Thursday, June 21, 2018

J says :) #25

Let’s talk about…
Beach reads!

Attention everyone! I promised you something special this week and as always I’ll try my best to deliver… at the end you’ll be the judge of that and my sister of course. Why you may ask? Well because for the very first time I’m writing my whole post for someone else’s theme. So this week is all about A and her topic: beach reads :)

What can I say? This subject is perfect, not only because I love beach, all those waves, breeze and looking at sea… if you add to it reading while lying on the sand, or sitting on a bench, no pressure (not everyone is a fan of sand) it’s like paradise :) And yes I’m currently feeling very lucky, because it’s my vacation time! One week of doing absolutely nothing more than sightseeing, reading and chilling at the beach, ahh perfection. But don’t worry I didn't forget about you… no way, you’ll get a bunch of recommendations for reading this week, not necessarily on the beach ;)

I have to be honest and say that A was not very specific at least at the beginning ;) When I asked her one day to make up a theme for me to write about, she just said after a little while: I know, beach reads! That’s it people, so of course I instantly thought to myself: it’s a trap! Abort mission! Run for your lives! A little bit dramatic right? But seriously, you may not know this but I do… my sister would never take a book to the beach ;) It could get wet, dirty or something like that. And it would not have that new book smell anymore, that’s for sure. And don’t get me started on transport, it could get damaged… The horror ;) But I get it, everyone has a thing and books are hers, so maybe don’t tell her if you’re reading in other places than at home in some kind of safe place like armchair or bed :)

Ahhh but don’t be discouraged... there is a way to get around those rules, you can just read e-books or listen to audiobooks :) See? That’s brilliant because you won’t damage your treasures, but you can enjoy fantastic stories while relaxing :) So as I always say, you can’t go wrong with books on vacation, especially on the beach. You can read while sunbathing or be more like me and look for shade everywhere, seriously sometimes I feel like a creep in bushes or behind a tree, while everyone is frying on the sun ;) Anyway if not e-book than try audiobook. It’s perfect not only for lying but also for walking by the coastline, but only if there are no waves. Because if they are you’ve got to just listen to nature, because that’s the best part of staying on the beach :)

So I don’t know if you agree or not, but for me vacations (in general, not necessarily on the beach) are for fun or maybe trying something new. So with stories that I picked for today everyone will find something for themselves, or maybe you’ll get outside your comfort zone a little bit and try something completely different than what you normally read ;) Anyway… Beach reads… it could be many things, so why don’t we just go to the part of book recommendations and with each story I’ll just explain why I picked this one, ok? Are you nodding? I can’t really see, but I’ll assume your silence as an agreement, let’s get started :)

The List 
(book #1 in the List series, written by Tawna Fenske)

Are you a fan of contemporary romantic stories? Do you like light and funny reads? Maybe a little bit of adventure here and there? And when I’m talking about adventure I mean the sexy kind, you know unusual places and stuff like that ;) If so, this book was written for you! And guess what… it all started with a list ;) So get this: Cassie thinks of herself as a boring soil scientist so to impress her older sisters she comes up with the stories about her romantic life... I don’t want to spoil a surprise so let’s just say this is quite a list ;) anyway I always say don’t trust technology… because while she was making the list her laptop kind of froze… so you can imagine her face when she went to computer shop, it was red, ok? Especially since the guy behind the counter was really hot ;) After seeing Cassie’s list Simon a selfless hero he is, volunteered to help her accomplish it ;) 

The Deathsniffer’s Assistant 
(book #1 in The Faraday Files series, written by Kate McIntyre)

Are paranormal books more your style? Do you appreciate a little steampunk vibe? Maybe a little mystery? A crime to solve? Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? If some of that stuff is true than this story is definitely for you, cause it has it all! ;) It’s a story about Christopher, he’s kind of desperate to find a job to support himself and his younger sister. But since he doesn’t have an outstanding resume only one person gives him a chance… it’s Olivia Faraday, the eccentric Deathsniffer. Her special talent helps her find murderers but she needs someone to maintain order in paperwork and a person to brainstorm ideas with ;) Their first case starts with a visit from the Duchess, who wants to solve the mystery about her husband's death. Olivia and Chris are quite an unusual duet at first, I must admit, but in time they become a case of unlikely friends :)

Marrying Winterborne 
(book #2 in The Ravenels series, written by Lisa Kleypas)

