Book Rant: Shatter Me

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BOOK RATING: 9/10

Hello everyone! Today we are discussing the first book in a new series by Tahereh Mafi called Shatter Me. I really enjoyed this book! I’ve been looking for a series that I can really get into because I’ve been without one for a bit and it’s a sad, sad time when I don’t have a series to be obsessed with. I’m not sure if this one will be it but I really like the characters, and I like the story so we’ll see. It’s not what I thought it would be, it’s a quite typical dystopian novel.  I thought it was going to be, well, not that but it’s still good. Juliette has been living in solitary confinement for 264 days in a psychiatric ward. She’s been deemed a danger to society and for good reason: her touch causes death within moments. Meanwhile, outside the world as we know it is crumbing. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, the weather is erratic and without season and whispers of war are everywhere. The Reestablishment has turned the world into a huge war- state where the military rules and people are subject to its whims and disobedience mans a bullet in your head. It’s at this point that young a military leader, Warner, takes an interest in Juliette and the power she possess.  She would be the perfect weapon, but Juliette wants nothing to do with it. I could not stop reading this book! I finished it in one night. The writing style is different but I really liked it, it just takes a few pages to get used to. Go read this book if you haven’t already! Spoilers past this point, as usual!

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I really like the way this book is written like a journal. And I get that all the cross outs might bug some people but I don’t mind it at all. Some of the repetitiveness gets a touch annoying but over all I loved the writing!

Warner. He’s this power hunger, sadist, murdering little bitch with mommy issues. Safe to say I loathe him. From things I’ve read and comments I’ve seen on YouTube about this book, people keep saying they are either “team Adam” or “team Warner”. Warner is not a team. Warner is he bad guy, people! Think about what you are saying! As far as I care, Warner can burn in hell. My main reason for this? What he did with Juliette and the toddler. I love children so to me, internationally hurting a baby is completely unforgivable. There is no excuse. I don’t give a shit how much he “loves” Juliette, I don’t give a shit about what he was trying to accomplish and whether it’s for the greater good of humanity, he put a baby in a situation that results in the baby being either hurt or killed. He was hoping Juliette would kill this baby. If I was in Juliette’s situation there would have been zero hesitation, no thinking through other options, my shirt would have been off and wrapped around the child so I could pick it up and hold it away from my skin. Hell, if all I had was a towel wrapped around myself in that situation, I would be naked in front of all those evil people and not give an honest fuck as long as I could keep that baby safe. I’m not mad at Juliette for hesitating; she did her best and the kid survived (unless Warner kill him after, I wouldn’t be shocked) and Juliette broke through that wall and I was really confused at how she did that but I wanted to kill Warner with her. She’s really weak and fragile then suddenly she’s strong and can break through concrete walls. What? Anyway, back to the point, no matter what Warner does now, I and will always hate him.

Birds don’t fly. That has to be the strangest thing in this book. You touch people and they die? Ok. I can work with that, but birds not flying? At the beginning Juliette is thinking about birds and how they could possibly accomplish what human engineering does and how that just seem so impossible to her. It was so backwards and so bizarre. And does anyone else want to know what colour these clouds are? They keep saying that they are the wrong colour, but what colour are they? “Wrong colour” is so ambiguous! Are they blue? Pink? Grey? What is going on with this? At the end Castle is talking about how The Reestablishment is making the weather crazy and poisoning the animals. I’m so confused! Someone is lying but I’m not sure who!

Adam and Juliette’s love.  I really loved reading about this but after I finished the book and actually thought about it I realized that they really don’t know each other. It’s like a Katniss and Peeta thing where they’ve know each other since they were kids but never talked. And for Juliette it makes totally sense for her to fall so easily in love with Adam, she’s never had human contact before and he’s the only person who is nice to her so I completely get where she’s coming from. Adam I’m a bit more hesitant about. He really doesn’t know her yet, I think he really likes her and loves the idea of being with her but I foresee them having issues. But like I said I loved, loved reading about their relationship and their past. I shouldn’t have analyzed it! Oh! At the end when Juliette is making out with Warner trying to steal the gun and she’s like “Oh there was a spark I didn’t expect to feel!” WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! I don’t mean that literally, it’s obvious what she was doing, what I mean is: Yes, touching is new for you! But this man is evil! Think about what he has done! You have nothing with him!

