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Cristine Russell ([personal profile] red_reaper) wrote2010-01-24 05:25 pm

Mondo Book Review Post

Here it is. The moment you've all been waiting for with baited breath. Six new book reviews. There would be more, but I actually have to do reading for school and I've been stuck on one book for the past week and a half. So here are the reviews.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. It's come down to the final battle for Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood. Titan's forces are moving to take Manhattan and they are all that stands between the gods and destruction. Lives are on the line, and some may not survive the battle. Can Percy and his friends prevent the Titan uprising? Spoilers in the review.
This book was a great ending to the series! I loved that we saw the hunters again and the party ponies. I cheered every time someone new came to the rescue. Especially when Clarisse showed up. And I knew it was bad when they said drakon because in Greek, that word means "big-ass snake". I liked seeing glimpses of Luke's past and I'm glad that Rachel found a place in Percy's world. I'm also glad that Percy and Annabeth finally got together. It took them long enough. And it's great that the minor gods get to have a place now and no child will remain unclaimed. In the acknowledgments at the end, Riordan says the words "the first Camp Half-Blood series" so I hope that maybe there'll be another set, focusing on another hero. And I hope all the Percy books at least get turned into movies so that after Lightning Thief, we aren't left wondering.

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox. Lizzie has always just been a normal woman. But on her thirtieth birthday her life is turned upside down when her biker Grandmother locks her in a bathroom and then saves her from a demon. Lizzie's meant to be the family's next demon slayer and there's bad stuff coming for her fast. But what does a sexy griffin have to do with that? Lizzie better learn her lessons quick before the crap hits the fan. No spoilers here
This was maybe a three, three and a half out of five. I just couldn't seem to get into it for some reason. The second half of the book was better than the first half, but it seemed to take a really long time for the main plot to get started. Overall, not a bad book, but I don't feel compelled to finish the series.

Snow Queen by Emma Harrison. Tomboy Aubrey came to Vermont with her best friend to see some snow and play some hockey. When she finds out she's been entered in the annual Snow Queen pagent, she wants to get out as quick as possible. But after meeting Grayson, the competition isn't looking so bad. Too bad his sister is determined to bring hell for anyone who gets in the way of her winning the Snow Queen Crown. Can Aubrey find win the crown and Grayson or will it all avalanche to disaster? No spoilers here
This book was pretty good, although a couple of issues frustrated me. I thought Aubrey was a little intense about things and I hated how she seemed to disregard her best friend. I also felt a little motion sick from the emotion jumping Aubrey did. Reminded me of in Friends where Monica mimics Rachel and says "I love Ross! I hate Ross! I love Ross! I hate Ross!" She just jumped back and forth in her feelings for Grayson so much. But, I did like Grayson. Thought he was a little naive, but still mostly a good guy. I also liked that Aubrey wasn't made into the typical tomboy made beauty queen. She said she liked skirts, and every now and then wore make-up. She just liked hockey. Overall a solid four on the five star scale.

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison. I'm not quite sure how to give a blurb for this book. Secrets is the key words. Secrets shall be revealed. Major spoilers ahead
Takata is Rachel's father?! Ceri is having a baby? With Quen?! Al's not evil incarnate?! Rachel can be summoned?! Holy Toledo Batman! This book was crazy. And awesome. Actually, it was fantastic although we kept feeling that loss of Kisten and it really sucks. I like Kisten. He was great for Rachel. I wish she could remember exactly what happened to him. It's fun to see Marshal again but I don't know that he's the best person for Rachel. She needs someone fun, dangerous, and able to deal with anything, simply taking it in stride. I was really surprised to see Al being less of an evil in the end and just becoming another shade of gray, albeit a rather dark shade of gray. It'll be interesting to see how Rachel does learning from him. Although I am glad she's getting more instruction than the spotty here-and-there learning she's had in the past. And I'm so glad I was right about Keasley. I'd guessed about him from the first book! I hardly ever get to be that perceptive. Can't wait to read the next one.

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan. The companion guide to The Percy Jackson series. No spoilers
This was sort of interesting. I did enjoy the pictures though. For a companion guide, it's not bad 

Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is the only wizard in Chicago's phonebook. As a detective he works for the Chicago PD on some of their more supernatural cases. When a particularly hairy murder turns up, he has to solve it quick or he could be next. Spoilers for the book and later in the series.
I just reread this book and I have to say, it's amazing to see how much Harry has changed since the beginning of the series. In this one he's much more innocent (or ignorant, but not exactly about magic). He's got a lot less refinement on his magic and it's interesting to see how he got much more sarcastic over the course of the series. Also, Murphy got on his side more. I don't like suspicious Murphy. She's not as much fun.

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