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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus

Title: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 5 stars

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.


      In this post I expressed my feelings towards House of Hades and the characters of Heroes of Olympus— so maybe you'd like to check it out before you continue on reading below! To continue:

      THIS IS IT.  //T H I S  I S  IT//

      IT ALL  E N D S.

      Can you believe it???? More than 10 books of Percy Jackson— more than 10 books of pure craziness and blue food— CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!?!?!!

      It's over. (probably not tbh) IT'S O V E R. 

      I'm sorry it's taking too long for me to articulate anything sane, but I just can't believe it: it's over.

      The entire waiting period for this book— it never really sunk in to me that this is the last whole book with Percy Jackson in it as a main character.  

      What are the things that I'll miss about him? EVERYTHING!! You name it— the corny jokes, the dumb moments, the blue food, the annoying sense of humor, the kick-butt moments his ADHD and dyslexia and especially //p e r c a b e t h//.

      Goodness gracious, guys.  It really is over.


      I'm not really complaining— I actually understand why Uncle Rick did it, but still, it still comes out as a shock that I wasn't able to read one more Percy POV before I read the last page of this book.   (Oh, I should've known that that last page in HoH is the last thing I'll ever read in Percy's point of view).   

     There's so much to say about this book— so I can't really organize everything comprehensively.  So I guess I'll start with the things that excited me:


      I always wanted to know what she's thinking, what her true story is!!  And to know that she's been through so much when it comes to her family— her past wasn't really as dug into as the past of the others, but it was still very interesting to know these things about Reyna, and that there's a reason why we never learned about her parents.  I also got to learn so much more about her personality— her values as a person and as a fighter. 

      She definitely gained a lot of respect from me— especially for the way she treated Nico.

      Goodness gracious, this boy. His POVs were the most insightful, the most interesting the most heart breaking (tbh) and the most heart-warming as well.  Getting inside his head really helped me understand how much Percy meant to him— and reading his journey towards acceptance of himself , really was a joy to read.  He has to be the character with the most personality issues— and to see him happy and contented at the end of the book just really made me smile!  Especially now that he has a new friend HAHA.  Oh, Nico. 


       The other POVs in the book were Jason's and Piper's, (which to be honest, aren't my favourite characters in the planet) and Leo's.

       Well, Jason's POV was to me, not the best, and sometimes felt a little excessive, but I appreciated it all the same, and I did start to accept him and admire him: he really just was a pretty decent and good guy who understood the value of friendship, loyalty and honour.  All he just really wanted to do is the right thing, which is, I have to admit, worthy of commendation.  And he really wasn't trying to ruin other people in the Seven, so he's ok with me //laughs//.  Also— I still can't believe he has glasses omg.

       Piper, on the other hand, was just ok as well, and I didn't mind her much and hated her even less than before— to the point that I don't really think I hate her anymore.  Again, she's a good friend to everyone and even if I'm not a huge Jason/Piper shipper, she was pretty much ok with him in this book, which I very much appreciated. It's interesting how her relationship with Annabeth developed, and how she, and we learned so much from her culture— she's a pretty unique character that really did add some edge to the Seven.  

      I'm really gonna miss Frank.  There's so much more to him and I'm actually surprised that I've found myself looking more for Frank in this book. It's great that he found his purpose as a warrior-slash-leader, from being this chubby clueless and shy kid— but I'm still interested in what he's thinking. Oh well.  The fact that his POV isn't in this book means that he's probably at peace with himself, and that makes me happy. He'll make a great praetor and I'm excited for him.

      Hazel— again, she seemed to not have much problems in BoO, and she seems pretty happy already, so there's not much to say about her except that she's one the most endearing characters in the Seven and I enjoyed reading her story and how strong her character is.  She and Arion make a strong duo HAHA.