What bugged me about Juliette was that she would go on these long rambles about starving and then Warner would offer her food and she would turn it down. What? Why? It was so unrealistic and I get that she was trying to make a stand about the unfairness of people not being able to eat, but darling, you not eating doesn’t give them food. It just wastes the food so you refusing to eat the food that others would kill for is just so…I can’t think of the right word. I want to say disrespectful but that’s not right. It’s like spitting in their face. You have food that you can eat and they would do anything for that food but you just refuse to eat it. Also if you were starving you are not going to be thinking about this “proving a point/hunger strike” thing. It’s very unrealistic and very annoying and it happens over and over! And she says that she’s “used to the hunger” and I just wanted to slap her. Because then she goes back to whining about being starving! There’s a lot that bugged me about Juliette now that I think about it. She’s just so weak and useless and over-dramatic!  Another thing that bugged me is her saying she doesn’t know what colour her eyes are. You know what colour your eyes are. Don’t be so dramatic. I’m not sure why that bothered me, but it did. Another thing that bothered me though it probably shouldn’t have was that Juliette was described as being so perfect and beautiful even thought she’s been malnourished and living in a prison cell for three years. Someone tell me how that all worked out please.

James, I just love his character. Most attractive quality in a guy, fictional or not, is having them be good with kids. So Adam having a little brother is just so sweet. The characters were really the best part of this book. I’m going to have to say my favourite character was Adam because he’s so loyal and a sweetheart. He was such an ass when we first met him but it was all an act and he’s just so good! So good! And I love how he is with his little brother! James I just want to hug that kid when he came into Adam’s room after he had nightmares. He’s so chatty and just adorable but so tough and he’s been through so much. Kenji, when he came in I didn’t trust him. I didn’t think he worked for Warner but something was clearly going on. He was up to something! But he’s like the “funny” character I guess. Or he’s supposed to be. But he’s not really. I mean he has his moments but he’s not that really good, witty character that this novel really needed. Too much serious! Need a bit of comic relief thrown in there and Kenji, love him, but he didn’t cut it!

But the fact that Kenji is in this resistance thing and that he’s a spy just makes so much sense now that I look back on it. I should have seen that coming but I just didn’t expect this book to take that turn for whatever reason. I thought it would be less organized and Juliette and Adam splitting up and running. There was absolutely no basis for these theories. They just showed up in my mind. Partly because her name is Juliette I think. Totally irrelevant! I like how it turned out. It’s very x-men-ish and super-hero and I’m so excited for the next book! I think it’s going to be kick-ass with all these super-human people warriors! And I like how there are more people like her! I was really confused at the beginning because it seemed impossible that she was the only one! I’m think there was a nuclear war or something? I SWEAR IF THIS TURNS OUT LIKE THE CHRYSALIDS I WILL MURDER SOMEONE! Sorry, I am still very angry about that book even though I read it 3 years ago. A lot of pent up frustration around it. I cannot wait to read Unravel Me, this series is going places and I love where it’s going!

Last thing, how can Warner and Adam touch her? Like James said it seems awful convenient that this girl you are in love with can touch you but not anyone else. And then she can touch Warner to? What? That is just too convenient. Some solid explanation as to what is happening would be lovely. Because what are the odds that Adam and Warner are both super-human and have the same super human ability? We haven’t seen a super-human ability show up twice yet. The closest we got were the medical twins and even their powers weren’t the same. And Warner and Adam aren’t related. OH! What if Warner and Adam are related? Plot thickens! That could be a thing! Still, it’s just too convenient that these two boys who love her can touch her. There has to be another explanation. What I thought was maybe you have to love her to touch her but that fell apart because then by that logic she should be able to hurt complete strangers who know nothing about her because they have no feeling toward her. And her parents should have been able to touch her because in theory they loved her before they discovered she was a “monster”. Maybe it’s a sub-conscious self-defence thing? But then she should be able to hurt Warner! I don’t know! I have no clue!

Those are my thoughts on the book! What did you guys think of it? I can’t wait to read the next one! So many questions to be answered!

Book Rant: Ash

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Why hello there! Today we are discussing Ash by Malinda Lo. There are going to be spoilers right off the bat here because I need to rant about something.

