Weekly Update: 7.5.19

We are back with a weekly update. This week has not been as hectic as previous weeks… I think, honestly I’ve blocked it out so I have no idea how busy it might of actually been.

I managed to finish one book this week, which was ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas (review coming soon) This book was an accomplishment to finish in just 5 days. I usually find Sarah J. Maas’s books dense, absolute page turners but dense which just means that it takes me a bit longer to read.

Apparently not this week.

I’ve put down ‘The Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody. Not because I don’t like it but I do struggle to stay engaged when it comes to contemporary reads so they take me longer.

I’m definitely going to get back to this one at some point but not at the moment.

I currently have a couple of books on the go. I want to start my comic book reads by picking up Spider-Gwen. I’ve recently seen Endgame and I really just want to be immersed in the world. I have also stated ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan. This conveniently also fits in with my Marvel immersion since Magnus Chase is based on Norse Mythology which include Thor. Some may say I’m taking it too far, but am I taking it far enough?

Both of these books fit into the #Avengersreadathon2019 which I am participating in. I am also continuing to listen to both ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee. Both books are part of my #Avengersreadathon2019 book choices.

Review: ‘The Hidden Oracle’ By Rick Riordan

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‘The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle’
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Trials of Apollo Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2016
Pages: 361
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

‘Wait. I’m mortal. Murder would kill me. Never mind.’

Synopsis

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

‘Check your spam folder
The Prophecies might be there
No? Well, I’m Stumped. Bye’

Thoughts

This has to be one of the most well written books by Rick Riordan (and if you know me at all you know I love Rick Riordan’s writing) It really incorporates an amazing amount of humour which is perfect for a book narrated by Apollo.

After reading ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series, I’d kind of gotten used to reading multiple perspectives but this book brought me back to my Percy Jackson reading days – I know I made that sound like a long time ago even though it was literally last year – and really got me feeling the Rick Riordan books again.

Reading another book in the same Percy Jackson universe really increased my ease of reading. I already knew about demigods, camp half blood and that strange things always happen when demigods and Gods are involved.

I found the plot completely engaging from the first page I wanted to see where the story was going to go. The development of the plot really goes at the appropriate pace and I never felt like the story was moving to fast or to slow.

‘The Hidden Oracle’ has really encapsulated the Apollo myth and taken his attitude and self appreciation to an amazingly comical level.

‘Kayla muttered an ancient Greek curse. If I had been a proper godly father, I would have washed her mouth out with olive oil.’ 

Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  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: ‘Percy Jackson & the Last Olympian’ By Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
By Rick Riordan
(Book #5 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) 

Publisher: Puffin Random House
Publish Date: 2009
Pages: 361
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book #5); Camp Half-Blood Chronicles (Book #5)
Fiction/Non-Fiction:  Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Book Depository Booktopia Audible Amazon & Kindle Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of 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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilisation rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

My Thoughts

I ended up taking a small break from the Percy Jackson series after demolishing the first 4 books one after the other. I had picked up more books and was excited to get into some of them. At the start of June I decided to jump back on the Percy Jackson train in preparation for my trip to Greece at the end of this month.

I am so glad that I read this book. It was incredible. I never wanted to put it down. It was action from the get go. This story – as you know if you’ve read the synopsis or heard of any Percy Jackson book – follows Percy as he works with his fellow demigods to prevent Kronos from reclaiming Olympus. I mean based only on that information you can tell that the story is going to be INSANE!

The development of the characters throughout the series has been well written and realistic. I’m not a fan of when a character does a complete 360 in their personality by the end of the book or series. The characters in this series age and develop fantastically and are still the same relate able, lovable characters they were at the beginning, with new experiences and stronger back stories.

Rick Riordan’s writing is as always fantastic. The world’s he builds are amazingly accurate in their mythology as well as being utterly engaging. I have a great interesting in mythology – particularly Greek mythology – and love how these stories are adapted to this series. I am excited to continue the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles and have already purchased the books in the Trials of Apollo Series, all of which I am keen to start.

I could not recommend this series more! This is a series I will continue to go back too.

Rating

Plot: 9.5/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 10/10
Quality of Writing: 9.5/10
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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