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Book review: The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan

A satisfying - if a bit safe and predictable - conclusion to the Heroes of Olympus series.  Fans emotionally invested in Riordan’s characters can breathe a sigh of relief at the happily-ever-after ending; fans expecting a long, climactic fight against Gaia and her followers might be in for disappointment.

Despite the five-book build up towards the final fight, Gaia’s rising - and subsequent defeat - was abrupt and handled easily, with few surprises.  Instead, much of the book is spent seeking a (literal) deus ex machina cure to get around the death Riordan prophesied five books previously. The conflict between the Greeks and the Romans was much more interesting - but again, I felt that it was too easy to bring the two warring camps together.

Nevertheless, Riordan’s refreshingly diverse characters and his witty, self-aware Americanisation of ancient mythology made The Blood of Olympus worth reading.  I was worried before I began The Blood of Olympus that Riordan would attempt to give every ensemble character a point-of-view chapter.  Thankfully, while each of Riordan’s demigod heroes was given a moment in the spotlight, only five of Riordan’s nine leading characters narrated The Blood of Olympus.  Leo’s chapters were by far the weakest - I’m sorry to say that he’s felt out of character to me since his contrived romantic storyline with Calypso began in The House of Hades, and his characterisation didn’t improve in this instalment. Reyna and Nico’s perspectives were a much more welcome addition, and I found myself caring more about their side-quest than the journey of the main seven.

I’m sure I’ll miss reading Percy Jackson’s adventures, but I’m tentatively looking forward to reading Riordan’s new series.

Publisher: Puffin
Rating: 4 stars | ★★★★✰
Review cross-posted to Goodreads

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Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (19/10 - 25/10)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater ✤ Oct 21

Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins ✤ Oct 21

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon ✤ Oct 21

Follow Me Through Darkness (The Boundless Trilogy #1) by Danielle Ellison ✤ Oct 21

The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles #5) by Cinda Williams Chima ✤ Oct 21

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker ✤ Oct 21

Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!

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YA INTERROBANG - ISSUE #37 (OCTOBER 19 2014)
Love contemporary telepathy? In Chasing Powers by Sarah Beth Durst, telepathic Kayla meets Daniel, who blackmails her into thievery. Her biggest threat may not be the police, or the murderous father - but Daniel himself, who Durst admits “lies as easily as he [teleports].”

If you’re more in the mood for some southern Gothic charm, look at Martina Boone’s Complusion. In Charleston, Barrie Watson finds herself caught up in the middle of family secrets - magical gifts passed on from generation to generation between three families. Conflicts that can’t be resolved over a glass of iced tea.

We’re also giving away a copy of Compulsion to those in the U.S.!

At this year’s New York Comic Con, young adult literature sparkled – in tiny and niche quantities – as thousands of comic fans flocked to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.Highlights included multiple panels featuring young adult authors, but the Women of Marvel panel featured the most exciting announcement of all: that Margaret Stohl, author of the Beautiful Creatures series, would be penning a Black Widow YA novel.

Nobody loves young adult literature quite like the people on the Internet. Tumblr user @chibi-reads launched a Harry Potter readalong for fans of all ages and at all levels - from the most hardcore Gryffindor seeker to the newest Muggle stumbling in.

The Book Smugglers announced the first releases in their new short story publishing venture. Book Smugglers Publishing will digitally publish original short stories, beginning with young adult historical fantasy Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang.

On Wednesdays, we may not wear pink, but we do celebrate #womenauthorwednesday - this month, with Victoria Schwab and Nova Ren Suma. We also rocked #diversitythursday with Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okarafor.

The National Book Awards announced the finalists for their Young People’s Literature award, including Threatened by Eliot Schrefer and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Program announced their nominated titles for 2016, including Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Living by Matt de la Peña. The Bookseller announced the launch of the YA Book Prize, which will celebrate the best fiction for young adults written by British and Irish authors.

But Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling win the best prize of all - fanart featured in this week’s Off the Page feature, where Beatrjis talks her favorite books and how she draws.

Though the first book was recently turned into a full-length film, Constantin Film will turn Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series into a television show. Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate will team up to expand on the Twilight world with five mini-movies. Universal Cable Productions optioned Catherine Linka’s A Girl Called Fearless for a television series.

Keep up with upcoming YA releases as well as recent cover reveals, excerpt releases, and book deals.

We put together a list of YA titles for Mental Illness Awareness Week. Which ones have you read? Have you checked our Tumblr to find out what happened today in ya history? Did you miss any good author gossip on Twitter?

Next issue: November 2 2014

October library book haul: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst, Far From You by Tess Sharpe, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Diverse Energies by Tobias S. Buckell & Joe Monti (ed.), The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Raging Star by Moira Young, and The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.

New library book haul! I’ve nearly finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I’m having a hard time trying to decide which to read next:

  • Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
  • Diverse Energies by Tobias S. Buckell & Joe Monti (ed.)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Far From You by Tess Sharpe
  • Raging Star by Moira Young

Anyone want to recommend one of the above? :)

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Diverse characters: Corinne Duyvis on the decline of “issue” books ⇀

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

When Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: November 4th 2014

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