WOW. This book was one heluva ride. It had me laughing and sniffling... I was basically just a huge mess reading this book. I read this book in one siWOW. This book was one heluva ride. It had me laughing and sniffling... I was basically just a huge mess reading this book. I read this book in one sitting because it's one of those books that you just don't wanna stop reading until the very last page. I read Demetrios' Something Real about a year ago, and while I really enjoyed that one, I loved this one more in every aspect. Honest characters, super atmospheric and touching, I know this is a story I won't be forgetting in a long time....more
*This review is spoiler-free for the entire series. Spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags*
It is Paula Weston's fault that I haven't done anything productive lately. Yup that's right, I'm putting ALL the blame on her. I've been stuck inside this world that Weston's created and just can't seem to get out. SEND HELP.
So. If you haven't heard of/read The Rephaim series, I highly recommend you reconsider all your life choices and ask yourself: what am I doing with my life? I clearly haven't lived yet because I haven't picked up this series! This series is set mainly in Australia (AND DID I MENTION AUSSIE AUTHOR) and only takes place a little over a week (!!), which follows backpacker Gaby who was in a car crash that supposedly killed her brother a year ago. However, a guy called Rafa comes into town and tells Gaby that her past isn't what she thought was, and that she isn't just a backpacker living in the forever sunny Pandanus Beach. Nope, she's actually more than a hundred years old and totally knows how to kick some demon ass. The Rephaim has totally grown onto me. I picked up the series just prior to book 2's release and now here I am, singing this series' praises and still helplessly stuck in Gaby's world. You want an angel series that is actually badass and thrilling? Here you go.
I feel like I know each and every one of these characters better than the back of my hand. Paula Weston excels at creating characters, and not just main characters, that are worth rooting for and are wonderfully well rounded. Each character here has a story, a backbone - Gaby, Rafa, Jude, Jason, Daisy, Mya, Daniel, Ez, Zak etc., and Weston doesn't let that go to waste. Gaby just clicked with me from the get go. She's witty, sarcastic and she's got a quick tongue. She's definitely developed since book 1, particularly mentally. (view spoiler)[And I honestly just love that despite she got her memories back, she's the best of old Gabe and new Gaby. I think her having amnesia was a good thing because it made Gaby relearn from a new perspective on life. (hide spoiler)]
And of course, the Rafa and Gaby banter is just as brilliant. It's impossible not to giggle when reading their dialogue - it's refreshingly witty and I cannot get enough of it. I honestly wouldn't mind if someone gave me a whole book of just Rafa and Gaby doing back and forth dialogue. The romance department certainly wasn't lacking either. Reading this book involved a lot of swooning and I loved that Rafa and Gaby actually talked their issues out LIKE THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING ANGSTY TEENAGERS I'M SO DONE WITH IT (and well, they are both over a hundred so...).
Burn only spans over one day and I loved how much detail Paula Weston put into this book. She ties up all the loose ends and burning questions from the previous books so smoothly, and personally I find it quite insane how neatly everything just linked up. I do have a small issue (that clearly wasn't worth taking off any stars for) was mainly to do with the ending. (view spoiler)[While it's great and all that no one precious dies and everyone can live happily ever after, it is a little bit unrealistic. If this was a gritty contemporary book, I certainly would've taken a star off but I feel like considering this book for what it is, all the characters seriously deserve something that is close to a HEA. AND THAT EPILOGUE. SO FREAKING ADORABLE O.O (hide spoiler)]
It's no doubt that I'll be rereading this series some day. These characters have all found a place in my heart and it's a story I won't be forgetting for a long time.
(And yes, I AM QUOTED ON THE COVER OF THIS BOOK. WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING!??!?! And on the reprint of Shadowsfor that matter omfg.)
~Thank you Text Publishing for this review copy!~...more
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I’ve read all of Sarah Crossan’s novels now, and in my opinion, Apple and Rain is her best work so far. This book is filled with emotions, and is bound to make anyone feel. A tale of coming of age, learning what real love is and different forms of love, Apple and Rain transcended my high expectations.
On Christmas Eve eleven years ago, Apple’s mother left Apple. Apple has always hoped that one day, she would come back to save her from her overbearing Nan that still picks her up from school, despite the fact that she’s 13. And so one day during school, Apple’s wish is granted. Her actress mother has come back from America for her and now, wants her to live with her. Apple ignores her Nan’s protests and happily obliges, but what Apple doesn’t know is that she isn’t her mother’s only child. When they get to her mother’s flat, she meets Rain, her half-sister; a ten year old girl who deems that her doll, Jenny, is a real baby that never leaves her side. Rain is lost, but Apple’s mother just thinks it’s a phase Rain is going through. Soon, Apple begins to realise that what she thought was the best thing ever, might not truly be what it seems.
I want to give Apple a long long hug. Personally, I found it very easy to click with this girl, perhaps it’s because we are about the same age. She’s very perceptive and witty, but also someone who is longing for her mother and trying to fit in with her peers at school. She has one friend, Pilar, but the distance between them begins to widen, and Apple is no longer sure about their friendship. At her Nan’s house, Apple felt like she was being babied, but when she enter’s her mother’s life, Apple finds herself looking after Rain and her mother. She buys the food, keeps and eye out on Rain because her mother is rarely home and has to manage the meals. She’s missing out on school now, too. She then finds out that her crush that kissed her, doesn’t even like her. Apple has a tough life, and when she met her mum, it only became tougher. I love Apple because of her bravery and how she dealt with her situation. She was falling apart, but she wasn’t being melodramatic about it. Apple is also pretty sassy. At her step-mother and father’s wedding, she pulled funny faces in every one of the wedding photos, taken by an expensively paid photographer. Way to ruin a wedding!
This story is a very bleak one. It does have it’s happy moments, especially those with Del, Apple’s next door neighbour. But, don’t let the bleakness make you run away. What I mean by this book being bleak, is how truthfully Crossan tells Apple’s story. It does no sugar-coating and is very up front–it just made me just want to cry for Apple and her sister, Rain. Apple’s mother isn’t as wonderful and invincible as Apple had forethought, her mother has parties weekly and gets drunk, smokes and runs after dreams that are clearly never going to become reality. Most days, Apple has to fend for herself. And she starts to wonder whether her mother truly loves her, or if it’s all just an illusion.
