Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bookish Awesomeness - Demigods of Olympus App

I found out about this app after reading The Blood of Olympus (because it talked about it at the back of the book.)  I love the Percy Jackson series and I also love choose your own adventure books. This app kind of combines the two and your choices will lead you on your demigod path. The first story is free and the next is like $3. I’m just sad that there’s only two books out so far because I want the story to keep going just to see where it goes. Overall a really cool idea.

Here’s what my Demigod File says:

Rebecca Sharpe
Demigod Status: Confirmed
Descended from: UNKNOWN
Fatal Flaw: UNKNOWN
Last Update: Recently identified;
                         new recruit

Strength: physical strength
Weaknesses: moody, jealous
Identifiers: dark freckle on left eye.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday - Talon

"Waiting On"  Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...  

Talon by Julie Kagawa

* Book will be released October 28, 2014

Check out the description from Goodreads:

"Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons."


I’ve really liked what I’ve read of some of Kagawa’s previous work and can’t wait to see her take on dragons. I love dragons and hope this is an interesting take/addition to the lore/genre.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review - The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Tiny Reverse Vampire’s Opinion

4 out of 5 gnomes

Ahhh, I can’t believe this was the last book of this series. Did I really like this series, well yes. While I liked this last book I didn’t love it like I did The Last Olympian (the last book from the previous series.) I think the previous book was better than this one and I don’t know I think I just wanted more. Saying all that though I know I can’t wait to read Riordan’s next series about the Norse gods.

The original series had a better pace with fewer character points of view but it was still nice to get to see the different points of view.

Everything was so fast paced and yet the book was over before I knew it. Gaea is finally taken out but it also felt like it shouldn't have taken that long for them to figure out that what happened was their only solution.

The Good:

  • All the characters, I really found a reason to like all of the characters even ones I didn’t like so much originally. Take Piper, she really came into her own in this book. Her skills really improved.
  • I do like knowing everybody’s fate and inferring how it turns out for everyone.
  • Reyna and Nico were my favorites of this book.
  • I could read a whole book just about her, her sister, and the Amazons.
  • The trio of Reyna, Nico, and Coach Hedge is pretty darn formidable and made their chapters awesome.
  • Nico is a real star in this book too.

The Bad:

  • Percy and Annabeth really should have had at least one point of view chapter, I know they had a lot in the last book but come on the whole series is pretty much based on Percy.
  • As Tiny Reverse Vampire reminded me she really missed not having any Frank POV chapters. I think it’s weird too because Frank was kind of made out to be a very important character but then...not much.
  • I really wanted more answers especially at the end.
  • Events were telegraphed just a tad too much, I think I wanted more danger.

The Stuff I Still Want to See:

  • I think I just want more history about what becomes of these characters.
  • Awaiting the short story about what becomes of Leo.


My feelings about this book are a bit crazy and all over the place. I still had to smile at the end that most of the characters got especially the last chapter. A series well worth reading that if you like mythology you should definitely check out.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sentence Sneak Peek - The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The first sentence from each chapter of The Blood of Olympus, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“JASON HATED BEING OLD.”

“NATURALLY, the situation was worse than Jason expected.

“SOMEHOW HE KNEW HER.”

“THE FIGHT WAS GOING GREATuntil he got stabbed.

“DIVE-BOMBING A VOLCANO was not on Reyna’s bucket list.

“MOST OF THE TIME, Reyna could control her nightmares.

“THE HORDES HAD ARRIVED”

“THERE ARE TOO MANY OF THEM.”

“LEO DIDN’T WANT TO COME OUT OF THE WALL.”

“SMART CALL BACK THERE,” Percy said, “choosing the air-conditioning.”

“THE GOLD WINGS WERE OVERKILL.”

“TWO MINUTES WASN’T NEARLY ENOUGH TIME.”

“THE LAST THING NICO HEARD was Coach Hedge grumbling, “Well, this isn’t good.

“NICO SAT UP SO QUICKLY he head-butted the satyr in the nose.

“WOLVES?”

“YOU’RE NOT ORION,” NICO BLURTED.”

“PIPER COULDN’T BELIEVE how hard it was to find deadly poison.

“PIPER DIDN’T WANT TO get yelled at by a three-legged table.

“WHEN SHE RECOUNTED her dream for Percy, the ship’s toilets exploded.

“PIPER KNEW FEAR, BUT THIS WAS DIFFERENT.”

“AT LEAST THEY DIDN’T END UP ON ANOTHER CRUISE SHIP.”

“THE ANSWER CAME TO HER before she was fully conscious.

“REYNA’S FEELINGS WEREN’T SO MUCH MIXED.

“REYNA REACHED FOR HER SWORDthen realized she didn’t have one.

“JASON ROSE FROM HIS DEATHBED so he could drown with the rest of the crew.

“JASON SAW TWO OPTIONS: FIGHT OR TALK.”

“JASON HATED BASILISKS.”

“POISON IS A NASTY HABIT.”

