The ACTUAL Grand Finale

Blood of Olympus ~ Rick Riordan

I CHANGED MY BLOG NAME AND DESIGN WHAT IS THIS. Yes, I am still Simi and yes, it was a Grindylow in a tank that Harry saw the first time he visited Lupin’s office at hogwarts. It’s all good. Change terrifies me, but I hope y’all like. I’ve honestly spent so long deciding on a new blog name and I feel like I’m naming a child, which of course I am because my blog is my child. Obviously. Do tell me what you think in the comments!

Moving on… I’ve just finished the Heroes of Olympus.

Yes, I’m a mess.

I’m kind of utterly broken-hearted to be finishing this series? But at the same time, I totally understand that the seven heroes may need a little break from, ya know, saving the world. However, I do still have Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and Trails of Apollo to entertain me, so it’s all good, there’s no need to spontaneously burst into tears every 5 minutes like I am currently.

(Please note that if you never hear of me after this post, it may be because I’ve become a puddle of feels. Or a river. The River Simi perhaps. But don’t worry! The probability of this is only 107%, calm your chicken chow mein children, and get on with the post.)

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As Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge begin their journey back to Camp Half Blood to make peace between the Greeks and Romans, the seven heroes continue on to Athens to prevent Gaia’s awakening; but the road is bumpier than they think. They are forced to detour to gather the ingredients of the physician’s cure due to the goddess of victory, Nike, warning them that one of the heroes will die fighting against Gaia, and the cure is their only hope. To add to their misfortune, standing in their way of preventing Gaia’s destruction of the world, is all twelve of Gaia’s giants created to defeat each of the twelve Olympic gods, and they can only be killed with a demigod and god working side by side. But with the gods battling against their split Roman and Greek personalities, they have shut themselves off. Will the seven ever succeed alone? And will Reyna, Nico and Hedge manage to transport the Athena Parthenos, the statue which will join the Greek and Roman sides together, to Camp Half Blood before blood is spilled?

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Wow. So, I really enjoyed this book. I’d been seeing quite a few negative reviews and so was a bit wary when I dove in, but I actually LOVED it! The complaints were mostly about the ending battle and that it wasn’t as good as it should be for the finale or something like that? But I absolutely loved the ending battle. There is so much more of Reyna in this, as she has POV chapters, and her friendship with Nico is honestly the cutest thing ever and argh they just crush my squishy heart. Her ending ‘battle’ with Orion was THE BEST. She is so brave/badass/totally frickin’ awesome. And Nico!! And Will!! And the birth of Solangelo!! And the melting of my heart!!

Less Percabeth in this one 😦 but I guess they’ve had their share for, like, 8 books. This book was centered more around Jason, Piper and Leo because they were the three to kick off the series, so they’re the three to wrap it all up. And personally I love that because their friendship is so so awesome and Rick tries his best to make Leo not seem like too much of a third wheel. Speaking of Leo… I don’t want to say much because spoiler alert, so I’ll just say AZJSDFBEH I LOVE HIM SO MUCHH *cue fangirling*

Then there’s Jason. I still don’t 100% get why he didn’t die? HE GOT IMPALED BY AN IMPERIAL GOLD SWORD FOR ZEUS’ SAKE. (No, that wasn’t a spoiler because it happens at the beginning so eh.) And when is Piper gonna stop with all this badass-ness? Where does she even get it? Her cornucopia thingy? She’s just awesome.

I just want to wrap up by saying that Rick Riordan is an absolute legend. I don’t fully comprehend how he can write such an epic, page-turning, jaw-dropping, even slightly educational storyline, as well as characters that are so lovable and badass. I honestly couldn’t choose a favourite book (except The Titan’s Curse and The House of Hades) or character (after Percy, Annabeth, Leo and Nico) because they’re all amazing!! So much love for these books.

Ok, this fangirl is out.

Clover count: ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠ (9/10)

Deep into the depths of death

House of Hades ~ Rick Riordan

Heyyy young mortals.

I can hear the Lemons of the world screaming even from my house in the middle of nowhere in which I read, bake and hold my enemies captive in a cage made of the shattered pieces of my squishy lil soul. Ahaha I’m just kidding, I can’t bake. But yes, today is the day that A Series of Unfortunate Events is released on Netflix and OH MY GIDDY AUNT the hype is unreal, peoples. I might even write a review for it, it’s that exciting.

Moving on, I’ve just finished the penultimate Heroes of Olympus book and arghhh I am SO BUZZING for the last book: my heart is all a-flutter and I’m baking brownies just to calm myself, because food is calming. I’m so close to finishing the series and my squishy heart is breaking a little, but I’ve got a beautiful amount of books itching to be read, so it’s all good! I won’t be turning into a lonely, bookless apple pie anytime soon. On to the review…

And um, to Tartarus with spoilers.

Tartarus (/ˈtɑːrtərəs/; Greek: Τάρταρος Tartaros), in ancient Greek mythology, is the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans.

