why did i wait to read more Rick Riordan books???

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

Greek gods and goddesses, roman gods and goddesses, mythical, fantasy, children’s, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Jason wakes up on a bus going somewhere. He can’t remember who he is and what is happening. Leo and Piper try to help him piece together the clues and information about who Jason is. The trio are taken to Camp Half Blood to be claimed by their Godly parent and figure out what is going on in the world. There is a prophecy involving Piper, Jason, and Leo that they all must rescue Hera. Going on as much as little information, the trio begins their journey. 

I had loved the previous series so much that I decided I will invest in going further into this world. I am glad I took that leap because I love this novel. I enjoy Riordan’s world that he constructed because there is so much Greek and now Roman mythology that it is not overwhelming but very exciting. I felt that this was just as immersive as the previous book series. This also teaches some of the lore from greek and roman mythology. There are a lot of lore and gods and goddesses that it does take a while to digest. Other than that, this was magnificently and brilliantly written. The different perspectives are vital and very important for the plot because we see more world building and seeing the world through different eyes helps envision what these demigod teens are going through. Hands down I am going to continue to read this series and anything that Rick Riordan writes so expect for more on this blog.

an epic maze…

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

Children’s fiction, Greek gods, fantasy, demigods, gods, goddesses, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Percy must go into the Labyrinth to do a mission with Annabeth, Tyson, and Grover. In hopes of preventing an all-out war between the Titan Kronos and the Gods and Goddesses, they must find the inventor to turn him onto their side. They get split up into two and race against time to prevent the war. Percy discovers some new powers that aid him. Nico is the focus of trying to turn him away from joining Kronos. Percy tries to tell him that his sister’s death was not his fault and she died heroically. When Nico soon discovers he feels sorry that he almost made a terrible mistake. The crew reforms with Nico and a human on their side, they all shockingly discover that Luke is long gone and now Kronos is reformed. The war begins.

I liked this part because there were more interesting events going on. There was so much lore packed into this one and I loved every single minute of reading this. I feel bad for Annabeth because she loved Luke, but he turned traitor. It is heartbreaking but I think she can do better honestly. All in all, cannot wait to read the final installment but I feel I do not want to read it because that means the end of a series. Either way I must read on otherwise it would be simply delaying the inevitable.

woah just woah

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

Children’s fiction, Greek gods, fantasy, demigods, gods, goddesses, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Grover contacts Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia to come to a boarding school for help. There are two half-bloods that arrived, and Grover does not know who their parentage is. The trio arrive and must help get the two half-bloods, Bianca, and Nico de Angelo, out of the boarding school and into Camp Half-Blood. They nearly escape the clutches of a monster that is working for Kronos with the help of Artemis and her Huntresses. Annabeth is missing now, and they must go back to Camp Half Blood to request a mission. Artemis goes on a solo mission to hunt the monster that took Annabeth. The oracle tells the prophecy that Thalia, Percy, and a few others must go to San Francisco where they will find Annabeth and Artemis from danger.

I found this one to be very funny because of the interactions of the characters. Just the dialogue that is utterly hilarious. I found myself favoriting the newest character, Thalia, who is the daughter of Zeus. There is even more Greek lore flushed out as well as some other gods and goddesses being introduced. I am glad for the breadcrumbs of information because it does not overwhelm the plot nor forces anything onto the reader to take it all in at once. I do not like how other authors push it all at once in one go. I like to learn about the world slowly as the plot progresses. I think I read this book faster than the previous book because of how intriguing it is and now have my eyes set on the fourth book that is sitting on my shelf. Cannot wait to read it. The pacing is perfect.

a different type of Sea

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan

Children’s fiction, Greek gods, fantasy, demigods, gods, goddesses, fiction.

Rating 8/10

A year passes by and Percy is excited to attend another summer camp at Camp Half Blood. His mother tells him a cryptic message saying there is something he should know. Not even before the end of the school day, Annabeth arrives and informs Percy that there is trouble at the camp. He brings along a friend who is a baby cyclops named Tyson. They arrive at the Camp Half Blood and learn that the camp is in danger. Meaning that the haven for half-bloods is no longer safe. Percy gets cryptic messages from Grover in his dreams to come save him as well as get the item that is on the cyclops island that will heal the tree that was poisoned. Percy and Annabeth along with Tyson go on a perilous journey into the Sea of Monsters to save camp.

