Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian, A Review

This post is a little bittersweet because it's a review on the last book of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series - The Last Olympian. This book had to be my favorite book of the series. It was so well written and tied together the series so well. I don't think that I can rave about these books enough. The fifth book ties in length with the first book, which seems fitting that the first and last books are the longest. While the books started out to seem all fun and games, they definitely don't end that way. This book begins (and ends) with death. This is the darkest book of the series, and I would suggest a parent reading this book before a young child. It's not completely awful, but it is quite sad. 

This time when we meet Percy, he's struggling internally with wether or not to go on vacation with Rachel Dare's family or not. It's quite a different opening from what we've seen before, but nonetheless it is still filled with monsters and bad situations. While he is struggling, he is told that it is time to enact a plan that was (we assume) crafted during the time when the last book left off and this book picked up. Percy is almost 16 at this point, and struggling with the prophecy that has been told to him. He and Beckendorf (another camper) decide to go and blow up the ship that Kronos is on to try and buy some time/kill a few monsters before the war breaks out. This happens, and tragedy follows. 

When Percy returns back to camp, he and Nico then go on an adventure that is supposed to help Percy to fight Kronos. An adventure ensues, and at the end of it Percy makes a life or death decision that he almost doesn't live through. There is a lot of action from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. Once again, new minor and major gods are introduced and each plays a part in the impending battle. Then the battle begins -- you'll have to read the book to find out the rest. 

This book was very good. It keeps you on your feet, and keeps you guessing about what is going to happen next. The only complaint that I have about it is that sometimes when the battle starts, it doesn't really start. It very much starts and stops at different points - which is explained why but it also just feels very choppy. Now, given that I still give the book a 5/5 starts because it was written so well and the character development through the end was very good. Although there was a lot of loss and a lot of death throughout this book, I would still say that it was a very, very good book.
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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Titans Curse, A Review

Today I'm here to give you a review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titans Curse. This is the third book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian books, and as the series goes on the books continuously get better. This book was no exception, and because of it I probably finished it in about three hours. I would say that the first and last books are the longest, followed by this book and the fourth book. The second book is the shortest, easily. I've written about the first book here, and the second book here. 

Like the previous two books in the series, we start off the book with Percy, Annabeth, and this time Thalia. The book begins with Grover sending a distress call to Percy -- he's found two new half-bloods, who's parents are unknown. They're in a school, guarded by a monster (of course). It's their job to help save the two half-bloods and guide them to safety at Camp Half-Blood, but like most other times things start to go wrong. Except this time, it's a trap from Kronos that begins the peril in the book, not just a fight against a monster. When they try and save the half-bloods, Annabeth goes missing during the fight, and the others have to find her. 

This book not only introduces us to two new important half-bloods, but also a group known as the Huntresses, led by Artemis. After the fight when Annabeth goes missing, Artemis feels as if she knows the scent of the monster that took her, and decides to go after her...alone. Artemis ends up falling in the trap that Kronos set as well, so now Annabeth and Artemis are missing. The Huntresses, Thalia, Grover, Tyson, and Percy must set out to go and find both Annabeth and Artemis, and hopefully stop Kronos in the process. 

A lot of this book is focused on character development, not only of the main characters, but also of some side characters in the book as well. Although you don't see why the character development is necessary right now, you will if you continue along with the series. The quest in this book kind of dragged a little bit, and I struggled at times to hold my interest, but I still found it to be very intriguing. Although this book felt as if it took me longer to get through then the others, I would still give it a 5/5. I really did love this book and would suggest it to anyone.
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Thoughts for the Upcoming Year

To say that it's been an interesting year would be saying the least. I'm attempting to get everything back together, but it's taking some time. Over the next few weeks, I'll be back to posting (with an explanation to come) on a somewhat regular schedule all about my life here and my adventures cross-country. I've got a lot going on this upcoming year and I am SO excited about everything. I've been working my butt off this past few weeks, and it's all coming together so well. 

In January, I'll be heading home to see my family for a late Christmas. February features a trip from my lovely boyfriend. March doesn't bring anything too crazy, until the end of the month with Christian's sister's baby is due. April is crazy -- standing in a wedding in the beginning of the month and then flying to California at the end of the month for my boyfriends brother to get married. May is a calm month for me, with nothing "planned." But then June bring's (in theory) my boyfriend is hopefully moving across the country. I'll fly there, and then we'll drive down. From then, we'll figure it out. Hopefully October will bring a trip to California for a early Thanksgiving, and then December will bring a trip back to Louisiana. 

So here's to a new year, with new goals.
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What Do You Mean "Housing Inspections"?

Disclaimer: I wrote this post an extremely long time ago, but I still think that it fits so I decided to finally pos it.

