Hey, guys! I am super excited to be a part of the launch for the final book in Raye Wagner’s fantastic Sphinx series! Fates and Furies will definitely mess with your feels, rock your world, and take you on a roller coaster ride you will not want to leave. My review will be up soon, but it is just so exciting to be working with Raye again, and I am super excited to be a part of the launch of her very first blog tour! So let’s get into it.
Hope escaped the Underworld with her life, but her memories are as blank as the Book of the Fates she brought back. Still determined to break the curse, she and Xan take an offering to the Olympian temple to solicit the goddess Artemis for aid. But the petition has disastrous results, and now the gods are hunting her.
Athan sacrificed everything for Hope, but she’s leaving him behind to travel with Xan to Mount Olympus. But the closer they get, the more Athan’s mortality becomes a liability. Forced to seek refuge in mists and darkness, Athan tangles with deities that weave the very threads of fate. But these goddesses also wield the immortal blades that lay ruin to destinies.
With everyone she loves damaged or destroyed by the blood of Olympus, Hope must face the power of the past to change the fate of the future…
About Raye Wagner:
Raye Wagner grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by chaos, and escaped the mayhem by reading.
Raye studied the art of medicine long before she had an interest in the Gods on Mount Olympus.
One sunny afternoon, the history of Apollo’s ancient curse and the myth of the Sphinx dropped into Raye’s consciousness. She started scribbling notes down after her sister convinced her the story was worth writing.
She writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.
And there you have it! That was my post for the Fates and Furies Blog Tour! What is your favorite book/series involving Greek mythology? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to come at you with a review of the companion novella to the Sphinx series, which just released on April 27, and that is Son of War by Raye Wagner. Raye did send me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, but as always, all thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own. But this is very short, so I flew through this, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected to. This had been on my radar for a while since I am such a big fan of the Sphinx series, and I am so happy I got the chance to read this. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!
“Demigods were meant to be the heroes of Olympus. . .
Xan was trained by his father Ares to be ruthless and lethal. As a kynigόs, he spends his time hunting monsters that prey on naïve mortals and foolish demigods. When the arrogant sons of Apollo tag along on a routine assignment, an easy kill turns deadly.
Forced to recuperate at a conservatory, Xan is surrounded by the abuse and selfishness of the resident demigods. All he wants is to escape.
Xan may be the son of the god of war, but his fighting skills are no match for the destiny the Fates have woven for him.”
While this was fairly short (only 75 pages), I ended up really enjoying this. I never even thought about it, but there were a few missing stories, if you will, from the Sphinx series in regards to my favorite character in the series, Xan. We never really knew why he was the way he was prior to meeting Hope. We never really received insight into his background before Hope entered his life, and while this novella does not answer every single question I have about him, it does shed light on a lot of things that I have been wondering about ever since we met Xan in Demigods and Monsters.
One thing I really enjoyed about this novella was the insight into the characters we see in the Sphinx series, particularly in Demigods and Monsters. If you remember, Obelia was a character whom I despised in that book. God, I could have choked her. But seeing her as young and still completely enamored with Athan, she actually was a character I didn’t hate. She was young, naive, and still learning the ropes of being a demigod. We really get to see her before the stain of how Athan played her really taints who she is, and I ended up really enjoying that insight into her character.
Nothing has changed with the sons of Apollo. I still fucking hate them. They are still assholes. They are still idiots. And what they did to try to sabotage Xan’s standing as a hunter, that just pissed me off. But I really can’t complain because that indirectly resulted in Hope and Xan crossing paths with Hope, and as many of you know, I am a hardcore Xan shipper. So like I still hate them for what they did and just them in general, but their actions resulted in one of my all time favorite OTPs. So I can’t complain.
I just need to talk about Dahlia. I loved her in the Sphinx series, and I love her in this companion novella. She cared about Xan so much, but she also really cared about the conservatory and the demigods that really needed good training, and that really came across well in the story. She was also sassy, and just really three dimensions and dynamic, and I ended up really enjoying her character.
The backstory with Xan really helped me to understand how he got to where he is, I think. We got to see what Athan was talking about as well as the other demigods who knew that his whole purpose was to hunt monsters, and he ended up falling in love with one. They never believed it, couldn’t believe it, and that just really shows how knowing Hope has changed him for the better. She has changed his perspective on monsters, and this just really helped solidify that because we actually saw what he was like pre-Hope. He just had no interest in helping other demigods. His entire reason for existing was hunting and killing monsters, and because of certain circumstances, we saw him grow as a character by the end of the novel, which was really satisfying to see.
Overall, this was a rocking fantastic novella, and I really enjoyed it. I loved all of the insight into Xan and the other characters we got, and I am so glad we got to learn more things about him and his past. It was just a lot of fun to see what he was like before he met Hope. I loved the story line, the characters, and the writing. I just really, thoroughly enjoyed this!
And there you have it! That was my review of Son of War by Raye Wagner. What’s your favorite mythology? (Greek, Roman, etc.) Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
Hey, guys! Its that time of year again. We finally got the third installment in the Sphinx series and I really enjoyed it. I don’t think it was my favorite in the series, but I still really liked it, and I think that the next book will rock my socks off. I am working with the author on this post, but all of my opinions are my own and I was not paid to read or review the book. You should also know that while this review does not spoil Myths of Immortality, it will spoil Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters, so if you don’t want to know what happens in those books, I suggest you read those books and then come back and we can discuss the third one in non-spoilery detail. So goodbye for now! But let’s just go ahead and get into the review!
“In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.
Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.
Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.”
