A Year in Books: August (‘Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian’)

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian is the final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. For those of you who have not read the first four books of the series, the plot summary may contain spoilers (depends on what you consider a spoiler), so I would head straight down to the review. You have been warned!

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Plot summary: Percy Jackson faces off against his biggest enemy, the Titan lord Kronos, in the fifth and final book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Kronos drags up old enemies to distract the already divided and disputing Olympians, so it is up to Percy and a dangerously outnumbered army to defend Olympus. Although Percy finally learns the infamous Great Prophecy, he can only watch as it gets played out in unpredictable ways, knowing all the time that Olympus’s fall means the rise and domination of Titans once more.

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A Year in Books: June (‘The Monogram Murders’ by Sophie Hannah)

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Plot summary: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah features a character originally created by Agatha Christie, the famous detective Hercule Poirot. One evening, a flustered woman tells Poirot that she is going to be murdered. Later that night, Poirot finds out that three guests have been killed at the Bloxham Hotel, each one found with a cufflink in his or her mouth. While Poirot tries to solve the two seemingly unrelated mysteries, the murderer prepares to strike again…

Positive: The plot is very intricately designed! Even if you manage to guess some parts, the full story is very difficult to foresee, and the ending will likely surprise you.

The story mostly progresses at a reasonable pace. It reveals just enough to keep you satisfied, but still wanting more. As Poirot tells his policeman friend Edward Catchpool, he is not only a detective but a teacher, guiding Catchpool (and the reader) to use “the little grey cells.”

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A Year in Books: January (‘Look Behind You’ by Sibel Hodge)

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I’ll be honest: it’s only the first month of this project and my pool of choices is not very wide. I haven’t read a lot of new books this month, mainly because (excuse time) I’ve been reading short stories and poems for my course, and in my free time, I’ve been re-reading old books. So, from my limited choices, here is the one I liked the best.

Look Behind You is a thriller/mystery novel about a woman who’s been kidnapped and manages to escape. However, when she tells people what happened, no one believes her, not even her husband. Because she’s also suffering from amnesia, it’s up to her to find out who kidnapped her… If there is a kidnapper to begin with. *cue dramatic music*

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