Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Another great book!

The Hidden Oracle takes place roughly 6 months after The Heroes of Olympus series.

It follows the main character, God Apollo, after Zeus blames him for an incident that happened almost ending the world. Zeus punishes him by sending him to New York and stripping him of all his immortal abilities and powers making him just an ordinary teenage boy that goes by Lester Papadopoulos.

Once landing in a New York alley dumpster he is found and mugged by two mortal teens but luckily is rescued by an eccentric dressed 12 year old girl named Meg McCaffrey. Apollo introduces himself to her as the God Apollo and she chooses to believe him and agrees to help him. Now Apollo is on a mission to do whatever it takes to get his powers back and become immortal again, he's hopeful that his punishment won't last long like his other two times Zeus has turned him immortal as a punishment. The only thing he can think of doing first is to enlist the help from the most famous demigod himself, Percy Jackson. Unfortunately, once Apollo and Meg gets to Percy's apartment he lets him down by telling him he won't be able to help much because of family obligations and focusing on school like a normal teenager for once, but is obliged to escort him and Meg to Camp Half-Blood to seek help from the Camp leader, Chiron.

Thanks to the help of Meg who somehow unknowingly summons a big green hair and green haired karpori baby that goes by Peaches, who violently attacks the shiny blobs, they luckily escape the attack and make it to Camp Half-Blood alive, or barely. After making it out of the woods of Camp Half-Blood Chiron informs them about the mysterious disappearances of several demigods at the camp. Later they come to find out that a mysterious voice coming from the woods are causing the demigods to go into a trance and wonder off into the woods. Unfortunately, it's too late and Apollo's kids disappear causing him and Meg to embark on a quest to discover the source of the problem.

Haha where do I begin. Lester Papadopoulos, Apollo, is a pretty conceited and self centered person... normally that wouldn't be good attributes for a main character but the way Rick done everything was perfect. Apollo was funny and annoying at the same time. Even his whining that he does I didn't mind.

It was nice to go back to the original roots of Camp Half-Blood and stay for awhile. Even though I do have a feeling we'll eventually go back and enlist help from the Camp Jupiter demigods. I do hope that Rick brings Grover back sometime throughout the series I sort of miss him.

I enjoyed this book, not quite as much as Percy Jackson & the Olympians or The Heroes of Olympus of course, but like all of Riordan's books it was really good. The book was shorter than what I expected and hoped for so I hope the future books in The Trials of Apollo series will be a bit longer.

WARNING: I advise you to read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians first, then The Heroes of Olympus series before reading The Hidden Oracle because you will be majority spoiled within the first few pages of the book if you haven't read the previous books.

Now to wait for the next book in The Trials of Apollo & Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Such a great series!

   The Blood of Olympus is book #5 in the Heroes of Olympus series. The book is set after book #4, The House of Hades. Where Percy, Annabeth, Hazel, Frank, Leo, Jason and Piper plus with the help from Nico di Angelo & coach hedge are on their way to Greece to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death and seal it. Meanwhile Annabeth and Percy are trying to make their way through Tartarus to find the underworld side of the Doors of Death and seal it to prevent monsters from escaping death and joining Gaea's forces.

The seven demigods continue their journey through Greece to defeat Gaea's giants by August 1st, the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans on rising. After infilitrating Odyesseus' Palace (thanks to Hazel's magical Mist) they find out that Apollo no longer has control of Delphi and that the goddess Victory (Nike) is going rampant and in order to succeed with the quest she must be contained. Nike tells them that they won't be able to complete their quest without finding the Physician's cure.

Meanwhile, Reyna, Nico di Angelo, and Coach Hedge is given the responsibility to transport the Athena Parthenos via shadow traveling (thanks to Nico) from Greece to Camp Half-Blood in San Francisco, California. Unfortunately, they're also being hunted by a mysterious giant archer with a giant bow.

Also Octavian, the 'Roman' Camp Jupiter Augur, is intent on making an attack on the Greeks at Camp Half-Blood on August 1st, the Feast of Spes, and going as far as recruiting hordes of monstrous allies, not realizing they'll turn on him once Camp Half-Blood is destroyed. As well as arming the Roman team with powerful catapults called onagers.

This was a great ending to the series, Rick wrapped it up nicely, despite it being a little shorter than the previous books in the series.

The Heroes of Olympus series, along with all of Rick Riordan's books, are always great. He's such an imaginative and talented writer. I will admit that once I first begin the series I wasn't sure if I'd like it with the whole switching from characters point of view each chapter but it grown on me and loved the series.

All of the characters in the series grew as the series progressed and you got to know them better which I especially enjoyed. Also if you're looking for characters that are more diverse as far as orientation, gender, or race wise then this series is right for you. Rick

I do suggest reading Percy Jackson & the Olympian series before reading this series.