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Now when I was talking about this book with a friend of mine her immediate reaction was “Oh the lesbian Cinderella story!”  I love that girl dearly but I wanted to smack her through text. And it’s not entirely her fault, it’s just what everyone seems to dwell on about this story and it’s kind of getting on my nerves. Guys the whole lesbian thing is first mentioned on page 142/264 by Kaisa telling a fairy-tale and that story isn’t even about Ash and her. It isn’t until a while after that we get the falling in love thing. And then it isn’t until the very end of the book that we get them being together. I mean like the last 15-20 pages. The point I am trying to make is, yes, this is a love story BUT THAT IS NOT ALL IT IS! There is a lot else going on in this story, and Malinda Lo put a lot of detail into this world and everyone is just so stuck on the “controversial” love story part that they miss it! For some reason everyone’s mind just jumps over the incredible way Malinda Lo wrote about Ash dealing with her mother’s death and Sidhean being her fairy guardian and only friend but also making her feel trapped and the country’s history  and how what is considered common knowledge can changed and be manipulated in a society over only a few generations. And Clara isn’t the typical evil step-sister, she actually has depth to her and we get to see that showing through when it’s just her and Ash. And then we have Ana for some brief moments showing that she’s actually under a lot of pressure from her mother and she actually is just a human girl too, like when Ash gave her the poem that was supposed to make her dream of her future husband. But then Ana hides that part of her and we get the more typical evil-step sister. There is so much going on in such a short book and yet everyone seems to fixate on this one detail. Driving me insane.

Yes, love is obviously a huge theme in this novel, because it was a huge theme in Cinderella too, but it’s not just romantic love. And certainly not just about the love between Ash and Kaisa. There’s Elinor’s love for her daughter and how Ash loves her mother so much she has such a hard time letting her go. It isn’t until well over half-way through the book that she finally comes to terms with the fact that her mother is dead. We see Ash constantly returning for her mother’s grave for comfort and we have her completely willing to abandon her life because of her grief and her belief that by abandoning her life she can somehow get her mother back even though Sidhean tells her constantly that that’s not how it works. Sidhean’s love for Ash is interesting one to because he’s known her and presumably been in love with her since she was a child and Malinda Lo did a really great job at showing how love isn’t selfish. He loved her so much that he through all the fairy laws and such right out the window for her happiness. And that is probably my favourite part in this entire book because a lot of authors, especially YA authors, try for this idea of “loving you enough to let you go” but this is one of the only books that has actually done it. Sidhean totally released her and then left her alone to be in love with Kaisa. No strings, no him coming back to fight for her, nothing. He was so in love with her he knew that making her be with him would just hurt her.  And Kaisa’s and Ash’s relationship started as friendship with Ash learning to trust and love again after being so hurt and lonely for so long. It’s just beautiful how Ash re-learns what it’s like for someone to care for you and to care about someone back. I would call their relationship cute and sweet but it’s really too dark a story for that to fit. But it is really. In the middle of this really dark, sad story we have Ash learning how to ride and Kaisa telling her to come to the hunt and Gwen sneaking her out to the Yule bonfire and all these little moments of happiness.

This was a really good book, it was quite bittersweet. I just think it’s a shame that people focus on one aspect of it and miss the whole message behind it.

Book Rant: Bitterblue

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Hello my lovelies! Today we are talking about the sequel to Graceling and companion novel to Fire by Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue. While you can read Fire without reading Graceling and vice versa, you HAVE to have read BOTH to really understand Bitterblue. I’m not sure why I have such a hard time talking about Kristin Cashore’s books, but I do so bear with me! Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is Queen of Monsea. And her advisors have taken over trying to move past the violent reign of her psychopathic father leaving Bitterblue feeling quite out of the loop in her own kingdom. So she decides to take matters into her own hands and starts sneaking out of the palace in disguise. Now I don’t know if I was just expecting too much from this book because I worshipped Graceling and loved Fire, but this book really fell short for me. If you haven’t started this series 100% read Graceling, I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you are a little more patient check out Fire as well but I’d say leave it at that. This book is incredibly slow and although it does pick up right at the end it’s definitely not in the same league as Graceling and Fire.  Spoilers past this point!

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Bitterblue. I liked her so much better as a child. She was smart, she was brave and she had some real queen potential going on! At the end of Graceling when Katsa killed King Lack and Bitterblue stands up and says “I’m Queen now, she did the right thing so you all can back off!” I was so proud of her! I was so confident that Monsea was going to be in great hands with her as leader. And in this book, it was one, huge, long “Dear Lord, what the f*** are you doing now?!” This is how I felt about her for the ENTIRE book!

