Thursday, October 23, 2014

A RotBTD Story: Sorry for the feels?

So as you may know, I fell into this fandom called Raise of the Brave Tangled Dragons when I first joined the Tumblr world around a year ago.

And during one of my many bored days, I posted this text post:
"YOU KNOW WHAT I WANT?

 I want some really cool person to draw this RotBTD scene that I’ve had in my brain for like days. And since I can’t draw worth a pot of gold, I need some talented, amazing, person. A person who I can be eternally grateful to!

So here’s the idea, and I’m just throwing this out there so people can act on it. Or not act on it. Or expand it with me!

Okay, so this big battle has just happened. I mean, like Merida and Hiccup brought out armor for this battle. I’m not sure who they just fought, probably Pitch and his nightmares? AU where they’re fighting to defend Rapunzel and her kingdom?!

Anyway, so they’re battle weary, with chaos around them but the battle is over (at least for now). Our heroes are together, because one of them has fallen. My mind can’t decide between it being Jack and he’s being held by Merida/Rapunzel whose crying because of the wound he has and they don’t know at that moment if he’s going to make it. Or it’s one of the girls being held by Hiccup.

That’s the heartbreaking, yet epic, image that has been trapped in my head for a while.

Also, its always Hiccup from his sequel. Because I just think he has great hair."
Anyway, so that was on October 23rd, 2013. Now I don't whether someone did act on it, because I never found out. But I was pretty content on it just being out there. I really just needed to get the idea out into the open so it would stop running around in my head.

And then this happened. I'd forgotten I'd written it in response to my call for collab on tumblr like a year ago. So I though I'd post it somewhere so that other people besides myself can read it.

Before I post what I wrote on here, I would really just like to apologize to the RotBTD fans who get upset by this. Whether it's because you've been emotionally moved (I hope) or these characters are totally OC and I just ruined it.

I didn't want to publish it on FF because it's not a real story. It's just a part of one that could possibly one day -probably not- be expanded upon. And this is my space to share. So I am sharing.

The characters of this story do not belong to me. They belong to their respective owners. I am just simply creating a story, which the plot does belong to me, with them. I intend to make no money out of this reproduction. I only intend to give some fandom love.
                                                                                                                                                                   

"Merida! Merida!" Hiccup yelled, pulling off his helmet as he did so. His long brown hair, plastered to his face by sweat, did well to hide the fearful look in his eyes. "Merida!" He shouted again, pushing it away from his face, leaving a streak of blood and dirt on his face. His head turned rapidly, trying to find that red hair amongst the warriors that still remained standing.

A cold fear gripped him. He lost track of his friends amongst the battle to defend Rapunzel's kingdom. The last time he'd seen Merida, she was shooting her arrows at the enemy on the ground instead of the tower she'd been assigned to. It was just like her, to run into the heat of the battle instead of staying where it was safe. Where she wouldn't get hurt. "MERIDA!"

"Wad yer stop yellin' ma name?" Merida asked, coming out from amongst a pair of fallen soldiers. Her usual fair skin was covered in ash and dirt, but it was hers none the less.

"Merida," Hiccup said relieved  and hurried to her side, forgetting his helmet and shield where he dropped them. "What happened? Are you okay?" He reached for her arm and helped her up, checking her over as he did so. She looked fine, besides a cut across her cheek and another on her arm.

"Hiccup, I'm fine," Merida reassured him, holding his arm to steady herself. And reassure herself he was okay as well. Like him, she'd last seen him in the middle of a fight between one of Pitch's men, swords clashed. And then she hadn't seen him at all. "I'm fine."

Hiccup pulled her towards himself and embraced her, a hand moving her red mane out of his face. He was just relieved to see she was okay. Rapunzel was safe, still in the castle with an army to protect her. Protect her from Pitch who wanted to bring her kingdom down. And Jack- "Where's Jack?" Hiccup said suddenly, pulling away from Merida to look at her.

She gave him a confused look. "Was he nae wi yer?"

