Goddess by Josephine Angelini
Goodreads Summary: After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
My Review: This book was an epic finale to a great series. The mythology kept expanding because Olympus fell and all of the Gods got freed and started going off on the world. I love how the author depicted the Gods and the Myrmidons and enjoyed reading about them. The plot with Helen being a world builder was really something I didn’t see coming, I thought she was just going to be in control of the Underworld, not be able to make her own world. The scene where she makes her own world is inception-like and was really fun. I like how Hades was the compassionate God in this story even though he rules the Underworld and Zeus is always the tough one. I never saw Matt becoming what he did and I didn’t see the other betrayals coming either.
I got so frustrated with the romance in this book. The love triangle was present even though everyone knew who Helen would choose! And the whole being in love with someone you think is your relative was dragged on too long for my liking and I was antsy just waiting for the truth to come out, which it took too long to do. Matt and Ari were a cute couple but their situation was just so confusing and tragic, I wasn’t too invested into their characters. Jason and Claire were just mentioned a few times, it definitely wasn’t as important as the love triangle. The Oracle was a really interesting concept because she is controlled by the Fates and Orion was the only one who could block them which took me a while to get my head around. It was fitting that they grew so close and Cassandra was one of my favorite characters, I like ancient Greek prophecies.
I really liked all of the fighting in this book! The hand to hand combat, the arrows and swords and knives were all so exciting and made me want to learn how to fight, even though I don’t live in their world. I love the magic of course, all of the powers they had over the elements and reading hearts and my favorite to read about was the falsefinder power, so they could sense lies. Every time I think about it now, I wish I had powers like them.
This series was amazing and I am so glad I stumbled across it. If you know of any other good series that are mythology or fantasy please tell me in the comments! You can buy Goddess here.
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Goodreads Summary: As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out. A ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.
My review: I am summing up this book as Greek mythology mixed with a forbidden love triangle mixed with tons of action and fighting! It was an excellent read and a perfect blend of every aspect for me! The plot was so intense that I noticed myself feeling anxious about the situation outside of reading the book, which is just a little insane in the eyes of my family. The underworld was so great and exciting to read about after reading Dante’s inferno and the twist she took with the descender thing was great. I liked how Orion went down with her but the situation with Orion frustrated me because I wanted to like him but I still liked Lucas! I am also still really annoyed that Helen still thinks Lucas is her cousin and it is all Daphne’s fault who has her own agenda for everything and that is the end of my angry rant. Obviously, I want Lucas and Helen to be together and hate the whole relative thing. I don’t like when authors play that card! The healers are particularly interesting to read about because I haven’t read any mythology about them before so hearing how they do it and descend into the underworld is a creative idea by the author. Hector is a viscous and lovable man who I really like reading about! I feel like these people are my family and like Noel is my mom which is crazy because they are fiction, but hey, while I’m reading they are my reality! The magic in this book is by far my favorite part! The lightning and flying and healing etc. is so fun to read about and it makes me feel bad that I don’t have magic like them, whatever the cost! And Helen fighting the god was a wicked awesome scene and I really had fun reading it! I love mythology and it’s hard to come across good mythology series and I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this one! If you like mythology then I recommend this, or if you’re adventurous and want to try something new! You can buy dreamless here.
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Goodreads Summary: Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
My Review: This book was much better than I had anticipated. The only mythology books I’ve ever read were by Rick Riordan who is a fantastic author and Starcrossed was just as good.
The plot was hard to grasp at first because it is so complex with a bunch of little things fitting into it making everything seem important. Then toward the end of the book there were a bunch of plot twists and I didn’t understand them until one of the characters made it obvious and said it exactly how it was. I loved the plot and all of the mythology that was embedded into it, it was a really interesting read for me.
I loved the whole forbidden romance. The fates controlling the whole romance/hatred aspect of the book-it’s complicated-was something I saw coming but I still liked reading about what the author did with it. I do not like the mother figure or the supposed lies she is telling, I know she is meant to annoy me though so the author did a good job. Lucas is definitely a catch and I like him a lot and there was hardly any romance in this book, but I still enjoyed it immensely. I also liked Helen and I just wished she and Lucas would forget everything and just be romantic! The ‘humans’ figured out most of the story for themselves and that usually doesn’t happen in books so that was new and I appreciated that the humans weren’t clueless. The family members were fun to read about because I could relate to the crazy family and the fighting scenes were so fun to read about. The sparring made me want to learn to fight and the fact that they can heal made me jealous a bit even though it’s fake. The cliffhanger was great and the twist that happened right before the end was something I actually didn’t see coming which makes me super excited to read the next one.
This book made me really excited because I found another mythology series that I can obsess over and they aren’t that easy to find! I definitely recommend this book even if you don’t know your mythology because it really is a great read. I cannot wait to read book two in this trilogy and if you know of any good mythology series please tell me in the comments because I am going to need more soon. You can buy starcrossed here.
Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy by Amanda Hocking
Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy, in the Watersong series by Amanda Hocking are significantly better than the first book. Where the first book took a long time for plot development and focused on character development, by the time the second book came around all of that was taken care of.
