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[Mini Reviews] The Son of Neptune & Requiem

Hey! I re-read The Son of Neptune a couple weeks ago and haven’t written a review for it. I just finished Requiem last Saturday but I was too lazy to write a proper review so that’s why I wrote mini reviews for them!

(Heroes of Olympus #2)
by Rick Riordan
MG – Adventure, Fantasy
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. Somehow he has managed to make it to a camp for half-bloods, but it doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job out of it. Now, because of a mistake she made back then, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes she could rise away all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes, but he doesn’t see it. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend. He trusts her completely – enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and feature other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.
Review
This is the second time I read The Son of Neptune and it was still amazing. In fact, I think I loved this book even more after re-reading. I liked Hazel and Frank more. I actually felt for Hazel, when she had those flashbacks, and her character developed well until the end of the book. I appreciated her bravery and her determination to protect the ones she loves. I sympathize with Frank and what I liked the most from him was his commitment to put duty first before his own life. He also became more confident in the end as he accepted his weaknesses and realized that he, too, has a gift. Before, I thought that Percy was the highlight of this book but now I realized that Hazel and Frank are as important as he is. Each character has his/her own moment to shine. The plot was unquestionably full of actions and I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite knowing the ending and all. I got to pick up the little things I missed and I was struck when I spot a few quotes that might foresee the future in the next books. And that made makes me scared. 🙁 But this book also gave me a good amount of humor. 🙂

5 Cakes!

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(Delirium #3)
by Lauren Oliver
YA – Dystopia, Romance

As her country erupts in open rebellion, Lena fights for the resistance and must make a heartbreaking choice between two loves.
After saving Julian from a death sentence, Lena escapes with him and other members of the resistance. But as she embraces her love for Julian, a boy from her past returns and causes her to question everything.
In the meantime, Lena’s best friend, Hana, is engaged to Portland’s young mayor and is living a safe, proscribed, loveless life. The story is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view.
As Lena struggles to save the people she loves, everything comes to a head in this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s epic trilogy. Requiem is a sophisticated, wide-ranging novel that explores the large issues of society, government, and resistance, and of course, there is romance.

Review
I really loved Delirium. And I thought Pandemonium was not as good as Delirium, but still loved it anyway. As for Requiem… You could say that I was disappointed. There were still elements that made me fall in love with this series in the first place (for example: beautiful writing). But there were also things that made Requiem less enjoyable for me. I felt the pacing in the beginning was slow to the point I almost wanted to throw this book away and do something else instead. Requiem is told in Lena’s and Hana’s POVs. I could distinguish who is who, but at times I thought the multiple POVs were useless. I would rather have a single POV, although Hana’s POV was quite interesting sometimes. The love triangle didn’t really work for me. The love interests were likable in the previous books but in this… I didn’t feel anything for them until the end I was leaning towards Alex (again). Speaking of the ending, most people thought it was disappointing. However I, surprisingly, was quite satisfied by it. I mean, when I first reached the ending I was like, “What?? Did it just end? That was the ending?” *checked the pages afterwards and found nothing other than the acknowledgement* Lots of questions popped up on my mind but not long after that, I actually felt pleased. 🙂

3 Cakes!

9 Comments

    I really want to read the Percy Jackson series as it looks really good! I always hear such good things about it and that Percy is a really funny character!

    I’m also with you about Requiem and the love triangle. I didn’t really feel it in this book either – both love interests were just meh. And I was also not bothered by the ending. :/

    Great reviews! 😀

    1. You should definitely give PJO a try, especially if you like fantasy/Greek mythology! Percy IS funny, he’s even funnier in PJO than in HoO in my opinion. 😛

      Yeah, the love triangle didn’t work for me too. Alex and Julian weren’t that likable… We weren’t bothered by the ending probably cause it finally finished! Haha

  1. I absolutely love Son of Neptune! I think it’s even better than Mark of Athena. I can’t wait for House of Hades!!! I really like Hazel and Frank and can’t wait to see what kind of love triangle happens (for which I’m Team Leo btw). I DNFed Requiem as I got really bored a few chapters in and I just couldn’t take it. Great reviews, Kezia!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

    1. Yay! Another PJO/HoO fan!! I think Son of Neptune is as good as Mark of Athena though. 😛 The cliffhanger at the end of MoA… Oh my, the point is I CAN’T WAIT for House of Hades too!! October can’t come fast enough. :/ Yep, I’m also on Team Leo! He’s awesome. :3

      Meh, I agree that Requiem – especially the beginning – is boring :/

  2. AHA xD Just a fun fact but in my country Neptune is a brand of cooking oil 😛
    The book sounds so good xD I want to read it 😛 Is it like mythology ? or fantasy or something like that xD I started to read books about angels these days and they were pretty good 😛 So that book is so interesting 🙂
    Good job for the review Kezia 😛

    1. Hahaha! Funny fact! At least it’s liquid so the name is fair enough. xD

      It’s Greek mythology (one of my favorite topics ever) so it is included in fantasy. Angel books can be tricky for me – it can turn out to be cheesy or amazing. I haven’t read one that impresses me that much…

  3. Nice review! I really love the Heroes of Olympus series,
    I’ve read ALL of Rick Riordans books. Have you read the Mark of Athena? And.. are you excited for the SON OF SOBEK!?

    1. New follower by the way!

    2. Thanks! 🙂 I first read Mark of Athena last year. Now I’m re-reading it! 😀 I can’t wait for House of Hades especially cause of THAT ending… I haven’t read Kane Chronicles but I’m hoping I could before I dive into Son of Sobek.

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