Before Hiccup could say anything, a rider on a horse galloped towards them. Hiccup's sword was back in his hands and Merida had an arrow notched in her bow, both with a dangerous look in their eyes. "I'm with the palace," the rider said, coming to a halt. The symbol of the sun was visible on his chest plate. His breathing was labored and as the two lowered their weapons slowly, he spoke. "M'lady, Rapunzel, she needs you at the palace. It's Jack." He'd gotten off his horse in time for Merida to swing herself over and extend a hand for Hiccup. She pulled him up and turned the horse back towards the castle, breaking into a fast gallop as soon as he was on.
She was better on horseback than any of them, and only Merida would have been able to dodge the obstacles between them and the castle. Hiccup tried not to look to long at the ground. So many lost. On both sides.

They reached the castle and Hiccup was already jumping off the horse before Merida had pulled the stallion to a halt. He landed with a thud, and dark sand arose  into the air before settling again. It was everywhere; Pitch had been there.
They pushed the doors open with a force that made them thud loudly when they hit the wall. "Rapunzel!" Hiccup yelled.

"Jack!" Merida shouted.
"Hiccup, Merida!" Rapunzel's voice sounded frightened and her friends broke into a run towards the throne room.

They halted at the entrance, shocked by what they were seeing. There were ice walls everywhere. Black ice. But the thing that shocked them most was Rapunzel. Rapunzel's long hair was no longer blond, instead a chestnut brown. And it was no longer long. Her long hair laid around her, cut off and brown. There was black sand everywhere, and she was covered in it. She looked up at her friends, her green eyes filled with tears as she looked back down. And then they realized it wasn't Rapunzel who was covered in the dark sand, but Jack. His white hair was barely visible under it, and it wouldn't have been visible if Rapunzel hadn't been stroking it away from his face. His eyes were closed and his skin was almost as white as the snow he loved. Hiccup knew, right then, that they were too late. After all, he'd seen death before.
"Jack," Merida gasped and hurried to her friend's side. She knelt beside them, looking at the way Rapunzel cradled his head in her lap.

"What happened?" Hiccup asked, standing behind Merida, looking down at his best friend.

"Pitch," Rapunzel cried. "He wasn't after the kingdom, he was after me." She cried, struggling to calm herself down before continuing. "He came for me. He needed  m-my hair to keep him strong to wield his nightmares. Jack figured it out. He fought Pitch to keep me safe. But Pitch was so strong, he got Jack. I tried to heal him, but Jack pulled out a knife and cut my hair. Without its power, Pitch wouldn't need me. Pitch left, but not before blasting us with his nightmare sand. The only thing that kept us safe was Jack. He formed an ice shield to protect me." Rapunzel cried, tears falling down her face. "He saved me, but I can't save him."
"No," Merida said, stubborn as always. "No. Keep yer haunds on his wund Punzie, I'll get a helah who can save 'im," Merida turned to stand but was stopped when Jack grabbed her hand.

"No," Jack coughed, his voice weak. "No stay," he told her. Hiccup kneeled down next to Merida, closer to his friend. "It's too late for me Mer. I just wasn't quick enough."
Merida bowed her head, her hair hiding her face. She held his hand between hers and Hiccup put his arm around her. He could feel the way she quivered, and  knew she was crying. "You just had to be the hero, didn't you Jack?" he asked, trying to sound teasing but it came out somber. Jack's eyes flickered towards his oldest friend's and he smiled slightly.

"I knew you would have my back. Couldn't have that. Someone has to look out for the girls. And I don't trust anyone besides you." Hiccup nodded, grasping Jack's shoulder and giving it a gentle squeeze.
"I'll look out for them," Hiccup promised, his voice cracking slightly. "I promise Jack."

Jack smiled and gave him a small nod, knowing that Hiccup would give his life to keep the promise. Just like he had. He turned to Rapunzel, whose tears spilled from her eyes, trailing down her beautiful face. Jack took his hand from hers and wiped the tears away.
"Don't cry for me," he told her softly. "Be strong." He ran his fingers through her shorter hair. "Sorry about that. It was the only way to keep you  safe."

Rapunzel shook her head. "It's just hair," she cried. "It'll grow back," she was trying to be strong, to stop crying for him. But it was so hard to do when your heart was breaking. "Jack," she cried, but couldn't go on to tell him.
"I know," he whispered, his eyes closing. "Me too."

The three friends, all nobility by birthright, gathered around their fallen friend who was without a doubt, the noblest of them all.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Teen Read Week: October 18, 2014

It's Teen Read Week!