I really enjoyed this book. I do feel like most of it was just filler, though it was mostly the first half that was filler. It was really difficult for me to make it through the first half because it is very slow and not much happens. The second half, however, is a completely different story. A whole lot happens in the second half. There is action, suspense, and twists and turns and emotional moments, and that is what really made me enjoy this book so much. This definitely is not my favorite in the series, but it was still very good and sets up the next book pretty well.
There is so much character development throughout the novel, and it was interesting to see the dynamic between Athan and Xan and then who Hope is when she isn’t around Athan. We really got to see the relationships between the characters and their different dynamics. We got to see the real love between Athan and his father, Hermes, who can still be an asshole to Hope, but that’s just because she’s a monster and he is super protective of Athan.
We also got to see more of the gods and godesses and my favorite Greek god was in this, which was pretty exciting. I loved learning more about the other gods and godesses and more Greek Mythology and how Raye interpreted those gods and godesses into this series, their personalities and mannerisms and the way they handle things. I definitely think we see my favorite god in a different light than I have seen him (meaning the Percy Jackson series), and I really enjoyed seeing her interpretation of this god.
Overall, I think this was a good installment to the Sphinx series. It had excellent writing (as always), beautiful world building, and great character development. I really think the characters were the strongest part of this novel. But I am very excited for the next installment in the series, which unfortunately doesn’t come out until next year. But all good things to those who wait, right?
And there you have it! That was my review of Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner. Whats your favorite type of mythology? Mine is actually Egyptian, which is why one of my all time favorite series is the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
Hello! If you were unaware, I was making my way through the Percy Jackson series when I hit a reading slump. I couldn’t read the last one. So I decided to go ahead and read this. I was spoiled a bit for The Last Olympian, but not too badly. I do know this definitely has spoilers for The Heroes of Olympus, a series I will never read because I have heard bad things from people I trust. But let’s go ahead and get into this review!
***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***
“How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.”
Apollo: he is our main character and to be honest, until I’d read about 75% of the book, I was not the biggest fan of his character. He was arrogant and self-centered, which severely pissed me off and just made him an irritating character to me, but I was won over when we learned why he does what he does and why he is the way he is. I like how much intense character development he goes through and how he does become more human and more inclined to do the dirty work himself rather than make other demigods or pretty much anyone do something for him.
Meg: I did not like or trust her character from the beginning. I suspected his becoming her friend and trusting her would come back and bite him on the ass and it did. I felt like she was way too vague about her past, which for some characters I can usually get past, but I felt like she was purposefully evasive in a sinister way and I was right. I tried really hard to like her character and it just never happened.
Beast: he is our main antagonist and he is an asshat. I was completely shocked when I learned who he really was and I really hope he ends up dead in the future books. I also despise him for manipulating Meg into becoming his little minion. I just hate him in general. He has no redeeming qualities. He’s just a bad dude.
The story starts off with Apollo landing in an alley as a mortal (I was a bit confused at first as to whether he could enter Camp Half-Blood or not). He is immediately jumped by two thugs who said their boss sent them. He is then saved and claimed by a young demigod named Meg. They head over to Percy Jackson’s house (BAE *heavy, excited breathing*). He agrees to take them to Camp Half-Blood and they set off, but find that they are being tracked by unkillable monsters called nosoi.
They fight the monsters and are losing when Meg sort of summons a peach spirit thing called a karpos. Peaches saves them and Percy tells them to go up the Western entrance to camp (which means they have to go through a dangerous forest). While in there, he ends up hearing a woman’s voice and he temporarily loses his sanity. They reach camp and Apollo passes out.
He ends up having a dream about a woman telling him to open the gates and after that, a son of his shows up in the dream and he seems to be our main antagonist. He wakes up with one of his other sons who turns out to be Will Solace! (I’ve never even read the Heroes of Olympus series and I was excited).
They go through camp and we learn that Solangelo is freaking canon and that made me very happy. They go and see Chiron and talk of how campers have been disappearing. Apollo’s children say they will help him and this causes him to reflect on how horrible a father he’s been.
Meg’s been causing trouble so these two campers try to dunk Meg when Peaches attacks them. Meg’s rings become two ancient gold swords and she uses these to fend off the campers trying to kill Peaches. During all of this, Meg is claimed as Demeter’s daughter. Later, Apollo gets frustrated about how he sucks at archery now and tires easily when playing music, so he stupidly (HE IS AN IDIOT.) makes a vow on the River Styx to never touch a musical instrument or bow and arrow again.
Apollo and Kayla, his daughter, save Sherman from the woods when he tries to enter them. This in turn helps Apollo to figure out why people are disappearing. There’s a hidden oracle in the forest. They have this deadly three legged race in the Labyrinth and Meg and Apollo end up at the Chamber of the Oracle and meet Python after Meg won’t shut up or turn back. A man shows up and is talking to Python; his name is Beast and he is the man from Apollo’s dream. Meg recognizes him.
He wants Apollo dead and has spies in the Camp. He wants control of all five Oracles Apollo stupidly gives them away and they trip and fall down the chasm. They get all three golden apples and end up in the forest. Meg gets them out and they learn that Kayla and Austin, Apollo’s kids, are missing. When Apollo wants to go after them, Meg orders him to not go and rescue them (this pissed me off initially, but I definitely see that she did the right thing looking back on it). We learn that the Beast killed her father and that he recuits demigods as his servants and soldiers.
A helicopter arrives with Rachel Elizabeth Dare, the Oracle of Delphi, inside (I haven’t finished the Percy Jackson series or read The Heroes of Olympus, so I was unaware of this development). After going in her cave, we learn that Triumvirate Holdings is run by three ancient demigods and they are the reason all of the demigod wars occurred (for example: The Battle of Kronos). One is the Beast and they are all suspected to be ancient Romans like the original Triumvirate of Marc Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius.
