The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan (The Trials of Apollo #5)

Hello, my darling readers!
This is it. The last installment of the Trials of Apollo series. I was super excited to finally get my hands on this book and see where his journey as Lester would take Apollo. Let’s find out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester’s demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting. 

The Rating:

By now, I’m pretty sure you all know how much I love Rick Riordan’s novels. I read almost everything he wrote and enjoyed every single novel. No surprises here, with the final installment in the Trials of Apollo series he didn’t disappoint.

In short, this was quite a ride. As usually there is a lot of action but also a lot of touching moments that’ll bring you to the brink of tears. But most importantly, there’s a lot of humor!

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The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #4)

Hey guys!
I finally had time to read the fourth part of Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series! Did I like it? Did I love it? Time to find out!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced. 

The Rating:

It’s been so long since I read the last books in this series it took me a moment to get back into the groove and remember what was going on. Anyways, after a few chapters, I was back on track and fully immersed in the story.

Rick Riordan managed to nail it once more. The fourth installment of The Trials of Apollo is gripping, thrilling, heartbreaking and funny. It’s an amazing continuation of the series and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have expected any less from Riordan.

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Hello, my darling readers!
I’m a huge sucker for everything myth-related (hello there, Rick Riordan!), so of course, I had to pick up Neil Gaiman’s take on Norse Mythology. Let’s talk a closer look as his retelling of old stories!

The Plot:

This collection of Norse Mythology features all your favorite Gods: Odin, Thor, and the trickster Loki…

The Rating:

I’ll keep this one really short.
Neil Gaiman is trying hard to make the best of what those Norse Myths have to offer.

Some of the stories are entertaining but – and that’s not Gaiman’s fault – there isn’t much depth. You might learn a little more about some of the Gods but the bottom line is: if shit went down it was definitely Loki’s fault.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Anticipated Books for 2020

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today I’ll tell you about my most anticipated books of 2020!

#1 – The Boundless by Anna Bright (The Beholder #2)

I basically devoured The Beholder by Anna Bright so I can’t wait for the next installment. The story so far was smart, inventive and left me longing for more.

#2 – The next ACOTAR book by Sarah J. Maas

You all may know by now that I quite liked the ACOTAR books. Apparently, Sarah J. Maas is gracing us with something on that front this year!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Funniest Characters

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week I’ll the talking about the funniest bookish characters I can think of!

Apollo from the Trials of Apollo

Just about every character Rick Riordan has ever written about comes with a dashing sense of humor. His books made me laugh out loud more often than I can count.
One of the most hilarious characters is the God Apollo, who was cast out of Olympus and is now stuck in the body of an average teenager. You wouldn’t believe what Riordan has done so far with this!

The Weasly Twins from the Harry Potter books

You can’t talk about fun without naming the Weasly twins. Fred and George are the most famous pranksters of the Harry Potter universe. They are funny, adorable and I want to be best friends with them.

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T5T: Books for Ravenclaws

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a T5T post!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this month, we get a very special treat: for the first time ever, there is a theme! So all four T5T posts for February are related to the Hogwarts houses.
Every test I ever took confirmed that I would be sorted into Ravenclaw. So, I’m really excited to pick a bunch of books for them this week!

#1 Anything by Rick Riordan:

Assuming that the Ravenclaw kids are anything like me, they’ll love books by Rick Riordan. Not only are his novel both funny and heart-breaking. My favorite aspect is that his books teach you something. Whether you pick up the series about Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase or the Kane Siblings, you are bound to find out something new about Greek, Roman, Norse or Egyptian Mythology. Just perfect for those curious Ravenclaws!

Cover from Goodreads

#2 American Gods by Neil Gaiman:

This goes down the same road as the books by Rick Riordan. American Gods is fascinating but not only for the interesting plot and characters. What kept me hooked were the bits of information on so many different folktales, on Gods worshipped all over the world. I learned so many new things, I was sad to see the book end.

Cover from Goodreads
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