Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Review: The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)
Nico had warned them.  Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods' worst memories.  Their ghosts would become restless.  Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time.  But that might be better than the alternative:  allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

Jason's ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little.  He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did.  He will complete his line of the prophecy:  To storm or fire the world must fall.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger.  But she can't allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and the Greeks.  Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

Leo fears that his plan won't work, that his friends might interfere.  But there is no other way.  All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear.  Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Heroes, gods, and monsters all have a role to play in the climatic fulfillment of the prophecy in The Blood of Olympus, the electrifying finale of the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I thought overall it was a great conclusion to the series.  Throughout the book there is two stories we are following.  There is the crew members of the Argo II, and there is Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge who are trying to bring the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood.  Both stories kept me want to read.  This book was told from several points of views.  I think my favorite character in this series has to be Nico.  He has grown so much since he was first introduced in the Percy Jackson world.  I really do think he could have his own series.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it's too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her.  Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants--but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain.  As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her.  The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers.  His kindness is confusing Britt.  Is he an enemy?  Or an ally?

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book was not what I expected.  Although I know I was supposed to like the character of Britt, I really didn't care for her or her best friend.  The only one I liked in the whole book was Mason.  I guess who the killer was pretty early on.  I did however like how the book ended.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Book Review: The Death Curse - James Dashner

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)
It's the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends--the Gladers.  But it's finally over.  The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone Survive?

What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think.  And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze.  He survived the Scorch.  He'll risk anything to save his friends.  But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
A great conclusion to this trilogy.  Even though the group lost many people and went through so much they were still able to stand up to WICKED and think for themselves.  I really like how the series ended.

Book Review: The Scorch Trials - James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers.  But WICKED isn't done yet.  Phase Two has just begun.  The Scorch.

There are no rules.  There is no help.  You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch--the most burned-out section of the world.  And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested.  Loyalties will be broken.  All bets are off.

There are others now.  Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction--and they're determined to survive.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
The story continues with Thomas and his friends.  They got out of the maze in one piece and just when they thought things were over, all hell breaks loose.  They are given two weeks to walk 100 miles in a world they don't know in order to make it to a safe haven.  Along the way they find out just how harsh the world is and the affects the Flare has had on humanity.

Book Review: Into The Still Blue - Veronica Rossi

Into The Still Blue - Veronica Rossi The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate.  Aria and Perry are determined to find this la...