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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Book on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 586
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson andamp; the Olympians series.In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land--Greece itself--to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery...With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET!!!!!

To me a lot has happened in this book. We learn that Athena sends only the bravest and smartest of her kids to find a statue that the Romans stole and put away somewhere safe where no one would find it. We have all seven of the demigods together on one ship with Coach Hedge to supervise them.

We also find out that no demigod from either of the two camps have “gone back to the homelands”, meaning Greece and Rome, because of the many monsters that live in the Mediterranean Sea. Though it is there that Leo, Frank, and Hazel fell overboard. It was at the underwater palace that we found a training center for the underwater heroes. Though Percy was quite upset that they didn’t want to meet him, even though he is the son of the water god.

We also encounter a hero turned god and a goddess before the trek to Rome. Along with meeting a nymph called Echo, the poor girl, and a demigod that was obsessed with his own reflection. A lot of very good, cool, and interesting things has happened in this book and I just don’t want to spoil it at all. Especially with Aphrodite’s weird message to Annabeth.

Out of the whole book there is only one thing that I disliked about it and that was at the end after they helped Annabeth at the last leg of her journey, on the Mark of Athena quest, all only for her and Percy to end up in Tartarus. The worst place for a demigod to end up. Even if they need someone there to close the Doors of Death on that side. Though this book with the first two also had some character development going on but not a whole lot from with what I can remember.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Son of Neptune by Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 4th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 521
Format: Kindle
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Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK READ THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

When I first read the plot I read it super-fast because I was so excited that a new book was out and that it had Percy in it. I mean its Percy. Anyways after I read it the first time I had to stop and go “wait….what is it about?” So I had to reread it again but very slowly. I also tried to think of what maybe Rick was thinking about with each of the three things for the three main characters for this book.

For Percy’s all I had to do was read the first line and I started to think “oh no! Rick Riordan what did the gods do to Percy know!” As I read further along in the little paragraph I just kept on thinking which god did this to Percy and Annabeth. Then I saw the last sentence and immediately I thought “What! Did Athena and Aphrodite team up on Percy and Annabeth?” I was so unhappy as I thought about that since Percy and Annabeth have been through so much together. For Hazel’s I started to think after reading the first sentence “What is she a zombie that Ares brought back for the ‘other’ camp?” I then saw the next part about her mom being possessed by greed and I started to think didn’t one of Hades’ forms had a power to do something with jewels being brought up from the ground. But I also wasn’t exactly sure if that was right at all. I started to wonder what is Hazel’s gift and what did she do with it that could harm the future of the world. With the last sentence I just thought that she could have just liked horses and that she is meant to find the house that is in her dreams. For Frank’s when I saw klutz I automatically thought of a medium height person that isn’t to his full height and obviously clumsy. Then I saw the next line and I honestly hadn’t heard of any myths about people being descended from heroes but then I guess that it could happen. With the next line of him hoping Apollo claims him but not being very good at archery during the war games I can’t help but think that maybe he isn’t a son of Apollo at all. Since Apollo’s kids are always good at archery. The last sentence though is making me wonder what Frank’s secret is that he feels like he can trust Hazel with and what did Hazel do to get Frank to trust her with this kind of secret.

Now that was just my first thoughts just by reading the plot. I kept those thoughts in my head as I started to read the book. Which I immediately started to feel bad for Percy as he looked in my mind’s eye as looking pretty bad after fighting a ton of never dying monsters while trying to find Camp Jupiter. He runs into an old hippie lady that all I can’t help but think is either a monster or one of the other goddess’s hiding out. Which turns out to be right even though Percy had lost his invulnerability when he crossed into Roman territory which sucks for Percy. But what’s good is he makes some new friends, especially with Hazel and Frank, and goes on a quest with his two new friends.

We also found out a lot about Hazel and Frank’s pasts and with what Frank entrusts with Hazel. Which I’m not telling since that would ruin the book. Well not as much if I told you what the quest is about but I think you can tell what it is if you look at the cover and after you get kind of far into the book. Like once Percy is in camp. The ending is also very good as well.

Just like with most of Rick Riordan’s books this one is also a good book. I loved everything about it and I am glad though that Percy started to remember stuff from his past faster than Jason. Out of most of the people in this book there is one character I seriously dislike and I guess that is mostly just on him thinking he is this high and mighty sort of prophecy giver from teddy bear stuffing. His name is Octavian and I really don’t like him especially with the way he treats Percy, and most of the other campers, since they first met in the book. Plus he doesn’t even look that good. I mean Frank looks better than him. But yeah I think that is the only bad thing. Though we did see Nico and him acting like he didn’t know Percy when he did is kind of cool. Even though Percy didn’t like that when he got his memories back but knew that Nico did the right on acting like he didn’t know Percy so that the Roman campers wouldn’t gang up against him.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 12th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 557
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Jason has a problem.He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!

