Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Book Review: Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus

                                                  The Blood of Olympus Review
The Blood of Olympus is the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series and in this book they are trying to prevent Gaea from rising even though at this point it seems that Gaea awakening is inevitable. On their journey they have to capture Nike the goddess of victory and find the physician's cure which can cure even death which is something they believe that they would need because one of them is prophesied to die in the final battle with Gaea. Leo believes that the one who will die should be him so he comes up with his own schemes on how the final battle should go because he doesn't want his friends to worry about him or put themselves in danger for him.

Through out the book Nico along with Reyna and Coach Hedge is using shadow travel in order to bring the Athena Parthenos  to Camp Half-blood in order to prevent a war from breaking out between the Greek and Roman half bloods. On the journey we get to learn more about both Nico and Reyna with us seeing just how far Nico pushes himself to finish his mission even at the expense of his own well being and that he believes that others don't want him around so he pushes them away. Reyna we learn that her family has a history of being warriors and being supported by Belladonna and how her and her sister ended up on their own and how they got to where they both ended up. Nico and Reyna end up developing a friendship with each other through out the book that I really ended up enjoying as well.

In other plots in this book includes Jason deciding that he will go between the two camps and build shrines to all the minor gods and goddess in hopes of preventing future wars and because he feels like his place is at both camps. Piper also learns to trust her feelings in order to use her powers better as a daughter of Aphrodite and she and Annabeth bound out on a mission together and the two of them become very close friends. Leo is also still making plans to get back to Calypso's island and take her away from there as well.

Overall I really loved this book it was mostly about finding away to stop Gaea because this is the final book of the series but it also allowed plenty of time for character growth as well which I really enjoyed. I especially enjoyed that we got chapters from Nico and Reyna's point of view and we were given more insights into their characters. Please tell me your thoughts on this book or series as a whole in the comment section below.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Book Review: Dark Places

                                                            Dark Places Review
Dark Places is about Libby Day whose sisters and mother were murdered by her older brother when she was seven years old, it's been twenty five years since the murders happened and she has been living off the money that was raised for her by concerned citizens after the story of the murders were publicized and said to be motivated by her brother being Satan worshiper. The money from the fund that Libby has been living off is about to run out and since she's never had a real job and can't imagine herself being able to have a real job since most days she has trouble finding the motivation to get out of bed let alone to do anything productive with her life, Libby agrees to talk to members of a Kill Club about the day of the murders for money. The Kill Club is a group of people who are fascinated by true crime stories and in case of the Day family murders it turns out that every member of the club that is fascinated by that crime doesn't believe that Libby's brother Ben is actually the killer.

After being presented with new facts about the night of the murders and the investigation that occurred afterwards Libby is forced to consider that maybe her brother isn't the one that killed her family after she recalls that she actually didn't see anything that happened she just heard it and thinking back she isn't even sure if the voice she heard was her brother's. Libby doesn't want to get her hopes up about her brother Ben not being the monster she has seen him as for the last twenty five years starts to reluctantly look into her brother's case while getting paid for it by the Kill Club. This book is about Libby investigating who killed her family and there are point of view chapters set in the past told from her mother's and brother's point of view about what really happened on the day of the murders.

This book was really good it did a good job of making a story about a murder that happened twenty five years before the story even begin still feel tense since the story was never about what was going to happen but who was going to do it and what led them to that point. Please tell me your thoughts about this book in the comment section below.

Top 10 Recent Additions to My To Be Read List

1. A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: This book is one that I only just heard about recently and since it sounded really interesting I bought it and I'm planning on reading it soon.
2. Fallout: This book is the third and final book in the Crank trilogy and since I finished the second book of that series recently this has now been added to my to read list.
3. The Hidden Oracle: This is a book I wasn't sure if I wanted to read or not but after finishing the last book of the Heroes of Olympus I realized that I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the Percy Jackson and Olympians universe yet.
4. People Like Us: I got this book for Christmas and it sounds pretty good so I'm putting it on my to read list.
5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: This book is one that I've recently been hearing that it's really good and since I remember that book sounding interesting when I read the plot description so I really want to read this book now.
6. P.S. I Like You: This book is one I got for Christmas and it sounds like it will be a cute and fun read so I've put it on my to read list once I got it.
7. Lucky in Love: Another book that seems like it will be cute and fun that I recently got and therefore put on my to read list.
8. Luxe: This book sounded really interesting so I got it recently and now it's on my to read list.
9. Asylum: This is a book that I recently got because it sounded interesting and it's title drew me in right away so it's on my to be read list.
10. The Light Between Worlds: This is one that I heard about recently that deals with the main characters dealing with the aftermath of coming back home after living in a magical world to find that things are the same there as when they left, this idea sounds super interesting to me so I really want to read it.