You could tell when you read this that it's meant for viewers of around the age of 12, which a little bothered me, but otherwise the story was pretty...moreYou could tell when you read this that it's meant for viewers of around the age of 12, which a little bothered me, but otherwise the story was pretty interesting. I love mythology and it seemed like Riordan was trying to teach the readers about it a bit. In some areas I think it was a bit unrealistic. Like how easy it was for Percy to hurt the God of War, Ares. His friends, Grover and Annabeth practically did nothing during the whole quest, they seemed like just support. I hope the movie isn't too over exaggerated.
However I will be reading the rest of the series. I think it is just hard for authors to make a story interesting when you have an oracle tell you what's going to happen in the beginning.(less)
Agh, I waited too long to read this. I immediately loved Kate. She's a powerful, mysterious, and daring protagonist. Andrews doesn't even let the read...moreAgh, I waited too long to read this. I immediately loved Kate. She's a powerful, mysterious, and daring protagonist. Andrews doesn't even let the reader know Kate's secret, though she teases us. Andrews creates an amazing world. Of course it's interesting that the series is written by both Andrews and her husband. I think I read somewhere that Andrews' husband does Curran and Andrews does the rest.(less)
Chadda shows in this book that all urban fantasy doesn't have to be all about sex and sexy killers and love triangles and blah ba blah. Even the cover...moreChadda shows in this book that all urban fantasy doesn't have to be all about sex and sexy killers and love triangles and blah ba blah. Even the cover! *Sigh with relief* It's good. It shows a beautiful girl that has some bad ass blades and dresses nice and elegant, but still dangerous. Other cover have to show a women in some tight leather or whatever. Ugh. We don't need that to love a book. Any author who needs a sex scene to make a book good is an author with no skill.
Anyways, I'll stop my rambling. In the first book, there was a love relationship that was real and had a powerful ending. So in this book I felt that it would be too soon for her to just move on, but Chadda managed to fit a little something in without pushing it far. It was more like the end of the world for them and fighting to survive and all. You know that always turns into something more.
The ending was great. Billi is fighting to stay sane and normal. Can't explain too much. :) (less)
It was okay. I guess the main thing that is bugging me is that we had to go back in time. And I kind of like Evanlyn or Cassandra a bit better than Al...moreIt was okay. I guess the main thing that is bugging me is that we had to go back in time. And I kind of like Evanlyn or Cassandra a bit better than Alyss.(less)
This book is taking me forever to read. The story is slow, much like Moore's other books. This one is definitely more funny than the others and I real...moreThis book is taking me forever to read. The story is slow, much like Moore's other books. This one is definitely more funny than the others and I really like it, but it's hard to get sucked into it. It almost sounds fun to be able to write books like this. It seems as if the jokes come to Moore so easily and he always picks the first one he can think of even if it is incredibly odd and weird or takes you out of the moment. Moore isn't shy about putting curse words in every sentence if he wants to. Still trying to finish this book, but I did read another book in between, just so I wouldn't be completely bored.(less)
It was weird, but it had it's really funny parts, like here's one. It's some receptionist and she's ignoring the guy, Tommy.
He cleared his throat. She...moreIt was weird, but it had it's really funny parts, like here's one. It's some receptionist and she's ignoring the guy, Tommy.
He cleared his throat. She tapped on the keys. He reached down, opened his suitcase, and took out his portable typewriter. She didn't look up. She tapped and looked at the screen. He opened the typewriter case, rolled a piece of paper in the machine, and tapped on a few keys. She looked up. He tapped a few more keys. "What are you doing?" she asked. Tommy tapped. He didn't look up. The woman raised her voice. "I said, what are you doing?" Tommy kept typing and looked up. "Pardon me, I was ignoring you. What did you say?" "What are you doing?" She repeated. "It's a note. Let me read it for you. 'Couldn't anyone else see that they were all slaves of Satan? I had to cleanse the world of their evil. I am the hand of God. Why else would security have let me into the building with an assault rifle in my suitcase? I am a divine instrument.'" Tommy paused and looked up. "That's all I have so far, but I'll guess I end it with an apology to my mom. What do you think?" She smiled as if hiding gas pains and handed him an envelope.
