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MINI REVIEWS: the heroes of olympus series, by rick riordan

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i’m not the best reader ever, but i know this: i’m in love, in love, in love, with rick riordan’s books (or, what i’ve read of them so far). i am DEVOURING these books and they drain all the life out of me. i don’t know why or how i’ve wasted 15 years of my life not reading them. i LOVE his books, and you may have noticed from my reviews/recaps that it’s becoming very hard for me to love a book to death.

i decided to make mini reviews for the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series, after taking some mental and written notes while reading it.

beware, a lot of fangirling is coming ahead.

the lost hero (heroes of olympus #1)

7736182The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books (October 12th, 2010)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, Adventure
Pages: 557
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Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

i’ve never read a 500 pages book so fast, until i read THE LOST HERO.

i actually started this book out of curiosity. it’d been a month since i finished PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, and i didn’t want to start this series so soon. but then, after the first sentence, i completely forgot all about that.

THE LOST HERO gripped me from the first page, and took me to riordan’s world, now developed with new dimensions, characters, and stories. i fell in love with these new characters (*cough* leo valdez *cough*), and even though i felt like the plot was a little slow at times, i still LOVED it.

i don’t know if many people liked it, but i personally adored the multiple point of views in this book (and in the whole series to be honest). seeing the story from different eyes was amazing. i know it’s hard, but riordan has done it so well.

in conclusion, THE LOST HERO was an amazing introduction to this series. we got to learn about other facades of Camp Half-Blood, and were introduced to a whole new plot.

the son of neptune (heroes of olympus #2)

9520360The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books (October 4th, 2011)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, Adventure
Pages: 521
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Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.

this was a whole new level of amazingness.

a lot of people didn’t like THE SON OF NEPTUNE as much as the other ones in the series, and i completely understand why. in fact, there wasn’t much happening. but i FREAKING LOVED it, mainly because of two reasons:

  1. percy jackson was back
  2. the roman mythology? i’m in love.

in this book, we are taken to another world, another story (but still related to the first one in THE LOST HERO). percy jackson’s sarcastic point of view is finally back, + we are introduced to OTHER new characters. we also get to understand more of the role that the prophecy will play in these books, and, of course, there’s a quest.

if i keep on talking, i’ll probably spoil things. so i’ll sum up: most people didn’t like this book, but i loved it. i admit it’s not the best one of the series, and it’s definitely slow, but i couldn’t help falling in love with it.

the mark of athena (heroes of olympus #3)

12127750The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books (October 2nd, 2012)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, Adventure
Pages: 586
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Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson andamp; the Olympians series.
In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-Blood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?
The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land–Greece itself–to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…
With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

this was probably my favorite out of the whole series, because:

  1. the sarcasm game was too strong
  2. PERCABETH.

in this third book, the two first ones merge together, and all the characters meet for a third quest. and let me tell you that it was wonderful. action-filled plot, double sarcasm (leo and percy in one book?), and ships that you will go down with; this is THE MARK OF ATHENA.

this book is GENIUS. the first two ones were NOTHING compared to this one. this was SASSINESS and AMAZINGNESS wrapped in a novel.

and the FEELS? it can be expressed in this quote:

“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”

me:

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yes, that’s what percabeth does to me.

talking of percabeth, PERCY JACKSON WAS MORE BADASS THAN HE’S EVER BEEN. i mean, he already is, but this is a whole new level. i was just…wow.

i never thought a book could do so much to me, but thanks to riordan, it did. anyways, go read this book and drown with me in all the feels *sarcastic laugh*.

the house of hades (heroes of olympus #4)

12127810The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books (October 8th, 2013)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, Adventure
Pages: 597
Goodreads // The Book Depository

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

once again, this was a five-stars read. i’ve definitely felt that there was more action in this book than the previous ones. + nico di angelo was back, and we know more about his personality (if you know what i mean).

i admit it took me a long time to read this book, not because i didn’t like it, but because i didn’t want it to end. it was so so good (just like the rest of the series), and i couldn’t get enough of those characters (really, they’re amazing). i just…*sigh*

another riordan’s book also means more sarcasm, and more laughing-out-loud scenes. i liked how the characters could day puns in the middle of a battle you know? it lifted the mood up.

aaaaaand let’s not forget about percabeth. because really, i can’t with their adorableness.

the blood of olympus (heroes of olympus #5)

18705209The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan
Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books (October 7th, 2014)
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade, Adventure
Pages: 516
Goodreads // The Book Depository

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

okay, now onto serious things.

