Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan

The-Crown-of-Ptolemy-Rick-RiordanTitle: The Crown of Ptolemy

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle-grade Adventure/Fantasy

Edition: E-book

 “My Big Fat Greek/Egyptian Crossover.”

In this Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles crossover, Percy finally meets Sadie and Annabeth finally meets Carter to battle against an Egyptian magician named Setne. By putting their heads and their unique weapons together, the four demigods employ tactics to bring Setne down and prevent him from becoming an all powerful Egyptian/Greek God and doing very bad things. Since Rick Riordan isn’t a fan of bad endings, it wouldn’t be considered a spoiler to tell you that they succeed. The fun, of course, is in the “how”.

I’m not sure if I’m getting tired-slash-growing out of Rick Riordan’s writing style, but this novella was not as appealing to me as most of his works usually are. The plot was mediocre at best and the dialogue was absolutely ridiculous–kind of like a really bad comedy movie. I didn’t feel an ounce of adventure throughout (although my heart did almost stop when I thought Riptide was gone forever). The first two novellas in this crossover series, Son of Sobek and the Staff of Serapis, were really enjoyable but this just didn’t do it for me. All in all, it was really superficial without any real substance to the story or the characters.

I used to say that I would never be done with Percy Jackson. I used to say that Rick Riordan could write a hundred more books about him and I’d read them all but I’m starting to wonder whether that remains true. If I don’t think Rick is doing Percy Jackson justice (ahem heroes of olympus) or if I don’t like the way the books are written, I’d much rather keep my memories of Percy Jackson pure and untainted.

With that said however, Crown of Ptolemy was just a small, irrelevant novella so I can’t make any rash judgments based on it. Therefore, I’m still excited to read Trials of Apollo because Camp Half Blood needs to re-enter my life. Hopefully the gloriousness of Percy Jackson and the Olympians re-enters with it.

Peace. εἰρήνη. xx

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Guess What Day It Is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is.

No. Not Hump Day.

It’s actually someone’s birthday. Someone very special, near and dear to my heart. My precious cinnamon roll, my beautiful snowflake, hyperactive dolphin: PERSEUS JACKSON!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERCY JACKSON!!!

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This sassy dork is 22 years old today. Twenty-two! Can you hear me crying? It’s been ten years since the release of The Lightning Thief and six years since I marathoned the whole PJO series. I just remember falling completely in love with his sarcastic, funny POV and the epic adventure story that he told. I honestly miss him so much. He just wasn’t the same in Heroes of Olympus and I miss reading in his POV. I’m pretty sure all the demigods out there would agree with me when I say Percy Jackson is the best thing that happened to Greek mythology. So today I’m just gonna celebrate kelp head’s birthday and reminisce on the journey I and many others enjoyed during our childhood.

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*cue an automatic “awwww” because you’re lying if you say this isn’t the cutest thing ever*

Let’s not forget it’s also the day Percabeth officially set sail. Happy Anniversary to the OTP of all OTPs.

IMG_1903So have fun celebrating guys! Break out the quotes, memes, and blue food! I made some blue pancakes this morning and even dyed my watermelon slices blue, although the watermelon didn’t taste quite as great as it usually does BUT THAT’S OKAY cause it was blue. I might make some cookies later as well. The mix has been sitting in my cupboard for ages, might as well put it to some good use.

Keep Calm and Eat Blue Food! xx

Disney Book Tag!

I was browsing through my reader and found this tag on lifeofafemalebibliophile‘s blog (she has an entire segment called Book Tag Thursdays so check her out for more great tags!) Naturally, I thought “Disney and Books?! Two of my favorite things combined? HOW COULD I NOT?”

Hence, here we are.

