THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan | Review

Title: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Book #: 5 in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series

Publication: January 2011, by Disney Hyperion Books

Pages: 381

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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.

In this momentous final book in the “New York Times” best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.” 

Review

The 5th and final book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!

In this book we finally read about the final battle between the Gods of Olympus and the Titans! The prophecy we’ve been hearing about since the first book of the series is finally being fulfilled and many of the questions that were formed in the previous books are finding an answer.

This final book of the amazing Percy Jackson series is really full of action! For me that was both possitive and negative. I liked the action and it made me turn the pages faster, but I really missed the more calm days (not that there were a lot of them in this series) as well as the half-blood camp.

Generally, though, I really did enjoy this book (as all the others in this series) and I actually think that it could be a bit larger. I would definitely enjoy reading about some things in more detail, or having a few extra pages in the ending of the book!

First Line

“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”

Recommend it for…

  • Adventure lovers
  • Middleschool readers
  • Greek mythology fans
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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

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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.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

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

Review

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

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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.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

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

“He’s the sun god,” I said.

“That’s not what I meant.” 

Review

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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