From the Teen Read Week site:
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
In honor of Teen Read week, I'm going to show case a book a day that I really enjoyed reading when I was a teen (as if it was that long ago).

I also realized that I should probably be attaching reviews to these books, but honestly some of these I've read so long ago that it's hazy. And I probably already wrote a review for them then, so I really don't want to write another one. What I can do is direct you to places where I've written reviews, such as Book Away and my Goodreads account.

Today's book, and the last one for the week is:

Tomorrow, When The War Began, John Mardsen


The easiest way for me to explain this book is kind of also the most uninteresting way to push it: Australian teens band together to save their home from invaders. Think Red Dawn-esque.

Now I've never read past book one, because 1) I can't find book two at the library, 2) I haven't had time to read it. But I really liked this book, and I definitely want to read the second one and all the other books! I need to know what happens. I need to know who lives and who dies (I'm really hoping someone dies).

Suggested for: YA, Dystopian, Adventure, Survival, SciFi, Australia

Friday, October 17, 2014

Teen Read Week: October 17, 2014

It's Teen Read Week!

From the Teen Read Week site:
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
In honor of Teen Read week, I'm going to show case a book a day that I really enjoyed reading when I was a teen (as if it was that long ago).

I also realized that I should probably be attaching reviews to these books, but honestly some of these I've read so long ago that it's hazy. And I probably already wrote a review for them then, so I really don't want to write another one. What I can do is direct you to places where I've written reviews, such as Book Away and my Goodreads account.

Today's book is:
 

Warrior Girl by Pauline Chandler has been one of the best Joan of Arc books have I have read. And the thing is, it still tells the story of Joan without Joan being the main character! I love it! But it's so hard to find in print these days, at least I've had some difficulty finding this book new. 

For those of you who don't know who Joan of Arc is, let me tell you. Joan of Arc is a young French maiden who single handedly lead an army of Frenchmen into war, and made sure that Charles was crowned King, all while France was being taken over by the English. Sounds cool right? Well Joan claims to hear God's voice, and that the Angels of God tell her what to do, which is why she's a more Catholic figure while being depicted as a schizophrenic in the texts books. Whatever you believe, Joan of Arc is an amazing character/person. And you can read more about her in the summary of this book.

Suggested for: historical fiction, female protagonist, war, adventure, France, Joan of Arc
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teen Read Week: October 16, 2014

It's Teen Read Week!

From the Teen Read Week site:
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
In honor of Teen Read week, I'm going to show case a book a day that I really enjoyed reading when I was a teen (as if it was that long ago).

I also realized that I should probably be attaching reviews to these books, but honestly some of these I've read so long ago that it's hazy. And I probably already wrote a review for them then, so I really don't want to write another one. What I can do is direct you to places where I've written reviews, such as Book Away and my Goodreads account.

Today's book is:

I Am Not Esther, Fleur Beale
I remember this being one of my first "darker" books. It's about a girl who is forced to be a part of a religious cult and is forced to decide the type of person she wants to be. I remember it being really impactful because I'd never really read anything about religious cults. It's a good read and I definitely suggest it if you're looking for something to give you a different perspective.

Suggested for: religion, YA, realistic fiction, drama, coming of age, suspense, family

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teen Read Week: October 15, 2014

It's Teen Read Week!

From the Teen Read Week site:
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
In honor of Teen Read week, I'm going to show case a book a day that I really enjoyed reading when I was a teen (as if it was that long ago).

I also realized that I should probably be attaching reviews to these books, but honestly some of these I've read so long ago that it's hazy. And I probably already wrote a review for them then, so I really don't want to write another one. What I can do is direct you to places where I've written reviews, such as Book Away and my Goodreads account.

Today's books are:

Gone, Michael Grant
Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer




















Okay these books are both the first of two different series. They're actually pretty different books and are similar in that the world has changed and these "kids" are forced to grow up fast to survive. They're the dystopian books pre-Hunger Games you might say. But they're actually really different from the Hunger Games.

Life As We Knew It takes places in a now time, and the Moon has moved closer to the Earth causing natural havoc to ensue. It's the story of how the female protagonist and her family chose to survive. It's also the first of the four book series The Last Survivors. Go here for a summary.

