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 Son of Neptune

Heyo, I forgot to post yesterday! Here we are!

Percy is back!

I love myself some sarcastic and heroic Percy Jackson sass.

Percy, like Jason in the first book, wakes up in the wrong place and doesn’t remember who he is. The only thing he remembers is Annabeth. He loves her and has to get back to her.

(Insert girlish squeaks of romantical joy.)

Enter Hazel and Frank, two centurions from a mysterious town of Roman demigods. It’s like Camp Half-blood, but you can grow up there and live a life into adulthood, go to university, raise a family, and Percy is thinking this is a great plan even though he knows he isn’t meant to be there.

A Prophecy of Seven was made about seven demi-gods having to stop Gaea from rising. Her giant sons were just the start of their troubles.

I really liked this one, not just because I got to see Percy again, but because for some reason, I really like Frank. He’s a giant Chinese baby-faced kid who is clumsy and a bit of an oaf and says the wrong things and acts the wrong way and then he just blows up and becomes a badass.

He reminds me of Neville Longbottom.

Great second addition to 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!

The Son Of Neptune–Rick Riordan

As you know, I was really excited to continue on with this series. This one was everything the other one promised, thrilling, fun and most of all, a perfect second novel in the series. Rick Riordan does a great lead up to the implied third book and I can’t wait until it comes out.

In this one, we follow Percy Jackson, who, like Jason, has lost his memory. All his memories but the face of his girlfriend Annabeth. The only thing he knows is that he doesn’t belong in the Roman camp and that he needs to get back to her.

I really enjoy his fun telling of this story and I was glad to have Percy Jackson back in my life. He’s a wonderful character and really funny.

There hasn’t been one Rick Riordan book that I’ve been disappointed in because he does such a good job telling a story with the added bonus of history and modern times mixed together.

Can’t wait for the third.

Constant vigilance.

The Lost Hero–Rick Riordan

I’ve become a huge fan of Rick Riordan. I’ve read his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, his Kane Chronicles and now his Heroes of Olympus…saga… ?

Well, I haven’t completely finished that last one, but The Son of Neptune is next on the list.

I have, however, finished reading The Lost Hero and I’ve got to say: It was better than the rest. I adored the Percy Jackson series, but this was a little more closer to my age I think. It was still meant for preteens and teens, but I appreciated the grown up-ness of this.

Jason wakes up on a bus where he is holding hands with his girlfriend and his friend is yammering away about something. The only thing is, that he has no idea who they are or who he is. And it just gets better from there. I can’t even tell you any more than that because it’s too good. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to move on to S.O.N.

This book had some old characters in it, that were welcome faces to this “new” series. And the plot was pretty cool, I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I am currently reading a pretty amazing book by Ann-Marie MacDonald ‘Fall on your Knees’ and it is surprising me at every turn and I’m only halfway through!

(Looks like my Kindle dilemma is over and I’m back to the hard stuff of real books for now.)

The Throne of Fire–Rick Riordan

The Kane siblings are trying to find Ra so that they can protect the universe (not just the world) from Apophis. That’s the entire gist of the book. They’ve recruited other magicians and now have a small army of people that are learning magic from them.

      I liked this one better than the first, but I think that’s because I knew what to expect and the characters were the same, with a few added bonuses.

      Again, it was funny, well written and just what you would expect from teenagers if they were faced with the hard task of finding a God that has been sleeping for ions. Interesting fact and fiction in here and a definite good read. I recommend this new series for sure and I’m looking forward to moving on to his next series The Heroes of Olympus.

    For now, I’ve finished reading ‘Holly’, which still makes me laugh to no end. And I’m currently reading Debbie Macomber’s ‘A Perfect Christmas’ which is slightly predictable, but still amusing.

       What’s everyone enjoying on this snowy weekend?

The Red Pyramid–Rick Riordan

In his new book series ‘The Kane Chronicles’, Rick Riordan receives a recording from two adolescents, Carter and Sadie Kane, 14 and 12, after they have found that they are descendants of ancient Egyptian pharaohs (Narmer and Ramesses the Great).

They discover all this because after years of Carter being toted around the world with his father, Julius, and Sadie living with her mothers parents in London, England, Julius attempts to summon Osiris through the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum.

   Obviously, there is a lot more to this story. And it was a good read, easy enough since it’s meant for kids who are preteens. I liked it because I learned a lot about Egyptian Gods and Goddesses (I hadn’t really been into them before, but this started a spark of curiosity about them.) and it was nice to hear their stories in this format.

   As always, excellent writing and interesting story and plot line. Carter and Sadie are such polar opposites that it was nice to read each side of their story in a way that was them talking to me instead of just a third person narrative.

      And yes, I do have a mini-crush on Anubis now. Couldn’t be helped, my teenage self loved a guy in leather jackets and combat boots.