Friday, December 19, 2014

Teen review: Mythology and adventure

The Blood of Olympus is written by Rick Riordan and is the fifth addition to "The Heroes of Olympus" series. It contains 516 pages including the glossary. The Blood of Olympus is based on fantasy and mythology and is part of the second fictional series that revolves not only around the demigod hero Percy Jackson from Rick Riordan’s first series, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," but includes new and heroic demigods all with a hard past and an even harder future on their quest to save the world.

I recommend this book for 7th through 9th graders, but of course if you want to read this thoroughly captivating book then go for it. Its romance, friendships, and pure heroic characters appeal to all ages.

The seven demigods, half god and half human, of the prophecy (with the help of trustworthy friends) have to do the impossible and save the entire world from complete destruction. As you follow these courageous characters throughout their journey to destroy Gaea, the evil earth goddess who wants to annihilate the twelve Olympians, you will watch as lasting friendships ensue and seemingly insurmountable feats are accomplished. There is sword fighting, ingenious plans, shape shifting and much more. The pure hearts of these demigods will make everlasting impressions on you. Of course in a war there are casualties, but in a war with divine powers… who will make it out alive? What will happen to beloved characters in the final book and battle? Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Piper, and Jason have been through so much. How much more will they have to endure?

I am in ninth grade and have read all the books preceding this one and loved every bit of them. This series, including this book, is a must-read especially if you appreciate a truly inspiring story. I do not like to have to leave a character after just one book so I really enjoy series, but sometimes they can drag on. This series never once did anything to remotely bore me. Not only do I recommend reading this series, but the one before this one too. This book is definitely and without question a five, hard to imagine a better book. This book will forever be in my heart and I hope it will for you too. Rick Riordan is a genius.

Reviewed by Marlena, grade 9

Editor's note: If I were Rick Riordan, this is the kind of review that would make my day!

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