Wednesday, October 30, 2013

10/30/13: Waiting on Wednesday: THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming books that we're looking forward to!

The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan (The Troll King and Tío Uncle)
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Romance, Friendship
Goodreads Blurb: Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the "Argo II" have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them, and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake. 

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps. 

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the "Argo II" will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Published/ing: Disney Hyperion October 7, 2014

I'm so excited but so sad at the same time. I feel like this will unceremoniously mark the end of my childhood. It is so important to me and I don't know. I just don't even know. It'll just be a lot for me. But for now, I'm excited.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

10/29/13: Top Ten Tuesday: Scary!

This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
October 29: Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers (thanks to Abbi!)

Since I can't really think of books that really "scared" me I will instead do books with Gothic Elements or themes that really scared me. Also, I know (I'm such a slacker) I will only be able to do five. With NaNoWriMo and everything else creeping up on me, I don't have too much time. Tomorrow's post will also be a short Wiating on Wednesday and then that will be my last real post for a while. I might do mini posts and such, but mostly, each weekend, I'll post a little progress report on my NaNoWriMo. Sorry about all this. Hope you have a scar-filled Halloween!
  • Plagues
    • In books like The Eleventh Plague and any zombie book I've ever read, plague is a main theme. The idea of airborne plagues is just completely frightening. Having no escape. 
  • Humanity
    • There is no scarier monster than humanity itself. When people come together they can take down barriers. They can do anything. Just look at history. I think Lauren Oliver's Delirium is good example of this. 
  • Powerful People
    • Can we just talk about how much President Snow from Catching Fire scared me. He just smells like blood and leaves roses and such I was just freaked out by him. 
  • Darkness
    • Like literal darkness. Shadows and dark monsters and such. Like in Fallen by Lauren Kate and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl.
  • Monsters and Gods
    • Much like in Percy Jackson, these all-powerful being can be really scary. 
Happy Halloween guys!

Monday, October 28, 2013

10/28/13: Allegiant: Oh gods.

*spoilers: be warned* 
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Female lead
Goodreads Blurb: 
One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Published/ing: Harper Collins October 22, 2013
Rating: 4.5/5

I was hesitant to write this review. This book was quite interesting.

Before we start, this a spoiler filled review. You have been warned.

I think I am going to do this review the same as I do most the others so we'll start with characters.

Character Development:

I actually felt that this was not Veronica's strong suit.

We do get to see our main characters, especially Tris, really develop throughout the series. But I was kind of let down to see that we didn't really get to see any of the other, extremely important side characters develop.
I did enjoy seeing Tris grow to her full potential and become someone, I feel, people can look up to.

I also thought it was interesting seeing Tobias become more human. He reacted to his imperfections and developed insecurities. He made a mistake. He felt ashamed. He felt heartbreak. And I don't believe we see that to often with strong male characters like Tobias. I'm glad Roth took the time to develop Tobias in that way.

I'd also like to talk about Evelyn and how she CHOSE HER SON OVER POWER AND HOW THAT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT. We get to see a character we thought was a villain also develop a human (motherly) side.

Let's also mention the side character, Amar.
We didn't really know too much about this guy until he rose from the dead.
We get to see him as a sweet, strong, caring guy (although a little oblivious) throughout Allegiant in subtle ways. At the end, Veronica does reveal that he is gay and he was in love with Tobias at one point, but, unlike Rick's revealing, I didn't think it mattered that much. It didn't change anything necessarily. But I like that authors, especially middle grade/young adult authors, because it is showing kids and teenagers that it is OKAY to be whatever you want to be. These authors are making sure that homosexual relationships aren't going to be considered "adult material". And I adore that. Three cheers for Rick and Veronica!


Oh goodness. I did not know what to think about this book.

I liked that it was fast paced right at the beginning. The factionless are rebelling and Tobias and Tris are conflicted and Evelyn is leading and all that jazz.

And then we get outside the fence.

And boom. The world.

I liked how Veronica developed the outside world. Genetic warfare. That's a new one. And an interesting one. She really took the time to develop it and do her research. And I liked that.

The whole middle of the story was a little--angsty--for me. There was a lot of inner conflict. It was good at first; necessary. But as it drawled on, I felt there needed to be a little more action.

