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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.

 

Till Next Time…

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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 – 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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Book Review – The Sea of Monsters

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Title: The Sea of Monsters [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 2]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 288

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first one.

I think a main reason for this is that Clarisse became a main character. I do not like her. At all. Having to read so much about her greatly annoyed me. I was plotting her death with each page. We did get some new characters though. Percy gets a brother who I think is kind of adorable. Percy kind of didn’t like him at first but he got over it. We also got more info about some of the gods and I have come to really like Hermes.

“It doesn’t matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don’t appreciate your genius for inventing the internet-”
“You invented the internet?”
It was my idea, Martha said.
Rats are delicious, George said.
“It was my idea!” Hermes said. “I mean the internet, not the rats. But that’s not the point.”

In this book I started to feel more attached to the characters. Riordan is beginning to really weave a good story with characters I can feel all the heart they have and the ideals they try to uphold.

I found this book more realistic than the last one since Percy is older here. He is in danger constantly and goes through so much but he doesn’t even freak out or really get hurt ever. I found this hard to consume in the first one cause he was only 14, but I think its more “realistic” when he is 15. The style of the writing is still the same way I liked it, both series but takes a moment to mention the ridiculous things that can happen along the way.

This story in terms of plot moved ahead nicely and actually threw me a curve ball at the end which I didn’t see coming, so I really enjoyed that. In this one Grover gets captured by a Cyclops and Thalia’s Tree is sick and the only thing that can help it and protect Camp Half-Blood is to find the magical Golden Fleece. Luckily for our heroes, they are both at the same place so they race off to go get them before the tree dies and before Grover is forced to marry the Cyclops! My favourite part about this adventure was that the Fleece was guarded by man eating sheep. I picture that in my head and its just so spastic.

So yeah, good enough to keep me going onto the next books in the series. The ending really has me hooked!

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Book Review – The Lightening Thief

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Title: The Lightening Thief [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 377

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

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’ 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’ 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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Liked this book more than I thought I would.

I fell in love with the writing style of this book so quickly. Its a really easy read and simple to follow along with. Some of the phrases that happen are just so awesome, I highlighted a number of them as I was reading along. One of my favourites is:

I had become one with the plumbing.

And of course:

“…For I am the might Echidna!”

I stared at her. All I could think to say was “Isn’t that some kind of anteater?”

She howled, her reptilian face turning brown and green with rage. “I hate it when people say that! I hate Australia! Naming that ridiculous animal after me…”

I got a good giggle from that one since I am from Aus and Echidna’s are adorable.

All of that being said though I did have my issues with the writing. I had to keep reminding myself just how old these kids were suppose to be. Perhaps its because I don’t spend a lot of time with younger people, but they all seemed to be acting way older than they should have been to me. I will chalk some of this up to the fact they are part god and most have had really dodgy lives, but still. I also worked out things and saw them coming a bit too easily. But I suppose I can forgive this since its middle grade. I am really not used to reading middle grade.

I didn’t feel very attached to any of the characters. I both liked and didn’t like the way the gods were represented in a modernised kind of way. I think it touched a little too close to home for me since my beliefs run along those lines. However, I did find the fact that they kind of followed where ever western society was most thriving at the time in amongst mortals kind of thing an interesting thought, even if I wasn’t fully on board with it. So in this book of course it was in America.

So yes, I enjoyed this book well enough I just think I have to get used to reading more middle grade books so I know what to kind of expect from the depth of the story. I would suggest this book to pretty much anyone who likes fantasy, I think it looks like a series that at least deserves a chance.

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Book Review – Nerissa The Forgotten Siren

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Title: Nerissa The Forgotten Siren

Author: Lainy Lane

Genre: Mythology

Length: 39

Rating: 1 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Legends are unable to go very far if there are no survivors to carry the stories.
You’ve heard of mythology before, but not like this.
The Untold Myths series tells the side of mythology that no one has dared to tell before.
Sirens, the songs that lead sailors to their watery graves. Ships sink at the hands of the people that steer them. Once the song has left a sirens mouth you are doomed. You may know the story of the three original sirens, but did you know there were actually four? Nerissa is the forgotten siren. Her story has never been told, until now…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Such a shame. I always have such high hopes when it comes to stories about mermaids and this one just destroyed all of them.

The book pretty much was set in my bad books when it started off in the perspective of the Greek God Aphrodite. As someone who believes in these kinds of Gods, not necessarily these Gods but they are all along the same lines anyway and I have great respect for them all, I people are going to change things, add things, and make them their own when they bring them into their stories and when they do it well I really enjoy it, so don’t take my opinion against it as some religious disagreement. The portrayal of Aphrodite and all the other Gods was just horrible. Aphrodite, the god of love, was portrayed as someone who didn’t believe in it and hated it. Thats just stupid in my books. I can see someone changing it so that she ‘loves’ in the sense that she sleeps around all the time, but she can’t not believe in the very thing that makes her who she is. Her and all the other Gods were portrayed as over the top dramatic children. All they did was complain, and bitch and wallow in self pity. Not very Godly at all. Zeus was portrayed by Aphrodite as someone who got off on others pain. I mean come on now… Self pity runs strong in the main character as well.

I could have almost liked the ending how she becomes a human because Aphrodite sacrificed her ability to see her daughter so she could live happily ever after, but the whole love things that Nerissa was altering her life for happened way to quickly, there were a number of grammatically flawed sections, and just sections of the writing was horrid, excluding all the stupid nonsense of Gods being bitchy little cry babies.

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Book Review – Maelyn

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Title: Maelyn (Book one of The Nine Princessess Novellas)

Author: Anite Valle

Genre: Teen Mythology Fiction

Length: 140

Rating: 2 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Months later, the king returned home and presented his astonished queen with not one, but nine baby girls. “One from each kingdom I visited,” said the king. “They are orphans.” The queen wept joyously at the row of cradles, each bearing a sleeping infant. After bestowing a kiss on each child’s forehead she said, “Now they are princesses.”

Book 1: Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was disappointed with this book. Don’t know why but I was expecting it to far better than it was.

The story itself was interesting, but there wasn’t enough of it in this one section of the series to really get into it. The back story that is mentioned is really quite interesting and I wish I had more of it, but I don’t think that its going to happen. It seems to be very focussed on the future. I plan on getting the rest in the series at some point so I can know if the story becomes more full and complete. The things that let it down in this section where that things were sped through (though this might be because of the whole novella thing), and the writing style was very stale and rigid.

The characters were very bland on the scale of things, minor difference between the very few you actually got to meet (there are 9 princesses but you only get a glimpse of about 4 princesses personalities) and I never got to feel any attachment to any of them. Sure at some points I did feel anger/annoyance/ frustration to some of them, but these feelings are easier to get from a reader than feelings of love, which is what we want. I know I don’t read to feel angry.

I know thats not much of a review but there really wasnt much of a book to review. I feel like this ‘series’ would have been better off in a single novel with more depth, and each princess getting their own chapter.

If you wish to take a look at it yourself at some point, it is free on amazon kindle store right now so I suggest you go grab it while its cheapest.