The Grove of Dodona is the most ancient Oracle and may be at Camp Half-Blood. Meg and Apollo end up going into the forest alone and meet this geyser god. He starts talking about marketing (the geyser god) and the lights of the geyser and their flashlight attracts ant monsters who kidnap Meg. To destroy one of the monsters, he plays a song on his ukulele and this tires him (he also broke his oath, which is bad because he will die in a long while off for breaking it).
Apollo makes another oath to the geyser (which for whatever reason is more powerful than swearing on the River Styx) to save Meg. He ends up trying and failing to get back to camp due to him dying. We learn more of Apollo’s past and why he is the way he is. Rhea finds him passed out on the ground and she is with two lions. After they talk for a bit and she gives him wind chimes, he passes out and wakes up beside of Solangelo (I will go down with this ship).
He warns them of the coming attack on the Camp and drops the bomb that the Beast is Emperor Nero before he takes off. He gets to the nest pretty easily (A bit too easily, if you ask me, but whatever) and sings of his grief, which paralyzes the ants for a bit and when that wears off, he shoots them with arrows and finds Meg who is in a cocoon. Using his last arrow, he embeds it in the ceiling, which then collapses on top of the ants.
They meet the Queen Ant and after a song about mothers and being pregnant (she’s heavily pregnant), she lets them go and practically adopts them. They get to the Grove of Dodona and find all of the missing demigods wrapped in poisonous, impenetrable cocoons. The Beast shows up and we learn that Meg is a little traitor (I knew I was right to never trust her) and her stepdad is Nero.
Meg commands Apollo to help her open the gates and everyone is assaulted by the voices of the Grove and Meg realizes what Nero will do. He plans on burning all of Long Island to build his empire. Apollo gets this random surge of divine power after Nero starts a huge fire. He beats the crap out of his guards, but Nero runs before he can do anthing to him.
He runs into the Grover after pulling everyone to safety and Austin wakes up. Apollo then runs toward the Oracle. He finds Meg who doesn’t trust him and puts the wind chimes in the trees, which allows it to give Apollo a prophecy, which wasn’t a very good one. Meg is in denial, so she releases Apollo as her servant and runs off (presumedly to Nero).
After everyone is okay and freed, they summon the Queen Ant who takes them to Camp Half-Blood, which is under attack by this gigantic statue of Nero. They are dumped on the beach and Apollo starts talking to the arrow of Dodona (this was definitely my favorite scene). Percy gets there and starts distracting the Colossus while Apollo starts poisoning an arrow (not the one of Dodona), but it is so strong that it knocks out Kayla and Austin.
He shoots the arrow and makes it (it is Hay Fever), causing the Colossus to lirterally sneeze its head off. Everyone ends up sick, but okay. Apollo thinks about leaving, but is ultimately talked out of it. Leo returns with Calypso (they are apparently a couple) and they will aid Apollo in his trials.
That is pretty much the end of the book.
This book was hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud nearly every two seconds. Apollo is hilarious, even if I had problems with him at first. Him being self-centered, while a bit understandable, was the most annoying thing on earth, but he definitely developed as a character. He truly began caring for his kids and those around him. He was willing to do the dirty work himself. I really appreciated how this story wove into the stories of Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus (even if I didn’t read that last series). There was so much cross over. I loved it. I loved the events, the action, the suspense and mystery, and I really loved seeing Apollo struggle with being a mortal. I do have one complaint. I would have liked some breathing time in between the action-packed events. We never really got time to breathe. It was just event after event after event. That was just something that sort of hindered my overall enjoyment of this book, but other than that, I really enjoyed this and I am excited for the next book whenever it comes out.
And that is going to be it for this review today. Comment down below what your favorite part/scene was. I would love to know. Mine was definitely the part where the arrow was talking/arguing with Apollo. I just found that scene so hilarious and it made me laugh out loud. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.
Hello! Today we will be discussing the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series, The Battle of the Labyrinth. It was fabulous as always and I really enjoyed it. But let’s get into the review.
***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***
“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 worse.
In this fourth 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 the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.”
Percy Jackson: he is our main protagonist and he is the son of Poseidon. Percy really grew in this novel and really became more sure of himself, I think. He trusted his friends, which was his strength. He was as sassy and sarcastic as ever and was willing to do anything to save his friends. He was definitely starting to feel something for Annabeth, too, I believe.
Annabeth Chase: another one of our main protagonists, she is the daughter of Athena and I definitely think we got to see who she really is throughout this book. We saw how she was truly a daughter of Athena and her strong suit was intelligence and always would be. We definitely saw her feelings for Percy shining through and her love for him, as soon as he gets his head out of his ass and realizes it. #PercabethForTheWin
Grover: he is the best friend of Percy and he is a Satyr who is under pressure to go find Pan, the lost god of the Wild. He has an empathy link with Percy, so they can sometimes send each other thoughts and can sense the other’s emotions. He is a great friend and he is terrified of cyclopes because of his experience the previous year, so he is terrified of Tyson, which I find hilarious.
Tyson: he is the adorable little cyclops brother of Percy and I freaking love him. He loves Percy so much and would do anything for him. He will risk his life for Percy and his friends. He also is the reason 95% of the time that Percy lives through the day. He is also terrified of Grover as well, which is ironic.
Nico di Angelo: He is the son of Hades, so (surprise surprise) I don’t like him throughout the majority of this book. While he did start off as being a complete jerkface, he did redeem himself in the end. He is quite honestly scary. The things he will do to get what he wants scare me a little bit. He is on our side, thank goodness. But he did terrify me and frustrate me for a while there.
