Review: The Burning Maze (Rick Riordan)

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The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .


RATING

3.5 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

It’s good to be back to the world once again! Other than delving into the Wizarding World, Percy Jackson’s world is also my most favourite place to settle down once in a while.

I started reading the first book of the series last year, and to be honest with you, Lester is not my favourite character. I mean like, he’s not like Percy or Annabeth who you can always count on to when it comes to saving the world and giving jokes etc. He’s definitely the opposite from them all. However, there is something about Lester that makes me stay with him till the end of the book. He has learned to have a sense of humility and to be more understanding, since he was once a God and Gods in his world are always often boastful and indifferent towards others.

This series also includes other characters from the Heroes of Olympus series so it is good to read about them as well. It is heartwarming to see them all helping Lester in completing his quest for the well-being of their universe.

There is a part where I feel like this is not even real. I could not get over with that particular scene and I really hope that it is not true. I cannot believe that it just happened. I am hoping for more exciting adventure from the wonderful characters!

I look forward to the next book from the series!

My review for

The Hidden Oracle
The Dark Prophecy

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Sabrina

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Ringing In The New Year Book 2019 Tag

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Happy New Year everyone!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but since it is 2019, why not I make a new book tag post! 🙂

RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2018?

There were many books that caught my attention. For standalone, Dear Martin by Nic Stone was such a powerful and moving read that I hope more people will read the book. I feel like shoving the book to people who have not read it yet! What are you guys doing in your life?

Alright another one, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Oh God this story. I couldn’t stop reading this once I started. The drama, tension and characters were so brilliantly written! I heard there is news about making this book to a TV series. Let’s just hope that the series is great!

For series, I guess The Trials of Apollo was great as well. I miss Percy Jackson and the gang and reading about them brought back memories of reading the PJO series.

Authors that you have recently found that you would like to read more of in the new year.

I would love to read more of Nic Stone’s, Angie Thomas’, Holly Black’s stories, and from a couple more authors.

Most anticipated book turned movie/TV show?

The second book in the series of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I love this first movie and I hope the second is way better!

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

Cardan from The Cruel Prince would make a good candidate LOL

What’s on your TBR for 2019? (Top 5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list)

My main TBR:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone
  2. Renegades series
  3. The Weight of Our Sky
  4. The Wicked King

How many books do you hope to read in 2019?

I target for 40 books this year and I hope I will make it! Last year I read 46 books and I am proud of it 🙂

Will you participate in the Goodreads reading challenge or any others? (Popsugar, Down the TBR Hole, Etc.)

This year I will participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I target 40 books to read by the end of the year!

Any New Year’s resolutions? (Bookish, blogging or vlogging, and otherwise)

  1. To read more books
  2. To expand horizon – read more genre
  3. To do more blogging
  4. Get a job

That’s my book tag, guys! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in another book tag! 🙂

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Sabrina

Review: The Dark Prophecy (Rick Riordan)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Zeus has punished his son Apollo – god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to the fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along with Apollo and Leo for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.


RATING

4 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

I cannot thank Rick Riordan enough for making Greek and Roman mythologies fun to read. This story is the second book in The Trials of Apollo series, as we watch the greek god, Apollo or known as the teenage Lester tries to regain his godly powers.

In The Dark Prophecy, we are reunited with the amazing casts of Heroes of Olympus series who are Leo Valdez and Calypso. In this world, we just have to be prepared to meet many new Greek and Roman gods, monsters and characters of all types.

I have come to love Apollo and all of the characters in the book. It is very interesting to watch him struggle with the adversity of being human. Meg McCaffrey on the hand is being such a sport to Apollo by being a good travelling companion to him, in order to face the quest. Apollo has realised that mortals do rely to each other, unlike Greek and Roman gods, so he is getting more loyal and devoted to his friends. Apollo is less self-centered now, but sometimes he still thinks that the world revolves around him. He expects things to go smooth sailing without needing to do any work.

I love for the fact that all of them care for each other so much that they are willing to do anything to see the other survives. Seeing them protecting each other truly warms my heart. I truly appreciate the appearances of LGBT+ characters in the book as it shows that all characters regardless of what their orientations are celebrated and welcomed.

The action is non-stop and engaging. There is something so incredibly fun about Rick Riordan’s writing that makes me truly engrossed into reading about Greek and Roman myths. I feel so knowledgable reading about them as I didn’t have the chance to properly learn them in school.

One of my favourite characters in the Percy Jackson series has returned and I am so excited to read about him in the next book, The Burning Maze with our favourite duo, Apollo and Meg! Guys, this is only the second book of a five book series, but I see so much potential! The problem is that one year of waiting for the next book can be so unbearable. Just pray that our beloved cast won’t die in the series 😦

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Sabrina

Review: The Hidden Oracle (Rick Riordan)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

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.


RATING

4 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

I knew that I would be again mesmerised and happy when I read anything by Rick Riordan.

This book is honestly action-packed, full with comedy and full of diverse characters! The main character, Apollo is such a funny guy. However, I love Percy more to be honest! I wish there is more scenes with Percy in the story, because after the universe all started from Percy’s point of view. I think the writer wants other characters to be as the center of the story line. I truly appreciate Percy’s role in the book and it truly shows his importance to the story even better. In this book, Percy is more relaxed because he has his SAT to complete in order for him to persue college with Annabeth Chase. Percy is very thoughtful of his future! Good Percy 🙂

It is very refreshing to read Apollo’s point of view in his angsty teenage mortal self, from being a very self-centered God to a loveable and funny character. His narration in story is very interesting as he actually knows stuffs even back in his golden and modern days. His character reminds me of Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter, not in a bad way.

Overall, I pretty much enjoyed reading this. It is a good refresher to understand about the universe, after we have read the Percy Jackson’s and The Heroes of Olympus’ series. There are many characters from both of series make appearances and it is heartwarming to see all of them are included in Apollo’s journey in being a teenager. I also love Apollo for being so openly bisexual, he accepts his son’s boyfriend with an open heart. And all the drama of Gods from Greek and Roman mythology, what’s not to love? LOL

Excited to continue book 2, THE DARK PROPHECY ❤

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Sabrina