The Last Olympian review and discussion| The last book of this amazing series

The Last Olympian
Title: The Last Olympian
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Number of pages: 381
Published: May 5th 2009
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
As many of you know, I am in love with this series. I was able to finish the entire series during this summer like I planned to. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint at all! Seriously, read it if you haven’t already. These books are so easy to read!
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

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**do not read this review if you haven’t read the previous books**
Rating: 5/5 stars
This last book is my favorite! It was so action-packed (like all of his other books), but this was even more than the other books. It is amazing to see how much the characters are grown. We started this journey with them when they were 12 years old and now they are 16. It has been such a journey and I’m so glad that I decided to read this series.
 It is a very good conclusion to the series, but I can’t wait to read the lost hero to see what become of those characters. I had so many emotions while reading this book. I couldn’t stop making some links from the previous books and got quite emotional. I knew that the final book in the series would be epic and it did not disappoint at all.
 Things in this book are happening very quickly and it might even make your head spin (in a good way). It is definitely more intense since there is an atmosphere of war coming up (the war between the gods and titans) and it makes you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. While reading this book, I was left wondering what would happen to our beloved characters and I came up with theories that might resolve the big mystery.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is read it already!!
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Now this is the spoiler section, so we can be able to discuss further more this amazing book.
Even in the beginning of the book, Mr. Riordan decides to make someone die….*sigh*. Beckendorf dies in a heroic way that just makes me so sad. He was mentioned in the previous books a couple of times, but we never got attached to him. But when he died in this heroic way, I just couldn’t help my heart to break just a little, especially for Silena. She is revealed to be the spy later, but it still hurts to see what she was going through with his death and it was clear that she loved him. And the thing is, his death was only the beginning.
After Beckendorf blows up the ship, Percy goes his father’s kingdom which is currently at war. I was so happy for Percy at that moment because he got the chance to see his dad’s palace. In the previous books, he reveals that he is kind of jealous of Tyson because he was never invited in their dad’s palace. So I was glad for him (but about not the war thing).
It was very interesting how Percy and Nico were trying to see into Luke’s past to be able to destroy him and it was quite something when they went to visit his mother. At this point, I understand (not approve, but understand) a little bit more Luke and what he has become. It becomes more obvious why he ran away, why he hate his dad…And about that, it saddens me that his dad couldn’t say anything even though he knew what would happen. I mean, it was obvious that Hermes loved his son but he couldn’t tell him.
It was also very nice to see how at the end, Hades and Poseidon came and help the gods. Poseidon decided to let his palace being destroyed and Hades decided to let go of his grudge (which paid off at the end). Was it just me or this moment was kind of emotional? I was especially proud of Hades, he decided to help his family no matter what.
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My favorite scene has to be when the war is over and Percy and Annabeth finally become official. I mean come on, I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time!! Long live Percabeth ❤ Seriously, the kiss-under-the-water scene was the best, so cute!
I want more of them and hopefully, in the heroes of Olympus series, there will be more!! I don’t even know why I was worrying about Rachel being in the way. It was written in the stars that these two are made fr each other.
Parts I have to talk about
  • How ridiculous it was for the Ares and Apollo cabins to argue about a chariot when there is a war coming up

I mean seriously? Did you not see the war?! It was shocking and kind of funny to see that Clarisse would not participate in the war because of a ridiculous chariot. Although, I liked that the Apollo cabin gave it to the Ares cabin at the end.

  • The whole process of Percy becoming invincible

“I planned to walk in slow and courageous like a real hero. As soon as the water touched my leg, my muscles turned to jelly and I fell face-first into the current”

” Nico’s mouth hung open. “You just . . . with a sword . . . you just—”
 “I think the river thing worked,” I said.
 “Oh gee,” he said sarcastically. “You think?””

  • The whole battle: Titan Hyperion’s attack, flying pigs, the drakon…etc.

The battles were so entertaining. My favorite was the drakon. When Clarisse came and just destroyed him…it was priceless.

  • Luke dying

To be honest, I actually had no idea if I wanted Luke to die. If he survived, I would never be able to completely trust him again and if he didn’t, well that was just sad. So I’m still not sure about it, but I guess his death is for the best? (Please don’t hate me)

What do you think? Have you read the book? Let me know in the comments below!

