Popsugar Reading Challenge Category: a book set in my favorite season (summer)
Book: The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian is the last book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. The prophecy that's hovered over Percy's life comes to fruition. Pigs fly, minor characters die heroically (but not the dog, yay!), statues come to life, obscure monsters attack, and the Olympian in question turns out to be the peaceful hearth Goddess, Hestia.
Everything has been building up to this final battle, and Riordan pulls out all the stops. Monsters are clawing/biting/crushing, heroes are swinging swords, Amazons fire off arrows, satyrs use their magical music, giants freeze people in ice, undead show up, the rivers erupt - and ultimately, it all comes down to Percy, and the question of whether Luke still has any good left in him.
A quibble: the early chapters have multiple incidents of strange happenings followed by someone saying "I'll explain later." Also, as soon as it's mentioned that deities don't have DNA, it's clear which way the Percy/Annabeth/Rachel triangle is going to go. At least technically they're only second cousins.
I do love Percy's response when the deities ask what he wants for his reward at the end. His answer is both surprising and inevitable, making perfect sense.