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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-20 23:11
The Lost Hero
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1) - Rick Riordan

This book was too long. Seriously. Also Rick Riordan obviously never watched Charmed.

 

The references in this book were less obvious than in Percy Jackson and the Olympians but that might just be because I'd read those before and I was coming to this series fresh.

 

Also, this series needs some good Asian characters. Before I started Son of Neptune I actually googled Asian characters of Rick Riordan's because I needed reassurance some were coming... I was not disappointed and that's pretty much the reason I kept with the series. I mean, before Frank the best we had was Annabeth's stepmom who's in the series for all of two seconds.

 

The Lost Hero continues with this whole "too much" makeup/people who wear makeup are shallow/natural beauty is best bs idea. I'm still not a fan of that.

 

But I'm glad Riordan finally addresses the use of "half-blood" in the series (forgot to mention that in my PJO reviews... oops).

 

I also have a lot of thoughts about Piper's dad and his Hollywood career, but they're not organized in my head yet.

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text 2017-07-13 09:27
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 557 pages.
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1) - Rick Riordan

Loving this

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text 2017-06-03 01:14
Friday reads
Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) - Cassandra Clare
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1) - Rick Riordan
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review 2016-10-21 09:55
The House of Hades Review
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four) - Rick Riordan

Percy and Annabeth

Well, the two heroes that I like best are back (they get their storyline). They go through the depths of the evilest place in the world and happen to make a few friends while they’re at it also. The other heroes all go through their quests with their quirks and their powers beginning to show. We also learn of Nico and what is vital to him (why he does everything he does). It feels like there are too many characters in this series. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting exhausted switching between so many characters and trying to keep the stories intact.

 

Thoughts

I feel like I read this book ages ago. I’ve started writing again so my mornings for reading have gotten shorter. I read this on a plane from Munich to Edinburgh and back again. So, this book has travelled quite a bit with me. I find it nice to read on aeroplanes, it’s relaxing and gives you something to do for the shorter (1-4 hour) flights to do.

 

Themes

Now, I like to mention themes in all my new reviews. Obviously, since Percy and Annabeth survive in the worst place possible, through impossible odds, one theme I believe prevalent here is the idea of good v. evil. That there is inherently evil people in this world (monsters), and there are good people in this world (heroes). That good will overcome all obstacles. We almost see Percy turn evil at one point of the story, but Annabeth saves him from himself and talks Percy out of the act of evilness. I believe this also plays into the theme of good v. evil, but in another way, in that, there are good and bad sides to everyone. We also see this (spoiler alert) with one of the Titans, who should be an evil creation, but he turns out to be a really good guy.

I guess another theme in this book would also be courage. As with a lot of Riordan’s books in the Percy Saga, courage is something all heroes need. They need the courage to face their worst fears. They need the courage to overcome their greatest weakness. They need the courage to be a hero.

 

Recommendation

Well, I think if you have liked all the earlier books, you’ll definitely continue to like this book. There is quite a lot of character building in this book, but it still feels like I am watching too many characters in the spotlight. Riordan keeps track of the seven heroes throughout the story, but it can feel overwhelming at times.

Source: www.amaitken.com/book-review/the-house-of-hades-review
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review 2016-07-20 00:21
Not even Percy and Annabeth could save me.
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four) - Rick Riordan

Once again I regret making the choice to binge-read and stick through a series of books. Normally life is too short to read bad books but I wanted an escape and the world of Percy Jackson was a familiar one. Sadly this just isn't holding up.

 

Riordan seems most comfortable when writing Percy and Annabeth (probably because of his familiarity plus this balancing of multiple POVs). I can't help but feel he was just phoning it in by this book. Cutting and pasting. Different monsters, different mythological gags, but lots of battles, angst, some romance, etc.

 

I'm also not a fan of the character development. One of the side/not quite main characters has been revealed to have a same-sex attraction towards a main one. That's fine, no problem with that in itself and it's annoying to see more than one reviewer get their shorts in knots over it.

 

It's just that all the romance in this series (can't quite remember if it was like this in the original Percy Jackson series) is terrible. Crushes, unrequited feelings, even the "established" (I guess?) pairing(s) from previous books just felt so awkward. I understand that these aren't romance novels and the romances aren't the main deal of these books (thank goodness!). It's just Riodan's writing is subpar. But thankfully they aren't the main focus so this is not as annoying as other series/books.

 

I skimmed this one and I'll probably skim/Wikipedia the last one. I had been so excited to hear about the Magnus Chase and Apollo series but now I don't know. Oh well.

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