Recommended for: SciFi, Adventure, Survival, Female Protagonist, Dystopian, Post-Apolcolypse

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Gone is the first book of six. Taking place in Perdido Beach, CA where an accident has occurred enclosing the small town in a giant sphere. All the grown-ups have disappeared and only the children remain. You can imagine the havoc that ensues. It's a really good read, featuring a male protagonist. In further books it goes into looking at survivors of natural disasters, who sometimes have to do the extreme to survive. A summary for you convenience.

Recommended for: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance (but not that much), Paranormal, Supernatural, Male Protagonist, Post Apocolyptic
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Written Thoughts (1)

I thought I'd start a little segment, where I would just publish these tidbits of prose that come to mind each day. You know how people doodle on the side of the page? Well I prose on the side of the page. And yes, I am aware that prose isn't a verb.

Anyway, here's the first one.

I feel like it's a poem, but it isn't really. It's kind of formatted in a poem-y way which makes me say it's a poem. But it definitely started out as prose.

And since it doesn't really go with anything that I'm currently writing, I thought I would just post it here.

Tell me what you think. Prose or Poetry?
                                                                                                                                                                 

Goffman’s theory was that everyone was an actor. Shakespeare would be the one to call the world a stage. Both are true.

Names just mean different characters. And I’ve had so many that its almost too easy to slip into the different roles each require me to be. But I’m not going to lie; it’s hard to remember the difference between the actress and the role. If the roles come so easily, is the actress but a vessel waiting to be filled?
 
I’m sure you’re wondering who I am. What my name is. What all the woe is for. Well hold on, that’s what this story is for.

And like the lack of sense this all makes, I’ll start at the end.

And you can call me Tracy.

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Some girls from the visiting school came a week in August, just as the classes were finally in session and running smoothly. It wasn’t their fault, they hadn’t known. They called me Tracy across the quad as I ate lunch by myself.

Had I known they were coming, I would have meet them at the door and told them the name I know carried. Or was trying to carry. But the attention was already on me as they slid in at my sides and asked about my summer. For it had been to long since we had talked.

I was still too new to have the name I shared be remembered. And everyone wanted to befriend the pretty English girls who visited, who happened to be friends of mine. So everyone called me Tracy. Saying what a great athlete I was though they vaguely saw me at the gym once. Saying how smart I was because I answered that one question in class.

Thus Tracy stayed. Even after the girls left and some of the ‘new friends’ stuck around. Tracy was neither my first nor last name. It just was.

That’s the year I became Tracy.

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He calls me Katie. And he’s the only one to do so. He does it only when he’s really happy. When he’s really compassionate. When he’s really sad.

It’s the name he says in the dark when we’re together. It’s the name he says in the day when we’re alone. It’s the name he whispers when he brushes my hair back. It’s the name on  his mind when we kiss.

Only one person calls me Katie.
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But before Tracy I was Val. Short for Valentina. Named after the first woman to ever go to space.

One of the sister’s at the school called me Valentina because there were too many girls in the class with my first name.

But Valentina is too long for the mouth of a elementary school girl. So they called me Val on the playground and during free time. They called me Val during arts and crafts and PE. During music and math.

Only when I was in trouble did they call me Valentina.

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To the boys at home, I am Kat. Named after another astronaut. But Kat is cute and fitting for the little sister whose five years younger than her youngest older brother. And ten from the oldest.

Kat is the name kind of name you can say quick and loud when you’re angry. The kind of name you can say with fun. The kind of name that you can shout when you call out in fear.

It’s the kind of name that gives the illusion of sweet, small and innocent.

It is the name my brothers call me.

--

Kathryn is the name my father calls me. He says it when he is mad. He says it when he is tired. He says it when he is hurt.

It’s the only thing he calls me because it’s the only thing he feels. He calls me Kathryn because that is the name he picked. Anything else reminds him too much of my mother.

And that he cannot bear.

--

I don’t know what my mother called me. Just as well since it would a role I cannot play. It is a role I will not play.

My mother died when I was born.

She did not have a chance to call me anything.

--

I carry all these names with me. They each reflect a part of who I am. They each are a different role I play. They are from my past, my present and undoubtedly my future.

I carry each one like a scar. It’s always there, though hardly visible. You see it when I point it out. You see it when I walk on that stage and  play that role.

