The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: 2013 (first published May 5th 2009)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Read Date: April 27th 2019
Genre: YA / Urban Fantasy / Greek Mythology
Pages: 361
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5

MOST PEOPLE GET PRESENTS ON THEIR SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY. I GET A PROPHECY THAT COULD SAVE OR DESTROY THE WORLD. 

It happens when you’re the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure.

Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil . . .

The Last Olympian was the perfect last book of the series that take place in New York City with so much actions and destruction and Percy trying hard to save his city and home of Gods over the Empire State Building.  It was about friendship, bravery and consequences of bad choices, true meaning of family, betrayal and treachery, learning from mistakes, and bringing change in the way of life and nature for the better future.

It started with attack on Princess Andromeda, tragic death, Titan’s plan and Nico’s warning and urgency to act on the plan he proposed a year back that Percy was avoiding until now. Now that he faced Kronos and experienced his strength for the first time, he knew if he wished survive again and fight Luke, he had to act on Nico’s plan asap. Oh, and he finally got to know about full big prophecy that said he was going to die!

God at war with Titan leaving the Olympus unprotected, sea God bust in protecting his own palace, Hades holding years long grudge against Zeus decided not to help his brethren, Nico desperately trying to get some answers about his mother and then helping Percy, Ares and Apollo bickering over petty issues. Phew, lot was going on in first few chapters only.

How Percy was going to save the gods and their home, will he be doom of Olympus or protector, and how was he going to fight Kronos that didn’t include dying? It was tense and exciting to read this final Installment of the series. I was curious to read the final battle.

There was humor here and there alright but things were getting serious, there was death looming over Percy and Gods were on the battle field in their best armor, New York City was under the sleep spell with destruction all around it.  So, it needed the serious, tense, and on-the-age-of-the-seat tone and author did it fantastically. Like, ‘we are not going to laugh so much like we did in previous books until we’ve chopped up Kronos and sent him back to Tartarus‘.

In this, Percy visited his father’s realm, finally, and I tell you it was wonderful minus all the battle raging down there; met Hestia-the Last Olympian and I was curious to read her importance as the title was given after her and after reading the book I could tell how appropriate it was; met some deadly Titans Morpheus- he can cause deadly dream and I’m sure one won’t need benzos around him, Prometheus- not-so-deadly but cunning for sure, Hyperion with burning light and a monstrous storm-giant who wreck such a chaos; . and slayed long list of monsters.

There were many other important answers I finally got in this book like -Luke’s childhood and what made him bitter towards his parents, Nico’s mother and how he and his sister were sent to Lotus casino, Hades’ curse and how the prophecy was twisted in many ways, Rachel’s talent and her importance in immortal’s world, spy in the camp and how Luke twisted people’s mind to get his revenge, role of Luke and Ethan and many other rogue demigod’s in new upcoming change in Immortal’s world, and Annabeth’s hope and what Luke was for her, Percy’s role in the prophecy.

There was twist and turn in each chapter, each chapter was dripping with friendship, courage and bravery, tricks and surprises. Don’t forget the titles of each chapters, they were so catchy that made me want to read what’s in the chapter. Percy not only gave so many thought-provoking lessons to readers but also made the Gods ponder over it.

World-building, plot, characters, myth everything was impressive and well balanced. Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Clarisse were the star of the book. New development in Percy and Annabeth’s relationship was lovely and cute. It was also tragic to see so many deaths and destruction because of worst consequences of bad actions.

Climax was wonderful. Loved the way Percy and Nico convinced their dads and oh my, that final battle was just brilliant. Each and every campers, immortals, and mortals fought amazingly. End was unique with many insights, change in immortals’ world- I loved that new blue print of camp half-blood in the end, and another big prophecy that was just as confusing and dangerous as previous one, maybe more!

Overall, I just loved it. Can’t wait to read next spin-off series. It was riveting, entertaining, insightful, and impressive urban fantasy dripping with Greek myth and Humor that I recommend to fans of this genre.