Gemma has run away to protect her loved ones, but they refuse to be without her. Harper, Daniel, Alex, and Marcy begin to uncover the truth about Gemma and instead of getting scared and/or repulsed as most people would, they decide that they need to save her before she becomes a true monster. It’s interesting because at the same time they are conspiring to take down three two-thousand-year-old sirens, Gemma is suffering because she is refusing to embrace the inner monster that she has become. One of my favorite parts about this book is how the author switches from telling Gemma’s story to telling Harper’s and she does so in third person limited. So every few chapters, the reader is in Gemma’s head, and the next few chapters, the reader is in Harper’s head. The way it is written is something I’ve never read before and I really enjoyed it.
The romance between Harper and Daniel, well, let’s just say I knew it was inevitable. Harper’s failed attempts at trying to push Daniel away kind of got annoying because she knew she loved him but didn’t want to waste her time with Daniel when she needed to help Gemma. Eventually, though, after all of the frustration, I was pleased with the amount of emotion between the two and it definitely made me feel better about everything Harper was going through. So adorable. Also, Gemma and Alex, after everything they had been through, had to struggle for several books to just be happy together. Even though they are young, the things they went through made me feel their passion and I loved it. Alex was definitely the main fiction crush-worthy guy in this series and I loved every scene that he was in, especially with Gemma.
The plot quickly developed in the second book and continued to evolve and take twists that I didn’t predict. The ending was just amazing and I love how the book seemed like it was going to end and then took a turn and went in the opposite direction I thought it was going to take. The story line was completely entertaining and I loved this series more than I thought I was going to. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mythology, and I know that if you like mythology you will like this series as long as you push through the first book and give it a chance.
If you want to by the second book you can do so here.
Wake by Amanda Hocking
“Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.”
For the first book in the series, I expected more to happen. Overall it was a good book and the plot eventually developed and I liked it enough that I am going to read the next one, but it took so long for the plot development to happen. I read several hundred pages before anything important happened that made me really want to find out what was going on.
The romantic aspect was completely adorable. I usually don’t read books unless there is some romance involved as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the main plot and the romance in this book did kind of take control for the first half or so. The main girl and her new boyfriend are teenagers and although I am all for romance in teen books, there was almost too much concentration on this part of the story and the plot developed slower than the romance. Also, the main girl makes all of her decisions on the boy which is okay but is sometimes a bit too dramatic for my taste.
The great things about it were the ideas. I thought I knew what was happening the whole time and as soon as the author revealed the truth, I was completely blown away. I was way off. The writer almost purposefully makes the new girls in town sound like something they are not in order to lead the reader in the wrong direction and as soon as the plot developed (started with the truth), the book was great.
I liked it enough to check out the next book in the series and will be reviewing that soon. I can only expect that it will get better from here and the plot will keep progressing.
If you would like to purchase this book, you can do so here.
House of Hades by Rick Riordan
WARNING:If you have yet to read the previous Heroes of Olympus books, this review will have spoilers. There will be no spoilers on House of Hades.
“At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.”
After the gigantic cliff hanger Riordan left us with after Mark of Athena, this book was somewhat a relief to that horrible feeling of not knowing what will happen. The great thing about this book that kept me reading was the way he developed two plots at once that came together in the end and how he switched points of view every few chapters or so. Being able to see into the minds of all of the characters is definitely a unique way to write a book and I definitely loved reading it like that, even though it was frustrating at some points because I would get attached to a particular character and not want to switch to a different one.
This book had action, suspense, romance, and my favorite aspect of the book of course, mythology. All of these characteristics were well balanced so it didn’t turn into a romance novel with some action or vice versa. The romance between Percy and Annabeth, Piper and Jason, Hazel and Frank, and Leo -who may or may not find the love we all know he deserves- is satisfying in that it gives relief from the stressful situations they are all in, trying to save the world and all.
While Annabeth and Percy travel through the depths of Tartarus, they encounter every monster they have ever defeated, since that’s where the monsters go when they “die”. This is a true test of their strength, especially because they are weaker in Tartarus, and they defeated the monsters once, and the way Riordan describes it all made me feel as if I was really there. The only thing that upset me was that I didn’t know I was supposed to read “The Demigod Files” before I read House of Hades. One of the supporting characters in the House of Hades was originally brought about in the Demigod Files. So if you have yet to read the Demigod Files, and haven’t read House of Hades, I seriously suggest reading the demigod files first. Not knowing about that story and character didn’t take away from the story much though because the numerous adventures Percy and Annabeth have in Tartarus are so entertaining and original that it kept me hooked.
While Frank, Hazel, Piper, Jason, Leo, Nico, Coach Hedge, and the Athena Parthenos are making their way to the doors of death that are in the real world, they have to go through so many crazy obstacles that all relate in some way to Greek mythology which is extremely entertaining. The way Riordan takes the old myths and turns them into his story is so impressive and is one of the reasons I love reading his books so much. I can’t explain why I love some of the parts so much because it would definitely be a spoiler, but just know that if you loved the pervious Riordan books, you will for sure love this book. It was my favorite book of the series and I’m sure you will all love it as much as I did.
And the ending, oh goodness where to begin? All of the suspense that started with the ending of Mark of Athena and continued to grow through the House of Hades led up to the end of the House of Hades. Both plots came together, characters overcame internal struggles, and a problem may have been solved. The cliff hanger wasn’t as huge and annoying as the one in the Mark of Athena, but was definitely enough to make me extremely excited to read the next and last book in the series. As sad as I am to see the series come to an end, I cannot wait to see what twists and turns lie ahead, and how it is going to end.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves action and romance and likes Greek mythology or could love Greek mythology. If you want to buy this book, you can buy it on amazon here.