The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan: A book review

Title: The Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Started Date: October 2, 2012

Finished Date: October 6, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars


Summary from Goodreads:

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .”




WOW! A huge applause for Rick Riordan for another great book and a job well done! And another book from him that will definitely fall in my favorites shelf which is kind of too predictable because ALL of his books are indeed in my favorites shelf. I love love love this book! Full of awesomeness!! Action-packed adventure and one hell of a ride!

I was too excited with this book that I actually bought it on it’s first day of release last Tuesday, October 2. I love the amazing cover and the smell of the book while I’m flipping the pages. LOL! The characters are on full blast, all seven of them, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo. (I will not go through much of the details because I might spoil some.) They are all funny, I remember laughing so hard I felt like I’m going crazy because I’m all alone in my room reading. LOL! My most favorite character here is Leo, I think he’s so amazing here and he really played a huge part in the quest next to Annabeth. (Team Leo for the win!) I like his story with Hazel and it really surprised me, and I find it too “cute” to handle. LOL! I guess I now know why he’s the seventh wheel, but I’ll keep it to myself for the mean time. As for Annabeth, I expected that there will be a lot from her based on the cover and the title. But I didn’t know it was that big! Gee, I will not say anything, go figure it out! 😉

Anyway, I’m happy that there are a lot of exciting events with the series, so many surprises in every chapter, and also so many things to look forward to. I like the fact that Riordan put a little romance in it. I love the three love teams, Percy and Annabeth deserve to be with each other. Jason and Piper are good together (Piper should never doubt Jason’s affection to her, she’s a daughter of Aphrodite, she should be confident with love.) And the extraordinary love triangle – Leo, Frank and Hazel for the win!!!



The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan: A book review

Title: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3)

Author: Rick Riordan


Started Date: September 2, 2012

Finished Date: September 9, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars


“He’s b-a-a-ack Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.”




5 stars again! Again and again! A perfect book to end the series!

A massive applause for Rick Riordan for another job well done!
This book is SO amazing! Riordan is such a brilliant author!
I love it so much my heart could burst!

So ok, there are so many things I like about this book! I think of the same old reasons with the rest of Riordan’s books, I love them for a whole lot of reasons a middle grade kid can do. I laugh a lot! I grabbed this thinking that it would cheer me up, and it never failed me. The characters are very funny, especially the two heroes, Sadie and Carter. They are perfect role models for siblings who take care of each other even though they used to fight a lot with their differences. Carter is now a confident teen who faced his destiny. Sadie is still annoyingly talkative, but she’s got a lot of sense of humor, and that’s what I like about her! And I also love her cute romance with Walt and Anubis, she’s confused in the right way. And my most favorite character is back, BES, and I’m so happy!!!! Bes and Tawaret’s love team for the win! LOL! Before I forget, I have a favorite new character here, and that’s Hapi, the god of Nile. If you have also read it, I’m sure you know why I’m fond of him. LOL!

Anyway, I love the ride of adventure that I took while reading this book, and I’m looking forward with more, especially the spin off series, hopefully! 😉




The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan: A book review

Title: The Throne of Fire

Author: Rick Riordan

Started Date: May 16, 2012

Finished Date: May 21, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

“Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.”



Another favorite book of mine from Rick Riordan!
I like the pace and the fast beginning. The adventures are enjoyable and fun! And I like the new characters introduced here. Honestly, it took me a long time to finally read this because I’m not very familiar with the egyptian mythology and I need to take a research first. But the third book has already came out so I decided to read it, and I really think this is better than the first book. Sadie and Carter are awesome characters! I like the fact that they are more mature here, and they have demonstrated a lot of magic and knowledge. Sadie is not that irritating anymore, I know she’s talkative but she’s also funny at the same time. I’m so amused because she’s torn between two gorgeous guys, Anubis and Walt. Carter, on the other hand, is more powerful now, and I like his love struggle with Zia. I hope their love story will get better in the third book. But, my favorite character in this book is Bes, the dwarf god. He made me laugh a hundred of times especially with his cool “dwarf pride” speedo.LOL. What surprised me more is his love triangle with Taweret, the hippo goddess and Bast, the cat goddess. It is definitely something that you would watch out for!
Anyway, I’m so excited to read the third book, it’s already out in our local bookstores, and I’ll definitely grab a copy anytime soon! 😉