Author : Rick Riordan

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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date
: August 21st 2013 (first published March 6th 2008)
Publisher : Puffin
Read Date : April 20th 2019
Genre : Greek Mythology / Middle Grade / Adventure / Urban fantasy
Pages : 342
Stars : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5

HONESTLY, BLOWING UP ANOTHER SCHOOL WAS THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO.

As the son of a Greek god, I’ve had my share of near-death disaster – and now my arch enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient Labyrinth.

If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it’s goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond… 

“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.” 

Another wonderful book in Percy Jackson series. This is the book I didn’t remember much after the first read and I enjoyed this more than first time read. This series has always been my favorite and on rereading it only has made it sure.

Writing was simple yet amazingly gripping and full of entertainment. Sarcasm and humor dripping through every page. Exciting battle, tricky situation and thrilling adventure kept me on the age. This series defines fast pace perfectly and I loved the plot

It started with first day of school, just orientation day, and Percy’s luck was twisted by fates, AGAIN! He met vampires with mismatched legs and a redheaded girl, Rachel who could see through mist and to whom he met in previous book at Hoover dam. After running away from burning music room of the school Percy arrived at camp where he learnt about wine dude’s replacement, met Tyson ‘yayy he’s back’, received Iris message sent by mysterious person from which he learnt the sinister plan of Nico, and had more nightmarish dreams that told about Luke and Kronos’ plan to attack on camp half-blood through the labyrinth.

One more life-threatening prophecy, 4 friends in the darkness of labyrinth, maze with traps that might turn you mad. It was exciting to see how they were going to stop Luck’s army of monsters on their way to camp.

First of all, it was fun to see Tyson once more. I loved this book more because of him only. He has grown smarter and braver. Grover was in tricky situation with his deadline for finding Pan that led him to the place he dreaded most, ‘the confines of underground’ and that’s too with Tyson. It was amusing to see Tyson and Grover work together.

Rachel was quirky. She was surprisingly brave, calm, easy going even in deadly situation. I literally laughed when she attacked with plastic hair brush. Who needs celestial bronze when you have a hair brush! I always liked Nico, even though he was bit off the track. I liked how he learned about his sister’s wish and how it brought change in him. I felt for him. It was so unfair being son of Hades and I agreed with Percy’s thought about it.

Percy was as usual fab. He was wonderful friend and brother with heart of gold and clever mind. He was package full of wits, bravery, and right conscience. Poor Percy was troubled by girls around him- first Annabeth, Rachel and then Calypso. It was cute to see jealous Annabeth. She was great in the book. Her feelings for Luke was confusing and I could feel the frustration of Percy. Both of their feelings were genuine and I can’t wait to see development in their relationship.

What I loved more was, world building and myth. The world was interesting- Structure of maze, traps, and monsters in it. Giving the maze life and mind of its own was made the plot brilliant. Deadalus might be crazy for creating this outstanding structure. The story of eternal chase between Daedalus and Minos was gripping and enlightening. I loved to meet different Greek gods in each installment. This time our hero met Hera, Hephaestus and Pan who helped in their quest and gave godly lessons. Not just that but we meet older monsters, monster with bad anatomy, and older kids of Gaia.

There were many insightful messages in the book. How intelligence, greed, vengeance comes with deadly price, how it brings loneliness and bitterness in life that makes you do terrible things and gives no peace even after death; there is no way to cheat death even after many millennia; how being clever is not enough, one must be wise as well; no dark magic can bring back those who are gone, it only disturbs the peace of the spirit. Oh, and animal rights activists and environmentalists will be happy by this book.It was wonderful blend of Myth, modern world and lifelong lessons.

Climax was surprising. Even though this was my reread, I couldn’t guess the identity of Daedalus. Kronos’s plan was shocking and I was mesmerized by Pan’s words. I enjoyed battle scenes and loved the end with two surprise visits. Can’t wait to read final book in this series!

