CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas | Review

Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Book #: 2 in the “Throne of Glass” series
Genres: Young AdultFantasy
Publication: August 2013, by Bloomsburry Childrens
Pages: 418
Author’s Website and Twitter
Source: purchased
Format: paperback
Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)


Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen | Review

Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author:  Jane Austen
Book #: Standalone
Genres: Classic, Romance
Publication: August 2009, by Penguin Classics
Pages: 339
Source: borrowed
Format: paperback
Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas | Review

Title: Throne of Glass 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Book #: 1 in the “Throne of Glass” series
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: August 2012, by Bloomsbury
Pages: 404
Author’s Website and Twitter
Source: purchased
Format: paperback
Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)


Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini | Review

Title: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Book #: Standalone

Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction

Publication: April 2004, by Riverhead Book

Pages: 372

Author’s Website

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini’s deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land.

Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir’s closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with “a face like a Chinese doll” was the son of Amir’s father’s servant and a member of Afghanistan’s despised Hazara minority.

But in 1975, on the day of Kabul’s annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.

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“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”


So, I knew that this book has received a gazillion positive reviews, everyone loves it and it has 4.20 stars on goodreads. Still, I had it on my shelves since my birthday on 2009 when my mother had given it to me as a present saying that it was the best book she’d ever read. And I left it on my shelf for 4 years. 4 whole years it was sitting on my shelf and I didn’t even care about it. Why am I telling you this? Just to show you that I was almost positive I wasn’t going to like this book. Why? I don’t f-ing know! I thought it was going to be a melodramatic (which it was), heavy (which it also was) and boring (which it wasn’t AT ALL) story.

The story of two boys, two friends whom life brings apart. I never thought this could make for such a book. Touching. Sad. But also motivational and hopeful. This book was everything I didn’t expect it to be. It blew me away and it’s a book I will remember for a long time.

The highlight of this book is definitely the author. His writing style. His talent. Above all I admire his ability to write all these things, that must include a lot of personal experiences and trigger many feelings, with such political neutrality. There wasn’t any point in the book where I could feel the author taking a stand. Choosing who the good and who the bad guys are. It must take a great deal of strength to be able to do that. To be able to write about something that has affected your own life so much and still watch it as if you’re on the outside, looking in. I can’t do anything, but admire such strength and self-control.

It’s one of few books that made me feel all these kinds of different emotions and all of them very intensely. So here’s how I feel after having read the book:

I am angry.
Because of all the injustice. Because of everything that shouldn’t be happening, but still happens. Because of everything that people among us have to go through. Because it’s not fair.

I am horrified.
By everything that humans are capable of doing. Being capable of hurting so many people just to achieve a certain goal – usually money. Being willing to destroy thousands of lives, children, families, just to earn more money. And, what’s even more scary, being capable of transforming all those things under the mask of “the greater good” or even “self-protection”. It’s unbelievable how far humans can go.

I am sad.
Of all the things that can tear two people apart. Nationality differences. Skin-color differences. Religion differences. Why do all of these even exist?

I am in awe.
Of the author. Of his writing style. Of how he managed to make everything seem so real. To describe everything in such detail without making the story boring. To be able to use such long narrations and monologues, but keep the story direct and alive. He has an incredible talent.

I am moved.
By everything that is happening in this book. It’s happening all around us in the real world and we just choose to close our eyes to it. Even though the story is so sad and could even be described as depressing, I feel motivated.

I am hopeful.

I am different.
I feel like this book has changed me. I feel like it’s my responsibility to do something. To change something. To help someone.

I don’t what else there is left to say. I hope I convinced at least one of you to read this book. It’s something I truly believe everyone should read and everyone would be able to admire and respect.

If there is one phrase that will stick with me for a long, long time it’s this:

“Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul.”

First Line

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read.
A powerful story and a beautifully written book.
The power to forgive, forget and move on could not have been depicted any better. 

Recommend it for…

  • Everyone over the age of maybe 15, due to violent content.

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WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee | Review

 Title: World After

Author: Susan Ee

Book #: 2 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” series

Genres: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Paranormal

Publication: November 2013, by Hoddor and Stoughton

Pages: 439

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Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

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“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women – Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”


I freaking love this series! Seriously! It’s now definitely on my favorites list. It has everything, from a fast pace, to an interesting storyline, to an amazing love interest and all of it written in an extremely fascinating and capturing way. I could not put this second book down.