If you loved The Weight of Water for it’s beautiful verse, then you must pick this one up. The only thing Apple can find comfort in throughout this book, is her English class; they’re writing poetry. Poetry about love, about fear, about solitude. Poetry is where Apple can feel like she isn’t falling into a dark hole, falling into a hole for the lost. This book isn’t told in verse, but there’s a lot of verse in this book. It’s absolutely beautiful, and while I didn’t cry reading it, I was so very close. The language is simple and direct, but Crossan chooses the perfect words to make the perfect sentences; therefore making this near to perfect novel.
I haven’t give a book 5 stars in a long time, and I rarely do. So to give this a full 5 stars, this is saying a lot. This book was written, brimming with palpable emotions and wonderful and relatable characters. Everyone needs to give this book a go. I mean it. Everyone.
~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy!~ --- This deserves all the stars. ...more
If you didn't know, Celine and I did a discussion review on this way back in August and we spent pretty much the entire tiALL THE STARS. ALL OF THEM.
If you didn't know, Celine and I did a discussion review on this way back in August and we spent pretty much the entire time fangirling and flailing about Abigail Haas' amazing skills. You can check that out here. Many thanks to Abigail herself for offering us the review copies!
Run down on what we discussed (if you cannot be stuffed clicking on that link)
- Despite how high our expectations were, Haas still managed to blow us off our feet - We were hooked from page one - AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY INTENSE AND THRILLING TO THE VERY END - All the characters were so twisted and we despised many of them, in fact. But only more the reason to love this book - The plot was delightfully twisted too - We also tried to think of criticisms for this book but it soon became apparent that there weren't any
If you haven't read Dangerous Girls or Dangerous Boys, you have to go and fix that because these are possibly the best YA mystery thrillers, EVER....more
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Thank you Text Publishing Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
We were once like you, only our world wasn't like yours. You have no idea how close to death you came. A generation or two earlier, you might be here with us.
We resent you. You astonish us.
I have never read a GLBT book in my life. I have never had an opinion on gay people. I have never needed to. I have never really thought about gay people. I have never. So I thought it was time to read a GLBT book. I decided to see what my opinion on gay people would be. I thought what it would be like to have an opinion. I have read Two Boys Kissing and I fell in love with it. It's unconditionally relevant and wistful. Hopeful and full of meaning. This is my first David Levithan book. This is my fist GLBT novel. And this will not be my last.
The narrative view-point of Two Boys Kissing is not something that I have come across before. It's the voice of hundreds of dead gay teens, who died out from AIDs. Unlike other readers who took some time to grow to love this narration, I connected with it instantly. The included quote at the top is an example of what I mean. The inclusive pronoun, 'we', made this book even more heartbreakingly beautiful than ever. There are scenes of urgency, rage and pure joy, and I could feel these emotions so vividly thanks to the narration which clearly took a large advantage. Trust me people, they don't sound like a mob of zombies.
What makes Two Boys Kissing such an imperative read for basically everyone, is that it follows the stories of different gay teens in different relationship statuses. Craig and Harry don't care what other people think, they may not necessarily be a couple anymore but they are planning to set a new record for the longest kiss. In front of their school. Peter and Neil have been a couple for a while now, but there are terms to be met and hidden facts to be faced. There's Avery and Ryan who have only just met, and don't know what to do next. But then there's Cooper. Alone. Confused. Falling from reality. Not caring anymore. All these boys have a story worth sharing, all share their situations. All share how their friends and families deal with the new facts that; Craig, Harry, Avery, Ryan, Cooper, Neil and Peter are gay. I surprised myself, by loving every single character David Levithan placed forward, each and every single one of them felt genuine. I could feel their pain, anger, hope and love. Two Boys Kissing ached with its rawness.
There are messages here to realise. David Levithan did not write this novel for the sake of just writing it. He wrote it to the world. He wrote it to gay males, more importantly. Two Boys Kissing is about falling in and out of love. Embracing and hiding from the truth. Fighting and cowering from families and friends. Two Boys Kissing may just be following a few days of a few people's lives, but the way it's addressed and presented is so ground shaking.
All in all, Two Boys Kissing is phenomenal. Beautiful. And I highly recommend it. Everything about this novel was authentic and moving. ...more
“You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.”
Some girls are bitches. Some girls are blackmailers. Some girls are bullies. Some girls are liars. Some girls are were your friends.
I read this book about a month ago however it is still vibrating through my body, still so vivid, still so affecting. Some Girls Are, turned out to affect me more than I expected. So forgive my personal review. Which mind you, took many tears to wring out of me as well as muting the story so I wasn't pouring my guts to the world.
I haven't exactly had the greatest years at school ever since high-school reached around the corner. Thinking now, I laugh at how cliché school really is. There's always that mean girl that rules the clique and struts around the class like she owns it. Hell, I remember that she'd shout at anyone- specifically me if I was in her way. Yet I don't think she chose to victimise me because I can get mentally weak, she started bullying me because we were best friends at the start of high-school. Then we grew apart after she befriended 'the most popular girl in the year level' and kicked me out of the group. She gave me a difficult time at school- being racist, scrutinising me, yelling at me, turning my friends against me, making rumours about me, giving odd looks at my parents whenever she saw them, and I was already experiencing difficulties at home. I had no one to turn to during that time. I still hadn't got into reading. I was an utter mess. I was depressed. I still sort of am. But my mess is still going through the process being cleaned up by my new embrace towards books, you lovely book people and much, much better friends. And what I realised was; I'm better than her. I won't let her get to me. Like the synopsis states, she's gonna fall. Hard.
So when I read Some Girls Are, I felt like Regina's soul was in mine, with me as I read. Unlike Parker from Cracked Up To Be, Regina was a character created for readers to empathise and root for. And, ever so expectedly, Courtney Summers delivers. My experience with Regina felt like dissecting a once-upon-a-time mean girl. This is where Regina and I was unlike each-other, I was never a mean girl. I was myself- which was a reason why I got kicked out of my group. Regina's personality was highly likable which was a main contributing factor to why I enjoyed Some Girls Are so much.
Despite how jarring and uncomfortable this book made me, Michael evened out the scales. Contradictory to several other YA novels, Courtney does not simply throw in a love interest for the sake of being there. Michael was a victim of Regina and her clique's bulling. So when Regina is frozen out, the only person she can turn to is Michael who may not ever accept her.
I'm rather impressed with the high-school stereotypes Courtney meddled with. I guess I've become much more flexible about them in novels as more and more I am finding them to be simply realistic. However this is only the case when they are implemented correctly and craftily. Not just for wasteful drama. The themes here also deserve a grand ovation (let's save the huge ovation for the writing from this ninja-author) Some Girls Are is about forgiveness. Like Michael's. Some Girls Are is about un-forgivingness. Like Kara- not letting go of a grudge, thirsty for revenge. Though more importantly, Some Girls are is about dealing with bulling. It's about being one and being a victim of one.
