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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Series Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Before I get into my review, I want to apologize for my lack of activity over the past few weeks.  Life has been throwing me some real curve balls, and my stress level has been through the roof.  Fortunately, I’m confident that life is going to get a little easier in the near future, so I should be able to post more regularly.  Thank you for being patient with me; I really appreciate it. 

I wasn’t completely idle in my absence. I previously posted a review for Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and if you’ll recall, I loved it.  I was recently able to complete the entire series, including the bonus novella bind up, Stars Above, and these are my non-spoiler thoughts. 

The Lunar Chronicles series, consists of four novels, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, in addition to Stars Above.  I dearly loved every second of every book.  This has definitely become one of my favorite series of all time.  I was entranced from start to finish, and am currently suffering the worst book hangover because of this series. 

My favorite aspect of The Lunar Chronicles is definitely the characters.  Cinder and the gang captured my heart and will remain some of my favorite characters forever. Their personalities are incredibly realistic – they are imperfect and quirky just like real people.  I wish so much to be part of Cinder’s crew, to be their friend. Cinder is sarcastic and witty, Scarlet is tenacious, Cress could not be sweeter and more passionate, and Winter is innocently insane. Don’t even get me started on the boys 😍😍❤❤😍😍

In addition to outstanding characters, Meyer has created an amazing version of our future world.  Part of me longs to visit New Beijing and Luna and be part of everything. The political aspects of the series are just as interesting as the action scenes.  I found myself caught up in royal politics and wondering which strategies would prevail.  As someone who doesn’t usually enjoy political conversation, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed those parts of the story. 

This series truly is a stunner from thrilling beginning to phenomenally satisfying end. I highly recommend this to everyone. 10,000,000/10! 

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

After reading Cinder, I am confident that Marissa Meyer is one of my new favorite authors. This sci-fi Cinderella retelling is absolutely incredible. Even as I write this I am listening to Scarlet on audiobook. I am in love with the characters that Meyer created . 

Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the plague addled city of New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth of Earth. She’s worked like a slave for as long as she can remember under the hateful eye of her stepmother. When she unexpectedly meets the crown prince and the sister she loves contracts the plague, letumosis, Cinder’s world is turned upside down and she is send unwillingly on a journey of self discovery and rebellion. 

I am still reeling from this story. I loved every second and was captivated by every page. Sci-fi is not the genre for which I usually reach, but I definitely need to change my ways because Cinder blew me away. 

Cinder is sarcastic, stubborn, and misunderstood. Her voice is so pure and relatable, you will not be able to help falling in love with her character. Not only Cinder, but Kai and Iko and all the other characters were amazing. Levana is one of the best/worst villains I’ve ever read. She’s evil and nasty parading as beauty and kindness. I can’t stand her and I think my hatred of her is only overshadowed by my hatred of Dolores Umbridge. 

What I loved most about this novel is that, while there are subtle nods to the original fairytale, it is most definitely unique. Marissa Meyer absolutely killed it with his book. 

5/5 stars. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Unlikeable Protagonists

Hey guys! Long time no see. Sorry for the absence; life has been crazy. 

This T5W is my top five unlikeable protagonists. This list was very hard for me to come up with but I hope you enjoy it. As usual the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here

1. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

She’s kick ass and awesome, but I’ve heard more than one person say that she’s too stubborn and proud. I can see both sides. While I love Celaena, her pride hinders her sometimes. It drives her insane to not be the best and that gets in the way of strategy. 

2. Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare’s

I hated Clary at first. She’s stubborn and let’s her temper get in the way of sound decision making. She treats Simon and her mother like dirt and it bothers me. However, as the series progresses, she definitely gets better. Even when I didn’t like her I still wanted her to succeed if only to make the other characters happy. 

3. Raisa ana Marianna from The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

I love Raisa now, but in the beginning she’s annoying. She’s a princess – spoiled, flirtatious, and always gets her way. However, as the books progress, she becomes the strong leader her queendom needs and figures out what her heart wants.

4. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Not sure if he counts as a protagonist, but whatever. Everyone knows Mr. Darcy is a jerk. He is incapable of speaking to people without talking down to them. But, I still love him and his socially awkward ways. He figures out how to win Elizabeth’s heart and treat people a little better. 

5. Juliette Ferrars from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Okay, we all know that Juliette is a little crazy. What girl wouldn’t be if her touch was lethal? She spends too much time fighting who she is instead of embracing her strengths. However, she is resilient and loves with every fiber of her being and I love her. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms I Am No Longer In

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is somewhat sad because I have to write about things that I once loved. Due to varying degrees of circumstance, I have no further interest in these fandoms at the present time. 
As always the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here. It is hosted by Samantha @ThoughtsonTomes and was created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this trilogy and absolutely loved it. I was caught up in it’s popularity and sucked into the story…and then I was spoiled for the end of Allegiant. I was so angry about the controversial ending that it completely ruined my love for the series. I do not plan to continue on and given the controversy surrounding Veronica Roth’s newest release Carve the Mark, I doubt I will be picking that up either. 

2. The Walking Dead 

I ADORED this show for the first four seasons. After that, I felt the plot went downhill and all of my favorite characters were either dead or were going to be killed (I was spoiled for several major character deaths, thanks to one of my rude Facebook friends). I just couldn’t take the emotional trauma. I may continue this show someday, but it seems unlikely at this point. 

3. Once Upon a Time

Honestly, I just completely lost interest in this show. It’s not that it wasn’t good; I loved the first two seasons. I just got caught up in life and fell behind. As time passes I realized that I have no desire to get back into this fairytale show. 

4. The Vampire Diaries

After the whole Catherine thing…just no. I was too pissed to go on. The Originals is WAY better anyway. 

5. The 100

This show just smacks you in the face with tragic feels all the time and my little heart couldn’t take it. I will most likely get back into this one, but there will be many tears when that happens. 

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