Now the ending. I know a lot of people were really pissed off about this ending. I was extremely depressed afterwards. But some people went to the length and said it was weak. That's a lie.

Veronica took a big step killing off her main character. Not many authors would take that step. But I liked how it ended (besides the whole death part). It ended with a whimper, not a bang. The battle was won. But the war was raging on. Tobias and Christina and everybody else have wounds but you know they will keep fighting.

I think the ending was satisfying because it was realistic. And when you read books that are futuristic and fantasy and romantic, you need a bit of realism. 

Future News:
The Divergent movie will come out March 21, 2014.

I only have a few more posts before I start my NaNoWriMo adventure! Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10/22/13: Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names

This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
October 22: Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names

  • Thomas
    • I know there are so many Thomases (I'm sorry I totally incorrectly made that plural) but I just think that is such a great name
  • Percy or Perseus 
    • The only hero who has a relatively happy ending. I love that. I love that Percy Jackson is named that.
  • Quentin
    • He is from John Green's Papertowns. I think this is just such an interesting name and it is so unusual. I love it.
  • Remus Lupin
    • Remus is from the Harry Potter series. And *SPOILER* he is a werewolf *SPOILER*. I just think his name is clever in relation to his character. 
  • Eleanor 
    • I think this is a name for an intelligent person. I like when authors use this name, because I think you are describing a character without actually describing the character.
  • Tobias 
    • The Tobias I am thinking of is from Divergent. His name was actually a mystery for quite a while. And I liked that. Names can reveal a lot about a person. But this name is also very unique. I didn't know really how to pronounce it at first (I still think I say it wrong).  
  • Xander
    • I did not like hte Matched trilogy. But Xander was definitely a name that caught my attention.
  • Atticus
    • Atticus, from To Kill A Mockingbird, is a name that, since the character is so, represents wisdom and knowledge. I love when people name their children this. 
  • Jem
    • I like this name as a shortening of James. Whether it is in The Infernal Devices or To Kill A Mockingbird, I think it is a unique name. 
  • June and Day
    • These characters from Marie Lu's Legend trilogy and I love their names. They play, I believe, as metaphors and symbols.
Have a great day guys!

Monday, October 21, 2013

10/23/13: W...W...W... Wednesday: So Much to Read, So Little Time

Wednesdays meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

  • Currently Reading
    • I am reading Allegiant (most likely becuase I am writing to you from the past) by Veronica Roth. This is the third and final installment in the Divergent Trilogy. 
  • Finished Reading
    • I've hopefully finished Torment by Lauren Kate *fingers crossed*. 
  • To Read
    • I have a huge amount of books I want to read. I recently bought a lot of books with birthday money. Since there are so many books, there is a picture down below of my book pile.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

10/17/13: An Interview with Kevis Hendrickson; Author of Rogue Hunter: Dark Space

Hey guys!

I interviewed Kevis Hendrickson, author of Rogue Hunter: Dark Space! 
I did a review on his book a while back which you can find HERE :)!

1. When did you decide you wanted to write?

  • That’s a great question. When I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a storyteller. I was heavily involved in the arts as a youngster (writing, music, drawing, the theatre, etc.). Telling stories came quite naturally to me and I spent most of my formative years writing and drawing stories based on some action-adventure oriented theme or comic book characters. However, it was clear to me when I entered my teens that I was going to be a hybrid artist and that my writing would be at the center of my career.

2.      What was your inspiration for Zyra?

  • Zyra Zanr was born at a time when I was becoming fascinated with writing about female characters. My love for Norse mythology and the Germanic warrior goddesses known as Valkyries also played a big part in her creation. As it goes, I was sitting in art class one day when I had the idea to draw a female character who was part Clint-Eastwood, part Luke Skywalker, and part Valkyrie. Following with the Eastwood theme, it only seemed obvious that she would be a space cop, even if the roguish sort. When I was done scribbling, I had a really cool drawing of this beautiful, but tough-as-nails female blonde bounty hunter from the future who wore what was a cross between a superhero’s mask and a biker’s helmet. I instantly fell in love. However, I didn’t explore this character any further and simply tossed the drawing into my sock drawer. It would be years before I ever took up the cause of reviving my female bounty hunter or writing her stories, but that’s pretty much how Zyra came into being.

