I guess I'm just too old for this sort of book, but I did not like it in the least. I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to and since I saw thatI guess I'm just too old for this sort of book, but I did not like it in the least. I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to and since I saw that Cassandra Clare had mentioned this and since I like TMI I decided to give ot a try, I really wish I hadn't...
I actually thought the concept was interesting, and I did enjoy the first couple of chapters but then it all took a turn for the worse which led to a lot of cringing, eye rolls and facepalms. The moment Akiva shows up it becomes annoyingly Twilighty and all that was interesting about Karou goes out the window and she becomes a lovesick Mary-Sue and it's just so ugh.
I wanted yo write a long review about why this book is such a bore but I can't even be bothered, my only advise is to not read this book in case you value well developed characters and plots, otherwise go right ahead! Also I just want to point out that who Karou really is was obvious from her first meeting with Akiva. Oh and Karou's best friend is such a sterotypical Mary-Sue's best friend....more
For me I personally do not understand how people can consider this better than TMI. TMI has it faults but I enjoyed the story and the pace as well asFor me I personally do not understand how people can consider this better than TMI. TMI has it faults but I enjoyed the story and the pace as well as the characters, this book lacked all of this.
I wanted to like it but it is so boring and it drags on, never picking up the pace. I did not care particullary for any of the characters, I found Tessa to be very Mary-Sue like and could not see the appeal Jem and Will had for her. She was not in the least fleshed out.
Will... just ugh... I wanted to like him but he lacked any personality besides being modeled on Jace, but without Jace's charm. I think Clare really missed out on creating an interesting character by still wanting to appease all of her fans with a "Jace" like character, only tweaking some parts of his personality leaving us with an angry sod.
Jem was actually the one I really liked, he had his own personality and an interesting backstory and I would have probably enjoyed reading the book much more if it was from his prespective.
Jessamine was another character that I found interesting with the internal struggles she has and she was by far more interesting than Tessa.
The whole storyline had me dissappointed it was too much like TMI. Tessa not knowing who or what she is, a missing family member, saving her brother from vampires that had kidnapped him, having an unusual power and being betrayed by family, her brother turning out to be evil. These are all things we have read about before which makes me wonder why I even bothered?
Edit (warning of tiny spoilers): I read the other two books and I actually found much more enjoyable. Will grew on me, but he is still too much like Jace. Jem is the best part of the whole trilogy and I loved his and Will's relationshipe. Tessa is just "meh" and somethings she did did not make any sense. I really liked Cecily but her relationship with Gabriel felt a bit obvious, as did Gideon's with Sophie. I will never understand Cassandra Clare's need to pair everyone off. The steampunk I did not buy, I wish she had created a better villan and threat. Also how welcomning the shadowhunters are to Tessa did not seem realistic to me especially considering how short time it has been since the accords and how downworlders were treated in TMI. All in all I think that if you read this book you should read the other two since they are much better, but do not expect anything new of Clare she uses the some storylines as in her other books....more
I honestly do not know why I decided to read this considering I did not like the first book... I blame it for my love for PJO.
This book is so boring II honestly do not know why I decided to read this considering I did not like the first book... I blame it for my love for PJO.
This book is so boring I'm sturggling to finish it, the characters are not relatable an mostly come off as annoying. I actually like Alex but I think it was cheap of R.R to throw a gender fluid character into this, it didn't feel genuine it felt more like he did it to be "edgy" or to appeal to more people, and at many parts it was not well portrayed. What annoys me the most and actually really angers me is the author's portrayal of the Norse gods. I migt take it a bit more personally since I'm scandinavian and grew up loving stories about them, but seriously RR has made them soo stupid it's ridiculous. He has taken these really ineresting characters and made them one dimensional farting, glittering stupid idiots, I can't even! Rick Riordan should not be allowed to come near Norse Mythology.
I won't be reading anymore of his books. I will forever love PJO but everything else is just a no for me. I honestly feel like Riordan has one concept and once concept alone that he keeps recycling and each time it grows worse, only becoming predictable with essentially the same characters but different names and stupid plots.
One last thing PJO should in no way be connected to Magnus Chase, it does not work! You cannot have Greek gods and their doomsday in the same universe as the Norse gods it makes no sense and any attempt of explaining it falls flat since there is no other explenation but that of RR wanting to cash in PJO readers by promising them that they would pop up in this. ...more
This will contian unmarked spoilers! Dear R.R leave Norse mythology ALONE!!!!!! I thought you did a good job bringing greek mythology to life in a fun wThis will contian unmarked spoilers! Dear R.R leave Norse mythology ALONE!!!!!! I thought you did a good job bringing greek mythology to life in a fun way with pjo but this piece of shit was just offensive.
