After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

38. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan



Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4
Author: Rick Riordan
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 384
Twitter: @camphalfblood
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Finished: 6-10-09

The fourth installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series finds Percy and friends in the labyrinth, in search of Daedalus, to try to keep Luke and the forces of Kronos at bay and keeping them from overtaking Camp Half-Blood. I've heard from several people that the first three books of the series are the best, and that the series begins to fall apart with the last two books. I don't agree with this. I think the fourth book has shown the most promise so far, taking on a more serious tone and turning from just a fun, romping read into something a little more serious. Percy begins to see the consequences of his and others choices and actions, and begins to act a little more realistically to the situation at hand. Riordan does still keep the usual levity in the story, though.

As usual, there seemed to be rushed moments in the book. For this book, it seemed to me that the final battle was too rushed, but I feel that way frequently about the final confrontations in YA books. It just always amazes that an entire book can be taken to get to the confrontation, yet the confrontation is over in one single chapter. I guess I just always enjoy the build up to the battle, that when it finally happens, it just happens all too fast.

With only one book to go, Riordan has done a nice job of keeping fewer and fewer plot lines dangling so that I think he'll be able to tie up the story nicely. I'm looking forward to the final installment, but at the same time, as this has been an enjoyable series to read, will be sad to see the story come to an end.

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