3.      How many books do you plan on having in this series?

  • As someone who grew up reading comic books, it’s interesting for me to see the new trend in publishing where it’s almost mandatory for authors to write series due to the popularity of series. In my case, serial adventures is part of my DNA. Furthermore, Rogue Hunter was originally conceived as a trilogy of books. But as I worked on the sequel, I quickly realized that the storyline was way too big to be told in just 3 books. This is one of the major reasons I chose to pull the first Rogue Hunter novel from the market and reboot the entire series. I’ve since adopted a comic book/television series model toward writing the novels (rather than a film-inspired one) and expect that there will be no less than a dozen books in the series when its done.

4.      Do you have any plans for another book?

  • I certainly do. The third book in the Rogue Hunter series is currently being written and should be published sometime next year. I’ve also got a sequel to a middle grade fantasy book that I hope to release soon as well.

5.      What's your favorite movie?

  • The Empire Strikes Back. Hands down, it’s the greatest movie ever made!

6.      What's your favorite book?

  • I can’t think of another book that I love more than J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. It’s probably the most ambitious book ever written by a human being. The best part is, it ultimately gave birth to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

7.      What are some authors you look up to?

  • Although I write Speculative Fiction, my favorite authors aren’t from the genre or necessarily authors either. My stable of favorite writers generally come out of the past: Homer, Shakespeare, and of course, Tolkien. But if I had to pick contemporary writers whose work I most admire, it would probably have to be George Lucas, J. Michael Straczynski, Stan Lee, and Alfred Hitchcock. I take my inspiration from all walks of life, and in general, anyone who is the best at what they do, but these writers have influenced the kind of stuff I write more than anyone else.

See you guys on the flip-side! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10/16/13: Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

By Veronica Roth
October 22, 2013
One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

The final book to a magnificent trilogy. 
What decision will Tris have to make?
Will violence continue to in sue? 
 Will loyalties be shattered?
Will love be?
Or will it all be renewed?
What will lie beyond the fence?
What were they hiding?

10/15/13: Top Ten Tuesday: Forcing Me to Read?

This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
October 15: Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, reviews)

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
    • Honestly, I was forced to read this because my cousins were reading the last book when I picked up the first. They kind of just continuously shoved them into my hands. 
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    • Ugh. This was the worst book I have ever read. Plot was messed up. Characters were stupid. I learned nothing at all. Thanks a lot, school.
  • The Hush Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick
    • This was more of pressure from my friends to read. But gods it was so worth reading. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • A lot of these books have something to do from my friends pressuring me to read them. This was also one. Once again, totally worth it. 
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
    • I don't really know about this one. John Green had a raving review so I felt a personal responsibility to read this. 
  • Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
    • This was one of my aunt's favorite books and she gave it to me as a gift, so I felt an obligation to read it. Turns out to be one of my all-time favorite stand alone books. 
  • Shine by Lauren Myracle
    • Another forced-to-read-by-friend book. Although, I didn't like this one as much as I did the others. 
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • This was a forced summer read, but it was just exceptional.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • I had to read this this year and I think I enjoyed it, but not as much as I really wanted to.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • I accidentally watched the Lizzie Bennett diaries created by Hank Green on Youtube without knowing that it was based on Pride and Prejudice. So I felt another obligation to read this book, and gosh, it was amazing. A truly exceptional classic. 
Sorry this was posted on Wednesday rather than Tuesday, I kind of had a hectic night. 
I will post a waiting on Wednesday today, too!

Monday, October 14, 2013

10/14/13: Time Between Us and Time After Time by Tamera Ireland Stone

Hey Guys! 

Since I never did review on the first book in this two-book thingy, this will be a review for the books combined (even though it'll be more focused on Time After Time because I just recently finished that). 

Cover: I really like the mellowness of these covers. I think they really apply to the books. 
Author: Tamera Ireland Stone
Genre: Romance, Time-Travel
Goodreads Blurb: Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock

Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

Published/ing: Disney Hyperion October 9th, 2012
Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Blurb: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. 