1. The Little Mermaid–A character that is out of their element, a fish out of water. 
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Percy Jackson was definitely out of his element when Hera basically threw him into Camp Jupiter. He became the son of Neptune instead of Poseidon and he wasn’t any the wiser about the misconception. Without any of his memories and forced to assimilate to the Roman lifestyle for a while, Percy was for sure a fish out of water. All puns intended. 😉

2. Cinderella–A character that goes through a major transition.

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This was a no brainer. Juliette Ferrars in the Shatter Me series went through the greatest transition ever as mimicked by the beautiful collective covers of all three books in the trilogy. In Shatter Me, Juliette was a timid, insecure, self-pitying girl; in Unravel Me, she discovered some people that could have helped her but she refused to let them for the most part of the book (the eye in the cover is frozen because she in an immovable state not allowing herself to grow). Then BAM Ignite Me arrives and she’s so confident and ready to embrace her full potential! I enjoyed her journey and loved her development!

3. Snow White–A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

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One of my all time favorites. The characters in The Great Gatsby are all unique in their own ways (which wasn’t always a good thing in terms of the plot). They all had their own backstories either entangling with or separate from Gatsby’s life and it was intriguing seeing everything from Nick’s POV as he was the narrator of it all. R.I.P Jay Gatsby 😥

4. Sleeping Beauty–A book that put you to sleep.

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Looking for Alaska was so boring I didn’t even finish it.

5. The Lion King–A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

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The Kite Runner is such an emotional novel. The main character, Amir, was always trying to prove himself to his father ever since he was a child. So much so to the point where he witnessed something horrible happen to his best friend (practically his brother) and neglected to take action because his father’s pride in him depended on it. That one instance in Amir’s childhood shaped his character and affected his relationships with others thereafter.

6. Beauty and The Beast–A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

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So I actually have not read any humongous books in life (not yet anyway, I plan on reading Game of Thrones very soon) therefore for this fairytale I will use the biggest book I’ve read so far and that is City of Lost Souls. I wouldn’t say it was the best book in the TMI series but I enjoyed the character Sebastian a lot. He was a creep but for some reason I digged it. Plus, there’s the whole Jace being on fire thing. xD

7. Aladdin–A character that gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

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Most adorable book ever. Etienne St. Clair took Anna to Point Zero where people go to make wishes and each time he went, he wished for her. Cuuuteeeee?? In the end, he got his wish and in this case it was definitely for the better. ❤

8. Mulan–A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.

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Mare Barrow is an enigma. A girl with red blood who has powers? “But only the Silver bloods have powers!” Well, my friends, that is not entirely the case. However, since all chaos would surely break loose if the public knew about this abnormality (A Red with powers? Oh the blasphemy!), the King and Queen whip up a plan to explain the situation in more respectable terms. Thus, Mare becomes a loss princess, who is in fact Silver, and has now returned to her beloved home in the palace. Anyone with a brain knew it was complete malarkey but she managed to keep up the act for some time despite feeling like a complete poser.

9. Toy Story–A book with characters you wish would come to life.

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The Lux series is one of my favorites by far and part of the reason is because the characters are so awesome! Katy is literally me in fictional form. Loves books. Thinks book boyfriends are better than real ones. And has a book blog. Plus she’s sarcastic and witty making it concrete that if she were real, we would be best friends. Then there’s Daemon, *swoon*, someone whom I definitely would not mind seeing everyday. Dee, Dawson, Archer, Luc, Paris (😫), Andrew (😫) and everyone needs to materialize into this world like…right now.

10. Disney Descendants–Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

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President Snow is such a great antagonist. He’s just so cold and calculated. He knows just how to get under people’s skin and I love how his intimidating aura literally leaks off the pages. Oh, Snow and his white roses.

Okay! This took me way too long to finish but I’m finally done with this tag! It was fun and if anyone wants to take a swing at it then go ahead, I tag ALL OF YOU WHO READ THIS! 

I’m tired. Peace, love and Disney. xx

Who said books never hurt anybody?

A well known phrase used to persuade one to read is “C’mon. Books never hurt anybody.”

False.

