Book Review: Revisiting “The Titan’s Curse” by Rick Riordan

Here we are, the third installment in the Percy Jackson series, and the hardest for me to get through. We will discuss this after a brief description.

Titan's Curse, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3 ...

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared-a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

(Description from Amazon)

The reason this book is so hard for me to get through is that I severely dislike Artemis’s Hunters. The Hunters are Artemis’s group of eternal maidens that follow her every order, and have sworn off boys in trade for immortality. It’s weird that I don’t like them because I do like Artemis. I just hate that the Hunters are so snotty toward the heroes. I can completely understand why Zoe, Artemis’s right hand hates heroes, but the rest of them don’t seem to have a substantial reason, other than some of them are boys. Their attitudes make it really hard to read the first third of this book because they act like brats. Zoe does redeem herself in my eyes, but I still hate the beginning of this book.

I like that this book has a larger focus on the significance of prophecies. I feel like the prophecies have been important in the past, but not near as important as the prophecy in this book. The stakes are much higher, people will die, and everything hangs in the balance. The tone of the Percy Jackson series takes a darker turn with this book and the prophecy is the perfect illustration of that. Here’s the prophecy if you’re curious.

Five shall go west to the goddess in chains,

One shall be lost in the land without rain,

The bane of Olympus shows the trail,

Campers and Hunters combined prevail,

The Titan’s curse must one withstand,

And one shall perish by a parent’s hand.

Another thing that bothers me and is related to the prophecies is the prophecy that Chiron withholds from Percy. Chiron knows a prophecy that likely refers to Percy and his potential demise. This reminds me of Dumbledore in Harry Potter, and Dumbledore gets a lot of heat for withholding life or death information from Harry, yet Chiron does not. The person who has the info always keeps it from the main character in fear that they will try and change things, but in turn makes things worse by keeping the information secret. I had to point out this parallel because I feel like it’s so similar, but the fandoms treat them so differently.

This book does a lot of great character building for Percy. He is now forced to work with Thalia, the daughter of Zeus, and the potential other person the prophecy could belong to. Not only does Percy have to work with her, but he feels the need to compete with her a little bit, and I’ll add that he’s a bit jealous of how she’s treated. We get to see that while Percy doesn’t want to be the child of the prophecy, he does want to be important. I don’t think this is a bad thing. I think it shows that Percy really does want to be a hero and he has the heart of a hero, Percy wants to be the best at what he does. He just doesn’t realize it. Thalia is a threat to that, but they’re also friends, and that makes their relationship complicated.

In this book, we also get to see some character development for Dionysus. Since we haven’t really talked about him, he’s the Camp Half-Blood director and the god of wine plus many other things. He was sent to camp as a punishment for goofing around with someone he shouldn’t and he’s notorious for hating campers, yet, he goes out of his way to help Percy on his quest. Toward the end of this novel he also votes to kill Percy, but I think it’s only for appearances. I think Dionysus only votes to kill Percy because he knows that he won’t win. I like how this book develops a soft spot for an otherwise irksome god. I found myself appreciating him way more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I give The Titan’s Curse a 4/5 stars. To me, this book is still very strong, but doesn’t quite stand up to the first too. Definitely worth reading, just not as lovable.

Have you made it to the third Percy Jackson installment? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Book Review: The Living Dead by George A. Romero & Daniel Kraus — The BiblioSanctum

I am so excited to read this book from Romero and Kraus! Many of you know that I love zombies, and something from the zombie king is so exciting to me. This review by The Bibliosanctum has me even more excited and hopeful. Fingers crossed that it’s awesome! -Sav

I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect the contents of my review and all opinions are my own. The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus Mogsy’s Rating: 4 of 5 stars Genre: Horror Series: Stand Alone Publisher: Tor Books (August 4, 2020) Length: 656 pages Author Information: George A. Romero | […]

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I love SciFi/Fantasy and this book was huge when I worked at the bookstore. Check out this insightful and positive review from Way Too Fantasy. -Sav

Summary: Humanity has colonized the solar system—Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond—but the stars are still out of our reach. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the […]

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Bear by Ben Queen – MG eARC Book Review —

This book is about a guide dog who loses his vision and must embark on a quest to get his vision back. Is that not just the cutest story concept ever? Anyway, check out this awesome review by Nen & Jen. -Sav

Title: BearAuthor: Ben Queen, Joe Todd-Stanton (Illustrator)Genre: Graphic Novel / Middle GradePublication Date: 18 August 2020 Bear is a guide dog who would do anything for his owner Patrick – and embarks on an epic quest from the forest to the city to regain his sight so he can protect his best friend. Bear is a service dog who […]

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Book Review: Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump — The Bibliophagist

Dare I share something written by a Trump? Yes, but please, before you unfollow and think I’m an idiot read The Bibliophagist‘s review. Mary L. Trump sheds an interesting light on the dark Trump history, and gives us a peek into why Donald may be the dangerous man that he is. -Sav

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump Rating: ★★★★★Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsPublication Date: July 14, 2020Source: Borrowed In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in […]

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ARC Review: The Whitsun Daughters — We Write At Dawn

The Whitsun Daughters is a novel that starts off strong but flops at the end. To learn more click the link to check out We Write At Dawn‘s full review. – Sav

I received a copy of The Whitsun Daughters by Carrie Mesrobian from Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review. So my initial read of the description got me really excited! Until I got to the ending. There were so many good things in this book and then it ultimately flopped for me. There will […]

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Updated Review | A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow — Life of a Literary Nerd

I have this book and I’m excited to read it. This review made me even more excited because I feel like it’s honest and confirmed that the book will be what I was expecting. Check out the review for yourself. -Sav

Title: A Song Below Water (A Song Below Water #1) Author: Bethany C. Morrow Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars) Publisher: Tor Teen Release Date: June 2, 2020 “I’m not a monster because I live in a world that gives me impossible choices.”

