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review 2018-01-07 21:28
Die Karawane zieht weiter
Helden des Olymp, Band 4: Das Haus des Hades - Rick Riordan,Gabriele Haefs

...es gibt zwar keinen durstigen Sultan, dafür aber eine übermächtige Gaia. Weswegen unsere Helden immer noch unterwegs sind. Ich finde es absolut in Ordnung, dass sich so ein dramatisches Problem hinziehen kann. Man muss ja nicht gleich alles innerhalb von einem Buch gelöst haben, das war bei der "Percy Jackson Reihe" ja auch nicht so. Doch allerdings haben die Bücher für mich ein wenig den Esprit verloren. Man merkt es vor allem in diesem Band an den unterschiedlichen Erzählsträngen. Es gibt Percy und Annabeth, die im Tartarus dahinwandeln, und den "neuen" Rest, der auf der Argus II rumgurkt. Die Figuren Percy und Annabeth sind in meinen Augen sehr viel ausgereifter und geformter. Womöglich liegt es auch nur daran, dass man nun schon einige Bücher über sie gelesen hat, aber bei ihnen gerate ich schon mal ins Schmunzeln. Da habe ich mich immer etwas gefreut, wenn wir mal wieder in der Unterwelt waren (sollte wahrscheinlich nicht der Grundgedanke sein). Leider kommt man immer wieder zu den neuen Figuren zurück, die immer etwas farblos und oberflächlich geblieben sind. Jeder hat nur eine Charaktereigenschaft (laaaaaangweilig!) Anders ist wohl das ganze Konstrukt auch nicht tragbar, denn bei so viel Abenteuer, das sie erleben, ist eben nicht genügend Raum für tiefer gehende Analysen. Und das ist etwas, was ich sehr öde finde. Es ist eine Aneinanderreihung von Kleinstkatastrophen. Kein Witz mehr. Keine Partyponys. Ziemlich bedauerlich. Früher gab es eine ordentliche Geschichte zu den Widersachern, mittlerweile kommt dies sehr kurz. 

Helden des Olymp ist eine Reihe, die ich mal sehr begeistert angefangen habe. Sie gefällt mir noch immer, aber jetzt lese ich sie eher aus Pflichtgefühl weiter. Nichtsdestotrotz hoffe ich beim großen Finale auf mehr. Und wenn es nur die Partyponys sind

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review 2017-11-30 10:02
#78 - Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2) - Rick Riordan

If you already have read one of Rick Riordan's books, you know they are really funny. They also always have the same kind of structure; they are fast-paced and hilarious. Well, you always know what to expect (and that is a good thing).

 

I marathoned the entire Percy Jackson and The Olympians series so I thought I would love Magnus Chase, and I did love the first book. However, this one did not work really well for me. Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, I often laughed out loud and I thought the chapter names were amazing, but I had trouble getting really into it. I'm not sure it was the perfect time to read it. Still, I definitely recommend this series because it is HILARIOUS!

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review 2017-10-29 03:16
The Ship of the Dead - Rick Riordan

Like all the books in this series, I really liked this. I think the best part of the series are the characters. I loved how his friends from the 19th floor had a bigger role in this book and had more character development. All of his friends are just so precious. I love them and want to protect each and every one of them.

 

Overall, this was a fantastic installment in the Magnus Chase series.

 

P.S. Alex is still my fav <3

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review 2017-10-24 02:35
A luster-less sequel in the Trials of Apollo.
The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy - Robbie Daymond,Rick Riordan

I'm not sure how to give a plot synopsis here -- basically, it's the continuation of the Trials of Apollo. He has another task to accomplish -- another of the new emperors to take down before the third one, in the next book. It's the same ol' set up that has served Riordan so well -- and will continue to do so for years to come.

 

Basically, Apollo/Lester has to go and find another Oracle. To do so, really, he has to face a lot of people that he's hurt/disappointed over the millennia. He learns a lot about himself, matures a bit. That part was good -- and the whole thing was entertaining. But it felt stale. I liked The Hidden Oracle a lot and was excited to see where this series went. Now, I'm not so sure. I'll finish the series, but with greatly diminished expectations.

 

Not that it got into details, but there was a lot more intimated/flat-out said Apollo's sexual history than I'm comfortable with for a MG book. The previous books in the Percy-verse suggested sexual orientation and activity, there was some romance, but this went much further than any of those. Honestly, it went a step too far. If this wasn't a part of the Percy-verse, or was clearly marketed toward older readers, it wouldn't have been that bad and I wouldn't have said anything about it. But that's not the case here.

 

As far as the audiobook goes, it was rough. Robbie Daymond was very aware that he was reading amusing material and he read it like each line was a punchline. It was the vocal equivalent of mugging for the camera, if you will. Now, there were a couple of serious and poignant moments, and Daymond pulled those off well, but otherwise it was tough to listen to.

 

I didn't like the narration, and didn't think the story/writing was as crisp as the first book in the series. But it was still entertaining enough. This isn't the one to start reading Riordan. But it'll do for his older readers.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/10/23/the-dark-prophecy-by-rick-riordan-robbie-daymond
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review 2017-10-07 20:03
The Demigod Diaries
The Demigod Diaries - Rick Riordan

I think this one is better than the Demigod Files, but I'm still not that into these filler books. If you love Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus it's worth checking them out if only because you get a little more of the characters you like.

 

I skipped the last story completely though. I don't really care what Rick Riordan's son has to add to this universe. Sorry.

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