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

Published/ing: Disney Hyperion October 8th, 2013
Rating: 3.5/5
I liked these books. I liked the odd little romance and the music references. 
Tamera has an amazing style of writing, how she describes settings and music genres. 

But the characters were a little undeveloped. They were kind of static. And I think that we could've seen a little more emotional development. 

The science behind the time-travel in the book felt a little off also. At some points, there were paradoxes and at some points there were paradoxes where there shouldn't be. They treated time-travel as if it were a straight line when it really is spherical. 

But otherwise, I loved the differences between San Francisco 2012 and Illinois 1995. It was set perfectly so that nothing crossed over. The facts must've been checked multiple times. And I liked all the different characters. The friends from different decades and the parents from the different decades. 

Overall, It was exceptionally well written, just lacked in character development and time logistics. 
Future News: 
This is this author's debut novel/novels in the YA world. She plans on releasing a new book in 2015. 

Music Playlist: 


10/12/13: Rick Riordan: In the Flesh

So, this weekend I saw Rick Riordan. 
And he was awesome!

He talked a lot about his life and how he got into writing, along with all of the weird covers his books have gotten in different countries. 

I got a whole bunch of signed books like House of Hades! Review is here!

He talked about his deal with Hollywood and how that all got screwed up! Sorry about the video quality! 

He also talked about Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods which will come out August of next year and will be a full length book (he said 450 pages) about Percy's view on the Greek Mythology!

And then, after all that, he tweeted me! I made a sign that said TROLL on it for every time he trolled us and he got a question asking why he was so sassy and I held up the sign and he pointed at me! It was amazing!

I hope you guys have a good rest of your week! 


Friday, October 11, 2013

10/9/13: House of Hades by Rick Riordan

This is a SPOILER filled review. Expect many SPOILERS. 
Cover: I adore these covers. 
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Goodreads Blurb: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Published/ing: October 8th, 2013 Disney Hyperion
Rating: 6/5
I can't even with this book. 
This is my favorite Percy Jackson book out of both series. 
And these are my reasons why:

Character Development and Individual Personality

Rick tells the story in multiple points of view. He started out the series just in Percy 's point of view, and then in the newer series, he usually did four points of view. 
But, oh how he takes it up a step in this book.
I believe there were 7 points of view. 
That is a HUGE risk in the writing world, especially Middle grade/young adult literature. 
But Uncle Rick took it by the throat and really used it to his best advantage. He made sure each character was distinct and had their own personality and struggles. 
So, speaking of characters, I'm going to go over each one. 

Percy Jackson
He has developed perfectly. From the very daft twelve year old, to a matured (sassy) sixteen year old. We see how his opinions and definitions have formed. I really adored seeing my baby grow. 

Truth be told, Percy is such a great character. He is hero. He represents hope and restoration for people who live with struggles each day. He can bring a smile to your face in seconds with his wittiness. He influences so many people. But he still stays modest. I will miss him so much after The Blood of Olympus. 

“Architecture,” Percy murmured. The fog started to clear from his eyes. “Thought you’d like the houses, the parks. There’s one street with all these cool fountains.” 
Annabeth started making progress against the current. Her limbs felt like bags of wet sand, but Percy was helping her now. She could see the dark line of the shore about a stone’s throw away.
“College,” she gasped. 
“Could we go there together?” 
“Y-yeah,” he agreed, a little more confidently. 
“What would you study, Percy?” 
“Dunno,” he admitted. 
“Marine science ,” she suggested. “Oceanography?”
“Surfing?” he asked. 
She laughed, and the sound sent a shock wave through the water . The wailing faded to background noise. Annabeth wondered if anyone had ever laughed in Tartarus before— just a pure, simple laugh of pleasure. She doubted it.

Annabeth Chase
I want to be her. She should be a role model to all girls everywhere. She perseveres and fights in the hopeless of situations. She's been heartbroken by people who are supposed to be her family and people who are supposed to protect her and be her friends. She has been neglected by both her mothers. She lost her best friend of four years and boyfriend for two months for six months. Can you imagine that? She had every right to be depressed and hopeless. 

But no.

She fights. She stands tall. She is proud. 

And I think we really get to see this in House of Hades. We see how she can make a brilliant plan in a snap of your fingers. She cheers Percy up. She is suspicious at Bob the Titan, which was absolutely a wise thing to be skeptical about.

