31 October 2011

REVIEW: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan


the heroes of olympus book 2: the son of neptune
Rick Riordan
ISBN #:  978-1-4231-4059-7
Publisher Name:  Disney Hyperion
Date Released:  October 2011
Page Count:  513
Price:  $19.99
Genre:  Young Adult/Mythology/Paranormal


BACK COVER BLURB:

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. Somehow he has managed to make it to a camp for half-bloods, but it 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. Now, because of a mistake she made back then, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes 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, but he doesn’t see it. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closes friend. 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 in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.“

COVER SNARK:
I am in love with this cover.

FIRST LINES:
The snake-haired ladies were staring to annoy Percy.


LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
Percy is back. If it was possible to convey all your happiness in a sentence, that sentence would be it. I was so happy to see Percy again.

The Goddess Hera(Greek form)/Juno (Roman form) has been messing with the demi gods. She placed Percy in a deep sleep for months and then when he awoke, she erased his memories. All Percy remembers is that he has a girlfriend named Annabeth and he might be a demi-god. Percy finds himself at Camp Jupiter, a camp for demi gods, but everything seems a little off. He knows that this isn't his camp and he has a habit of referring to everything by their Greek counterparts.

Camp Jupiter is under fire. People who are dying aren't staying dead and a massive force is on their way to attack the camp. When the war god Mars visits the camp, Percy is sent off on his quest in Alaska with his new friends Frank and Hazel (two demi-gods with secrets) to free Death from the clutches of the goddess Gaia (spelling?) and her son. If they don't succeed their camp is doomed.

Okay, so you know my plot reviews suck. I have no idea why you keep reading them.

Let's get to the point.

I loved this book. Despite having lost his memory, Percy was his usual sarcastic self. Hazel and Frank were just too cute for words. The plot was intriguing and the pacing (differing points of view from all three protagonists) were interesting and didn't slow down the pace of the story.

While I really enjoyed The Lost Hero, THE SON OF NEPTUNE was better. I think it's better because with The Lost Hero we were introduced to three new charecters who we were supposed to identify with, characters who while interesting didn't hold a candle to Percy. Can anyone? With THE SON OF NEPTUNE we not only have the awesome Percy Jackson but his new cohorts Frank and Hazel have ties to some familiar characters in the previous Percy Jackson series in some unique and exciting ways. Frank and Hazel's backstory's were just as intriguing as Percy's and you were rooting for them from the beginning. THE SON OF NEPTUNE is a excellent filler story as we build up to the seven getting together to fulfill the prophecy. Since the next book is called The Mark of Athena, I'm assuming it's going to focused on Annabeth? I can't wait. It sucks that these books come out one a year.

Really, I know this review blows, but if you haven't read this series, or the one before it (Percy Jackson) you are totally missing out. Read these books!


WHERE PURCHASED:
Borrowed from my local library.










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3 people posted their 2 cents:

Shauni said...

I really enjoyed the first series and have to agree with you on the first book. I can not believe I have had this book on my kindle for a month and haven't read it yet. Oh My Gosh.. I filed it and forgot it! Thanks for the most excellent review and the reminder

Lynette said...

@Shauni
You must read it. It was good. It's like all the threads are slowly coming together. Can't wait for the next book.

Luxembourg said...

I loved this book! I can't wait another year for book three. If you love reading Percy and have been longing to read his side of the story again, your wait is over. You'll fall in love with the characters and will be cheering for them to succeed in their quest.

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