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 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 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!
Started: May 7, 2017
Finished: May 8, 2017
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!
First of all I want to apologize for not posting for so, so long on this blog. The last month has just been… hectic is almost too small of a word to describe it, but yeah. I started working at a new school mid-August and even though I’m really enjoying it it always takes a while to get into the rhythm and routines of a new workplace. There have been some conflicts that needed to be solved in my class, some conflicts in other classes that I needed to deal with, injured children rushed to the ER (luckily it wasn’t as serious as it first looked) and, yeah, a lot of things.
I also haven’t posted a book report since June. The one I was supposed to post for July never went up because first I was up hiking in the Swedish mountains and right after that I started at the new school and everything about it just got pushed to the back of my mind. The one for August was, similarly, ignored because of the ton of things I had to deal with at work.
The tempo of both August and September have forced me to not read as much as I would have liked, but I haven’t gotten behind on my reading plan because I read so much in July thanks to the triple readathon I did back then. So I’m still on route to completing my goal and if I get my reading back on track now that I feel a bit more comfortable with work and stuff I might actually be able to read more than I thought I would this year.
Because of the length of this book report I won’t add any comments to the Book/Worst/Surprise/Disappointment of the Month.
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Continue reading A three month book report
Started: July 12, 2016
Finished: July 15, 2016
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.