Monday, 27 February 2017

Heroes of Olympus - The Mark of Athena Book Review

The third installation of The Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena, follows the seven demigods - Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank - on their quest to Old Rome to rescue Nico di Angelo (Son of Hades) and for Annabeth to find and recover the Athena Parthenos.

When I first started The Mark of Athena I was a little bored because it was a little different to the first two books and it didn't start with lots of drama. However, as I read more and got further along in the story I began to love it just as much as the first two. I really enjoyed how there was still a lot of mystery throughout the book especially with the mark of Athena. 
Since there is so much drama, mystery and loads of things happening, I couldn't help put get sucked in to the demigod world and whenever I put it down I would pick it up five minutes later.

I really enjoyed having all seven characters in the story, I love all of them especially Frank, he's so cute. Throughout the book I felt sorry for Leo because all the other demigods on the quest are a couple, but at the same time I loved how they were all in relationships it was really cute (I'm a sucker for romance).

I am obsessed with the Argo II and loved how random and weird the monsters were, the two giants Otis and Ephialtes and Shrimpzilla were definitely my favourites. Shrimpzilla..... WTAF! 

I liked how it had quite a lot of comedy in it, but also had some tense and creepy moment too. Pages 127 - 151 with the eidolons was creepy but so good and pages 563 - 566 was so tense, dramatic and nearly had me in tears. Also, I loved how it had merpeople and that there was a joke about The Little Mermaid. 

By far the best parts were Annabeth's quest to find the Athena Parthenos and the ending! 

I ended up giving The Mark of Athena 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

Have you read the Heroes of Olympus series?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Heroes of Olympus - The Son Of Neptune Book Review

The Son of Neptune follows on shortly after The Lost Hero but tells the story of Percy, who has amnesia and is placed in Camp Jupiter (Roman demi-god camp). Shortly after his arrival Percy and two others, Frank and Hazel, are sent on a quest to rescue Thantos a.k.a death.

I love how this book had so much drama in it, from the first page, and had so much mystery throughout. Every time I tried to unravel a mystery, something would happen that would contradict my theory.

I loved Ella the harpy, she was just really cute and loved how she could quote books perfectly. I became obsessed with Frank, his background story and his abilities. I also loved how he is asian as not a lot of books have diverse main characters. Also, Frank's grandma was hilarious. The horse Arion was by far my favourite, I mean he can run faster than the speed of sound and he has sass!
I also really liked the ending, but would have liked it to have been more dramatic.

One thing I didn't like was how it was mainly Roman god based, I prefer the Greek version but I really enjoyed the crossover between the two.

Overall I gave The Son of Neptune 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read The Son of Neptune?

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Heroes of Olympus - The Lost Hero Book Review

The Lost Hero is the follow on series to The Percy Jackson series. It follows the story of Jason who wakes up one day on a school bus with no recollection as to who and where he is. He is then told that him and his friends that he doesn't even remeber are demigods and are taken to Camp Half-Blood. Soon after their arrival they are sent on a quest to rescue the Queen of Gods, Hera.

Before picking up this series to read I was already really excited to read it, mainly because I loved the Percy Jackson series, and so far is hasn't been a dissapointment. I aboslutely loved the first book! It was so good and had me gripped from the first chapter. 

There was so much drama throughout the whole book, from the first page right up to the end, and I often found myself saying to myself "so much drama". Front start to finish there was never a dull or boring moment and was so suspenseful.
Since Jason is an amnesiac it added a bit of mystery to the story which made it really gripping. I just wanted to know who the heck Jason was! From the moment I first picked up The Lost Hero I didn't want to put it down purely because of how much action and drama there was.

I loved how it wasn't about Percy or Annabeth this time around. Instead it introduced three new amazing characters (Jason, Piper and Leo), who I love, and switched between all three perspectives.

To say it is the first book of a series, it was so good. I ended up giving The Lost Hero 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan?

Monday, 6 February 2017

Shift Book Review

Shift follows the story of Olive who is slowly putting her life back on track after her Dad suddenly left and her suicide attempt. She then gets caught up with Miranda Vaile, who people say killed her parents when she was young. Becoming intrigued with Miranda, Olive and her only friend Ami decided to investigate.

Miranda soon becomes involved with Katie, Olive's old best friend, who soon begins to deteriorate and dies. Olive immediately blames Katie. But did Miranda do it?

I was initially really excited and intrigued to read this book. I have started to enjoy thrillers and thought Shift by Em Bailey sounded quite different to other thrillers I have previously read. However, I was left dissapointed. 

The book was really slow to start off with and became increasingly too teenyfied. And to say that it is a thriller, it wasn't that gripping at all and it lost the thriller element at about 180 pages.

But, it did have some good qualities. I totally wasn't expecting Ami to be who she is imaginary) and thought she was a really person. I also loved the relationship between Olive and Lachlan, thought it was really cute. Am I allowed to say that about a thiller? 

Whilst reading Shift I was pretty set on giving it 2 out 5 stars on Goodreads, but the ending made me change it to 3. It was probably the most tense part of the book, although not that tense, apart from finding out about Katie and her death.

What thrillers would you recommend?