Thursday, April 5

Mini Reviews to Two Super-Popular Backlist Books



THE book that made me want to write this post in the first place, because I needed to flail about it & push y'all who haven't read it yet a tad bit into its direction. Yes, it was THAT good. 


Let's go, 4 Reasons to read Grave Mercy, a Historical Fantasy set in the Middle Ages: 

⚔️ The main characters are assassin nuns, ASSASSIN NUNS!! Is that not reason enough?? They are vicious and well-trained in all the different methods of killing AND they are excited about said killings. 


⚔️ The romance is super-cute, it's the kind where the heroine tries to ignore it for a while, BUT THERE'S NO IGNORING THIS CHEMISTRY. There is banter, there are arguments, and ah, it's such a wholesome relationship where both individuals are equally strong and smart. (My favorite couple of the trilogy, actually.)

⚔️ There's so much scheming, politics and trying to guess what the enemy will do next without knowing who the enemy is. Both the hero and heroine are really intelligent and they work together super-well. 

⚔️ We don't necessarily see TONS of this in Grave Mercy, but the scenes between Annith, Sybilla and Ismae are AMAZING. All three of them are incredibly different from each other, yet they work really well together, and you can definitely see how much they cherish their beautiful relationship. Each girl would risk her own life to save the others, and they prove this time and time again in the series. 

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I haven't read all of Riordan's books, but I gotta give it to him that he does a pretty cool job of creating books that both younger and older readers can enjoy. His novels are light, fun and have some truly hilarious lines AND epic characters. 


I picked up The Hidden Oracle on a whim, but I'm so glad I did, because of these reasons:

🎻 Apollo is SUCH AN ICONIC CHARACTER. Sassy, full of himself and utterly lost in the mortal world. (Would I slap him IRL? YES. Do I love him as a character? Absolutely.) He reveals so much about himself throughout the book, and shows his more vulnerable side, and ah, just read it. Also, the way he cares for his children when he gets to know them is quite adorable. Such a proud dad.


"Are you all right?" I asked.

"Fine," she snapped.

Clearly that was not true. She looked as if she'd just gone through Hades's haunted house. (Pro tip: DO NOT.)

🎻 Riordan always manages to surprise me with utterly brilliant supporting characters. And it's not even just the campers and Meg, who was fantastic, by the way. But there are also magical creatures like Peaches and the Geyser Gods introduced, and you really have to realize that he is so fucking creative. 

🎻 There is no romance! *parties* I just love when a book, especially a first in a series, concentrates on the plot and the characters, and doesn't immediately starts a romance sub-plot. That said, Apollo is very clearly presented as pansexual, meanwhile Will and Nico are SO DARN CUTE TOGETHER. So, okay, there is romance between the side characters, but it's different, because they are in a solid, LOVELY AS HECK relationship.




“Will put his hand on Nico's shoulder. "Nico, we need o have another talk about your people skills."
"Hey, I'm just stating the obvious. If this is Apollo, and he dies, we're all in trouble."
Will turned to me. "I apologize for my boyfriend."
Nico rolled his eyes. "Could you not―"
"Would you prefer special guy?" Will asked. "Or significant other?"
"Significant annoyance, in your case," Nico grumbled.”





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Question Time!

Have you read either of these books? Do you want to? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE FOURTH HIS FAIR ASSASSINS NOVEL?? Not sure if you can tell, BUT I CANNOT WAIT OMFG. Also, which is your favorite His Fair Assassins book??

18 comments:

  1. APOLLO IS SUCH A GREAT CHARACTER!! I fell in love with the Trials of Apollo series because of just how funny and sarcastic he is. Riordan makes such lovable characters I don’t know how he does it!

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    1. I love him so much too! I love how full of himself he is haha. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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  2. Grave Mercy is on my to-read list and seeing how enthusiastically you write about it, I kinda want to read it right now, haha.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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    1. Omg, I hope you'll pick it up soon! It's been on my tbr for THE LONGEST when I picked it up, and I loved the whole trilogy from start to finish.

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  3. I read The Trialls of Apollo but didn't found it as good as his other works and decided to not continue reading the series. I don't know, I adored Apollo when he appeared on the other series but he is also a bit of an infuriating character because he's clueless LOL and having him as central got on my nerves a little bit oops

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    1. Haha, I loved Apollo because of all that, tbh. I liked having a character who felt so different from Percy and Magnus. I'm looking forward for his development, though, but I'm also not sure how much a god can change!? We'll see, I guess.

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  4. I've loved all the books in the His Fair Assassins series, it's full of great characters and has great political intrigue. I can't wait for the fourth book to come out but it's been so long since I read the last one that I think I need to reread the series before it comes out. :)

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    1. I might reread the series for the fun of it - I read them last summer - because I love them so much. I'm super-excited as well, though I'm a bit sad Ismae and Duval are not going to be the MCs, they were my faves.

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  5. I always want to read Grave Mercy but its always got pushed back by other books. Apollo is such an iconic and refreshing characters, I can't wait to read more of his adventure!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. It was the same for me, but I've never regretted picking the whole series up, because it was so good. Same, he is so entertaining.

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  6. I'm so glad you loved Grave Mercy, Vera!! It's one of my favorite books to reread for all of those reasons. I hope you love the rest of the series! I'm my opinion, it only gets better from here although my favorite reread of the series is still the first book. THAT ROMANCE THO! Duval will always be close to my heart :)

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I've finished the series since reading Grave Mercy, and LOVED all the books! GM is my favorite, though. THE ROMANCE IS EVERYTHING. I'm a bit disappointed it's not Ismae and Duval who'll be the main characters in the 4th book. :(

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  7. Grave Mercy is one of my faves! When I am asked for backlist book suggestions, it is the first one to immediately pop in my head. Even though the series was really popular when it first came out, I don't think the rest of the series got as much hype. I haven't read Mortal Heart yet, but I love all of the characters. I do agree that Duval and Ismae are the best, but that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy the other couples!

    On the other hand, I have not read The Trials of Apollo yet despite my best intentions. I haven't finished Blood of Olympus yet (yes, I know, shame on me) so I need to muster up the courage to finish Percy's story before I jump into the next series.

    Tessa @ Crazy for YA

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    1. I agree, I think GM was pretty popular when it came out, but it's rarely - if ever - mentioned these days. Unlike books like Shatter Me, or Richelle Mead's VA and Bloodlines series which still enjoy some popularity. Hope you'll love Mortal Heart!

      I'm totally ashamed to admit that I've only read the first Heroes of Olympus novel so far. I'm reading totally out of order here haha. Hope you'll love the final book, though.

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  8. I am so glad you enjoyed Grave Mercy. I love that book so much. The whole trilogy is fantastic, but this first one is my personal favorite. And that quote in your graphic is perfect. Great mini review!

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    1. Same, I loved the trilogy, but Grave Mercy is definitely my favorite. Thank you!

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed Grave Mercy. I LOVED that book but a lot fo my friends thought it was boring and even DNF'd it.

    I haven't gotten to Apollo yet but I've enjoyed all of Riordan's books.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Nooo, that's sad, I hate when my friends dislike something I loved. WORST THING. It is kind of heavy on politics, which I loved, but I understand it wouldn't work for a lot of people.

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