        Then there's Leo— oh, boy.  What is there to say? Well he has definitely developed A BUNCH throughout the entire series (besides Frank).  From being the seventh wheel, to a hero who sacrificed his life— much has happened to this character throughout the entire HoO.  We all thought that he's just some comedic guy, who had a hand at being humorous and was pretty much cheerful and mischievous— but really he's a boy who lost his mother and has never felt so lost and lonely in his life.  So to read that he's  found comfort in someone who could understand him a.k.a Calypso— that was a real treat to read!! But goodness gracious, the entire roller coaster of a ride he had to go through just to be happy... At least we're sure he's not dead!! //cries...//

         Annabeth— she hasn't changed much in the sense that she's still an intelligent & strong girl, but I'm sure she learned a lot throughout the entire series... and it was great to see how much she developed by looking at the different decisions she had to make and her display of bravery throughout the entire series.  And her display of love for Percy was very interesting too HAHA.  "...And I date a dumb risk-taker!"

        Hmmmmmm..... Percy.  His character development was the most vague to me— yes, he's still this guy who's strong, annoyingly humorous, sometimes idiotic yet endearing, heroic and incredibly loyal— but he changed throughout the entire series as well— though I can't quite put a finger on what it is.  He went through the struggle of trying to be this hero that everyone's looking up to and went through the difficulty of trying to to do his best when he's in a circle of people who are supposedly his equals— but really, I'm not quite sure what the resolution of his struggles were, but the point is that: he did his best— and through that he had his mistakes and he had his high moments, but he lived and he learned; people still respect him for the hero that he is (even Jason did show his admiration) and he learned so much lessons through the journey he's been through, and now, what he really just wants and needs is some rest (poor Percy HAHA) and time to just really enjoy and be happy

            BUT ALSO— RICK RIORDAN UR SO FUNNY— when Percy finally dropped the three word phrase to Annabeth, yes I squealed,  but I was also thinking that UNCLE RICK YOU DEFINITELY LISTEN TO THE CRIES OF YOUR FANS and it was just so fulfilling that he finally gave what everyone was asking for in a way that would get everyone's attention. You Rick Riordan, are a sir.

           So to be honest, my initial reaction when I finished this book is that: it was fun! it was great! it was ok! but I need more closure!!!!!!  

          The way I would describe how I felt about the ending of this book to friends who would ask is that: it was okay, it's happy and all, there is closure, but you feel like it's not enough!!

           I had so much questions in my mind when I finished this book:  what happened to Thalia and the Hunters? Who's this person who's not a demigod who'll heal Reyna's broken heart?  How would Frank do as praetor? Do people find out that Leo's alive? Do they make it out of Ogygia?  What happens to Nico and Will now? What's this family feud that Annabeth's family has?? What happened to Apollo? WHAT HAPPENED?!?!?! THAT'S IT?!?!?!?

            ^^There was so much more in my mind including questions like: why is BoO so short? Why are there no Percy/Annabeth/Frank/Hazel POVs??

             But the thing is, with Rick Riordan— everything has a reason with his books.  And I've come to accept that this is the way he wanted to end it.  There really is an edge/ a type of creativity in the way that he wrote this book, though it's very unique and purely Rick Riordan, and can't be easily copied.
                When Rick Riordan writes, if you think you have a problem with what he wrote, you always second guess yourself,  because you really enjoyed the book, and you really can't complain because it was really so fun to read— which is why I chose not to ask so much questions anymore: because in the end, everyone in the Seven + Nico + Reyna has found their purpose and are happy, so why should I not feel contented??          

                There's so much to say about this book including how amusing Ocatvian's end in the book is/ how funny that entire Nike- Addidas thing was/ How cute the Seven's relationships developed / Nico's French ghost chauffeur — AND SO MUCH MORE OMG but really, this post would go on forever and I really have to accept that it's over so I'll leave it at this— I've went through this entire roller coaster ride of a series called Heroes of Olympus, but the truth is— I enjoyed every single page of it.  It really was, one heck of a ride. 

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