But first things first. World After starts exactly at that moment where Angelfall ended. Exactly at that moment. Like 2 minutes after Angelfall’s ending. That threw me a bit off in the beginning, as I had finished Angelfall a few months ago and didn’t 100% remember exactly at what point of the story we were left. I got over it a few pages later, though, and after that had no problem orienting myself and getting back into the story. The positive side of that was that we were thrown back into the middle of action again.

If you thought the first book was fast paced and action packed, you have seen nothing yet. The second has much more fighting scenes, terrifying creatures and anguishing moments. It also has a lot of gore. Like, really a lot of it. Those creatures that I mentioned? They are described in every detail, as is every fight scene and knife-cutting-through-flesh moment. If you are not really into that, then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. I, however, had no problem with it. Okay, maybe it wasn’t my favorite part of the book, reading how exactly a person looked with parts of his/her body missing, but it definitely added to the story. I can’t imagine reading this exact story without all those gory details, it would be too different.

I really liked where the story went and by the end of the book I could start seeing some mysteries getting unfolded, though not yet completely. I also liked seeing more of Penryn’s sister, Paige, as she was completely absent in the first book. We can now get to know her a little better, or rather get to know the new Paige after the whole cutting and stitching and monster-izing procedure happened to her. She’s quite different now, but still the dynamics between her, Penryn and their mother are very strong. Speaking of which, I loved that we had a few moments with the girls’ mom. I always thought she added a creepy, yet fantastic edge to the whole story. Definitely looking forward to reading more scenes that involve her!

The one thing I was a bit disappointed about, was that there was not a lot of Raffe! The witty little dialogs between him and Penryn had been my favorite part of the first book and we didn’t get enough of them in the second. I’m also very excited to finally start seeing some romantic action between those two! I ship them so much! I do like that the relationship is going slowly, because it actually makes sense if you think about the whole “forbidden” thing and all, but I can’t help but want to see those two together as soon as possible! That being said I have to admit that I didn’t REALLY mind him not being there, just because there were a million other things happening to keep me busy. So that’s a huge thumbs up for the writer for making me love the story even without Raffe in it (who is actually my favorite part of the book).

But, we do get at least some smartass dialog towards the end of the book that honestly made me laugh out loud. I was seriously sitting on my sofa, reading the book and laughing all by myself. Thank you so much dear Susan Ee for making this book so funny and pleasurable and un-put-downable and awesome-tastic! I cannot wait for the third book to come out! I seriously cannot wait!

First Line

Everyone thinks I’m dead.

Mini Review

A perfect sequel to the first book
Love where the story is going and how some mysteries are getting unfolded.
Would have loved to have some more Raffe scenes!

Recommend it for…

  • a fast paced, action packed read
  • people who don’t mind gore

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INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows | Review

Title: Incarnate

Author: Jodi Meadows

Book #: 1 in the “Newsoul” trilogy

Genres: Young adult, Dystopian

Publication: January 2012, by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 374

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: comhbine_images

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

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“Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.”


The first thing that caught my attention in this book was of course the cover. I really love the colors of this cover and then I also heard a few people mention it and saying that it’s really good, so that’s why I decided to read it. Having read the book I can now say that the story is even more beautiful than the cover (What?). Yes! It was absolutely fantastic

The world of Incarnate is really original. I have read a lot of dystopians in the past month, but nothing quite like this. The world building is so amazing. I didn’t have any questions from the beginning. Maybe because the world was also new to Ana, we would always have the same thoughts and she asked the same questions as I would if I were in this situation. Thanks to Jodi Meadows I had a blast discovering this new world with Ana.

I really liked Ana. The first thing that made me think “Oh my God, yes! Finally!”, was the fact that she is 18 years old in the beginning of the book, instead of the YA-typical age of 16. I’m just kind of tired of reading about 16-year-olds. If I can mention one little thing that was a bit off for me, it was that I felt like I missed a couple of things from the evolution of her character. In the beginning she was so scared of everything and felt like she couldn’t trust anybody. She would get scared and just automatically assume that everything everyone did was either to harm her, or to just get something out of her. Then she slowly started trusting Sam (the love interest) and suddenly she was more open to everyone. I guess it can be normal that when you open yourself up to one person it then becomes easier to do the same with others, but still. I kind of feel like I missed a few things.
Nevertheless, I really loved her character and I think it’s the kind of character that everyone can relate to. Everyone feels like they’re different in one way or the other and I know I have felt like no one really understand me at times (especially when I was a teenager!).

