Monday, October 27, 2014

The Word All Heroes of Olympus Fangirls Hate and The Best Excuse I Could Think Of

Ok, I know I'm a little late this week, but hey, it's the beginning of the week, and maybe you need some awesomesauce to make your week a lot awesomer. I also know that awesomer isn't a word, but once again, it's the beginning of the week. As you can see, that is my excuse for almost anything at this point.
Anyway, I'd like you to guess what the word is.
Ok, three ...'s and--
Long already!!!!


The word: BLOOD.
Blood of Olympus.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm done fangirling and chucking the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series at a wall. It took me three weeks to finish it, just for the sole thought of:
So I went through three weeks of this:

Since the beginning, heroes have been conquering the villains and returning back home victorious. Until now, that home has been Camp Half Blood. But now the Romans camp outside the camp, and on August 1st, they will attack Camp Half Blood and start a war between the Romans and Greeks. Each of them are to die out completely. What they don't know is that there is a hero to every villain. Nico and Reyna are destined to bring peace to the warring camps, the Athena Parthenos in tow.
I hope you didn't think that all the problems in the world were solved. Because they aren't.
On the other side of the Earth, the seven are fighting their way to Greece to kill the giants. The group of over ten feet tall creatures don't seem to give up. They throw every obstacle at them, including ones that hit close to home. And them surviving all boils down to one line of the prophecy:
To storm or fire the world must fall.

Most of you will be a bit mad with me. Or Rick Riordan. I prefer the second choice. Here's your score:
Three very freaked out me's. AKA, three stars (***).
Please, by all means, go ahead, chuck your copy of Blood of Olympus at a wall.
The beginning was great, filled with many Percy and Leo moments, which means we get many of the funny awkward moments. I'm referencing Annabeth flashing Leo. I think Percy's rubbing off on Annabeth or something. There are still many many humorous moments, that will send you laughing extremely loud, and then your teacher and peers will give you the, "You have problems." look in the middle of a lecture about the Great Depression. The book is filled with many action and lovey dovey scenes, that don't disappoint.
What did disappoint me was the lack of emotions in his writing. There were multiple scenes that were meant to be heartfelt moments in memory of others, but it didn't get to the readers well. When Reyna was named Horse Friend, I got no feels. I want feels Mr. Riordan! Or when they were fighting, they were like: "For Leo." and that was it. I got more feels when Reyna and Annabeth were having a smart off. No feels there.
Another thing bothered me a bit. There were only perspectives from Leo, Piper, Jason, Nico, and Reyna. No Percy or Annabeth! I'm sad. Very sad. One more thing. (Yes, one more thing guys. Bear with me, ok?) The ending. If you remember the ending to the Last Olympian, the last book of The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, we figured out that Riordan stunk at endings. Sure, the endings to the books in the middle of the series where awesome, especially The Sea of Monsters, but endings of series are awful.
Here's the ending of the Last Olympian:
"She took off down Half Blood Hill, and I sprinted after her. For once, I didn't look back."
I was very sad, and I promptly rushed to the computer so I could buy Heroes of Olympus.
But it gets worse. Here's Blood of Olympus (There's a bit of a spoiler, so if you don't want to read it, just scroll down a bit):
"The bronze dragon spread his wings, and they soared into the unknown."
I thought there was another chapter. I ended up reading the glossary.
I now know what Acropolis means.
I'm not satisfied with the definition. Or the ending for that matter.
But it was good book in the end (not the literal end of course), and I enjoyed it.
Hope you guys have a great week, and get through it, even though a good percentage of us are just using a certain excuse about it being the beginning of the week to brush off the bad parts of your day.
Shake it off, Taylor Swift.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Attack of the Fangirl

Some of you may know that Rick Riordan has been touring the country...
I WAS THERE!!!!!!!!!
(Let me fangirl for a sec...............
Ok I'm good)

The three days of fandom with Blood of Olympus:

(On the first day of fandom I said to myself)

Before I get My Hands on Blood of Olympus:

Then when I actually GET the Blood of Olympus at 9:00, I'm as ADHD as Leo, bouncing around in the car like,

Anyway, in *partial* seriousness, when I got to go see Rick it was like he had just bottled the gas form of awesomesauce and then, BOOM! that bottle exploded and awesomesauce gas went everywhere. That is a good thing people, a very good thing.
According to my ride, that wasn't a good thing. "I don't get it. A bunch of girls are screaming for a middle aged dork." I was very offended.