Each name is a role I carry.

Each one fills me in some way.

There is no room for the girl who started it all.

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Her name is Valentina Kathryn Tracy.

Her father calls her Kathryn.

Her brothers call her Kat.

Her school friends call her Val.

Her teachers called her Valentina.
In college they call her Tracy.

And one boy calls her Katie.

To each of them she is one of them. But to me she is a girl who lost her way along time ago.

I am Valentina. I am Kathryn. I am Tracy. But I cannot be all at once.

 
 

Teen Read Week: October 14, 2014

It's Teen Read Week!

From the Teen Read Week site:
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
In honor of Teen Read week, I'm going to show case a book a day that I really enjoyed reading when I was a teen (as if it was that long ago).

Today's book is:





So Yesterday
by
Scott Westerfeld


                                 Originally Released: 2004
Read: 2007/2008
I read this book like once, but I remember really really liking it. Scott Westerfeld is well known for some of his other books, especially the Uglies series, so I thought I'd highlight one that isn't as well known.
 
It's definitely a book that was either well liked or not liked at all. I have to do a re-read some day, because maybe my tastes have changed? Click here for a summary of the book.
 
 Suggested for readers who enjoy: realistic fiction, contemporary, science fiction, YA


 

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Happy Anniversary!

A year ago today I finished my first ever, full length novel/story!

This is just a post to commemorate the event. Since I finished writing it, the story has gone through a lot of editing, re-reads, and some little baby spin-offs.

But before you get too excited, you'll probably never read the story. It is a fanfiction, I will admit to this, therefore I can't publish it. But still, I'm really proud because I have never ever been able to finish something I started when it comes to personal writing.

This particular fanfic I wrote for myself. Will I publish it on ff.net? Maybe. It's still kind of like my baby and I don't want to release it to the harsh world just yet.

 Here are the stats according to Microsoft Word when I first finished it:

Page length: 112
Word Count: 59, 559

I wrote the story in third person, past tense. And it's through the eyes of an OC which is why I call it my story instead of my fanfiction. It just feels like I borrowed the names of the characters and their backgrounds. I don't know. I'm just so excited!

 This post is really to just let people know that you CAN finish that story you've written. Who cares if it's fanfiction? Finish and be proud of what you wrote!

Also, there have been a lot of posts for today. That's definitely not going to be a norm.

Teen Read Week: Oct. 12-18

It's Teen Read Week!

From the Teen Read Week site:
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
In honor of Teen Read week, I'm going to show case a book a day that I really enjoyed reading when I was a teen (as if it was that long ago).

Because today is the 13th, I'll post two books that I think you should read if you haven't already!

October 12, 2014:





Alanna
the First Adventure
by
Tamora Pierce
 
Originally Released: 1983
Read: 2006/2007


 



This is my all time favorite book/series. I actually stumbled upon this book when I was in middle school, pulling it out at random from the shelves. It was destiny. I loved this book immediately upon first read, devoured it. I read the library copy so many times before I bought my own. The cover on the right is the version I had, while the cover on the left is the version that is supposed to be out now.

The first of four books, this is more than you're average growing up story. I loved them and I love the rest of the spin-off series that Tamora Pierce wrote in this universe. Click here for a book summary.

Suggested for readers who enjoy the following genres: Fantasy, Magic, Strong Female Characters, Female Warriors, Adventure, YA

October 13, 2014:





Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
by 
James PattersonOriginally Released: 2005
Read: 2008




 
This was a though one to decide on. I really enjoyed the Maximum Ride series, but only up to book 3. I mean the ones after that were still a hit with other readers, but personally, the series should have stopped after the third one.

It's still really good and I definitely suggested clicking here to get a summary of the book for more details. But I spent a lot of time reading and re-reading the first book and even tried to make some wings to be Maximum Ride for Halloween one year (yeah that didn't really work out...) and I always suggested it to anyone who needed a book to read.

Suggested for readers who enjoy this genre: Science Fiction, Action, Mystery, "Urban" Fantasy, Female Protagonist, YA, Strong Female Character

Review: The Blood of Olympus

Title: The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan

Publication: October 7, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Rating: 3/5

Summary from Goodreads:

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Overall

It was okay. Definitely not what I was expecting as the final book, especially when I think this books closes the whole Greek/Roman gods universe. It was a good book, but I definitely was expecting more. Compared to the final book of the PJO series, this one lacked.