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She didn’t get better really. Maybe after Fire randomly shows up (which was really shakily done, trying to mix the two, I wasn’t impressed) then for the last few chapters she’s better. But not by all that much. She still lost that brave, natural leadership she had in Graceling as a child.

Katsa and Po are used almost as a comic relief though out this book which is so out of character, I hated it. Every time they come together their relationship is almost held up to ridicule it bugged me so much because they’re relationship was so perfect in Graceling. Saf and Bitterblue’s relationship seemed rushed and forced. I would much rather them just being friends instead of trying to drag in this romance that just didn’t fit.

While mystery is not my favourite genre, I do like mystery in the novels I read. And Bitterblue had the basis for a great mystery. Who’s the betrayer? What’s really going on here? That kind of thing. But this book executed it brutally! I just found myself being annoyed and frustrated. People’s actions didn’t – and still don’t – make sense. It’s like everyone was on crazy pills and acting totally at random. The last 50-100ish pages where everything was being explained was very messy but I was mostly just thankful to have at least SOME clarity although the whole situation is still very unstable and filled with holes.

My favourite character has to be Bitterblue’s healer, Madlen. I really liked how she was a spy and a healer who actually did care about Bitterblue and the kingdom. She was really believable as a healer first and a spy second. And she brought some much needed sanity to the book.

Overall this book was a bit of a disappointment. Although there were parts I liked, even loved, the vast majority was too random and illogical and therefore frustrating. Those are my thoughts on the book. Bye for now!

Book Rant: Fire

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BOOK RATING: 9/10

Hi there! Today we are discussing the prequel/companion novel to Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Fire. You don’t have to have read Graceling to enjoy this novel. Personally I would say you should read Graceling first though just because you get more out of this novel that way. This book is like The Selection where I cannot do a good job of describing it! So just take my word for it, it’s good. Now in my summary here, I’m going to assume that you have read Graceling already, so if you haven’t go do that. Fire is a slower pace than Graceling. In Graceling you are immediately thrown into the action, Fire takes a bit of time to build up. In this novel we are in an entirely new country that is not a part of the Seven Kingdoms from Graceling (that took me a few chapters to realize. At first I thought it was just before the Seven Kingdoms or something. Yes, I know it say it’s a different country on the back of the book. Shut up! I’m slow.) Anyway, in this country there are no gracelings but there are monsters that are pretty much multi-coloured animals and they’re described as so beautiful that they mess with people’s ability to think correctly and that’s how they hunt. Fire is the name of our main character and she’s a human-monster. So she is cursed with this terrible beauty and ability to influence people’s thoughts, kind of like a cross between Po and King Leck. This is a really interesting book, a lot happens in it and it says a lot about gender role and the influence of beauty as well as being a fantastic read. So go pick up a copy if you haven’t already. Spoilers past this point and hopefully I can talk somewhat coherently about this novel!

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What I loved most about this book was the way Kristin Cashore talked about the influence beauty has in male vs. female. While Fire has to deal with men trying to attack her and use her and just want to do things to her, Fire’s father had people instantly falling at him feet, wanting to do things FOR him. So that was an interesting take on this whole situation. Because everyone (young women especially) are all clamouring for beauty and her beauty is shown in a very negative light in bringing out the worst in people.

It was really cool to have these bits about King Leck as a child mixed in very cleanly with this story. It’s a great testament to Kristin Cashore’s ability that she blended these two storylines so seamlessly even though they seemed unrelated. At the beginning, Leck killing his father and how his father was thinking that it wasn’t stupidity that made him easily deceived, it was love. I thought that was another really powerful message hidden within the story that speaks huge volumes about Leck’s personality and what he would eventually become. Using love almost as a weapon.

Archer. I don’t like him. At all. I can’t say I’m really sorry he died. I just didn’t like his character. And that’s all I’m going to say about him because I want to stab his face. Brigan on the other hand I did love. Fire and Brigan love story wasn’t as well developed as Po and Katsa’s and I would have liked a little bit more on that. But I love Brigan with his daughter, Hanna, and Fire with Hanna. What I found in this book was that the characters were really well developed in themselves, but not really well developed with each other. A lot was lacking in the relationship aspect.