Rick Riordan left us off with a new prophecy and a feeling that we were getting a new book series. We found out from Rachel Elizabeth Dare that seven demigods need to save the world at the end of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and to start the new series called the Heroes of Olympus.

With this first new book we are meeting four new characters named Jason, Piper, Leo and Coach Hedge. We also see how much Camp Half-Blood has changed from what it was before. We got a lot more cabins and a lot more campers as well.

We also find out when Annabeth comes to help get Jason, Piper, and Leo to Camp Half-Blood that Percy has been missing for three months. Almost immediately once they land Leo got claimed by his father, Hephaestus, and we find out the Roman form of his is called Vulcan all only because Jason said it. Hmm I wonder with why and how he knows the Roman forms of the gods and goddess’s instead of their Greek form?

Later that night Piper got claimed by her mother who is Aphrodite. All throughout the book we learn about a whole lot of stuff on each character including how Jason is Thalia Grace’s brother. Toward the end of the book we find out that Jason is a Roman camper but is happy with being at Camp Half-Blood as he has made a lot of new friends and him and Piper are together.

We also find out that Piper’s dad is a Cherokee Native American celebrity actor. We also find out that the Earth Mother goddess is trying to wake up and get all of her titan and giant children up again and trying to destroy the world. We also find out about Leo sort of being the one who killed his mom and that he is working on building a flying warship to go to Camp Jupiter to get the other three campers.

This book is a very good one and I love it very much. I love that Mr. Riordan wrote this series in third person but also that every three chapters is of either Jason, Piper, and Leo which is pretty cool as we get to see some things that has been happening with them. I can tell this series is going to be a good one. I am also quite happy to say that I was oh so wrong about this one not being any good at all. Which was my first thought of this series but I am happy to say that I am very wrong and that I can’t wait to read and share my thoughts of the other books.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Last Sacrifice by Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on December 7th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: Kindle
five-stars

This book has Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
ACE #1

They come first.
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.
The dead could finally have me.
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead's international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!!

We start off Last Sacrifice with Rose in her jail cell completely bored as she is trying to figure out what Queen Tatiana meant in her letter about Lissa having a half sibling that she had no clue about. The book at first was a little slow. Well the whole entire time she is in her jail cell it was. Even when she goes into Lissa’s head to see what was going on around the Royal Court.

Though, surprisingly though, Lissa is able to block Rose from her head at certain points while Lissa is around their friends and Rose’s parents. I actually found that to be a good thing since that, to me at least, was a pretty good character development on Lissa. I love to see this type of development evolve even with the sort of main characters of these books.

After Rose escapes with the help of some people, that shall be nameless except for Dimitri, because they all believe that Rose is innocent and should not be killed for being framed on killing the ex-queen. Rose is so not happy thought about not being in the loop about the jail escape or on the plan about keeping Rose hidden in a very small town where the guardians won’t find her until after her name is cleared.

Rose didn’t like that plan as it didn’t go with her plan from Queen Tatiana. The other character I think that had character development would be Sydney, the Alchemist, because even though her own kind doesn’t like vampires or dhampirs, as they think of them as evil people-well evil “undead” people, but she is liking both Rose and Dimitri as she spends more time with them on the road.

In this book we met a new group of people and how they think of the people that want to be in the modern world instead of sticking to the old way of living. They were there for a short amount of time until they figured out where to go next.

Which happened to be a place where Miss Karp lives as a Strigoi. Victor’s half-brother turned her back human and it didn’t go well with those two. Though Miss Karp did show them where Lissa’s half-sibling was. Well more of went with them and brought them there. For me it was a shock to see who Lissa’s half-sister was. Though I knew I should have seen that coming from when Rose gave a description of her in Shadow Kiss.

This book was a very good one though I am quite sad that this book series ended. Or at least with Rose and Lissa. Or at least I think it is. I love this series and I am happy with how it ended and with what happened to Rose and Dimitri despite Adrian’s heart being broken when he found out that Rose is still very much in love with Dimitri.

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Spirit Bound by Richelle MeadSpirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Razorbill on May 18th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 489
Format: Kindle
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Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladamir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girl's can't wait for their lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the change. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him...forever.

My take on this book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!! BE CAUTIOUS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET!!!  

The second to last Vampire Academy book took me the longest to read. I started to read it on the twenty-first of May and ended it on the eleventh of June.

The reason it took me so long to read this one was because I was busy and I was trying to get this book review blog going as well. But I finally got it done and oh my god I was so happy about Dimitri being alive again but sad for Rose. I also really did like the end of the book.

Rose has had a tough life for only being eighteen years old and being told that she did something that she couldn’t have done and didn’t do at all.

But also getting the letter telling her how Lissa could represent her family was by finding someone that is either her half-brother or half-sister. But know the question is how can she doe that if she is stuck in jail waiting for her trail among other things. Also could she trust the dead Queen’s letter about Lissa having a half-sibling out there.

But this book was sooo good and kept my on the edge of my seat the whole time that I was able to read it.

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.