Luke Castellan: He is the son of Hermes and he is the same asshat he has been for the ast few books except that he’s an asshat with an army. He succeeds in what he wants done. He raises Kronos. He is manipulative and he is indirectly seen throughout this book periodically. We mostly see him in Percy’s dreams (not like that, you perv).
Rachel Elizabeth Dare: she is quickly becoming a constant character. She is a mortal, but one who can see through the Mist. She helps them navigate the Labyrinth and Annabeth hates her because she thinks Rachel likes Percy as more than a friend and I think that Annabeth is right. I am not sure if I like her or not.
Quintus/Daedalus: I have mixed feelings about this Athenian half-blood. He couldn’t seem to choose a side. He was an amazing inventor and swordsman, but in the end, he gave his life for Percy and Camp Half-Blood.
The story starts off with Percy going to an orientation at the school where Mr. Blofis, his mom’s boyfriend, works. We all know that Percy (like all Half-Bloods) attracts trouble like a freaking magnet. He is attacked by two empousai with Rachel Dare (the girl he nearly killed at the Hoover Dam in The Titan’s Curse). Percy kills one of them and the other, dressed like a cheerleader whose name is Kelli, escapes. She makes a fire and makes it seem like it is all Percy’s fault. So he runs and sees Annabeth whose mood turns sour at the sight of Rachel (jealousy, methinks).
Percy and Annabeth (rather than go on their scheduled hang out), head back to Camp Half-Blood. Percy meets the new sword-fighting instructor Quintus (whom I was immediately suspicious of) and his pet hellhound Mrs. O’Leary. Percy meets up with Annabeth and they go to Grover’s hearing (along with Clarisse and Grover’s girlfriend Juniper). His searcher’s license is nearly revoked, but Chiron convinces the council to give Grover a week to find Pan.
Tyson is back (which makes me so happy! I love his character). We find out that Nico is still missing. The whole camp plays this game involving dangerous monsters and mysterious silk packages. Percy and Annabeth end up falling in a hole and are lost for what seemed like a few minutes but turned out to be an hour before they finally got out. We find out that was an entrance into the Labyrinth, which means the armies of Luke and Kronos could just march into Camp, bypassing all of the defenses.
Annabeth goes to the Oracle for a prophecy and she is to lead a quest into the Labyrinth. Tyson, Grover, and Percy are all to go. It’s revealed that Quintus may be a spy for Luke (surprise, surprise) when Juniper saw him sneaking around the entrance of the Labyrinth before Percy and Annabeth found it.
Percy has dreams involving Nico raising the dead and being guided by a ghost. They leave for the Labyrinth and meet Hera, the wife of Zeus. She says Annabeth must choose (Percy? Luke?) and she grants a wish (how to navigate the maze). She says that Percy knows the answer.
They need to go see Hephaestus because he knew more about Daedalus than anyone. They encounter a monster and run, ending up in this museum in LA. They free a One Hundred Handed One named Briares who is being kept captive by Kampe, the Titan jailer. They are chased by her when she sees what they are doing and Tyson ends up saving their asses. Briares runs off.
Percy has another dream in which Daedalus and his son Icarus are trapped by King Minos (in the Labyrinth? I wasn’t entirely sure about that). Daedalus builds these metal wings for him and his son and they use them to escape. Icarus’ wings start to fall apart and he plummets to the sea three hundred feet below, dying.
Percy and the crew start walking and come across a hamburger wrapper, meaning that Nico is nearby. They go up a grate and find themselves in some sort of ranch full of bizarre animals. They are “greeted” by a half-blood and he takes them to his boss. They discover his boss is this monster with several torsos (three maybe?) and they see Nico who is still full of hatred for Percy.
We learn that the evil King Minos is the one “helping” Nico. Anyway, the monster/boss shows them the ranch then captures Nico, intending to hand him off to Luke and the Titans. Percy (naturally) makes a deal to free Nico. He must clean the filthy stables by sunrise or everyone will be taken to Luke.
This next part made it very difficult to want to pick up the book and continue to read because it was so disgusting. Percy uses the water from the ground to create springs that clean the stables. The monster planned on handing them all off to Luke anyway, so Percy fights him. Percy was always terrible at archery, but he asks Artemis and Apollo to help him use one arrow to nail all of its hearts and he does. (It is later revealed that it was really Hera who helped him).
We figure out that the person that was sending Percy messages on what Nico was doing was actually Bianca (Why I didn’t figure this out sooner, I can’t tell you). They talk to her and she talks about how it wasn’t Percy’s fault she died and Nico needs to let go of his grudge.
Percy has another dream in which Luke is talking to Kelli and she says she is going to be taking care of Percy and his friends. Luke says that Kampe will be the one carrying Arodne’s string. The next dream features Daedalus and his nephew, Perdix, who he let die, so Athena causes him indescribable pain for the heinous act.
Percy and Grover realize a week has passed, so Grover’s time to find Pan has expired. To find Hephaestus, the Half-Blood gives them a necklace that with the press of a button, will lead them to him. The necklace turns into a spider and they follow it, going into the maze. They run into the Sphinx and Annabeth refuses to answer the questions so the Sphinx tries to kill her and everyone else. They end up escaping and continuing to follow the spider.
They find Hephaestus and he says he will tell them where Daedalus’ workshop is they investigate and find out who has been using one of his old forges. They follow the spider again to the forge and Grover and Tyson end up splitting up from Percy and Annabeth to find Pan. Percy and Annabeth find out that Telekhines have taken over the forge and are working for Luke and Kronos.
They need a distraction to get away, so Annabeth needs to go get help while he distracts the monsters. Before she leaves, she kisses him (EEEEEEE!! *lowkey screaming*). Percy is cornered by the monsters and they throw lava-hot objects at him. He creates an explosion of water and he goes sky high, later waking up at an island with a woman named Calypso who is caring for him and helping him heal.