I JUST WHAT THE HECK THAT ENDING. THANKS RICK RIORDAN FOR THE HEART ATTACK. I’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT IT. 

this conclusion was EVERYTHING. it just messed with my feelings because:

  1. it’s the finale book in the series and i didn’t want it to end
  2. the plot was freaking amazing. non-stop action + sarcastic dialogue + mythology
  3. percabeth
  4. nico di angelo
  5. LEO VALDEZ.

the leo valdez we get in this book, he’s wonderful. he’s just my favorite cinnamon-roll, and he’s just so adorable and cute and funny and amazing and AHHHH.

i definitely felt like the characters got a huge development in this book (especially leo and jason), which was good thing since the series was wrapping up and people got to learn lessons from their adventure and stuff…it was amazing.

ANYWAYS, this was a perfect conclusion to the series, and i CAN’T wait to read more of riordan’s books (will i ever get enough of those, i do not think so, i already started THE TRIALS OF APOLLO).


okay okay okay, this was more of a put-all-your-feelings-in-a-post than mini reviews of a series. but i just really love it and i couldn’t stop myself. so if you got this far into the post, thank you, and sorry for bearing with all those feels.

now that this series is over, what do i do with my life? how do i live? how do i survive? the world may never know.

have you read this series? or any of riordan’s books? what are your thoughts about it?

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12 thoughts on “MINI REVIEWS: the heroes of olympus series, by rick riordan

  1. UGH I STILL NEED TO READ THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS. But, yes, to Nico and Leo and Percabeth, my babies. The Mark of Athena cliffhanger killed me; I’m glad that House of Hades was out when I read it or I would’ve just about died. XD

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  2. I love Rick Riordan books, but I admit this series is second to my least favorite (that title belongs to Kane Chronicles). I admit MoA is my favorite though, like you said, the amount of Percabeth we have is unhealthy. Also it’s the first time the 7 work together, and seeing them trying to find their team dynamic is very realistic, and their combined power and strategy is just WHOA. Also that ending. Even though I have finished the series, I’m still not forgiving Rick for MoA ending (especially with the way mocks us at House of Hades dedication…)

    nah, I just love him too much to held grudges against him ❤ he's honestly one of my favorite authors ever.

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    1. HE BECAME ONE OF MINE TOO. i love him so so much it’s insane ❤️
      aaaaand i still have to read THE KANE CHRONICLES, but i hope i will love it as much as i love his other books!

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  3. Hahaha, I love how full of feels this review is! When I first read this series, I was also like that. But now that I’m not on Tumblr anymore, I feel like I’ve lost my connection with the fandom and the characters. But I still loooove it!
    To be honest, Son of Neptune is my favorite one. I think getting Percy back was the best thing about it, since obviously I can’t go even one book without him. He’s just my favorite character ever! I also love Frank and Hazel, along with Rayna and the whole Roman mythology we were introduced in this one.
    When it comes to the multiple perspectives, I think it works on the first two books, but after having so many characters at once, I felt like it was better if I could read about all of them at once. I remember that, when the books were getting released, there were a lot of discussions about the POVs of each book. My favorite ones will always be Nico, Percy and Leo. I think they were the funniest and most dynamic ones.
    If I had to compare it to PJO, though, I’d still choose Percy Jackson. The first series has a very deep meaning for me and I also like the action better – aka the quests and everything seemed much more interesting. But the character development we have on HOO is AMAZING! Even though I don’t like Jason and Piper that much, by the end of Blood of Olympus I just wanted to hug them all and have a huge feast. They’re so full of sarcasm and personality!
    Rick Riordan is an auto-buy author for me. I don’t care how many books he releases in the same world, I realized that I’ll never get tired of it. I hope you continue to read his other books and share your thoughts wih us!
    (and sorry for the ridiculously long comment, I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELS. it’s been a while since i last talked about this series!).

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    1. (THAT’S OKAY I LOVE LONG COMMENTS)
      i’m just…wow. these books are just amazing. i don’t think i’ll ever get tired of riordan’s books. i love them. so much. JUST KEEP GIVING ME HIS BOOKS OKAY.

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