Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141363936
Pages: 359
Read in: May 2016
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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


I think the following encapsulates the entire book:

Used to be goddy

Now uptown feeling shoddy

Bah, haiku don’t rhyme

While I really enjoyed the book as a whole, I didn’t get the same feeling I did when I was reading Percy Jackson back in the days. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Uncle Rick’s sarcasm and humour that’s scattered throughout, but I don’t think this book was a strong as it could’ve been. Continue reading

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Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780062458865
Pages: 288
Read in: May 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

Kiera Cass’s bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. Now the end of the journey is here, in a wonderfully romantic series finale that will sweep you off your feet.

Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

The Selection series has sold more than 3 million copies and captured the hearts of fans around the world. This swoon-worthy final installment is the happily ever after they’ve all been waiting for.


My Thoughts:

This is the final, concluding book to The Selection series, so while there won’t be spoilers for The Crown, there will be spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Despite my doubts about Eadlyn and The Heir, I found that this, in my opinion was quite a satisfactory ending to The Selection series.

Yes, I know that The One is technically the end of the Selection Series, but for these purposes, lets just call the second half of the series The Selection Part II. Continue reading

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Publisher: Atria Press
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN:  9781476791456
Pages: 306
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Goodreads Summary:

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


Thoughts:

I finally jumped onto the Colleen Hoover bandwagon, and I’m so glad I finally did! Confess was a great contemporary novel. I thought it would be slightly out of my comfort zone since it’s classified as ‘new adult’, but honestly, besides the slightly more mature issues discussed in this book (depression, drug abuse, rape), it was fine.

(Also, this book was my first read of 2016! I’m just publishing this late) Continue reading