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Book review: Mark of Athena

Before you read:
If you haven’t read Percy Jackson and the Olympians or The Heroes of Olympus series, you probably won’t understand this review at all.

Mark of Athena.
Probably the best and darkest book Rick Riordan has ever made.

I mean, I haven’t read Rick Riordan books in a very long time so my thoughts may be wrong, but that’s how I felt when reading The Mark of Athena.

To be honest, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve read a book that kept me wanting more. Usually I stop in the middle of reading a book and go do something else, but without feeling that longing feeling of wanting to read more. This book made me want to keep reading and dig into the book for more details.

One thing I liked about this book was the fact that you got to go into four character’s minds and see their view point on the other characters. But honestly all I wanted was to be in Percy’s or Annabeth’s point of view in the book because they’re my favorite characters. Speaking of characters, the character development was phenomenal. Rick Riordan can keep the same characters in eight books and still make them have impressive character development.
THAT’S WHAT I CALL TALENT.

The plot was amazing. Every character had a little problem/ internal conflict they had to deal with, and all the characters had to face different parts of the plot, so when they were done they would come back to the other characters and relay their story on how they dealt with it and what they found out.

I was kind of surprised when Piper and Leo were the other view points in this story because my first thought was that Jason was going to be a view point, but he wasn’t.

THE CHARACTERS

Percy: Percy is sassy, rebellious, smart, and just… an amazing character. He’s extremely loyal, which is his fatal flaw, but that just gives him more motivation to do the things he does, the way I see it. And despite being in seven of the books, he still has amazing character development. In the Percy Jackson series, Percy would not even get close to sympathizing for Luke, but in The Mark of Athena, Percy understands how Luke feels, which is major character development for someone who had so much hatred for Luke in the past 4-6 books. Percy kind of feels neglected too.
In addition to that, he’s tired.
Tired of being the hero.

Nico: He appears for a limited time in this book, but I just had to talk about him because I find his character really interesting. He gets introduced in the third installment in PJO (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), and from then on his character is just…rocky.
Or moody, however you prefer it.
Nico used to be that kid that played Mythomagic, a lame card game where you battle other people using those cards, but after a specific incident, he changed. He threw away all his Mythomagic cards, and it was like he finally saw the world for what it really was. He became kind of dark and gloomy; mysterious. You never knew what he was planning unless he told you. But sometimes, you can see him break a little, and you see snippets of who he was before.

Annabeth: She’s like the synonym of strength and perfection. She’s extremely clever, talented, and pretty. She didn’t have much character development in this book, now that I think about. Since you’re in her point of view, you get to see her feelings and thoughts on things and that helped me learn a little more about her.

Leo: I love this guy. He’s hilarious and just…awesome. He reminds me a little of Dexter from This Lullaby and a tiny bit of Simon from The Mortal Instruments. But most of all he reminds me of Chance Except Chance is funnier with the way he kind of hides himself in humor.
He’s the seventh wheel (or was it fifteenth?) and nobody realizes how talented he really is, besides the reader. He’s always left out and hiding himself in humor or mechanics. He’s the loner in the group of seven, but a lot of the characters depend on him, without them even knowing.

And if somebody can make/get me a Team Leo shirt, that’d be awesome.

Jason: A lot of people like him. Some say he’s kind of like Percy. I say, no. I don’t have anything against Jason, but I’m not particularly…fond of his character. There’s nothing bad about him, but he’s just alright to me. He’s brave and loyal though, which I commend. He’s also a little strict but that’s only because he was brought up from the Roman side.

Piper: I like her character. I don’t love it, but I like it. And it’s hard for me to like female characters; I don’t know why.
Her character is just so realistic because her feelings and emotions are like other girls around the world. I like the fact that even though she’s the daughter of a certain beauty and love goddess, she tries to make herself as unappealing as possible.

Frank: His character description is so weird. He’s described as a sumo wrestler with a face like a baby’s.
Frank was alright in The Son of Neptune, but his hostility towards Leo in The Mark of Athena really made me like him a lot less. I could understand his reasons, but you don’t act like that to someone unless they are the former henchmen of the villain or they killed your relatives.
I can’t really reveal any more about him because if I did, that would be spoilers.

Hazel: Same thing with Piper. I don’t love her character, but I like it. I really enjoyed watching her slowly open up to Leo (Leo + Hazel all the way). She’s the youngest in the group of seven, but she doesn’t act like the youngest.

PS if I had to choose between Frank or Leo, I’d obviously go with Leo because Leo is awesome

Some quotes I liked:

“Leo is the coolest!” Echo shouted back.
”Yeah, baby, check me out!”
”Check me out!” Echo said.
”Make way for the king!”
”The king!”

