Thursday, April 21, 2016

Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan Part 4

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday! Yesterday I gave my thoughts on "The Titan's Curse," which I mentioned was tied for my favorite. Today I will give my review for "The Battle of the Labyrinth," which is tied with "The Lightning Thief" as my second favorite. So, here were go!

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The Battle of the Labyrinth: 5/5

Summary: Percy Jackson doesn't think his freshman year is going to go all that well. After all, he's gotten kicked out of every school he's attended so far. To make matters worse, demon cheerleaders show up and attack the school during orientation. That leads Percy back to Camp Half-Blood, where he and his friends must defeat the Labyrinth to save the camp from being invaded by Kronos and his army.

I want to start off by saying I love the concept of this book. The labyrinth is so complex, and the building of it is just fantastic! I love that it basically is underground and takes up the space of the entire continental United States. I just love the intricacy of this novel. And Riordan weaves it perfectly throughout. Plus, sometimes authors tend to make it too complicated, where it can be hard to follow at times. I wasn't confused at any point. And it made me want to be walking around in the maze with Percy and company. (well, kind of...like, as long as Rachel Elizabeth Dare is there to lead so we don't get lost of course!)

Ok, so that brings us to the characters. Let me start off with a new character: Rachel Elizabeth Dare. Yes, you need to say her whole name! It's just necessary. She is so cool! She's a mortal who can see through the Mist. She is just kick butt, and I absolutely loved getting to know her character. She was brought in briefly in "The Titan's Curse," where she saved Percy's life. You could tell she was going to be important later, and she definitely was! Yeah, I love her! Of course, the rest of the awesome crew is back. I could go on and on about Percy and Annabeth, but I'll refrain, since I've said already how much I absolutely adore them both as individuals and as a couple...Yeah. They're amazing!

Like all of the books in this series, the book was well-paced. Actually, this one was more fast-paced than the first two. It was more like the third one in the series. I couldn't put it down. I was so intrigued with the labyrinth and the plot. I found myself in class just wanting to pick it up because I had to know what was going to happen next.

All in all, I loved this book! It was so fun and exciting. I love the characters and the world and the labyrinth and all its complexities. This penultimate installment made me hungry to delve into the last book, which is tied with "The Titan's Curse" as my favorite in the series. Can't wait to tell y'all about "The Last Olympian" tomorrow.

Have you read "The Battle of the Labyrinth?" What are your thoughts? What was/were your favorite part(s)? What part(s) of the maze was/were your favorite(s)?

XOXO,

Janine :)

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