Thursday, June 9, 2016

Teen review: Rick Riordan binge-fest!

Editor's note: Our reviewer M.S. read a whole series (The Heroes of Olympus, by Rick Riordan) and shares her reviews with us here. We will post them sequentially, in proper reading order.

by Rick Riordan
553 pages
Adventure/fantasy (Greek/Roman mythology)
Appropriate for all ages (grade 5 up?)

Reviewed by M.S., grade 11

Jason wakes up on a bus without a single memory of who or where he is. He is with Leo Valdez and Piper McLean, who claim to be his best friend and girlfriend, and say that they are all on a field trip to the Grand Canyon. After an incident, the three are taken to Camp Half­Blood, a sanctuary for demigods and other Greek creatures, where they are told that they are all demigods. Jason, Leo, and Piper gain knowledge on their first day at this camp that the queen of the Greek Gods, Hera, was kidnapped and that they have to go rescue her and prevent a growing evil from rising and destroying the world.

Where do I begin? This book is amazing if you are a fan of fantasy, adventure, and mythology! Even if you aren’t, I am sure you will enjoy the humor, adventure and romantic aspects. This book made me feel like I was capable of great things even though I do not possess impressive powers like the main trio or this book. The writing was amazing and made me feel as if I was right next to the characters and participating in the battles.

I would rate this book a 5, since that is the limit.


The Son of Neptune
by Rick Riordan
(sequel to The Lost Hero)
513 pages
Adventure/Fantasy, Greek/Roman Mythology
Appropriate for all ages

Reviewed by M.S., grade 11


Percy Jackson is on the run from two Gorgon sisters when he stumbles upon Camp Jupiter, a camp similar to Camp Half­Blood but for Roman demigods and creatures. Percy Jackson had his memory wiped and can only remember his name and his girlfriend, Annabeth, who is in Camp Half­Blood. Upon his arrival at Camp Jupiter, Percy meets Hazel and Frank, two friends who are outcasts at the camp. He is paired that very day with Hazel and Frank to rescue Death from the clutches of an evil giant in order to prevent dead enemies from returning to the mortal world.

I actually had a bit of difficulty getting into this book and keeping interest up at certain parts. Over all, however, this book was really good--funny, and realistic when describing how certain people act and why. It is a build-up to the following books and seems like a stepping stone for the series.

I would rate this book a 4.



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