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Review: The Titan’s Curse (Rick Riordan)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

My mother pursed her lips. “I’m telling you that … you’re getting too old for me to tell you what to do. I’m telling you that I’ll support you, even if what you decide to do is dangerous.”

And this kind of settles in which direction this third book is heading. If you’re already familiar with Percy Jackson (which I’m pretty certain you are, because otherwise you wouldn’t read this review, right? *lol*) you know that the first two books were fun and had a lot of jokes in them. The third one? Not so much. Whilst it’s true that “The Titan’s Curse” was very entertaining and full of Uncle Rick’s trademark adventures I still have to point out that it was way more serious than its predecessors.

”It’s cool. No sword. See? No sword. Calm thoughts. Sea grass. Mama cows. Vegetarianism.”

Yes, we still have Percy’s funny remarks but just like the Harry Potter series this series is growing as well. The characters get older and their quests get more dangerous and grim. The stakes are higher and our characters are forced to realize that not everyone can be saved by a hero. For instance we’re barely a few chapters into the book when Annabeth disappears with the enemy. There’s no trace of her left and for all they know she even might be dead. Not that Percy would consider such an outcome! He has to save Annabeth because he just knows that she’s still alive! 😉 So what to do when you’re stranded on a cliff? Right, you call for the sun gods help to hitch a ride. XD

”Wow,” Thalia muttered. “Apollo is hot.”
“He’s the sun god,” I said.
“That’s not what I meant.”

I totally agree with Thalia btw! *lol* I loved that Apollo was a recurring part of this book and I can’t wait to read his series! He seems to be such a fun guy and I was more than just intrigued by his character. ❤ Artemis and her Hunters were a great addition to the cast as well, and the Di Angelo twins? I think we’ll read more about them in future books! 😉 I’m really looking forward to this because I already like little Nico and took him to my heart! The true star of this story is Bessie the cow serpent though and if you don’t know who that is you better read the book and find out! *lol*

”This is why I don’t use mortals,” Luke said. “They are unreliable.”
“They are weak-minded, easily bought, and violent,” the General said. “I love them.”

But of course there need to be real enemies in “The Titan’s Curse” as well and this time around they are pretty decent and smart. Next to Luke we have to face the General and this adversary is as dangerous and cunning as they come. Knowing my myths I wasn’t surprised about the story behind the man, but as a kid I probably would have been shocked. *lol*

Anyway, there was a short appearance of a character that helped Percy and I’ve to admit that I’m pretty curious about Rachel Elizabeth Dare. I can’t help but wonder if she’ll make an appearance in later books. The way she was introduced seemed to be very significant and Uncle Rick usually has a reason if he does things like that so… yeah. ;-P

”Seven hundred feet tall,” I said. “Built in the 1930s.”
“Five million cubic acres of water,” Thalia said.
Grover sighed. “Largest construction project in the United States.”
Zoe stared at us. “How do you know all that?”
“Annabeth,” I said. “She liked architecture.”
“She was nuts about monuments,” Thalia said.
“Spouted facts all the time.” Grover sniffled. “So annoying.”
“I wish she were here,” I said.

This moment was so great because it showed how much those characters love and care about each other even if they occasionally get on each other’s nerves. *lol* It made me sad that Annabeth wasn’t a big part of this story but considering the main plot it was okay that she only played a minor role. Let’s just hope she’ll play a bigger part in “The Battle of the Labyrinth” again. =) And last but not least I want to say how much I love Percy! XD

”Fight us,” I said. “And let’s see.”
“Have the gods taught you nothing? An immortal does not fight a mere mortal directly. It is beneath our dignity. I will have Luke crush you instead.”
“So you’re another coward,” I said.

Haha! Is it just me or is there actually no god he didn’t challenge already? XD No matter which goddess or god appears, Percy seems to be ready to fight them all and I love it! ;-P I think by now he’s so pissed that he just doesn’t care anymore. At this point he might even take them on for just looking at him the wrong way. *lol* I can’t help but wonder what this means for the next two books and I’m so ready to read “The Battle of the Labyrinth”!!! Next one, please! XD

Allgemein, P - T, Reviews, T

The Sea of Monsters – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Rick Riordan)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”We did all the standard numbers: ‘Down by the Aegean´, ´I Am My Own Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandpa´, ´This Land is Mino’s Land´. The bonfire was enchanted, so the louder you sang, the higher it rose, changing colour and heat with the mood of the crowd.”