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Daily Quotes| Cruel Beauty| Some quotes from my current read

Today’s daily quotes are some beautiful quotes from my current read which is Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. To be honest, I don’t think it’s the best book ever but I find it very interesting and I’m heading towards probably a 3.5 or 4-star.

“They said that love was terrifying and tender, wild and sweet, and none of it made any sense.
But now I knew that every mad word was true.”
Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty

“Why is he scared of the dark?”
I meant the words for a joke, but Shade nodded seriously. “Like all monsters. Because it reminds him of what he truly is”.”
Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty

“You fought and fought to keep all the cruelty locked up in your head, and for what? None of them ever loved you, because none of them ever knew you”
Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty

200 followers!!!!

About two days ago, I got a notification telling me that I reached 200 followers!!!

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And right now I’m at 221 followers! I have no words to express how grateful I am to all of you. Really, if I could I would hug all of you (but since you guys are all over the world, that would be kind of hard).

Ever since I joined the bookish community, I didn’t regret anything. Sure, it isn’t absolutely perfect but it is like my second family and I love it so much. And frankly, I’m super proud of reaching 200 followers!!

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Also, I want to tell you guys that there are some juicy reviews coming up as well as some giveaways!! I love you guys and have a nice day!

What I think about rating/reviewing a book that you haven’t read?| Discussion

Book discussion

Today, I’m going to be discussing about an “issue” that has been bothering me for a while.

Is it good to be reviewing or rating a book that you haven’t read?

 

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I was going to write a review for today, but as I was scrolling through my feeds, I noticed that a lot of people are hating on Empire of Storms, which is going to be released in a few days. Basically, some people have been spoiled and are already rating and reviewing the book (most of them aren’t really good).

I’m not going to talk further more about the Sarah J. Maas “issue” (if you can call that an issue), but I had to mention it since it inspired me to write this discussion post. If you want to talk about your thoughts surrounding Empire of Storms, feel free to comment below (don’t forget to warn some people if there are spoilers). Without further ado, let’s start the discussion:

 

What are my thoughts on this subject?

I want to start by saying that I have no problem with people telling the world about their opinion, even when it is a negative review about I book I loved. Honestly, that’s what I loved about the bookish community, but lately I noticed that some people are reviewing and rating books that they haven’t even read and that isn’t even out yet.

“Reviewing” (if it is even called reviewing since you haven’t read the book) and rating a book based on spoilers or other people’s thoughts is not something I approve of. And I’m not only talking about the 1 star ratings, I’m also talking about the 5 star ratings. See, the thing is even if you love a book series and you are 99.99% sure that you will give the next book a 5 star, it still isn’t a constructive review because you still haven’t read the book. But in my opinion, it is better than rating it 1-star based on spoilers because the person who rated it 5 stars will absolutely read the book afterwards and review properly whereas the one who poorly rated it without reading the book will more likely not read it and leave a non-constructive review.

Rating a book that you haven’t read makes absolutely no sense to me, except if you only want to harm the author. If it is the case, it is personal and you shouldn’t put their career on the line because that would be very immature.

Things you should/shouldn’t do before a release: (except if you read an ARC)

If you’re excited, write about how excited you are about the book, but do not rate the book yet since you haven’t read the book yet.

If you hate the book series and plan on not reading the book, do not review or rate it based on spoilers. Thank you.


 

I want to finish this post by clarifying that I am not saying that I do not like to hear different opinions than I about a book, but that it is very immature to rate a book that you haven’t read. I like reading reviews with different opinions than I, but not when they are based on only spoilers they heard and when they didn’t actually read the book.

And if you rate books 5 stars before reading them, I did not mean to offend you, but if you would like the haters to stop then you should also do the same. By that, I mean you should not rate the book 5-stars if you don’t want them to rate it 1-star. By rating it in advance, you give them the opportunity to rate it too.

What do you think? Tell me in the comments.

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The Battle of the Labyrinth review and discussion|Can it be even better?