I can tell you countless stories where I have been injured by a book. While these instances may or may not have been physical pain, they might as well have been because they hurt just as much. When I first started reading, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Now the first novels that I have read were the Nancy Drew mystery series. Those stories were really just for fun and I didn’t get too attached to them. If you had asked me when I was about 7 or 8, I would tell you that books are totally safe. But then I began to read Percy Jackson and thus erupted my passion for reading. Along with that passion came some strong emotions, rather unhealthy attachments to characters and what would turn out to be the spark for a rocky and bumpy future, where books are concerned at least.

In my endeavors of reading, I will sometimes throw the book or repeatedly slam myself with the book either in frustration or happiness. Cliffhangers, plot twists, cannon ships, and the fact that my theories turn out to true, are all reasons for this outbreak of self-inflicted pain. This doesn’t even begin to take into consideration the emotional trauma. From sunken ships and tear-jerking epilogues to major lovable character deaths, the very words on a page can leave you as an emotional wreck! More often than not, I have to take a break from reading to recover from a book that left my heart broken. (Allegiant, Opal, The Fault in Our Stars, The Mark of Athena…the list is endless)

Books also hurt your social life. For example,
Friend: Hey wanna go out tonight?
Me: Oh you know I’d love to but this book that I’m reading right now is really good and I have to find out what happens so I’m just gonna stay home, locked up in my room and read.

As well as your love life. . .
Potential boyfriend: You’re beautiful and you have a great personlity. I’d like to date you.
Me: Oh that’s so sweet but you’re no Percy, Warner, Augustus, Daemon or Peeta and it just wouldnt be fair to you. Sorry.

Yea, who has two thumbs and is gonna be forever alone. *sobs and points to self* This girl.

It only gets worse as I grow older and begin to read novels with deeper morals and more complex characters.

“Reading a book is like going into war, there is a high probability that you will come out with battle scars.”
– a quote by me

So when picking up a book: Beware and Proceed with caution. Needless to say, nothing will ever stop me from reading. It’s one of the bittersweet joys in life.

House of Hades!

hohTitle: House of Hades

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy/Greek Mythology

Form: Kindle ebook

OH MY GOSH! After a year-long wait, House of Hades has finally come! For those of you who haven’t heard of this book (I can’t imagine how), it is the fourth book in Rick Riordan’s series, Heroes of Olympus, which is a spin-off of his previous series, Percy Jackson and The Olympians. I’m sure you’ve all heard of this beautiful snowflake because I swear even people who don’t read know who Percy Jackson is. In short biography, he is a demigod from New York; the best there is! Demigods are half human, half god. So their mortal parent hooked up with a god/goddess and thus halfbloods are born. Being a demigod guarantees a truckload of issues and if you know anything from Greek Mythology, you understand the struggle. BUT anyhow, if you haven’t read any Percy Jackson books I suggest you leave now because this will be spoiler central and GO READ THE LIGHTNING THIEF THIS INSTANT LIKE RIGHT NOW GO GO TO YOUR NEAREST LIBRARY, BOOKSTORE, KINDLE, NOOK, PURCHASE IT AND DON’T EAT OR SLEEP UNTIL YOU FINISH! You can thank me later 😉 Byeeeee.

Oh. Di. Immortales. Uncle Rick has done it again. He never fails, that clever trolling man! I was legitimately stressing out after The Mark of Athena because I know how Rick only uses four POVs in this series for each book and my friend pointed out that MoA was in all Greek’s point of views so HoH should be in all Roman’s. I was FREAKING out because there was no way that Rick wouldn’t show us TARTARUS. I mean come on it’s TARTARUS, we all want to know what it looks like, what’s down there, how big it is et cetera et cetera. But thank you Zeus, they were included and not only that but all of the seven were included. Color me surprised when I reached Frank’s POV. I have to say, in my opinion, House of Hades is the best book in this series so far. The storyline was perfect, the characters all went through such great developments, and those plot twists were brilliant.

Now first let me talk about Tartarus. It wasn’t what I expected, which was a dark creepy cold abyss, but it was really cool! There are clouds the color of blood, there’s the Phlegethon, river of FIRE that you can drink to delay your death (how considerate), and then there’s the heart which is literally a HEART with all the rivers of the underworld flowing into it. Yea, cool right? Tartarus is HUGE, I feel like you have to set aside a whole week to get through it all. I kind of imagined there’d be monsters everywhere just chilling out but they actually had to run into them since for the most part, they were all in the heart of Tartarus. So yea pretty cool place, not that I’d take a vacation there or anything but hey this is my attempt at open-mindedness.

