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The Blood of Olympus, Rick Riordan

Blood of Olympus, Rick RiordanThe Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

First Published: 2014

Pages: 514 (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Heroes of Olympus #5

Rating: 4/54/54/54/54/5

Seven Heroic Demigods.
One Final Quest.
The Greatest Sacrifice Yet.

‘The ruins are up there,’ Piper promised. ‘I saw them in Katoptris’s blade. And you heard what Hazel said. “The biggest -“‘
‘”The biggest gathering of evil spirits I’ve ever sensed,”‘ Jason recalled. Yeah, sounds awesome.’

After surviving many deadly quests, Percy, Jason, Annabeth and their friends face one final challenge: defeat an army of giants before the Earth Mother, Gaia, finally awakes and brings about the end of the world…

It finally came out in paperback! Which means I am finally finished with the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series. Sad days! Heroes of Olympus took a couple of books to really grow on me, I did not love it instantly in the same way I loved Percy Jackson, and I still think the previous series is superior, but I grew to love HoO and its characters far more over these five books than I was ever expecting when I picked up The Lost Hero. And I am genuinely sad to see it end.

The Blood of Olympus, concludes the story of the fight against Gaia (Mother Earth) and her giant offspring’s attempts to weaken the gods by setting their Greek and Roman aspects off against each other, and destroy the world. The time for Gaia’s resurrection is finally drawing close and our cast of Greek and Roman heroes must race against time across Greece to the Acropolis at Athens to prevent it, knowing that at least one of them is prophesied  not survive the encounter. Meanwhile our secondary heroes, Nico and Reyna, must return to America to forge peace between the Greek and Roman camps before they wipe each other out.

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The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune, Rick RiordanThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

First Published: 2011
Pages: 519 including Glossary (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Heroes of Olympus #2

Rating: 4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, god of the sea, has woken from a deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.

But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain – Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed . . .

Yay! Percy’s back! And he’s still awesome. Just in the first chapter I felt myself enjoying the book more than I had at any point in The Lost Hero. There’s the fun and goofiness I like. With Percy there to play off rather than boring boringface Jason, the monsters instantly became more memorable and unique. I have to confess I can barely remember a single ‘random encounter’ from The Lost Hero but Stheno, the gorgon who set up a font as a supermarket worker and has ‘gone native’, chasing heroes around offering free samples, will definitely stick in my mind. For the first few chapters things were well on track for a five star read.

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Top 5 reads of 2012

So I haven’t quite finished catching up with the last of my 2012 books that need reviewing, but since none of them are going to make an appearance on either my 5 Best or 5 Worst lists this year I thought I’d just plow on and get these up.

2012 was a pretty good year for books for me, I managed to fit more books in than I have for a very long time, and I enjoyed almost all  of them – which is always good! That should probably make any ‘top 5’ of 2012 a quite difficult task, but when I actually got down to looking over the books I’d read this year the standouts were obvious. These were the books that I really loved, not just enjoyed, but ones that found a special place in my heart and that I will happily try to force on any and all acquaintances. So, in no particular order: Continue reading

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The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero, Rick RiordanThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

First Published: 2010
Pages: 554 including God-List (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Heroes of Olympus #1

Rating: 4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it

OLD ENEMIES AWAKEN AS CAMP HALF-BLOOD’S NEW ARRIVALS PREPARE FOR WAR

When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

From Amazon description (actual blurb is useless)

Percy Jackson was always going to be a hard act to follow, let alone top. To Riordan’s credit he manages the first goal but falls very very short of the second. Heroes of Olympus, a new series set in the Percy Jackson world follows fast on the heels of the last series. At first it seemed almost too fast – only a few measly months have gone between the final showdown between Gods and Titans and already the next big threat is rising up, some deities just can’t catch a break! Riordan’s knowledge of Greek (and Roman!) mythology placated me somewhat there though, it’s as fast paced and action packed as ever. Where it doesn’t fare so well  is the new characters and the shift from first person to third-person limited narration. No Percy Jackson in this book, no charmingly hilarious oddball narration. Instead we get three new characters; Jason, Piper, and Leo who shift between third person point of view chapters – allowing us to witness just how vapid and boring two of their personalities are.