Does historical romances give you chills? Are you in love with Victorian times? Do you value a little bit of different languages in books, like Welsh for example? Are you a fan of the theory that opposites attract? Well I have an answer to your prayers! Rhys is a common-born whose ambition got him wealth and success. What he wants he gets and now he has his eyes set on Lady Helen. He’ll do anything to make sure she’ll agree to marry him :) The words that can describe Helen best are: quiet and shy. But don’t think that’s all she is. Because soon you’ll know that she’s the kind of woman that can tame Rhys ;)

The Lightning-Struck Heart 
(book #1 in Tales From Verania, written by T.J. Klune)

Do you like magic and wizards? Are you in love with mystical creatures? Are you ready for adventure? Maybe you enjoy witty banter? Fan of sarcastic comments, anyone? If so, this story is all of that and more :) The main hero of this book is called Sam of Wilds. He’s the apprentice of the king’s wizard. He’s in love with one of the king’s knights - sir Ryan Foxheart, but unfortunately he’s sort of dating prince Justin. But don’t worry, you know me, I wouldn’t recommend it to you if they didn’t end up together ;) Anyway when a dragon kidnaps the prince, Sam and Ryan with a little help of a hornless unicorn Gary and a half-giant Tiggy start the journey to save him. I should mention that I didn’t actually read it as much as I listened to it. And I have to say it was one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever had a pleasure to listen to :) Seriously, the guy who read this story does different voices for every character there is… so in a word, perfection :)

Secrets at Midnight 
(novella #10,5 in Psy-Changeling series, written by Nalini Singh)

Are you a fan of novellas? Do you like to read a whole story in one afternoon? Are animal changelings your thing? Do you want to just dip your toe in the series to find out if you’ll love it? In that case, I give you the story about Bastien and Kirby :) He’s a leopard changeling, one of the Dark River pack and she’s not all human as she always thought… But that’s all I’m saying :) Seriously, just read this short story and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this whole series just like I did :)

Chasing fire 
(written by Nora Roberts)

When you’re sitting on the beach do you feel like you’re burning in hell? Maybe it was a little dramatic… let me rephrase it ;) Do you feel like fire is all around you and you have nowhere to escape? Because there is not even a little cloud on the sky to help you out… If that's the case and you want to feel better let me present to you this story. Rowan and Gull meet for the very first time in some kind of camp, it’s all about training new recruits. For what you may ask? Well a little something called fire jumping… Yeah it’s as badass as you think ;) It’s basically jumping with parachutes to the worse fires there are. She’s the part of elite unite called smoke jumpers and he’s their new recruit. Rowan has a rule, not dating fellow jumers, but there’s something about Gull that she can’t ignore. He changes her mind one day at a time and finally she caves ;) But this story is something more than just a romance, there is mystery, because someone is sabotaging the unit and creating dangerous situations that can cost someone’s life… Anyway as you can see they have it way worse, believe me your situation is not so bad now, am I right? :)

From Lukov with love 
(written by Mariana Zapata)

Do you love cold and ice? Are sports your thing? Maybe a little slow burn romance? With a hate to love kind of vibe? Do you want to read about brutal ice skating while chilling on a sunny beach? I have got the perfect story for you :) Ivan and Jasmine are both figure skaters, but he’s got many awards for his performances while Jasmine has none. She’s talented and hard working just like him, she just has the attitude… And it’s definitely not helping her. But now they need to join forces for a year and perform together in upcoming season. And it will be something to watch I assure you :) With a classic from hate to love story, with every page you’ll find out why they are perfect for each other. And reading about all that ice will help you forget that you’re melting on the beach for sure ;)

Robbie 
(book #1 in Confessions series, written by Ella Frank)

Are you in a mood for something scandalous? Do you like an alpha men? Hot and steamy scenes that will make you blush? Are you ready to give a chance to the story you’d normally skip? If so I cannot recommend this book more :) I was not expecting to fall in love with these men so much. And by saying these man I mean all three of them: Priest, Julian and Robbie. If you read Temptation series you know who I’m talking about, if not don’t worry you don’t have to do it to appreciate this story. It’s the beginning of a trilogy, this book is all about Robbie and the beginning of his relationship with Priest and Julien. It’s definitely fun and easy read :) I read it once as soon as it were published and recently I listened to the audiobook, you know to remind myself the story before the second book. I have to say, this story was as good the second time around as the first, so say all you want but you have to at least try it :) And vacation is the perfect time to do it. Besides if you’ll read it while sunbathing you can say that your flushed cheeks are from the sun and not from all the hot scenes, trust me it’s perfect excuse :)

