Book Review: The Last Olympian

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I almost didn’t read this book. I had pretty much lost interest in this series with the previous book and wondered if I should even bother. But then it started to bother me, knowing that there was just one book left in the series and that if I didn’t read it, it would be forever unfinished. So I sucked it up and read this book.

No surprise here, I didn’t like the book. I had stopped caring about the characters and their problems, I stopped caring about whether they could stop Kronos or not. I just didn’t care.

I will admit, that I am a bit bummed that I didn’t love this series more. It started off strongly but then just got less and less interesting with each progressive book. I guess all books in a series can’t be stellar. Ah well.

But you know what, I read it, so at least I can say I read the entire series. However, now I’m wondering if I should bother with the Heroes of Olympus series or not.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Ten Books That Feature Characters That Are Non-Humans.

A lot of books that I read, and I’m sure everyone else reads, focuses on human or humanoid characters. So I thought it would be fun to list books that I have read, and a few that I haven’t, where non-human characters play a major role, if not are the main character of the book.

  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I had to start the list off with Black Beauty, after all, this is essentially an autobiography of a horse, told by the horse.
  2. Watership Down by Richard Adams. This one is all about bunnies and was one of those surprise reads for me years ago, because I didn’t expect it to be good but man was it fantastic.
  3. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. A series about a race horse and the boy who rides him. I have read nearly all the book in this series and really enjoyed them as a kid, and even rereading them as an adult was enjoyable.
  4. White Magic Trilogy by Caitlin Brennan. Horses play a major roll in this fantasy series.
  5. Misty Series by Marguerite Henry. Big shock, another book series that focuses on horses. I was/still am in love with horses, so of course nearly every book on this list is about horses. These books, as well as her other horse books, were major reasons why I developed a love of reading.

Well, I didn’t quite make it to ten, but that’s fine. Any books you can think of that have animals/non-humans as main characters?

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Dead Ringer by B.J. Daniels

What I did Last Week

Read

I didn’t do too much reading last week. I did get to A Bride’s Story Volume 9. This book arrived on Tuesday and I very eagerly jumped into it. I enjoyed this one much like the previous volumes and can’t wait for the next one to come out, though I know it will be some time before that happens.

 

Then I read Ranma 1/2 Volume 1. I watched the anime years ago and have wanted to read the manga ever since. I really enjoyed this first volume, and will be continuing on with the series whenever I get my hands on the rest of them – which will hopefully be soon, because I really want to keep reading this one.

 

Watched

I watched a couple episodes of The Incredible Dr. Pol at the beginning of last week. Other than that, the TV was off limits to me because of family – not that I didn’t want to watch things, but my parents have an issue with sharing the TV and thus no one else can watch anything while they are here.

Life

I don’t even really want to talk about it. My parents came up for a visit and everything just went to shit after that. Then, as the icing on the cake, the boy and I ended up getting bad colds, so our suffering intensified.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

No solid plans here. I have a couple of books that are partially read, and my hope is to finish them this week, but it all depends on how much reading time I have.

Watching

I probably have several things on the PVR from the previous week that I should watch. Other than that, don’t have any real plans for this either.

Life

I’ve got a few things that need to get done around the house this week, though they might not get done right away. It will all depend on how long this cold I’ve been fighting lingers.

Book Review: Dead Ringer

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

After reading Dark Horse, the first book in the series, I was eager to continue on with it. So I quickly dove into Dead Ringer. This is a very quick book to read, I got through it in a couple of hours.I found the flow of this story to be really good, smoothly going from one moment to another, which really helps to pull the reader fully into the story. The only downside is that I found the book didn’t stick with it. A couple of days after reading it, I had begun to forget big chunks of it. Which makes reviewing it a bit difficult but I will do my best.

One thing I do know if that I enjoyed this one more than the first book, despite the story of the book fading fairly quickly from my memory. I can’t say that the characters really stood out to me, as many of them had been introduced in Dark Horse and it was simply their turn to be in the lime light. It was the fast paced story that was the thing I enjoyed the most. From the moment you start reading, you are left wondering what will happen next and just how things will turn out, not just for the main characters but those who have smaller side rolls as well.

