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The Demigod Diaries (The Heroes of Olympus)
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
Next to The Mark Of Athena, this was my most awaited book of the year. The instant my friends and I got hold of the ebook, the four of us crowded around one kindle to read~ and squeal~ over the it. I had high expectations for this book, and, well, it completely exceeded them!
To start off, we get an awesome story taken from Luke Castellan's own diary, from the days when he and Thalia were on the run. It's action packed and FULL of witty humour. Luke has a very different voice than Percy's, and I think that after having read this, many people will like him more. And is Thalia/Luke really a thing...? Riordan answers all of our questions in it, so read the book to find out!
Then, we have "Percy Jackson And The Staff Of Hermes", from the days when Percy and Annabeth had just started dating. It's their one month anniversary, and Percy just might have forgotten... Do any of you miss the cute and dumb Percy from the earlier series? Well, he's back and better than ever! I love Percy and Annabeth's banter, and this funny and sweet story~ full with a date, a monster, a god and two particularily amusing snakes~ just makes me anticipate The Mark Of Athena even more than my mental health can manage.
Thirdly, there is a story involving Leo, Jason and Piper. Leo's really busy building the Argo II, but no thanks to a walking table who likes to be polished only in a certain way, he runs into very big trouble threatening to blow up Bunker Nine. There are crazy stalkerish psycho nymphs who worship Mr. D, Jason and Piper are officially a couple, and Leo is hilarious.
Some activities and an interview involving the aforementioned snakes are scattered around the book. Then in the end, Rick Riordan's son wrote a small story, also in the theme of demigods. I didn't like that story as much as the rest, but that was probably because it had completely new characters in it.
All in all, I really liked this book. My friends and I "awwwww"~ed a lot, especially during the first two stories. So if you can't wait for The Mark Of Athena to come out, or want your faith in The Heroes Of Olympus restored, read this book!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
This book is basically divided into two parts: what Rick Riordan wrote and what his son Haley wrote.

Everything Rick wrote was, as usual, charming and funny and exciting and cute. He's one of my favorite writers because he knows how to balance the light and the dark, and it never gets too dark, even in life or death situations. His books are perfect "escape" books. They're fluffy, and I love that. I know I'm going to enjoy myself no matter which world or character he's writing.

I would have given this book four stars, but the very last story, "Son of Magic", knocked one off. Haley is a great writer for 16, and his stuff is years ahead what I was writing when I was 16, but the story just didn't fit. The main protagonist wasn't a demigod, and wasn't very likeable even at the end of the story. He uses a gun to try and kill a monster, and for some reason the appearance of guns, working guns that shoot bullets, in this world was disconcerting to me. It's almost too "real", and it knocks the tone down from exciting to a bit dark. Especially when the main protagonist kicks a monster's jaw so hard it flies off her face (as dust, but still). I also didn't like how Hecate was portrayed as a white-robed Virgin Mary wannabe praying at a church altar. What's that supposed to tell us? It's left unanswered but I definitely don't like the idea of these mythical Greek gods worshiping the Christian god. That sends a bad message.

Haley did not write badly. He knew how to pace and describe things, and it didn't feel clunky and choppy. It just didn't fit the tone of the world his father has established. He might be trying to inject some maturity into it, but I don't want that at all. I'll stick with Rick.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
Riordan's "The Demigod Diaries" is like an "interlude book" between or supplementing larger, more significant works. Evanovich does it with her popular Stephanie Plum series. For us, it is much like JK Rowling's "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" or "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; these are several of Rowling's books to supplement the Potter series. Riordan's "The Demigod Diaries" is a short, quick read. Although it consists of four short stories plus original art, character interviews, and some games and puzzles, it is still well written and brings enjoyment and interesting information about our Greek and Roman campers. If you have enjoyed Riordan's books so far, then I strongly recommend this delightful book!