Some Girls Are may affect readers hugely like me, and this is a large pro for Courtney Summers, just showing how realistic and unflinching her stories are. I have one more to add to my list (see start of review), some girls are genius writers like Courtney Summers. Out of the four books that I have read by Courtney, this one has to be my favourite. Crude and true; its life. And it can be a bastard....more
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Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
Even as I say it, I can hear how cliché it sounds, like I'm stuck in the nightmare of one of those trashy soaps I would watch with my mom as a kid. I swallow back hysterics, try to sound calm and collected. "You believe me, don't you? You have to make them see."
Dangerous Girls made me feel something I have never felt so strongly before. It's a complicated mass of jumbled words, exclamation marks and splatters of tears. Being in a book trauma now, I can be easily placed off as someone with multiple personality disorder. I've been in a cycle of rage, utter shock and sobs after completing this novel. Yes, I cried and only people who have read this novel would understand. Well I may have over-reacted more than fellow readers, but betrayal burns more than seething fires here. It burns holes in my heart which blisters into rage. Then it cracks into sobs of defeat. Dangerous Girls in a new type of mind fuck, it plays with your brain, and it knows what you think. And as surreal as it seems, Dangerous Girls can read minds. When you feel like you have it figured all out, something shifts and we're back to step one again.
Ever since her best friend- Elise's death, Anna is stranded on a foreign country battling for her freedom against a murder that she clearly could not commit. Complex does not even begin to cover Anna's personality. She's a highly sophisticated-ly obscure human labyrinth. Even though Anna had the temperament of a slug, I could whole heartedly sympathise for her. Who would want such denunciatory accusations thrown at her when her best friend was just brutally murdered? Anna's urgency and rage was understandable and I felt her emotions flowing to myself as I progressed through Dangerous Girls. Per contra, there is something about Anna that I never really comprehended, and I don't think I'll ever really know. Like I mentioned before, it's like she's a human labyrinth, if you decide to follow one path- one aspect of her- that's the only aspect you'll see to her forever. Because in a labyrinth, it's so so hard to backtrack before you get lost in a mind fuck again.
The majority of Dangerous Girls was enraging. I absolutely hated every character. The interrogators. The friends. The boyfriend. Elise. And at surprising times, Anna. The whole cast pissed me off. And that is why I loved Dangerous Girls so damn much. And know you're thinking, "Oop! There she goes, crazy land again." However that's what I liked, the characters were horrible to me; somehow they made so much sense in the end though. That labyrinth effect really is delusional. This is what I've always imagined a close to flawless murder mystery to be like, thoroughly frustrating. And that's what Abigail Haas excelled at, pissing me off. To the very end.
I honestly deem that I could go on forever about Dangerous Girls. Nevertheless, I'll try to get this straight forward. The research in this novel is carelessly highlighted. I don't know much about police investigations as such but after reading this- I feel like I do. Abigail Haas' writing skills only make the story more convincing and effective. It's intense, authentic and so evoking. Evoking things such as angry outbursts and puffs of rage. Furthermore, something worthy of pointing out here (heck, this book should just be advertised everywhere, even toilets) is that Dangerous Girls- what makes it another step more attentive is the order in which the story unfolds. There are flashbacks- past excerpts slipped in between the lines of the story which aid us readers into discovering the murderer of Elise.
While Dangerous Girls was found predictable to some people, I find it at times still mind-boggling to know who the culprit was, and how it was revealed. That ending left a scar in my heart. This book trauma will never end. And I've learned this, "Betrayal is a domino effect, everyone is a domino piece. Everyone." ****** THIS F*CKING BOOK DESERVES TO DIE. I am actually crying because I feel betrayed. Review to come ASAP....more
“People are who they are and, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be.”
Have you ever just read a book and wondered if someone got into your brain and put parts of your life down on paper? When I read This Song Will Save Your Life, that's exactly what I was thinking. This is one of those books that will crawl under your skin and stay there forever, keeping its mark. After one day of reading this, I have been contemplating about this book non-stop.
Elise Dembowski has never fit in. Outcast, social pariah, outsider, complete odd one out. When she moved to a new school, she thought she could reinvent herself; make herself pretty and a popular girl--she was wrong. And she doesn't understand why. So she does the next most reasonable step--she gets out her father's razor blade and plans to kill herself. Only, she doesn't go through with it. You may think Elise is weak. She is not, she's been fighting with personalities she's never understood, ones that she never really accepted into her life like everyone else when everyone reached high school. Elise is a strong, vehement character that I could relate to so well, I wondered if we shared the same brain. We have similar thoughts, especially about everyone else at school. Everyone seemed to move on apart from her. Elise scared me too, she did some gutsy things that made me freak out about and worry for her. I guess that's just one more reason of how much I could relate to her. Elise's charisma was flawlessly authentic, and powerful. A part of Elise Dembowski now lives in me.
I don't like clichés. I've established that thousands of times however like in Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers; I realised that clichés are actually passable--even good if they are written with a realistic vibe. So when Leila Sales dragged in a sack of high-school clichés, I only loved this book more and more. This depiction of high school from a victim's point of view made me frustrated and sorry for Elise. Truth be told, high school is cliché. It depends on how the author chooses to write it determines whether it's enjoyable or not. As for the supporting characters, I was also quite in love. Elise is a social pariah so when she made friends with some people at a night club, it was reluctant and shaky but all the same wonderful to see develop. Vicky is our reasonable and spunky girl who plays in a band, Pippa a carefree wild girl and Char, a professional DJ. All these characters were three dimensional, they don't know about Elise's harsh past which makes their connections plenty times stronger. Because quite straight-forwardly, they don't condesend to try to be soft on Elise, just because you have friends does not mean all your problems at school will just go away. Same goes for the romance, boyfriends can't make everything better.
I loved the messages sent throughout this novel. Elise has to find out for herself who her true identity is and strength and persistence pulled her through that. This novel is three things; bold, beautiful and genuine. And much more of course, but these three things are what I think describe this book best. This is a finding yourself, losing yourself novel. This is a lust or love novel. This is a reality against illusion novel. This book is so many things and the way Leila Sales bound it all into just under 300 pages amazes me.
This book is not pretty, this book is the nasty and truthful depiction of high school. This book is also beautiful, in its themes conveyed and writing, which was so raw. A book with friendship, family, love and music, This Song Will Save Your Life is a book every reader needs to have read....more
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'But it's the last line that makes me scramble for the toilet in the corner of my cell. You have to kill him.'
