Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Title: The Blood of Olympus

Author: Dear Ol’ Uncle Rick

Number of Pages: 502

Genre: YA/MG Fantasy

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: 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.

Discussion: I am going to arrange this in feels. Because that’s how intense this book was. And traumatizing. And surprising. And sad. And hilarious.

FUNNY

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It just seems right to start with the funny stuff. And if you’ve read HoO, you know who the funny one is. Go on. Say it. Saaay it. Talk to your computer. OMG, you’re right! It’s Leo, a.k.a. Cupcake. [Hehe. See what I did there?] But BoO is just plain funny. That’s the beauty of Rick Riordan’s writing: There are intense, near-death scenes, and then Leo’s all like, “I’m hot stuff!” and you crack up. When your other favorite character almost got killed. It’s CRAZY!

THRILL

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You know when you’re riding a rollercoaster, and you’re slowly inching your way to the top, and you’re thinking, Oh my god oh my god, I wonder how steep it is. Am I going to die? I am going to die. OMG. OMG. I love you, Mom. That’s what this book is like. We’re cruising along, and all of a sudden they break out fighting, and I’m reading like, Someone’s going to die. Fact of life. I bet it’s Percy. No, Rick Riordan wouldn’t be that mean. Maybe…Hazel? Ooh, yeah. IF LEO DIES, I‘LL MURDER RICK RIORDAN!!! So I’m going along…and then, the rollercoaster flattens out and it’s chill and slow and easy. Yeah, no one died, but, come on, couldn’t he have killed Jason???

HAPPINESS

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There are, surprisingly, many happy, peaceful bits when everything’s okay. [Of course, then something happens to throw it off, but that’s not relevant.] And the ending. It was too happy. Percabeth stays CHB, and plans to go to New Rome in a year and study at a college. Jiper stays at CHB, too, and Jason makes shrines to ALL the gods. Frazel goes to Camp Jupiter, because Frank’s PRAETOR now! YAYS! And Leo, dear Leo, explodes in the sky…and DIES.

BUT.

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Leo comes back from the dead, thanks to Festus, and flies to Ogygia, rescues Calypso, and the live happily ever after THE END. Literally, it ends like that. And it seems to be that Wico is now in place…? The ending is much too happy and sunshiney for me. EVERYONE DIE! That is a better ending. Wait, never mind. *cough* The Book Thief *cough*

Overall, I loved this book to pieces, and I wish the series wasn’t over. But it is. :'(


Random Stuff:

  • My iPhone is activated and beautiful and has an awesome pink case and I love it SO much. :)
  • Tomorrow is my birthday. :) YAYS! Look for a post about my years of wisdom in a post coming soon.
  • IDK.

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Re-thinking My Negative Feelings and Criticisms Towards “The Hunger Games”

I know, a long title. A mouthful.

Ever since I completed The Hunger Games trilogy in the spring of 2014, I have disliked it. I didn’t like the writing style of Suzanne Collins, I thought the second and third books were unnecessary–I didn’t even like Katniss! [Notice this is all past tense.] But I recently popped over to Musings From Neville’s Navel to read Engie’s newest post about THG. It was her reaction to the trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. She included the trailer in her post, so I thought, well, why don’t I watch it? I haven’t seen the first two movies, but I’d seen the first movie trailer.

This trailer, though.

As soon as it finished, I was just, OMG; I have to see this. I have been told the movies are better than the books, a rare occurrence in book-to-movie adaptations, so maybe I should just watch the movies! But then I decided to give them a second chance. Why?

Here is a Pros and Cons list for THG.

Pros:

  • Sweet little Prim.
  • The plot is unique.
  • I actually liked the first book!
  • There is [mostly] constant action.

Cons:

  • I dislike the writing.
  • Some parts are slow.
  • In Mockingjay, Katniss spends a good amount of time in a basement. Doing nothing.
  • How time passes is weird.
  • I don’t like Katniss.
  • I don’t like Peeta.
  • I don’t like the Districts.
  • The second and third books are unnecessary.
  • I was really confused in some parts!

As you can see, the cons overwhelm the pros. But I am willing to give it a second chance! I am just that type of person!

As soon as my TBR list as been…read a bit more, I’ll buy THG and reread them. Maybe I’ll get them for my birthday…? [Which, BTW, is October 24. Frankly, all I want is to celebrate with my bestest bloggy friends, but I doubt that will happen…]

Here is the trailer:

What are your reactions to the trailer? Will you be watching Mockingjay Part 1? Of so, are you going when it first comes out, the premiere, or just when you feel like it? Tell me in the comments below. [There is more of this post, BTW.]

I just realized…September is fading away! Quite fast, actually. And that means October, my absolute favorite month of the year. Because where I live, the weather gets warm-ish, but not too warm like this week, there’s Halloween [a.k.a. Fangirls Unite!], and…my birthday!!! Which I mentioned above. It’s on the 24th, exactly a week before Halloween. October is actually a pretty exciting month this year.

Oct. 6: Start of fall break!

Oct. 7: The Blood of Olympus comes out! YAAAY!!!

Oct. 13: I meet Marissa Meyer! YAAAAY!!!

Oct. 14: End of fall break, a.k.a. school, which is pretty fun. I’ll miss it by then.