We find out that her father is Atlas and possibly knew Zoe. Hephaestus comes and says Percy nearly wiped out the entire northwestern United States. Percy also has to decide if he will stay on that island or return to help Annabeth and all of his friends. He goes to help everyone and walks in on his funeral.
He tells Chiron and Annabeth (privately) of how they need a mortal’s help to navigate the Labyrinth. Annabeth is very jealous (as she suspects Calypso’s island). Quintus has disappeared and Chris has gotten worse. Percy ends up having another dream.
Minos comes into a room with a King and his two daughters, saying he will pay gold to the King in exchange for Daedalus. He agrees and his three daughters start to bathe the King Minos (*shudders*), but bind him until he suffocates. Daedalus escapes into the Labyrinth. Percy’s dream changes to where Luke is studying a map, trying to find the string. There was a half-blood wandering the maze (Nico?).
They go to talk to Rachel about entering the Labyrinth and she agrees, telling them of how there is an entrance in the hotel basement to the Labyrinth. They go and are practically immediately captured by Kelli and some of Luke’s monsters. They are taken to an arena where Percy’s brother, Lord Antaeus is.
His mother is the earth goddess, Gaea. Percy has to fight warriors and monsters. We learn that Luke is trying to get his army to pass through Antaeus’ lands. Percy fights a dracaenae (and he wins; kills it) and a warrior half-blood (he spares him; this comes back to bite him in the ass). He fights Lord Antaeus and he ends up tying him in chains and stabs him, killing him.
Luke wants them dead, so Percy blows the whistle that Quintus gave him and Mrs. O’Leary comes and helps them get away. Percy has another dream in which Kronos speaks to him and Tyson is being squeezed to death by a snake-like monster.
They make it to Daedalus’ workshop. And what do you know? Quintus is Daedalus. Luke already has the string courtesy of Daedalus. Quintus/Daedalus is helping to bring Kronos back to life. Monsters burst in. Minos will help Luke in exchange for Daedalus’ head. Nico has been taken prisoner. There is fighting and Kelli finally dies (by Annabeth’s hand).
They all put on wings and get out of there (Percy, Annabeth, Rachel and Nico). Rachel ends up getting a car and they find another entrance to the Labyrinth. They go inside and find the entrance to Mount Othrys. Percy goes there alone because he’s an idiot. He sees the coffin of Kronos and is shocked (as am I) when he opens it. The body inside is Luke Castellan’s (What? WHAT?!).
The Half-Blood that Percy spared in the fight pledges his allegiance to Kronos, which is the last straw that awakens Kronos. He goes after Kronos in Luke’s body, but he loses control for a few seconds (enough time for Percy to get away) when Rachel throws her hairbrush at his head.
They run into the Labyrinth and end up finding Grover and Tyson, both alive, thank God. They all end up finding Pan and he tells Grover to tell everyone that Pan is dead and then he fades away.
They get back in New York and say goodbye to Rachel, who we learn is the daughter of a famous and rich business man. They ride on a pegasus (possibly Blackjack?) to Camp Half-Blood and battle ensues. One of Chiron’s legs end up broken in the fight. Nico raises several spirits to help them in the fight. Kampe ends up dying by the hand of Briares who joined the fight along with Daedalus who starts helping them fight Kronos’ army. The battle ends after Grover scares Kronos’ army shitless by unleashing this loud roar, which we later learn in Pan’s Panic, and they all run back into the Labyrinth.
Daedalus dies and the Labyrinth with him. The Council of Elders are conflicted with Grover because they refuse to believe that Pan is dead. Mr. D returns and votes for Grover to stay and not be exiled and the council in turn is dissolved. Nico ends up leaving to search for answers about his past. Mr. D and Percy talk and we learn that Mr. D cured Chris.
Percy ends up going back home (with Annabeth hardly speaking to him; right before this she had made an enemy of the goddess Hera). Percy has a birthday party and Mr. Blofis asks Percy permission to marry his mom, which, of course, he agrees to. Poseidon ends up showing up and talks privately with Percy. He says that Percy is his favorite son (Eeeeee! I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW.) and that war is brewing with the old Titan Sea spirits. After Poseidon leaves, Nico ends up showing up on the fire escape (like literally out of thin air) and tells Percy that Hades has Daedalus doing construction work in Manhattan and he also says that he thinks he knows how to beat Luke/Kronos.
I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely my favorite in the series. I really enjoyed all of the character development throughout the book and how we really got to know all of the characters, especially Annabeth, and the amount of sexual tension between Percy and Annabeth was unreal. The story was action-packed and there were these “What? WHAT?!” moments throughout the book that I enjoyed. There was Percabeth throughout it and there were so many twists and turns and I just really enjoyed this book. The action and the writing were both at a peak they hadn’t been before, and it was just an overall rockin’ fantastic installment to this series. And I am so excited to read the last book.
Hello! Today I will be discussing the third book in the Percy Jackson series, The Titan’s Curse. If you are unaware, I have been making my way through this series and I have been really enjoying it. I have loved many of the other Rick Riordan books that I’ve read (The Kane Chronicles and The Sword of Summer), and I really want to read The Trials of Apollo, so I need to finish this series off to do that. But let’s get into the review!
***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***
“IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…”
Percy Jackson: our main protagonist who is the son of Poseidon, he will do anything for his friends, which is his fatal flaw. He is witty and sarcastic and I love reading from his POV.
Thalia Grace: the daughter of Zeus, she is your best friend until you piss her off. I had a love/hate relationship with her, but did end up liking her.
Annabeth Chase: she is the daughter of Athena and is absent for the majority of this novel due to her being kidnapped. She is very smart and goes through hell in this novel (not literally, of course). She is also my favorite character.
