Hi, everyone! I’m back with mini reviews for some audiobooks I finished in March and April. As I mentioned the first time I wrote this post, these reviews are shorter than my typical reviews and they’re not as in-depth. They’re mostly focused on what I liked and didn’t like. That said, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Review: The Last Olympian is my favorite book in the Percy Jackson series. It was exciting and definitely kept me on my toes. Some of the revelations were a little predictable, but it was fun getting there. Rick Riordan set the tempo for this book early on and never let up. There was a nice balance of action and tender moments between the characters. I was kind of surprised by the pacing and how well Riordan balanced multiple plot points. The Last Olympian was a very satisfying ending to this series and I liked the way it provided closure for each characters’ arc. I wish I had read this series when I was younger.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Review: When I bought this book last summer, I didn’t realize that it was a spin-off, so I had to put off reading it until I read the entire Percy Jackson series. A year later, I finally read this. I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle. I liked Apollo’s narration and his perspective as a mortal. I thought it was fun and witty. Even though he’s kind of arrogant and obnoxious at times, this book worked for me. Because I read the Percy Jackson series before reading this book, I appreciated the character appearances in this book so much more. This book has lots of drama and felt a little more mature than Percy Jackson. I was surprised Apollo’s children didn’t didn’t resent him. They were compassionate and encouraging as he struggled with the limitations of being human. This was an entertaining light read, which is what I wanted. I plan to continue the series, but I have to wait until my library gets a copy.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of Air, #1) by Holly Black
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Review: I really wanted to love this book. I bought it because so many people I know loved it and it had a lot of buzz in the book community. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. I didn’t hate it, but something was missing. I liked the first half of the book. The prologue was tragic, dark, and surprising, so I expected this to be a revenge plot with lots of character development. The prologue was that compelling. The aspects that I liked were the f/f relationship, the plot twist, faerie court politics, and that the characters were morally ambiguous. Unfortunately, the middle just didn’t quite work for me. It felt like a chore and I had to push myself to finish. The pacing was kind of slow in the middle and I felt like I never got to know the characters. It was very surface level and there wasn’t a lot of world-building. At some point, Jude and her sisters went to the mall and I was really intrigued by that. I wanted to know more how this urban setting fit within this world and her sister’s relationship. I didn’t like that Jude spent so much time complaining about being mortal and comparing herself to the fae. It was a constant and frustrating. Plus, she didn’t receive any training for the tournament. Highly doubt I’ll pick up the next book in this series.
Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading!