The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Review

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Book DepositorySeries: The Heroes of Olympus #5
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 7, 2014
Genres: Action
Pages: 516
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
Goodreads
four half stars The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Review
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

“Hey Liz, why are you reviewing the last book in the series when you haven’t reviewed the previous novels?” Hey. HEY. I like Percy Jackson juuuuust fine (he’s one of my favorite protags), and I loved both of these series. But you know what’s the best part of a series? Or, well, supposed to be the best part of a series (to me, at least)? The ending. The part when you close the book and let out a sigh of fulfillment. That’s this book.

The Blood of Olympus, fifth and final book of the Heroes of Olympus series, is everything you would expect from Rick Riordan: jokes, combat, sass… All of it. Even a few heart-felt moments. And exploding toilets. I like how the ending was set up so that Riordan could return to these characters, even if it’s just that they crossover into his future series.

It did make me kind of sad that some characters had to resort to killing people. I get that there’s some military mindset going on for some of them. And I know that some of the ones being killed get sent to Tartarus and can come back to life, but not all of them. I guess in some circumstances it’s better than subduing them and making them live in some underground creepy place, but yeahhhh.

I loved the character growth that happens in this novel. Nico warms up to his fellow heroes, Reyna gets more backstory, Piper and Annabeth team up… I mean who saw that last one coming? Not I.

The settings were interesting. We get to see Greece, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Camp Halfblood. I think I stamped my passport a few times while reading this! Haha.

I would definitely recommend this to any Percy Jackson fans, anyone looking for a bit of combat and adventure, and of course a bit of shenanigans.

four half stars The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Review

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Reading Problems Tag

Welcome to the Reading Problems Tag!

Originally by AboutToRead: Click here to see her video
I was tagged by Bekah AwesomeBookNut: Click here to see her video

I thought I’d get back into the tag game with a fun tag!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Recap of past books in series: http://recaptains.blogspot.com/

Tagged:
Bookadoodles
KitKatsCanRead
BenjaminofTomes
Against Idleness & Mischief

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Online Safety Tips for New/Young BookTubers

I’ve been asked by young folk on several occasions how to go about asking parents about getting into BookTube. Although BookTube is a very fun place and is very fun to do, my main concern is safety. That’s why you can’t keep this a secret.

The following tips aren’t just for underaged folk. If you’re an adult, think about these things, too. I know that your internet presence is up to you and I know that with this week’s discussion about Kathleen Hale stalking a blogger, I at least wanted to scratch the surface of talking about some basics for online safety. I know we’ve been presented with extenuating circumstances in both the YouTube community and the book blogging community. It’s been rough.

Anyway, here are some tips with some help of my Twitter friends:

Tip #1: Tell your parents (or someone). Have at least one person who is a responsible adult know that you have an online presence, no matter big or small. It keeps you accountable for your actions and it gives you something to talk about with the ‘rents at the dinner table. Talk to them about what you should and shouldn’t do online.

Tip #2: Don’t give out your home address unless you are 100% certain that you’re talking to a representative from a publishing house that you trust. If you’re underage, let your parents see the messages you get for review requests. [libraryofsarah] On that same note, it would be a good idea to get a PO Box. I personally don’t have one because I only accept review requests from major publishers and publicists. Very rarely do I give my address to an author.

Tip #2.5: Don’t tell people the city/town you live in. I’ll tell people when I’m going to signings in Atlanta, but I never tell people what side of town I live in. If you film somewhere other than your house, don’t give out addresses or names of business. [katiegilmour13]
Make sure your background and clothes are free from school mascots, year books, and such.

Tip #3: Create a pseudonym or don’t use your last name.

More Resources:
http://www.nationalcac.org/prevention/internet-safety-kids.html
http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/
http://www.safekids.com/contract.htm
http://www.fbi.gov/fun-games/kids/kids-safety

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Sabrina: The Teenage Witch (1996 TV Movie)

Yeah, that’s right! I bet you didn’t know Sabrina: The Teenage Witch was a tv movie. I mean, I didn’t until the other day when I had finished binge watching Melissa & Joey on Netflix and I was still in the mood for some Melissa Joan Hart humor. I was curious as to what all was one ABC’s TGIF line up back in the 90s, which I so fondly remember… When I stumbled on the Wikipedia pages of not one, but TWO Sabrina: The Teenage Witch things. One is the tv show that ran 1996-2000. The other is the tv movie, which I’m just finding out now served as a sort of pilot for the tv series. That being said, the tv film has the same premise of a girl going to live with her aunts so they can train her to be a witch in the real world.

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Okay, that was a bit dorky, but Sabrina was basically the girl I wish was my best friend from age 8 to 12. She didn’t always fit in, but she did her best. Hijinks ensue. She has a talking cat and two fun aunts. There was also a midget who had a crush on her. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? JK I was definitely Team Harvey through and through.

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The TV film is so quintessential 90s. The hair styles, the clothing choice, the music… The Ryan Reynolds. Okay, nowadays, he’s the dude who’s makin’ babies with Blake Lively (cute couple, btw), but in Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, he’s the Wrong Guy for Sabrina. Heck, she doesn’t even really like him. In this movie, all boys are good for are dates to the dance and throwing parties. I mean, Harvey’s– the nerd, bless him– a bit different, but he is the one to be nice enough to throw a particular party.

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Even her best friend Jenny says that she doesn’t like her own date, but he has a car. That’s where the bar is set. I guess if you have to set it somewhere, that’s a decent place.

The fun 90s vibe continues throughout tv film with the kooky sound effects and the music that lends itself to a tv movie about a teenage witch. There are also these really cheesy page turn transition effects between scenes. Priceless.

Oh, I almost forgot: Salem. Although he does have a few lines, he’s not the hysterically creepy animatronic cat we see in the show. Which is totally fine. It works. I definitely had a love/hate relationship with Salem in the show. Just. Yeah.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu Review

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Book DepositorySeries: The Young Elites #1
Published by Penguin, Putnam Juvenile on October 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 355
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
Goodreads
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Marie Lu does it again in The Young Elites! Fascinating story, characters, and more wrapped up in 355 glorious pages.

Now, Fantasy isn’t always my jam. Well, I like Urban Fantasy, but sometimes the more Fantasy-set-in-another-world is confusing to me. I got confused to who the Daggers were. I know it’s supposed to be questionable as to if they have Adelina’s best interest at heart, but I wasn’t sure if they were Elites or a part of the Inquisitor’s army-of-sorts. I mean, I learned closer to the end.

Speaking of questioning who is good and who is bad, I loved that Adelina had this Elsa vibe to her. I know her dad tried coaxing her powers out of her when she was younger, but when she actually is allowed to use her powers without manipulation, it’s the big KABOOM. Or something. Sometimes it was confusing as to what she was illusion-ing and what was actually happening, but it gives the story more complexity than just “Oh here’s this girl fighting the mean inquisitor! Sigh.” And speaking of the inquisitor, he was pretty complex with his malfetto-ness while fighting other malfettos.

Violetta is my favorite character. You’ll have to read to find out why! I mean, yes, THINGS. But THIIIINGS. Also Enzo. I think Enzo was the best. I mean, not that characters need to be upstanding citizens to be well-written. Do they? What do you think?

Oh and the epilogue was one to end all epilogues. It introduces us to a character that I am super excited about.

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