I guess it's no lie that I am an absolute stingy person when it comes to giving out 5 stars. To me, they are the rarest gems of the pile. Being this, I believe I should be permitted to just throw confetti across the room and say, "READ THIS BOOK AND I WILL LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL LOVE ME! It's a double deal!" So that's what I'll do. With a death threat added to the end, don't forget. But of course, if you cannot resist my awesomeness, read on.
All Our Yesterdays broke me, tore me into shreds. I'm still shocked. I'm still dazed. I'm still mind bended into awkward places. I'm still shipping James and Marina. And I'm still clasping onto Em and Finn's hands, not letting go. All Our Yesterdays burned into my stomach, churned a hole that's still there. Entwined with assassination attacks, politics, romance, strong characters and an enormous amount of imagination, Cristin Terrill debut is not to be missed and will sweep readers off their feet. Miss out on this novel and you will regret it.
A brief summary of this novel is that we have three main characters, who in which create six main characters in all. Don't get it? Good. Otherwise you'll be hunting me down if I explained any further. The book opens up to Em, who's closest neighbour is Finn, fellow imprisoned victim, with desperate searches for escape, Em finds a list. It's full, and all have been crossed out except one. She has told herself to kill her past love. To save the world. To save herself. Utterly suspenseful till the last page, All Our Yesterdays can also hint about another paradoxically ambiguous question, how does each action affect our future? Our tomorrows?
With really only three main characters, Terrill accomplishes well with her limited selection. All I couldn't help but grow to admire. There is Em, who's narration is one of determination, humour and heart. James, reserved and complete nerd. And Finn, oh Finn, sweet, sarcastic and wholly deep. The way these three developed together and unravelled the story was captivating, I could truly feel emotions reflecting off their eyes into mine. So genuine and heart breaking.
All Our Yesterdays may be plot driven, however our subplot unequivocally stands with the friendship and romances illustrated. Craftily and conducted with fantastic dynamics, Terrill clearly knows what she's doing, it's magnificent beyond words. While there is a hint of a love triangle, my usual rush of eye rolls did not appear due to how complex this relationship was and how, at the same time, was just a trio of best friends. While Em, Finn and James may not all get it their way in the end, giggles erupted and tears were shed. The depth of the connections in All Our Yesterdays simply can't be further pressed upon.
In terms of world building and wiring, Terrill has excelled. I didn't feel blind when reading this novel- I could construct the world that Terrill set as a foundation- I could sense the wider image sharper and more concise, the details and information of this This sci-fi, war tainted world wasn't dumped but slowly shredded, so strategically. All Our Yesterdays' writing is something to be commended for. It's heart breaking and confronting. Raw and loving. Terrill's writing is chilling, scaring and completely beautiful.
A well plotted and drawn world with a fantastic handful of characters, All Our Yesterdays overwhelmed me with epicness. The writing was bold and raw, the world was dark and hopeful. For a debut, Cristin Terrill shows an ambitious set of work and I will be sure to read her future novels. And like I said at the beginning, read this!...more
'No matter how much you tell yourself nothing has changed, it has.'
An utterly beautiful novel, Fiona Wood threw me around in circles of emotions. Combining every possible element of a YA contemporary to create this seemingly impervious novel. The resplendent prose and imagery do not even begin to cover how magnificent this book was. For this was yet another successful read from a strong Aussie author, fleshing out reality to the barest bone of the pile.
Alternating in the POVs of two exclusive teen voices, in which the only similarity is that they are both lost in their unique ways, messages of loss and love break through the outdoor education camp. As well as grief and happiness. Sex, image and social hierarchy. While not falling into a cliché story, Wildlife is a book of wilderness and finding yourself after you loose yourself. This book made me go on tolls of emotions. While not awfully severe; I got frustrated, pissed off even. Crazed and lost. On the brink of sad tears, or even happy tears. What stood out to me most of this was that I was feeling exactly what Sibylla or Lou were going through. I related with them in the most wholly way anyone could possible get. They were real and true to themselves, feeding me their words like I was their beloved diary.
Sibylla accomplished two things in the holidays that were out of the norm. She kissed Ben Capaldi- popular and everyone loved guy- and her picture appeared on the school billboard. Now, going for a school term in the wilderness at a outdoor education camp, Sib finds herself in a drama of new opportunities, romance and hidden secrets. And also maybe, learns that her closest friends may not me that close at all. It's a wild adventure of betrayal and reality. The way Sib tackled these situations eventually, as they smashed into her face was highly authentic, exposed and spectacularly outspoken. By utilising the backdrop of this novel- the Australian outback- Sib is placed in a zone with no place to hide from, as her complications follow her twenty-four seven.
Then there's Lou. The two characters are similar in the essence that both Sibylla and Lou are confused, exposed. Their emotions are absolutely in contrast to what is hidden under their unwavering masks. What worried me here was because of these similarities in character, how would I manage to alternate between the POVs that were in first person? Answer: I could separate the two after reading just two sentences. Fiona Wood's intelligence of illustrating two broken teens in two thoroughly detectable tones that were authoritative to the core amazed me. While Sib was experiencing the hardships of assorts of relationships, Lou endeavoured through the recent loss of her love.
The simplistic backstory of a school outdoor camp borders possibilities to the sky. Entwined in here we have numerous strategically addressed harsh and topics that most authors shuffle stealthily away from. Classic high school occurrences are renewed and introduced, such as (like aforementioned) unrestrained desire, jealousy and the portrayal of social hierarchies that are determined by visual-image and to put candidly, sass.
Wildlife just took YA contemporaries to the next level with a broad spectrum of complexities, bittersweet romance that is fresh and wavering as well as a raw story about coming of age. Living in the wilderness could be a hidden doorway to new possibilities, new beginnings and about finding and loosing what's right. Fiona Wood's writing is something not to be overseen- it is analogical in a sense- and emotively enthralling.
In shorter words: Wildlife is a lovely novel that has take a place in my heart from the moment I finished it. If a book were to be hyped for it's gorgeousness, this would be so hyped that every living thing that could read would have read this.
I will now go and find myself as I have lost myself somewhere between the last few pages of Wildlife....more
You know what else made me want to cry an ocean? Celine's review. And you all A lot of crying was involved.
That actually might be an understatement.
