses who is just awesome, Thalia daughter of Zues, and new demi god Bianca di Angelo are the ones to go along. We meet Bianca and her brother Nico at the beginning of the book when they get rescued.

The characters are just as likeable in this book but I actually felt more of connection to them this time. Though I get why some people don’t want to believe that Luke is a bad guy and I can feel for them for that, I kind of want to slap them and tell the to wake up and smell the Kronos. That being said I think Percy comes off as a butt head with his hatred of Luke, which is also understandable what with all the attempts at murder and all.

This is kind of spoilery so if you don’t want to risk it move onto the next paragraph. Thalia’s choice at the end of the book really annoyed me. She was so sure of herself like the whole book and then her choice just seemed like a bit of a cop out because she didn’t want that responsibility. Also, even though I guessed who Bianca and Nico’s godly parent was earlier, I didn’t care. I was so bloody excited to be proven right. Very big YAY moment. Things are about the get really interesting.

And people actually died in this one! I really didn’t think it was ever going to happen but it did, and it happened to probably one of the worst (in the sense that their death could cause serious issues) people. I was freaking out. There was also a death that didn’t have such issues, it was just sad. As if I needed a reason to like the stars more.

The ending of this book. Oh my gods the ending. The more we go into the series the more the plot quickens and thickens it just gets so much better.

If you even remotely liked the first two books I suggest that you read this one. They really do get better and who wouldn’t like the writing style?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want To Read But Don’t Own

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

So so sooo many. What book person wouldn’t make a list of like 20? At least?

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

3. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.

7. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass.

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8. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.

9. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.

10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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And there are just a few of the books upon my list. Be sure to share, these lists is how I keep up with what I should read :)

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Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books 11.0 – Day 7 Challenges + Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 374

Books Read:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Day 2

Pages Read: 171

Books Completed:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Books Started: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Day 3

Pages Read: 34

Books Started: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Day 4

Pages Read: 82

Books Read: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Day 5

Pages Read: 204

Books Finished: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Books Started: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Day 6

Pages Read: 21

Books Read: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Day 7

Pages Read: 150

Books Finished: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Books Started: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

 

So I don’t know if I consider this a dud thing or not. I read a few books and I participated in most challenges. I didn’t do all my goals though, I barely had time to read and do challenges let alone commenting to people so that fell flat. I hope I will have more time next time this challenge comes around. Yesterday was a total dud though. I didn’t do any barely reading and I didn’t do the challenge. I accidentally, and I really do mean accidentally, got drunk. One minute I was perfectly fine spacing out my drinks so they barely phased me at all then WHAM they all hit me at once hours later. I didn’t stick with my reading goals all that closely either because I think its better just to do what grabs you in a challenge.

MOVING ON.

Total Pages Read: 1036

Books Read (Both Completed and not Completed):

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And now onto the final challenge for this read-a-thon! Because of how the times work for me the challenge is still happening while the weeks has actually ended.

5 Book Challenge

It is 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. You are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you must do the next day. Tasks of the coming days consume your thoughts and while your mind is somewhere else you are caught off guard by a flash in the sky that is followed by a large wailing screech that pierces the air and shatters your bedroom window. Slowly you move to the window and what you see catches your breathe and causes you to stumble back a few steps. The aliens (at least you think they are aliens) have began to enter the city and destroy everything that is in their path. Through the window your view is consumed with destruction, screaming people and large flames that are dancing across the city at a fast pace. You notice that the creatures are heading in your direction and you realize you probably have about fifteen minutes before they reach your home. That means you have only about ten minutes to gather your belongings and escape before you are caught in the attack from the aliens invading the city.

Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world. Would you choose books that would help you survive in the post-apocalyptic world ,books for pleasure that would make you happy and take you to a fantasy reality or books that you can’t live without?

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Its scenarios raised here where I really wish I had some ‘how to survive in the wild’ kind of books upon my shelf. Will my Man vs Wild memories and my books be enough?!

The books I choose are:

1. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This I picked because I would not be able to live without it.

2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Its got aliens taking over the world. Surely I can learn something? Its being great is a plus though.

3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I used to read it at least once a year until my copy died. It also has the added bonus of being a reminder of my mother. (I assume since both my parents are useless they die in the early advances of this invasion so I need memento of each of them).

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4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Because it will remind me that words are beautiful, not just the story they tell.

5.I really really really wanted to give this to The Hobbit or something in honour of my dad, but it doesn’t satisfy my fantasy needs completely so I am giving this spot to The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings. My dad introduced me to this author though so I still have memories here.

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I have only included books I own on my shelves right now. When I get other books on my shelves rather than my kindle this list would change a bit.

 

Till Next Time…