Book Review: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)

Name: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Number of Pages: 528 in Hardcover
Published: October 7, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology, Adventure

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“Though the Greek and Roman crew members 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.”

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I can say composing this review is bittersweet. Have you ever felt like that when your favorite series finally ends? Oh I bet we all did. All. The. Time. After a long week of juggling work and reading this book, finally, I’ve finished it and I’m feeling mixed emotions, I feel for the Gods’ schizo mania.

So much for my review’s introduction. Well, I must admit I got a little disappointed when I’ve scanned the chapters and didn’t find Percy and Annabeth’s name on it. I figured Percy Jackson and the Olympians starred Percy and Annabeth and The Heroes of Olympus starred Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico and Leo. Continue reading

Teaser Tuesday #14

I’ve decided to join this ’cause I think it’s pretty fun and easy. Plus I really want to quote smart retorts, full blown bullying, words of wisdom, swoon worthy lines and the like without giving much to readers about the entire book. A quote or two won’t hurt I guess. So this is how you do it:

  1. Grab your current read.
  2. Randomly open a page.
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is for this week’s Teaser Tuesday:

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus)

by Rick Riordan

“He looked at the silver pocketknife in his hand. An idea came to him – possibly the stupidest, craziest idea he’d had since he thought, “Hey, I’ll get Percy to swim in the River Styx! He’ll love me for that!””

“Every time Leo thought about that he wanted to punch Percy in the face. Leo kept thinking he should bring it up, just to clear the air, but the timing never seemed right. And, as the days went by, the subject got harder and harder to broach.”

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As you’ve noticed, I’m still reading this book and it has been a week I believe. Screw my work schedule! Anyway, you could share some teasers on your current read too. Comment the link of your own Teaser Tuesday so I can check it out and have an idea of amazing books that I would want to read.

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Teaser Tuesdays (TT) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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Book Beginning #1: The Blood Of Olympus

Book Beginnings on FridaysBook Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader, where we share the first sentence (or so) of the books we are reading, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I’ve recently stumbled upon this meme and it looks fun and easy so here’s my first post 😀

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Name: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Number of Pages: 528 in Hardcover
Published: October 7, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology, Adventure

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“Jason hate being old. His joints hurt. His legs shook. As he tried to climb the hill, his lungs rattled like a box of rocks. He couldn’t see his face, thank goodness, but his fingers were gnarled and bony. Bulging blue veins webbed the backs of his hands.
He even had that old man smell — mothballs and chicken soup. How was that possible?
He’d gone from sixteen to seventy-five in a matter of seconds, but the old man smell happened instantly, like BOOM! Congratulations! You stink!”

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Yeah. I know. This is not nearly “First sentence (or so)”. First paragraph, perhaps. I couldn’t help it. If I could just copy the whole book here. Why not? LOL. Anyway, initial thoughts. Hmm.. When I’ve read this, I immediately felt worried about Jason and really thinking “What on Earth Mother happened to him?”. Continue reading

Happy Birthday The Blood of Olympus! ♥

Currently Reading #23

It’s the 7th of October for God’s sake! Oh. God. Oh. God. I have it! AT LAST! I’m so excited and I can’t believe it. Okay. I’m hyperventilating or perhaps just exaggerating. LOL! Sorry. I have to set aside Winterspell for this. I’ve waited for this for ages and there’s no way I’m not reading it now. 😀

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)Name: The Blood of Olympus
Author:
Rick Riordan
Number of Pages:
528 in Hardcover
Published:
October 7, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre:
Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology, Adventure

Goodreads

“Though the Greek and Roman crew members 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.”

I’ve excitedly turned the pages, found this and nearly fainted..

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Tour Dates + Chapter One: The Blood of Olympus

Since it’s still a long wait until Blood of Olympus would come out, I decided to post this for the sake of those fans who unfortunately didn’t hear about this yet.

Jaraaaaannnnn! Chapter One of The Blood of Olympus in Jason’s point of view. ENJOY!

This just made me more excited. I hope I could have an advance reading copy. Hi Disney-Hyperion! 😀

Anyway, Uncle Rick has announced his tour dates. Check it out..

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Boston/Cambridge-Brookline, MA

Event hosted by:
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
617-491-2220

Location of event:
Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-277-6610
Showtime:
7:00 PM ET

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Book Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.’ So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. ‘If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.’ Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.

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My my my.. Uncle Rick did it again. Honestly, I’ve read tons of books about mythology and despite of loving the idea, a reader would need a lot of patience on a regular myth book since most of them are confusing. This book made mythology an easy read and not just easy, it’s so freaking hilarious. I can’t remember how many times I literally laugh out loud. I really love the book. The illustrations are so gorgeous. Kudos to John Rocco! His illustrations are so well done. He is one brilliant artist!

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