You know what else made me want to cry an ocean? Celine's review. And you all should check it out because it's wonderful and she summarises the beauty of this book so perfectly: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
It may only be January but I'm so incredibly sure that this is making my Top 10 books of 2015. It tore me apart, this book, with it's perfect blend of numbing words and tangible pain. I know I'm buying myself a hardback of this when it finally releases just so I can cuddle with it and bookmark all my favourite bits. (Though let's be honest, that would just be bookmarking every page.)...more
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Naturally, no one in their right mind should write a normal review for this book. This book. Clockwork Princess. *restrains from gushing and ranting* WOW. I have so much to say about this book that I feel like I cannot cover it all, while at the same time I feel like I cannot write anything for this review.
If you did not see my hysterical statuses of Twitter, Goodreads and Instagram you are in luck-keep away from them as they were *SO* not me saying things like; "I feel like dying" or "I need lollies" (which I did find and eat half the packet in two hours of trauma) Turns out nothing could really help my depression after Clockwork Princess. Unlike Tessa or Will, I am not good with words so I'm finding it uber difficult to wrench out some words about this beautiful piece of literature. And another contributing fact is that it is 2:30 am, 2.5 hours after finishing this book- BUT, quite frankly, I deem myself as awake due to Cassie Clare's stupidly awesome books. I do recollect stating in my Clockwork Angel review that TMI series was better---I'LL NEVER AGREE WITH THAT EVER AGAIN.
Cassie Clare, I crown you Queen of heart break, humour, bloodbaths, love and twists. HECK, I crown you Queen of whatever-you-need-this-book-will-provide-if-not-more PLUS... QUEEN OF MEANIE POO BUMS THAT DESERVE AN UNHONOURED DEATH. But yeah...seriously? Cassie Clare delivers all, fulfilling my concerns of the gazillion things that could've gone wrong and even more. I am in love with this series.
'"...sometimes when you cannot decide what to do, you pretend you are a character in a book, because it is easier to decide what they would do."'
There will danger and betrayal, secrets and answers- all in the epic conclusion of The Infernal Devices. As the big wedding day comes, Tessa Gray finds herself not preparing for a wedding day at all, she's preparing for battle. Mortmain has gained something that might just lead to his mastermind plan, but he needs something else. Tessa. And then there's Will and Jem- who are both dedicated to keep her safe, but is this worth it if it meant to loose several lives?
By far, the characters Cassie Clare creates are nothing short of stunningly real and definable. I never really considered Tessa as a 'kick ass heroine', I suppose it was due the the fact that she wasn't described as merciless and invincible, unlike some other novels. Cassie Clare created Tessa realistically and with real definition in her personality. Tessa was therefore loveable and most definitely admirable.
No matter what team you are on. Trust me when I say this; both Team Jem (like myself) and Team Will shall be satisfied. When I finished the book I had numerous negative opinions on this but soon, I figured it was concluded skilfully, even though Cassie broke some hearts and crushed some dreams on the way.
'Life was an uncertain thing, and there were some moments one wished to remember, go imprint upon one's mind that the memory might be taken out later, like a flower pressed between the pages of a book, and admired and recollected anew.'
The story line of CP2 is quite vague at the beginning but it soon picked up. While I despise Mortmain, he just makes the story more intriguing and filled it with much more suspense, irritation and action. Currently, my heart has still not slowed down. Expect twisted sacrifices and never ending Shadowhunter battling.
Am I the only one how found that the world building was practically at its minimalist? Just because there is so many elements being whirred about the book is not an excuse to leave the world building of Shadowhunters and Downworlders behind. Yet still I give this book 5 sparkling stars due to that all the other elements over power this.
Undoubtedly, Clockwork Princess was filled with romance. Not the cheesy, overpowering junk that just gets too much like *cough* Fallen *cough COUGH* but Cassie Clare makes it extremely cute and soo... poetically dreamy. While the main focus is on the famous triangle, there are still scenes of other characters too. I won't give them away but I just felt a little wary about EVERY person--well NEARLY everyone was paired off.
'"A very magnanimous statement, Gideon," said Magnus. "I'm Gabriel." Magnus waved a hand. "All Lightwoods look the same to me-"'
I am a very emotional person. (Should I stop there? I think y'all know what I'm 'bout to say) I nearly cried 50 pages into this fat galore but that was not the end of it. Pretty much after half way through the book, I was a sobbing mess. I'd stop and start and gosh, it was the worst feeling in my life, to cry so many times over a book. But y'know, it's worth crying for.
If you are looking for something that has pretty much every aspect of awesomeness, Clockwork Princess will satisfy greatly. You will laugh at Will, cry for Jem, worry for Tessa and most importantly, kill the book because IT. IS. THE. FREAKIN'. END. OF. THIS. SERIES. I for one will reread these books over and over for I do, admittedly, like to cry about books. If you haven't read this book yet, you should be grateful that a baseball bat has not been smashed into your skull. Now I shall go and cry and quote this book forever...
'"There is more to living than not dying,"' ************ I refuse to talk to anyone at the current hour *hides in corner and sobs*
Words cannot describe what I'm feeling right now Woah...that was just- Okay I'm going to try something different just this once. I'm going to break Words cannot describe what I'm feeling right now Woah...that was just- Okay I'm going to try something different just this once. I'm going to break this review up into sections so I don't miss anything and to make sure that I can actually think straight.
Initial Reactions Before I say my embarrassing moment, I'll start with Tuesday night-the night before I finished this masterpiece. I barely read CP as I was so busy with school starting again from summer holidays. Last night I went from 100 pages to page 400 and I was so desperate to finish it I took it with me to school the next day. We had 'Mentor Group' so I began to read in the cacophony of loud voices. I really should have stopped, but, like all book worms do, I kept reading. Because of Clare's heartbreaking ending, I became a little teary. Oh yeah Mel, so what? Thanks to my lovely friend who was sitting next to me, she practically shouted "ARE YOU ALRIGHT MEL!?" Gawd, it was embarrassing, 25 pairs of eyes just staring at my red wet eyes. So why didn't I put this under the 'I cried' shelf? Simply because when I say I cried, I mean literally thrashing and sobbing like a six year old.
Main character Tessa becomes more and more real, more and more developed and more and more amazing. She is really strong, helpful and understanding which I adored and became attached to. Additionally, she develops more with her 'warlock-ness' and humane. I never have found such an all round beautiful character.
Plot Cassie Clare never disappoints when it comes to a complex, twisted, freakishly unexpected plots. I really think it is something hard to find as now, all I'm discovering are boring, obvious plots that the main character is stupid enough to not decipher. After Charlotte has been questioned upon the Clave, Tessa, Will, Jem and the rest of them are given 2 weeks to find Mortmain, or their home will be taken away. However, there is something odd going on too, something that no one would have guessed. A book of betrayal, love, trust, action and a pure amazing plot line, anyone would be sucked into Tessa's world.
