October 31, 2013

Three Random Mini Reviews: The House of Hades, The Bride Wore Size 12, & The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

The House of Hades by: Rick Riordan (2013)
583 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Genre: YA/Adventure/Mythology
Source: My husband bought it for me!
Goodreads Summary: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

My Review: Rick Riordan has done it again! He created a fun and wild ride for the young half-bloods in the Heroes of Olympus series. Reading about Percy and Annabeth's struggle through Tartarus was harsh and amazing at the same time because who doesn't love some Percy and Annabeth togetherness time? Characters from past Percy Jackson books are brought back in to play. Leo's plot line gets better and Frank is no longer super annoying. Basically this book was just plain awesome. Riordan always manages to have just the right amount of humor among the bleakness that the heroes always have to face. We find out more about the prophecy in this book and get some answers. I do wish I would have gotten a little more Jason time though. The ending has me on the edge of my seat impatiently waiting for the last book in the series.

The Bride Wore Size 12 by: Meg Cabot (2013)
392 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Mystery/Romance
Source: The Library
Goodreads Summary: Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

My Review: I am really hoping this book isn't the last in the Heather Wells Mystery Series. Once again I enjoyed the easy read and the wonderful characters in The Bride Wore Size 12. I pretty much love every single character in the book. I just can't help it. The book is just so charming and a great book to read while curled up on the couch with some hot chocolate. It brought me many laughs and I always have fun stepping into Heather's shoes trying to solve the latest mystery in the dorms that she works at. The only thing I would have liked was a little bit longer of a book so we could have more time focused on the romance between Cooper and Heather and just a longer story in general. It felt a little rushed to me. Overall Meg Cabot continues to write hilarious mystery novels and this one shouldn't be missed.

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by: April Henry (2013)
224 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: Thriller
Source: The Library
Goodreads Summary: “Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.

My Review: This is one thriller where I couldn't see all the big reveals in advance, meaning that I actually was shocked at times and this made it very enjoyable to read. Plus, who doesn't love a main character that is having problems remembering who she is? The characters are a little awkward at times but other than that I didn't have a problem with them. It does have some great suspense and some good action scenes but some of it was just kind of eh. Ty risking his life for a stranger (the girl who doesn't know who she is) and the not so great big picture of why the girl (the same girl who doesn't know who she is) is being chased is what bumped this review down to three stars.Sorry I don't give her name but I can't really. I can say it wasn't boring though. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is good if you are looking for a quick read and a young adult stand a lone novel.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm sounds like I need to start this Heroes of Olympus series! And I still haven't read anything Meg Cabot so that needs to change also. As for The Girl Who Was Supposed to die, I am glad this one wasn't predictable or boring. I'll def consider this when I'm in the mood for a thriller.


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