“I try not to think. It interferes with being nuts.”

“He’s so ugly, when he was born his mama thought he was a backward centaur—with a horse butt for a face.”

“You know why his bow has cobwebs?” Leo continued. “He uses it to hunt for dates, but he can’t find one!”

“If I was a suck as you, I’d drown myself. Oh wait, you already did that.”

“Team Leo for the win!”

”He broke open the cookie.”

NOOOOOOOOOO.

“Baby, I invented scrawny. Scrawny is the new sizzling hot.”

“Well done, Frank Zhang,” Leo said dryly, doing his impression of Chiron the centaur. “That is exactly how people beat Chinese handcuffs. They turn into iguanas.”

“Do we get WANTED posters?” Leo asked. “And do they have our bounties, like, broken down on a price list?”
Hazel wrinkled her nose. “What are you talking about?”
“Just wondering how much I’m going for these days,” Leo said. “I mean, I can understand not being as pricey as Percy or Jason, maybe…but am I worth, like, two Franks, or three Franks?”

”We’ve all got weaknesses,” he said. “Me, for instance. I’m tragically funny and good-looking.”

I WON’T DENY THE QUOTES ABOVE ARE ALL LEO

“If you ever leave me again,” she said, her eyes stinging, “I swear to all the gods—”

“”After hearing so much at CampHalf-Blood about Percy Jackson this and Percy Jackson that, she thought he looked…well, unimpressive, especially to Jason.”

I don’t agree

“Annabeth,” he said hesitantly, “in New Rome, demigods can live their whole lives in peace.”
Her expression turned guarded. “Reyna explained it to me. But, Percy, you belong at Camp Half-Blood. That other life—”
“I know,” Percy said. “But while I was there, I saw so many demigods living without fear: kids going to college, couples getting married and raising families. There’s nothing like that at Camp Half-Blood. I kept thinking about you and me…and maybe someday when this war with the giants is over…”
It was hard to tell in the golden light, but he thought Annabeth was blushing. “Oh,” she said…
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I just…I had to think of that to keep going. To give me hope. Forget I mentioned—”
“No!” she said. “Gods, Percy, that’s so sweet.”

Hedge patted his gym shorts and pulled out what he found. “Three quarters, two dimes, a rubber band and—score! A piece of celery.”
He started munching on the celery, eyeing the change and the rubber band like they might be next.”

“Percy was getting tired of water.
If he said that aloud, he would probably get kicked out of Poseidon’s Junior Sea Scouts, but he didn’t care.”

”…fell into the endless darkness.”
^
And this is when I threaten to hurl myself out the window. 

Rate: Broke the scale

For those of you who haven’t read the Percy Jackson series, what are you doing with your lives?

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I know I promised to write three/four other reviews but I just have to do a review of Battle Royale right now when my feelings are fresh.
I literally just finished the book 2 minutes ago and I just…ugh. My emotions…
Do you know how many freaking times I cried during this book?

This book is probably one of the best books I have ever read

 

So my computer modem broke down two/three/four/lost-track days ago and there’s no internet so I can’t check goodreads for the avg rating and summary and I can’t go on tumblr so I’m dying right now
But fine with me, I’ll just make a summary that’s better.

Battle Royale is set in Japan (it was originally released in Japan, actually) during a time where the dictator rules and soldiers/the government are in control. You don’t obey a command, the soldiers will shoot you. You listen to music they don’t like, the soldiers will shoot you. You walk on the wrong side of the street, the soldiers will shoot you. So it has a really messed up government. To add onto this, every year they take multiple classes of junior high kids to a deserted island for experimental purposes and force them to participate in a program/battle royale that involves the students to kill each other until there’s one person standing.
The Program/Battle Royale has a unique set of rules, which added more interesting parts and features to this book.

Now, I know that sort of sounds like the Hunger Games.
But trust me, Battle Royale, is a 14561615x better. (don’t go around telling people the author of Battle Royale copied the Hunger Games because Battle Royale was published way EARLIER than the Hunger Games)

This book rocked my mind.
I know that sounds extremely lame,
but it’s true.

When I read this book, I was completely entranced the whole entire way. (Actually page 58+ but that’s the same thing, right?)

It felt like I was competing in the Program/Battle Royale so I felt every emotion and every part of their fear that was afraid of being murdered. This book even made me turn against the characters, even the main character[s]. I was suspicious the whole way, so I caught some of the twists, but they were still chilling and mindblowing either way.
There’s a lot of violence and gore in this book, by the way, but you get use to it lol not really

In this book there were twists that twisted the twists of the twists.

