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!

I hope you guys liked this review! If you did leave me a like and a comment I’d love to discuss this story with you! Catch you all in the next one! 

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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. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this list! If you did leave me a like and a comment and tell me some of your left behind fandoms. I will talk to you guys in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Need More From

I know this is late again, but motherhood is hectic y’all. The Goodreads group for T5W can be found here. The group is hosted by @thoughtsontomes and it is wonderful so come join us for fun weekly topics. 

Here are the top five authors I need more from:

1. J.K. Rowling

How can I not put the queen on my list? Please give me a series about the Mauraders and Lily. I need it deep down in my soul. Also we can totally pretend that Cursed Child doesn’t exist and get a bunch more next gen stories. I would be so happy. 

2. Suzanne Collins

I haven’t really heard anything about Suzanne Collins since The Hunger Games. All I do know is that I loved her famous trilogy so much and I need more of her wonderful story telling.

3. Cinda Williams Chima

Ok, so we just got a new book from her and have been getting them fairly regularly for awhile, but I am a glutton and I always want more. I love love love her books and I need everything she writes ever. 

4. Simone Elkeles

I adored both Perfect Chemistry and her Paradise duology. They were some of my very favorite books in high school and I would be delighted to read more of her writing. 

5. John Green

It’s been forever and a day since The Fault in Our Stars. I think it’s high time for a new John Green novel. Pretty please? 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you did leave me a comment and a like. I will talk to you guys in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: SFF Books in my TBR

I know this post will show up as being uploaded on Thursday, but I promise it is still Wednesday for me. I love the T5W topics for this month and am excited to participate. If you want to join in the fun visit the T5W group on Goodreads here.

Now, I usually don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi so the majority of these books are fantasy, however I do want to broaden my horizons and read a couple Sci-Fi books soon. 

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer

I still can’t believe I haven’t read these books yet. I literally see them everytime I go into a bookstore and always have some reason not to buy them. I know I will probably love them so I really don’t know what has been holding me back. 

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I love video games, so this book seems like it would be right up my alley. Everything I’ve ever heard about this book has been positive and I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile. This one is pretty high up on my TBR so hopefully I will get to it soon. 

3. The Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

I have no idea why I haven’t read Flamecaster yet. The second book in the series came out yesterday and it hurts my heart that I have yet to read book one. I adore The Seven Realms series (which you have to read first. Please please please read it; it is amazing) so it is inexcusable for me to have not yet read these books. 

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

How have I not read one of the most beloved YA fantasy series in recent publication? Fantasy is my life, but I feel like such a poser because I haven’t read these books yet. This one fills me with shame and I have to remedy this situation soon. 

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Similar to Throne of Glass, I am filled with chagrin at not having read this book. Actually, I’ve never read anything in the Grisha universe. Yikes! This is yet another fantasy story that has rave reviews and that I have been meaning to get to for awhile now. I know so many people love this book and I honestly have no excuse for why I haven’t picked it up. 

So, those are my top 5 SFF books on my TBR. Try not to judge me too harshly. If you enjoyed this post leave me a like and a comment 🙂 I would love to talk. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

My first attempt at a Top 5 Wednesday post!  I’m very excited to have joined the Goodreads group created by @gingerreadslainey and hosted by @ThoughtsOnTomes.  Hopefully you like this post and I will definitely be participating in T5W in the future!  The Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday if you want to join!

So, here are my top five angsty romances:

  1. Hanson Alister and Raisa Ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – I absolutely adore these characters and this series.  Han and Raisa have to overcome so many obstacles both together and separately before they can even think about being together.  I was on the edge of my seat wondering if they were going to beat the odds.
  2. Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Okay, so I have only read the first three books in this series, but there is plenty of angst in them so I feel like I can still include this couple on this list.  I’m sure there is even more angst coming for me in the rest of the series and I am both dreading and looking forward to it.
  3. Lochan and Maya from Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – This is the ultimate angsty romance.  I did not even know how to feel about this romance as I was reading this book because it is literally forbidden.  So much angst, so much stress.  Beware going into this one for some potentially triggering content.
  4. Caleb and Maggie from the Paradise duology by Simone Elkeles- After a tragic accident that occurs before the start of the book, both Maggie and Caleb are just trying to move on with their lives.  Varying degrees of circumstance draw the two together and they have many problems to overcome with themselves before they can begin to tackle the problems they have together.  I love this duology.
  5. Jesse and Suze from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot – A romance between a human and a ghost is guaranteed to be angsty.  Now before you get mad, that’s not a spoiler you are fully aware that one of them is a ghost before the book even starts.  I love this pairing; they are so cute together, but it is extremely stressful watching them try to triumph over circumstance to be together.

Hope you enjoyed this post!  If you did, leave me a comment.  I would love to talk!