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The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 171 (Paperback)
Form: Compilation (short stories, quiz’s, and background information)
Series: Percy Jackson

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If you’re reading this book, your life is about to get a lot more dangerous.

In these top-secret files, Rick Riordan, Camp Half-Blood’s senior scribe, gives an inside look at the world of demigods that NO regular human child is allowed to see.

These highly classified archives include three of Percy Jackson’s most perilous adventures, a Spotter’s Duide to Monsters, a Who’s Who in Greek mythology, Percy’s Summer Camp report and much more.

So, if you’re armed with this book, you’ll have everything you need to know to keep you alive in your training. Your own aventures have just begun…

Ok, so I’m not normally one for these sort of ‘added extras’ type of books. They’re generally just a bit too kiddy and a bit too gimmicky for me, but I was interested to read the three short Percy Jackson stories Riordan had written so I picked a copy up from my library. As expected, most of the content is pretty gimmicky, aimed firmly at the intended child audience for the books rather than geeks like me still reading kids books in their twenties. A lot of it, surprisingly, though was stuff I had already read, little extras like the ‘Who’s Who in Greek Mythology’ that I read in the back of my library copy of Sea of Monsters, Percy Jackson’s summer camp report that was in the back of another of the books. I think the majority of new content (bar two of the short stories) was the interviews with named campers, which didn’t really appeal to me and the quiz’s and puzzles at the end. Whatever though, I didn’t borrow the book for the gimmicky stuff but I’m not going to begrudge the publishes for including it if the younger audience enjoy it. The big thing for me was the short stories.  Were they any good? Well… I have to say that, although I enjoyed The Sword of Hades,  I found the other two rather lacking.

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Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin (Penguin)
Pages: 361 (Hardback)
Form: Novel
Series: Percy Jackson #5

Rating:

‘Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday, I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world.’

That’s how it is when you’re the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, bad things will happen when I turn sixteen – because I’m the one who gets to decide the fate of the entire world. But no pressure.

This is the one where Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Oh and the dreaded (and not to mention enormous) monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil…

Can Percy stop the rampage of the Titans, to save Olympus and himself?

Another five stars for Percy Jackson! Riordan really pulled it out of the bag for a gripping, action filled, and surprisingly emotional finale.

The Last Olympian moved away from the standard Percy Jackson formula a lot: it’s not just Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and guest half-blood of the book – everybody is involved – and there’s no ‘road trip’ element either. Everything is firmly set and grounded in New York, the site where the final battle between Titans and demigods will take place. After four books of fun, but slightly formulaic adventures this was a breath of fresh air and just what the series needed to end on a high note – it genuinely felt epic, high-stakes, and exciting – a proper all out battle, not just Percy and his friends upsetting things. As one character says it’s like the Trojan War all over again and in a lot of ways it is – complete with the devastating feud between Achilles and Agamemnon (this time between the Ares and Apollo camp cabins). Continue reading

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Pery Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin (Penguin)
Pages: 342 (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Percy Jackson #4

Rating:

‘Honestly, Blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do’

As the son of a Greek god, I’ve had my share of near-death disaster. This summer I didn’t choose to battle the cheerleading squad, but when two hissing she-devils with fangs are heading straight for you, what’s a half-blood meant to do?

That was just the beginning. This is the one where my arch-enemy, Luke, is looking for a way to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth. If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it’s goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond…

Can Percy navigate his way out of trouble – before Luke’s army bring mass destruction to camp half-blood?

Eeeeee! Love, love, love. And just the sort of read I needed right now. Doubts about whether I’m just a bit too old to get the full enjoyment from these books officially over. I think I might even like this one more than Sea of Monsters and I am definitely, definitely, looking forward to seeing how the final confrontation will go down in the next book.

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