There are a lot of those, so if you ever read it, watch out.
There were tons of heart-wrenching moments that will make you want to just scream and tear your hair out.
Or just flat out cry in frustration.
Which happened to me A LOT

There are four parts in this book.
They were all fantastically amazing, but part 4 is when the twists that twisted the twists of the twists become the twists of the twists that twisted the twists of the twists.
Basically, what I’m saying is, part 4 is when you feel like you have no reason to live any more due to the events that happened in part 4.

One part I didn’t exactly like about the book (doesn’t effect my rate though) was the fact that the people on the island asked, “Who do you like,” a lot to their friends during their stay on the island.
I mean, if it were me, I wouldn’t be asking my friend who she liked; I would be hauling my butt to a safe place away from people and forbidden zones.

The characters were phenomenal.
Each of the 42 characters, yes 42, was facing a mental/psychological problem due to the fear of someone killing them and this book turns every character against one another and shows you what it’s like live in a world where it’s ‘every man for himself’.

Also, when you got into each character’s mind, you could feel the fear inside of them and you could see how insane they have become and how much they have convinced themselves that killing is morally correct.

That’s how insane they’re becoming.

Since we’re talking about the characters, why not talk about them?

THE CHARACTERS

{They all have Japanese names because this book was first released in Japan}

Shuya
About him: The main character. It starts off with his point of view (third person though) and he’s the main guy in this whole story. It goes to his point of view a lot too.
He’s described as handsome and tall and really athletic. He’s kind of heroic, in a way. He’s a bit naïve and all the girls love him.
What I think about him: I respect his feelings and thoughts very much. His heroic act is kind of annoying, but it doesn’t change the fact that I respect him.

Shogo

I CAN’T TALK ABOUT HIM WITHOUT CRYING.
I just love him so much and that part at the end….
ugh.
About him: He has a really mean face so people stay away from him a lot. They think he’s hostile and rumors go around saying that he murders people for fun or something. He’s really perceptive and smart though and his medical skills are really good. He smokes a lot too.

What I think about him: HE’S PERFECTION OMG ASDFGHJKL;. I couldn’t tab a lot of quotes in the book or of him though because I was so lost in the book, but I did mark this one quote of his (this is what he said in reply to what someone said), “I thought you understood. I didn’t have any choice. Are you saying I should have let him kill me? I’m not Jesus Christ, okay? I can’t be resurrected, although I’ve never tried it out—”

I don’t know, I thought it was pretty funny.

Noriko
About her: She’s a pretty bland and weak character, but gets tough when she needs to be.
What I think about her: She’s alright. Meaning I don’t like her at all.

Kazuo
About him: Really strong and tall. He’s also a leader of a gang and is really quiet. He doesn’t smile often. Or at all.
What I think about him: I thought he was alright and pretty cool in the beginning but after he got ‘tails’ instead of ‘heads’ he became a creepy jerk. He doesn’t stalk girls or anything but… he’s just… his actions. I mean, when he was born he had brain problems but still.

Mitsuko
About her: Astoundingly pretty. She has an angelic face and she’s kind of a slut. She has a little bullying clique at school. I can’t reveal much details about her due to spoilers.
What I think about her: Rot in hell, dear.

Shinji
About him: Extremely smart, very athletic, and good-looking. Everyone looks up to him and they think he’s immortal because he’s absolutely brilliant. He has a sarcastic sense of humor, which I love. He didn’t know what ‘love’ really was and by the end of the book, he still didn’t know.
He has bad composition skills too.

What I think about him: One of my favorite characters in this book. He kind of went a little crazy at one point, but he never lost all moral.

Yutaka
About him: Shinji’s best friend. He’s caring, nice, funny, but he’s not that smart or very athletic.

He also has neat handwriting, apparently.
What I think about him: What I really like about his character is that he knows he’s weak and has flaws.

Yoshitoki
About him: Shuya’s best friend. He’s pretty laid back. He doesn’t get mad often, or at all, but when he does, he explodes.
What I think about him: He’s really loyal to the people he loves, which I admire.

 

Hiroki
About him: Really tall. He jokes around often but he gets pretty serious in important times. He doesn’t like the act/idea of killing, and when his mind is set on something, you can’t change it. He’s a pro at karate too.
What I think about him: I just…like him. I don’t know, I just do. There’s no reason not to like him.

Sho
About him: He’s gay and is attracted to Shinji. Sho’s also the ultimate stalker. He can stalk anyone without them knowing.
What I think about him: no

Mizuho
{I can’t do an ‘about her’ because she only appears for one chapter}
What I think about her: She’s freaking delusional. She thinks she’s a space warrior or something; I don’t know.

Megumi
About her: Petite and timid. She’s really naïve.
What I think about her: She should’ve been more cautious. Just saying~

Takako
About her: Extremely pretty, fast, and athletic. Hiroki’s best friend. She’s really tough and doesn’t know when to give up.

