Review: The House of Hades: Book 4 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Okay y’all, it took me quite awhile to get through this book, but that was due to my crazy work schedule this month, not the quality of this book.  When I was able to snatch a moment to read, I didn’t want to put this book down.  I was riveted the entire time, especially for the Percy and Annabeth chapters.  There were a few places throughout the book where I shed a few tears, but we as readers know that feeling the feels is the best.  The House of Hades was straight up excellent.  I loved it as much if not more than I loved The Mark of Athena. 

Our crew is really put through the ringer in the fourth installment of The Heroes of Olympus.  This book is full of hardship, heartache, and character development.  Rick Riordan is not afraid to torture his characters to make them stronger.  We get to see the seven demigods push their abilities to the absolute limit and then push some more.  There are some incredibly badass results and I was thrilled.  While they can’t catch a break, the gang remains steadfast. Nothing will stop them from achieving their goal.  We get to see sides of the demigods that we’ve never seen before and I really appreciated the new twist on these characters that I already love so much.  It made them feel even more real and that much easier to love. I’m very anxious to see how this series wraps up and I’m just praying that we get out with all of my babies intact and happy. 

I was very impressed with this book, but that’s not at all surprising.  It’s a Rick Riordan book after all.  5/5 stars.  I’m expecting tremendous things from The Blood of Olympus! 

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Bookish Pet Peeves 

Pet peeves. We all have them and no matter how insignificant they may seem to other people, pet peeves drive us as individuals crazy. For book lovers, our bookish pet peeves can be some of our worst. I am a pretty high-strung person in general, so it’s not surprising that I have several pet peeves when it comes to my books and reading life. I’m sure most of you have heard at least some if not all of these annoyances as they are pretty common within the reader community, so I hope you can relate to my bookish pet peeves! 

THINGS OTHER READERS DO THAT ANNOY ME: 

1. DAMAGING BORROWED BOOKS

I know this irritates a lot of readers. We lend out our precious books to a friend or family member we believe we can trust and then it’s returned in less than stellar condition. Broken bindings, bent back covers, dog-earred and (gasp) torn pages. Book damage is one of a reader’s worst nightmares. Now, I’ve been known to damage my own books (accidentally of course), but if I lend a book out to someone, and they return it damaged because of carelessness…I can’t even. If you borrow someone else’s property, treat it with respect. It’s common courtesy. When I borrow books, I treat them like a priceless treasure, because I know how upsetting it is to have a damaged book returned to you. If you damage my book simply because you don’t care about it’s condition, you will never borrow another. I’m not completely unreasonable. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to genuine accidents, but avoidable damage done by carless handling is something I cannot handle. Just be nice to my stuff. Please. 

2. INTENTIONAL SPOILING

Why would you do this? Why? This is the epitome of rude, especially if the individual being spoiled really cares about the book (or show/movie) in question. I’ve had people intentionally spoil me for things because they think it’s funny when I get angry. It’s not funny; it’s rude and disrespectful to completely disregard someone’s feelings like that. While you may not care very much about a story, I am probably emotionally invested and it’s so not cool to utterly devastate my feelings by ruining the ending for me. If I’m going to be emotionally destroyed, let the characters do it. Geez. Accidental spoilers suck, but must be forgiven. Intentional spoilers are evil and if someone spoils you on purpose I give you permission to seek revenge by spoiling something they love. 

3. SHAMING OTHER READERS

No one should ever make anyone feel guilty or inferior about what they like to read. Reading is about enjoyment and whether you enjoy hardcore erotica or children’s books, you are a valid reader. If you were the only person to enjoy a certain genre, it wouldn’t exist as a genre. If you’re that person who looks down on the girl reading 50 Shades of Grey, maybe you should take a step back and think how sucky it would be if someone made you feel inferior for enjoying something that you love. Don’t shame each other. Have good discussion about what you do/don’t like. Remember, if someone is reading something you don’t like, it’s not hurting you. Let them to them and you do you. 

4. “AUDIOBOOKS DON’T COUNT AS READING”

Yes. They. Do. Why wouldn’t they? Now, I know someone’s going to be thinking, “well, technically it’s not reading, it’s listening,” and that statement is correct. However, invalidating someone’s reading experience because of the medium they choose/have to use is very ableist and wrong. That small technicality seems to make some believe that people who primarily listen to audiobooks can’t be real book lovers. Listeners and physical readers are consuming the same story. Why does it matter how the words are absorbed? Instead of bickering over meaningless differences, let’s all just gush over mutually enjoyed stories. Then everyone wins. 