On to the plot and the oh so lovely characters. As stated previously, they all transformed in one way or another. It was like seeing my children grow up. Let’s start with HAZEL. She was such a huge part in the story and without her, they would not have gotten Percabeth out. She mastered her new power which is controlling the mist and just DOMINATED! Oh I don‘t even know what to say, she’s just so great. The way she led them through the underground tunnels, the way she tricked Pasiphae, then the way she would just not give up against Clytius…I just…wow. It is only fitting that I talk about Frank now. First off, he physically changed and now looks like a proper son of Mars. But also, he’s no longer the whiny kid. He defeated ALL the poisonous cows, which was about 30, in Venice single-handedly. Then he commanded a whole legion of Roman soldier ghosts, saving his friends from sudden death. He’s now PRAETOR of Camp Jupiter. That is crazy. Boy is doing some big things.

Now for my favorite! LEO VALDEZ! My babe (aside from Percy) whom I love with all my heart. He just brings joy to the group with his sense of humor and positive attitude. Even when the mood is gloomy, he’s cracking jokes. I really love his ability to fix things, and create things to get him out of situations. For example, when he created the bomb to temporarily blind the dwarves and when he created a makeshift helicopter to save himself from impacting the Mediterranean. My tinker <3. He is also the sweetest. He thought of Frank’s lifeline as soon as Calypso gave him the fireproof clothing. Speaking of Calypso, I love how Rick incorporated a lot of people and stories from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It really made everything connect as one story and not two separate stories. Having Leo meet Calypso was just one of the many clever things Rick did. Now he won’t be lonely assuming he somehow finds Ogygia again and knowing Leo I don’t doubt the possibility. Calypso is such a sweetheart, I cannot imagine her cursing Annabeth and purposely wishing pain upon her. Even when she’s trying not to be sweet, she can’t help it, it’s in her DNA.

Jason Grace is one of my new favorites. I never thought I would say the words I, love, and Jason Grace in the same sentence unless there was a negative word in there somewhere but I actually found myself saying this after I finished the book. In MoA, Jason was a pain in the podex! He aggravated me to no end because he acted all cocky like he was superior and Percy was nothing compared to him the all-powerful awesome son of Jupiter. But he didn’t even act like that in HoH. He didn’t even seem like he was trying to take charge. All it took for me to actually like him was for him to lose the arrogant vibe. Moreover, when he decided to be Greek, I was sold! Once you go Greek, you can’t go back. 

That HUGE plot twist with Nico…When I tell you that I jumped on the bed and ran out the room, I am not kidding. I would never have guessed. That possibility was the farthest from my mind. When Favonius says, “The one you care for most fell into Tartarus” I’m thinking oh wow Nico is in love with Annabeth but no no no! I have to applaud Rick on that one because it was just brilliant. And can we just talk about Reyna? She went through the Mediterranean with just her horse for help and SURVIVED! I feel as if she doesn’t nearly get enough credit.

Percy and Annabeth. Percabeth. They are awesome together. They went to Tartarus and found their way back (with the help of Bob of course 🙂 ) The amount of love they have for each other is beautiful. They’ve been through so much and honestly, they can get out of any situation. I love how they keep each other going and as cliche as it sounds, they complete each other. Percy’s fatal flaw revealed itself quite a few times and if Annabeth wasn’t there to keep him grounded, bad things would have happened. This just emphasizes the point that they bring out the best in each other. They are the two characters that I will always love the most.

Everything about this book was perfect. I literally cannot find any issue or anything that bothered me. There was no cliffhanger! I’m satisfied with the ending. Now for another year-long wait.

Please like/comment or just talk to me if you love this book and all the other books as much as I do 🙂 Farewell for now fellow demigods.