I did have one issue with the book, however I won’t do into too much detail so as to not spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. But there was one clue that should have been caught by pretty much every family member but wasn’t until the very end when a new and sudden element came into play. The only person who noticed it was the mother, who since she’s in a asylum couldn’t really put it into words, but her reaction should have clued in the others, especially her ex-husband who was there at the time.

Overall, this was a pretty good book. It’s just a shame that it didn’t stick with me. I will be continuing on with the rest of the series to see how the story ends. If you are looking for a quick and entertaining read, then this series might be for you.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

I don’t always stick to a seasonal TBR, but I am going to try my hardest to read all of these this fall, since they are all books I really want to read this year and time is running out. So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  3. Howl`s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  6. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  7. Orange by Ichigo Takano
  8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  9. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  10. I, Robot by Issac Asimov

There you have it, the books I’m really hoping to read this fall. What books are on your fall TBR?

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Cress by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

Nothing. I didn’t have the time nor the desire to read.

Watched

I didn’t watch too much last week. I did finally finish up the last few episodes of River Monsters from the PVR, as well as some episodes of The Incredible Dr Pol and a couple of documentaries I had recorded like a year ago. I also watched Miss Hokusai, which was different but I really enjoyed it. For Family Movie Night we watched Princess of Thieves, which we all enjoyed.

Life

It was a semi-busy week. I got more things done around the house, knocking off a lot of things on my to do list. The weather was pretty nice, though we did get quite a bit of rain in the last half of the week, but I still managed to get outside quite a bit in between the rain and storms. so when I wasn’t working, I was outside taking Penny for lots of walks and working in the garden.  Speaking of the garden, all that work of covering it the previous week due to frost has paid off. I was finally able to harvest a ton of beans and quite a few peas as well. I should be able to get at least one more big harvest before the end of the season. I did have to pull up some plants that has started to die, but overall, 90% of the garden is still there and looking really good. I also took another load of donations out of the house. These were things I had tried to sell in the last two weeks but no one showed any interest in, so off they went. I’m slowing gaining back all the space that is being used to temporarily store the things I am trying to sell. A few more weeks and it will all be gone – hopefully.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t know how much reading I will get done this week. I have family visiting, which means the chance of sitting down to read is limited. If I sit down to read, someone will inevitably come up and want to talk to me.

Watching

Much like everything else this week, what I have time to watch will be limited. My parents will be here and I swear they drive for two days just to watch TV the entire they are here, but I might be able to watch one of two things if I’m lucky.

Life

All plans I might have had this week have been put on hold due to family visiting. I don’t know what we will do, likely just sit around the house and be uncomfortable.

Book Review: Cress

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For some silly reason, it took me a full month to read this book. Mostly it was because I was busy with other things, you know how life gets in the way of a good book, yeah that’s what happened, and then when I did have time to read I would pick up other books (generally short manga’s that I could read in one quick sitting). I wanted to read this book so badly, but everything seemed against me finishing it. Luckily, I did manage to get it done a whopping thirty days after starting it, and I really enjoyed it.

I’m not going to go into much detail with this, but I will cover some key points. First off, I thought Cress was a great character. She had her quirks, some faults and a definite zest for life. There is a lot of character growth for her over the course of this novel and I think the Cress we will see in the next book will be even better. I still hate Thorne. Not as much as I hated him in Scarlet, but I still really, really don’t like his character. He has redeemed himself some through his actions in this book, but ugh I just can’t stand the man.

Like the previous novels, everything has been coming together smoothly, perhaps not for the characters, but in the sense of all the story lines intermingling and joining into one very strong and appealing plot. It’s this aspect alone that has made me enjoy these books so much. I honestly didn’t think I would like this series at all, and didn’t see how these retellings would work in any way, and yet here I am loving these books and looking forward to reading the next one.

Am I the only one that was disappointed that Cress’ hair got cut so early in this book? I get why it happened, but I was hoping to see more Rapunzel-ish action.

Overall, this was a really good book. I only wish I could have read it in more of a one sitting fashion instead of it taking weeks to complete. Even so, I loved it and am really looking forward to finishing off this series, and yikes the end is so close I almost don’t want it to end. If you haven’t read this series yet, I would recommend checking it out, as it has great characters and a wonderful story line.