The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5)

Started: May 29, 2017
Finished: May 31, 2017

Language: English
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.

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The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)

Started: May 15, 2017
Finished: May 23, 2017

Language: English
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)

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)

Started: May 9, 2017
Finished: May 11, 2017

Language: English
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!

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2)

Started: May 7, 2017
Finished: May 8, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


“It wasn’t easy looking dignified wearing a bed sheet and a purple cape.”


Percy’s back, thank the gods! Even though I enjoyed the first book in this series, I definitely did not like the lack of Percy sarcasm. Like I said; thank the gods he’s back!

Aaand, yes, that did pull up my rating a bit. I gave the first book 3.5 stars and if this one hadn’t had so much Percy commentary… I’d probably have given it about the same. The story felt a bit too simple. I liked the new characters, though – Hazel and Frank. Mainly because Frank’s Chinese and connects this mythology to the Chinese one, and Hazel’s from New Orleans, which is one of my bucket list places to go to (my dad’s been there many times because of his job and I’ve still got a perfume bottle from a shop he visited about two months before Katrina happened).

I also liked seeing the new versions of the gods – the Roman versions, Pluto and Mars specifically. Juno… yeah, I agree with the book, she’s a gweipoh. But Pluto and Mars were cool – especially Mars. I always disliked Ares, but Mars felt more logical and compassionate. Which was cool.

And considering the ending of this one, I guess we’re on our way to Europe in the next book. Awesome!

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)

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Started: July 12, 2016
Finished: July 15, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Kind of disappointed in this after liking the Percy Jackson series a lot. I still love the writing and the mythological aspects and overall story, and the fact that this series will delve a bit more into Roman mythology and divinities older than the gods intrigues me. However I’m not yet a fan of the three new mains – except for Leo – and I miss the first person POV and the quirky chapter titles featured in the Percy Jackson books. Never thought I’d say that, but yeah, that’s a thing.

I also felt like this book was really, really long and drawn out and not as intense and fun as the Percy Jackson books. Not sure if I’m a fan of that yet – I usually do enjoy longer books but for this series I almost felt like the shorter format was better. Might change my mind once I get into The Son of Neptune – and yes, I will read (listen to) it, but might take longer until I get around to it than it did between the Percy Jackson books.


This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon.

Book Report: June 2016

Whatup!

Terrible greeting, I know, but hey; I read a ton of books in June and it’s looking good for July so far as well, so I’m happy! I know I’m late with this, but I didn’t have time to write reviews for all of the June books until today and I didn’t want to post a report until I’d posted all of the reviews and stuff. So that’s the reason for the delay.

Inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!

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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #5)

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Started: June 4, 2016
Finished: June 10, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Actual rating: 4.5

Such a satisfying end to this series! I still liked Battle of the Labyrinth a bit more, but this was still such a good final novel.

I like that the battle in this novel takes up the majority of the story and isn’t rushed through – you get all the details and complex situations and difficult choices. Plus the sass and magic that’s typical for a Percy Jackson novel.

I think what made it difficult for me to give this a full 5 stars was the final few chapters, which took place after the battle’s end. I can see that they set up a lot for Heroes of Olympus but it felt like they took up soooo much time. So yeah; I can see the reason and I have no doubt I’ll appreciate it once I start Heroes of Olympus but right when I read/listened to this I was so hyped up after the battle and this section felt a bit meh. Except for the romance, which was really cute!

Can’t say if I’ll start Heroes of Olympus this year or if I’ll save it for next year, but I’ve saved the audiobooks to my tablet so that if I have time I’m able to start them 😉