Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan



5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Love it!! 

     
   The Son of Neptune is book #2 in The Heroes of Olympus series. The book is set after book #1, The Lost Hero. Where Jason, Piper & Leo defeated Enceladus and rescued Hera.

This book begins with the oh so popular Percy Jackson returning to the franchise. He has awoke after months of slumbering sleep, has apparently lost his memory, and is now on the run from monsters that are trying to kill him. However, every time he kills any monsters they re-spawn soon after wards. When running from flying crazy ladies with snake hair, he comes across an old lady on the side of the highway that gives him choice to go on without her and continue his journey alone to the bay and live or choose to save her from the monsters and carry down into a tunnel leading to a camp for safety and end up saving many of people including people in his past. Percy chooses to save her and on the way to the camp he comes across the help of two members of the camp legion, Hazel and Frank. Once there the old lady turns into the goddess Juno and announces that he is 'the son of Neptune.'

After proving himself safe to Reyna, the praetor of the camp, by saving Frank from a flying snake haired grocery sales woman, she sends him to consult the augury, Octavian to decide his fate. Who then says Percy can join the legion, the fifth cohort, with Hazel & Frank. After Frank takes the win for the fifth cohort during the camps Roman war game, he is then claimed by his father, the God of war, Mars. When claimed the God tells Frank that he and Percy and another friend of his choice are to go on a quest to figure out why the monsters are no longer staying dead.  

After choosing Hazel to accompany them they are told to head to make their journey and later to find out that they're part of the some ancient prophecy called the 'Prophecy of Seven' Meanwhile, Hazel and Frank are both hiding secrets, and Percy still has no memories of his past life but pretty sure he wasn't from a Roman camp.  

 I really enjoyed this book. I liked this book better than book #1, The Lost Hero. Which I love all of Riordan's books but for me book #2 was better, I'm not entirely sure why, but I have some theories: 1.) Percy Jackson coming back made the adventure more interesting. 2.) I think I also liked the characters more in this book, I connected with them more. Maybe all of the above I don't know. But either way I'm loving this series and I think I'm finally getting use to the whole switching from different characters point of view each chapter, maybe that could also be a reason I liked book #2 better.  

Rick has a way of just drawing you in and keeping you interested. I really liked the new characters, Frank and Hazel, in this book they was very fun and interesting. His characters and their life stories themselves are just so different and unique I just want to know more about them. 

This book was primarily about Roman Mythology so that's fun getting to know mythology that isn't the traditional Greek mythology. 

I just can't wait to see what happens next in The Mark of Athena and the following books!


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ½



Rick Riordan does it again!


      The Lost Hero is book #1 in The Heroes of Olympus series. This book is set after the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series ends and is set in the same world as well. The story begins with a boy, Jason, who wakes up on a bus with amnesia. Sitting next to him is a girl named Piper, who claims to be his girlfriend and a boy named Leo who says he's his best friend. According to the his "friends" they're in a school for delinquents on the way to a field trip. Once there weird things that will change their life around forever.. Once to their destination one of their classmates turns into a storm spirit and tries killing them but with the help from their coach who just happens to be a goat, Satyr, they are able to escape, unfortunately their coach gets taken by one of the storm spirits. After wards, a girl and guy riding a chariot appears out of the sky to pick them up.

The girl, Annabeth, is looking for her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, who has disappeared and got a tip that if they'd go to the field trip location they'd find a clue to where he is. Disappointed when she seen he wasn't there Annabeth and the guy takes the three of them to a camp, Camp Half-Blood, where Jason, Piper, & Leo finds out they're demigods. Meaning that one of their parents are either a God or mortal resulting in a mortal child with God like abilities. After talking to the camp leader Chiron and hearing the prophecy they find out they're destined to go on a quest to find out why the Gods have closed off all communication from Olympus and gone silent. Also their quest is to go rescue a goddess before the Winter's Solstice or a dangerous creature will rise and destroy the world as they know it.

Another great book by Rick Riordan! I was going to read his new book, The Hidden Oracle from the new series The Trials of Apollo but after talking to some other Riordan fans they recommended reading The Heroes of Olympus series before because there are either direct and indirect things from the series that could be spoiler-ish, so I did.

I really enjoy all of Rick's books. They're just so fun and adventurous.

This book is told in third person narration, switching between the main characters Jason, Piper, & Leo's from chapter to chapter. Which I am not use to reading anything other than first person view, so at first I wasn't sure how I would like it, but it ended up being working and being a great book!