Wanderlust 
(written by Lauren Blakely)

Do you love a british accent? Maybe you like when a man reads to you in general? How about a story with starting a new chapter in life? Trying something new and exciting in Paris maybe? Well you’re in the right place, people, because this audiobook has it all. It all starts with an amazing narrators, but come on for me it was the guy. His voice is unbelievably sexy ;) Anyway the story is about Joy, who moves to Paris for work. She’s confident, smart and energetic but one thing is a true obstacle for her - language. Enter Griffin, he’s charming, funny and of course the accent… anyway where was I? Ahh that’s right he’s her translator. They both know there should be nothing between them, but it’s a romance people, of course they’ll break the rules ;) It’s the perfect fit for those of you that want to try audiobooks and why not do it while lying on the beach or walking along the seashore :)

So… that would be all from me :) I hope you’ll share your choices of beach reads cause I’m curious how you would interpret this theme :) I can safely say that all the books I picked are great, each one of them for different reasons, but you should definitely try them out :) I see you next week, with a brand new theme. And this time it’s gonna be quite a challenge I think - yeah, thanks a lot M ;), so we have to wait and see if I can deliver, fingers crossed ;)

J

Review: "Mister O" by Lauren Blakely


Title: "Mister O"
Book 2 in series Big rock
Main characters: Nick and Harper
Narrator: Sebastian York

This is the second story in Lauren Blakely's Big rock series... each book in it concentrates on a different couple, and even though they are connected through some of the characters, they can be read as standalones without any previous knowledge ;) you always get enough explanations to follow the story you are reading, although if you do read them in order, the little scenes that include people you already know will have that much more meaning :) but from the perspective of someone who read her books both ways, it really is a matter of personal preferences... you will love her stories either way :) so let's jump into all the details about this particular one :)

Both Nick and Harper have connections to Spencer, the hero of the first book in this series: Harper is his younger sister and Nick his best friend :) but like I mentioned before, just because we have these connections, doesn't mean that you have to read the previous book to read this one :) so no worries if you read it and don't remember a lot, or if this will be your first lauren Blakely book :) but back to our main couple :) Harper is a magician... I know, it sounds so cool :) she does mostly kids parties, but absolutely loves it :) Nick is the creator of an adult animated show... :) they've been friends for some time now, but it wasn't until recently when Nick developed... some other feelings towards her ;) which is just such bad timing, cause Harper is actually crushing on someone else... which is unfortunate, cause she's terrible at flirting and... basically regular human interactions with a guy she's interested in... :) it's hilarious the first time we see it... I can relate to that so much... ;) so naturally Nick offers to help her overcome that :) and the rest is... history ;) oh come on you guys, I can't tell you how exactly their interactions change and when does it happen :) just know that it's not a love triangle type of situations and then enjoy the story :)

This was a 4,5 stars story for me :) there may have been some small things that prevented me from enjoying this book as much as some of her other ones, but it was still a great read :) my reading experience is always influenced by my personal preferences, that's why I still feel confident to recommend you this great book... :) and if you have a chance, I definitely advice you to listen to the audiobook version :) the whole book is written from Nick's perspective, and the narrator... the very talented Sebastian York, will absolutely melt you... *sighs dreamily* :) I listened to it and loved every minute of it :) the story itself is once again a very entertaining one... I truly love Lauren Blakely's writing style... each book of hers I read so far was great :) no stupid or unnecessary drama / angst... adults acting like adults and talking with each other instead of slamming doors and ignoring each other for months... :) she creates complex and real characters, that you can't help but fall in love with... and I'm not talking only about the main couple... in each book we have a bunch of secondary characters that will make you read the synopsis of her other stories to check if maybe they already have their own books... and yes, in a lot of cases it's true :) I already made a little detour for her One love series :) I can't help it, I want to read all the books at once :) she definitely becomes one of my go to authors when I am looking for a fun and sexy romance that will put the biggest smile on my face :) so if you are in need for that kind of a story, definitely give her a try... :) pick this one up, or one of her other books, and enjoy your day :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: "The varlet and the voyeur" by Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway


Authors: Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway
Book 4 in series Rugby
Main characters: Will and Josey