Grover Underwood: the best friend of Percy, Grover has an empathy link with him so he can sense what Percy is feeling and sometimes what he is thinking. He is also a Satyr who wishes to find the lost god Pan.
Zoe Nightshade: the lieutenant huntress to Artemis, she is very frustrating at times. I e had a love/hate relationship with her for the majority of this book. While she has an aversion to males, I did enjoy her character and found her to be a faithful friend who will sacrifice herself for not only Artemis but even Percy if need be. I was sad when she died.
Luke Castellan: he just can’t die, can he? He is the son of Hermes and he wants to bring the whole of Olympus down along with the gods/goddesses. He wants the demigods to rule. He is absolutely insane in my opinion and I don’t understand why Annabeth has this faith in him. He is bad to the bone and I really just want him to die already.
The General: he is revealed to be Atlas, the Titan who is responsible for holding the sky up. He is the general for Kronos and wants him to rise and for the whole world to burn, essentially. He is a crazy mother trucker…And he deserved what came to him.
Dr. Thorn: he is just a foot soldier who wants to prove his worth to the General so he will do anything to do that. He wants to bring Percy or Thalia to the General. He was a dangerous monster until he met his end.
Artemis: She is the daughter of Zeus and the sister to Apollo. While we didn’t see much of her, I really loved what I saw. She really cares for her huntresses and while she does have an aversion to men, she ended up liking Percy. I especially loved her interaction with her brother. It just made her seem more real to me.
Apollo: He is the son to Zeus and the brother to Artemis. He is obsessed with horrible haikus and I love his character so much. For starters, he is freaking hot. Also, I love how protective he is of his sister Artemis and I want to see more interactions between those two. He is hilarious and good natured and this book made me so freaking excited for the Trials of Apollo.
The story starts off with Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia going to Grover’s new school because he thinks that there are two demigods there. Long story short, he gets himself kidnapped along with the two demigods, Bianca and Nico di Angelo, by a monster who is like the principal of the school, Dr. Thorn. Grover, Annabeth, and Thalia come to their rescue but the Hunt ends up wounding the monster while Annabeth is on his back. They both fall off the cliff. She isn’t dead, but was kidnapped. It was also revealed that Dr. Thorn was working for Luke.
The Hunt is led by Artemis and Bianca ends up joining them and Artemis goes off to hunt the monster. Apollo, Artemis’s brother, shows up to take the kids to Camp Half-Blood (including the Hunt). Thalia drives the sun chariot, which was a bad idea because she is terrified of heights, it is revealed later.
So they get there and Mr. D will not let them go and find Annabeth. Percy ends up pissing him off and Nico shows up, distracting Mr. D before he can pulverize Percy. Later, Percy is in his cabin and there is a fountain there, which is a gift from his father. He talks to to Tyson (loved it!) and Tyson talks about how there is a war brewing between Poseidon and these ancient titan sea spirits.
That night, Percy has a nightmare about Annabeth being in danger and Luke is responsible. Zoe also has a nightmare about Artemis being in danger because she was kidnapped (Annabeth and Artemis both being gone have to be connected). It is revealed that Annabeth had nearly joined the Hunt by the brochure found in her bag. Percy goes to see the Oracle, but she won’t speak to him.
They play capture the flag (Camp Half-Blood v. The Hunters of Artemis) and The Hunters win, so Percy and Thalia fight (hardcore; water and lightening). The Oracle comes and gives the prophecy about the Titan’s Curse to Zoe (how to save Artemis). Percy and Grover are forced to take the Oracle back to the attic.
There is a council meeting on who can go on this quest and Percy cannot, but Thalia and Grover can along with Zoe, Bianca, and another one of the Huntresses. That night, Percy has another dream in which Artemis takes this weight from Annabeth’s shoulders and Luke keeps someone from killing her (Dr. Thorn or the General? I can’t remember).
A Pegasus (the one Percy saved from Luke) comes, saying that Hippocampi need his help, so he goes and saves this baby cow serpent that he called Bessie. Afterwards, he sees Nico eavesdropping, so he goes over there (invisible) and listens. The other Huntress is sick, so she can’t go. Nico talks Percy into going and keeping his sister safe.
Percy goes on the Pegasus and sends it back after it grew too tired. He follows Dr. Thorn and sees Luke and the General. The General is sending Skeleton Warriors to attack Zoe and everyone else and he sent the Nemean Lion to distract them so he can take Thalia. To defeat it, Percy throws space food in its mouth and Zoe shot arrows in its jaw, killing it.
Zoe finally accepts him as part of their quest. They have to lose the helicopter of the General’s hired men and they go on a train, know it belongs to monsters, and get off. A homeless man points to a train and then he disappears. Apollo (the homeless man) visits, tell Percy to not be afraid to go to sleep, and tells him to look for Nereus in San Francisco (he then makes Percy sleep).
Percy has dream of two people trying to get away from something. A monster named Ladon is mentioned. The girl is revealed to be Zoe and we later learn that the boy was Hercules. Zoe gave him a sword named Riptide. Everyone wakes up in New Mexico. The flowers on the coffee cups they bought start peeling off and Grover passes out. They are surrounded by Skeleton Warriors.
Percy discovers that the fur he got from the lion is bulletproof. Bianca kills one of the warriors and a wild boar kills the rest. It then turns to them. The boar is a blessing and takes them as far wesr as it will go. They end up at the gods’ junkyard. Ares pulls up and says that Aphrodite wants a word with Percy.
She wants him to save Annabeth because he’s “madly in love with her”. I found this whole scene hilarious. He gets out and they have to fight this giant statue because Bianca took a statue of a god for Nico. She ends up going inside to control it and amkes it destroy itself, which in turn destroys her.
