Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)
by Rick Riordan
Published: 10.2.12 by Disney Hyperion
Pages: 608
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Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her? Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side. Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

Inky's Blurbings:
Okay so it's been about a month since I read this and I've had plenty of time to spazz and get over the awesomeness off it. So now I'm going to attempt to put it into a review.......... But unfortunatly the only way I can see that really happening is via GIFS. So GIF WARNING, there are a bajillion in this post. If you hate them, don't read them. Oh and also, you might find some new word combinations. Ready? Go...

 When I saw the beautiful thick book on the shelf I was all like....

I mean who doesn't freakout at the sight of a huge thick book? I LOVE big books and I can't lie. I'm sorry guys, but I just had to be honest. MEEP! Okay so I saw the book. Then I BOUGHT it. I can home and was totally like...........

The world has meaning again.

GUYS, I was HOLDING a 600+ page book with the title reading: "Mark of Athena". Hello Heaven. I'd waited for this book for a year. I was home. *sniff* So I read. And read. And fell in love with Percy all over again. He is PERFECTION. Percy. Can. Do. No. Wrong. He's gone through so much character development that it's just incredible to see how he's come through. AND THEN Rick throws out some more character development in there and just when you think Percy can't get any better...He DOES!! He's amazing and with Annabeth they are LEGIT EPIC. Honestly. I was like this during ever Percabeth moment.....

Pretend I'm Annabeth................

Percy was genius. Making Rick Riordain a genius for inventing him. It's a fact of life. A universal truth. Get it? Got it? Good. I love him to death. But then we get a new perspective in this book that we have been waiting for for about 7 WHOLE BOOKS.  
Annabeth's has like this totally legit DNA code that is named: "Awesome-Sauce". Seriously. After waiting and waiting and sensing the awesome vibes coming from the girl we finally get it. And she is better than you think. I can't even think of descriptive words past EPIC. She is so strong in character, her thought process just bowls you over -sheesh girl you can THINK! -she's smart clever, funny and just so amazing. The character development that she goes through is incredible, and her quest is just made of EEEEEP! (Confession: It felt really short and almost too easy for Annabeth up till the end.) Seriously guys. Need i say more? I read so fast if only to get back to her chapters. I mean each chapter  that had Annabeth's signo on it was like........

*teenagegiggleoffangirlingawesomegirlpower* ANNABETH HAS OFFICIALLY ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF. But moving onto Leo........

Guys, Leo is my 3rd favorite. He's got this extremely funny narrative voice that you can't help but love. He's on his own and going through his own struggles, but he comes through them with incredibleness that shines through his personality and humor. It's so hard NOT to love him. You just can't! He's a mechanical genius, with self-confidence and a witty response to pretty much anything. TEAM LEO!

That leaves me with one more narrative voice to address....PIPER.
Piper doesn't get a GIF. I'm sorry to all you PIPER likers, but I'm about to confess that I don't care for Piper......or Jason. Jason feels like a robot copy of the Percy Jackson from the earlier books but with different powers. Piper, has no depth. Sure she can "charm-speak". PUH-LEEZ. That's all I will say. It was a chore to read her chapters, she can have Jason and elope into a cloud kingdom for all I care. The. End.

But there were some other notable awesome characters that I feel deserve a completely random GIF for their awesome-tasticalness. Namely: Reyna, Hazel, Ella, Frank -YO MAN!- Coach Hedge, and ARGO. I hereby dedicate this GIF to your memory:

The action in this book was full of fun, great moves, smart strategies, and just epic demigods. I don't really think I have to say that it was another AWESOME plot full of reveleations, secrets, and Monsters. Not to mentions schizophrenic Olympians. Yikes! Other than the fact that the style seemed to start following that traditional pattern, I have to rock on to this FANTASTICAL story.

If you haven't been picking up the awesome vibes I've been sending your way, now's a good time to do that. I only have one topic left and it's the ending. Once again Riordan has CURSED given us another HORRIBLE shocking ending. Allow me to demonstrate.......

My first reaction
When the reality of the situation sunk in.....................

Trying to convince myself it didn't really happen.............

The very logical conclusion I finally ended on.....

I'm not going into detail because I try to keep my reviews Spoiler Free. Hence the GIFS, only way to share that. Just ****SOBBBBBBB*** My system has been thoroughly cleansed. I think. All I can do now is try and keep calm while I wait for HOUSE OF HADES next ---FREAKING--- October. GAH.

Content: Clean-Mild
(I consider it clean but there is some swearing on Olympian gods, and PERCABETH kisses! Maybe a light innuendo once or twice)

When 5 Stars are NOT ENOUGH.

You may be wondering why after all that sobbing, and piper hating, I'm rewarding this book so well. Honestly guys, even though the ending pretty much tore up my guts and threw them out the window, I have rarely felt SO many emotions and had such a ride before. It was PURE genius. In conclusion I leave you with one more GIF....

P.S. Seriously you guys, if the GIFS aren't enough to convince you that you HAVE to buy this book, let alone read the freaking PERCY JACKSON books, I don't know what is. But it is a sad day when you see these GIFS compared to PJO and scorn it. *coughs at a certain family member* ;) I have not said my piece. What did YOU think? Are you fangirling like me?! Happy TUESDAY!!!


  1. Holy Crap is all I can say about your review. It was awesome to read! You make me laugh, and your enthusiasm is contagious. I have to go read this series now. I read and LOVED all the Percy Jackson books, but I didn't get as into the first book in this new series. Hmmm actually I don't really remember. But if Annabeth and Percy are together then I Will Read It. Love them!
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    1. Haha! Thanks. :D I'm so glad you liked. I'm probably gonna find a mew grammatical errors here and there but OH WELL. YOU DO!!! Honestly, I didn't really like Lost Hero that much, but you need to read it for the series and Leo is in it so....that alone makes it worth the read. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!! AAACK! Thanks for visiting! :D

  2. I am so behind on this series! I only read The Lost Hero :) It makes me SO happy that you approve of Mark of Athena. It just makes me more anxious to get to Son of Poseidon :) Loved the gifs - very funny and entertaining review!

    1. Haha well at least you don't have to wait for Mark of Athena!

  3. HOLY CRAP! those GIFs are making me want to abandon the ones i'm reading right now and get this one out of the way....WOW

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    1. Hehe! Lol. IKR. That's kinda the point. GIFS make everything all better.

  4. OH MY GOD GIRL!! I absolutely love your review so much!! I'm a huuuuge freaking fan of Percy Jackson and I'm so upset that I HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK YET!!! I'm in the UK and it's sitting unread back at my house in California. I won't be able to read it until MID-DECEMBER! Epic sadface. I need this book. NOW!


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