The battle of the labyrinth
Title: The battle of the labyrinth
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Number of pages: 361 pages
Published: March 6th 2008
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

If you read my previous reviews, you’ll know how much I love this series. I’ve got to say that say that the battle of the labyrinth is my favorite book in the series for now. I do not know if I’ll like the last book in the series more than this one though.

Here is my review of the previous books in the series: The Titan’s curse

Sea of Monsters|A series worth its hype!

The Lightning Thief Review

Here is my review & discussion about the fourth book in this amazing series.

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*Although there are spoilers from previous books*

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Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

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“You shall delve in the darkness of the endless maze;
The dead, the traitor, and the lost one raise;
You shall rise or fall by the ghost king’s hand;
And the child of Athena’s final stand;
Destroy with a hero’s final breath;
And lose a love to worse than death.”

What a book! First of all, I want to say that it was definitely better than the previous book in the series. To be honest, the previous book (The Titan’s curse) is my least favorite in this series, but even that it was amazing. If you want to know more about my thoughts on the previous book, go check out my review. This post is about The Battle of the Labyrinth.

As always, Rick Riordan kept me reading until late at night and I just couldn’t put the book down. I feel like his writing is getting better and better. He just knows how to keep an action-packed story with a war coming up and still make us laugh. I mean, that’s a gift. Like his other books, he manages to throws some sarcasm that we all love!

It’s fun to see those characters we love grow up through every book. They are growing up, but in a way they are still the same guys we meet at twelve. I mean, they change (like everybody), but they stay true to themselves and they will always be there for each other. And as usual, the plot was full of surprises!

I said this before and I’m saying it again; even though this series is classified as a middle grade, I would re-read this a thousand times (okay, I’m exaggerating but you get the point). And if you don’t know already, I definitely recommend it.

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After finishing the last book, I was a 100% sure that Rachel was going to come back in this book or the next. And she did! Although I didn’t expect to see her as soon as we did. I don’t know exactly how I feel about her yet. I don’t hate her, but I don’t love her either. I could love her if she wasn’t messing with Percabeth. She definitely adds some tension in my ship, but I have faith that she’s going to help them again so we’ll see.

After meeting Rachel, Percy and Annabeth go back to camp and we learn that there is a new sword master; Quintus. I was doubtful of him ever since he was introduced. I knew he wasn’t what everyone thought he was. But I never expected him to be Daedalus. I thought he would be Luke’s spy or something…well, he was on his side for some time, but then he redeemed himself so that’s fine.

Also, Nico is back and he got some serious ghost problem. I really like Nico, even though he hated Percy and all (I forgave him). He’s even more mysterious now and I’m really interested to see what he’ll do in the next book. One thing that a lot of people don’t notice about him is that he is really brave. Maybe even as brave as Percy. He went in the labyrinth alone (the ghost doesn’t count) and he even tried raising the dead. And that takes a lot of bravery; although I’m glad he didn’t raise the dead. And at the end, he chose the right side.

Last thing I want to elaborate on is the battle at camp half-blood at the end of the book. Epic! That is the best word that could describe the fight. How everyone was fighting even though it was pretty clear that most of them couldn’t make it and then Briares comes. And he kind of blew up the place!! And Grover screamed and the monsters were scared so they ran away. That part was quite funny. I imagined Grover screaming and I thought he was going to crack his voice or something. Anyway, amazing scene and a nice way to end a quest (not for the half-bloods though).

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For this book, I have two favorite scenes that I can’t decide which one I like best. The first one being the kissing scene between Annabeth and Percy because I’m a total romantic freak. I totally didn’t expect it to happen and it was kind of sudden and when it happened, my mouth was wide open. The second scene is when Poseidon comes to see Percy at his birthday. It was just so cute seeing Percy getting excited to see his dad. And when Tyson said “Dad” and Paul looked at Percy’s mom like “What?”. It was priceless. And also when he said that Percy is his favorite son!!!!! I was just so proud of Percy.

Parts I have to talk about

  • When Percy had to clean the stables (at the ranch)

  • Percy exploding the Mount and possibly waking Typhon: I still want to know more about this monster.

  • When Percy kills Poseidon “favorite” son: Why did he think he was the favorite? Percy is!!