To start off, people sponsoring the event went up and did the thank you speech and everything. Then a person walks in and calls up cupcakes. If you guessed Coach Hedge, cupcake for you cupcake! He tells us the rules, no screaming (I kinda broke that rule a million gazzilion times...), biting etc. etc.
Then things got interesting. Rick walked in and we all screamed. I really hope this guy had earplugs. Rick told us his journey of childhood and how he became an author, both of which had awful hair and hilarious imitations. He told the stories of his kids and my favorite, How Haley Thought Fire Was Fun:

So basically Haley stuffs things in a home heater vent and the vent blows up in flames. All the while, Haley is sitting there like:

Next he introduced us to the history of the covers for The Lightning Thief. The very very first draft was awful I must say. It was a very cheesy lightning bolt and a four year old Percy walking away from it.
A video game designer takes the spotlight for a moment and comes up with this:

Then John Rocco walks in and he's like, "Step aside. Boss person coming through." So he draws a 'sketch' of the cover ON A NAPKIN, and gives Rick the napkin and says, "There's your cover." This is what it looked like:
I wish I could give Rick a drawing of Percy on a napkin. Oh, how I envy you John. Seriously.

After, Rick re-introduced us to the new books and characters. "And then there's everyone's favorite, Octavian!" He says all cheery. We all stare at him in silence like, "Rick you've got to be kidding me."
"Just kidding..." The slide changes. "LEO!!!!!!!" All of the girls scream, including me. I start a chant screaming Leo's name, and a lot of people join.
Rick gets us to settle down, and we are introduced to Magnus Chase, the main character of the new series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
So excited for that. Can it just come out now? Please please please, with Thor on top? :)
Before I know it, Rick is thanking us for coming and walking off the stage. Whoa...over way too fast.
Can we rewind and do that all over again?
Guys, I don't think Kronos likes me.

So, I'm in the middle of Blood of Olympus and so far let me just say that it will not disappoint. As soon as I finish fangirling over it, I'll post a review. I'll try not to be biased, but that might be very hard.

Hope you have a great week. Percy Jackson Fans, maybe your satyr will come this week. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

When the World Ends, We Know Whose Fault It Is...

I don't know about you guys, but last week was awesome. Five days filled with interesting academics and easy homework. Sign me up for that! (Oh GOSH...I sound like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Oh no...PEOPLE! I made a reference to Harry Potter!!!! THE WORLD IS GOING TO END!!!) And then after that, a four hour road trip. I love road trips!!!! Also I had to listen to my friend randomly scream "CHEESY SPARKLE WAFFLES!!! HEAD BUTT!!!" (While smashing her head into me.) and, "JOHN MAYONNAISE!!!!!" With everyone around us watching. Seriously. Last week was boss. Um...Can you tell I'm rambling because I don't know what to talk about? Because I don't...anyway... *awkward silence* ………

I have an idea! (I mean, I usually do this far into the post...did you guys see it coming? Huh? You must be psychic or something...)

Rory Landon was relatively close to being a normal girl. Except for the fact that her parents were famous actors and she moved around the country like no one's business. And on top of that, her famous parents were divorced. She has no friends. I stand corrected. Rory is not normal. One day at school, a strict person arrives. She comes with news about The Ever After School, a place where almost anything is possible (including my personal favorite, never ending buffet tables. I mean what's better than that?). Rory joins, and finds out that it's not just an ordinary after school extra curricular activity, but a very different story. Or should I say stories?
And welcome everyone, to the world Rory Landon, in Of Giants and Ice.

Of Giants and Ice isn't one of those books that catches your eye and looks completely epic. The cover actually is really bad. (No offense Chloe Foglia) It looks like it came straight out of a children's cartoon. That's why I'm not showing the cover. Once you read the first page you're hooked. The first page is my favorite part. I've read it so many times I've memorized it. Crazy I know. Despite this, Shelby Bach has earned herself *** Stars (Three Stars). It slowed down in the middle, and got a little slower towards the end. It's not exactly boring, but Shelby loses the flare she uses for Rory towards the end. It's still a great book though. If Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The School for Good and Evil were to have a kid, this book would be it. That is some pretty awesome awesomesauce.

How was your week? Any weird encounters with your friends?
Thanks and have an awesomesaucey week!