I'm so glad I read this series and can't wait to read more ALL of Rick Riordan's other books. The Kane Chronicles is definitely on my list after his newest book ⬇️

Now I can't wait to finally read Rick's new book: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo book #1)

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


   The House of Hades is book #4 in The Heroes of Olympus series. The book is set after book #3, The Mark of Athena. Where Percy, Annabeth, Hazel, Frank, Leo, Jason and Piper continue their quest by fighting off monsters while trying to sail through the Mediterranean Sea, getting stuck underground, captured and interrogated by sea creatures, and trapped with a giant spider while trying to search for the Athena Parthenon to end the rival between the Greeks and Romans.. as well as trying to reach the Doors of Death and close them.

Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel, and Leo are accompanied by Nico di Angelo and Coach Hedge to head to Greece/the ancient lands in hopes of making it alive to the Doors of Death to stop Gaea's army from escaping and destroying the world and saving Percy and Annabeth from Hell... Literally.

Meanwhile Annabeth and Percy are stuck navigating through Tartarus trying to stay alive to find the underground Doors of Death to close them for good. Luckily for them they run into friendly help from Percy's past, or so they thought.

Reyna and the Roman Camp have been planning to attack Camp Half-Blood for their air attack on Camp Jupiter last time they tried coming together when she receives an unexpected plea in the form of a napkin from Annabeth saying that to end the long rift between the Greeks and Romans Reyna must be the one to retrieve the 40 foot Athena Parthenon statue and deliver it herself to Camp Half-Blood before Gaia wakes on August 1st, the Feast of Spes. After putting everything together Reyna chooses to believe Annabeth ultimately putting orders to hold off any attack on Camp Half-Blood until further notice or if they attack first. Unfortunately, despite Reyna's orders the Roman Augur Octavian, who has hated the Greeks from Camp Half-Blood from the beginning, takes it upon himself to seize power of the Roman Camp and continue the plan of revenge by attacking Camp Half-Blood.

Now they all must make sure that both of the Door of Death from the mortal world and underground world is closed before monsters escape wrecking havoc.

Wow. This series just keeps getting better and better! Rick Riordan is so great! This book in particular gave me some extra feels and I'll just say one word so I don't spoil it for anyone.. Nico. That's all. I just love this series and can't believe I'm close to finishing it. It's been a great series that I can't praise enough.

I haven't had any problems with the series really. At the beginning I was hoping Hazel and Leo would end up together but then changed my mind after getting to know the characters better. Piper and Jason as a couple? Eh. I don't feel it even after 4 books. Yes they seem to like each other a little more now, but not enough in my opinion to care for them as a couple.. Maybe Jason would have been more compatible with Reyna? I'm not sure if the relationship of Jason and Piper can improve within the last book but I still enjoy them as separate characters and of course enjoy the whole series~

Off to the final book #5: The Blood of Olympus!

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Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Just keeps getting better~

   The Mark of Athena is book #3 in The Heroes of Olympus series. The book is set after book #2, The Son of Neptune. Where Percy, Hazel & Frank go on a quest traveling to Alaska to defeat Alcyoneus and free Thantos. Then go back to Camp Jupiter to save the camp from destruction from Gaia's monsters.

 After the rescue of Thantos, saving Camp Jupiter, and gaining Percy's memory back, Leo Valdez has finally finished building the Argo 2 and is on the way from Camp Half-Blood with Leo, Jason, Piper, & Annabeth to finally meet with the Romans at Camp Jupiter. However, the Roman camp is not trusting of the Greeks despite having befriend one member from the opposite camps when Hera/Juno took their memory away. When Reyna, Camp Jupiter leader, decides to have conversation with Annabeth about their plans for the Prophecy of Seven quest, Annabeth reveals that she plans on following "the Mark of Athena" to Rome in order to unite the two camps together after centuries of rivalry. Unfortunately, while their conversation happens, Leo from the Greeks, fires an attack from the Argo 2 war ship on the Roman camp causing a mini war. Quickly the seven Demi gods are forced to act quickly to get aboard the ship to embark on the quest without much thought let alone the help from the Romans.

After safely getting away from the camp they make a plan to go to Rome to find the Athena Parthenon and also try to find Nico, Hazel's brother, and rescue him before he dies and the captures destroyes Rome and awakens Gaia. All while being hunted by monsters and the Roman camp wanting to get even from the attack.

There's not really much I can say more than that I love the series and at this point it just keeps on getting better! I am now enjoying the multiple characters point of views and wouldn't have it any other way. I think the adventures and characters are improving by each book. There's a reason why Rick is one of my favorite authors :)

Starting the next book in the series: The House of Hades - ASAP!

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