book recommendations: series I love.

I thought that this would be an interesting one to do, because it isn’t restricted by genre, in fact I have fallen in love with series right across the board, and really want to pass them on to you guys.

A disclaimer on this post, I may not have finished a series but unless it gets really horrific in a short amount of time, it belongs here.

And on that note, lets get into it.


1. Harry Potter

This should come as no surprise, I adore these books, and believe it or not, they helped me become the person I am today. For those who have been living under a rock, the series follows an 11 year old boy as he finds out he’s a wizard and through all the danger that seems to come with this. What makes these books so wondrous is the world that they are set in, it is so well done, and as a writer it sets the bar high for me.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

This is another fantasy book, but is a little more sarcastic and witty than Harry Potter. It is a series based on Greek mythology and the children of the Gods living in the modern world, it centres on a young boy who is whisked of to a camp for his own safety and away from the monsters that threaten his life. Quests and prophecies ensue from then on. I love this series because of how well the modern and ancient are mixed, there is never a doubt that these worlds shouldn’t be together.

3. The Heroes of Olympus

If you haven’t guessed by the covers, this series is a follow on from Percy Jackson. It sees the introduction to new characters, and above all an incident has left Camp Half-Blood in chaos and a new prophecy threatens them further. I love the fact that I got to see more of my favourite characters and the way that the series progressed with the danger and the events, it was well done, and kept me hooked right to the very end.

4. The Bone Season

I love this book, I’ve just finished re-reading it in time to read the sequel, and I loved it even more on the second reading. This book tells the story of Paige who is clairvoyant, which in her alternate London is illegal, joining the crime syndicate, she thinks that’s the most danger her life will have to handle. However as she soon discovers there is something deeper going on behind the mask of the government. I adore the characters in this book, and the way they are represented, I love the world and the classification of clairvoyants, it has been well done.

5. Dorothy Must Die 

I love the concept of this book, I was a big fan of the film when I was a kid (I haven’t got around to reading the books yet). It follows a young girl living in a modern day trailer park, who when a tornado hits is transported to Oz where, everything has been turned upside down. This reversed idea in this book leads to the reader not knowing who to trust and having to guess at times.


There are so many more that I might have to do a part two, but that’s it for now.

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Percy Jackson – a complete review.

I have just reread the whole Percy Jackson series, including the Heroes of Olympus series which has just had the finale released! So I will go through all ten books one by one and give you a quick overview of what I liked and what I didn’t. This will be a super long post, but all the titles will be in bold so you can always skip over the ones you don’t care to know about!

The Lightning Thief.

This is the introduction to all of the characters and the general outline for the whole of the series and I think that it is done in an interesting and unique way. It’s done in a way that would mean even a person that has no idea about Greek gods would understand it and I think that’s brilliant. I think that this book will always be one of my favourites just because it was the first one that I fell in love with, but getting onto reasons why you will love it, the characters are instantly lovable, and they each have their own defined characteristics, and the story really does hit the ground running. Reasons why you may not love it, sometimes there is a lot to take in, in terms of characters and sometimes things are too easily accepted, especially with things to do with quests and his new life.

The Sea of Monsters.

This was a little less of a love for me, the story was less complicated and more linear. There was definitely more character development rather than the actual quest. What I loved and what you should love about this, the adorable new characters, Tyson is one of them and if you don’t love him then there is something wrong with you (just kidding). What you could hate, well the fact that Percy seems to be a little bit irritating and although the friendships blossom, the action is lacking.

The Titan’s Curse.

This is definitely one of my favourites of the series, I loved the idea behind it and the Greek myths that were used. This book highlights the loyalty that Percy has towards his friends and you begin to understand him more as character and makes him tick. What I loved and what you should love, the risk factor from the myth and learning more about ‘the great evil.’ What you might not love quite so much, the predictable life-threatening quest and maybe Percy’s rivalry with other demi-gods.

The Battle of the Labyrinth.

