Review: The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Title: The Son Of Neptune (The Heroes Of Olympus #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: October 4, 20111

Series: The Heroes Of Olympus

Source: Purchased

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Related Reviews: The Lost Hero

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Summary

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

Review

I’m not sure what more I need to say in a review other than Percy Jackson is back in The Son Of Neptune. Percy is one of my favorite Middle Grade characters of all time and the world that Rick Riordan creates first, in Percy Jackson And The Olympians, and now in the Heroes Of Olympus series, is just wonderful. I recommend setting aside a day or two for this book because it really is impossible to put down.

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan picks up with the prophecy we learned about in The Lost Hero. Finally, Percy is back from being missing and ends up in a camp similar to Camp Half-Blood, but with a twist. This time it is a Roman camp. I really enjoyed learning about the differences between the camps, such as the way the campers are housed by legions as opposed to godly parent and the differences in the fighting style.

In The Son Of Neptune, we get to know two new heroes who both have interesting back stories, Hazel and Frank. Their stories unfold as they work with Percy on a quest. In the typical style of Rick Riordan, they learn what they are really made of by being brave and selfless in the face of great adversity.

The Son Of Neptune ties together the overarching story of The Heroes Of Olympus which will ultimately bringing the Greek and Roman demigods together for an epic battle. I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. I highly recommend The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan, it is a fun, action packed read, that is full of great characters and an interesting overarching story.  

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In The Stacks (19)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews.

Purchased

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son Of Neptune (The Heroes Of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan)

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

 

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (Born Wicked #2) by Jessica Spotswood

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

 

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all… might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose’s forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line – and choose between the two people she loves most.

Kindle

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

What did you add to your stacks this week?

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My Top Ten Books Of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books Read In 2013.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Lives up to all the hype and I might sell my first born for a copy of book two.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes Of Olympus Book 1) by Rick Riordan

I love all of Rick Riordan’s books. Check back in 2014 and I am sure there will be another book written by Riordan on my list.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Haunting, inventive, and a non-stop thrill. Code Name Verity is amazing.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Gritty and inventive with an ending that left me in tears.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

The world Rossi creates is really cinematic and the love story between Perry and Aria is pitch-perfect.

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

I love High Fantasy and the political aspects of The Cadet Of Tildor drew me in. This is a strong debut and I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This book is so funny and clever. The perfect vacation read.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A laugh-out-loud read about a boy, his friend Earl, and a girl with cancer. It is a strange book but I loved every minute of it.

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

I loved every second of both books in the Legend series. Day and June just slay me.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I am such a sucker for Middle Grade books that when you through in a High Fantasy element, I will have to read it.

What are your favorite books of 2013?

 

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The Lost Hero By Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: Heroes Of Olympus #1

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

Source: Purchased

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Summary

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything-except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too — like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them — including Leo — is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Review

I have to start this review by saying that I love Rick Riordan and the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series. Starting The Lost Hero, I had high expectations because the Percy Jackson books are so excellent and I can happily say those expectations were met. The Lost Hero is part of The Heroes Of Olympus series but it takes place in the same world as Percy Jackson. There are many crossover characters and the feel is very similar. This is a good thing because the Percy Jackson universe is so full of excitement and humor, that I was happy to return.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan gives us three new heroes who are part of a new great prophecy. Piper, Leo, and Jason are regular kids who meet at a school for troubled children. Jason is in the unique situation of having his memory completely missing but we learn more about him throughout the adventure. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to new Gods and Goddesses while learning about new and greater enemies.

One of the greatest parts of any Rick Riordan books, besides the epic adventure, is the relationships. Piper, Leo, and Jason are forced into impossible situations and have to learn to rely on each other to get out of them. Learning to trust your instincts and solve your own problems are excellent lessons for all of us. The heroes grow and change, while learning how to do the right thing.

Even though The Lost Hero is a hefty 553 pages, it can easily be read in a sitting. I flew through it, needing to know what would happen next. Just like every other book I have read by Rick Riordan, as soon as I finished The Lost Hero I wanted to purchase the next book and continue the adventure. Rick Riordan is one author who really makes me wish I had children with whom I could share these wonderful books with. (Thinking about it now, my nephew will be receiving the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series for Christmas. He is not a big reader but I think those books can really help change a non-reader into a reader. Especially a little boy.) So in summary, drop what ever you are reading and pick up a copy of The Lost Hero. It is excellent and I guarantee you will enjoy it.

What You Will Find

  • Epic adventure
  • Characters you already love
  • Lots of learning about the Greeks and Romans
  • Laughter