5. BASHING YA

Young Adult books have a bad reputation in some circles. I think most of this stems from the fact that for some people “young” equates to “stupid.” I am beyond tired of hearing that young adult books are not good enough for adults to read. I am an adult woman, but I still primarily read YA. Don’t let the idea of a young protagonist prevent you from enjoying a story. This goes for middle-aged as well. I didn’t read Percy Jackson and the Olympians until I was 22 years old and it is now one of my all time favorites. YA books can be just as (sometimes more) impactful as adult books. It is extremely important for teens and young adults to feel represented and understood. Speaking from personal experience, sometimes the only place teens feel accepted is between the pages of a book. My favorite characters have been my best friends and have helped me through countless tough times. I will forever and always read YA. 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about some of my bookish pet peeves. If you guys agree or disagree with me or have some of your own irritants to discuss, leave me a comment! I’d love to talk. I’ll see you guys in the next one! 

Review: The Mark of Athena: Book 3 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan 

This series just keeps getting better with every book I consume. My fangirl heart was all aflutter as I read the third installment of The Heroes of Olympus. We follow the seven as they journey from the United States to the ancient lands in hopes of defeating their enemies and saving the world.

This novel was hilariously and emotionally narrated by Percy, Annabeth, Leo, and Piper. Piper’s point of view was by far my least favorite. Not because her voice was bad, but because her character is simply not as funny as Percy and Leo and not as intense as Annabeth. Most of her chapters bored me a little, however there were still some exciting scenes. Piper is my least favorite of the seven at this point in the story, so it makes sense that I found her chapters less than thrilling. As always, Percy and Leo’s chapters were hilarious to read. I just have a thing for sarcastic, sassy boys and these demigods definitely fit that description. Annabeth’s chapters were a wild ride. They were very emotional for me to read because I love her character. Her resilience and cleverness are tested over the course of this book and I must say she’s even more impressive than I originally thought. 

While his plots are absolutely incredible, his characters are my favorite aspects about Rick Riordans books. My greatest wish is to know them in real life and be their friend. It breaks my heart to see them struggle, but I know they will prevail and kick some ass. 5/5 stars. Time to move forward to The House of Hades!

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Review: The Son of Neptune: Book 2 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

At this point I’m convinced that Rick Riordan is incapable of writing a bad book. I absolutely ADORED the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series. I enjoyed it even more than the first book The Lost Hero, which I reviewed previously if you’d like to check it out. I liked this one better mostly because we have Percy back! This novel follows Percy, Hazel, and Frank on am impossible quest to Alaska, the land beyond the gods, to defeat an unbeatable giant. Percy has lost his memories. All he remembers about his life is a girl named Annabeth. Hazel is cursed and desperately trying to keep it a secret. Frank’s life is more fragile than anyone could guess, but he could also possess powerful abilities unmatched by any of his friends. These demigods must complete their quest before an evil force awakens and ends civilization as they know it. 

I was stoked to read from Percy’s point of view again. He’s still the sassy, funny, badass demigod that fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series know and love. Rick Riordan takes his character to new heroic heights and reminds us and the antagonists not to mess with the son of Poseidon. While Percy was definitely my favorite to read from, I loved Hazel and Frank as well. Hazel is tough and smart and keeps up with Percy and Frank easily despite being only thirteen. Frank is sweet and more talented than he gives himself credit for. He’s kind and does his best to take care of his friends despite personal risk. 

My favorite scenes are always the battle scenes. Rick Riordan has a way of writing understandable combat that still conveys the intensity of battle. I could not stop reading this book when fight scenes were going down. They’re intense and stressful, yet somehow still manage to be hilarious. 

With the conclusion of this book readers have officially been introduced to all of the seven demigods from the Prophecy of Seven. Percy, Annabeth, Frank, Hazel, Jason, Piper, and Leo have their work cut out for them. 

With every Riordan book I read I am further convinced that he is one of my favorite authors. Each book simply gets better. 5/5 stars for The Son of Neptune. On to The Mark of Athena! 

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Review: The Lost Hero: Book 1 in The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Guys, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

I imagine that most of you have already read Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.  I, like most who have read the series, ADORED it when I read it earlier this year.  So, naturally, I was very excited to read the sequel series featuring Percy, Annabeth, and their friends plus some new characters.  The Lost Hero is the first installment of this sequel series, called The Heroes of Olympus.  This series takes place after the events of the original PJO series, so if you haven’t read those books (what are you doing with your life?) you should go read those right now because they are amazing.  They are technically a middle-grade series, but I know that all age groups can and do enjoy these books.  I didn’t read them until I was in my twenties and loved them more than words can explain.