Another thing I loved was the lack of any teen angst! Finally! A book about a mature young girl that doesn’t involve her being all about guys or having any friends that are all about guys etc. Not that I don’t like those books, but this was such a refreshing break from all that drama. I wish there were more young adult books like this one out there!

Sam is the cutest thing ever. It’s actually been a long time since I last read a book where the love interest is just a genuinely nice guy. Because I think that is exactly what describes Sam best. He was a really good guy that cared about Ana and was not being a jerk, was not a “bad boy” and was not always making witty, snarky comments.

I also loved the relationship between Ana and Sam and especially the passion they shared for music. It was just incredible to read about how much Ana loved music, it was like she was breathing it. Which made me feel like I was listening to a song and the pictures I created in my head while reading this book were all full of music and dancing and colors! It was just incredible.

Another little thing I loved about this book was the butterfly theme. It’s on the actual cover of the book, on the cover of the hardback version, in the beginning of every chapter, at some points inside the book and it also plays a role in the story. It was just an extra something that made me love the book even more!

 Incarnate Incarnate

Thank you to Jodi Meadows for creating this amazing story! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

First Line

I wasn’t reborn.

Mini Review

An amazing story!
I fell in love with Sam, he was sooo cute!
Ana is such a sweet and relatable character.
You should definitely read this book!

Recommend it for…

  • Everyone wanting to read an original dystopian book
  • Everyone who wants to read a different young adult book


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PIVOT POINT by Kasie West | Review

Title: Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West

Book #: 1 in the “Pivot Point” series

Publication: February 2013 by HarperTeen

Pages: 343

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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“I want you to choose me,
Addie,” he whispers. “I want this to be real.”


This book… THIS BOOK! This book is freaking AMAZING!

First thing that I loved about this book, was that the story was completely original. I mean really… how often does that happen? A girl who can see two different aspects of the future, two paths so to say, and can then choose which one she wants to follow. Wouldn’t that make all of our lives easier? Well apparently not, because as is stated in the synopsis: “Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…”. After reading this book I can say with certainty that it sure as hell doesn’t!

This storyline definitely makes the narration of the story a bit tricky, but Kasie West did an awesome job with the world-building and story-telling, so that the book isn’t at all confusing and as a reader I could always understand what was going on.

The characters were all very interesting. Addie, the main character, is someone I feel a lot of girls can relate to. I know I did. She feels very real and her thoughts are always very “logical” if that makes sense; I mean that she thinks the same way a real person would and has the logical thoughts and reactions about things. Plus she loves books and that’s something all of us can relate to, right? As for the love interest, at first I wasn’t really paying attention to him that much, but I gradually started liking him and now our relationship has moved to the point where I can say I’m in love with him!

I also loved the pacing of the story! It was not really “action-packed”, but it kept a consistent pace that had me turning the pages one after the other and ended up finishing the book in one day, something that I very rarely do.

And just when I thought I had everything figured out, at the very last page:

What just happened? I need the sequel NOW!

And one last thing, even though it’s probably clear by now: you have to BUY this book! Or borrow it from the library. Just find a way to get your hands on it!

First Line

“Heads up,” a loud voice called from my right.

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ANGELFALL by Susan Ee | Review

Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Book #: 1 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” trilogy

Publication: May 2013 by Hodder and Stoughton

Pages: 325

Author’s Website

Rating: comhbine_images

It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…

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“Oh, please. Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon, you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two tress. And then, I’ll have to rescue you.” I give him a weary look. “Again.” 


What can I really say about this book…

It got my attention from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the very last one! The plot, the characters, the dialogs, everything was absolutely flawless.

The book started off in the middle of action and continued being full of action throughout the whole story. There was really nothing I felt was missing from this book. I was also always having a clear picture in my head of everything that I was reading. So it felt kinda like reading a movie script and I hope it gets turned into a movie someday. The only thing that annoyed me a bit is that it became a little too gross at some point towards the end, but that was really just a minor problem.