“GIVEN A CHOICE between death and the Buford Zippy Mart, Nico would’ve had a tough time deciding.

“COACH HEDGE CHOSE THAT MOMENT to burst into the clearing, waving a paper airplane and yelling, “Good news, everyone!

“LATER, THEY TOLD HIM WHAT HAPPENED.”

THREE DAYS?

“TYPICAL.”

“A BARGAIN.”

“LEO SPOTTED THE SECRET ENTRANCE IMMEDIATELY.”

“AT THE END OF THE HALL stood a walnut door with a bronze plaque:
ASCLEPIUS
MD, DMD, DME, DC, DVS, FAAN, OMG, EMT, TTYL, FRCP, ME, IOU, OD, OT, PHARMD, BAMF, RN, PHD, INC., SMH
There may have been more acronyms in the list, but by that point Leo’s brain had exploded.

“TURN BACK!”

“REYNA HAD NEVER BEEN SO GLAD to see a Cyclops, at least until Tyson set them down and wheeled on Leila and Dakota.

“I WOULDN’T MOVE, PRAETOR!”

“NO TIME FOR ENJOYING HER VICTORY OVER ORION.”

“PIPER WASN’T SURPRISED when the snake people arrived.

“PIPER’S DAD USED TO SAY that being in the airport didn’t count as visiting a city.

“PIPER WATCHED IN HORROR as the giant king rose to his full height—almost as tall as the temple columns.

“FOR THE NEXT THREE MINUTES, LIFE WAS GREAT.”

“ABOUT FIVE MILES EAST OF CAMP, a black SUV was parked on the beach.

“THEY MADE IT TO THE FIRST ONAGER just as chaos broke loose in the legion.

“NICO WASN’T SURE whether to kick himself or Will Solace.

“NICO WANTED TO YELL: Time out!

“JASON HAD HEARD OF someone’s life flashing before his eyes.

“NOTHING WAS LEFT OF THE GIANTS except heaps of ash, a few spears, and some burning dreadlocks.

“SO MUCH FOR A TENDER FAREWELL.”

“AS SOON AS GAEA ACHIEVED LIFTOFF, the ground solidified.

“NICO HAD WITNESSED MANY FORMS OF DEATH.”

“THE NEXT DAY, THERE WEREN’T MANY ANSWERS.”

“THAT NIGHT, NICO SLEPT IN THE HADES CABIN.”

“AT DAWN, HE WAS STILL AWAKE when someone rapped at the door.

“PIPER WISHED SHE COULD CHARM HERSELF TO SLEEP.”

LEO WAS DEAD.”

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Top 5 Sundays - Most Awaited Books {2nd Half 2014} Part II

This feature was thought up by the awesome Larissa & Friends’ Bookish Life
Rules:

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Features image
4 - After you've finished your post, add your link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)    


Most Awaited Books {2nd Half 2014} Part II

I’ve been waiting rather impatiently for all of these books. :)






Friday, October 17, 2014

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - The Blood of Olympus

“Piper didn’t look dangerous, but if the need arose, she could dual-wield Celestial bronze blades or shoot her enemies in the face with ripe mangoes.”

“You can’t choose your parentage. But you can choose your legacy.”

“He wasn’t going to let anyone break his family apart.”

“And flash him!” Annabeth’s face reddened. “That came out wrong. But yeah, good idea.”

“What happened in Albania would stay in Albania.”

“At least the statue didn’t rumble, “DIE, UNBELIEVERS!” and zap the mortals to dust.”

“Around the camp, Coach Hedge had rigged all sorts of trip wires, snares, and oversized moustraps that wouldn’t stop any self-respecting monster, but they might very well bring down a senior citizen.”

“Hey, I’m a Poseidon kid,” he said. “I can’t drown. And neither can my pancakes.”

“They were cheesy and corny—two of his favorite qualities.”

“I’m awesome! Do I win a leaf hat now?”

“My children are so rarely happy. I… I would like to see you be an exception.”

“Then perhaps we are alike in some important ways.”

“Climb, ya silly non-goats! Hedge yelled.”

“Let it scare you. Trust that it’ll be okay anyway.”

“Thalia looked more like the girl who robbed all-American boys at knifepoint in an alley.”

“Are—are you trying to plant me? he murmured.”

“We have come to save you. Hooray for us!”

“You should have to make someone’s heart whole. That was a much better test.”

“Jason decided that there was nothing in the world scarier than a gang of bat-wielding grannies.”

Getting a second life is one thing. Making it a better life, that’s the trick.”

“Good. So you may be dense, but you’re not an idiot.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Question of the Week - What did you think of the last Heroes of Olympus book?

I personally loved about 90 percent of it, the final battle was awesome yet kind of a letdown because the final solution was kind of telegraphed before hand. Saying that though I still like the endings that you see for the characters/what you can infer their lives might end up like. I just wish the last chapter had been elaborated on more and well when it ended I was looking for more story...