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"Let me get this straight. Your table ran away because you polished it with Windex?"
The Demigod Files - Rick Riordan

The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

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review 2014-10-27 00:00
The Demigod Diaries
The Demigod Diaries - Rick Riordan After the The Demigod Files , a companion to the best-selling series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, took us to the inside world of demigods. Here comes another great book that would surely love by every avid fans of the series out there. If you've totally read the first series and reading the next one, I know that there are still some questions on your mind that remained unanswered. And I think this one did a great job to get all those things out of our minds that will give answers to our bucket of questions. And in my opinion, I think Rick really assured that this would appeal to the readers because he included the stuff that what most fans really wanted to see. Yes, there is Percabeth celebrating their first monthsary but with a little twist (yeah, that includes helping another god), the diary of Luke's early life which I think everyone is curious about and of course our dude, Leo Valdez! Who doesn't like that guy?

Okay. There are still few games included in this book that as easy as before, an interview with Hermes's snakes, and also a debut story from Rick Riordan's son, Haley, entitled Son of Magic that will let us know what happened to the demigods who fought in Krono's army, how the mist works, and why monsters can smell demigods. Those are just some of our questions waiting to be unveiled in this book. And I'm assuring you this gonna be a fun read.

Yes, at last! We got a chance to see a small part of Luke Castellan's early life, in his own perspective, with Thalia the way how they struggled to keep themselves alive after running away from their own families. And also how they met such a promising little girl who shared with the same fate named, Annabeth. The short story allows us to see the hardships Luke endured in his life, how he lost his faith to the gods and why he started hating them even his godly father Hermes. But the story focuses more on the day they met Halycon Green, a son of Apollo, and how they managed to escape from his house.

Seeing one of Luke's adventures is great, because I really wanted to know what happenend to him in his own point of view. And I think despite of his wrong deeds, we still like this guy. And as to the other stories, they are still the same as before, like fighting with the most dangerous monsters and managed to keep themselves alive. Since this is a special book like the first one, I really wish to see the heroes in a normal day, I mean a day with NO quest, fighting monsters, or doing another favor from a god. I know I'm not the only one who wants the same thing. Because sometimes it gets tiring, seeing them doing the same thing all over again. Isn't that good to see Percabeth enjoying their date without a quest to think about? Or the other demigods to do their own stuff without worrying about how to kill an annoying earth goddess? That would be really great even in just a day.

And about the debut story of Haley, considering his age at 16, at that moment of writing this book, it is good that he was abled to explain some things to us despite of some flaws and gave us another a new demigod to love. All in all, this is good.
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review 2013-10-21 23:52
Review: The Demigod Diaries
The Demigod Diaries - Rick Riordan

The Demigod Diaries was a cute addition to The Heroes of Olympus series and after almost a whole year without him, it reminded me why exactly I like Jason so much. Well, more honestly, it reminded me how I instantly liked him when he was first introduced in The Lost Hero.

The Diary of Luke Castellan

Luke took center stage in the first short story, which I was really looking forward to. I know Luke was a bad guy, but I have to admit that I liked how he was portrayed before his turning evil and all.... Luke and Thalia are traveling together and meet a son of Apollo, Halcyon, who almost gets them killed and foretells Luke's foreboding future and Thalia's well, what do you call a future in which you are turned into a tree? This was actually the highlight of the story for me. Seeing their reactions was great and they were (of course) spot-on. And how can I not mention the Greek fire? Yes, they make Greek fire. All in all, it was enjoyable.

Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes

Next we have Percabeth on one of their typical adventures. One of the Greek gods (this time Hermes) interrupts them and sends them on a quest. My favorite aspect of this one was probably Hermes' and Percy's interactions. Hermes has always been one of the more gracious Greek gods without loosing any of his respectability. Percy's narration was wonderful and sarcastic as always, which makes the story fun. Annabeth was....meh. She was Annabeth and, honestly, who expects a celebration for their one month or two month anniversary? *sigh*

Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford

My favorite story of the four was most definitely the third one which featured Leo, Jason, and Piper. Oh man, I love them so much. Leo brings a serious but sarcastic vibe to the story. Jason is all calm and cool. Piper is the straightforward, no nonsense girl. Together, they set off into the woods of Camp Half-Blood searching for Buford (a walking, temperamental table) and meet some of Dionysus's crazy followers that even the Olympian avoids. In the mean time, they only have a hour before Bunker 9 explodes if they don't find Buford. I really love how the three demigods interact with each other. And, honestly, this one felt the most like the good ol' light-hearted aspects of Riordan's Greek mythology series which was definitely wonderful.

Son of Magic

The fourth and last story by Haley Riordan.... I was most excited for this one. We were finally going to see the goddess Hecate! While the portrayal of Hecate was wonderful and great, the story as a whole was disappointing. The writing was fine but I wish the demigod, Alabaster, had been the narrator. Instead of him narrating, we have a middle-aged man (Dr. Claymore) and I didn't like that. I think it would have been more enjoyable and more informative if Alabaster had narrated and it would have brought the story's focus more on him. As it was, the story was about Dr. Claymore more than Alabaster, which was really disappointing because Alabaster seemed like an interesting and even honorable character. There were a few interesting revelations though (how monsters can smell demigods and who controls the mist) which were probably the highlights of the story.

Source: chasmofbooks.blogspot.com
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review 2013-07-14 00:00
The Demigod Diaries - Rick Riordan Obviously, only for hardcore fans of Riordan's Greek and Roman demigods. I liked it more than the similar [b:The Demigod Files|3992598|The Demigod Files (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)|Rick Riordan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1293421593s/3992598.jpg|4038656], though there's nothing here that made me quite as happy as Bob the Titan had. There are four stories here, each told from a different perspective. First, one of Luke and Thalia's adventures from their days on the run, before they met Annabeth. Luke's voice is distinct enough from Percy's, in no small part because of how bitter he already was. Next, Percy and Annabeth attempt to have a date, which obviously cannot be allowed to stand. This one is set shortly after [b:The Last Olympian|4502507|The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)|Rick Riordan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327924597s/4502507.jpg|4551489]. The third story is a Leo, Piper, and Jason adventure, with Leo as the lead character. You'll need to have read [b:The Lost Hero|7624272|The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1)|Rick Riordan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1369501744s/7624272.jpg|10107891] for that one. All three are fun adventures, that fit into the overall world Riordan created without being something that you'd need to seek out.

The last story in the book was actually written by Riordan's sixteen year old son, Haley. And honestly, I was impressed. His focus is one of the demigods who sided with Kronos, and it answers questions about what happened to them, the Mist, and the nature of monsters. Cool stuff, for a fan. And Haley is a good enough writer to make it a fun read, too.

So, for a Percy Jackson fan, is it worth it? Absolutely. But if you're a Percy Jackson fan, you already knew that.
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text 2013-05-28 19:26
May wrap up / June TBR
Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) - Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3) - Rick Riordan
The Demigod Diaries - Rick Riordan
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Dash & Lilys Book of Dares - 'Rachel Cohn', 'David Levithan'

This month has been a large reading month. I have read a total of 4 books and currently reading 1. 4 books may not seem much compared to some other reads but I am a very slow reader so I am happy with my result. The Mark Of Athena - Rick Riordan was started in late April but I did not finish until May. The next two book were small novellas. The Demigod File (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and The Demigod Diaries (Heroes Of Olympus) both again by Rick Riordan.These were quick but fun reads. Next and the final book I finished in May was Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher. I have been wanting to read this for a while and when I finished it in just over a week (I didn't read for a few days while currently reading this book) I was not disappointed. Selena Gomez is supposely playing the role of Hannah Baker in the film adaption, I am sceptical about this role for her but am willing to see how she approaches it. Also the film is still in-development. 

 

June TBR

Next month I hope to finish Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (if I have not finished it in the next couple of days). I may also be starting some of John Green's books or a larger book like The Host. I will most likely be using my book jar [which I also made in the month of May!].

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