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All The Bright Places

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. 

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

This book begins with Violet and Finch meeting on the bell tower both thinking about throwing themselves off, both have very different reasons.

Throughout the book we learn more about them and their relationship evolves. There were certain things about this book that bugged me, like Finch’s family’s reaction to him leaving for days at a time. No one seemed to care or try to understand which was infuriating but also happens in real life. I really enjoyed Jennifer Niven’s writing style and character development.

This was a great book. It has been compared to The Fault In Our Stars, which I understand in that the same audience would like it but the story and writing are very different.

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The Blood of Olympus

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Though the Greek and Roman crew members 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. 

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 . . .

I don’t want to say too much about this book as it’s the conclusion to the series.

It was good, I would have liked a bit more Percy and Annabeth.

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The House of Hades

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The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there’ll be hell on Earth. Literally.

Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there’s a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.

Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain – in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.

Tartus is terrifying. I felt claustrophobic and terrified while reading about Annabeth and Percy. It was brilliant! Rick Riordan created a hell which I would not like to visit. The supporting characters were great and all of them felt like they nada purpose and not just fluff.

The quest to seal the gates is great on both sides of the story. The Argo II gets into adventures as always and I  liked that we got to know Nico more in this book.

This was one of my favourites in the series.