These short stories provide interesting and/ or vital information to the "Heroes of Olympus" and the Percy Jackson stories. The first story was Luke's story, "The Diary of Luke Castellan," which was my favorite. Luke, certainly one of the more interesting and complex characters from Camp Half-Blood, is featured here; the story is told from his point of view which provides and interesting change. We are now given an interesting glimpse into Luke's character before he betrayed the camp and the gods (which is prophesied in this story). Additionally, it was interesting to see Luke and Thalia fighting together, and then later finding a young, lost Annabeth and making her a part of the group. The second story is "Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes," in which Percy and Annabeth are celebrating their one month anniversary of dating. Of course, this anniversary is more important to one than the other, and does Percy feel on the spot. This uneasiness is interrupted by Hermes who just happens to need help as the Caduceus (his staff) has been stolen. It is a little weaker, but still an interesting story. Third, "Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford," provides the reader with a great look at the inventiveness of Leo, who made a delightful appearance in "The Lost Hero." It is a delightful story filled with surprising events, including a magic table named Buford, and eggnog drunk nymphs. The last story was "The Son of Magic" written by Riordan's son, Haley. I was a bit surprised that the tone of the story was certainly a darker tone than the other stories; perhaps I just expected something lighter, with a bit more humor for a young writer's first major attempt. However, that was from my expectation; young Haley's story still made an impact and made you think! See what you think!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2015
The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan is a fun quick read with the characters from the Percy Jackson series. It tells some quick fun stories about how Luke, Thalia, and Annabeth meet, Percy and Annabeth doing a quick favor for Hermes, and Leo, Jason, and Piper building the Argo II. It takes place between The Last Olympian and The Lost Hero. I enjoyed this book because it was nice to be able to visit the world of Demigods again while waiting for Blood of Olympus to come out. I would recommend this book to anyone who misses reading about Demigods and their related issues. I would not recommend this book to anyone who has not read the other Percy Jackson books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
I love the books Rick Riordan writes. You learn so much, but it is not boring at all. I like the way he makes his characters. They are not all the same. Consider the fact that this book is not for little children. I gave this book a rating of five stars because l the way he makes learning and action go hand in hand. I like the way he understands dyslexia and ADHD. It has helped me to understand my dyslexia and ADHD. There is nothing to dislike. I recommend this book to people who are in love with action or to people who like Greek mythology.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
For those people who loves Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and Heroes of Olympus series, You would love this short stories of characters Luke, Thalia, Annabeth, Percy, etc. I love the story between Annabeth and Percy. You will not be disappointed in this book Demigod Diaries. Its worth reading. I own it. Love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
All you need to do on the kindle to get past that point where it crashes is to move the timeline ahead of that point as needed. this was another very good book written by rick i hope he writes more i love his books
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
I like how it has different points of view on each of the stories.
I liked hearing about Luke's adventures with Annabeth and Thalia.
Very entertaining
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
This is a must for any Percy Jackson fan! Nice stories and a pretty quick read. It would make a great addition for any Percy Jackson fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2012
Confession: I was a bit irked when the description said there were stories with Luke Castellan's point of view, Percy and Annabeths date-turned-mission, and especially about the powers of a son of Hecate. But when I got the book, I was instantly hooked. "The Diary of Luke Castellan" was actually pretty amazing and sad at the same time. It showed us one of the dangers that Thalia and Luke encountered before meeting Annabeth (which Rick Riordan did add, at the end of the story). Nonetheless, I did start liking Luke more than I did in PJO (and now it makes me sad to think about how he died). Then came "Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes", where it starts out with Percy and Annabeth enjoying a picnic when Hermes crashes in and gives them a mission (to retrieve his lost caduceus, obviously). We get to meet a new enemy-giant (who's obsessed with stealing "worthy fakes") and read in Percy's ever-lasting humorous point of view. And the ending was really sweet. :) The third story by Rick Riordan was "Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford". Mild spoiler: Leo has a runaway table called Buford who plays a key role in the story. And Leo finds himself surrounded by psychotic (but pretty) nymphs, who he finds a shame that he can't flirt with. And it was refreshing to know that Jason and Piper are OFFICIALLY a couple.

Lastly, we get to read a story by Ricks son, Haley. It was a surprising feeling; I actually really enjoyed it! Told in third person, it tells of an arrogant mortal who came upon a monster-daughter and demigod-son of Hecate and how he ends up helping. I hope to see Haley Riordan as part of the New York Times #1 Best-Selling Authors list soon! In between the stories, we get a rather amusing interview with George and Martha (Hermes' snakes), the first-ever portrait of Thalia (and she looked just like what I imagined), and some pretty easy puzzles and quizzes and the official list of the seven demigods in the prophecy. The book was great and a satisfying "appetizer" until "The Mark of Athena". Definitely worth the money.
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