Synopsis

He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)
William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)
Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally get her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN
What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.
What she needs is an apartment with free rent.
Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’  Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him. 
Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!
Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th(and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book :) this is the fourth and last installment in this series, and to be honest... I'm sad to hear this... I really grew to love all the characters I met within the pages of these stories... and this duo of co-authors definitely made me feel all the feels throughout those books... but worry not, if you are a little bit overcome with the feelings of nostalgia and melancholy... because even though this is the last installment in this particular series, I have a strong feeling that it's definitely NOT the only book they will co-write... in fact I'm hoping... like full on fingers-crossing that the next hero they will write about will be Broderick... I mean... come on... they wouldn't be so cruel as to put those little teasers throughout this book if his story wouldn't be next, right? :) ok, back to the main topic of this review ;) this is the fourth installment, but all those stories can be read as standalones... yes, I recommend you to read them in order, because that way you will get a better understanding of certain characters and their decisions before they become main ones, and also, those little scenes where previous characters appear in later novels will have that much more meaning... but the choice is yours :) ok, now that we have this explanation out of the way, let me tell you more about our main couple :)

We met Will and Josey in the previous book :) but again, if you haven't read it yet, or just don't remember much about it or them... first of all, I've been there :) we all experience that feeling when you read so many new books all the time, that unless you re-read a story a few times, or it was exceptionally amazing and left a huge impression on you, those details will become blurry... sometimes to the point when you have to check your Goodreads account to see if you read that book at all :) I know I do that sometimes... but in my defense, I already read 70+ books this year... :) but more importantly, second of all... with each story in this series, you get enough of background informations to really enjoy it :) so even if that will be your very first book ever written by this duo of authors, or one of them individually, you have no excuses to not pick it up :) ok, back to our main couple :) I adored them both... which is saying something, because usually characters like Josey tend to annoy me... :) let me explain :) Josey is... peculiar :) she has no filter, talks a lot and definitely on subjects that sometimes shouldn't be discussed in public... ;) but to my surprise it really works this time :) I love how much she cares for her friends and how fiercely she defends them... I adore how open she is and how she accepts herself... and don't even get me started on Will... *sighs dreamily* he is just so cute... I know that may not be the adjective most men would like to be described with, but... it's true :) he's kind and honest and can be devastatingly swoonworthy when he wants to... :) they meet because Will needs a roommate and Josey is in need of a place to stay... they become really good friends from the start, but since she also sort of works for him... it's hard to explain without spoilers, so let's move on... they both do their best to ignore the sparks flying between them :) so naturally I had to read chapter after chapter until I saw how their story will end :) don't worry, it's a good one :)

I really liked this book... I was going back and forth with my final rating, but ultimately I decided to give it full 5 stars... yeah, there were some small things that could have been done differently... I mean, come on... use your words people... out loud with each other, so as to avoid missunderstandings... :) but it suited the story and our main couple, so it wasn't as annoying as I sometimes find it :) it was written in 2 POVs, which is my favourite :) we had chapters from Will's perspective and well as ones from Josey's point of view, and once again, I had to applaud this magical duo... becuase if you didn't know that two separate people wrote this book, you wouldn't be able to tell just by reading the story... it flows smoothly and you are constantly curious to see what's gonna happen next :) I absolutely enjoyed the growing relationship between our main couple... how they fall more and more for each other, how they take care of one another in little ways... *sighs happily* not only Will and Josey were wonderful, but throughout the whole story we have appearances of all the couples we fell in love with before :) some of them with very interesting news... ;) and they still managed to introduce us to some new people... trust me, there's got to be more coming from that duo... and I am sooo there for it :) I highly recommend you guys this book, and this whole series in general if you haven't read it before :) if you are looking for a great romance story, with fantastic writing style, and some swoonworthy rugby players... come on, we all love them... my personal favourite athletes to read about are hockey players, but rugby ones are on a very close second place ;) if you crave complex and flawed characters that grow and change before your eyes... that make mistakes but learn from them... these are the stories for you :) and once you read them and fall in love with them, each of this absolutely amazing ladies have many other books that will blow your mind as well... but that is a story for some other time... ;)

Excerpt

*Will*

When I saw how spotless the shared living space was, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and peeked my head into her bathroom, Rocky dancing around my feet as I entered the space. The counters were covered in woman-products, but the marble surface and sink were free of water spots, and the glass of the shower had been wiped clean.

I glanced at Rocky. He glanced at me. Bemused, I chuckled to myself, about to turn back to the door, and that’s when I spotted it.

A dildo.

A big, Pyrex dildo.

With ridges.

In the shower.

I froze, blinked, and I stared at it, my brain sluggish. Oddly, I had to remind myself to breathe. Likely because I was . . .

I was—

I was shocked.

