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Waiting on Wednesday July 11th: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 2, 2012

From Amazon: Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Why I’m Waiting: It’s no secret that I love Rick Riordan’s books with the passion of a young fangirl. They are high on my list of MG fantasy, surpassed by only the first few Harry Potter books. And with The Heroes of OlympusI’m able to reconnect with my favorite people from Percy Jackson and be introduced to new, cool characters! Plus, Rome! There are togas people, the kids actually wear togas. And there’s an elephant. WHat’s not to love about that?

I can’t wait to continue on the adventure of Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo and the others. And  they’ll be in for quite a wild ride, if there previous adventures are anything to go by! If you’re still not onboard with the adventure you can read the first chapter here.

What is everyone else eating on this week? I look forward to WoW posts to help discover new books to watch out for! It’s one of my favorite days of the week!

 

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Book Review: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

Title: The Serpent’s Shadow

Author: Rick Riordan

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Genre: MG Fantasy

Publisher: Hyperion Book

Rating: 4/5 stars

How I got it: Pre-order on Amazon

Summary (from Barnes & Noble): He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld.

Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.

Review: Okay, so full disclosure I’m obsessed with Rick Riordan’s books. I devoured the Percy Jackson series in less than a week and have continued to follow those characters in the Heroes of Olympus series. So, it’s no surprise I was immediately drawn into the world of the Kane’s as well.

It took me a bit to get used to the narrative style that these trilogy is told in, as it’s treated as if it’s a transcript of a recording made by the Kane siblings Carter and Sadie. However, once you get into it the narration flows smoothly, even with the siblings taking turns relating the story in a first person narrative. I love that you get to be inside both of their head’s and get a better understanding of what drives them to complete the quests and save the world.

One of my favorite things about this book was the Sadie-Walt-Anubis love triangle, after all not many other love triangles feature a Egyptian God, a dying boy and a young teenage girl. The way Riordian wraps this up is fascinating and so perfect, all while being a complete plot twist that you hadn’t seen coming. And just to make sure Carter isn’t left out on his own he’s got his own romantic troubles with Zia to deal with. Ahh, young teenagers in love, is there anything more awkward or more entertaining? I think not!

As with the previous books in this series, The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire, the book makes sure to slip plenty of snark, witty one liners and just plain silliness in among the race against time to save the world from utter destruction. I honestly don’t think I’ve laughed harder in a book in recent memory than I did in regards to Felix and his Penguins. The mental image it created was pure amusement (I may have a thing for penguins..) and gave the right amount of lightheartedness to an otherwise tense and scary situation.

I definitely recommend picking up this series if you enjoy Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson books. It’s an easy, fun read that kept me entertained all the way thorugh!

 

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