I like that in this series it introduces a little bit of Roman mythology, which all mythology has me intrigued so the more the merrier! I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series to find out what happens next!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling


5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 




Omg, so good! So many emotions happening at once!


 The Deathly Hallows is book #7 in the Harry Potter series. It follows up with Harry, Ron, and Hermoine on the search to find the remaining horcruxes that bound Voldemort's soul and destroy them. However, it's proven difficult after Lord Voldemort has taken over the Ministry of Magic and Snape has now has become the headmaster at Hogwarts. After having a bounty set on them, they're now forced to be on the run in order to avoid being captured. Meanwhile the Ministry of Magic has also passed a law that requires all "muggle-born" witches & wizards to undergo interrogation and to be registered with the ministry showing that they indeed have magic in their blood line. 

Other than trying to stay hidden from Death Eaters or Dementors they still have no leads finding where the other horcruxes are located. After reading some of the publication of Rita Skeeters tell-all book called 'The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore' Harry finds himself feeling betrayed by some of the allegations he learns in the book, feeling that maybe Dumbledore wasn't the great man he once thought him to be and that maybe this quest he leading them on is all for nothing. With their patience and time running out tension is starting to cause a rift between Harry, Ron, & Hermoine. They began to wonder whether or not there was or if they'll ever find the rest of the horcruxes before it's too late and caught up to by the Dark Lord himself.

This book and book series, was just so good that words can't even express my feelings I have towards it. Growing up I was a little kid who loved the movies, often wearing my favorite Harry Potter shirt to show just how much I loved it. As I am older I even appreciate the books and movie series even better that I'm grown and matured.

Book #6 was different from the previous books that mainly took place at Hogwarts and had similar settings, which I loved, but #7 even took it further and it was just greatness. I loved watching all the characters grow and mature. My heart was pounding through most of the book and the last chapter I had goosebumps throughout reading it. It was packed with quite a few shockers that in fact I'm still not over but in a good way. I of course, probably like many others wish the epilogue was longer but I'm still grateful that JK gave us this wonderful series. Overall, it was just a great adventure and perfect ending to a series! 

I look forward to re-reading them again someday! 

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 



Nothing but pure perfection!! ❤️⚡️


     Half-Blood Prince is book #6 in the Harry Potter series. Following the previous problems from last year with the Death Eaters and Voldemort being back there has now been increasingly more "mysterious" attacks in the Muggle world and the Wizarding world, causing ongoing issues for the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. The story begins by Dumbledore picking Harry up to help him convince an old teacher, Horace Slughorn, to  come out of retirement and return to teaching at Hogwarts as the Potions teacher. After successfully doing so Harry goes on to spend the rest of the summer at the Weasley's in the burrow.


When Harry, Hermoine, and the rest of the Weasley family go shopping for their school supplies for the year, Harry, Ron, and Hermoine notice that Draco Molfoy walking the streets alone which is odd considering everyone else is with protection or in hiding. They decide follow him which he goes into the store Borgin & Burkes, which sells antique dark arts artifacts. By the time they catch up they listen through the door with expandable ears in hope to find out what he was up to, however, they only caught bits and pieces of the conversation specifically they heard him threatening the owner, Borgin, to fix something, which they was unable to figure out what that item was. When they return to Hogwarts for the new school year they upped the protection due to the recent attacks. The whole school is still calling Harry the chosen one" due to last years events.

Despite his friends disagreeing Harry still thinks Draco is up to something and he is determine to find out what he's up to. Meanwhile in Potions class Harry is given a used book to use that just happeneds to be filled with tips and tricks that help him excel in his class. However, after the second years incident where the diary that Ginny found ended up belonging to Tom Riddle himself, Hermoine is convinced it's not a good idea and that he should get rid of it. One plus is that this year Harry gets special lessons with Dumbledore where Harry learns the history of the real Voldemort, that is however, when Dumbledore isn't leaving without a word.

This book was everything I needed for the series. It was structurally different from all the previous Harry Potter books, which I loved! It was very nice to watch JK's characters mature and grow up. The thing I enjoyed the most about this book is the history we get to learn about Lord Voldemort and some of the other characters. Even though I knew what was coming already, thanks to spoilers from the Internet, the ending had me emotional. My heart is still aching. 😔 I want to continue with the last book asap but I'm still trying to get my feelings in check first.

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