While Percy and Annabeth attempt to close the Doors of Death from the heart of Tartarus itself, the rest of the heroes must battle their way across the Mediterranean to find the House of Hades, a temple in Greece where the mortal side of the Doors of Death is located. This is the only way to stop Gaia from waking, but, for all of the heroes, it is their biggest challenge yet. Without Percy and Annabeth, the crew are struggling on their journey, and must discover more of their hidden powers to face the House of Hades and the monsters awaiting them. Meanwhile, Percy and Annabeth must travel across Tartarus, trying their best to survive each minute, looking into the face of death with almost every step they take. Can the two groups close the Doors from both sides and live to destroy Gaia once and for all?

Wow, where do I start with this book? There is so much character development and the plot is probably the best of all the Heroes of Olympus books and argh this book is perfection. First of all, Percabeth kinda squished my insides a little. I mean, traveling through Tartarus together was kind of a huge step in their relationship, and that’s saying a lot for these two. THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST. I really enjoyed their POV chapters because, bein’ in Tartarus and all, there was always a lot going on and they were basically fighting monsters all the time, but it wasn’t just crammed full of action; there were also a few cute Percabeth moments and some lovely walking on the skin of the god of damnation. Then there was some absolutely amazing development going on with Hazel. That girl just amazes me peeps. I love how she’s not wimpy – she has such a calm mind and thinks quickly about things. I did feel like her powers matured a bit too quickly, but I can understand that she’s pretty powerful, and you could definitely see that throughout this book. And a round of applause for Frank! He is the sweetest little thing and I’m so proud of him. I wasn’t overly happy about his ‘growth spurt’ and getting abs and stuff. I know it’s kind of a ‘becoming a man’ thing and a blessing from Mars and all that, but I miss teddy bear Frank because I feel like that was actually Frank. However, I do understand that he is a total beast in this as well, and it’s an understandable change. Oh, and Nico? HE IS SUCH A SQUISHY LIL BALL OF SUFFERING AND CUTENESS and even though I already knew the Nico spoiler in this, it still melted and shattered my soul simultaneously with all that stuff about no one accepting him and ARGH I am broken. Also: Jason and Nico are now, like, my fave friendship of the heroes.

Onto the plot, I loved how it was told from all of the seven in this so you could see things from everyone’s brainforests (yes, it’s back) and there was always something going on so it was never boring. I liked seeing Percy/Annabeth’s story in Tartarus and then a completely different plot occurring with the rest of the heroes. THE PLOT WAS PERFECTION BASICALLY. This book is just fabulous and I cannot even contain my squeals for the last one.

Clover count: ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠ (9/10)

Roman holiday 2.0

Mark of Athena ~ Rick Riordan

OH MY GOODNESS IT’S A MIRACLE I’M POSTING A REVIEW. I know, it’s been awhile, my bookish friends. But they’re back with brains (reviews with brains…? eh) bursting with, um, Greek/Roman-ish-ness and I’M STILL SO OBSESSED WITH RICK RIORDAN’S BOOKS ARGH PLEASE HELP. I just can’t get enough of his books. And can I just say, this book is actually really educational? And, for some reason, I love it? But more on that below.

The heroes of Olympus have finally united… but they’re not off to a great start. The seven have just begun their epic quest to save the world from being destroyed by Gaia, but have (unintentionally) started a war with the Roman legion and are now being chased across the country by them. In addition to this, they have only a week to rescue Nico Di Angelo from Gaia, and stop her from demolishing Rome. On their journey, they encounter many threats from their Roman enemies and Gaia’s monsters that follow them on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean; what they don’t know is that they must each face an even more hazardous challenge once they reach Rome and, if they fail, risk Gaia’s rise and the end of the world. But Annabeth must take a different path – she must prove herself as a true daughter of Athena and defeat her mother’s old nemesis… Alone. This is the biggest Riordan adventure yet, but do the heroes of Olympus have what it takes to save Nico and Rome? Does Annabeth have the courage to take on the most important quest of her life?

So, THAT CLIFFHANGER. MY FEELS. PERCABETH’S REUNION. THE LEO, HAZEL, FRANK LOVE TRIANGLE. JIPER TOTALLY NOT GETTING LEFT OUT. THE DAM JOKE AT THE BEGINNING THAT ONLY PERCY UNDERSTOOD. Oh, and the plot of course. But oh my goodness, I can hardly breathe right now. This book was so crammed full of stuff I’ve literally forgotten the first, like, 400 pages. No joke. It’s probably my only query in this: I feel like there was so much plot that it sometimes sidetracked a little from the main storyline. I think it was just Uncle Rick sneakily slipping in little facts about the history of Rome and the Mediterranean and I actually learned a lot from this book about Italy that I never knew. See? Educational, yet slightly sidetrack-y. I feel like it could’ve been at least 100 pages shorter. Although, saying that, I think there was some pretty decent character development. Like Piper? I used to not really like her because she was a little annoying at times, but she was so awesome in this. AND ANNABETH HOLY HEPHAESTUS where do I even start with that girl? I’m really happy that she was sort of the main character in this book because she hasn’t really had a quest in Heroes of Olympus until now when she gets a whole book to herself and I love it and every Riordan book should be this way. Her little quest thingy? I would’ve died within about 3 minutes. I probably would’ve not noticed the hole in the basement and just fallen down and broken my neck and been eaten by rats or mice or dinosaurs or who even knows what. Annabeth is officially 10000000% more epic than she already was.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

Percy’s back, back again

The Son of Neptune ~ Rick Riordan

Hey everyone!

Guess what? This is my one hundredth post! That’s a lot of reviews… Anyway, I’m continuing with Heroes of Olympus, and, wait for it… PERCY IS BACK!! Yep, my all time favourite little cheesecake in the fictional world. No joke, he actually is. I very much think he should be crowned king of fictional cheesecakes.

Percy has woken from his long sleep and, after weeks of being chased by immortal gorgons without a clue of his identity, has finally reached his destination: Camp Jupiter, the Roman demigod camp. With his two new friends, Hazel and Frank, he must embark on a quest to rescue Thanatos (aka Death) so it is possible to actually kill their enemies. Furthermore, the trio must return by the Feast of Fortuna to stop a giant’s army from destroying camp; as well as this, Hazel is terrified that death will take her back to where she belongs, and she’ll never get the chance to right the wrongs of her past and in addition to that, Frank must risk his life for the sake of his duty, but has he got the courage? What lies ahead for the heroes is more threatening than they could have possibly expected…

Honestly, the only reason I actually like these books is because of Percy. Percy is perfection. PERCY IS PERCY FOR THOR’S SAKE. Just kidding, I do enjoy these books for other reasons, but mostly because of Percy. I was saying to my friend that I would only be fully satisfied when Percy and Annabeth are in the same book *distant sobbing* because, I love Percy, and I love Annabeth, but together THEY ARE THE CUTEST LITTLE PAIR OF SOCKS. Moving on – which here means “I will now begin rambling on about another beloved character” – Frank is the sweetest little human being (well most of the time haha) and he and Hazel are adorable. No, that wasn’t a spoiler because they were destined to be together since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet. As ever, Rick’s writing is packed so full of action, you could take it on a three week holiday. I seriously can’t remember most of the plot because there was so much of it. Truly I shall never get bored of the genius that is Richard Russell Riordan. Even his name is alliteration. T’was destiny that he became a writer. Destiny I tell you.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (7/10)

fabula nova

The Lost Hero ~ Rick Riordan

Hey young demigods!

So, as greatly anticipated, I’m reviewing The Lost Hero! *trumpets sound in the distance* Sorry I didn’t post last week – I was away for the weekend – but I’m back now with, yep, another Rick Riordan book. Not even just a book, A SERIES. Yes, yes, I know it’s exciting, calm your pegasi. Riordan’s only one of the best writers of all time. No need to squeal. Now go forth and post him some freshly baked venti for crushing my soul into a million pieces.

When Jason wakes up on a bus with no idea who he is, he certainly didn’t think he’d be toppling (literally) into a perilous adventure to rescue the Queen of the gods, Hera, from her crazy grandma, Gaia. Whilst still discovering his true identity, he and his two new friends, Piper and Leo, set off across the US on a flying bronze dragon to save Hera, therefore also delaying the awakening of Gaia, aka Mother Earth. But the trio are still discovering their talents, and they’re all keeping dangerous secrets from one another. To top it all off, they have no idea where Hera is being held captive, and they only have four days to find her. Piece of cake, right? Right…?

AH, UNCLE RICK IS BACK!! I was so excited to read this series because, honestly, I need more than just a Percy Jackson-sized slice of Riordan to survive in this world. I mean, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is amazing in every way, but I am a very hungry little bookworm. Excuse me while I go and eat Hammer of Thor (*cough* just released *cough* available on Amazon now). I like the fact that there’s now a variety of POVs because I do love to explore everyone’s brain-forests (yes, I just came up with this word and yes, it will now be incorporated into every single one of my posts).

My favourite new character in this book was definitely Leo. He is the cutest little thing on earth and I wish I could jump into the book and hug him to death. I mean seriously, this absolute babe has been through so much: he’s lost his family and is left to basically survive by himself; then he discovers his father is a god, and is forced to rescue a goddess from the evil Gaia, who made his life suck. Despite all this, he’s still cheerful and acts as ‘the class clown’, when really he does it to hide the pain and I just wanna bake him some brownies because this guy needs some serious appreciation. No joke, I spent most of this book sobbing for him. IMAGINE HOW MUCH I’M GOING TO CRY IN THE LAST BOOK. I can already picture The River Simi, the river of my tears in which I will drown. Wow, that got depressing pretty quick. I should probably shut up round about now.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

P.S. For anyone who wants to know, the title of this post means ‘a new story’ in Latin, because this series is a mixture of Greek and Roman mythology and the language of Rome is Latin.