Overall, I just loved it! It is perfect book for fans of Greek Mythology, adventure, and witty characters.

Author : Rick Riordan

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5 Women’s Fiction books I recommend on International Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day!!

I have grown to love women’s fiction since last year because books in this genre feels so relatable and realistic. Through these stories we know someone out there must have gone through the same situation and their strength and courage inspires and motivates us to get out of any life situation we feel we never come out of, be it family issue, relationship and married life crisis or love, betrayal, dream, passion… you name it. This genre makes me feel more uplifting than any other genres.

So, on this International Women’s Day, I would like to recommend 5 women’s fiction books you can enjoy that can inspire and motivate all wonderful women out there. I’m sure there are lot many books in this genre but these are from the book I have read.

Here is the list of my personal favorites, in no particular order.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center — (Review) ★★★★★

This was my most favorite novel I read in 2018. It deals with recovery from accident that caused main character Margaret everything, a job, fiance and her dream. It was about the courage, hope, and love. About how to move on in life after losing everything, walk through darkness towards light and joy, how to walk away of grief, grudge and things that are holding you back from being happy. It was utterly motivating, uplifting, and inspiring book that you should read at least once in life.

The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton — (Review) ★★★★★

This book was about main characters’ struggle in married life, coping with recurrent miscarriages, how communication gap and lack of expressing feelings to each other created biggest crack in their life and how they need to say things to each other to save their marriage. It was about about hope, faith, being yourself in relationship, and finding happiness within yourself. It was heart-touching, inspiring and emotional story of Fran and Will.

Husbands and Other Sharp Objects by Marilyn Simon Rothstein — (Review) ★★★★★

I reviewed this book on women’s day last year and I’m mentioning it this year as well. This Marcy story who grows in a real sense almost at the end of her middle age by getting control of your own life, being independent after almost 30 years of marriage, and coming out of ex-husband’s shadow. It’s about her life, family, love, and friendship. It was refreshing, hilarious, entertaining, dramatic, fast paced, clean romance, and relatable relationships with quirky and witty characters.

The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke — (Review) ★★★★★

It was lovely story about Hanna who found her youth and true meaning of life after finding about her husband’s betrayal. The book was about self-discovery, living life free and fully, getting over the betrayal and finding love at least expected time and place. It was light-hearted, entertaining, sweet romantic holiday read.

Finding Joy by Morven-May MacCallum — (Review) ★★★★★

Finding Joy was fictional memoir about Joyce suffering from Lyme disease written by author who fought this illness herself for almost 10 years and wrote with purpose of raising awareness. This book was raw, direct, honest and poignant account of the disease from perspective of patient, her relative, and friend. It was truly inspiring, showing strength and courage of character that can motivate all readers.

This is my most preferable genre after mythic fantasies these days and I wish to read more books, so feel free to recommend your favorites as well.
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The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date : 2013 (first published May 5th 2007)
Publisher : Penguin Club
Read Date : February 12th 2019
Genre : urban Fantasy / Mythology / Middle Grade / YA / Adventure
Stars : 5/5

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…

The Titan’s Curse, third installment in PJO series, revolved around Percy’s quest of rescuing goddess and Annabeth and save the world from the new evil plan of Luke who is now completely under the spell of Kronos. It is about friendship, good vs evil, some immortal family drama, a non stop battle of overthrowing each other and being true hero.

From the blurb only shows how intriguing this book is going to be. Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in danger, prophecy says five should go on quest from long Island west and two shall perish during the quest. Who those two are?

It started with discovery of 2 strong half-bloods, a fight with spike throwing half Lion and half human monster, riding back on sun chariot with some not-so-friendly young eternal maidens, and as always some terrifying nightmares that force them to go on deadly quest. Things got really exciting when we get to know Thalia might be a prophecy as she was going to turn 16 in few days.