Romance Will and Tessa In CA, I was Team Will all the way, I loved his humour and connection with Tessa, however in CP, I've swayed unsteadily towards both teams alternatively. Though I found Will and Tessa's romance not deep of authentic enough, I detected more lust and longing than caring and belonging.
Jem and Tessa As of CP, I am TEAM JEM! I felt that there wasn't enough of him in CA but now there is so I'm totally happy. Jem is really dear to Tessa and understanding, I really felt like giving him a big hug for his gentleness. Jem is hard to describe, but in a way, he is delicate and gorgeous, all at once.
Charlotte and Henry Unexpected. Yes Beautifully and nearly heart breaking. OMG YESYESYES!!! Loved the romantic scene between them, and really made me going 'NAWW...' Love never grows old, and should never be given up on.
Overall In the end, I feel that Jem is the ideal guy for Tessa, I really thought it was going to be Will, but they are just too much like Clary and Jace. I love Clary and Jace but I want it to be unique in The Infernal Devices. CP is now my favourite book written by Cassie Clare and I am dying to read Clockwork Princess.
I recommend this series to Cassie Clare fanatics and people who want to be knocked off their feet....more
See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads Brodi Ashton is officially on my favourite authors list. This book made my day. I love you Brodi! <3
His words dSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads Brodi Ashton is officially on my favourite authors list. This book made my day. I love you Brodi! <3
His words didn't quite reach my brain. "You'll go where?" He rolled his eyes and then spoke slowly. "I'll go with you." "You'll go with me?" I said, incredulous. "Yes. But not because I have any feelings for you or I'm attached to you in any way. I'm just attached to my hair. Quite literally."
The long awaited sequel to the much loved Everneath exceeded expectations once again, filling Everbound with page turning action, adorable romance and a intriguing plot line. Not only did my satisfaction get fulfilled, my irritation got kicked in after the ending. Gosh. That ending. Stupid cliffhanger! Words cannot explain my frustration at that ending. What a lovely one to compare with the one in Everneath. *sits in the corner with arms crossed, pouts lips*
After Jack sacrifices his life for Nikki by taking her place in the Everneath, Nikki is more than ever desperate to get her boyfriend back. With the only choice but to turn to Cole, immortal bad boy, together, they venture into the Everneath where they face conflict and hard decisions. Will Nikki and Jack ever reunite?
Once again we get our likeable yet occasionally naive character, Nikki. She isn't the bothersome type of gullible, Brodi manages to make a slightly naive character relatable and realistic. I mean, seriously, not every protagonist is going to be an invincible, fortune teller. Especially, if you are doing anything to meet your loved one again. Throughout Everbound, Nikki gets conflicted with difficult tasks and choices, confronted with guilt to desperation, Nikki, as a character really shows off each aspect of her. Strong in her own way, very original.
Okay, I've just counted how many of my friends have betrayed us and gone to Team Cole. FOUR of them. Tragic really, but hey, Cole is a very sexy bad boy. Fortunately, I am still Team Jack. Even though, there was a hint of connection between Nikki and Cole, Jack dominates with no question. A main concern for me when heading into this delightful book was the lack of 'Jack-ness' however, this was immediately dismissed as throughout the book, trust me, there are so many swoony memories of Jack and Nikki. They are simply to die for and touch your heart.
"Except for the biggest secret. That I loved him. More than the crush I'd been dealing with for years. More than I should've loved a best friend. More than he would ever love me back. I was gone for him. page 171
The story itself was well built. I enjoyed every word, each one would urge me onto the next, everlasting. Brodi's writing is a drug. The premise had so much depth and connection in it that it seemed almost impossible for a normal writer to pull off. Heck, for a normal being to even touch at a glance. Additionally, Brodi incorporated twists and shocking words when you least expect it. I love this book so much, thinking about makes my mind drift off, pondering on how I'm ever going to survive the next year.
Filled with the most delectable words, sequel to the successful debut, Everneath, Brodi takes readers off to a new world of Greek Mythology and satisfies people with steamy romance, infuriating cliffhangers and a page gripping story line. I will now hunt down the sequel to this! Recommended to Greek Mythology nerds (like myself), lovers of a great romance novel and fans of Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs who thought could've had more depth....more
See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads I can't stop crying. I just- NO. WHY John Green??? WHY?!?! Just- *wipes always tears that keep falling*
Okay. I'mSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads I can't stop crying. I just- NO. WHY John Green??? WHY?!?! Just- *wipes always tears that keep falling*
Okay. I'm okay.
I believe something needs to be said-actually, a lot of things need to be said but I need to say this first. I totally recommend this book to be listened to instead of read. For me, I got the luxury of reading it on my kindle and listening to it but I found so many weird dance words that I couldn't pronounce so with the audiobook help, everything was much more convenient. Additionally, the narrator had a beautiful voice that was played well.
Due to my incoherent mind, this review will be a rather horrible sob of mix matched words.
Hazel Grace is a cogent female heroine. Beautiful, smart, relatable, strong and realistic person. John Green, you are amazingly cruel yet awesome at the same time. I hate you for many things now, but I love you for more reasons. For example, the characters you created in this book. Augustus Waters....I don't think I can say anything without leaving spoilers, and I hate spoilers so let us say that he was equally strong, and had some adorable charming features.
The chemistry Hazel and Gus had was phenomenally the best I've encountered for some time. It was just so perfect and not dragging on and on. I just love them sooooo much!!
Death is great. No really, if the author can properly incorporate it, it is essentially a masterpiece. The Fault In Our Stars successfully made me cry for a long time, just sobbing and wailing. If I ever find out that there was a sequel, which most likely will not happen, I'd flip out and write a one million paged rant. I have no idea where I've been these years, why didn't I read this earlier?!?!? Once again, I'm sorry guys but I don't feel quipped to write a thorough, educated/posh like review. Nevertheless, this book should not be missed....more
See more reviews at http://theyabooklover.blogspot.com.au/ Patrick Ness conflicts this effect on me. It's called; omgithinkivegonementallydisabled andSee more reviews at http://theyabooklover.blogspot.com.au/ Patrick Ness conflicts this effect on me. It's called; omgithinkivegonementallydisabled and iwantmoremoremore! After The Chaos Walking Trilogy, I was left wounded and when I found out that he wrote this lovely-creepy looking book, I went just a little insane. So get prepared for an insane review of A Monster Calls.