One of the things that you sign up for when you choose to do the Disney College Program, if you choose to live in Disney's Housing, is Housing Inspections. Living in Disney's housing comes with a ton of rules, some that are completely understandable, and some that aren't. See, I'm 22 years old, there are some rules that I don't think are completely necessary, but I can understand why they have them for the younger members of the program. 

Housing inspections are literally the bane of my existence. I don't think that they're completely necessary to do every three weeks, but I think at the same time they're necessary to do every now and then. You see, you can either pass the inspection or you can fail the inspection and pay whatever the ridiculous fee is that they want you to pay. 

You see, we all work crazy hours. Sometimes we have 10 hour days, or 14 hour days, or even 6 hour days. Some of us work at the ass crack of dawn, and some of us work until the ass crack of dawn, depending on our work day. We're not at home enough to keep the house perfectly clean, hell we can barely keep our schedules straight most of the time. 
Inspections require us to have everything straight - dishes, clothes, beds, trash, the lint on the blinds. Some things are a bit out there, while others are not. But the problem with our apartment? Roommates who suck. Roommates who don't clean up after themselves on a normal basis. We have a chore list, those who have done the chores last sign there name. And yet there are peoples  names missing, each and every time. And that's whats frustrating. Because if we fail inspections, everyone has to pay - not just the roommates who don't pull their weight. 

When I first got here, I didn't realize what housing inspections were - but then the first one happened. It wasn't awful, but lord only knows how we passed it. They come in and basically look around, look at your stuff and make sure that don't have anything that is 'illegal' by their standards (candles, christmas lights, decorations, you know, normal apartment things). 

Needless to say we've done our work around our apartment for this final inspection. Let's just hope all things go well.

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth, A Review

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book. In all honesty, if I had to order the books in the order that they were my favorite, this book would be second on my list. The last book would be first, because it ended the series very well, and the first book would be first because it is the book that get's you sucked into the series. One of the reasons that this book is my favorite is because we learn a lot about Daedalus, who is a brilliant inventor/skilled craftsman. In this book you learn so much about him, and you begin to see a different side of Annabeth that I really related with. I began my freshman year of college in architecture, and while I didn't pursue it as a career, it is still one of my favorite subjects to learn about. 

The fourth book follows our friends Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson into the Labyrinth to find Daedalus, because they believe that he can help with the impending war. Although the beginning is the same, Percy has to fight monsters, this time it is not with a magical friend it is with a mortal - Rachel Elizabeth Dare. Somehow (you find out late in the fifth book) she can see through the mist extremely clearly and she helps Percy to fight the monsters in the school. Percy had met Rachel previously at the Hoover Dam (in the last book) but didn't know who she was or that she would be in the same school as him. 

This time, the group needs to go into the maze -- they accidentally find an entrance at Camp Half-Blood, and enter it that way. This quest is led by Annabeth, who is told by Janus she will encounter a choice that will affect the rest of her life, which makes her begin to second guess everything that she does. During this time, Nico is being led by the ghost of King Minos who absolutely detests Daedalus. Along the way, both groups encounter obstacles that they didn't dream they would face. They must fight different monsters, and they will come face to face with major and minor gods. 

Book four is action packed, and contains a lot more character development. You see both internal and external struggles of some of the characters, and how they choose the different paths they are going on. Much like the Harry Potter series, as the books go on, they get darker and darker. It's not that it's a bad thing, however it is something to think about if you're giving these to very young children. 

Much like the other books in this series, I'd give it a 5/5 stars. I loved this book and thought that it was a really quick read. I got through this book a lot faster than I got through book 3, which is a good thing. Also, this book sets the scene for the fifth book really well. The mood throughout the book is no longer light and fun, like in the first book, but more serious because not only do people's lives depend on this quest, but also the fate of Olympus. 
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The Month of December...Goodbye 2015

The month of December was both the best month of the year, and the worst month of the year. I got to go see my boyfriend, spend time with his family and my friends in California, see my friend before he left for bootcamp, and celebrate Christmas a little bit early with my boyfriend. However, at the same time, while I was in California, I got a call from my roommate (the one I adore) that our other roommate had disappeared without a trace. 

You see, she decided that she wanted to move out - without telling us, or having a conversation with us first. She decided she would wait until my roommate and I were out of town, visiting families to move out. She decided to act as a thief in the night -- which was basically what she did since she took things that didn't belong to her. She left, took her stuff, and some of ours without word. Refuses to talk to us, and refuses to pay her part of the rent or the bills she owes. 

It was hard to get everything back together, but we did it and it's so much better now. I don't know what the future year holds, but if December of 2015 proves anything to me, it proves just how resilient I can be. I'm so excited for the future and the plans, but right now I'm just living in the moment. 
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