Fire killing Cansrel. Actually I lied. This was the one relationship that was beautifully developed. I love how we get all the background stories like Fire burning Cansrel’s hand and then feeling so terrible about it, and swearing that she would never be like him and then eventually killing her own father. What was so perfect about this relationship was that they did love each other. Fire loved Cansrel, and Cansrel loved Fire so you really have to keep that in mind when reading about them. Fire took absolutely no pride in what she did, she felt awful for it and she mourned her father and although everyone else was grateful, she didn’t want their thanks. Killing her father and then taking the herbs that made it so she could never have children were her way of making sure that no one else would have to deal with what she did. Which broke my heart for her.

That’s all I can say while making sense. Again one of those books I am terrible at discussing, but I tried! Not as good as Graceling, but not a bad book.

Book Rant: Requiem

Can I just take a minute to express my hate for this cover? And Pandemonium's cover? Really Delirium was so pretty.

Can I just take a minute to express my hate for this cover? And Pandemonium’s cover? Really Delirium was so pretty. And why is Lena (I’m assuming that’s her) standing in a rose bush?

BOOK RATING: 8.5/10
Hello everyone! Today we are discussing Requiem by Lauren Oliver, the third and final book in the Delirium series. I finally got around to reading this! I didn’t own a copy so I had to borrow one and I just got it! (Requiem: in the Roman Catholic Church, the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead.) Now if you haven’t started this series go do so! Delirium is the first book, go check that out. There is a non-spoilery summery at the top of my Book Rant on that. I cannot recommend this series enough! If you have already read all three books, excellent, lets chat! As always spoilers beyond this point.

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Pandemonium was really the high point in this series for me. It took me about 130 pages to really get into this book where as Pandemonium grabbed me right away. But after the first 130ish pages I couldn’t put it down. It got really good! At first I really didn’t like Hana’s POV but as we went along and she started breaking free of the cure like Lena’s mom did I started to like it more! And then we get to the ending. See I get to page 391 and there are still 20 pages left. “I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever. Take down the wall.” Really pretty and poetic, I’m loving it! Turn the page and…nothing. I get this thing saying “Turn the page for an exclusive story about Lena’s first love! Alex.”  …What? That’s not what I want! I need closure! Why are you doing this to me? Do they all die? Do they escape? What do they escape to? Why?!? How? It’s like a cliff hanger, but there’s not another one! This is another series where I have become really emotionally invested in the characters and it just ends! I need closure! Kill them off or something but I need an end! I guess you could say it’s like life and there really isn’t a end that it just keeps going. But all stories keep going after happily ever after, for all we know Prince Charming was an alcoholic and Cinderella ended up leaving him for a nicer man who she knew for more then 4 hours but that’s not the point! She marries Prince Charming and leaves her evil step-family. There is as natural “pause” in her life and we call that the end of the story.

There is also a really huge hole in this story that I would like clarified. How is Alex alive? It says he was in the Crypts and he was left for dead. Ok he was shot between the ribs so there are two possibilities: 1) he dies from blood loss 2) less likely: he survives but then dies slowly from infection. Then he says that after he healed the guards torture him as a game to see how much he could take.And then he just shows up perfectly fine. In the little short story about him that I got at the end of the book instead of an ending it kind of tell us more about that but it doesn’t explain why he is alive! Is he magical all of a sudden? We do learn that he is an arsonist from that short story. But I really want to know how the heck he is still alive.

Alex. Though out this entire book he is being such an ass to Lena! If you show up and she is in love with someone else after 6 months of thinking you are dead, you have no right to be a jerk! You can pick one of two reasonable options: 1) Leave her to her happiness. If you loved her, you would want to be happy no matter what AND TELL HER THAT. 2) Fight for her. Let her know that you still love her.  Actually the most freaking obvious thing to do would be to TALK TO HER and find out how she feel about this whole thing. Her boyfriend just came back from the dead! That’s gotta be pretty damned confusing. But you have no damned right to be such an ass-hat! Don’t tell her, “Oh I never actually loved you” then start dating this other Coral girl to make her jealous! Then at the end they get back together. I wouldn’t mind that if through out  the story we saw them getting closer, but they just grew further apart! Julian mean while is being nothing but supportive and patient and gentle and understanding and kind. Then we have this fight with Julian and Alex when they’re both drunk. Well Julian is at least, and Alex beat the crap out of him and then he just leaves. “The story of Solomon is the only way I know how to explain” “Look how much I love you, I’m letting you go!” Yeah after you turned this poor girl’s life in to a freaking gong show for the past few months! The story of Solomon is about caring about the other persons happiness and well-being more then your own, and from the moment you arrived you did nothing but hurt her. So don’t use the whole, clearly-I-love-you-more thing. It was Julian who comforted her when ever she cried for you, Julian who supported her, Julian who knew when she needed space and time to think and Julian she turned to after you broke her heart. Lena keeps apologizing but she has nothing to apologize for! If you cared about her even a little bit in the past, you would tell her that to stop a tiny bit of her hurt.

