Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: "The Blood of Olympus" by Rick Riordan

Book 10/50 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Myth-Retelling-thing
Series or standalone? Last book in the series
Pages: 500
I read the: UK paperback
Began: April 8th 2015 
Finished: April 21st 2015
Where can I buy this? Here! (via thebookdepository)
Goodreads: Right here!
First Sentence: "Jason hated being old."
Favourite quote: Okay, I have to admit this was a tough one, because as we all know Rick Riordan has an amazing sense of humour. And there were some really good ones that I marked (47 to be precise), like "Leo, didn't really think of the ukulele as a sad instrument. (Pathetic, sure. But not sad.) Yet, the tune Apollo strummed was so melancholic it broke Leo's feels." and "'What if we promoted, like, Adidas shoes?'  Percy wondered. 'Would that make Nike (the goddess) mad enough to show up?'". But, rather stupidly, my favourite was "'My people were the original Athenians - the gemini.' 'Like your zodiac sign?' Percy asked. 'I'm a Leo.' 'No, stupid,' Leo said. 'I'm a Leo. You're a Percy.'" Yeah.

*MILDLY SPOILERY* Synopsis: 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.

"OHMYGOD THIS BOOK OHMYGOD" are the only words that can fully describe how I feel about BoO. I really cannot believe the series has ended and we'll be getting no more of Percy Jackson and the crew. 

I read the whole PJO series when I was 12 and I like to think that they mark the beginning of my avid reading era, along with Harry Potter (I loved reading when I was younger too, but that was the year books became a huge part of my existence). I also waited a whole year every time a HoO book was supposed to come out. And I had to wait another two months for them to be released in Greece. So, I guess you can imagine my struggle, but also the sadness I'm feeling as I have to say goodbye to some of my oldest friends. 

And, yes, I teared up a bit at the end. Not because the ending was bad, but because I kind of felt like crying. Let's not talk about that.

Uncle Rick, once again, made everything absolutely amazing. From the writing to the setting, from the characters themselves to the jokes. 

I think that there are no words that can describe my utter love for this series and especially this book. I still can't really believe that it just ended.



*WARNING* This next part of my review contains spoilers!! 

Okay, so I guess you've read the book or simply you're a masochist. Joking.

First of all, in the spoiler section, I'd just like to discuss the one thing I didn't like in this book. The way Gaia 'died'. It was like the most anticlimactic ending I've ever read. Gaia is supposed to be this huge monster-like terrifying primordial goddess, who basically scares the crap out of everyone. And how does she die? Piper charmspeaks her to sleep and when she does, they pick her off the ground so she's not on her territory and they blast her to pieces. 
I'm not sure, if I liked that. 

It might have even been anticlimactic on purpose to show that she wasn't that big of a threat to the demigods after all. I don't know. Tell me what you think. 


*searches for Solangelo fanfiction*

me right now

How would you rate this book? Let me know in the comments!



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