August Recap

Here is a recap of all of the books I reviewed in August… Sorry I wasn’t able to review many books as I was away for summer vacation for two weeks!

My personal faves were: Every Breath by Ellie Marney and Impact by Steven Whibley.

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Countdown to The Blood Of Olympus- The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

This is my third book review for the Countdown… and book three of The Heroes Of Olympus series.

I hope to have reviewed the entire Lost Heroes series before The Blood Of Olympus comes out!

The Mark Of Athena

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Leo flies the Argo II into Camp Jupiter where the Greek and Roman demigods start discussing ways to stop the giants. Annabeth receives a message from her mother that tells her to find the Mark Of Athena and to avenge her. While she and Reyna are talking, Leo gets possessed by an eidolon, an evil spirit, and starts firing at Camp Jupiter.

The Roman demigods are outraged and all seven of them fly away in the Argo II before they get shot at by Romans.

Annabeth and the other six travel to find the Athena Parthenos, a magical statue of Athena that has the power to stop a war. At the end of their chase however, Annabeth says that she has to find it alone. She then battles the guardian of the Parthenos, Arachne, a huge spider who was once a goddess but had gotten bewitched by Athena.

Annabeth is very close to beating Arachne but something else happens that brings her to the brink of death.

Will Annabeth survive?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Heroes of Olympus – Book Three: Mark of Athena

Countdown to The Blood Of Olympus- The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Age Recommended: 10 and up

This is my second of the four reviews of The Heroes of Olympus series that I plan to do as part of the countdown to The Blood Of Olympus… Only two more weeks left!!    😛

The Son Of Neptune

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Percy Jackson has been running from gorgons for almost three days… No matter what he does, he can’t kill them.  They keep reappearing in the weirdest ways.

Right when Percy’s about to collapse, an old lady named June asks him to take her to a tunnel entrance. He does so and ends up at the Roman demigod camp. Percy loses his memory and doesn’t know who or what he is. All he remembers is one name: Annabeth. He doesn’t know why that name is important but just feels that he has a strong connection to it.

When Percy joins the Roman camp, he is placed in the worst legion. But when the war games start, Percy’s powers help bring his legion to victory. At about the same time, he meets Frank and Hazel, two other demigods who are part of the legion. Frank hasn’t been claimed by his godly parent yet but he is sure that it is Apollo, the sin god. Hazel on the other hand, is the daughter of Pluto, the god of the Underworld.

Frank gets claimed right after the legion wins the game but it turns out that his father is Mars, the god of war, not Apollo. Frank is disappointed but even more scared when Mars tells him that he will lead a quest in search of the god of death, who has been imprisoned. Until the god of death is released, the monsters who have been slayed will keep coming back from the dead.

Frank chooses Percy and Hazel as his two partners since the ideal number for a quest is three. The three of them then set off to Alaska to find the god of death and release him before any more monsters come back from the dead…

Will they be able to do it?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

Countdown to The Blood Of Olympus- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Book One in The Heroes Of Olympus series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Age Recommended: 10 and up

The Blood of Olympus, being released on Oct 7th. 2014, is the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I read the fourth book on the day it came out, October 7th, 2013 and have been waiting ever since (one whole year) for the next one. Since I’ve already read the first four books in the series, I’ve decided to do a book review countdown to the Blood of Olympus. I’ll publish a book review of the first four books, one a week… and then…The Blood of Olympus!!

Let the Countdown begin!!

The Lost Hero

 

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Jason Grace wakes up on a school bus and doesn’t know who he is. His girlfriend Piper and best friend Leo  are both sitting next to him. When he says he doesn’t know them, they think he’s joking. They then realize that he’s not and the three of them get really worried.

Jason finds out that they are on a bus to the Grand Canyon. When they get there, their group leader turns into a demon and attacks them all. Jason is amazed when a coin from his pocket turns into a sword. He uses it to fight off the demons to protect his friends.

