Normally i do not read "adult fiction". Yes, i know i'm 30 and what type of fiction do i read then. Technically YA in the "Pure fiction" with no otherNormally i do not read "adult fiction". Yes, i know i'm 30 and what type of fiction do i read then. Technically YA in the "Pure fiction" with no other category attached to it. Plain and simple i often find "pure adult fiction with no other labels" boring. I have to say not with this book. I picked it up admittedly because of the cover. It's been a year since Mad Men and i miss the 60's (which might explain my recent obsession with the Kennedy's lately). This book tells the tale of Babe Paley, Truman Capote, and the other Society Swans of the day. Truth be told i knew of Truman, but not of the Swans. This book kept me wanting to keep turning its pages. I really could not stop. Looking back, i'm not sure why. I believe because it was like a really well written Mad Men episode. You get into this fabulous lives of upper manhattanites who are at the same time miserable back stabbing people. If you loved Mad Men, i'd highly recommend this book. ...more
This book has left me in mourning. This is not due to it being bad, but because the Blood of Eden series has now come to an end. You can always tell aThis book has left me in mourning. This is not due to it being bad, but because the Blood of Eden series has now come to an end. You can always tell a spectacular series by the fact that you feel extremely sad by the fact that its end. It doesn't help that authors tend to kill of my favorite characters in such series. And these characters are never the main characters and such i really should be expecting it. I still was a weepy as Allison was in the book when mine died. This book was a great end to a truly fantastic series. It only gets 4 stars though because my favorite character died. I can think of a couple of different ways to get around that, but i'm not Julie. I know that's a bit childish i feel like it's Sirius Black all over again... ...more
I had a review but GOODREADS ATE IT AGAIN!! Thanks goodreads. I enjoy spending 30 minutes writing a review and then it getting lost in the netherworldI had a review but GOODREADS ATE IT AGAIN!! Thanks goodreads. I enjoy spending 30 minutes writing a review and then it getting lost in the netherworld of your system. Next time. I'm typing it up on microsoft word. ...more
I actually finished this book two days ago, but i've been having a rough time of it in regard to pets this week. So since i'm up early this morning( I actually finished this book two days ago, but i've been having a rough time of it in regard to pets this week. So since i'm up early this morning(well not so early now, but i've been up) since i could sleep that well last night due to Rachel bunny's passing i decided to go ahead and write the review. At least the best one i could right now.
Admittedly, the only reason i picked up this book at the library was because of the movie. I probably would have never done so without it. Something rather sad to think about since this book is rather good. My brain is bejumbled right now, but it was a really interesting take on the life of the black help in the sixities. I particularly liked Sketter and Abiliene. How sad that for such a good book i don't really have much to say on it.
Just read it. It's good. There. That sums it up pretty well. ...more
**spoiler alert** Excerpt: All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s**spoiler alert** Excerpt: All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a 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.
Ok. I just finished the book. Daisy is sleeping on my legs all nice and comfy. Gum is starting to lose its flavor. And the only thing i can think of is "THAT IS IT?". WTF how anti-climatic. Seriously. The book didn't seem like an ending for a story. It was HP & Half Blood Prince waiting for Deathly Hallows. The ending really really sucked. No big battle between Percy and Kronus. No big revelation. Where's the big final heroics? Luke is the person the prophecy was talking about? Thought it had to deal with Percy or was Percy only involved with not killing the Ophiotaurus. I'm so disappointed with the ending.
Also, Why no good guy character die? I'm not talking about people we meet once or twice or was mentioned. I'm talking about repeated characters. Not one of those people died. Everytime one of these characters got seriously hurt some ambrosia or nectar was magically near by. You can't write a story involving a war or fights without killing someone important. J.K Rowling knew this. J.R.R. Tolkien knew this. Real sacrifices have got to be made to make a story good. I'm not talking ditsy Aphrodite girls either.
So all in all i was really rather disappointed in this book. Riordan fell flat trying to tell Luke's story (Hello Voldemort's story in HP 6. Complete with visions), feel flat on battle scenes, no humor, anti-climatic ending, and well some really pointless parts in the book. I did rather enjoy Clarisse killing the Drakon, but even that rang like a carbon copy of Neville rising up and killing Nagini in DH. I'm hoping if what i'm hearing is true that Riordan is going to continue the series that he'd give it a more fitting ending.
**spoiler alert** Excerpt: Percy Jackson's fourth summer at Camp Half-Blood is much like his previous three—high-octane clashes with dark forces, laced**spoiler alert** Excerpt: Percy Jackson's fourth summer at Camp Half-Blood is much like his previous three—high-octane clashes with dark forces, laced with hip humor and drama. Opening with a line for the ages—The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school—this penultimate series installment finds Percy, Annabeth and the satyr Grover furiously working to prevent former camp counselor Luke from resurrecting the Titan lord Kronos, whose goal is to overthrow the gods. When the heroes learn that Luke can breach Camp Half-Blood's security through an exit from Daedalus's Labyrinth, they enter the maze in search of the inventor and a way to stop the invasion. Along the way they encounter a lifetime supply of nightmare-inducing, richly imagined monsters. Grover's own quest to find the lost god Pan, meanwhile, provides a subtle environmental message. Percy, nearly 15, has girl trouble, having become something of a chick magnet. One of Riordan's strengths is the wry interplay between the real and the surreal. When the heroes find Hephaestus, for instance, he's repairing a Toyota, wearing overalls with his name embroidered over the chest pocket. The wit, rousing swordplay and breakneck pace will once again keep kids hooked. Ages [close:] 10-up. - Publishers Weekly (starred review
For some reason this book just didn't do that much for me unlike the rest of the series. I just found it to be so.... Bland. It was supposed to be a exciting adventure through the Labyrinth, but it just didn't work out. It was exceedingly obvious the moment Daedalus was mentioned that Quintus was him. So no surprise there. I usually laugh a couple of times in the series, but i only laughed at one part with Hera. The part with Kronos coming back to a full body was also extremely anti-climaitc. It was like "I got a body." Percy: "I hit you! Oh No's! The sword bounces off of you". Kronos "That's because i'm the man of steel" *poses in superman pose*. Percy: "I run". Percy flees. *raising eyebrows and looking unimpressed*. It was boarding on stupid. That's not to say it wasn't an engrossing read, but i feel that it didn't live up to it's processors.
That and Annabeth was so! annoying. Every time Annabeth showed up in the book i wanted her gone. Something about her character just really rubs me the wrong way. After this book i'm a total Percy/Rachel shipper. If Nico weren't a child i would ship him with Percy too. *blushes*. Rick was trying to shove the whole Annabeth/Percy thing the whole book and i'm just not buying it. I felt that Percy had more chemistry with Rachel and Nico. lol Speaking of Nico he's now one of my favorite characters. I just love his character development as the son of Hades and his angst. I have such a soft spot for angusty characters. I also fully enjoyed the Gods & Goddesses in the book as well (course they're always good).
So with saddness i have to give this book 3 stars. * Plot falls flat, Irritating character, anti-climatic, Not a good stand alone book, & overall general disappointment.* ...more