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The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…

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Please note that this review will contain spoilers from the previous two books, but not from this book.

Song For This Book: Daughters by John Mayer
Why? Don’t be a jerk to your kids. Being a god is no excuse.

4/5

By this point, you kind of know what you’re getting with these books. Percy runs into a monster, things go down, there’s a prophecy/quest/something to that effect, and then they go and save the entire world. We’ve had two previous books of it, and it works well for the series and for Riordan.

But this book definitely kicks the whole thing up a notch. We start with the usual craziness, and then all of a sudden, here’s a quest, but not everyone will survive it. Wait, what?

This book takes that old formula and starts pushing it. Things get intense pretty quick, and there are a whole lot of things revealed and craziness going down, leaving you racing to the last page to make sure that the person who is killed is not someone you love. It’s a quick easy read, and doesn’t let you down as you make it into the second half of the series.

The Good Points of The Titan’s Curse:

All the action, all the time! You barely get time to breathe in this book, before someone else is trying to kill Percy and his friends. There’s all sorts of girl drama added in, and some new characters to kick things up a notch. There’s a lot of information in this book, so it could have dragged, but Riordan kept it going beautifully.

Aphrodite ships the same characters I do. Good things can only happen when you and Aphrodite are into the same couples.

All of the characters are really fleshing out now, and I’m really liking where they’re all headed. They’re fun, relatable characters, despite their demigod status, and I think they’re great role models for a middle grade story.

The Downsides of The Titan’s Curse:

There were quite a few times in this book that things seemed a little too convienent. Things just appeared when they were needed, and it didn’t seem like the characters were working for their plot. I wanted to see them try a bit harder.

I want more growth from Percy’s character. He’s the same as he was in the first book, really, and I think he should be going somewhere. He’s the loyal to a fault, stubborn, dive in head first hero. We got it. Can he actually learn something and grow from it now?

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a light, easy read, with enough going on to keep you hooked right up to the last page. I can’t wait to get to the next two books in the series and see how all of these things, especially that one big prophecy play out for Percy and his friends. And I really want to know if Percy and Annabeth actually figure things out and get together.

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