Conor has nightmares, about a monster. Then one night, Conor wakes up at midnight to see a monster. But it isn't 'the' monster from his dreams, it's a different monster which happens to do two things;tell tales and demand the TRUTH But what is the truth? Conor has a mother at the brink of death, a father who rarely visits, a grandma who doesn't have much of a connection with Conor and a school that misunderstands him. So why on world would a monster demand for the truth to such a miserable, disconnected life?
ABOUT THE BOOK Siobhan Dowd had originally created these characters, premise and a beginning to this unfinished book. She had everything but time. Patrick Ness, was asked if he could finish this book. With reluctance and thought, this beauty was born. Thank you Siobhan Dowd for such a great story line. This is my favourite book by you just as it is of Patrick Ness.
BACK TO THE REIVEW Middle grade fiction is something hard to do well if your going to have YA and adults reading this as well. But Patrick Ness speeds through that easily like many other MG authors like Rick Riordan. In fact my top two favourite authors ARE Patrick Ness and Rick Riordan. There is something so damn special about them that makes them lyrical, intriguing, humorous and intense. (I do think its because they are like picture books story tellers, shortly written but beautiful and emotional just the same. A bit like THE GIVING TREE)
Conor is a likeable figure of the book. This thirteen year old has great strength in his mind and courage. I felt immediately attached to him after the first paragraph. "Go away," Conor whispered into the darkness of his bedroom, trying to push the nightmare back, not let it follow him into the world of waking. "Go away now" After that, I found Conor to be strong willed, determined and clear minded. Not one of those clueless dull headed characters.
I enjoyed the book head to toe, a little sad to see the book finish I cried my freaking eyes out to see such an amazeballs story end and I demand another series by Patrick Ness! I really enjoyed the plot Siobhan created, I think Patrick Ness did a great job developing it and making it expand to make people sob so much. The monster was rather annoying at first with his cryptic sayings but as the story progressed I send love and <3 to him as well as everyone else for they are just such unique, hard to find characters.
Pictures These drawings to my friends are described as 'creepy and weird' my description? I think no other artist (Jim Kay) could have depicted or thought of any better pictures to go with Patrick and Siobhan's story. I love all of you three and hope to see more of your works in the future RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND.
Overall, I thought that A Monster Calls was a great novel by Patrick Ness which really deserves more publicity. It deserves more (in my opinion) than Harry Potter, Twilight, Fallen and all those hyped books with no reason. Read it. ANYONE....more
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EDIT 11/10/14 - My thoughts on the rushed ending, lack of all main characters and the ending in general: (view spoiler)[I've been thinking about The Blood of Olympus a lot after I finished it on Tuesday. And after reading multiple of comments that I've received on my blog, I think I feel like I have a little more to say along with this review (which is wayyyyy below). Please note these are just my thoughts. Firstly, I get that everyone found the ending too open-ended. But, I don't really see it in a way that it annoys me. I liked how it was open ended because he gave us the opportunity to use our imagination to predict what happens next. Obviously, Leo's gonna go back to find the others. We know what Percabeth is planning to do for the next 4 years, but obviously it's not going to be peaceful--they're half-bloods. They're gonna "fight stuff" (quoting what Percy said in BoO there). Rick didn't give us an ending that closed the doors, and I appreciate that.
Secondly, I've come to somewhat agree on how the ending was rushed. There was so much build up to this war with Gaia but then they defeat her in the matter of one or two chapters. It happened wayyyyy too quickly, and I did expect something "grander" if you will.
Thirdly, I see what everyone is saying about the lack of Percy/Annabeth/Frank/Hazel. I absolutely understand why, it's because this is HoO, not PJO anymore. So Percy and Annabeth are as significant as the others like Jason/Piper/Nico/Leo/Reyna. Percy and Annabeth had an important plot line in the first 4 books. From being separated because of Hera, then finding each other, then falling into Tartarus. But they don't have anything like that in this book, there's no separate part they play anymore, so having Percy/Annabeth not as much in this book was understandable, even though my fangirl heart sobs. What I don't get is Frank/Hazel. I mention this in my proper review below, too. There was so much development for them in HoH, and they kinda just lost that in this book.
Despite these small criticisms, I'm not lowering my rating, because I'm a mood reader and this book made me feel so ineffably happy and sad and everything. It's a book that made me feel like 5 stars, and so that's what it's gonna get. (hide spoiler)]
This review has ALL The Blood of Olympus spoilers hidden under spoiler tags. For people who have not read The House of Hades, please only read the first and last paragraphs.
I cried last night after finishing The Blood of Olympus. I had ran from school straight to the closest bookstore and snagged the book. I might have squealed and flailed a bit, and maybe a few people in passing stared at me weirdly, but this goes down as one of my happiest moments of 2014. As did The House of Hades last year. I live for these books: no joke, I thought and fangirled over The Blood of Olympus pretty much at least once a day over the past year. Don't believe me? Ask my mum, it was probably her happiest day yesterday as well, because I finally stopped with the fangirling and was hidden away in my room all evening devouring this monster. Honestly, can't blame her. The reason I cried wasn't because of anything apart from the slow realisation that the Percy Jackson series have completely come to an end. The Blood of Olympus is the last story from these demigods' that we're gonna get. (Well, for now at least.) It totally saddens me, because I've been infatuated with this demigod world for so long and well... I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. I WANT THE BOOKS TO CONTINUE FOREVER. Alas, that can't happen. The bright side is that fandoms exist so everyone can sob together and we can all go visit Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter in our dreams. [image]
This being said, I think the series ended on a very satisfactory note, the doors aren't closed tight shut. Rick Riordan leaves a satisfying ending but also one that gives us readers plenty of room for imagination. I'd say it's an open ending in the sense that it still ties up all the loose ends, if that makes any sense. The Blood of Olympus follows our 7 demigods as they must go and stop Gaia from rising as well as battle the giants that Gaia has set into the world. On the other hand we have Reyna, Nico and Coach Hedge who must return the Athena Parthenos back to Long Island in order to stop the Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from starting a war between them. And, the must all do this before the Feast of Spes, which is on August 1st, just twelve days away.
Percy and Annabeth take the back seat in The Blood of Olympus, my Percabeth half of my heart sobbed endlessly, but it felt suiting that the others got some more shine time. Besides, The Heroes of Olympus isn't just a Percy Jackson book like the first series, the spin-off series is about all of the 7 demigods: Frank, Hazel, Leo, Piper, Jason as well as Percy and Annabeth. Here, we also get to see what's going on from Nico and Reyna's point of view, which was just so exciting. All the characters were developed fantastically, and with what looks to be an overwhelming amount of characters, if you gave me a piece of dialogue, I could name exactly who said it because that's just how distinct and thoroughly constructed Rick Riordan's characters are. Leo is certainly a highlight, his humour is brilliant, and the scenes where he is with Percy? Guys, it's priceless. I need to have more of these two dudes, they had me snorting and chocking on air because they're just that damn funny.