And we also see weakness. And that is important to a character too. Showing that they are scared. Frightened. Vulnerable.   And think we also get to see that side too. 

She is a strong beautiful character. 

Annabeth stumbled toward him. She looked like a corpse wreathed in smoke, but she felt solid enough when she gripped his arms. 
“Percy, please don’t ever…” Her voice broke in a sob. “Some things aren’t meant to be controlled. Please.” 
His whole body tingled with power, but the anger was subsiding. The broken glass inside him was beginning to smooth at the edges. 
“Yeah,” he said. “Yeah, okay.”

Jason Grace

I don't know what to think of Jason just yet. I think he just isn't developed well enough yet. I want to see more emotion and personality. I did think Jason treated Nico's situation right. He didn't push him to tell the others. Rather, he helped to protect Nico. He wants to become his friend. I thought that was brave of Jason, and hope we see more of that in the future. 

“Yes, Jason Grace.” Favonius arched an eyebrow. “I fell in love with a dude. Does that shock you?”
 Honestly, Jason wasn’t sure. He tried not to think about the details of godly love lives, no matter who they fell in love with. After all, his dad, Jupiter, wasn’t exactly a model of good behavior . Compared to some of the Olympian love scandals he’d heard about, the West Wind falling in love with a mortal guy didn’t seem very shocking. “I guess not. So… Cupid struck you with his arrow, and you fell in love.”

Nico scowled . 
Jason still felt the resentment and anger rippling off him. 
“But it’s your call,” Jason added . “Your decision to share or not. I can only tell you—” 
“I don’t feel that way anymore,” Nico muttered. “I mean… I gave up on Percy. I was young and impressionable, and I— I don’t…” 
His voice cracked, and Jason could tell the guy was about to get teary -eyed. Whether Nico had really given up on Percy or not, Jason couldn’t imagine what it had been like for Nico all those years, keeping a secret that would’ve been unthinkable to share in the 1940s, denying who he was, feeling completely alone— even more isolated than other demigods.

Piper McLean
Wow. Just Wow. She has grown so much as a character. We see insecurities and self-loathing. We see a breaking through of stereotypes. We see power. I also adored her relationship with Hazel. 

We see Piper become a true hero in this book. We see her at her full potential. I love that she looks to Annabeth for advice too. And she takes in all those years she had been looked down upon, and uses them to fuel her power. She has grown into a powerful character. 

"What will you do to stop us, Piper? A hero? Ha! You are a joke.” 
Her words stung like sleet, mostly because Piper had had the same thoughts herself. What could she do? How could she save her friends with what she had? She came close to snapping— flying at her enemies in a rage and getting herself killed. 
She looked at Khione’s smug expression and she realized the goddess was hoping for that. She wanted Piper to break. She wanted entertainment. 
Piper’s spine turned to steel. 
She remembered the girls who used to make fun of her at the Wilderness School. She remembered Drew, the cruel head counselor she had replaced in Aphrodite’s cabin; and Medea, who had charmed Jason and Leo in Chicago; and Jessica, her dad’s old assistant, who had always treated her like a useless brat. All her life, Piper had been looked down upon, told she was useless. 
It has never been true, another voice whispered— a voice that sounded like her mother’s. Each of them berated you because they feared you and envied you. So does Khione. Use that!

Havel Levesque

We also get to see serious strength from her. We saw a lot of inner turmoil in Son of Neptune and Mark of Athena, but here we get see strength. And gods, she was awesome. Absolutely spectacular. When she was fighting Pasiphae we saw physical strength. But when she was traveling on her own and the pressures of Hecate were burdened upon her, we saw mental and emotional strength. It was absolutely moving. 

“I’ll succeed,” Hazel promised. “And Hecate? I’m not choosing one of your paths. I’m making my own.”

 Frank Zhang

Same with Hazel, we really get to see his true strength form too. 

Honestly, an emotional part for me was learning that Frank was no longer baby-faced. He had grown to look more like a man. And this also reflects when he becomes praetor and leads the dead Legions. I was blown away by his courage and bravery. 

I also though we saw some development in his relationship with Leo. 

