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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan



Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, 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.

Franz is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes, but 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.

This breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives some fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.

An unabridged production on 11 CDs (13 hrs, 28 mins)

Published October 11th 2011 by Listening Library (first published October 1st 2011)
ISBN: 0307916812 (ISBN13: 9780307916815)
series: Heroes of Olympus #2



I have been scared of writing this review since I finished The Son of Neptune.  Not because the book was bad.  Quite the contrary!  This was one awesome adventure!  I mean, come on!  PERCY IS BACK!  I’ve been dreading it because I don’t know that my words will be adequate to express my love for this book.  And well, for this series so far!
So, um, yeah.  this book is totally awesome and if you don’t read it, you’ll miss something special!  The setting is pretty unique: Alaska and Canada, on a glacier, in the middle of nowhere!  The gods and anti-gods (is that even a real thing?)/evil villains are hilarious and fun.
Hazel, is my favorite of all the characters.  She’s got the shadiest history, and seems to have the most to loose.  But she’s just so self-sacrificing, so giving, so kind.  As much as I love PERCY JACKSON (!!), I love Hazel all the more.
If you’ve read any of Riordan’s books, they tend to follow the same kind of pattern.  And that’s completely cool with me.  ‘Cause you know that it’s going to be action packed, with some great friendships, awesome folklore, and fantastic storytelling.
Don’t hold my lack of eloquent, insightful prose against this book.  The words that came seem to capture the emotions of the book, on some level at least.  So, take my honest advice, READ THIS BOOK!
5 Trees: Awesome and amazing!

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1 comment:

  1. I am so beyond excited that Percy is back!!! I still can't decide if I want to pick this series up now or wait until it's completed. I hated waited on the next book in the Percy Jackson series! Great review.


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