I shook myself, tearing my eyes from it and rubbing my chest where an odd kind of pang was spreading mild warmth up my neck.

But why was I shocked?

Why should I be surprised?

Despite my never seeing her that way, Josey was a woman and women have needs.

Don’t they?

I hadn’t grown up around women—any women. My mother died when she had my youngest brother. My grandmother died before I was born. I had no sisters. We lived on a farm, way out in BFN Oklahoma.

Girls—women—and their bodies were sacred lands of the unknown to us Moore boys.

Unbidden—completely unbidden—an image of Josey flashed through my mind’s eye. Her full lips parted, her big eyes closed, causing her thick black lashes to catch droplets of water before they dripped over her sharp cheekbones. Her head would be lolled back as shower spray melted bubbles of slippery soap, sliding down her bare skin as they dissolved. Her legs would be parted, and maybe one hand would be braced against the wall of the shower while the other moved in a steady rhythm.

Holding that huge, glass dildo.

I swallowed a sudden rush of salvia and, unable to help myself, I leaned closer to the sex toy, examining it and comparing its size against my own.

I was bigger.

But not by much.

And for some reason, this realization made me instantly hard.

Crap.

Of course I knew Josey was a woman, but until this moment, I’d never really thought of her that way. Not even the tampon-mountain drove the point home. Up until this point, she was someone I liked as a person, someone who made me laugh, who was smart and compassionate, someone around whom I felt completely comfortable. A good—no, a great companion.

She was still all of those things, except—

Except now I’ve pictured her naked.





a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author -> Penny Reid


Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

About the author -> L. H. Cosway


L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: "The learning hours" by Sara Ney


Author: Sara Ney
Book 3 in series How to date a duchebag
Main characters: Rhett and Laurel
Narrators: Josh Goodman and Muffy Newtown

This is the third book in a series, but to be honest, it works perfectly as a standalone as well :) How to date a douchebag, because that's the name of it, is definitely a series that won't be a good fit for everyone... but I am definitely a fan :) each book revolves around a different couple, with certain secondary characters showing up in other stories... :) but like I mentioned before, you don't really need any previous knowledge to enjoy this installment :) without any additional delay, let me jump into telling you a bit more about our main couple... :)

Laurel and Rhett met in a very... peculiar way... :) let me back up a bit :) Rhett is the newest member of the university's wrestling team, he knows basically no one... some of his teammates decide that it would be a great joke if they hung out flyers with his description, pic and phone number saying how much he needs to get laid... yeah... bully much? but I will get more into that later... Laurel is one of the girls who send him a message... yeah, she did it on a dare because of her cousin but it still wasn't her best moment... even though that start was pretty rocky, once they actually start exchanging messages, and then spend more and more time with each other... they form a friendship... that after a while evolves into something more... :) now when it comes to them individually... :) I definitely had troubles with Laurel at the beginning... I mean... it's there in the title of the series... so you know these books will involve some douchebags... but this time it wasn't the hero, but the heroine... that turned out to be a very interesting twist... she wasn't as bad as Oz or Zeke from previous stories, but she had some questionable moments... fortunately, she gets better very soon... :) Rhett on the other hand... *sighs dreamily* I absolutely adored him... he was definitely one of the biggest reasons why I think it might be my favourite installment in this series so far... he was just... kind and such a nice guy... not a pushover, but with his good manners and that southern accent... *sighs dreamily once again* let's just say I was a fan and leave it at that ;)

This whole book gave me some major Beauty and the beast vibes... which is only like my favourite trope in books ever ;) but it was done in two ways in this case... we had the outside appearances, with Laurel being stunning and Rhett being... well, not ugly, but definitely not on that handsome-women-swoon-on-the-spot side... but when you look inside... oh, the situation was quite reversed... :) I definitely wasn't a fan of all the hazing / borderline bullying that Rhett was a victim of in this story... honestly, the next-to-zero reaction from the heroes of previous books, who are co-captains of the wrestling team, made me like them that much less... *sighs* I expected more from you guys... even though I had my issues with Laurel at the beginning, I grew to really love her... she and Rhett were absolutely lovely together... plus, it was a nice change to read a book where the woman is more experienced one and the guy is clueless about flirting and everything else... I related so much to him :) but that's besides the point... ;) I really liked seeing how they influenced each other... how Rhett helped Laurel see what's really important... how Laurel helped him become more confident... this was a surprisingly cute story... written in 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from Laure's perspective and well as chapters from Rhett's ponit of view, it's my favourite one :) plus, as I did with the previous novels, and am planning to do with the fourth and last one, I listened to the audiobook version... which I cannot recommend highly enough :) seriously people, do yourselves a favour, and listen to these stories... :) all of the books are narrated by the same duo: Josh Goodman and Muffy Newtown :) and they are amazing... :) they will make you laugh and swoon and blush... :) but worry not, the writing itself is absolutely fantastic as well... so it really doesn't matter what form you will choose, I just highly recommend you to read this book :) the story will steal your heart and you'll want nothing else, but more stories about nice guys... :) I am definitely in a mood for such a story myself after finishing this gem :) I hope I convinced you to give it a try as well... :)

