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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.

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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 One fatal prophecy seven brave demigods a quest to find – and close – the doors of death. Annabeth felt as if someone had draped a cold washcloth across her neck. She heard that whispering laughter again, as if the presence had followed her from the ship. She looked up at the Argo II. Its massive bronze hull glittered in the sunlight. Part of her wanted to kidnap Percy right now, get on board and get out of here while they still could. She couldn’t shake the feeling that something was about to go terribly wrong. She couldn’t risk losing Percy again.

Favourite book so far. This was wonderful. We get to see into the characters past more and find out how some previous threads are interwoven. The journey in this book is fantastic and really well paced. Again a few characters from the previous series and some new ones. The new characters are always interesting and I feel like we are delving deeper into this amazing world Rick Riordan has created. The ending has me dying to read the next book!

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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson’s reality, which pretty much sucks for him.

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.

But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain – Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods, and the entire world might be destroyed . . .

Percy is back! Excellent instalment in this series. Again we are introduced to new characters who I really liked, Hazel is very interesting. I love the back story of all the characters Rick Riordan creates. Characters feel fully fleshed out and every detail feels like it will be relevant in the future.

Again loads of action written really well, really interesting story intertwining with the previous instalment. I feel like this is a recurring theme, but I cannot wait to read the next one!

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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OLD ENEMIES AWAKEN AS CAMP HALF-BLOOD’S NEW ARRIVALS PREPARE FOR WAR

When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

Like a lot of others, I was apprehensive about this series because the Percy Jackson series is one of my favourites. I need not have worded. This is a fantastic start to the series! The new characters are great and the reappearance of a few old favourites is great. The action scenes are wonderful, as usual Rick Riordan’s writing is fluid and intriguing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue with the series!

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, Ava ventures into the wider world. But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl – a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s journey and her family’s saga reaches a devastating crescendo. 

Warning – this book will give you all of the feels.

Ava is a girl born with wings. Her family is strange. We find out how strange by her telling us the story of her grandmother and mother. The characters in this are all fantastic. I loved Ava’s grandmother, Emilienne’s story and how we seen her character develop throughout the years. There are so many great side characters too who felt like fully flushed out characters not just there for the sake of it.

The writing in this book is exquisite. It completely envelops you in the plot and makes you feel like you are in the locations. The stories of Ava’s grandmother, mother and her own intertwine and at the end you realise how deep a story has been told.

I loved this book.