"Sometimes mortals can be more horrible than monsters."
I think this may be my favorite one so far.
Once again, Percy heads out of a quest (even though"Sometimes mortals can be more horrible than monsters."
I think this may be my favorite one so far.
Once again, Percy heads out of a quest (even though this one isn't his) in order to try to stop the evil Titans and Luke. When Annabeth and the god Artemis go missing, Percy and company journey across the US to San Francisco, hoping to get them back. Along the way we meet some more players and find some new troubles. Because why would any questing be easy?
I feel like The Titan's Curse is a turning point for the series. The themes are starting to get a little bit darker and the consequences a little bit higher. Good people are lost and most of the characters face life altering choices. Not too mention, just the overall struggle of growing up. I absolutely love the way Riordan weaves in the mythology without it seeming like an info dump. It's nice that Percy is still new to this world, so when he needs information, we - the reader- also get the information. I'm excited to see where the gang goes next considering what's coming doesn't sound like fun.
On a random side not, I liked how I was literally just saying (view spoiler)[ I highly doubt that there's no Hades children roaming around (hide spoiler)] and voila! Not the way I assumed, but still... can't wait to see how this plays out. ...more
Ain't that the truth. But I mean, being the son of a sea god can't be easy. Especially when there's so much Percy still doesn't"Families are messy"
Ain't that the truth. But I mean, being the son of a sea god can't be easy. Especially when there's so much Percy still doesn't know about his life. And it's not like Poseidon is dishing out the stories. Way to go, Dad.
Book 2 finds Percy once again getting kicked out of school and winding up back at Half Blood Camp. Only things aren't so great there either. The tree that protects the camp has been poisoned and the magical wards are slowly failing allowing monsters to make their way in. On top of that, Percy keeps having dreams of his best friend Grover in mortal peril and he has to decide if they are real or not. Once the camp learns that there's a way to save the tree, you can bet that Percy and Annabeth are out of there faster than you can say Zeus!
I have to say, I am really enjoying these books so far. The writing isn't complex but that doesn't mean that they author is dumbing it down. For me, it just makes it an easy read, allowing me to fully enjoy the spectacles that keep happening. However, I have a feeling that as these books progress, so will the writing and plots. I had seen both of the movies before reading these books so here is where I reach the end of what I know and now am venturing into unknown territory and I'm excited! I can't wait to see what kind of mess Percy ends up in next and what gods will make an appearance....more
When Rebel steals a highly secured vase, all she can see is the payout she's going to get from it. What she doesn't expect is to be thrust into a worlWhen Rebel steals a highly secured vase, all she can see is the payout she's going to get from it. What she doesn't expect is to be thrust into a world of magic with a jinni's lamp. And now Rebel must figure out a way to navigate through this new world and through the new feelings emerging inside of her.
"We aren't defined by what others do to us."
I haven't read much in the way of Jin books. Truthfully, my only reference point is the Genie in Aladdin. So this book was new territory for me. And I enjoyed it for the most part. The magical worlds and myths were well thought out and explained. The relationship between Rebel and Anjeline grew nicely over the course of the book - even if I didn't fully feel a romantic relationship, I definitely felt a strong friendship/connection. And I ultimately liked what the author was trying to do here.
The parts that kind of slipped by me were small but enough that I couldn't rate it higher than 3 stars. One thing was, what time period did this take place in? I'm assuming nowish because some of the mentions in London, but other times it read like the timeline didn't exist in the normal world and it was hard to envision the surroundings. Another thing was that I couldn't really connect with the characters. I wanted to and I wanted to know more about them (Jaxon esp) but the story was so massive with so much happening, that I think character development just fell by the wayside. It's extremely hard to do fantasy and have well-rounded characters. Most authors tend to only focus on one aspect. Welker touched on both throughout, but just shy of a connection.
Also, did the ending feel rushed to anyone else? I remember reading at like 91% and the big showdown that we all knew was coming still hadn't happened. I started to think that maybe there will be a sequel when suddenly everything was resolved within the last 8% of the book. Very jolting and after how much explaining went into the rest of the book, the fact that the finale was so compact made it seem almost like an afterthought instead of a plan.
Overall, not bad for my first step into Jinni territory and I look forward to exploring it further.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more