**spoiler alert** I'm sad that I can't give this book more than 3 stars. I loved the two earlier books in this series, but this one was a let down. I'...more**spoiler alert** I'm sad that I can't give this book more than 3 stars. I loved the two earlier books in this series, but this one was a let down. I'm really bummed about it being a let down because of how much I love the character Annabeth. Why was it a let down. Several reasons:
1) After not reading about Piper and Leo for almost two years (they were more or less absent from the previous books), I remembered nothing about them except that they were a part of Jason's story from the first book. If Riordan was going to choose for half of this story to be from their point of a view, a little refresher at the beginning of the book would have appreciated.
2) There were too many points of view in this book. I'm not sure what is going on with authors and publishers lately but too many books are being told from multiple points of view. The first book was slightly org. The second, still entertaining; the third, flat out boring. Its been done. Move on. For a book titled The Mark of Athena, this book should have been told solely from Annabeth's point of view.
3) The mythology in Riordan's demi-god universe has become too large. I absolutely love stories with a rich mythology, but I think that Riordan needs to trim it down a little bit or stop introducing more and more new characters. Work with the ones you have. Work with the ones that your readers are familar with.
4) The beginning was a total cop out. Really? Lets make Argo II fire upon the Roman camp, so that we don't have to deal with the Greek/Roman politics. Seriously? We've waited for two books to see these two camps interact and you take the route of simply not dealing with it? What a let down. We had better see some resolution to this Roman/Greek conflict in some way shape or form before the end of the series.
With that said, it wasn't all bad, but those were some major things that really stuck out in my mind. I look forward to the next book from Riordan, but will certainly approach it with caution.(less)
**spoiler alert** To say that I was less than impressed with this conclusion to the trilogy is putting it mildly. It just didn't... work. Its hard to...more**spoiler alert** To say that I was less than impressed with this conclusion to the trilogy is putting it mildly. It just didn't... work. Its hard to pinpoint what it was, whether it was the telling of the narrative from three different points of view, or how uninspiring the pilot was, or how the pilot was someone of no significance really, I'm not sure. I just didn't like it.(less)
I would have given this four stars if it wasn't for the constant shifting between points of view. It was starting to confusing and well... annoying. S...moreI would have given this four stars if it wasn't for the constant shifting between points of view. It was starting to confusing and well... annoying. Stick to two character points of view.(less)
**spoiler alert** By about chapter two I wanted to throw this book on the ground, I was so annoyed. The idea was not a unique one to these characters....more**spoiler alert** By about chapter two I wanted to throw this book on the ground, I was so annoyed. The idea was not a unique one to these characters. Jessica stealing Elizabeth's boyfriend, Elizabeth running off to a new city, Jessica finally coming to her, and Elizabeth caving and apologizing. Saw it before in the "Elizabeth" series.
I grew up with the Sweet Valley (kids, high, senior year, university, etc) series all through my elementary and middle school years. There was always this hope within me and my friends that eventually Elizabeth and Todd would make up and get back together. Well they did, only to have Jessica crash the party.
In the beginning I wasn't happy with the book, but as I continued on I found myself more involved in the characters and the story, I found that I didn't want Elizabeth with Todd anymore, since he turned into such a cheating jerk (the cheats can have each other!) The change in Bruce was nice and I eventually found myself hoping for the two of them to get together (screw Todd and Jessica).
There were rounds of shock all the way around on how these characters turned out. The book series have never really been realistic, so for Pascal to take a realistic view on these character's future was also a bit of a shock. (People generally don't end up with their high school sweethearts).
The book got a little repetitive but its alright. Its nice to see old characters again, even if its not the way I would have thought it all turned out.(less)
Oddly enough, I think I liked the final book in the series the best. Most YA series come to a sudden stop (much like this author's sister series "The...moreOddly enough, I think I liked the final book in the series the best. Most YA series come to a sudden stop (much like this author's sister series "The It Girl"). This book doesn't drag the series through a bunch of useless mindless books about the kids college years, but rather provides snippets what happens when they home for the holidays.(less)