  • Their escape from the labyrinth with wings!

  • Luke is Kronos: So now apparently Luke is Kronos? I wonder if when you kill one of them, the other will die.

  • The battle at camp half-blood

  • Percy’s birthday!!

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The Olympic Book Tag!

The Olympic

 

I was tagged by 52 letters in the alphabet earlier this month to do this tag! Thank you! Here is where I was tagged: The Olympic Book Tag. Check it out!! I loved watching the Olympics with my family and I decided why not do this tag!

Let’s get started:

 

The Opening Ceremony — What book did you think had an incredible opening?

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Rebel Spring is the second book in the Falling Kingdoms series. Rebel Spring takes off shortly after the first book so it had an incredible action opening.

“When the king of Blood wanted to make a point, he made it as sharp as possible. It was midday. With bone-chilling thuds, the executioner’s ax fell upon the necks of three accused rebels, severing their heads from their bodies.

I warn you, this book is intense, which is why I love it so much!

The Games — What is your favorite fictional competition?

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Beside the characters, my favorite thing about Red Rising is seeing how the “game” happens. It is very intense and the author do not sugarcoat what happens. It’s one of the best competition I ever read about. Ever since the “game” started, it got me at the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. It’s so worth the read!

The Original — The modern games are based on the original Greek competition – what is your favorite book based on a classic?

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It’s not the only one, but I figured that it’s better to pick books that I don’t talk about all the time. So for this I’m going to pick Alice in Zombieland. My friend actually told me to read it and I did not finish the series yet; I only read until book two. Do I even have to say what’s the classic it is based on?

The Eternal Flame  — What is one ship that you won’t let die, even after the books made it clear it was never going to happen?

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Chaolaena!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love Rowan and I want him and Aelin to be together, but there will always a piece of my heart hurting for Chaolaena. I was on this ship from book one and it’s still hard to just give it up. *sigh* I just want them to be happy.

Gymnastics — What’s a book that had so many twists and turns it left your head spinning? (in a good way)

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So much for “not-picking-up-books-I-always-talk-about”, but it was really the book that immediately came to my mind. And if I didn’t re-read and take notes, I would have forgotten a lot of details because of how much happened in this book.

The Controversial Judge  — What’s a book that you have a totally different opinion about than most other people?

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To be honest, I don’t know what happened between me and this book. I heard how everyone is loving it and how it is one of the best books they read in a long time, but it just wasn’t for me. I thought the writing was too simple; most of the time, there wasn’t a complete sentence and I really didn’t like the plot. I’m sorry if you liked this book, I tried and couldn’t.

Beach Volleyball  — What is your favorite fictional duo?

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Noah and Jude! My favorite twins!!!!

Weightlifting — What is the most massive book on your shelf?

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This is around 1000 pages so it’s pretty big…. It is the biggest book I own and I think it’ll stay that way for a long time from now.

Track & Field — What is a book that you just tore through with world record speed?

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I read the entire series in two days….I just couldn’t put it down. AT ALL! I had to know what was going to happen! And it’s easy to read. It’s either this series or Anna and the french kiss.

Synchronized Swimming — What is a book series that you kept reading, even though you didn’t have any idea why?

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Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first book. And I was so excited to read the second book, but I was disappointed and kept being disappointed with the other books in the series. I have no idea why I finished this series and I don’t even remember what happened…

The Tortured Fan — What fictional family, group, nation, or organisation do you irrationally rout for no matter how many times they break your heart?

I don’t really know about this one so I’m just going to skip it.

Closing Ceremony — What book had an ending that just blew your mind?

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I’m not going to spoil anything, but the ending was something!

I tag:

Gretchen @ Chic nerds reads

Bex @ Bexnbookx

Dani @ its a novelty

Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm

Sammie @ bookshelves and biros

My island of books

Sarah @ Harasnicole reads

And whoever wants to do it!!!

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Daily Quote| Second chance summer

“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”
Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer

“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.”
Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer

“You said you didn’t want to waste your time on people who aren’t going to matter,” I said, and he nodded. “But how do you know they’re not going to matter? Unless you give it a shot?”
Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer