The House of Hades–Rick Riordan

Wwwweeell, Annabeth and Percy kind of sort of fell into Tartarus.

Whoops.

This is their battle to get out and close the Doors of Death while the team up top tries to find them and close it from the other side. As naturally, it has to be a team effort.

Now, this book was brilliant in that it involves Nico di Angelo more, someone from the original series who has been in and out of our lives, he knew about both camps and kept it to himself for the safety of everyone, he can raise the dead, he can shadow travel, he can command hellhounds.

And the kid is just plain old cool to me.

He’s been one of my favourite characters since we met him early on where he was obsessed with a card game called Mythomagic. He was bouncy and exuberant but as he grew so did his darkness.

Nico was hiding many secrets, not the one where he was trapped in a time warping casino since the 40s, but the one where he wasn’t in love with Annabeth, but he was in love with Percy.

This is the first gay character I’ve read in a teen series! (As far as I’m aware.)

And the best part of it is that while Nico is ashamed and scared to reveal this about himself because he was born in a time where it was seen as a bad and shameful thing, when he DOES tell someone about it, they act like a person should and treat him with respect and kindness and show that it really isn’t a big deal, they are still themselves and just because you like someone of the same sex doesn’t mean you are a freak or any less a member of the team.

You still matter.

Rick Riordan is so good at writing and including everyone without making it seem forced or like he has an agenda, because I don’t think he does. He’s just writing about PEOPLE being people.

I love these books. I’m so happy.

Constant vigilance.

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The Mark of Athena–Rick Riordan

With Annabeth and Percy reunited, the gang on the Argo II is set to go back to the Roman camp and bring together the Greek and the Romans in peace after millennia’s of rivalry.

Unfortunately chaos ensues and they are forced to run.

They set out on a quest to follow the Mark of Athena that Annabeth carries and to shut the Doors of Death so that their enemies stop resurfacing.

I love Annabeth and Percy together, they balance and feel like a real, healthy couple. (Unlike the likes of stalkery Twilight.)

The best part of this series is that, although there are couples and these are written for teens, that the love stories aren’t the main focus. They advance the story in certain ways, they show bonds, but mostly it’s about teamwork, friendship, and caring for one another.

It’s not all solely focused on people falling in love, declaring it, and then everything goes to Hell in a handbasket and every one is all angsty and poo poo heads.

I realize that was really immature.

Riordan writes real people dealing with unreal situations and manages to pull it off in a wonderful way that not just teens can relate to.

Love this series.

Constant vigilance.

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The Lost Hero–Rick Riordan

A new series from Rick Riordan where it’s meant for teens and young adults. This is a spin off from his Percy Jackson series and it introduces a boat load of new characters.

We start off with Jason, a demigod who has lost his memory dropped into the middle of a school for “bad kids” holding hands with his girlfriend Piper and next to his best friend Leo.

I really like this newer series, things get a little more serious, a little more in depth on the Gods of Olympus and how they came to be.

As usual, the writing is really great, the characters are really funny and interesting, and the storyline is a good move on the authors part and it works.

You get to see Camp Half-blood from the perspective of new characters who are older, which means that they do get a little more angst-ridden, but they weren’t annoying about it.

Jason is trying to figure out who he is and why he’s ended up in a place where he doesn’t feel like he fits in, Piper is trying to find out who her God parent is while trying to hide who her human father is, and Leo is just trying not to set any fires.

Smart, funny, great for older kids who have read the Percy series since the old characters are still around and it’s like being greeted by old friends.

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The Percy Jackson Series–Rick Riordan

I fucking love getting kids to read.

…maybe there shouldn’t be swearing in this since it’s a kids series…

Ah well. Too late.

Anywho. I’m going to do them all in one shot since you guys don’t need to read a second review of these books.

So I’ve read this book series before, I loved it, and I suggested that my mother buy my cousin Rick these for his birthday when he was like 8 years old. Finally he decided to read them since they weren’t over his head anymore (he started when he was 10 and just finished them.) and really, really enjoyed them.

Then he continued to tell me about them and ask me questions since he knew that I had already read them.

Well, I was neck deep in Christopher Lee’s book so I had no idea what was going on in the Lightning Thief when he started, so I decided to read these books with him and I’m so happy I did.

They are hilarious without being offensive, kid friendly while being relatable, and an adventurous good time without being bogged down by information about Greek Gods.

Overall, you kind of actually learn cool back stories that are myths and get to know the Greek Gods first hand as they turn up in the books.

The Lightning Thief starts off with Percy Jackson not knowing who he is and why monsters start showing up. Eventually he figures out who he is and makes his way to Camp Half-blood with the mission to rescue his mother from the Underworld.

The Sea of Monsters, Percy and his friends set out to find the Golden Fleece in order to save their camp and they have to head into the Bermuda Triangle.

The Titan’s Curse Percy, his friends, and Artemis’s Huntress gang are on a mission to find out who kidnapped the Goddess Artemis and get her back to the Council in time for the Winter solstice.

The Battle of the Labyrinth, Percy and his friends head into Dedalus’s Labyrinth in search of Dedalus himself in order to find the one thing that will help them save the world from Kronos, who spends his time trying to rise to full power with the help of their old friend and new enemy Luke.

The Last Olympian, Kronos will finally rise, the Gods are in a battle and have abandoned Olympus in order to do so, and thus, left vulnerable. Percy and Camp Half-blood decide to defend it and epic battles ensue.

It’s such a good book series that not only did this kid, who didn’t read much before, enjoy them and finished the series within months, but he asked for the second book series of Rick Riordans that follows these characters while they are older. (The Heroes of Olympus.)

If you don’t have kids, read them for yourself, they are fun little books and it took me hardly any time at all to catch up to him.

And if you aren’t into Greek Gods, there’s his Kane Chronicles, which follow Egyptian.

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Constant vigilance!