Completing 3 Rick Riordan Quizzes

So Classic Sunday… I’ve just finished my latest read, yes I’m hella proud of myself, and I want to spend some time relaxing before getting organised for the week ahead. I’ve watched all my YouTube subscriptions and my fiancee is playing an utterly terrifying video game….

Next best option quizzes!

I stumbled upon some quizzes on Rick Riordan’s Website and decided why not.

The First one I completed was ‘Which Greek Hero are you?’

my results…..

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Which I totally love because I strive to be dedicated honourable and brave (although that ones a bit harder haha)

Next up I did the ‘What’s Your Magical Object?’ Quiz

I got….

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I honestly love this! It made me laugh so much!

The last quiz I did – because lets face it I really need to get organised for work – was the ‘Who’s Your Godly Parent?’ Quiz and I was so ready…

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Definitely not complaining about that!!

What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon…

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Review: ‘The Dark Prophecy’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Dark Prophecy’
By Rick Riordan
Book #2 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2017
Pages: 414
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon.

Thoughts

This is the second instalment in the 5 book series ‘The Trials of Apollo’ (3 of which are out) and we follow Apollo as he travels to the next Oracle to help take them back under his control. In this book we are based in Indianapolis and Calypso and Leo head out with Apollo.

Throughout the mission we are met with other characters we have met through out the ‘Percy Jackson’ series and the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series. Both with Apollo and against him. I really enjoyed seeing these different characters come back into the picture and learn a bit more about Apollo’s back story.

I found of difficult to get into the book to begin with but by about 50 pages in I was completely into the story and desperate to find out what was going to happen in the story.

We were also introduced to some magical creatures and I am all about that. With the Griffins being an important aspect of the story.

This book is filled with action almost from the very first page and really sets the scene for the next 3 books.

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10
Stars:  3.5/5

 

 

Review: ‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Blood of Olympus’
By Rick Riordan
Book #5 in the Heroes of Olympus Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 502
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.
Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.
Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?
Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.
Piper must learn to five herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Thoughts

This is the conclusion to Rick Riordan’s epic series, The Heroes of Olympus. The entire book is a page turner. I could not put it down. After the 4 previous books in the series I was hooked and utterly invested in all the characters.

There is a lot of travel thorough out the story before the gang gets to the final battle against Gaea. It also sets us up for the cause of events that leads to the ‘Trials of Apollo’ Series.

The final battle is something epic and honestly I was waiting for it through out the whole book, I just wanted to be there (but then also not because that means the series is over) when we finally did get there I was not at all disappointed.

The world has been built so incredibly that it is impossible to not feel for every character in this final battle. We are also introduced to Nike the god of victory whom I love.

Rick Riordan’s writing is fantastic as aways, he really has a way of getting you utterly invested in the characters and their journey. There is also a spectacular amount of character development throughout the series.

This is s a series I could not recommend more! It is an amazing reading adventure that adds so much depth and layers to the Universe of Percy Jackson.

Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

 

Review: ‘The Mark of Athena’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Mark of Athena’
By Rick Riordan
Book #3 in the Heroes of Olympus Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: October 2012
Pages: 586
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

Synopsis

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader—but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brian by her side

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare.

 

Thoughts

I ended up listening to ‘The Mark of Athena’ on Audible. I got 24 pages into my copy and discovered it had been a misprint and I was missing pages 24-57. Wonderfully Booktopia are sending me a replacement copy. (They were so amazing about it) But I was already 100% in the story so I knew I needed to keep going straight away.

I mean that says a lot about the book for me, that I was only 24 pages in and I needed to know what happened straight away, I couldn’t wait. It began on such I high with the Roman and Greek camps finally becoming as intertwined as I felt they needed to be and all these characters thats I’d grown to love over the first 2 books (and for some in the Percy Jackson series before that) were finally going to be in one book, all together.

The plot continued on perfectly from the second instalment in the series, even with a different characters point on view beginning this story.

The world is being built spectacularly with with an amazing incorporation of the myths of the Ancient Greek world and the Ancient Roman world with the modern world. This book really dives into the difference between the gods in the Greek Myths and the Roman myths and has characters grappling with their different identities. We also get a look at what the gods may be feeling about how they are portrayed in each myth.

During this book the characters are developed really well, while we also learn more about Annabeth and what she faces being the daughter of Athena.

This series is definitely a recommend! Although it is a series that you need to read in order.

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  4/5

Review: ‘Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold’ By Stephen Fry

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold
By Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 410
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: History Mythology
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry’s hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.

You’ll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia’s revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry’s Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age – in all their rich and deeply human relevance.

My Thoughts

I feel as though I am biased towards this book. Not only do I LOVE Greek Mythology an insane amount, but I also love Stephen Fry, so I pretty much knew I was going to love ‘Mythos’. I was not wrong.

Not only are the myths fantastically re-written with additional dialogue and great character building – I don’t even know if that’s actually possible, but still – and amazing depth of information.

I started reading my physical copy of the book, however as soon as I saw that Stephen Fry was narrating his book on Audible I knew that I needed to listen to it. I decided to save to for my travels in Greece, just to get more of a feel of the book – completely unnecessary, but also totally worth it – which was an amazing choice. I listened as we drove all over the mainland on a tour of ancient sites, many of which are mentioned throughout the myths and it was amazing to see these places as I was experiencing the story.

Fry adds great depth and detail, as well as opinions to his retelling to really give the gods and their stories incredible depth and dimension.

This is a book I will be revisiting again and again, listening to the stories of the Classical period in Greece’s history. (When I’m not devouring the Rick Riordan series that is)

My Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 5/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

 

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Review: “Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth” By Rick Riordan

percy-labyrinth.jpgPercy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
By Rick Riordan
Book #4 (of 5) in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2013
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book #4); Camp Half-Blood Chronicles (Book #4)
Pages: 342
Genre: Young adult Fantasy
Book Type: Fiction
Purchase Locations: Booktopia QBD DymocksAmazon and Kindle Book Depository  Audible

Synopsis

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth instalment 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.

Thoughts

As a reader I find that some books that sit in the middle of a series suffer. They are used as a bridge book from introducing characters in the first few novels in a series to getting to the real meat and action at the end. ‘The Battle of the Labyrinth’ is not one of these books.

I did find it slow at the beginning after the action in ‘The Sea of Monsters’ but once I was around 60-70 pages in I was hooked! This novel does a great job of incorporating myth and legend from the Labyrinth. I loved the introduction of Daedalus! I knew of the mythos of him but I loved his introduction is a mysterious and elusive way.

Most of the plot takes place within the Labyrinth, which I absolutely loved. The Labyrinth was something that I hadn’t had much exposure to in Greek Mythology but I was interested in it none the less.

We also get to see more of the Cyclopes and the Hundred handed ones, whom are fantastical in the myths of ancient Greece.

Rating

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 5/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  3/5

 

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