This was just as interestingly action packed as the first but a little short. We see more lore and mythology flushed out as the plot thickens. The characters develop more and their interactions as well. I do not like a novel that flushes out the lore of the world in one book, I like the breadcrumb method. What I love the most is that the Greek lore is adapted to the modern age and makes the literature more fun to read than the older classic literature such as the epic of The Iliad and the Odyssey. I feel this is more authentic telling with a modern twist so that it is not a snooze fest. I have yet found the Percy and Annabeth pairing interesting past friendship so far. So please bear with me as I still do not ship any character with anyone else. Sorry I do not think that Percy and Annabeth can be ship material unfortunately. Maybe this will be a first series that I do not ship anyone. Anyways, I found this entertaining as well. I cannot wait to read the next book.

the MC has ADHD?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Children’s fiction, Greek gods, fantasy, demigods, gods, goddesses, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Percy is on an ordinary field trip to a museum when something strange happens. He came across this being that tried to kill him. Grover, a satyr, warns Percy of danger. Percy and his mother try to escape before a Centaur attacked. Percy had to find safety and finds himself at Camp Half-Blood. The place is a haven for demi-gods to learn and be themselves. He meets other camp members and including Annabeth. Annabeth helped him get accustomed to the change and understanding of what is going on with his life. He does not understand that he is a demi-god until it is revealed that he is the son of Poseidon. Percy has a mission he must retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt or deal with the horrid consequences. Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, accompanies him with the journey as well as Glover. He decides to retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt, fighting monsters and gods along the way to find out who stole the lightning bolt.

My friend had recommended me the book series since they are to be turned into a Disney+ original series or something to that nature. I bought the entire boxed set and decided to take a chance on the series. I am so glad and mad at myself for not getting into this series. I love Greek mythology, and if you know me in person, I make the joke about mythology being shortened down if it was Zeus and the other gods and goddesses decided to keep it in their pants. Overall, I really loved the writing and the characters. Some of them, especially the main character, who has ADHD is relatable. I cannot wait to read the next book of the series so otherwise I am thankful for having access to the series. There were a few characters I had liked until they were not likeable. I do not unfortunately ship anyone so do not ask me about the whole Annabeth and Percy ship. It is only the first book and it has yet to be determined. So far, I see them as friends, do not attack me. Anyways I do love the first book and very much looking forward to the next book of the series.

Really Loved This Novel!!

The Greek Persuasion – Kimberly K. Robeson

Coming of age, LGBTQ+, women, mothers, grandmothers, romance, Greek mythology, empowerment, self-discovery, Greek islands

Rating 15/10

Thair Mylopoulos-Wright grew up with the preconceived notion that we all have our other half, Plato’s Symposium, Origin of Love. That there were round beings with four legs and four arms, two faces each having a pair of eyes, a mouth, and a nose. These beings were powerful that sought to be in the heavens, and Zeus saw that as a threat so he took a flaming sword to cut them in half, as a reminder and a lesson of what they should have appreciated. After a breakup with her long-term lover, James, she goes to Kythnos, Greece to write about her grandmother’s past as well as her mother’s past also. As Thair questions if there is such a thing as true love, she discusses with her mother about her mother’s lovers and her grandmother as well, and deeply examines herself. Thair goes down the rabbit hole of trying to find her Other Half and then taking a break from finding love to heal herself. To find herself again, she returns to Greece once more. What will Thair find while she is in Greece?

I really loved the usage of Greek mythology and I found myself in love with Thair in more ways than one. Thair’s story makes me wonder about myself and the types of love there are. As I was reading this, I didn’t see this as a typical romance story. It is above and beyond unique and very representative in thoughts of sexuality and partners. Thair does have a lust love but she is looking for romantic unconditional love as well. I really enjoyed reading this novel. Love isn’t something planned, in this case, love happened and happened hard. I highly recommend giving this a read whether one is looking for a novel about Greek mythology or simply pleasure reading for the romance. This book had made me laugh, cry, go ooh and aw. I hope possibly this author can make a sequel. It deserves a sequel for sure in my opinion.