I loved almost every character of this book. My top two favorites would have to be Penryn, the main character, and her mother. Penryn is very strong female character, always ready to take action and practically taking care of her mother and little sister. Her mother is really a very interesting character. She is suffering from some sort of mental disease and she thinks that demons are talking to her and making her do things. Of course with this kind of book one can never be sure if she really is crazy, or if everything she is imagining is really true. She is mainly the thing that makes this book so creepy and dark at times.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book were the dialogs between Penryn and Raffe, the angel. They were witty, clever, simply fantastic! Instead of trying to explain them, here are a couple of examples:

Penryn: “Here, I’ll show you how to use it. Let me see your foot.”

Raffe: “That’s a pretty intimate demand in the angel world. It usually takes dinner, some wine, and sparkling conversation for me to give up my feet.” 

 Raffe: “I never kid about my warrior demigod status.” 
Penryn: “Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.” 

One of the best books I’ve read this year! I’m looking forward to the sequel coming out this fall and any other book by Susan Ee. Really, just one of a kind! And I’m not even a fan of angel books.

First Line

“Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious.”

Recommend it for…

  • Angel lovers
  • Anyone who wants to read something fast-paced, with action, witty dialogs and a bit of romance
  • Fans of the Tv show “Supernatural”
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THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRITH by Rick Riordan | Review

Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Author: Rick Riordan

Book #: 4 in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series

Publication: April 2009 by Disney Hyperion Books

Pages: 361

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: comhbine_images

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

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“You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed.”


These books keep getting better and better!!!

Also they keep reminding me more and more of Harry Potter. There was a part in this book, where they had to follow a spider to go somewhere and it felt like complete deja vu! If you remember Harry and Ron had to follow the spiders in Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets. This doesn’t bother me at all though, as I do believe that the story also has many original parts and everyone gets their inspiration from somewhere right? Not saying that Rick Riordan is a Harry Potter fan, because I have no idea if he is, but if he isn’t it’s a pretty big coincidence…

My favorite thing about this book was how much Percy’s character grew and evolved. I felt like he went from being a child to being a teenager. He started taking his own decisions in this book (more than in the previous books) and I felt like I got to know him much better. His powers as a demigod are also starting to grow along with him, and he seems to understand them and be able to use them.

All in all I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m looking forward to reading the 5th and final book of this series!

First Line

“The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school.”

Recommend it for…

  • Harry Potter fans
  • Adventure lovers
  • Fans of middle school books
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THE TITAN’S CURSE by Rick Riordan | Review

Title: The Titan’s Curse

Author: Rick Riordan

Book #: 3 in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series

Publication: April 2008 by Disney Hyperion Books

Pages: 312

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: comhbine_images

When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he’ll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom.

The demigods reace to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.

Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge yet—the chilling prophecy of the Titan’s curse.

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“Wow,” Thalia muttered. “Apollo is hot.” 

“He’s the sun god,” I said.

“That’s not what I meant.” 


The third book of the Percy Jackson series and in my opinion the best so far!

The beginning of the book was a bit abrupt. Even though I read the second book a few weeks ago, I felt like I was lost. Thalia is suddenly a part of the group without any explanations about what happened after she became a person again. I found myself wondering if this was the third book, or if by mistake I picked up the fourth and that was why I couldn’t understand the beginning. But no, this is definitely the third book. There’s just a huge gap between this and the second one.

Even though Annabeth doesn’t play such a big role in this book as in the previous ones, I just realised how much I like her. I guess you have to lose something to understand it’s value. She reminds me a lot of Hermione from the Harry Potter series. The smart one who always has a witty comment to make. Thalia, on the other hand is not a character I enjoy. She acts like she knows better than everyone and always wants to be in charge. Everyone seems to like her, respect her opinion and treat her like she, as the daughter of Zeus, is the strongest one of the Demigods. For some reason, though I disliked her for the most part of the book.

First Line

The Friday before winter break, my mon packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons, and took me to a new boarding school.

Recommend it for…

  • anyone who likes middleschool books
  • adventure lovers
  • Harry Potter fans
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