After reading the first book in this series, I have the strong feeling that I am going to love The Heroes of Olympus even more than the original.  The Lost Hero follows Jason, Piper, and Leo, three teenage demigods who are abruptly thrust into the world of Greek myths and are sent on a dangerous quest to free a captive goddess and prevent the end of civilization.  But of course, each of them is battling a personal problem that makes their quest even more impossible.  Jason has no memory of his life before suddenly waking on a bus with Leo and Piper.  Piper is hiding a dark secret.  Leo is struggling to find where he fits in with his new friends and trying to keep his abilities under wraps.  The trio arrives at Camp Half-Blood only to almost immediately be sent on their quest while the rest of camp frantically tries to find a missing demigod named Percy Jackson.

Like I said before I adored this book.  The story is action-packed and fun.  There was not a dull moment while reading; the characters went from battle to battle kicking ass and taking names.  We met some interesting creatures and gods and got to know our three main characters very well.

While Jason is no Percy, I still really enjoyed him as a character.  He’s brave and kind even if he is a bit clueless from time to time (hardly his fault since he’s an amnesiac).  Piper is awesome.  She’s Cherokee, so the Native American representation was nice for me (who is also part Cherokee) to see.  I don’t see Native Americans represented very often in YA so kudos to Rick Riordan for that.  Piper is smart and refuses to let her problems overwhelm her.  Leo is definitely my favorite of the new characters.  He’s hilarious, resourceful, and badass without being a pretentious jerk.  I love him so much.

You can probably tell that I really loved this book.  I am convinced that Rick Riordan can do no wrong for me.  I could not put this book down and I am so excited to continue one with the next book, The Son of Neptune.  

5/5 stars for sure.

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Review: The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

“…like it or not, you are, shall we say, the Dragon Heir.”

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I finally made my way through this book!  It took me months to read, but not because it was unpleasant.  I LOVED this book so much.  It took me forever to get through this book partly because I didn’t want this story to end.  I know there are two more books in this series, but the Heir Chronicles were originally intended to be a trilogy, so I’m not sure if the next books will feature the characters to whom I’ve grow so attached.

The Dragon Heir was exciting and heartbreaking and almost everything I wanted it to be.  There were definitely some unanswered questions and the ending seemed a little abrupt, but overall I really enjoyed my time with this book.  The characters developed beautifully from book one to book three and I loved reading about them more every second.  The cast of characters was huge, although there was admittedly not much diversity.  It was wonderful getting to know the characters, but I would have loved to have some POC characters or some varied sexuality included.  The world was stunningly complex and it was extremely interesting reading about the political scheming on both sides of the conflict.  If you like action-packed, political urban fantasty (who doesn’t?) you should most definitely look into this series.  I have loved everything I’ve read by Cinda Williams Chima and I highly recommend her books.

4/5 stars

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi has gained another fan. While I was unfortunately underwhelmed by Shatter Me, Unravel Me knocked my socks off.  It was exciting and fun and I was completely engrossed the whole time. 

With the first installment of this trilogy (although it’s soon to be a longer series) I was a little put off by the elegant writing style. I had a hard time following the audiobook.  Unravel Me was easier to understand and this time I found that the writing style enhanced rather than detracted from the story. 

The world is much more complex than I realized reading the first book. Far from being the freak of nature she believed herself to be, Juliette is one of many special people with incredible abilities.  I was not expecting this to be a super powers story, although I guess I should have. I’m not sure what to make of the political climate of this world.  The dystopian setting seems to take a backseat to Juliette’s self discovery and her ever complicated love life. 

Speaking of our protagonist, I enjoyed Juliette much more in this book.  She continues to grow more confident in her abilities even as her opinions about Adam and Warner are challenged.  I’m not sure how I feel about Adam anymore. Though he has good reason, he’s a little angsty for me and he’s unnecessarily shady about his powers in my opinion. Warner, however, has completely stolen my heart.  He’s one of the most complex characters I’ve read and he fascinates me.  Kenji, of course, continues to be hilarious. 

I loved this book.  My affection for Unravel Me makes me look at Shatter Me with new eyes.  I’m sure that if/when I reread it, I will enjoy it more than I did the first time. If Ignite Me is as good as everyone says, this will definitely be one of my new favorite series. 5/5 stars for sure. 

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