I finished reading The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan this morning. I'm still reeling about the end a bit.
But I'll get to that in a minute. Below is my spoiler-free review of the above book.
The Mark of Athena is the third installment of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series.
Overall, I really liked The Mark of Athena. The romance was mostly boring. Why is it people are always going on about how handsome/beautiful their love interest is? I mean, really, of all the things to go on about, they choose something as blah as that?
The humor was fantastic, as usual with Mr. Riordan's writing. The plot was good; full of action and monsters that alternate between being terrifying and as-funny-as-possible-while-trying-to-kill-everyone. I love all the characters. And the end was blinken brilliant. Annoying, because of the humongous GAH-I-have-to-wait-a-year-for-the-next-one! cliffhanger, but brilliant.
Okay, that's the end of the spoiler-free zone. So, those of you who haven't read The Mark of Athena, DO NOT PROCEED!
Random things I liked about The Mark of Athena:
I LOVED that Percy had a fear of drowning in this one. I'm not sure I can explain why, but I loved it nonetheless.
One of the few parts of romance I liked was when Percy and Annabeth were reunited at the beginning, when they just sort of stare at each other for a minute and don't run to each other until after Reyna begins speaking.
And the end. THE END! I was nearly in tears when I realized that Percy and Annabeth were going to fall.
So. That's my pathetic excuse for a review. I thought I'd be better that this. Ah, well, I'll just have to keep practicing. Have a nice day!