The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Friday, February 13, 2015

Song I Read While Reading- Dangerous by David Guetta
Rating- 4 stars

Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn

Theres not much I can say in the non spoilery section of this book so cover your eyes and smack your keyboard until it takes you away from this page. 

Alright, does anyone else question Kronos intelligence when he picked Luke's body to take over? Like, of ALL the monsters and demigods.. He could have picked the body of Antaeus or even the Kampe's body. That's physically intimidating at least. Even if a demigod is half god, the other half is human. And from what I've learned in reading all these fantasy books is that we're pretty freakin vulnerable. So that was a major screw up on his part. Another annoying thing about him using Luke's body is Annabeth is going to have a hell of a time trying to get over it. SERIOUSLY YOU'RE THE DAUGHTER OF ATHENA BUT YOU'RE BEING PRETTY STUPID ABOUT THIS SITUATION. And I have feeling she's going to have a shot at killing him or even just fight against him and she's going to hold back and screw something up because of her stupid crush. Idiot. 
Rachel Elizabeth Dare was no surprise for me. Why else would Riordan make such a big show of Percy asking her her name? That would be cool as hell to be able to see clearly through the Mist. Theres hope for us mere mortals after all! But I don't condone these weird feelings between her and Percy. Get your head out of your ass and take Annabeth on a date for christ sake. I was so excited for their movie date!! And then of course it got ruined by that stupid demon cheerleader whore. I'm so glad Annabeth kicked her ass. You know Rachel is going to show up again in the next book so we'll see how this awkward situation plays out. 
I was surprised at the low death count. I'm used to at least 2 or 3 people Percy has been talking to to die, so I'm scared for the last book. Watch him kill like half the camp. I thought for sure Grover or Tyson would die while on the quest, and I'm so glad they didn't cause Grover and Juniper are so cute. I'm glad he finally has a girlfriend. Course from what Annabeth said when we first met her, they've been dating for a while now. I wonder how long? 
Since all the chapters give us an idea on whats to come (something that really bugs me), I got all wary of chapter twenty, My Birthday Party Takes a Dark Turn. I gotta admit, I was totally suspicious of Paul. I don't know why, but when he handed Percy that drink I just got this idea of him having poisoned it. That would be a crazy cliffhanger if Percy started blacking out and realizes that Paul had done it and tries to warn everyone but can't. I'm still cautious of him, though I'm sure he's a regular ol' human since Poseidon met him and didn't sense anything. 
Something I hope Riordan points out in The Last Olympian is if Percy is taller then Annabeth. I know she's taller then Grover but I can't remember if Percy is taller then him. I keep picturing Percy a couple inches shorter than Annabeth and its bugging the crap out of me. 

"He dropped the rest of the Cokes into the grave and pulled out a white paper bag decorated with cartoons. I hadn't seen one in years but I recognized it- a McDonalds Happy Meal. He turned it upside down and shook the fries and hamburger into the grave.
"In my day, we used animal blood," the ghost mumbled. "It's perfectly good enough. They can't taste the difference."
"I will treat them with respect," Nico said.
"At least let me keep the toy." the ghost said.
"Be quiet!" Nico ordered. 

"The next field was ringed in barbed wire. The whole area was crawling with giant scorpions.
"Triple G Ranch," I said, suddenly remembering. "Your mark was on the crates at camp. Quintus got his scorpions from you."
"Quintus..." Geryon murmured. "Short gray hair, muscular, swordsman?"
"Never heard of him." 

(Image and synopsis from Goodreads)

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