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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Just when I think Riordan can't get any better, he proves me wrong. The Son of Neptune was a thrilling, exciting, crazy, and absolutely bizarre adventure, and I loved every second of it.
The way that the chapters are split up between perspectives really works and I love that Riordan continues this through the series. The opportunity to read from several mind sets adds so much depth to the story. I so appreciate Riordan's writing prowess when it comes to this fact; he knew that if such massive books had only one perspective, boredom would endure.
I know that some people complain about the corny writing and jokes made throughout both PJO and HoO, but for me, that's part of the fun of it. The humor that is infused into each book is my favorite part, even if it is corny. I've laughed harder at the Percy Jackson books than any other book series I've read. For example, in this book, I loved the line about "Centurion Shish Kebab," and "The Doors of Me," too.
As much as I love Jason, Piper, and Leo from the debut book of Heroes of Olympus, I love Hazel and Frank just as much. I love that Frank got to unleash his boss side and take down some baddies. Hazel, that girl has some fire in her, and I love it!
As usual, the side characters brought so much to the story. Reyna is growing on me; now there's a boss. Octavian, though. What's that joker up to?
I find New Rome to be such a fascinating place. But one question: why does Rome get an entire city and Greece only gets a camp? This needs to be remedied pronto.
After finishing this book, I have so many questions that need answering!
What happened to Frank's grandmother?
Will the Seven finally be united?
Where is Nico? Is he ok?
Where does Sally Jackson think Percy is?
Who is officially dating whom?
Percy is at his most impressive in The Son of Neptune. The story begins as he battles two comical gorgons in Bargain Mart greeter vests, who carry some poisonous discount snacks — I must admit, I developed a soft spot for Stheno. He carries “old hippy-lady / Juno” across a highway — where he meets my new favorite demigods, Hazel Levesque (daughter of Hades) and Frank Zhang (… with quite the extraordinary heritage, even for a demigod) — across the Tiber River, and into Camp Jupiter. Here he is able to show off his vast power over water, crushing the gorgons, and saving Frank’s life. Finally, Juno reveals that horrible things are about to happen, and so they will need Percy. During the camp’s version of capture-the-flag, the 5th cohort (Percy’s new group and laughingstock of the camp) pulls off a tremendous win, causing Ares — I mean, Mars — to show himself and present the plucky trio with a prophecy and a quest. Granted, his prophesy is not as mysterious and rhyme-y as we are accustomed, but it gets the job done: “Go to Alaska. Find Thanatos. Come back by sundown on June twenty-fourth or die.” Did I mention Thanatos/Death has been captured… thus, the bad guys just won’t die?
This is one of the best adventures for Percy so far! There is humor, heart, action, all kinds of monsters, Roman myths, and suspense through the entire quest.
more on http://doodlesandwords.com/2014/11/07/percys-back-as-the-son-of-neptune/
There are many things I like about this book. The first thing is that there always funny moments that would always force you too laugh. Another thing I like is that there is suspension that makes your jaw drop. The final thing I like is that it is very creative.
However there are some things I dislike about this book. There are some moments in the book that are repeated over and over again. Another thing I disliked about this book was that the book was to short being only 400 when the lost hero was 500. The final thing I dislike about this book is that Percy's character traits have changed to much.
Many people claim that the book is very bad. To that I respond could you write better? Some people claim this book is a wannabe Harry Potter. To that I respond it is a completely different story line.
All in all, this book was great and Rick Riordan has done it again bringing back Percy almost how he was before. It had it's ups and downs but overall it was amazing. I can't wait for the next book and that it has elements such as this.
The first 100 pages can be a little annoying. Riordan has two new POV's to introduce, and really abuses the 'oh, let's talk about something important. Oh wait, nope, we got interrupted!" trope a lot in the beginning. After that though, the book reverts back to the magic of the original Percy Jackson series.
There are a lot of reasons that this book is better than the first in the series. Having one established point of view helps cut down on all the extra set-up the last one had. There isn't any reveal of the big bad dragged out long after the audience has already figured it out. And the POV's break off at irregular intervals, so the plot isn't quite as predictable.
This book has tons of action, humor, and fun for all ages. I was a bit skeptical after the first book in the series, but this one renewed my faith.
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