Soon, a chariot comes to the Grand Canyon to pick them all up. They are taken to Camp Half-Blood where they find out that they are demigods, children of gods and humans. Jason turns out to be the son of Zeus, Piper, the daughter of Aphrodite, and Leo, the son of Hephaestus.

Piper befriends Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, who is another demigod at Camp Half-Blood. Annabeth tells Piper that her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, has been missing for a while and she thinks that Jason may be the key to finding him.

Annabeth takes Jason to the memory cabin to try and figure out who could have taken his memories and why. They find out that a goddess has taken his memories. Jason then receives a message from the same goddess saying that he needs to free her in order to get his memories back. Jason sets off on a quest with Piper and Leo to set the goddess free, get his memories back, and maybe even find Percy Jackson, the son of Neptune.

Will they be able to do it all?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

 

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Romance / Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

Finally!!!! I’d been waiting so long to read and review this book! As expected, it was an amazing book… I just watched the movie too!!

The Fault In Our Stars

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Hazel Grace has cancer. She walks around with a breathing machine that keeps her alive but she doesn’t see the point in living anymore. Everything she does, every extra day she lives, she lives for her parents.

Hazel goes to a support group every week but sees no point in going. Until she meets Augustus.

Augustus is a boy who had cancer. He comes to the support group to support Isaac, another boy who has one glass eye and is soon having a surgery which will make him completely blind. Hazel and Augustus hit it off and he invites her to his house for a movie. Hazel accepts and their relationship evolves.

Augustus and Hazel both want to meet a particular author but they find out that he is a recluse who lives in Amsterdam. Augustus uses his wish from The Genie Foundation, an organization that grants one wish to cancer kids, to get Hazel, him, and Hazel’s mother a trip to Amsterdam.

There, Hazel finds out that the author is an alcoholic that has no respect for them, even though they came this far to see him. Hazel apologizes to Augustus for wasting his wish but he says that he didn’t waste it…

However, the story takes a very unexpected turn toward the end of their trip and and Hazel is heartbroken.

What happened and will things ever be the same again?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Fault in Our Stars

 

In my opinion, one of the most impacting lines of the book:

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Book Review: Hush by Stacy R. Campbell

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

I liked this book a little more than Whisper, the sequel, because Whisper was a ghost story and I am, in fact, a scaredy-cat.

This book was also an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley.

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Hush

Blakely Henry is a country girl. She attends Lakeview school and when she finds British student, Max, staring at her, she doesn’t know why.

Max Ryder has come all of this way for a history assignment. Max had stumbled upon something big a while ago and he has flown halfway around the world to confirm it.

Blakely is a princess. Well, a princess until her eighteenth birthday, and then she’ll be the queen of a small, off-the-grid country. Blakely is adopted but she has long stopped trying to find her birth parents.

When other people from Blakely’s country find out that she is alive, they are astounded. People set out to kill her so that they can claim the throne.

Max finds out about this, but by that time, he and Blakely have fallen in love and he wants to protect her from what she doesn’t know.

Will Blakely die? Or will this story have a happy ending?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here:   Hush: A Lakeview Novel (Volume 1)

Book Review: Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 10 and up

This book appealed to me because it was about dogs. I love dogs of any kind and think I would like any book about dogs.

This book was also an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley.

Almost Perfect

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Benny is a teenager who goes to a therapeutic school. He has autism but it isn’t that noticeable.

Benny has always wanted a dog. When his father marries another woman who is really rich, Benny thinks that he will finally be able to get a dog. But turns out that Benny was wrong. His stepmother hates him a lot so he isn’t even sure if he can gain her affection, much less a dog.

Then something happens. Benny meets Bess, a former dog trainer and breeder. Bess has always wanted to take a dog to the Westminster Dog Show but she has never given a dog a chance.

When Benny meets Bess, he convinces her to let him train a dog for a chance to become someone and make his real mother, who has a drug problem, feel proud of him.

The dog shows bring a second chance. For Benny and for Bess.

Will they win it?

If you’d like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Almost Perfect