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The Demigod Diaries (The Heroes of Olympus) Hardcover – August 14, 2012

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About the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of three different mythology-based series for Disney-Hyperion: the best-selling Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series. The first book in the Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. The five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series have sold millions of copies, been published in more than thirty countries, and inspired a major motion picture. Rick's novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Heroes of Olympus
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423163001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423163008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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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.
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