He had always been wary of the kid. But I don't blame him. His weakness was fire and Leo was fire. We see him form a sort of trust for Leo when Leo presents him with the fire proof case.  He no longer is jealous of Leo are angry with Leo. 

I hope we see some serious Frank/Leo bromance in The Blood of Olympus. 

He took her hand, his fingers completely covering hers. She couldn’t believe how much taller he’d gotten. He had changed into so many animals, she wasn’t sure why one more transformation should amaze her… but suddenly he’d grown into his weight.
No one could call him pudgy or cuddly anymore. He looked like a football player, solid and strong, with a new center of gravity. His shoulders had broadened. He walked with more confidence.

Leo Valdez

At first, we got the classic Leo: cute, elfy, and joking. 
But we see Leo really grow as a character. He matures, without loosing that perfect Leo-ness we all know and love. 
I thought the part with Leo and Calypso was absolutely exceptional. I did not expect that kind of situation. But I think we get to see a whole new side of Leo. A cute side. 
But overall, he was just priceless throughout the book. 

Frank studied the two of them, quietly marveling how the tension between them had disappeared. Whatever had happened to Leo during his five days of exile, it had changed him. He still joked around, but Frank sensed something different about him— like a ship with a new keel. Maybe you couldn’t see the keel, but you could tell it was there by the way the ship cut through the waves. Leo didn’t seem so intent on teasing Frank. 
He chatted more easily with Hazel— not stealing those wistful, mooning glances that had always made Frank uncomfortable. Hazel had diagnosed the problem privately to Frank: “He met someone.” 
Frank was incredulous. “How? Where? How could you possibly know?” 
Hazel smiled. “I just do.” 
As if she were a child of Venus rather than Pluto. 
Frank didn’t get it. Of course he was relieved that Leo wasn’t hitting on his girl, but Frank was also kind of worried about Leo. Sure, they’d had their differences; but after all they’d been through together, Frank didn’t want to see Leo get his heart broken.

Nico di Angelo
I think Rick really took a risk doing this. He was already taking a risk with the whole output on Greek mythology and gods, but wow. And I think he did the right thing by doing it. Nico is so alone in this world. Being a son of Hades and gay. And I think he represents all the kids of the world, that are alone. In so many different ways; parent loss, social exclusion, and everything else. He is just a beautiful character, that I hope finds a resolution in the end. 

“I had a crush on Percy,” Nico spat. “That’s the truth. That’s the big secret.” 
He glared at Cupid. “Happy now?” 
For the first time , Cupid’s gaze seemed sympathetic. “Oh, I wouldn’t say Love always makes you happy .” His voice sounded smaller, much more human. “Sometimes it makes you incredibly sad. But at least you’ve faced it now. That’s the only way to conquer me.” Cupid dissolved into the wind. 
On the ground where he’d stood lay an ivory staff three feet long, topped with a dark globe of polished marble about the size of a baseball, nestled on the backs of three gold Roman eagles. The scepter of Diocletian. Nico knelt and picked it up. He regarded Jason, as if waiting for an attack. “If the others found out—”
“If the others found out,” Jason said, “you’d have that many more people to back you up, and to unleash the fury of the gods on anybody who gives you trouble.” 
Nico scowled. Jason still felt the resentment and anger rippling off him. “But it’s your call,” Jason added. “Your decision to share or not. I can only tell you—” 
“I don’t feel that way anymore,” Nico muttered. “I mean… I gave up on Percy. I was young and impressionable, and I— I don’t…” 
His voice cracked, and Jason could tell the guy was about to get teary-eyed. Whether Nico had really given up on Percy or not, Jason couldn’t imagine what it had been like for Nico all those years , keeping a secret that would’ve been unthinkable to share in the 1940s, denying who he was, feeling completely alone— even more isolated than other demigods. 
“Nico,” he said gently, “I’ve seen a lot of brave things. But what you just did? That was maybe the bravest.”

Other Characters:

Bob the Titan

I adored Bob. Oh gods. I couldn't even guess he'd be in this! And he played such a large role! It was so poetic and exceptional, I just couldn't keep my emotions in check. 