Hana: I mentioned above that she kind of beat the cure like Lena’s mother did. At least to some extent. The fact that she told on Alex and Lena doesn’t make me hate her because she was never taught to deal with emotions because she lives in a zombie society so she just acted on her first thought with out thinking it through and then she regretted it instantly and tried to fix it by helping them escape.  I was so proud of her when she stood up to Fred. “I’m your pair, I’m your dog!” Yes! But it’s clear that she hasn’t entirely broken through because she was still agreeing and planning on marrying this abusive man like it was her only option! When she saw Lena I expected her to break through the cure completely and hug Lena and have them both go off it fight together but it was enough to have her tell Lena where Grace was and hide her. And then she lets Fred be blown up! HA! Karma’s a bitch, eh?! So happy at that point and so proud of her but again I really would have liked some sort of closure! Does she go back to her family or does she join the resistance?

Oh, Fred’s idea about shutting off the power to sympathizers. All I could think of was this quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Because this society is very dictator-ship like. Even though they elect their leaders its like living under a war-lord. It also brought to mind the communist hunt in the States: “You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.” These people are so terrified of speaking out because their freedom results in their death, essentially.  Yes, some can escape into the wilds and survive, but what about the families with young children? Then again if your cured, what do you care about your children? Fred was a prime example of the bad parts of the cure, a natural sadist but who has been made to no longer feel any compassion or remorse. All in all this government is so corrupt and we never get to see if it gets better.

Over all I really loved this series but I have mixed feelings about this book. Mostly I just wish there was more to it! Bye my lovelies. Kisses.

Help! Can’t remember this book’s title!

Most frustrating thing in the world when you cannot remember a book’s title!

Ok so in this book there is a teenage girl (I want to say her name started with a D. Dana, maybe?) who used to be in beauty pageants when she was a child and now she’s plus size. Her parent’s keep bugging her about her weight and one day when she discovers she has an older sister her parents never told her about, she decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mystery sister.  She finds her older sister running a farm for LGBT teens who have been kicked out by their parents. They can live on this farm, work there, and then they sell the food (dairy products, I think) for money at a near by town.  Here this girl meets a boy and she becomes friends with him and he convinces her to enter the towns beauty pageant because of her talent of singing. She agrees and ends up winning, even through she’s not the classical beauty. When her parents come to get her she is now really confident and happy with herself and her life and I cannot recall if she ends up going home with them or not.

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! THIS IS DRIVING ME INSANE!

Book Rant: The Last Olympian

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BOOK RATING: 9.5/10

Hello my lovelies! The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan is what we are talking about today. It is also the final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This series has been fantastic if you haven’t read it don’t even finish this paragraph. Just leave. Go discover this series in all in magnificent greatness (first book is The Lightning Thief) then come back when you’ve gotten caught up! I mean it! GO! Now for your wonderful people who have read this series up to but not including this book, we meet Percy again a whole year later at his 16th birthday. All year, the demi-gods at Camp Half-Blood have been preparing for the battle against Kronos and his army. The Olympians have almost completely abandoned Olympus trying to contain the titan Typhon. As Kronos advances on New York, Percy finally discovers the full prophecy surrounding his 16th birthday and the fate of Olympus.  Yeah, it gets intense! Fantastic conclusion to a great series. Now spoilers past this point, so let’s chat.