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Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett — The Critiquing Chemist

Check out this audiobook review by The Critiquing Chemist. I love audiobooks, and it seems like this one dances the line between good and great. I think I’ll have to check it out. – Sav

Rate: 3.5/5; Shorefall was an action packed followup to Foundryside that wields death and magic in equal measures.

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – A Historical Fantasy Inspired by Mexican Folklore, in which a Girl, a God of Death, and I (After Reading This) are Forever Changed — The Quiet Pond

I didn’t realize how gorgeous this blog is because I’ve only ever read their posts in the WordPress reader, and this is one of the most beautiful blogs that I’ve seen. On top of that, this review is great. It breaks the story down and gives you an honest opinion on the story. Check it out by following the link. -Sav

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As I’ve mentioned before I’m All Booked Up is an excellent source for reviews. I trust they’re opinions and we tend to have similar tastes. So check out this review, who knows? You might find your next read. – Sav

Maddie’s childhood was perfect. As the daughter a U.S. Secret Service Agent, Maddie spent a lot of time at the White House. Her best friend happened to be the U.S. President’s son. After a failed kidnapping attempt of the first lady by a Russian organization, leaving Maddie’s dad shot in the process, he packs them […]

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ARC REVIEW: Fable – Adrienne Young ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½ — Paws & Paperbacks

Check out this awesome review by Paws & Paperbacks, and learn why they were captivated by this book. I think I’m adding this to my TBR. -Sav

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A Game of Wings and Marks Review — Hawthorn Book Reviews

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Review Share 8/13/2020

I didn’t do a review share last week, so here I am. If you’re new here the ‘review share’ is where I share one review an hour from 1PM to 12AM. I love doing this because it gives other bloggers exposure, and that’s something all of us bloggers need. So, check in throughout the day and read some great reviews.

Book Review: Revisiting The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson)

The Sea of Monsters ups the stakes while keeping the same antics and fun tone.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #2) by ...

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson-a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia-only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name? The Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family-one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

(Description from Amazon)

I love how in this book the situation is intensifying and the tone is a tiny bit more serious, but the series keeps its humor. My favorite quote from the books is this:

“The real story of the Fleece: there were these two children of Zeus, Cadmus and Europa, okay? They were about to get offered up as human sacrifices, when they prayed to Zeus to save them. So Zeus sent this magical flying ram with golden wool, which picked them up in Greece and carried them all the way to Colchis in Asia Minor. Well, actually it carried Cadmus. Europa fell off and died along the way, but that’s not important.”

“It was probably important to her.”

Conversation between Annabeth and Percy

This quote makes me laugh, it made me laugh when I first read the series and it makes me laugh now. This series has such wonderfully done “light” dark humor that really hits the right way. Riordan does a spectacular job of writing humor that can be appreciated by both kids and adults. As a kid I didn’t really think about the actual repercussions of Europa falling to her death, but as an adult the humor is different because I actually thought about it.

It’s not all laughs though. The Sea of Monsters ups the intensity by throwing in more backstory and giving Percy a family member that he isn’t so willing to accept. I love how this book is relatable for kids in a different way. A lot of kids know how difficult it can be to have a new sibling, especially if that sibling is a lot to deal with. Percy goes through that and he learns a lot of lessons about family along the way. Percy learns acceptance and humility, and he also learns that family is a complete mess and you are bound to run into issues here and there.

One quote that particularly stands out and perfectly explains what I’m getting at is this,

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”


On top of Percy learning to accept his family, Annabeth also learns to get over a prejudice and accept someone for who/what they are. She learns that no ones fate is guaranteed by their parentage or race. I like how this is done subtly, and I think Riordan is a genius for how he implemented these real world issues into this middle grade novel. Kids don’t even know they’re learning about acceptance and family issues until after they’re done reading. It’s hard to achieve this kind of writing without laying it on too heavy, it’s so easy to show a lesson, but it’s difficult to make a lesson fun.

The series really starts to pick up from this point so I expect my reviews to be a bit longer from this point on. A lot more themes are about to come into play, and the tone will darken a bit. Stick around and check out what I think of the next book in the series, The Titan’s Curse.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Sea of Monsters is an easy 5/5 stars!

Have you read the second installment in the Percy Jackson series? Did you read it as a kid or as an adult? Let me know in the comments.

New(ish) NetGalley App?

So I saw on Twitter that NetGalley has finally developed an app. I only checked it out briefly and here are my thoughts.


It’s direct. There’s no download, make sure your kindle account is connected to the app, and then hope the the e-copy is formatted in a decent way, like you have to with the Kindle app. It’s a straight shot, you just log in, and boom, you can download your books.

You can bookmark pages for later. I know this is the most basic function that can be offered in an e-reading app, but I’m glad they didn’t leave it out, so I’m counting it as a pro.

Hopefully this will eliminate that crappy other app you’d have to download for graphic novels. It never worked right and I do most of my e-reading on my phone and the previous app just wasn’t compatible.


I did not see an option to highlight! This is my biggest issue. I do a lot of highlighting in the Kindle app so I’m hoping this will get added in soon.

I was really hoping you’d be able to browse new titles to request, but you can’t. At least I don’t think… it seems like just an e-reading app. Which I’m okay with I just would’ve liked the convenience of it all being in one place.

Questions I have

I didn’t thoroughly explore so I can’t say without a reasonable doubt that this app supports reading graphic novels, and I’m really hoping it does. Does anyone know the answer to that?

Does anyone know if they have plans to integrate the requesting system into the app? I’d love that!

Am I crazy for being upset that I can’t highlight? Let me know 🤣