Wow, that was longer than I thought. Anyways the book is much like that. It progresses very slowly. Like there were parts where it seemed Moore just wanted to add this piece in. The ending was okay. The overall story was okay. Even though I only gave it one star, I'll be reading the next book, You Suck, in the Love Story series.(less)
Definitely had some laughs and it was interesting to see Percy actually use some of his water abilities. The author has a very wide imagination, which...moreDefinitely had some laughs and it was interesting to see Percy actually use some of his water abilities. The author has a very wide imagination, which would probably earn him many children fans.(less)
Riordan always seems to get those perfect endings that add so much more to it. I guess I have to say I liked this one the best out of the 3. We don't...moreRiordan always seems to get those perfect endings that add so much more to it. I guess I have to say I liked this one the best out of the 3. We don't see much of Annabeth in here, as she is one of the people getting rescued. First book was Percy's mom, second was Percy's friend, Grover, and third book is Percy's other friend, Annabeth, who are being rescued. Percy meets the gods Artemis and Apollo, Aphrodite, Dionysus (actually using his abilities), Atlas, and Athena. Might be more. The part with Ares and Aphrodite sounded stupid but Riordan probably just wanted to imply that he would do something with Annabeth and Percy, making them more than just friends. Anyways Percy is getting old enough now. Thalia is a nice addition to the series. The Titan's Curse actually has some heroes who go on the quest die, which is a first. It definitely adds more feeling. Actually in The Titan's Curse, the prophecy makes the book have more mystery and danger, compared to the other times. We don't see much of Chiron compared to the other books. Percy talks to Tyson a bit, remembering him. Percy doesn't get to use much of his special abilities. :/ Overall it was pretty good and of course like I said in the beginning, the ending in The Titan's Curse is perfect, I never expected it.(less)
This one was pretty much the worst one out of all of them. Novik needs to up the standards. In my opinion she hasn't been doing that except from the f...moreThis one was pretty much the worst one out of all of them. Novik needs to up the standards. In my opinion she hasn't been doing that except from the first to the second book. It's starting to get a bit boring. All the details and so many pages for something. The ending seemed like it should have been in the next book. The series is just getting more sad over time. Temeraire and Laurence never get a break and both aren't happy with how things are but seem to trudge along. All Laurence wants is to make Temeraire happy, but he can't. Laurence makes a big sacrifice here. I have to read the next book because I have to see what happens to Laurence and Temeraire, but Novik is probably going to take till the end of it to finally get to it.(less)
Percy is a great kid. I don't know why this book in particular made me think that. Percy made some sacrifice, like in all the other books, but none re...morePercy is a great kid. I don't know why this book in particular made me think that. Percy made some sacrifice, like in all the other books, but none really stand out in this book. I only gave it two stars because there wasn't enough "umph". It wasn't scary enough. The big battle wasn't threatening enough, in my opinion. The prophecy didn't even hold much. On top of that, the "really scary place that even Clarisse didn't want to enter" wasn't that well, scary. Sure they met their fair share of monsters, but they got through them with such ease, it was boring. There was a part that said Percy and Annabeth had been fighting together for so long that they barely needed to talk when battling a monster. Annabeth got on my nerves with Luke and thatshe can't decide between Luke and Percy. Percy just seems to fall in love with Calypso too fast. Annabeth should have seen that Percy didn't really feel anything for Rachel, but Riordan just had to put that in to, I don't know, amuse readers. For me, it just made the daughter of Athena look stupid. Lastly, I have a problem with the whole "born out of thought" deal with Annabeth. Riordan bends stuff to his will or in simpler words, writes his book without giving enough explanation. Does he think that it's sufficient enough for his young readers? Maybe to some, like the ones that can ignore the explanation because they like what he's doing, but to those it doesn't, will think Riordan thinks they're that stupid. Of course Riordan has done this many times before with other things, but this one stood out to me.(less)
A little corny and weird like the others, but otherwise a good ending to the series. Starts off with a prophecy like always. And it seems Percy and Ra...moreA little corny and weird like the others, but otherwise a good ending to the series. Starts off with a prophecy like always. And it seems Percy and Rachel are together, which I didn't anticipate. Percy's relationship with Annabeth is pretty fragile during most of it. Percy has to make some big decisions, and has to yield at a certain moment. Percy keeps his promises, which I like, even the little ones. Lots of cool fight scenes. We see more of Percy's cool abilities. The explanation Rachel gives Percy is pretty messed up, I have to say. All our old heroes come together again for the last stand at Olympus. Grover, Tyson, Thalia, and Nico. Of course Riordan figures out a way to make the gods unable to give help to the demigods, and the others who protect Olympus. Clarisse took forever and was just stupid. The person Riordan picked to end up being the spy was a little wack, but I guess who else? Grover, Tyson, and Annabeth get some really good rewards. I still don't see how it would have changed much if Percy had decided to take the gift the gods first decided to give him, Percy could still be with the people he loves, but he wanted something else a lot more than the gift they offered and hopefully it will mean a long time of peace. Overall, on the whole series, I'd have to say it was decent, like 2 1/2 or 3 stars.(less)
Azoth/Kylar grows from 11 to 21 (?) during the span of the book. Kylar is a pretty awesome character but I think I enjoyed Durzo Blint and Momma K even more.
There was so many twists in this book that I completely didn't expect.
I cried, laughed, cursed them, and was altogether filled with the tension of excitement and the anxiety of suspense.
In the beginning all the unknown terms and annoyingly-large amount of details gave me a hard time and discouraged me but like the Paksenarrion Trilogy you have it give it a chance and, then it doesn't just give you the life of a character, it gives you a world. One that stays with you.
The Way of Shadows was a delicious read. If anything, I did want to see more details of the fighting scenes. Many fights is quickly skimmed over.
Though some would think The Way of Shadows dark and gritty it actually is more of a fairy tale to me. The Way of Shadows gives in to the readers more than the Paksenarrion Trilogy did, for me at least.
And I loved the side characters. They each had a special part. Dorian, Feir, and Solon were actually pretty interesting. I'd like to see more into their adventures.
I haven't read a book like this in a while and it's refreshing but also mournful because compared to the next books in my pile I can only sigh.
*sigh* Just have to get Shadow's Edge, the next book. :)
I just can't start another book yet. It would almost be rude. Maybe tomorrow.(less)