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Okay! So I couldn’t put this book down! Seriously the battle starts, what? 25-odd pages in? 30 maybe? And then after that stuff keeps happening! To start off Percy is with Rachel Elizabeth Dare and they’re having a date-thing. They don’t call it a date, but its pretty much a date. Then Blackjack shows up with Beckendorf and they are going to try and destroy Kronos’ ship The Princess Andromeda. That doesn’t go well in the sense that Beckendorf dies, but they do destroy the ship. Percy wakes up and he’s in Poseidon’s palace with Tyson. I love Tyson. So much. He’s so cute and little kid like even though he’s also kind of grown up. Anyway, Percy goes and meets Poseidon in his office and he’s battle planning with this officers I guess. The fact that one of them is a dolphin made me really happy. And we find out that because Poseidon’s kingdom is under attack, he looks old and worn down. Which in my mind, turned him into   King Triton from The Little Mermaid. Once you start questioning these things it all falls to pieces. When Poseidon wouldn’t let Tyson fight because he didn’t want both his sons to be in danger I just wanted to hug him. He’s such a good dad.

Then we are back on land, super serious, intense moment when Percy gets to read the full prophecy out loud for the first time, everyone is silent in anticipation. ““A half blood of the eldest dogs…“Percy that’s gods.”” That made me giggle. And there is a spy for Kronos among them! And I didn’t suspect Selena until she left the battle to go get the Ares cabin. That’s when it clicked, oh she’s a spy and now she’s going to redeem herself! Then she dies a hero and they all decide that no one has to know that she was the spy. I’m still not sure how she got roped into this who ordinal, she seems genuinely sad about Beckendorf almost like she didn’t see it coming. can she really be that naive hat she thought that her passing along information would mean no one would get hurt? Or is she just a really good actress?

Along those lines. The Ares cabin is fighting with the Apollo cabin over this flying chariot so Clarisse won’t let her cabin fight in the war. What?!  Way to get your priorities straight there. How selfish can you be? Then the Apollo cabin just lives in and lets her have it like she’s 5 or something and then she takes it, but still refuses to fight on principle. That is so cowardly! And Selena tricks the Ares cabin somehow into thinking she’s Clarisse to get them to fight. How did she do that? They look and sound nothing alike! Then Clarisse comes in a makes up for it by killing that giant drakon. And Thalia shows up with the Huntresses and the Party Ponies arrive. The Party Ponies are probably the best comic relief ever written. They’re so funny.

Oh! And Nico and Percy going to meet Luke’s mom! Woah! I feel really bad for her. She needs some serious help. And then freaking Nico (that’s my dog’s name, totally irrelevant information for you :)) then lures Percy into this trap with Hades. And we get to meet Persephone and Demeter! Oh my. This entire scene and the banter.

“[Demeter] harrumphed. “I warned you, daughter. This scoundrel Hades is no good. You could’ve married the god of doctors or the god of lawyers, but noooo. You had to eat the pomegranate.”

“Mother-”

“And get stuck in the Underworld!” 

“Mother, please-”

“And here it is August, and do you come home like you’re supposed to? Do you ever think about your poor lonely mother?”

“DEMETER!” Hades shouted. “That is enough. You are a guest in my house.”

“Oh, a house is it?” she said. “You call this dump a house? Make my daughter live in this dark, damp-”

“I told you,” Hades said, grinding his teeth, “there’s a war in the world above. You and Persephone are better off here with me.”

“Excuse me,”  [Percy] broke in. “But if you’re going to kill me, could you just get on with it?””

I couldn’t stop laughing. Anyway, Nico eventually gets Percy out of this jail and he get to the river and Percy epicly face-plants! And then Nico is all “Can’t I come with you? Don’t you trust me?” Um, no! You just lead him into a trap! Of course he doesn’t trust you! But then he comes in and helps with the battle so that’s ok, I like him again.

We also meet Hestia the Goddess of the hearth. I really love her. I love her line about keeping the home fires burning, I love her personality and how she’s so sweet. I just love her.

Then at the end when Percy is offered immortality and he doesn’t take it but makes all the Gods promise to recognize their children. And Annabeth gets to be the new architect of Olympus which is pretty much her dream. So proud of her! Percy-beth. Aww! They’re sitting in the hall and then everyone bursts in and says that its about time! That underwater kiss, so cheesy and I don’t care! It was perfect! And Rachel Elizabeth Dare becomes the next oracle! I didn’t predict that one, and yeah that was really nice to get some closure with her character. And there is a new prophecy and I don’t know but I’m guessing that that is going to be the basis for the next series Heroes of Olympus the first was is The Lost Hero I believe and I do plan on reading those. Eventually. At some point. I have a long list of book on my “to read” list and a stack constantly on my desk but at some point in the future, I intend to read them. If you have already read them let me know if they’re worth starting, I’ve heard mixed things.

That’s it for now! Bye Guys!