XOXO

A

Review: "The house of Hades" by Rick Riordan


Author: Rick Riordan
Book 4 in series The heroes of Olympus
Main characters: Hazel, Annabeth, Leo, Percy, Frank, Jason and Piper

This is the fourth installment in a sequel-ish / companion series to another one, and I highly recommend you to read all those books in order :) let me quickly explain... first, there's Percy Jackson and the olympians series, that revolves around one group of characters, and even though each book have a certain theme / main event, all of them are connected with one big conflict, so you need to read them in order to understand everything :) then we have this current series that I am reviewing, The heroes of Olympus, which takes place a few months after the end of the last book of that first series :) since this is the reiew of the fourth novel, and I do want to make at least part of it completely spoiler free so even if you are new to this series, or this author in general, you can read it, here's what we're gonna do :) the next paragraph will be safe to read by all of you :) I will talk a bit about the series and main characters in general, without too many details... then the third and last paragraph, will be about my thoughts and feelings about this book... so yes, if you will read it, I'm assuming you are either caught up on the previous books (I still won't spoil you this current book) or you just don't care to know certain details before actually reading about them :) ok, now that this is out in the open, let's dive in :)

I feel like by this time everyone and their mother know at least something about Rick Riordan and his books, especially the ones set in... let's call it "Percy Jackson world" :) and by that I mean the alternate version to our world, where ancient gods are real and have descendants here among us :) The heroes of Olympus is a second series set in that world, but this time with a bit of a different twist to it :) you can read this one without any previous knowledge, because there's enough explanations about everything to understand all the connections BUT you will be spoiled about some surprising things from the Percy Jackson and the olympians series, so that's your choice :) plus, some people and places from that first series are also in this one, and it makes all those scenes that much more meaningful if you actually know the history :) this series revolves around a group of completely new characters, with addition of a few familiar faces... :) we have another prophecy and another, even bigger, threat... but that's all the details I can tell you without spoiling too much... especially since the first two books really concentrate on introducing us to everything... what I can say is that I absolutely loved the new characters, even though I was hesitant about starting these books initially... I shouldn't have worried :) Rick Riordan has a great writing style, entertaining and engaging from the start... his stories are always full of adventures, surprising twists, complex characters... truly great reads :) ok, now that hopefully I convinced all of you still unfamiliar with his work to give it a try, let's jump into all the spoilery stuff :)

LAST WARNING people... SPOILERS about the previous three stories are coming in the next sentence... because after that cliffhanger at the end of the third book, there's no possible way for me to talk about this installment without mentioning... ok, there's no other way for me to make it clear, SPOILERS are coming :) so after the ending, when Percy and Annabeth fell into Tartarus, I was very happy that I actually already have the whole series on my shelf and can start the next one straight away... I honestly can't imagine reading that and then waiting many months for the resolution... fortunately, we pick up right where we left off, this time we have our main group of characters divided into two... Annabeth and Percy are trying to survive in Tartarus and get to the Doors of Death from the inside, while all others are working their way to said Doors, but in the human world... both groups will have many obstacles in their way, until the big finale... will they be reunited? will everyone survive? you just have to read to know that :) we have even more character development, each of our heroes and heroines are forced to confront their fears and who they think they truly are... I loved seeing them grow and change because of all that... even though all of them are teenagers, I really connected to them and their struggles... I think the biggest reason why, is Rick Riordan's writing style... he creates these diverse and complex people, and you can't help but fall in love with them and cheer them on... :) once again, this installment, like all other ones, is filled with twists and turns, adventures and humor, among many more serious and emotional scenes... it's the perfect balance to keep you entertained for the 500+ pages... :) that amount of pages didn't stop me from inhaling this book, among the previous one and next one in less than a week... because I simply had to know how everything will end :) I highly recommend you guys this series in general, I had such a blast reading it... :)

XOXO

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