My only quibble, mind you--VERY SMALL QUIBBLE lies with Frank and Hazel. I adored them in The House of Hades but their relationship and them as individuals, didn't have much development in here. I wanted more from Frank and Hazel, because they didn't seem to have as much of an importance in here.
Jason and Piper? Well, let's just say I like them a more than I did in the previous instalments. It's never been a problem that I don't like them, it's just that Piper said that Jason was better than Percy in a previous book, WHICH IS SO NOT TRUE and Jason...well he's disliked by association. But, because we got both their' POVs in The Blood of Olympus, I found myself appreciating them more than before, though that doesn't mean I like them.
Okay, next bit is about Nico, which I've hidden under spoiler tags. (view spoiler)[OMFG GUYS. So happy that Nico found Will. They're so beautiful already and I cried when he was told Percy that he had a crush on him once. So bloody proud of Nico and so freaking happy that he found someone, finally. Even though it's not with me. But like, the poor dude needs someone. And Will is possibly the best choice ever. Will= all bright and happy because he's the son of the Sun god and then you have Nico who is dark and seriously needs so light in his life. *squeals* *happy sighs* (hide spoiler)]
Action in this book was never-ending. You can never possibly be bored in a Rick Riordan book. If you have, are we even reading the same book? Actually, scrap that. Are we even living on the same universe? It's impossible, between the humour, the action, the plot and the fabulous characters, who can get bored? I was sitting upright in my bed pretty much talking to the characters on the page. You could say I was completely infatuated.
We need to talk about the ending. The ending was glorious. (view spoiler)[OH MY GODS LEO. MY CALEO HAPPENED MY LIFE IS SATISFIED SO I FORGIVE RICK RIORDAN FOR THE LACK OF PERCABETH-NESS IN THIS BOOK. (Even though when they were talking about their future in New Rome, my fangirl heart went craaaaazy.) It was beautiful, so so beautiful. (hide spoiler)]
The Blood of Olympus was absolutely fantastic, the characters were as kick-ass and witty as ever, and the plot line kept me flicking the pages as fast as I could. It might look like a HUGE novel, but it flew by quickly. Maybe too quickly. I still want more *cries* Everything that you need in a flawless book is all in here. To all those who haven't read Percy Jackson, YOU NEED TO READ THIS SERIES. It's so worth it, and you haven't lived until you have. Then, once you start reading the series, tell me so we can be friends again.
FINISHED! I cried guys, happy and sad reasons and then I cried some more after I finished because it was the last book. WHYYYYYY. Having a hard time to believe this. RTC.
ITS IN MY HANDS. AHHHHHHH
Guess who just finished The House of Hades?! *dead*
So this book has officially been titled The Blood of Olympus and it is set to be released on the 14th of October, 2014.
Brb *sobs and cries*
THE CONCLUSION TO THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS IS COMING... ONE YEAR AND A WEEK AWAY -.-...more
So the air was acid. The water was misery. The ground was broken glass. Everything here was designed to hurt and kill.
I have never been a fan of including gifs. in my reviews however The House of Hades, calls for some exception. Not only have I been dying for a year to read this, but also because right now, I'm a mess of emotions and words. I mean, I was already crying when my mum snagged a copy for me while I was at school the second the bookstore opened. And then I abandoned all my review books so I could read The House of Hades ASAP because... IT'S THE HOUSE OF HADES, DUH. Proceed onwards![image]
Picking up from where the torturous The Mark of Athena left off, we have Hazel, Frank, Leo, Jason, Piper, Nico and Coach Hedge on the Argo II, on the way to meet Percy and Annabeth on the other side of The Doors of Death. However the task is not that simple, a war is brewing between the Greeks and Romans, Gaia is becoming stronger... and the Athena Parthenos needs to be in its rightful place. The House of Hades, second last book before the finale (which has been named The Blood of Olympus) has a little something for all types of readers. Action, mythology, humour, romance, sacrifices, war and monsters are all present. And, trust me people; you will not be disappointed--no matter how high your hopes were, no matter how excited you were, no matter how much of your body you would sell for this. No. Disappointments. YAYA! [image] The House of Hades, has whopping 7 main characters and 2 sub-main characters. Crazy? Yes. It has always been my greatest concern that The House of Hades would make my brain hurt from attempting to distinguish apart such an ample number of personalities. Yet, [image] I seriously love love loved the characters in this book. Percy, our hero since the beginning has never been more selfless and humorous. He may be kickass but he still has one big big heart--and a very funny personality. However I couldn't help but think that Bob the Titan, (yes, Bob is back!) was one of the more laughable characters here. Percy had a little less due to his situation, a.k.a in the deepest part of hell. Annabeth, wholly badass, full of hope and smart. Always with a plan. While Percy and Annabeth are in Tartarus, they face some of the biggest challenges and curses of their lives--their abilities are stretch to their maximum and above. And their romance was like THE SWEETEST EVER. I'll admit, their isn't as much as I was wishing for but Rick Riordan makes it the most realistic and every time they'd hold hands I was like [image] Together, they make an ass-kicking team.
Hazel was actually one of the more important ones in The House of Hades. I grew rather attached to her, she's so determined to save everyone, so full of heart, so determined. I really wanted to tackle hug her. Leo, our cool guy with plenty of cute arrogance. Frank, lots of character development in this one, our shy and unsure one. Coach Hedge, we go a little more into his history and still and get plenty of his love for killing and butchering. And Nico! OMG. My fictional crush <3 I did get heartbroken though. Heart. So. Broken. Into. Shreds. [image] Piper and Jason... they were just meh. As usual. Not that they ruined my enjoyment of the book but I am just no fan.
I do think, while Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus are full of fun and action, it's also been teaching me a lot of Greek Mythology and Roman Mythology along the way, in fact, I've become really interested in Greek Myths, and am planning to learn more about religion and mythology for my free electives at school which is exciting. I am so, so grateful to have read this series. Some books, you read and love but they may not teach you as much as this one. Rick's books come with the extra of some knowledge. If an author can teach a bit of Greek Myths while writing an attaching story, I do believe that all MG and YA readers so give this series a go.
All in all, The House of Hades was no disappointment apart from the fact that I have to wait ANOTHER year for the sequel. *cries* [image][image]...more