Sunday, January 26, 2014

From the Shelf: The House of Hades

Title: The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Greek/Roman Mythology
Date read: October 08-December 31, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

 My Review: (also in goodreads)

"Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, 
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death."

Waited for a year, read in less than a day...after that would wait for another year to see how the conclusion to this second season would turn out. Yes, I'm hopeless that way. Though the waiting would eat me up alive inside, I understand that authors just want the best book to come out. I feel you Rick Riordan. Anyway, I normally don't read this slow but I needed to stretch out a little bit. But I can't...I really can't. This book is such a page turner. So what if Annabeth and Percy got thrown into Tartarus? The group who is left behind could hold a story all on their own. The story getting thrown back and forth from the Argo II and Tartarus is amazing. There are so many revelations in this book....Frank Zhang's metamorphosis is And Leo's side story? At least he does have something to hold on to. There is one revelation though that stood out. I mean really made me gasp for air. Okay, so I'm being dramatic. I may be biased or whatnot but I really, really loved this installment. And I don't mind waiting (...sort of) for the last installment in the Heroes of Olympus series entitled 'Blood of Olympus'.

Oh, Rick. You are trolling your readers once again.

Till the next read...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Adventures of a Bibliophile: Margaret Stohl, Allyson Noel and Melissa Dela Cruz Manila 2013

September 14, 2013

Being a bibliophile has its own weird not getting out of a bookstore without buying a book or collecting books (preferably hardbound versions or if there are no hardbound editions next in line would be the first edition paperbacks or lastly mass paper back editions if desperate) or like getting all excited in having your books signed. Well that's how it is for me. I may not be a fan (...yet) or haven't read any books by Allyson Noel and Melissa Dela Cruz, but having Margaret Stohl with them is good enough for me. I would've wanted Kami Garcia to be in the tour too but one-half of the authors of the beloved Beautiful Creatures series coming here is my go sign.

Since I've been to book signing events before, I went there just on time to be the 8th in line.. 10AM registration for a 4PM book signing.

...excited for what's in store

yep, in my backpack carrying the 4 hardcover editions of the Beautiful Creatures series

me with Margaret Stohl...she is such a charmer. It was obvious she loved the event.

finally got my books signed...unfortunately she got my name wrong on the three other books maybe she was overwhelmed with people who came to have their books signed.

I tweeted her about it and she replied (so its true...she said that authors do read their mentions at twitter) I hope next time Kami Garcia comes too :D

Happy Reading!
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