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The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 8th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 597
Format: Kindle
five-stars

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

My take on this book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

Okay first off I blew through this book in like three days. It was soo good and so totally different. We got to finally see in our minds what Tartarus is actually like. I never thought that Tartarus would actually be a body. Well Tartarus, the god Tartarus’s body to be exact, I was happy to see Bob, the good Titan, again. Even if being in Tartarus he got his memories back but didn’t return to being evil at all.

We also find out with why Nico is so grumpy and not very talkative with Annabeth anymore like he used to be as a preteen. I had my suspicions that Nico might have liked liked Percy throughout the book but they were confirmed in this book by Cupid himself.

This book is really good and we learned a lot. Leo even visited Calypso and we learned what that line in the prophecy about a promise was really Leo promising Calypso to free her from her prison so that one day they could open up a car repair garage/food place.

A lot of the characters developed in this book. Leo’s ADHD hasn’t been too bad, Piper can charmspeak things to being actual living things while also learning how to fight, and being in Tartarus both changed Percy and Annabeth while growing them more together. Rick Riordan did just a good job on this book that I can’t believe that we will only have one last book of Percy Jackson/the Heroes of Olympus books left. It is just so sad in my opinion as I love both book series and I just don’t want it to end at all.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Son of Neptune by Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 4th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 521
Format: Kindle
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Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

My take on the book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK READ THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

When I first read the plot I read it super-fast because I was so excited that a new book was out and that it had Percy in it. I mean its Percy. Anyways after I read it the first time I had to stop and go “wait….what is it about?” So I had to reread it again but very slowly. I also tried to think of what maybe Rick was thinking about with each of the three things for the three main characters for this book.

For Percy’s all I had to do was read the first line and I started to think “oh no! Rick Riordan what did the gods do to Percy know!” As I read further along in the little paragraph I just kept on thinking which god did this to Percy and Annabeth. Then I saw the last sentence and immediately I thought “What! Did Athena and Aphrodite team up on Percy and Annabeth?” I was so unhappy as I thought about that since Percy and Annabeth have been through so much together. For Hazel’s I started to think after reading the first sentence “What is she a zombie that Ares brought back for the ‘other’ camp?” I then saw the next part about her mom being possessed by greed and I started to think didn’t one of Hades’ forms had a power to do something with jewels being brought up from the ground. But I also wasn’t exactly sure if that was right at all. I started to wonder what is Hazel’s gift and what did she do with it that could harm the future of the world. With the last sentence I just thought that she could have just liked horses and that she is meant to find the house that is in her dreams. For Frank’s when I saw klutz I automatically thought of a medium height person that isn’t to his full height and obviously clumsy. Then I saw the next line and I honestly hadn’t heard of any myths about people being descended from heroes but then I guess that it could happen. With the next line of him hoping Apollo claims him but not being very good at archery during the war games I can’t help but think that maybe he isn’t a son of Apollo at all. Since Apollo’s kids are always good at archery. The last sentence though is making me wonder what Frank’s secret is that he feels like he can trust Hazel with and what did Hazel do to get Frank to trust her with this kind of secret.

Now that was just my first thoughts just by reading the plot. I kept those thoughts in my head as I started to read the book. Which I immediately started to feel bad for Percy as he looked in my mind’s eye as looking pretty bad after fighting a ton of never dying monsters while trying to find Camp Jupiter. He runs into an old hippie lady that all I can’t help but think is either a monster or one of the other goddess’s hiding out. Which turns out to be right even though Percy had lost his invulnerability when he crossed into Roman territory which sucks for Percy. But what’s good is he makes some new friends, especially with Hazel and Frank, and goes on a quest with his two new friends.

We also found out a lot about Hazel and Frank’s pasts and with what Frank entrusts with Hazel. Which I’m not telling since that would ruin the book. Well not as much if I told you what the quest is about but I think you can tell what it is if you look at the cover and after you get kind of far into the book. Like once Percy is in camp. The ending is also very good as well.

Just like with most of Rick Riordan’s books this one is also a good book. I loved everything about it and I am glad though that Percy started to remember stuff from his past faster than Jason. Out of most of the people in this book there is one character I seriously dislike and I guess that is mostly just on him thinking he is this high and mighty sort of prophecy giver from teddy bear stuffing. His name is Octavian and I really don’t like him especially with the way he treats Percy, and most of the other campers, since they first met in the book. Plus he doesn’t even look that good. I mean Frank looks better than him. But yeah I think that is the only bad thing. Though we did see Nico and him acting like he didn’t know Percy when he did is kind of cool. Even though Percy didn’t like that when he got his memories back but knew that Nico did the right on acting like he didn’t know Percy so that the Roman campers wouldn’t gang up against him.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 12th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 557
Format: Kindle
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Jason has a problem.He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My take on the book: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!!

Rick Riordan left us off with a new prophecy and a feeling that we were getting a new book series. We found out from Rachel Elizabeth Dare that seven demigods need to save the world at the end of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and to start the new series called the Heroes of Olympus.

With this first new book we are meeting four new characters named Jason, Piper, Leo and Coach Hedge. We also see how much Camp Half-Blood has changed from what it was before. We got a lot more cabins and a lot more campers as well.

We also find out when Annabeth comes to help get Jason, Piper, and Leo to Camp Half-Blood that Percy has been missing for three months. Almost immediately once they land Leo got claimed by his father, Hephaestus, and we find out the Roman form of his is called Vulcan all only because Jason said it. Hmm I wonder with why and how he knows the Roman forms of the gods and goddess’s instead of their Greek form?

Later that night Piper got claimed by her mother who is Aphrodite. All throughout the book we learn about a whole lot of stuff on each character including how Jason is Thalia Grace’s brother. Toward the end of the book we find out that Jason is a Roman camper but is happy with being at Camp Half-Blood as he has made a lot of new friends and him and Piper are together.

We also find out that Piper’s dad is a Cherokee Native American celebrity actor. We also find out that the Earth Mother goddess is trying to wake up and get all of her titan and giant children up again and trying to destroy the world. We also find out about Leo sort of being the one who killed his mom and that he is working on building a flying warship to go to Camp Jupiter to get the other three campers.

This book is a very good one and I love it very much. I love that Mr. Riordan wrote this series in third person but also that every three chapters is of either Jason, Piper, and Leo which is pretty cool as we get to see some things that has been happening with them. I can tell this series is going to be a good one. I am also quite happy to say that I was oh so wrong about this one not being any good at all. Which was my first thought of this series but I am happy to say that I am very wrong and that I can’t wait to read and share my thoughts of the other books.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.