Top 5: Books To Relieve Exam Stress

In three days time, Bee and I will be sitting our first exam of the year. Thankfully, it’s only one of two, and it’ll all be over the day before our birthday. (Talk about the best present ever!) It’s safe to say that when I pick up a book after doing a practice paper, I want to be as far away from Middlemarch and Joseph Andrews as possible. Here are a list of books that are like a comfort blanket – all my stress falls away as soon as I’m with these stories.

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Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The_Lost_Hero_210The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Published by: Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 557
Format: Hardback
Rating: ★★★
Series: The Son of Neptune (#2) | The Mark of Athena (#3) | The House of Hades (#4) | The Blood of Olympus (#5)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

As you probably all know the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series was released earlier this year. Maddie has been a fan of Riordan’s writing for a long time, and now that she’s finished the HoO I was free to read it! I’ve tried to read The Lost Hero once before, and only got bout thirty pages in before I put it down to read something else, but now that all the hype’s died down a little but, I thought it would be best to give this series a second chance.

And, of course, it was amazing. LEO. Oh my goodness, Leo. Why did no  one tell me how great Leo was? Suffice to say he was my favourite character, but I also really liked Piper. She was kick-ass at the end there. I appreciate that. Jason. Sigh. I’d head all about him. Mostly that he’s no Percy. Although I agree, I didn’t find him as annoying as Maddie made out I would. His chapters where sprinkled in the middle of Leo and Piper so I just skimmed over our main protagonist and got straight back to my faves. It was so wonderful to have heroes of different godly-heritage, because we didn’t really get to hear much about Aphrodite and Hephaestus in PJatO.

It has been a while since I finished the Percy Jackson series, but it didn’t take me long to fall back into the comfort of Riordan’s writing style. It’s so engaging and so fast paced. The action heavy sequences are perfectly woven together with dream sequences and educational passages on Greek (and now Roman!) mythology.

I love that all the characters are 15/16, it means we got a little more romance, which I loved! Of course I missed Annabeth and Percy, but Maddie reassures me that the final three books in the series are couple-centric so no complaints here!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the majority of the characters and can’t wait to find out more about the Roman sides of the gods in the next book. I only gave The Lost Hero three stars, however, because there were sections that I trudged through less enthusiastically, and I want this series to get better and my star ratings need to reflect that. If you are yet to read the Heroes of Olympus series, then I would seriously recommend it!