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review 2017-07-17 01:08
The Last Olympian
The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan

Overall this was a satisfying end to the series. There's so much action, and it's so good. The series isn't perfect by any means, but it was definitely worth the reread.

 

The rest of this post is just a list of rambling notes/questions/observations so it's all going under a cut.

 

Potential spoilers for all Percy Jackson books from TheLightning Thief to The Last Olympian here.

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review 2017-07-17 00:37
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) - Rick Riordan

I remember this one being my favorite the first time I read the books, but now I'm not quite sure why.

 

I kind of like that Rachel Elizabeth Dare shows back up. In The Titan's Curse it kind of felt like someone had won a contest to get a character named after them... her appearance was so random. So it's nice that she actually has a part to play. (Like I said in my last review, I completely forgot so much of this series. Whole subplots didn't stick with me at all.)

 

There was another annoying cliche in the book of women who are naturally beautiful vs women who wear "too much makeup" (see Calypso vs The Sphinx). This idea crops up in a few of Riordan's books and I'm not a fan. It's an annoying, cliched message that just feels like lazy writing.

 

The use of cripple comes up again in this book. In this case Hephaestus is using it to describe himself, so I'm not quite sure what to make of that. Possibly still ableist usage of the term.

 

And can we please just kill the description "almond eyes" with fire? Even for non-Asian characters.

 

Overall, the pacing felt a little strange at times, but the story is good, raising the stakes and leading into the finale.

 

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review 2017-07-17 00:18
The Titan's Curse
The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan

Wow, I forgot basically everything that happens in this series, but the rereading was great because it was almost like reading it for the first time.

 

I enjoyed this one so much. It's probably my favorite this time around. I love the Hunters, and the story really starts ramping up. I love all these characters so much parts made me cry.

 

Also, Mr D is definitely Paul Giamatti’s character from Sideways, yes? I mean, he's excited about Pinot Noir making a comeback and going to stuff someone in a bottle of Merlot…

And thank you Rick Riordan for saying that freeze dried astronaut food is gross. Everyone I know says they loved the stuff as a kid, but it’s actually disgusting.

Onto my favorite from last time!

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review 2017-07-17 00:12
The Sea of Monsters
The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

This time around I gave The Lightning Thief an extra star and took one away from Sea of Monsters.

 

This is a perfectly serviceable sequel. It's just not as good as some of the other books/as good as I remember.

 

There are some continuity issues between this book and the first one from Mr D’s shirt (tiger print changes to leopard print) to camp food (from mainly healthy Greek fare to anything imaginable) to blue food (honestly, the reasoning behind the blue food changes in every book like Riordan was playing a game of telephone with himself).

 

I wasn't a fan of the "hula women" tattoos or the centaur with "his face painted like a Comanche warrior"... even if the centaur was Comanche, why would he wear war paint to a party? I don't think that makes sense...

 

I do love Tyson, and the adventure in this book is OK but feels too derivative of The Odyssey. Full disclosure: I've never really read The Odyssey, despite being assigned it freshman year of high school, so I'm mostly going off what I remember from sparknotes/pop culture references.

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review 2017-06-08 06:13
A Conspiracy of Kings
A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner

I legit thought the whole book was the events of the first third of the book. I have no idea how I managed to forget so much of this story. But that was great for the reread because it was like reading it for the first time.

 

The ending does make me mad that Thick as Thieves is a standalone story. I've been waiting seven years, I need some closure after this ending.

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