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Saturday, November 15, 2014

On THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordon (The Heroes of Olympus #5)

Fangirling by Reagan

Age Range: 10 - 14 years
Grade Level: 5 - 9
Series: The Heroes of Olympus (Book 5)
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (October 7, 2014) 

Audiobook Publisher: Listening Library
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Though the Greek and Roman crew members 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.

OHMAHGOODNESSTHISBOOKISAMAZING!!!!!!!  I just cannot explain how much I've longed for this book. I made a t-shirt for the opening day. Plus, I may or may not have had an SPQR tattoo. I have an obsession with these books and spout Greek knowledge like a nerd. My friends say things like, "Who's the god of Rainbows? There is one right?" I'm all like, "girlfriend plze Iris iz the goddess of the rainbows. Fool check ur self. I will beat you down!". But what really gets to me is when people mispronounce them *AHEM* Austin *AHEM*  "plze I haz all the knawladge."

Okay, okay. I admit it's a little mean. But whatever. Haters gunna hate. I should probably stop and start the review.


I also listened to the audio of this book. I like the reader, Nick Chamian and thought he did great voices. My only problem is, he's not the only reader for this series. The first reader read the first three books. Now Nick comes along and reads the last two. I dislike that. But if it was up to me I'd have the original reader of the Percy Jackson series read it XD. But since it's not, he'll do. I don't know why they switched it, they probably had a good reason.

The book:


That translates to; This book is filled with adventure, suspense, and thrilling scenes that makes you keep turning the page. Percabeth thrives after their thrilling time in Tarturaus <3 <3 <3! I can't even, I'll fangirl too hard.

Now that I've calmed myself down, I'll get too it. My favorite character is THE SUPER SIZED MCSHIZZLE LEO VALDEZ,  tied with PERSASSY JACKSON! It's a tie because they're both funny, like amazing girls, and because they are THE BEST HEROES OF ALL TIME. All the love! Omg I'm going to DIE.





  1. Although I am on your email list, I just saw this post... as a mom of three teenage girls and an avid YA reader, I have to say I was so glad to see your passion on this issue! I feel as though our kids are exposed to enough in the world without adding sex into books that are about kids their own ages. Honestly I could go on and on here, but you summed it all up in your post! It makes me proud to be a regular here at Reading Teen!

  2. Courtney! Thank you so much for saying that! It's really encouraging to know that there are other moms out there who feel the same way, and that what I wrote means something to someone :D

    I'm glad you're here!

  3. This is a great post! I'm sorry I'm so late on reading this anyways, I remember High school although I didn't do what the average teens were doing. I was the shy and silent type but having one of your girlfriend tell you that she had sex was like shock. But I know it was pressure from the guy and not her. I'm also as you would put it "conservative" "not have it until I'm married" type, but I do that to protect me because of all those risks as you mention but also its my personal choice. Would I say I would have it before I get married? If its with the right guy, the one I'm destined to marry then yes. I think the subject of sex in YA there are little leeway I mean I don't mind if there's a little peek, its a part of life and discovery of your own body, learning your own mistake. I think some authors should try to push the envelope just a little because it's the matter of fact . . . teens do have it and mistakes can happen why can't it happen in a fantasy world?

  4. This is a great post. I passed it along to a friend who I know will also appreciate it. Thanks for tackling something controversial.

  5. Thanks JoLee! It's something that is pretty important to me!

  6. Sorry, I somehow missed replying. Thanks so much for your comment! Yeah, I definitely think there are going to be instances where it's probably necessary, but I think I'd like some warning, because I just don't think it's something I want my 13 year old reading right now. I certainly don't want her to get the idea that there's something wrong with her for not having sex, that's for sure. I had just read two books where the MC was so upset that "she was the last virgin on the planet" and it drove me nuts. Virginity isn't a disease, haha.

  7. Believe me I really have thought of that too where Virginity would label you as being like unattractive and whatnot BUT!!!! Being a Virgin isn't a bad thing, it's your personal choice and really don't let the guy force you make it would make you a "real women" many guy actually admit they don't consider themselves as "Real man" until a big milestone happens like marriage, a child, or whatever else. I read it somewhere so I know it's true! :-)


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