“I try not to think. It interferes with being nuts” – Leo Valdez

Rick Riordan’s latest book, and the latest book in The Heroes of Olympus series, Mark of Athena, just came out.

It’s a funny story how I happened to buy it, really. Cito and I were strolling around the bookstore, just talking about random stuff while my baby brother browsed through the shelves. By habit, we always walk through some tables where they display the most prominent books that people buy. I was never really seeing anything, just skimming through some stuff, when suddenly, my eyes focused on the “Mark of Athena” part of the book. At first, I was like, “Oh, cool.” Then it finally sunk in, and I was like, “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.”

So there I was, being a happy kid and all. I’m not going to write a review of the book, because we all know that I suck at reviews. What I’m going to write here, though, is a rant. A rant to Rick Riordan ASKING HIM WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID.

*Spoilers Alert*

Of course, this didn’t have a happy ending. I knew that. Maybe at the back of my head, there’s someone whispering that this isn’t going to be happy. But I kept ignoring it until it hit me in the face.

The ending of the book can only be described in a series of GIFs (again) since they could only be the ones who can actually FEEL what I’m feeling.

At first I was so happy because Annabeth was being the usual smart cookie Annabeth and I had no idea what was going on, then everybody was screaming and I was like CUT IT CUT IT CUT IT

“We’re staying together. You’re not getting away from me. Not again.” – Percy

Then it finally sunk in.

… and I started feeling very sad.

And that sadness grew.

and grew

and grew some more

Until finally the dam broke and tears came out and I was bawling my eyes off while making dying whale noises and repeatedly hitting myself on the head with the book, attempting to bargain with the gods for their safe return.

And now, I’m just sitting here screaming WHY RICK RIORDAN WHY

Another year of waiting in agony while Percy and Annabeth rot in Tartarus HOW COULD YOU DO THIS RICK HUH RICK

The Mark of Athena

I just read Rick Riordan’s blog where he unfolded the elusive Mark of Athena cover and posted it’s first chapter!!

Sigh, isn’t it just gorgeous?! I think that’s Jason, riding Tempest and wearing Camp Jupiter’s purple shirt. And that’s Percy, riding Blackjack, and wearing Camp Half-Blood’s orange shirt!!! But why are they fighting each other. They’re supposed to be fighting Gaia. 😦 I swear, Riordan’s books have the best covers. I can’t wait to delve into Annabeth’s POV!!