First of what the hell was with the ducks and the tree what was that?????
Second why would you have the elves behaving like human and forgetting magick? Elves are supposed to be otherwordly and you could have had something amazing written about them, instead you ruined it with your stupid portrayal.
You really did not give the gods any good credit, you made them into stupid vain farting idiots, that is not what they were about! I feel like you've never even bothrred looking in to the cool and interesting stories about them.
Why the hell does everything need to be based in america?
The most stupid thing you did though was connecting this series with pjo, and only because you wanted to have it easy by having pjo fans reading it for those characters showing up. The Greek/Roman thing worked because those gods were connected to each other. It doesn't work here because they have nothing, NOTHING to do with Norse gods. You can't have a greek/romam god for the sea and then a norse one, you can't have Ragnarök and the greek version of it at the same time it doesn't work. This book should in no way have beem connected to pjo if you wanted it to work.
I love Percy as a character but you cannot keep modeling all of your new main characters personalities after him. It's lazy writing, and I'm beginning to think that's what you are lazy, not in it for challenging yourself in creating new and complex characters with different struggles to the first. It's beginning to feel like all you want is easy money.
My conclusion: This book is rubbish and belongs in the bin along with The blood of Olympus...more
I have to admit that while I was reading the book I loved it, and I think it was because I was so excited for it. I wanted it to be the best, but therI have to admit that while I was reading the book I loved it, and I think it was because I was so excited for it. I wanted it to be the best, but there were things that stood out and stayed in the back of my mind like an annoying itch. The first one being no povs for Percy, Annabeth, Hazel and Frank, those four along with Leo (and later Nico and Reyna) are my favourite character povs to read from and it is because I find them belivable, relatable and entertaining. I feel like they are the characters with the most dept and their character development throughout the books has been the glue keeping it together. The Blood of Olympus did not have that glue and I could have been fine with that if not for the fact that all these characters (aside from Nico, Reyna and Leo) were robbed of their ending, I felt like R.R threw all of their development away. I mean c'mon the fact that Percy and Annabeth were shown as weaker than Jason and Piper is ridiculous. We're talking about the guy without a personality, who gets bumped on his head and passes out all the time, and the girl who doesn't want to be seen as vain but who sometimes is, and who always chooses her boyfriend above anything else. These two seems to have everything handed to them while Percy and Annabeth becomes lesser than what they were before, which makes no sense seeing as they have done so much more powerful stuff than Jason and Piper, they've survived Tartarus and many more dangerous situations. (view spoiler)[ What was the point of having a deathly sick Jason rescue Percy in the ocean? There was none! It did not make any sense, Percy is a powerful halfblodd with loads of experience and many people has stated that he is more powerful than jason, so how, how could Jason who was on the brink of dying save Percy when they're both under water? (hide spoiler)] I understand that R.R wanted to end The Heroes of Olympus the way he started it; with Leo, Piper and Jason. But that does not mean that the other charaters, who up to this point has been major characters with their own povs all of the sudden would fade away and their only purpose was to either assist these three or exist to be saved by them. They should have served a bigger purpose. I love Frank and Hazel and I feel like they along with Percy and Annabeth were sidelined, it felt like they lost their integrity. Hazel had such an interesting plot-line in the previous books and I felt like R.R had a chance to expand it in this book, along with her becoming more powerful. I feel like Frank was treated even worse than Hazel, he is at the bottom with Annabeth and Percy, it felt like he was only there to change from and give the others a ride. What happened to his big moment? When he was supposed to take on the responsibilty that would be too difficult for the others to make, I'm still waiting for that. Another thing that bothered me was the fighting scenes, they were over before they began. (view spoiler)[ The big fighting scene in Greece, I loved it! I loved the part of the skye opening up and the gods descending (Jason's vision was unnecessary on so many levels that I won't even begin to explain it) but then it was just over... it left me feeling confused, I was expecting so much more. The same goes for Gaea, after causing so much trouble in the previous book she barely had any time to cause it before she was whisked off, I feel like she could have done much more damage and should have been harder to get rid off. The ending was ok, I love Leo but I wish that would have seen him reunite with the other seven and I also would have like the whole thing with Calypso being able to leave her island explained. There is a theory that Leo actually died and that the ending is his Elysium, and though I doubt this is correct I would have preffered it that way even though it would be heartbreaking that he died, it is what makes the books stay with you after reading it because it makes an impact. (hide spoiler)]...more