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House of Hades by Rick Riordan


The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: Do not review before reading Mark of Athena. May contain spoilers.

This book took me over a year to read. I got this book a month after it was released and started reading it as soon as I got it. But then with school I started letting it sit there forgotten because it just wasn’t captivating my interest like the other ones had. It seemed like nothing was happening. Even the character growth seemed to be boring and almost non-existent. I just wasn’t interested in who he had narrating or what was going on. Normally I start out with what the book is about but this seemed like it needed to be said first.

This book picks up right where it left off in Mark of Athena, cliff hanger and all. It follows the same seven demigods only now they are split in two main locations. The ship, and Tartarus. Percy and Annabeth have to find their way to the Doors of Death and unchain them from their location. Jason, Hazel, Leo, and the others need to find the House of Hades and do the same. Percy and Annabeth are stuck in Tartarus, this is really the more exciting of the two paths to the Doors while reading the book. The crew, have a more uneventful trip for most of the book. It’s interesting in the first couple of chapters, when Leo gets separated from the group and the ship gets damaged. But after that things slow down a bit. Once it hits the point of slowing down, you are begging for the narrator to go back to Percy or Annabeth.

So I would still say that yes I liked this book enough to finish it. But I feel like it could have made the character growth that was happening happen a little bit faster. I think the biggest problem was with the Leo chapters. They just went by so slowly. This may change depending on how much you like Leo, but I thought it could do with much less of him.

Overall recommendation: Read the book so you can get to the end. Once you suffer through that lagging middle part it definitely picks up.

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So… college is a thing. Which means no posts, or books, or anything really. I have A BUNCH of wip reviews that I might finish if I have the down time. So… that’s what’s happening.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started reading this because of the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series. Each of those books references a different classic novel or so I’ve gathered from the first two books. Jekyll and Hyde was the one referenced in this one. So, since I hadn’t read Jekyll and Hyde yet, and had it for free on my Kobo Mini eReader I decided to read it before I went any further in Beautiful Darkness.

I’m pretty sure everyone knows the general plot of Jekyll and Hyde but in case you don’t. This book is told from the perspective of a lawyer who is friends with Jekyll and cousins to a person who has had an experience with Hyde. The rest of the book consists of the lawyer trying to figure out who this Hyde was and protect Jekyll from him because he’s been described as garish and unpleasant.

It wasn’t until the end that we get to the classic story we know and love of a monster and a man trapped in the same body unleashed by this drug Jekyll concocted. This account is from two people, first Lanyon another of Jekyll’s friends and then Jekyll himself.

Over all this book was good, the language would have been a little bit annoying had I not had a push dictionary at my disposal. But that’s to be expected since this book is very old, when the English language actually had intelligent people.

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The Heist by Janet Evanovich


The Heist (O'Hare and Fox, #1)The Heist by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Warning: Book not for people younger than like 16!

I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not a huge huge fan of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels and at first I thought this would be the same as that, but it wasn’t. This books is a mash up of the best of USA network’s shows. It has a little bit of White Collar, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and even Burn Notice. (Sorry I watch a lot of television). My only problem with this book is the fact that it is an adult book. Don’t get me wrong, I can handle a little smut every now and again but it’s not my most favorite of things to read about. I still live in the Teen and Kids fantasy section of the bookstore most of the time.

The main premise of this book is mostly the same as the premise for White Collar with a few twists. Nick Fox is a con-man who is being perpetually chased by this one FBI agent named Kate O’Hare, kind of like the Peter and Neal relationship, but she finally catches him in the most amazing way possible (read to find out). The only problem is that this captivity doesn’t last and to Kate’s surprise, was never meant to. Nick “escapes” and continues to be hunted by the FBI but Kate isn’t on the case. However, this being her life’s work and all, Kate can’t let it go and she finds herself on an assignment she could never have dreamed was possible. The FBI decides to secretly use Nick and Kate to do all of the things the FBI can’t to catch the bad guy. So the fed. and the criminal team up to pull off what turns out to be the most elaborate con yet.

They’re after someone who’s gotten away with over half a billion dollars of embezzled money with a feeble crew and an insane plan. There’s parachuting, explosions, fake drug cartels, and Toblerones. Everything you could ever want from Covert Affairs, and Burn Notice with quirky and sexy main characters reminiscent of Neal Caffery (Matt Bomer) and Mary Shannon (Mary McCormick), mashed up with Nikola Tesla (Sanctuary) and Helen Magnus (Sanctuary).

I guarantee that you will fall in love with them faster than you fall in love with cute cat videos on the internet.

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Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper


Amulet, Vol. 1: The StonekeeperAmulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by my sister, and I thought it looked good based on the inside cover. But upon reading it, I got really bored halfway through. I don’t really know why, it just wasn’t all that interesting plot wise.

It’s basically about this family where the dad dies and they move to the country to get away from the high prices in the city and just “get more in touch with nature” (not a direct quote). When they start searching around the house they are living in now, the Em finds an amulet in her Great Grandfather’s old study (it’s his house by the way), and this amulet has strange and mysterious powers. You also see that there’s someone else in the house besides the family, someone dark and mischievous. That night there’s a noise in the basement and the mom goes to investigate, and gets taken by this creepy crawly into an amazing world that runs on the power of the amulet. The rest of the plot talks about Em finding her power and her mother with her brother Navin.

For the most part that sounds interesting right? Well, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and to be honest I was a little disappointed.

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Pretty Little Liars


Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the first of the series Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. It follows the lives of 4 teenage girls who have a lot of secrets to hide, but one thing links them together. Alison DiLaurentis. She was the girl to be before she disappeared at the end of their 7th grade year. The girl that kept the four of them together, but also the one that each told their secrets that they didn’t want the others to know.

Aria: In love with her English now had even bigger secret to keep. But this one involved her dad. Emily: Could she have been in love with Alison way back when? Who is she in love with now? Spencer: Always stealing things from her sister, but did she take things too far? Hanna: How did she really get that skinny? There was only one person who knew; or so they thought. Could A be Alison come to haunt them? Or is it someone new?

This book was good, not exactly like the tv show, but that’s to be expected. I’m not quite sure if it’s better than the tv show though. There were some places where I didn’t like certain phrasing that Shepard used, places that stood out as bad. Normally that wouldn’t bother me in a fantastic book, but here it did. As far as plot goes however it was just as good as the show and it kept me turning the pages which awarded it the 4 stars. I read this in a very small amount of time for someone who has college to contend with, and I desperately want to read more. I don’t normally like realistic fiction type books, but these have become my new guilty pleasure of sorts. Definitely recommended if you want a guilty pleasure.

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