They continue on and end up at Hoover’s Dam. Skeleton Warriors show up and a mortal girl saves Percy. He warns the other and through a prayer to her father, Thalia’s father’s statues come to life and save them, taking them to San Francisco. They find Nereus and discover that the baby cow serpent (who is so freaking cute I can’t even deal) is the monster whose entrails will cause the defeat of the gods.
They are attacked by the Skeleton Warriors again and discover that the prophecy points to Thalia since she is nearly sixteen. Mr. D saves their asses when they call him. They need to go to Zoe’s home before she joined the Hunt (where she lived with her sisters). Grover and Bessie end up leaving with the help of Poseidon (when Percy gave the fur coat as a sacrifice).
They all head to Annabeth’s dad’s house for her father’s help and he lets them borrow his car. They are almost to the mountain when a lightening bolt is sent down and nearly kills Thalia (I don’t really think it was Zeus, to be honest). They get into the mountain and meet Zoe’s bitchy sisters, the Hesperides. Ladon is revealed to be the dragon protecting the tree of immortality. Zoe distracts Ladon (he does manage to get a swipe at her) before they all make it up the mountain.
They see Artemis is holding the sky up (Atlas’s job) and the General shows up with Luke, an army of dracaenae, a bound and gagged Annabeth. We learn that the General is Atlas and he is Zoe’s father. A battle ensues with Annabeth v. Luke, Percy v. Atlas, and Percy convinces Artemis to give him the weight of the sky. Then Artemis and Zoe fight Atlas. They win and Percy tricks him into taking the weight of the sky once more.
Luke topples over the edge of the cliff and hits the rocks fifty feet below (he’s not dead). They get away, but Zoe dies from Ladon’s poisonous claws where he swiped at her. They all go to Olympus and Thalia joins the Hunt as Artemis’s new lieutenant. Athena, Ares, and Dionysus wanted Percy killed, but they are overruled and they have a party instead.
There is an interaction between Percy and his father when Poseidon tell him that he did well and this made me so freaking happy. I was grinning from ear to ear. They go back to Camp Half-Blood and after Nico hears the news of his sister’s death, he says he wishes that Percy were dead. Skeleton Warriors attack and fire kills them (from Nico). What do you know? He’s the son of Hades, but technically Hades didn’t break the oath because Nico was born before it was made. Nico was in the Lotus Casino for over seventy years.
Nico runs off after this encounter, saying that Percy sent those warriors. The prophecy is still Percy’s cross to bear and he bears it…well not gladly, but albeit rather reluctantly. Better he than Nico. After all of this goes down, Grover hears Pan speak to him, saying, “I await thee.” He immediately starts packing to go find him.
This is pretty much the end of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. I definitely liked it more than the first two. I just found that the action was super intense and so was the storyline. I really enjoyed the frenemy thing that Thalia and Percy had going on for most of the book before they became actual friends. I really loved seeing the gods and especially an interaction that happened there. Mr. D scared the crap out of me in this novel. I ended up really liking all of the characters we were introduced to, but something I hated was Nico wanting Percy dead. I do not like that at all. And that was quite a bombshell that was thrown down. All in all, I really enjoyed this story. It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. And I am super excited to get into the next installment to this series.
Hello! I know, what a surprise. I am actually doing a spoiler review. If you recall, this was a series that I said I would never read. And I have decided to read them. This will probably be my project for the next few months. Just getting through these books. I really enjoyed The Lightning Thief and I have enjoyed everything else I’ve read from him, so I am excited to see what all the freaking hype is about with this series. But let’s get into the review!
***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***
“The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.”
Percy Jackson: our main protagonist, he is witty, sarcastic, hilarious, and is the son of Poseidon. He can be a bit naive and act a bit stupid at times, but I really do like his character and how he is with the other characters.
Annabeth Chase: she is another one of our main protagonists, and she is my favorite character. She is the daughter of Athena and as such, she desires more knowledge, which can definitely cripple her at times.
Tyson: He is another of Poseidon’s children, one he had with a magical spirit or something. I am a bit fuzzy on the details, but he is adorable and really cares about Percy. I love how loyal he is to Percy and can we just appreciate the amount of times he saved Percy’s ass in this book?
Clarisse: As frustrating as she is, I don’t hate her. I thought I did, but I don’t. I find her to be a very interesting character. Her father is Ares and as such, he is putting pressure on her to pulverize Percy. And as horrible as she seems at times, she is very badass and can be nice. You know. Once every book. Maybe.
Luke: He is the son of Hermes and I don’t care what you say, I hate his character. I understand why he is doing what he is doing, but I also think he’s a complete idiot who is blinded by his revenge on the gods. I mean why in Hades would he think it is a good idea to raise Kronos? Why? Because he is an idiot, that’s why…
The story starts off with Percy in his bed having a dream about Grover being in danger. That freaks him out and whatnot and might have contributed to his overall horrible day. So he’s at a new school. It’s the last day before Summer and he can go back to Camp Half-Blood. He has had no incidents all year. Until the last day. We learn of Percy’s large, but wimpy, friend Tyson, whom I immediately suspected as being his brother (I’ve seen the Sea of Monsters movie and vaguely remember details).
And then Monsters attack and Tyson fights like a boss. Annabeth comes and saves the,. The whole attack is blamed on Percy and he, Tyson, and Annabeth get a ride to the camp from the Gray Sister’s Taxi. The Gray Sister’s give Percy a series of numbers where what he wants is or something of that fashion. Anyway, they get there and start fighting monsters. Tyson saves Percy’s life and we learn that he is a cyclops. We also later learn that he is Percy’s brother when Poseidon claims him (HECK YEAH. I KNEW IT).