Oct. 24: My birthday!

Oct. 30: My friend Celeste’s birthday!

Oct. 31: Halloween!

The Blood of Olympus comes out during fall break, I just realized. That is good and bad. Good, because I don’t have to wear my uniform and can wear orange/blue instead (!!!), but bad because we might not be at home. We might be in a cabin, camping, without WiFi. :( Better check with my parents. ‘Cuz I have to do a major fangirling post on that day.

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This post was supposed to be about THG…Oh, well. :P

And: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DANYA!!! YOU ARE A TOTALLY AWESOME PERSON AND I AM SO GLAD I’M YOUR FRIEND AND THAT YOU’RE BACK FROM DENMARK.

Are you looking forward to anything in October? Tell me in the comments below.

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Weekly Wrap-Up #2

On Saturday, I stacked my shelves, reviewed Number the Stars, and informed you about Marissa Meyer events. I’m still getting through my pile of books!

On Sunday, I reviewed Where She Went and talked about book reviews.

On Monday, I posted a school assignment for feedback and reviewed Eleanor and Park [a.k.a. how I suffered emotional trauma at the hands of a hardback].

On Tuesday, I recommended unknown books for TTT. Turns out, you’ve read some of them. ;)

On Thursday, I informed you about the 100 Words For 100 Days Challenge. Are you going to participate?

Going back to the beginning of the week, Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel posted about Rick Riordan’s last book in the Greco-Roman world. It was an interesting but sad post. It means the end of Percy and Annabeth and Leo!

Engie, for you, the tweet about the epilogue issue (and for anyone else):

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Ah, Uncle Rick. While your wit impresses us, it does not excuse the no epilogue issue. I adore epilogues! I want confirmation about what happens to them.

To wrap up this week, why not a poll?

Have a fantabulous weekend! I will be shopping for party supplies for my sister’s birthday, reading The Book Thief, and watching the Broadway play version Wicked. Which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT.

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Word Crimes Video and Other Random Stuff That Pops Into My Head

As you may or may not know, I am a grammar stickler. Cop. Queen. Take your pick. This video pretty much sums up that side of me. It’s a parody of “Blurred Lines.” Check it out:

Today is the day where I post on both of my blogs. The link to the post on TIMV is here. Speaking of TIMV, I already have 8 followers! If you follow this blog, consider heading on over to my other one. I also have 22 followers on this blog, so thank you, guys and girls. If you haven’t subscribed, the button’s on the right. (Hint, hint.)

I recently visited the blog Teens Can Write, Too, and was enlightened. [Before I continue, may I note that I find very small things spectacular sometimes, and this may be one of those cases. Nevertheless, this is still a very cool blog.] John, the blogger, posts about querying, agents, different types of publishing–and that’s only what I’ve looked at. If you don’t already know about this blog, click the link above and you will be magically transported to John’s blog… And, may I add, John is a male blogger and writer. I do not come across many of those (at least teens).

Now that I’m being completely random, this calls for a…cat gif!

OMG, this cat has a superpower! Of chillaxing, any time it wants.

Speaking of cats, I changed my Camp NaNo profile picture to an edited and dramatized photo of my cat.

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One last random thing… a poll! It takes roughly ten seconds to complete, and I promise you will not be wasting your time. It is a poll about your favorite author! (So I can semi-stay on this writing theme.)

TTFN,

Chloe

Top Ten…Wednesday? PLUS: Tear-Jerker Movie Review!

Sorry; I missed Top Ten Tuesday, so pretend it’s Tuesday. Or if you’re in a different time zone and it is Tuesday, then you’re fine. Now, I present to you, ladies and gentleman, TOP TEN TUESDAY! *clapping*

My Top Ten Favorite Authors and ONE Book/Series They Wrote:

NOTE: This excludes J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan, who are my default favorite authors. Also, the list is arranged so that number one is my absolute favorite.

10. Piper Banks – Geek High

9. Sheila Turnage – Three Times Lucky

8. Michael Buckley – The Sisters Grimm series

7. Veronica Roth – Divergent trilogy

6. Maile Meloy – The Apothecary

5. Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird

4. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments series

3. Tamora Pierce – Melting Stones (just one of her many books and the one I read recently)

2. Marissa Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles series

1. John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

That was TTT. Or TTW, I guess. Hehe.

Warning: TFIOS Spoilers Below!

I SAW THE FAULT IN OUR STARS LAST NIGHT!!!

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It. Was. So. Good. I cried a bit… Anyway, the real review.

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Main Characters/Actors: Hazel/Shailene Woodley, Augustus/Ansel Elgort

Synopsis: Hazel is a teen with cancer. Her mother forces her to go to Support Group, where she meets Augustus Waters. They form a relationship made on An Imperial Affliction, Hazel’s favorite book, late-night phone calls, and Gus’s love. They have adventures, from a Dutch picnic to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten, who wrote An Imperial Affliction. Then a sudden change in Augustus’s health changes things for the worse. Read the book/watch the movie to find out what happens!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Dislikes: They took out scenes! And changed the famous egg line. WHY???

The people in front of us were:

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While my dad and I were:

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Have you seen TFIOS? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below.

-C-