Haven’t read as much as I probably could have in May, mainly because of that there have been some other stuff (good stuff) happening in my life, making my head buzz and keeping me from focusing on reading. But I’m still happy with what I accomplished during this month and I’m looking forward to June!
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Continue reading Book Report: May 2017
Started: May 29, 2017
Finished: May 31, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Complaining of unfairness is like assigning blame, Percy Jackson. It does no one any good.”
My initial rating of this was a 5, but after a few days of thinking and reflecting, I decided to lower it to a 4. Why? Well, in part because the ending felt quite predictable. Even though you didn’t know the details of what the ending would entail, you knew the major key elements, which sort of took the fun out of it all. I also felt I had to lower it because this book had way too many POVs. Note; none of the POVs were bad. They were all entertaining and it’s fun to listen to the thoughts of different characters. But with so many POVs and so many separate storylines, the story does end up feeling a bit chopped up.
So yeah; lowering the rating because of some more stylistic issues I had with this.
Other than that I loved this book. I love the characters, I love my new ships, I love the settings and the witty use of words and, yeah, love it 🙂 I loved that Nico was given a POV (that was definitely a necessity), his friendship with Jason (which begun in the previous book) and with Reyna – and the possibility of a romance with Will, maybe, please? Leo was another favorite and I’ve heard some rumors that he’s in the next series as well (please, someone, confirm!). Also; what’s with all the references to other pop culture things? I mean, Doctor Who, Hunger Games?!
Seriously, this is a good book – but I actually think it might have benefited of being split into two separate novels, one following the crew of the Argo II and another following Nico, Reyna and Hedge. That way more detail could have been included and you could have had actual scenes depicting things only mentioned in passing. The book about the Argo II crew could easily have ended with the fight in Athens, while the other concluded with the battle at Camp Half-Blood where everyone is together again.
Started: May 28, 2017
Finished: May 31, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
“How could God hate you? He loves all his children, Wayne. God can’t hate you for the way he made you.”
I received a copy of this book from the author. This has in no way impacted on my review.
This. Book. Broke. Me.
Considering the first book, I knew it would. This book deals with equally dark and heavy topics as the first one – and they feel just as real. Even though the text is captivating and rich, you sometimes have to put the book down just to remind yourself that you are just reading words. That the panic attacks, beatings and thoughts of just giving up on life are only what you read, not what is happening around you in your life right in that moment.
While the first book focused on what happened in Wayne’s life and how his past affected how people – his family – treated him, this book also brings up what happened with Kyle. And we see how easily a few choice words can change someone from someone nearly everyone likes, to someone everyone avoids as if he had the plague. How far some people are willing to go to “cure” people of another sexuality. But it’s also full of good messages.
The quote at the top is definitely one of my favorites from this novel. It is definitely one I would like to write out in big letters and show everyone who somehow thinks heterosexuality is the only way to live. Another scene – and quote – that struck me as heartbreakingly true was one spoken by Kyle to Wayne after the former had taken a beating.
“What did we do to them? What did we ever do that was so wrong?”
With those words, I’ll end this review – along with the hopes that you will pick up this series if you have not yet done so.
Started: May 24, 2017
Finished: May 26, 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars
“But what about family? And friendship? I think we’ve been blind to the importance of those.”
So yeah; this wasn’t the best read. I didn’t enjoy the first book that much either, honestly, but it was definitely the better of the two and I would have preferred if it remained a standalone. This felt as if some people complained about Nikolai’s death in the first novel and the author gave in and decided to bring him back. Which only caused trouble.
I would actually have enjoyed the story more if Nikolai stayed dead/a shadow. If the battle at the end had ended almost the same, but Nikolai hadn’t regained life. Instead he should have accepted death, which would also have plausibly given Vika and Pasha a chance. Despite Pasha’s flaws, I did like him more than Nikolai.
I still enjoyed the setting and the magic and mythology. Hence why I still gave this 2 stars instead of just 1.