What I think about her: I love her character. Love.

Keita

{No ‘about him’ because he only appears in one chapter}

What I think about him: I’m not sure. He was pretty desperate the last and only time I saw (or read) about him. I like him though.

Kazuhiko and Sakura
About them: They’re a couple. They’re madly in love with each other. You can’t separate them.
What I think about them: Too much gush when they reunited.

Yukiko and Yumiko
About them: They are a duo. You can’t separate them from each other. They both do this thing at church, and that’s how they met. They’re completely different from each other. Yukiko is shy, kind, and meek while Yumiko is athletic and tough and loud.

What I think about them: I didn’t like them very much, though their actions were noble.

Hirono
About her: Part of Mitsuko’s (ugh) little bullying clique. She’s mean but she claims she’s no murderer.

What I think about her: I hate her but I hate Mitsuko more.

Yoshimi
About her: The last person in Mitsuko’s bullying clique. She is trying to be a better person though.

What I think about her: YOU HAVE MY RESPECT, YOU LITTLE DELUSIONAL FREAK.

Yoji

About him: He’s dating Yoshimi. He’s the reason why Yoshimi is becoming a better person.

What I think about him: When I first saw him I liked him. Then I hated his guts. Then I thought he was alright.

Tatsumichi
About him: He’s funny and energetic and likes to joke around but he gets almost kind of dull in the battle, like his personality has been washed away.
What I think about him: Meh.

Mitsuru
About him: The person who recognized Kazuo’s talent. He’s part of Kazuo’s gang and he likes to brag to people about how awesome Kazuo is.
What I think about him: Well, uh, he’s loyal.

Niida
{No ‘about him’ because everything I say will be all opinion}
What I think about him: My mother always told me that if you had nothing good to say, you don’t say it at all.

Yoshio
About him: Overweight and gets scared easily. He’s extremely shy and gets bullied often.

What I think about him: No opinion.

Yuichiro
About him: Managed to touch Mitsuko’s heart a little; giant accomplishment. He’s really sweet and likes anime. He has a boyish face and he’s kind of shy most of the time but when he needs to be serious, he gets serious.

What I think about him: One of my favorite characters (:

Tadakatsu
About him: He’s really cautious and trusts nobody. He teams up with Yuichiro but doesn’t trust him.
What I think about him: I don’t like him

 

Kayoko
About her: Regretful. Hyped up on love.

What I think about her: SHE REALIZED IN THE END. SHE REALIZED. EVEN IF HER THOUGHTS WERE BORDERLINE CRAZY AND MADE NO SENSE or is that just me, SHE REALIZED.

Yuko
About her: She had an abusive dad so every time she sees violence she goes crazy and delusional which just creates giant misunderstandings.
What I think about her: I hated her but grew to like her.

Kyoichi
About him: Smart and level-headed. He has glasses.
What I think about him: You’d think he wouldn’t lose all reason because he’s smart.

Yukie
About her: Kind, pretty, nice, and caring. She doesn’t appear until late in the book.

What I think about her: She’s sweet.

 

Ryohei
About him: Part of Kazuo’s gang
What I think about him: No opinion

Hiroshi
About him: Part of Kazuo’s gang
What I think about him: No opinion

Fumiyo
{No ‘about her’ or ‘what I think about her’ due to circumstances}

Mayumi
{No ‘about her’ or ‘what I think about her’ due to circumstances}

Haruka

About her: One of Yukie’s friends.
What I think about her: I can’t remember much about her, to be honest

Satomi
About her: One of Yukie’s friends. She’s a model student, so she’s smart and just perfect.
What I think about her: No opinion.

Chisato
About her: Petite and shy. She likes Shinji.
What I think about her: No opinion.

Yuka
{No ‘about her’ or ‘what I think about her’ due to circumstances}

Toshinori
About him: Described as ugly and frog-like. He plays the violin really good and hates “vulgar” things. He complains a lot and acts kind of arrogant.

What I think about him: I hate him but the weapon he got was pretty cool. Should it even be called a weapon..?

 

Izumi
About her: She’s described as pretty.
What I think about her: No opinion.

Kaori

About her: Throughout the Program/Battle Royale you could see her distrust grow.

What I think about her: She was kind of crazy, but I understand her decisions.

…And those are all 42 characters

{No quotes because 1) I can’t go on goodreads and will be copying and pasting this to my wordpress blog immediately when I have internet. 2) I couldn’t tab anything because this book makes you so entranced you forget about tabs and all that}

Rate: ELEVEN OUT OF TEN

Read Battle Royale if you want to go on an adventure of insanity, pain, sorrow, action, and betrayal that you will never forget.