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review 2017-06-23 03:59
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

In lieu of a proper review (which I just haven’t felt like doing lately), I present to you a Percy Jackson Checklist:

 

☑ Monsters show up at school; shenanigans ensue.

☑ A quest is given; Percy’s participation is crucial.

☑ Other characters have to school Percy on Greek mythology because apparently he can’t be arsed learning all this stuff his life might depend on him knowing.

☑ Token mentions of ADHD.

☑ Annabeth is conflicted and angsty.

☑ Luke is conflicted and sad/angry (sangry?).

☑ Kronos is six steps ahead of everyone.

 

I could probably keep going and expand this into a Percy Jackson Bingo Card. But, much like Percy learning Greek mythology, I can’t be arsed.

 

I wasn’t thrilled with the advent of the love triangle (square . . . ish?) in this book, even though it meant Percy finally got a love interest not related to him. I will not be fooled into thinking that Percy will end up with anyone other than Annabeth, his first cousin once removed. Bleh. I’m still enjoying the series overall, but this kissing cousins thing does dampen my enthusiasm a bit. I should’ve kept reading this series as it came out. You know, before I realized pretty much everyone at Camp Half-Blood is related to each other.

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review 2016-07-25 08:31
Review: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

Goodreads summary:

This summary has some spoilers in it from the previous books, so that's why I'm not showing it to you guys.

 

My opinion:

While reading it I had a feeling between liking it and really liking it, but I wasn't obsessed. It took me more than ten days to read a book that only has 360 pages, so that says something. This is why I give this novel 3,5 stars. I still really appreciate this series and recommend it. I cant't say much more because it'll spoil the previous books too. If you like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I'm sure you'll like this book in this series too. Unfortunately that was/is my least favorite book (I still like all Harry Potter books, of course, but I've never been a fan of tournaments and sports events), because there were quite a few elements that were similar.  

 

What is your opinion about this book?

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review 2016-03-15 02:28
Another book another quest
The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

Yes. The fourth book for the Percy Jackson adventure. 

 

There is a threat. The bad guys are after Percy. He went back to the half blood camp and the new quest is formulated and begin the next adventure. 

 

It is a bit formulated. But then this is for young children who lives are separated into intervals between schools and summer holidays. 

 

So it is more suitable for them. As adults do like simple thing that is predictable yet with a bit of good storytelling. So this is just good for a fast read. 

 

This is the 4th and I got the 5th and final one already in the series. 

 

Start with a 4 stars first as I'm only 40% into the book. 

 

70% finished.

 

And the part that Percy discovered his power is kind of cool.

 

The part he got some romantic idea is not so good. Percy sound so clueless when it comes to having feeling for a person that is beyond friendship. This is just not convincing. 

 

Or is it too long ago that I forgot how teenagers act.

 

One, Annabelle kiss him. 

Two. Another girl kiss him on the forehead.

 

And Percy has "no reaction". Not like "oh my gosh it feel weird to be kissed"? 

Percy reaction is, stand there and not able to move. But more important thing comes along and he has to do that other thing.

 

No. 

 

Seriously. I would except that he talks about it or at least try to find the chance to talk about this with the kiss planner first. 

 

 

 

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text 2015-10-20 20:30
Battle of the Labyrinth
The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

This book is about a half-human, half-god boy named Percy who went to attend a new school orientation, which ended in disaster; the school was on fire, two cheerleaders who happened to be demons attempted to kill Percy and his mortal friend. After escaping from the school, him and his equally half-god friend went to their camp (which is a special camp for half-bloods). There was a new swordfighter named Quintus, who came into the camp through the Labyrinth, which is a huge, constantly expanding series of tunnels with deadly traps and hard to navigate. Luke, (who was a camper, and betrayed everyone and left to join Kronos and the Titan Lord’s army and take over Olympus) searches for Ariadne’s string, (which allows him to navigate the Labyrinth and take over the camp). Percy, his half-brother, and his friends went into the Labyrinth a few days later to stop Luke from getting the string by intercepting it from Daedalus,  the creator of the Labyrinth, and try to find Pan, the god of the wild whom Grover had been pursuing for years. The quest consisted of battles with strange monsters who tried to eat the three, betrayal, Percy almost dying and ending up on an island in the middle of nowhere for weeks, and finding out that Quintus is actually Daedalus in another form. After that, a terrible war broke out at camp, leaving a few dead, including Daedalus to get rid of the evil Labyrinth. Percy went back to his mother’s for the summer, however, his father, Poseidon, came to warn him that most disaster awaits.

 

I noticed a few connections in this book. Percy is hyperactive and finds almost everything he sees appealing, and he can identify secret messages. This connects to some people because people do pay attention to many little features of something, and sometimes that allows them to identify things or see things in their true form. In the book, when Quintus reveals himself as Daedalus, Percy does not believe him and he replies with something that he ends up unsatisfied with and comes up with three things he could have said, because he wants his reply to be witty. This connects to be because sometimes I don’t have time to decide what to say and end up saying something that makes no sense, and I keep on thinking of things I could have said. This book reminds me of a book I read a long time ago called Fox because that book also consisted of someone bypassing the dangers of outside through a tunnel to get what they need and return.


I would recommend this book to others because it gives the reader the feeling of suspense, and it is usually exciting and full of action. Some scenes in the book are even creepy and scary. When reading the book, I couldn’t wait to get to the next page, where what happened next is explained. In the book, during the fights, you probably would want to imagine what the scene would look like and sound like as they were explained in the book. At some parts of the book, the author would describe what the three saw in the Labyrinth in such a way to create an eerie mood. I would recommend this book to people who like a story with a lot of action, suspense, and scenes that will either excite you or scare you, so if you like to read a thrilling story, this book is for you.

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review 2015-04-28 17:54
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

Before reading the Battle of the Labyrinth I felt that Percy Jackson and the Olympians series kept getting better the further along I read, and thus expected this one to be the best one of the series so far. I was not disappointed!

 

The story is getting more intriguing and diverse in this book, at the same time as it is getting more focused. Riordan is handling the more serious sides better, and though the humor is still very much in place, I feel that it is less silly now. 

 

I also love the growing intrigues, though that might just be me preferring the characters being older than they were when the story first began.

 

Over all I am very pleased with this book; I'm feeling more confident in Riordan being able to give me as a reader what I'm looking for which makes me able to relax and enjoy the ride. I highly anticipate the finale of the series, and will jump straight on that right away!

 

- C

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