Sounds like a really nice night at Camp Halfblood, right? I mean who wouldn’t want to sing “This Land is Mino’s Land”? (On a side-note: Uncle Rick if you read this, can I please have the lyrics for those songs? *lol* I’d love to read them!!!) Unfortunately not everything is as it seems, and Percy isn’t only plagued by strange dreams of his best friend wearing a bridal gown (Hey there Grover, you’re looking good! ;-P) but also by a few ancient monsters that apparently feel a need to attack his home.

But worry not! We all know that for every problem there is a solution and of course Annabeth already figured it out. I guess to have a daughter of Athena at your side really comes in handy sometimes. 😉 Especially if you’re a very practical and down-to-earth person like Percy.

”I’ll give you a hint. What do you get when you skin a ram?”
“Messy?”

See, very practical indeed. *lol* Otherwise he probably would have never figured out that you don’t only get messy but also get a “Golden Fleece” as well. (Of course only if your sheep actually happens to be a golden sheep, but that’s another story for another day. ;-P) Anyway, moving on. Camp Halfblood is in trouble and the only thing that’s able to help them to restore their protective barrier is the Golden Fleece. So our favourite demi-gods do what they do best: They go on a dangerous quest! XD

”I thought about it. It did seem a little weird, but, I mean, doughnut shops weren’t really high on my list of sinister forces.”

I totally agree with you Percy, but what about the dangers of the sea? Sirens, hydras, a sinister sorceress, a woman with six dog heads or a sea monster that swallows entire ships? What about guinea pigs? Guess they all count as sinister forces. (Yes, even the guinea pigs! *lol*) Well, I’m pretty sure by now you all realized that Percy’s quest is rather adventurous and I admit it, even perilous. Our favourite hero wouldn’t be our favourite hero if he wouldn’t be able to circumnavigate all those lethal dangers though, (pun, totally intended! XD) and in the end …

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Well, what did you expect? Did you really think I’d spoil you? *lol*
Nope, I won’t. You’ll have to find out for yourself. ;-P
I’ll only tell you as much: It was a fun ride once again and after that mean cliff-hanger I can’t wait to get a hold of the next book! =)

”Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related, for better or worse … and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

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The Lightning Thief – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Rick Riordan)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

“The real world is where the monsters are.”

Believe it or not, but this was actually my first Rick Riordan book!!!

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I really enjoyed it!!! *lol*

This was such an epic adventure and I loved the countless hints and references to Greek Mythology! XD Rick Riordan’s approach definitely was a more than just funny one and I couldn’t help but had to laugh out loud whenever Percy opened his mouth!
I swear that young boy is the embodiment of sass and the more I read about him, the more I got attached to this awesome boy! ❤ I want to adopt Perseus and if Poseidon doesn’t want him it’s his own fault! XD

After reading the first book I don’t really feel a connection to Annabeth, but maybe this is going to change?! She seemed to be an interesting character and I liked their easy banter, altogether she was just too reserved for my taste though, which is pretty sad because I’m more than just certain that she’s actually a very cool girl! (On a side note: I really loved that she gave Percy the nickname “Seaweed Brain”! *lol* I’m fairly certain it could have been worse! ;-P)

And Grover? Well, I guess I liked Grover as well! His habit to eat tin cans was a little unsettling but hey, I’m not going to judge him for his rather questionable diet. XD After all his heart is in the right place and when it comes down to it, this is everything that counts! ;-P I just hope he’ll survive his personal quest and I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to see him in one of the next books!

Since my jump on the “Percy Jackson” train seems to be more than just a little delayed, I finally decided to leave it at that. I guess there is really nothing I could write or say that hasn’t been said already! I mean there are actually 73.916 reviews on goodreads! (Yes, I looked it up! ;-P) So yeah, I guess that says it all! XD

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If you haven’t had the pleasure to read the book yet I recommend you to do the following though:
Get a copy of “The Lightning Thief”, snuggle into your soft and comfy bed, ignore the bad autumn weather and enjoy the freaky ride! ;-P

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13 authors to read while you’re stuck at home – No self-isolation or quarantine is long enough to read all of those books! ;-P

Hey there my lovelies!

I thought now that the entire world is stuck at home it might be time to introduce you to some of my favourite authors that wrote super long but still amazing series and books! I tried to keep it as diverse as possible and went for different genres and a few not all too known writers as well. I hope that way everyone will find a new series they never heard of before. Maybe it will become your new favourite, who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Don’t even ask me how I managed to read most of those books/series. I’m not done with all of them yet, but with some I got pretty far. *lol* And I genuinely hope that I’ll finish some of those series one day. Okay, I’ll probably be old and wrinkled by then, but I’m sure it will have been worth my time.