In the beginning felt like I had missed something. When reading the beginning of The Blood of Olympus (BOO), all the characters were referring to events that had already happened. I understand that there was supposed to be a time-skip between this book and The House of Hades, but I was just very confused the first couple of pages. Since Riordan is known for posting short novellas (Percy & Kane crossovers for example), I didn't know if I had missed one referring to the events that had happened in the middle.

But once I got a hang of the timeline, I started going through the book pretty quickly, laughing at some of the jokes, sighing because of other jokes. It's the problem I have always faced when reading any of Riordan's books, boy humor, but that's probably because it's aimed for a middle school/beginning high school age group (which is a totally different problem).

Some parts I had to reread because I couldn't believe it, other parts I did find myself skimming and forcing myself to go back to actually read it. It didn't get me in the feels like books usually though, especially in the relationship department.

But overall, it was an okay book. If you're debating whether or not to finish the series, I would say read it. Learn how Riordan closes out the story, maybe it'll give you some closure. But it's definitely not the-stop-everything-you're-doing-and-read-it book.

The Characters

I love a good character development. And some characters had them, some did not.

As old followers will remember, I had a big dislike for Piper. But in the last two books, she's gone through a really great improvement. She's grown more secure with her own person, and she is a constant reminder that children of Aphrodite are fighters to. I felt like this book, Piper was more concerned about her relationship with her friends rather than her relationship to Jason. Which is good, because she's finally secure and comfortable being with Jason.

Jason. Jason Grace. I don't know what to think of him. I've always felt that he could be a better character. Don't get me wrong, I like Jason, I do. But if I had to pick between Jason and Percy, I would pick Percy. Jason just spends too much time doubting himself/what he wants to do and I never find him being very assertive. I mean this guy was Praetor! He defeated a Titan! But now I feel like he's eh. And he's always getting knocked out! I know it's a running joke in the series, but really? If he's that great of a fighter, why is he always "losing"? But I did panic a little when they where in Odysseus' home. Also why glasses? No. I do not approve of the glasses.

I have always like Reyna and I'm super glad we got to see a lot more of her in this book. We finally get a backstory! Basically be excited for some Reyna awesomeness.

Nico. Don't get me started with this kid. Nico as a character I really like. But the "development" Riordan gave him in the last book I didn't really enjoy. When it was revealed that Nico was gay, I was kind of shocked. Not at the fact that he was gay, because I honestly don't care whether a character is lgbtqa, but like many other readers, I just didn't see it coming. As in there was nothing in the other books to ever suggest that Nico wasn't straight. Part of me feels like there was a fan demand for lgbtqa characters lead to this. Which is why I kind of have a problem with his ending, especially the scene where he and Annabeth high-five. I felt that was really out of character for him. But besides that, I thought Nico's emotional development was great. I think it did him some good to be with Reyna.

Percy/Annabeth. THEY HAD NO POINT OF VIEW! Percy is one of my favorite characters and I was pretty upset that he didn't have a point of view. I know a large portion of HOH was dedicated to him and Annabeth, which is why he probably didn't have a POV. But still, I think there could have been certain scenes that would have been better narrated by him. And I feel like his character wasn't totally explored, or explored as deeply. There's this talk of how powerfully/fearful Percy could be, but you never really see that side of him.

The Ending

As I have said more than once, severely lacking. For being such an important prophecy, there wasn't much of a celebration/gratitude on the gods part this time. And it was all too nicely tied up. This character went there, that character did that. It gave everyone a HEA (happily ever after), which is kind of disappointing. I was actually reminded that this type of endings are usually aimed for readers of a younger age, because this book is actually targeted towards a middle school age. I mean, I started reading PJO when I was in Middle School, and I just forget that books don't grow along with me.

Also not enough deaths. There wasn't a big focus on the actual battle or darkness of the situation. But again, not aimed towards high school/my age.

It's the type of ending that lets you be content, but also allows for the author to have enough material for possible short stories/novellas in the future.

What did you think of the book? Do you agree with some of my views or do you totally disagree? Let me know in the comments!

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