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Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

28186 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: April 1, 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books
Series: #2 (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Length: 288 pages
Source: Bought

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.”


The Sea of Monsters is a fantasy sequel to the first book! It was so action packed that I flew through this book within a day. I have NEVER binged read a series before, and this book just makes me want to finish the whole series asap because I want to know what happens to Percy and the gang. In this book, something bad happens to Camp Half Blood and it’s up to Percy and Annabeth to save the day again.

I just love Rick Riordan’s writing. It really does feel like Percy is narrating the story. It’s amazing how he can bring each of his characters to life through written words. Even though Percy Jackson is still a child in this book, I can see that he’s becoming more mature and responsible. Although we don’t get to see much of Grover in this book, he’s still hilarious as ever! Annabeth still has that I- know-it-all attitude, but I still like her character. She’s brave, wise, and kick-ass and I can’t wait to see more of her adventures with Percy.

I also love how we are introduced to other mythical creatures like Hermes, the Siren, etc. I haven’t brushed up on my Greek God 411 since my freshman year of high school (5 years ago) so I’m interested in to reading more about these Greek creatures. This is the type of series that will get you out of that reading slump so I suggest you read it asap! Overall this book was all I could hope for. It’s definitely worth the time and money.

5 of 5

Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

6131164 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 19th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
Series: #3 (The Infernal Devices)
Length: 570 pages
Source: Bought

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.”


What a satisfying, page-turner, jaw-dropper conclusion to The Infernal Devices trilogy! I am so happy I continued reading this trilogy after not being a big fan of the first book (Clockwork Angel). There are some crazy rollercoasters that happened in this book that I would have never guessed. I loved the climax and how everything turned out even though it was a bittersweet ending.

The characters and romance were spectacular! I totally ship most of the relationships in this book because they are awesome <3. Spoiler [I totally ship Gideon and Sophie. Like, when I read their scenes, I just die inside because CUTENESS OVERLOAD. Not sure how I feel about the Tessa-Jem-Will love triangle though. At first I loved it, but now Tessa can’t make up her mind lol]. I also enjoyed seeing the characters grow and it still amazes me how these characters are only teenagers! I always thought Jem & Will were like in their mid twenties because of how they spoke and acted but they’re like 17! My favorite character is Sophie though. She is so wise and thoughtful and I’m so happy how her life turned out!

Now the ending… SO DEPRESSING. Spoiler [The epilogue made me so sad since it basically said everyone dies except Magnus, Tessa, and Jem. How depressing Cassandra Clare!] It was so sad especially the epilogue but it was a fantastic end nonetheless. One thing that prevented me from giving this a 5 star is that I still get confused what a Nephilim, Shadowhunter, Downworlder, Silent Brothers blah blah are. I think that wasn’t emphasized enough or explained thoroughly. Overall if you’re hesitant to pick up The Mortal Instruments but want to see what the buzz is all about with these Shadowhunters, I suggest you pick up The Infernal Devices trilogy! The writing style is beautiful and the characters have so much depth and flaws that it’ll be hard to not fall in love with them!

4 of 5

Review: Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly

18601430 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 6, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Series: #1 (Waterfire Saga)
Length: 324 Pages
Source: gifted (thanks dad)

Serefina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.”


 It was really hard to get into Deep Blue at the beginning since there are these mermaid terms, places, etc. that were being explained and it was just hard to remember all of them. For me, the first 25% of the book was just info-dumping which turned me off a bit. I could have read this book much faster if it weren’t for those info being dumped at the beginning. I really like the 2nd half of the book though! The plot was finally going somewhere and there was a mystery aspect in the plot which I always appreciate in books. I love books that keep me guessing!

Unfortunately, the characters did not leave a huge impact on me. I feel like we were just getting to know the characters, but the book suddenly ended. I thought the romance was also okay. The first 25% of the book was heavy on romance since it’s an arranged marriage, but as the story progresses, it is more about friendship and conquest. Overall I honestly don’t have any strong opinions for this book lol. I thought it was okay and could have been better. I liked the cliffhanger at the end though which is why I will still continue on in the series.

3 of 5

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