This said, let’s get this party started! 😛 (Ooof this is going to be a long, long post! *lol*)

1.) Robin Hobb:

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Realm of the Elderlings: 16 books 

Genre: Epic/High Fantasy

The Farseer Trilogy: 3 books (read)
The Liveship Traders: 3 books
Tawny Man: 3 books
Rain Wild Chronicles: 4 books

The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy: 3 books

Okay, I only read the first three books of this super long series but „The Farseer Trilogy“ got me hooked! I loved Fitz and the Fool and to know that there is a 5th series that has them in their title is enough to read through every single one of those books! *lol* I’ve never felt and suffered as much with a fantasy protagonist as I did with Fitz in those first three books and I think this is mostly due to Robin Hobbs remarkable talent to keep her readers emotionally engaged. So if you’re looking for an older fantasy series (the first book was published in 1995) that will grip and destroy you, this is most certainly the right choice! 😉

2.) Cassandra Clare:

The Shadowhunter Books: 14 books (so far)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQ

The Mortal Instruments: 6 books (read)
The Infernal Devices: 3 books (read)
The Dark Artifices: 3 books (2 books read)
The Last Hours: 1 book (but 2 more planned)

The Eldest Curses: 1 book (2 more planned)

And this isn’t even getting close to the actual number! CC wrote lots of additional stories like „The Bane Chronicles“ or „Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy“ which I didn’t add in my list above. XD So far I’ve loved all of her books and I’m a sucker for the world of the Shadowhunters! I just can’t get enough of it and I’m so glad Cassie is constantly writing new books! If you love emotional and character driven books with quite some action you’re going to devour those! Plus, Cassie always features LGBTQ+ characters and I ship them so hard I can’t even! ❤ Highly recommended!

3.) Janet Evanovich:

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Stephanie Plum: 26 books (so far) (13 read)

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Humor

I made it through half of the books and after all this time I’m still reading the series because it’s so much fun! If you want to read something that will make you laugh out loud Stephanie Plum is the real deal! Our heroine Stephanie is a magnet for crazy situations and she always puts her foot in it. She’s clumsy as hell, her family is hilarious and the two male love interests in this series are so hot they could burn down a house by just looking at it! 😛 And if you actually manage to read all of those 26 books, there’s plenty of other series like „Fox and O’Hare“ that will provide you with even more reading material. 😉 Janet won’t let us down!

4.) V.C. Andrews:

Dollanger: 11 books (5 read)

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Young Adult, Drama

Okay, I know this might be an unpopular opinion but I love V.C. Andrews books! I was a kid when I read „Flowers in the Attic“ for the very first time and believe it or not but this book kind of got me into reading. Not that I didn’t read a lot before, but this was the first book that made me FEEL all kinds of emotions and I was so absorbed in the story that I couldn’t put it aside. XD I’ve read plenty of V.C’s other series like the „Cutler saga“ or „Shooting Stars“ and I still love her books. Are they dramatic, repulsive and shocking to read? Yes, yes they are! But that’s exactly what I love about them and maybe, just maybe you’re a sucker for dark and twisted books too? 😛

5.) Rick Riordan:

Camp Half-Blood Chronicles: 15 books

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, YA, LGBTQ+

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: 5 books (read)
The Heroes of Olympus: 5 books
The Trials of Apollo: 5 books

Magnus Chase: 3 books (read)

Well, technically „Magnus Chase“ is no part of the „Camp Half-Blood Chronicles“ but it’s kind of connected with them so I decided to add it in here too! *lol* I loved the „Percy Jackson“ series and I adored „Magnus Chase“ so I really can’t wait to dive into „The Heroes of Olympus“ as well. No one connects mythology with teen adventures as well as Uncle Rick and if you ask me this man is a genius! If you’re looking for a fun adventure that will keep you busy for a while Uncle Rick’s books might be the right thing for you. 😉


6.) Natsuki Takaya:

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Fruits Basket: 23 books (all done!)

