The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

In my mission to catch up on Rick Riordan books I have started the Kane Chronicles. As these books came out before the Heroes of Olympus I figured this was the best one to start next.

Carter and Sadie are siblings live apart, Sadie with their grandparents and Carter with their dad. They reunite for a project however pretty soon after it all goes wrong and their dad is taken by a god and the kids end up with powers.

I think because I read 5 PJO books it feels weird to read Riordan’s style with different characters. I wasn’t a massive fan of our two main characters, but maybe that’s because it’s the first book and I haven’t got to know them yet.

I love Egyptian mythology so this was right up my alley, though I have to say I was slightly disappointed , I’m not sure I like how it was done. But again I feel like I can’t quite make a judgement on this.

I wasn’t sure about the way it was set up at first as well as the chapters are told in first person perspective and I think through a tape recorder and its written as if the siblings are taking the mic from each other. I came around to it after a while but it did feel a slight bit juvenile, and I know this is a Middle Grade but still.

Now all these things I’ve said made it seem like I didn’t like the book, which I did, I just wanted a little bit more from it.

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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

I don’t know if there is much for me to say about this book that I haven’t previously said about the novels in this series.

This was a solid finish for the series and I think tied up a few ends of this series to feel like it ended but left some loose too so that you know there is more of the story to tell in the following series in this world.

This whole book is mainly focussed on battles and whilst they were super fast paced and I felt like I was totally in the scene I did occasionally feel like they were a bit too fast paced and things were over quickly. I imagine this is because it’s a middle grade book and Riordan didn’t want to get too bogged down in the details but sometimes I just wanted a little bit more.

I really enjoyed the end of this novel. There was a lot of ways it could have gone that I don’t think I’d have liked but it didn’t. So much came together in such a wonderful way and it made me happy that I finally read the series after having it on my shelf for so damn long.

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The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

I felt like with this novel Riordan really kicked it up a notch for the Percy Jackson series. There was confusion, there was intrigue, and there was so much to it.

I really loved that we see Percy’s relationships with all his friends get so much stronger. You can see pairings that aren’t often put together with the group and it was so nice to see that.

This novel was kind of the first of the series that felt truly fast paced, that I was scared to put down. Throughout the novel you can feel the sense of doom building, knowing the Kronos is rising and that it’s all about to kick off, similar to how it felt in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

I loved the labyrinth and how it linked to the whole world, as a concept it was really interesting and I think will bring a lot of different developments for the rest of a series now that it has been introduced to Percy and the reader.

Percy has really grown up so much and you can see this so much in this novel. He has a lot of contemplative moments and he really has to think and act on great problems that are going to plague the whole world. He deals with a lot of difficult stuff that no kid his age should deal with but he takes it all in stride and I’m really beginning to see why people love him.

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The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – Everything‚Äôs Kicking Off

Annabeth has gone missing and it’s all kicking off. Percy and the newly awoken Thalia need to go find her with some new friends added to the mix.

I liked the change up in this novel of it not being set in the summer, it made it less repetitive. I don’t mind when novels are over the same period just a year later every time but sometimes it can get annoying.

I really enjoyed getting to know a few other demi-gods. For example we meet Thalia, Zoe and Nico who all were really well developed characters.

My one complaint with this book and generally with the PJ books as a whole up to this one is that I sometimes feel like things happen very quickly. The novels are quite short and they are made for 10-12 year olds so it’s totally fine for them to be like that. But sometimes I just wish things would last a little longer. Like some big dramatic scenes or fighting scenes are over pretty quickly, and whilst the threads are all tiedI just want more.

Overall I’m pretty happy with where this book went and I could feel the tone changing between this and the first couple. You can feel like this is the novel where you know it’s going to go pear shaped soon. Kind of like how I felt with the third Harry Potter. There was a slight change to the overall tone and I put this down and was excited to see what was going to happen next.

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Mini Reviews #3

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Oh man I loved reading this. I’m a Star Wars fan, though not to the extent o the people like the ones in this book, so reading this was so fun for me. I’ve never queued for a Star Wars film and I doubt I ever will but I loved reading about the experiences of these characters. I liked that the MC was Vietnamese as well, you don’t read many books with Vietnamese characters, though Rowell hasn’t had a good history with writing Asian characters, see numerous reviews of Eleanor and Park, this one was ok I think. I have however queued for bands so some of this definitely resonated for me.

 

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Princess Saves Herself in this One

Thank you to netgalley and Andrews McMeel publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for a review.

I’m not a massive poetry person, I struggle to understand poetry often but I really liked this collection. It was a 4 star read for me until the last section, there are 4 sections, and the final section just really stood out to me, I cried for a little bit. Now if you don’t like tumblr post style poetry this isn’t for you, there’s a lot of disjointed sentences. I really loved the formatting at times because it was dragged across pages and sometimes there was huge gaps, so it really worked in making you feel things. I would also give a trigger warning for self harm and suicidal thoughts.

 

The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I read these books a few years ago, like 6 maybe, and I genuinely can’t remember any of it but I wanted to read the series and the rest of Riordan’s books so I knew I had to reread them. They’re so much funnier than I remember. I also really struggled with The Sea of Monsters when I read it, that was kind of the beginning of the 5 year slump so reading it now was a much more enjoyable experience. I’ll be writing individual full reviews for the rest of the books in the series as they will be fresh first time reads.

 

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Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

This book was so wonderful. It would’ve been one of my favourite books of the year had it been longer. I desperately wanted to read more after the characters got together but it just ended. The MC is both a trans man and gay so he faces a lot of prejudice in his new work space but his boss is very keen on making sure that everyone treats Kieran with the respect he deserves.

I think because this was own voices it felt all that more authentic and genuine. The experiences the MC faced felt like real life experiences, the things he felt read really well and made me feel even more sad about the way trans people are treated because it gave me insight into the mind of a trans person. Kieran also had to work at a place where he wasn’t out so had to dress as the gender he was assigned at birth and it was interesting to read.

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