These reviews are spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
Two posts in one week it’s a frickin’ miracle! Hello, yes, I’ve been reading, no I have not been reviewing (in my defense, most of the books I read this month were re-reads). I’ve had no intention/urge to review much this month, but yesterday the feeling came upon me and so here I am! Will my real blogging inspiration ever return to me? Who knows. It’s still MIA right now.
The Storm Crow
Author Kalyn Josephson
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them. (from Goodreads)
I bought this book solely because of the naked hardcover (which is GORGEOUS), and though some people I’ve talked to thought this was slow, I actually got through it pretty quickly. Looking back, I can see where they’re coming from since not much happens in this, but I’m always a sucker for the possibility of enemies to lovers and I think that’s what kept me reading on. I’m still holding out hope for that possibility (jk, haha…unless?) but I did enjoy most of the characters in this and I will be checking out the sequel. Also, the author is from the Bay Area! Woop woop!
The Tyrant’s Tomb
Author Rick Riordan
It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced. (from Goodreads)
There’s spoilers in here for The Burning Maze, so stop reading if you don’t know what happens in that. I don’t know how “mini” this review will be, because I kind of have a lot of feelings about it but was too lazy to make a new review page haha. (edit, after writing this: HA HA! This is an essay.)
So I finally got around to reading this after blocking literally every keyword I could think of on Tumblr because I refused to be spoiled for this like I was for Burning Maze. I’ve been real worried about this book. Rick said there’s gonna be more deaths and he ALMOST GOT ME IN THIS ONE, NOT GONNA LIE. UGH. I really didn’t come into this series wanting to read about my favorite characters from the last two series just being straight up murdered. That’s not fun for me. Whoever complained to Rick about characters not dying in PJO and HoO, I’d like to fight you.
I’ll be honest, I was (and still am, kinda) in denial about Jason’s death. Like, JASON?? DEAD? No thank you. Haha, we’ve gone to the Underworld before we can damn well go again to get JASON. ZEUS??? YOU WANNA TALK TO YOUR BRO HADES ABOUT ARRANGING THAT?!?! God. I went into this book NAIVE AS HELL, apparently, becuase I was just waiting for the “haha jk Jason’s alive” thing to happen. INSTEAD, I was accosted with having to read the words “Jason’s coffin” like SEVENTEEN times in the first 5 chapters and then dealing with a (tbh WEAK AS HELL) funeral. JASON DESERVES BETTER. HE’S ALWAYS DESERVED BETTER. And then to have to deal with what happens at the end of this book (which I was SO HAPPY ABOUT, don’t get me wrong), but that just made it kinda worse for Jason. Like, what the hell. Jason’s really dead???? When this series is over, that fact is gonna be wiped from my memory, just letting you know that I will not speak of that ever again because it didn’t happen.
OK let’s talk about the actual book now, I guess lol. I like Apollo in this. I usually HATE Apollo in every aspect or book or movie or myth or whatever that he’s ever made an appearance in, but I actually do like him in these. He’s funny and I like seeing him comes to terms with how much he fuckin sucks as a god. That being said, I kind of…skimmed this? There was a lot that I just didn’t really care about, and I think a lot of small details could have been cut down. I loved seeing Frank, Hazel and Reyna, but after what happened to Jason, I spent the whole book being afraid for them. (I did like Lavinia a lot though!) I was taken aback by how fast they dealt with Jason’s death, and the fact that we saw no trace of Piper or Leo or any mention of what they were even doing since they learned that he died at the end of TBM. We’re obviously gonna see them next book, but still. I’ve seen some criticism of how a few things were handled at the end of this, but I was actually pretty happy with where everyone ended up. If we don’t see Frank or Hazel or Reyna again (SOB) I could live with all their endgames.
SPEAKING OF ENDGAMES, (sidebar- wow this is REALLY not a mini review, whoops) the next book could very well be the END OF THE PERCY JACKSON UNIVERSE AS WE KNOW IT. That makes me sad as hell. And WORRIED. I AM SO WORRIED. I swear to god, I SWEAR TO GOD, if Rick screws me over with this last book I’m gonna actually die. Not only do I have a bunch of people saying that PERCY (PERCY!!!) might die, I still have to deal with Percy hearing about Jason’s death??? That’s bad enough??? (Also, you’re telling me that Jason DIED, Camp Jupiter is being ATTACKED, and Percy and Annabeth are just chillin at CHB doing nothing?? Nah, bro. They must have not known yet. Which, why.) No. NO. I will not be dealing with any of that because it just will not happen. I will drop dead and then haunt Rick Riordan for the rest of his days. I’ll drag him to the Underworld myself just so he can bring Percy and Jason back to me. I just don’t want anyone to die, man. And I also saw the idea that there might be a flash forward at the end of the book, to when Percy is older and ngl… that terrified me?? I physically recoiled. I don’t want that. I don’t want my last glimpse of Percy to be him as an adult, because I’ve spent so much time with him as a kid and don’t want his future to be set in stone and canonical like that.
I don’t know what this next book will be, but I want to end with these characters happy and in a good place and that does not involve any of my favorite characters dying. I am not here for that. (PS, why are the gods USELESS in this series??! USELESS!) OK, wow if you read this whole review, then you need to message me immediately because I think we should be friends. Thanks!