Genre: Manga, Fantasy, Romance

This is one of my favourite mangas ever! Fruits basket looks kind of cute and funny and it is, but it’s also very dark and tackles pretty serious topics. I’ve grown so fond of all of those characters and I miss them already. 23 books weren’t enough and if you ask me this series could have gone on even longer. I certainly would have had no problem reading another 23 books. XD

7.) Jim Butcher:

 

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The Dresden Files: 17 books (5 read)

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mystery, Fiction

If you haven’t heard of „The Dresden Files“ already, you clearly missed out on one of the best urban fantasy series ever! Harry Dresden is one hell of a wizard and he seems to have an exceptional talent when it comes to getting into serious trouble! What makes this series very interesting isn’t just the supernatural world but also the action and Harry’s throroughly grey character. This man has rough edges and I live and breathe for them. ❤

8.) Stephen King:

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Duddits and about a thousand of his other books!
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller

I have no idea when Stephen King wrote all of those books (63 novels!!!) and hell, I probably didn’t even read 10% of them but I think we can all agree that he’s a master of horror and disgusting stories. *lol* Well, at least the books I read (Desperation, Duddits, Everything’s Eventual, etc.) all had that special „EWWW“ factor! King loves to play with the dark side of humanity and he does it in such a delicious way that you feel like you can’t read on, yet at the same time you want to know how it all ends. If you’re no scaredy-cat and a fan of his thrillers I’m sure you’ll find plenty of books to read. 🙂

9.) J.R. Ward:

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Black Dagger Brotherhood: 19 books (11 books read)

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Erotica

So this is a series for all of you who like it hot, fast and steamy. 😛 When I first started to read this series a couple of years ago I didn’t have my own Amazon account and my brother-in-law (back then he was just my sisters bf) ordered those books for me. After that he always got advertisements for erotica books and from there on this book series was known as „The vampire porn“ in my family! *lol* I can’t even say they are wrong with that because quite honestly, there is a lot of sex in this book involved. XD The chemistry between those vampire boys and their „mates“ is off the charts and if you want to read about a war between vampires and a secret society that’s out to extinguish them, this should be one hell of a ride for you! 😉

10.) Richelle Mead:

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Vampire Academy: 6 books (read)
Bloodlines: 6 books (read)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Vampires

Admittedely, the covers really don’t do the series justice! >_< Those books would have deserved so much better than this but their content is still amazing! I loved both of those series so much and just in case you wondered „Bloodlines“ plays after „Vampire Academy“ and features a few characters that appeared in the first series. It’s a spin-off and a great one at that! 😀 Enter the world of Moroi, Dhampirs and Strigoi! XD

11.) Ken Follett:

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The Century Trilogy: 3 books (read)

Genre: Historical Fiction

You think 3 books isn’t a lot? Well, then buckle up and take a closer look at this series! If you add all of them together you get a total of more than 3.000 pages so that makes for quite a lot of quality reading time, don’t you agree? 😛 I swear, no one writes historical fiction like Ken Follett does and once you start with this series you just want to know how the characters fare! You get attached to them and you follow them through the decades. From World War I to World War II and right into modern times. This trilogy tackles it all! 🙂 Be prepared to be invested in the fates of those protagonists like nobody’s business! *lol*

12.) Terry Pratchett

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Discworld: 25 books

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Humor, Magic, Adventure

Discworld – Rincewind: 8 books (2 books read)
Discworld – Witches: 6 books (2 books read)
Discworld – Industrial Revolution: 6 books

Discworld – Death Series: 5 books (3 books read)

I’m pretty sure there are even more books in this series but I decided to write down the ones I’ve read already. XD If I’d write them all down it would probably never end. *lol* This said if you never read Terry Pratchett before, you should go grab a book and give it a shot! His books are so much fun and I especially love the „Discworld – Death Series“. Death is so funny! I can’t even! ❤ He’s my favourite character for sure!

13.) Jay Kristoff

The Nevernight Chronicle: 3 books (1 book currently reading)
The Illuminae Files: 3 books (read)

Genre: Fantasy, Adult, Science Fiction

This man can write!!! If you want something fast paced that will keep you at the edge of your seat then you should definitely go for „The Illuminae Files“. Yes, the format of those books is crazy but boy are they good! XD This series was a revelation and I paged through all of those 3 books in no time! Jay also wrote another series I just started „The Nevernight Chronicles“ and I already like the promise of it. So if you’ve lots of time you might as well make sure to check it out too. 😉
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Wow! That was a really long list! Did anyone bother to count how many books I just recommended to you? No? Well, good that I’m such a sucker for numbers: It were 190! If that’s not enough, then I dunno! 😛 (I read 108 of them so 82 more to go! *lol*)

Did you already know some of the books I just mentioned? Is there at least one series you never heard of before? Did any of those books capture your interest? Will you give it a shot?

Talk to me and let me know! 😀

And as always: Stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*
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