Chiron is forced to leave when he is blamed for the attack and this asshat named Tantalus replaces him. We also learned that the borders are weak because Thalia’s tree is sick; it was poisoned. There is also a chariot race and birds attack everyone (Annabeth and Percy are blamed, which angered me with the power of a thousand fiery suns). Percy has another dream of Grover and realizes (or rather Annabeth told him) of the Golden Fleece, something that would cure Thalia’s tree, is in the Sea of Monsters and it is where Grover is.
They try to get Tantalus to let them go, but being the asshat that he is, he sends Clarisse instead. Later that night, Percy walks outside of Camp Half-Blood and meets Hermes, Luke’s father. He gives him some items to help with the quest and sends him, Annabeth, and Tyson on a boat. The boat belongs to Luke. We learn that Luke is trying to awaken Kronos (HE IS AN IDIOT).
We figure out that Luke is the one who poisoned Thalia’s tree, Luke tries to get them killed, but they escape and go to one of the nearby safe houses Luke, Thalia, and Annabeth had when they were kids. They get there and quickly realize they need food, so Percy sends Tyson to get some donuts. Tyson does and as it turns out, that shop is a monster donut shop. They are attacked and Clarisse saves their asses. She reluctantly takes them on board and they go to the Sea of Monsters.
Long story short, the boat explodes and Tyson dies. Percy and Annabeth get along on their own and end up on Circe’s island. She casts a spell on the two of them. Annabeth goes back to a spa while Circe turns Percy into a guinea pig. The vitamins Percy got from Hermes come in handy when they prevent Annabeth from being turned into an animal and turn Percy back into a human. The other guinea pigs are turned back as well and they turn out o be none other than Blackbeard the pirate and his crew.
Annabeth and Percy escape on Blackbeard’s ship. They end up at this Siren’s cove where Annabeth nearly dies, but Percy saves her and brings her back to the ship. They make it to the cyclops’s island and Clarisse does too. She is tied up, reveals Grove (the bride) to be a satyr (I wanted to strangle this girl). Grover is taken prisoner and Clarisse is to be his new bride.
Somehow Percy ends up underneath one of the people eating sheep that the cyclops has to get into the cave where he’s keeping Clarisse and Grover. Annabeth, wearing her invisibility cap, enrages the cyclops to get him to remove the boulder and he does. Percy finds Grove and Clarisse. Annabeth is captured by the cyclops and her invisibility cap flies off.
To get him to let her go, Clarisse and Grover rush from his back while Percy distracts him from the front. Annabeth is dropped onto a rock and she is unconscious. To get away from him, they run across the bride with Clarisse holding Annabeth and cut the ropes on the drawstring bridge, but the cyclops has already made it to their side. Tyson jumps out and defends them. What do you know? He’s alive!
They start fighting all the way down to the beach and they start swimming to the boat when Clarisse opens her big mouth and the cyclops chucks a huge hunk of boulder at the ship and it sinks. So they ride these hippocampi and get to Miami where they will take them no further. And of all things to happen, they are taken captive by Luke. Again. But prior to this, they had sent Clarisse on ahead with the Fleece to Camp Half-Blood.
Long story short, Luke and Percy are sword fighting and Luke is winning because he has a shield Percy doesn’t. Percy is also dying. Chiron and his cousins save them and bring them to his camp. And they go back to Camp Half-Blood where the Fleece is laid against the three and immediately it starts healing it.
There are chariot races and this watch that Tyson made for Percy turns out to be a shield. He and Annabeth win the chariot races. Tyson leaves to go to his father’s underwater palace as an internship. The next night, while Annabeth is guarding the Fleece, something happens. The Fleece works all too well and it cured Thalia. She is awake. And then the book ends.
I really enjoyed this book, much more than The Lightning Thief. With The Lightning Thief, I just felt “meh” about the book. But this book is a completely different story. With this one, it immediately started out action-packed and I really enjoyed it. I love how we really got to know all of the characters so much more. A lot of interesting things happened and I feel like I learned a lot about Greek Mythology, which is always fun. Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I am excited to read the next book.
Hello! So I literally just finished this book and I really liked it. It was a fabulous installment in this series, but before I get into my thoughts a little bit, let me just say that this is a spoiler-free review for those who have read CurseoftheSphinx. If you haven’t read it, do not stay because you will be spoiled and you don’t want that. So goodbye!
“Can Apollo’s curse be broken?
Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.
When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.
But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.”
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fabulous installment to this series and I really enjoyed all of the characters that were introduced. While I don’t ship Xan and Hope (Hathan 5ever), I did really like his character and found him interesting. I think he really does care about her and I am curious as to how these feelings could cause a bigger rift between him and Athan. The ending was sort of painful, though not as big of a cliffhanger as I thought. I am glad we finally got to see Apollo interact with Hope (I feel like such a bad person for shipping them). Overall, the story line was kickass and I really appreciated that. I loved the writing and it was just an all around great book. Excited for Book 3!
Hello! So today I will be discussing a book that has been on my radar for a while now. Curse of the Sphinx was actually sent to me by Raye Wagner’s PA Sara Meadows because I am on Raye’s Launch Team (YES I AM SO EXCITED) and had not read this yet. I read it in ebook form and I am very excited to say that I really enjoyed it.
“How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?
Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.
When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.”
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. I loved all of the characters and the action and romance and Greek Mythology…it was just really good. I found the characters very developed as well as the world. Admittedly, it did take me a bit to get fully immersed into the story, but once I got into it, I could not put it down. I loved Hope’s character and her relationship with a certain someone was one that I shipped SO HARD. The writing was fantastic and I highly, highly recommend this book. AND I NEED BOOK 2.