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Centaur Redemption by Nancy Straight

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I absolutely love the Touched Series by Nancy Straight, so when I saw that Centaur Redemption had been released, I snapped it up right away, though I have to say that I am not crazy about the cover.

Centaur Redemption by Nancy StraightHere is the Goodreads description:

Cami and Drake’s honeymoon is cut short as they escape attacks by the Council Enforcers and head to South Africa for the meeting of the Centaur Council, which has ordered a death sentence on Cami and all members of the Lost Herd. The Council Chairman is her grandmother, her most dangerous foe. Surrounded by family and friends, Drake and Cami face the Council, Cami’s power-hungry uncles, an ambitious twin, taking the battle all the way to Zeus to attempt to win the freedom of the Tak herd.

This book was really bittersweet for me. I was all set to give it 5 stars, but then ending kind of threw me. It was kind of sad and yet hopeful, and I am not really sure how I feel about it. I think an epilogue would have gone a long way toward making this story feel more complete. There are supposed to be more books set in this world later, so maybe that was why we didn’t get one? I don’t know, but I really think this book would have benefited from one.

Also, I would have liked to have seen more of Cami’s brothers. I feel like her relationship with them, especially Beau and Brent was a huge part of this series and that interaction was basically non-existent in this book. In fact, I feel like most of the main characters from before were kind of pushed into the background. This book was really just about Camille and, to a lesser extent, Cameron. I think this book fell a little short because of that.

On the other hand, the overall story line was pretty good. I was maybe hoping for a little more action since that was kind of a big part of the previous book, but overall the story progressed well and did not really feel forced or anything. I really would like to talk more about what I did like, but I think that would be way to spoilery, so I will just say that I am definitely looking forward to more Centaur books in the future.

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The House of Hades by: Rick Riordan

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Wow it has been a long time since I have posted on here. Sorry, blogosphere! Last semester was absolutely crazy for me and 100% did not have time to maintain my blog. Let’s hope this semester is less hectic.

Earlier today I finished The House of Hades, which is the newest installment in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, a continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It also happens to be one of my favorite series.

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanHere is the blurb from Goodreads:

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.

This was another great Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus book. This series is one of my favorites, and I am glad that this book did not disappoint. I whole lot of things happened, and I am struggling not to give out a ton of spoilers.

I will say that I hope something good happens for Nico. We got kind of a big revelation about him in this book, though I did guess what it was before it actually happened, and it really put all of his previous actions in a different light.

Also, I am not crazy about Frank, or at least not Hazel and Frank together. I don’t know what it is, but I was kind of hoping Frank would find someone else and Hazel and Leo would get together. I guess that would have been kind of weird since Leo looks just like his great-grandpa, but I thought Hazel’s personality would be a good balance for him. Something really unexpected happens on that front, and I am really not sure how I feel about it.

I was really hoping that we would learn more about the Athena Parthenos, and that it would play some significant role in this book. Instead, this book was really just about everyone getting to the doors of death and rescuing Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus. As much as I enjoyed this book, I wish there would have been something else. I feel like we didn’t need 600 pages for that.

Despite all my negativity, I did really enjoy this book. The problem is that I can’t talk about the good without giving away pretty much everything that happens in the story. That being said, I definitely recommend it for fans of the series.

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Goddess by: Josephine Angelini

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The Forever of Ella and Micha wasn’t the only book I got wirelessly delivered on Tuesday that got bumped to the head of my list. I also got Goddess by: Josephine Angelini. If you haven’t read the Starcrossed trilogy, I recommend it.

Goddess by Josephine AngeliniHere is the description of Goddess from Goodreads:

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

Calling this the epic conclusion to this trilogy would not be an exaggeration. The sheer amount of planning that had to have gone into this novel is staggering. Everything tied together in unexpected yet perfect ways.

I can’t go into too much detail because it would be spoilery, but just know that everything is revealed. However, I have to say, Daphne’s motivation bothered me. I can’t say that it surprised me, but it seemed like there should have been something more there.

Don’t expect a lot of cutesy romance in this book. The Scions are preparing for war and that is what it is mainly about. Helen is figuring things out, but she never has the chance to fully explain her motivations to the others, and I feel like that is something that should have happened. She recovers knowledge that I can only assume has been lost for a long time, and I think revealing what she knew would have altered some peoples’ choices. But alas, she did not have the chance.

This book does not end all sunshine and daisies either. There is some heartbreak and loss, but everything turns out probably the best that it can.

I couldn’t put this book down. Though now I’m sad that it’s over because I don’t want to say goodbye to Helen and Lucas and Hector and everybody.

5/5 Stars

Goddess can be found on Amazon here.

Centaur Rivalry by: Nancy Straight

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I love it when a book grabs my attention and won’t let go. That seems to be happening less and less lately. However, every once in a while, I will find a book that forces me to put everything else aside and focus on it until I finish. Centaur Rivalry by: Nancy Straight did just that. I’ve been reading a bunch of different things, none of completely capturing my attention, but as soon as I started this book, I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t even think of picking up one of the other books I’ve been working on.

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Goodreads Description:

The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille’s existence, and her Centaur protector. A death order against Camille’s father and family sends all into hiding. 

Camille and Drake leave the country pursued by the Lost Herd as well as by Centaur Council enforcers. Camille’s twin brother Cameron is manipulated by the Council Head and is quickly becoming her newest enemy.

Amid unexpected new protectors, enemies, and romances, Camille and Drake make their plans to travel to Africa to confront the Centaur Council. They hope acceptance of Camille as Chiron’s heir, yet knowing that her link to the Lost Herd could require them to kill or to be killed.

As I’m looking back, I realize that not a ton actually happened in this book action-wise but that it was such a compelling read that I couldn’t put it down regardless.

This book picks right up where the Centaur Legacy left off. Drake is a full-on centaur (Is it weird that I think that’s hot? Not that you can do much with a guy that’s half horse, but the fact that he’s really tall and muscular and pretty much spends all of his time shirtless is pretty sexy.) Sorry, tangent. Umm… where was I? Oh yeah, so Cami and Drake are hiding out and the book starts with Bianca and Gage finding them. They spend some time in this podunk little town in South Dakota, meet some cool new people and see some old familiar faces, and I don’t want to say a whole lot because I don’t want to spoil anything.

I love the main characters: Cami, Drake, Bianca and Gage. We also met some other new characters who were awesome and made some interesting connections with the people we already knew.

I still don’t know how I feel about Brent. Sometimes he can be really cool but then others he is really annoying and holier-than-thou. The one chapter with Cameron made me super angry because he is dumb. He is seriously TSTL. That chapter made me angry. I also hated that we decided Zandra is evil after all. I had hopes for her after she tried to help Cami during the last book, but she is still just as crazy as ever. Thankfully the only time we see her is in that same chapter that Cameron made me angry.

While I really enjoyed this book, I feel like it was more of a placeholder than anything else. No questions really got answered and I feel like the cliffhanger in this book was exactly the same as the one in the last book. This tells me that nothing actually happened. Only one big problem got solved, but I won’t say what because that would be too spoilery.

Despite the lack o story line advancement, this book was engaging and enjoyable and I am eagerly anticipating the Centaur Redemption.

5/5 Stars

To buy this wonderful book from Amazon, go here.

Or, if you haven’t started this series yet (you should BTW) the first book, Blood Debt is currently free on Amazon and can be found here, and Centaur Legacy, the second book, can be found here.

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