But that’s exactly what happened. The Titan was ten feet tall, with wild silver Einstein hair, pure silver eyes, and muscular arms protruding from a ripped-up blue janitor’s uniform. In his hand was a massive push broom. His name tag, incredibly, read BOB.

I think this struck me the most out of anything in the book (besides, ya know, everything else). I didn't even realize that Ares giant would be peaceful, but it makes SO MUCH SENSE! I though he was just such a mind blowing character and made a great part of the story. 

“Peaceful for a giant, at least .” Damasen sighed . “I wandered the fields of Maeonia , in the land you now call Turkey. I tended my sheep and collected my herbs . It was a good life. But I would not fight the gods. My mother and father cursed me for that . The final insult: One day the Maeonian drakon killed a human shepherd, a friend of mine, so I hunted the creature down and slew it, thrusting a tree straight through its mouth . I used the power of the earth to regrow the tree’s roots, planting the drakon firmly in the ground . I made sure it would terrorize mortals no more. That was a deed Gaea could not forgive.”


I thought it was awesome seeing a new side of Calypso! We only got a smidge of her in The Battle of the Laybrinth, but I loved seeing her whole personality here. 

She is strong, and caring. Although, she is extremely harsh on Leo at the beginning. But she comes through. They develop such a cute relationship. 

She also knows right from wrong; the good guys from the bad guys. I hope we get to see more of her in The Blood of Olympus. 

You do not have to be here when that happens, Gaea promised. Join me now. Kill this boy. Spill his blood upon the earth, and help me to wake. I will free you and grant you any wish. Freedom. Revenge against the gods. Even a prize. Would you still have the demigod Percy Jackson? I will spare him for you. I will raise him from Tartarus. He will be yours to punish or to love, as you choose. Only kill this trespassing boy. Show your loyalty. 
Several scenarios went through Leo’s head— none of them good. He was positive Calypso would strangle him on the spot, or order her invisible wind servants to chop him into a Leo purée. Why wouldn’t she ? Gaea was making her the ultimate deal— kill one annoying guy, get a handsome one free! 
Calypso thrust her hand toward Gaea in a three-fingered gesture Leo recognized from Camp Half-Blood: the Ancient Greek ward against evil. “This is not just my prison, Grandmother. It is my home. And you are the trespasser.”


This is such a great book. The quests and adventures. It is absolutely beautiful. The characters become close to your heart and you want to fight with them. Rick's analogies and his voices are so precise and perfect. It is all so great. 
They have become so close to my heart. They are like family to me and have helped me through the toughest of times. It is going to be hard to say goodbye. 

Future News:

The Blood of Olympus is scheduled to be published October 12, 2014 (OH MY GODS). It will be the last installment in the Percy Jackson era. In 2015, Rick will release his new series based on Norse Mythology. 

That's it for now. Have a nice night!

Monday, October 7, 2013

10/7/13: Fallen by Lauren Kate (Quickie Review)

Cover: I thought the cover was really interesting and that, I believe, is what drew me to this in the first place. I like the that Gothic element.
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Goodreads Blurb: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
Published/ing: December 8th, 2009 Delacorte Press
Rating: 3.5/5
This book was interesting. I went into it with high hopes for it being sort of like a cross between Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl and a lot of great reviews from friends. But I feel extremely let down. 

I enjoyed first reading it, because the Prologue was exceptional and extremely attention grabbing. The writing style is also exceptional. The flow of words was great and the descriptions of settings and characters was wonderful. But it was lacking in areas. 

I liked the diverse character personality. I liked the southern and gothic setting. But the plot was lacking. 

The whole story line kind of drawled. There were potholes, and what I think is a still unresolved conflict. I had trouble understanding what was happening. I liked the forshadowing and the Biblical refrences but what was really going on? What are ***SPOLIER*** Cam and Daniel really? ***SPOILER CLOSED*** 

But overall it was a good storyline and I think it is heading in the right places. I've read many exceptional things where the first book sucks, so I will continue on (AFTER HOUSE OF HADES AND ALL THE OTHER BOOKS COMING OUT IN LIKE LITERALLY 7 DAYS) with the series. I like me some Gothic element and romance. 

Future News:
The series just came to the close and the author is starting a new series. 

House of Hades comes out soon. OMGS.