I felt like a teen jumping with excitement when I started this book. This third book was much better and more entertaining than first two. Adventure, prophecy, humor, Percy’s sassy and witty nature, twist and turns everything goes one level up. Oh and loved the writing. Did I mention before how interesting titles of this book are? ‘I Break A Few Rocket Ships’, ‘I Wrestle Santa’s Evil Twin’, ‘We Meet Dragon Of Eternal Bad Breath’… Not just this but all books in series has catchy titles.

This time Percy deals with insecurity because of all attention going to Zeus’s daughter Thalia, being a second famous hero as Thalia is senior in experience, even though she was a tree; his confusion about his feeling for Annabeth, uneasiness on prospect of Annabeth joining hunters, grief on losing her, missing his half-brother and father, feeling angry because of his rash decision and sad as everyone considered Thalia over him. All his emotions felt realistic. As book progressed he turned out better like previous books. He got over his feelings and looked at the present situation more maturely and fought bravely side by side with his friends against their common enemy. And Percy gets to know about his fatal flaw in the end, I loved that part most in the book.

Luck was creative villain who came up with another new strategy with one goal overthrowing Olympians and ruling the world godless with treacherous Titans. Thalia surprised me by showing hopes for Luck and also made me anxious when they came face to face in climax. There was a moment when I thought she would consider joining him and his evil plan. But I liked the decision she made in the end. It was brave and really admiring. It shows readers how tempting the taste of power can be and how much strength one needs to fight it.

Thalia and Percy made deadly combination. I so much missed Annabeth in whole book and when we met her again in climax, it was such an overwhelming feel.  Oh and her dad was really amazing. We see why Athena fell in love with this smart crazy professor. Grover was as usual amusing but what I liked more was we get to see his satirical power and he was braver than previous book, one step closer to his biggest dream.

Two new strong half-blood we meet in the book were Nico and Bianca. I loved Nico in the beginning. He was sweet child. His awe and excitement on seeing his mythomagic game coming to reality was infectious. Bianca was selfish for making life changing decision and leaving Nico alone to care for himself, but I couldn’t hold grudge after what happened. And hunters were all strong-female-character lover’s dream.

Myth was just fabulous in this book. We get to know about hunters, Zoe’s history with the famous hero and Percy’s blade riptide, the General, Garden of Hesperides, Mountain of despair, doomsday monster; we are also introduced to new and some ancient gods and goddess- Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, Nereus, and Athena (she can be really intimidating, you don’t want on her bad side). Oh I was mesmerized by entry scene of Aphrodite. Author wrote more than perfect description about her. She was definitely most dangerous goddess. Percy feared her more than Ares, so you can imagine what I mean.

End was great. Sad, shocking and I also liked decision of Olympians.
This book was full package of lots of emotions, angst, tense, sad, lovely and awe-inspiring moments with lots of witty humor and twist and turns.
And now I’m desperate to read fourth book in the series. I would love to know more about new mortal character who happens to see through the mist and saved Percy’s life.

Overall, it was just fabulous, super fast paced, Greek mythomagical adventure that readers of MG, YA genre would definitely enjoy.

Author : Rick Riordan

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“Words aren’t made — they grow,’ said Anne.” 

“You must pay the penalty of growing-up, Paul. You must leave fairyland behind you.” 

“Those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths and the natures which enjoy most keenly are those which also suffer most sharply.” 

“That’s one of the things we learn as we grow older — how to forgive. It comes easier at forty than it did at twenty.” 

“Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.” 

“Thank goodness air and salvation are still free…and so is laughter.”

“There’s magic in the words ‘silk’ and ‘lace’, isn’t there?”
“The very sound of them makes me feel like skipping off to dance.”

“Exaggeration is merely a flight of poetic fancy.”

“You don’t know love when you see it. You’ve tricked something out with your imagination that you think love, and you expect the real thing to look like that.” 

“All life lessons are not learned at college,’
‘Life teaches them everywhere.” 

“When you’ve learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn’t, you’ve got wisdom and understanding.” 

“The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be the things lived for; the highest must be sought and followed; the life of heaven must be begun here on earth.”

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Anne of the Island Quotes