Started: May 15, 2017
Finished: May 23, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Annabeth and he were supposed to be together. They hadn’t survived so much just to get killed now.”
Yep, this was definitely my favorite so far. Tartarus was horrible – which is something I’ve had trouble finding in other books based in Greek Mythology, so it was a huge plus. And everything that happened above, with the other heroes? So. Bloody. Good!
I have at least two new ships – one that I hope will sail soon, one that I think is not going to go anywhere but I still enjoy it a lot. And the Mediterranean suddenly felt much more dangerous than it did in the previous novel. And, yeah, I just overall loved this book. Despite the fact that it was so much longer than I had expected – which meant that, because it was an audio book, it took me far longer to get through than it would if it had been a physical book or an ebook.
Aaand now I’m off to read the final book in this series!
(by the way; I have the first two novels of the Trials of Apollo downloaded already but I most likely won’t go into it right after finishing this series, mainly because I feel I have to read some other stuff first before I go back into this universe again)
Started: May 6, 2017
Finished: May 14, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Time for a little family reunion.
I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED A COPY FROM THE “RACHEL E. CARTER YA BOOK CLUB” ON GOODREADS
So I wasn’t sure about this book when I got it. I felt the blurb was a bit vague and it took me quite a while to get into it. However, I soon found that I really enjoyed it.
The story follows four people; Rohesia, Fastello, Cateline and Kojiro. Rohesia is the daughter of a duke, tasked with finding “outsiders” – something that troubles her from time to time as she is half “outsider”. Fastello is the son of the “nomad king” and is not pleased with his father’s new way of ruling – earlier the nomads only stole the goods of rich people, but now they also murder them. Cateline grew up in a monastery and wants nothing but to follow the religion she has been brought up with – sometimes to a fault. And Kojiro is the younger son of the Hanaobi empress (Hanaobi = “outsiders”) and suddenly finds himself the heir to the throne – but his mother would rather see him dead.
These four very different individuals eventually end up together and start to realize that, maybe, they’re not that different at all. They have all suffered in the past, their parents have been both loving and cruel, but it’s high time a new rule is instated. But at what cost?
Out of the four characters I think I liked Kojiro the most. Maybe because he was very different and his chapters showed him struggling with learning the language of the duchy – sort of like learning English when you’re from China or Japan (Hanaobi is definitely inspired by these nations). I also felt like he was the character with the most depth. The others developed as well throughout the story, but they could have been pushed even further. The world could also have been developed further; it took me a while to realize that Rohesia, Fastello and Cateline all grew up on an island (the duchy) and that only Kojiro was from the main land.
What I really enjoyed about this story, though, was the writing and the way the events flowed into one another. And that there were things close to the end that I had not expected to see. These things definitely pushed the rating up from 3 to 4 stars and I am looking forward to the sequel.
Started: May 9, 2017
Finished: May 11, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
They were alone except for Coach Hedge, who was back on the quarterdeck singing the Pokémon theme song. The coach had changed the words to: Gotta Kill ’Em All, and Leo really didn’t want to know why.
I spat out my coffee when I heard that quote (listening to this as an audio book), hence why I had to add it.
Alright, so I am genuinely getting into this series like I did with the Percy Jackson series. I love the seven heroes together (+Coach Hedge) and how they’ve got a lot more tangled pasts than what was first revealed. And I liked Annabeth’s quest and the fact that the others go to rescue Nico, despite knowing it’s a trap.
And then there’s the ending…
OH. MY. FRIKKING. GODS!!! You had to end it like that?!
Best cliffhanger in a long time!
So why not 5 stars – or even 4.5? It still felt too simple. Like they could easily solve all the tasks thrown in their way despite the Mediterranean supposedly being far more dangerous than the places we’ve seen before. Would have liked a bit more trouble for our heroes – which sounds terrible, I know, but you probably get my point. Still the most enjoyable book so far in this series and I’m looking forward to the next!