Number four in the series, and this one is another one of my favourites, this one focuses more on people in ancient Greek times and not just the guards. I think this is the scariest of the quest because of how much is based on variables and not just the demigods. What I loved and I hope you do, was the dream based back story and how strong the connection to the original Greek time story. The only thing I began to hate was the Nico storyline, I thought that by the end there needed to be someone to slap him, ahah, maybe it was just me.

The Last Olympian.

The last part in the series, and it has to be the most dramatic of course. They are fighting the biggest evil and of course everything is going wrong. I loved this book because of the coming together of the teamwork and seeing almost the whole camp fight together in a real life situation. What I didn’t like so much was the fact that the ending of everything was a little too easy I thought it was a little too well done. 

And now we move on to the newer series, Heroes of Olympus, a whole new ball game!

The Lost Hero.

This is the first of a new series, and this is the first time that we get to meet all the new characters that Rick Riordan had lined up for us. Percy is missing and someone new has turned up in camp. What I loved about this book was the new characters and learning all about them, it was nice to have new characters and to have someone else to focus on.What you might not like about this book is the fact that Percy plays no role in this book, and also the new characters although they’re nice they can be a little overwhelming all at once.

The Son of Neptune.

Percy is back, and not in the way that you would expect. There is a lot to take in and there is a lot more to work out and take in. What I loved about this book was that Percy was back, and a lot happened throughout the whole of the plotline, especially the introduction of new characters and new enemies. Lets not forget about learning a whole new god system – Roman. What I didn’t like and what you might not either, the lack of Camp Half-Blood involvement and having to learn a new God system.

The Mark of Athena.

New alliances have been formed and once again they are all of on a quest to save the world again. But there is something else is going on as well, Annabeth has her own secrets. What I loved about this book was that it felt as though Annabeth became a fully fledged character with her own agenda and it was wonderful! What I didn’t like about this book was how many characters there were on the quest I sometimes found it a little confusing to try and figure out who was doing what and why.

The House of Hades.

This is my favourite book in the series, I enjoyed the way that the team was beginning to meld together and become a well-oiled machine, they were all becoming their own people and but separate. I love this book because of the way that Nico is adopted into the folds, although he hates it, and the truth we find out about him. Oh and the split journeys and Percy and Annabeth. I disliked, well there isn’t a lot I disliked about this actually, maybe just the fact that Nico spends so much time brooding.

The Blood of Olympus.

The finale to one of the series I have read, and I have to say it wasn’t the best. I liked it and enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. This is the big one so there won’t be any spoilers, just vague feelings about vague things. I loved this book because the team was back together and there was so much love for each other. New alliances were made and the team was split which made for interesting reading. What I disliked about this book was the ending, there kind of felt like there wasn’t one.

And that’s it guys, I’m sorry about the super long post, but I really wanted to tell you about each book and the likes and dislikes of each. 😀

 

Reader Problems.

As a reader I love diving into a new world and falling in love with new characters and learning all about their flaws, their loves and everything that makes them, them. Its the exciting. But long series cause major problems for me. I love each and every character so much that every time I want to read a series I have to re-read each book of that series. So because I want to read Blood of Olympus I have forced (not really forced if I enjoy it is it?) myself to re-read the whole series including the Percy Jackson five. It’s crazy to go through all this effort for one book?

The reason I do it? I do it so that I don’t miss anything, any kind of character development or romance that I missed on the clues. If I want to enjoy a series I want to enjoy it as a whole and without holes in my knowledge. So if I have to spend half the month re-reading books that I love instead of my shiny new books so be it, because I know that after it all I will enjoy the new book so much more.

(NO BOO SPOILERS, I’M STILL ON MARK OF ATHENA)

The nights are drawing in…

WHICH MEANS HOMEMADE COFFEE AND READING UNDER BLANKETS IS ACCEPTABLE AT 7.30 AT NIGHT.

I am now on ‘The Lost Hero’ and so ready to read them all so I can finally delve into ‘Blood of Olympus’ I have read them before but wanted to reread them so I didn’t miss out on anything! Please no spoilers because that would make me super mad!