Thursday, December 15, 2011

[Review] The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune
Rick Riordan

Publication Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Format: Hardcover, 513 pages
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 tol 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 and 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 he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and 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 infront 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 Prophesy of Seven

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Wow.
I seriously don’t know where to start my review or what words would give justice for the feelings I have towards this book or how I would even manage to write them without any hints of being an obsessive fan-girl.
The book was amazing.Seriously.
InThe Lost Hero, it was Jason’s story of his struggle in discovering his identity, this one is just exactly the same, but this time its about the humor-filled son of Neptune, errr I mean Poseidon: Percy Jackson, in his journey of unveiling the shroud that’s covering his memories and discovering the gods’ tricky mission while slicing off monsters together with the Roman Camp--Camp Jupiter.
At the first few pages, I cannot deny my excitement as Ive again read Percy’s sarcastic-fun thoughts!But I couldn’t deny the maturity I’ve noticed in his character. And by that, it made everything a whole lot better. He is more focused and determined and a hundred times more amusing!
Percy hated tests. Since he’d lost his memory, his whole life was one big fil -in-the-blank. He was ____, from _________. He felt like ____________________, and if the monsters caught him, he’d be ____________________.
Then he thought about Annabeth, the only part of his old life he was sure about. He had to find her.
Needless to say, Rick Riordan had once again hit it. My toes curled with delight as I read his familiar words. The way he writes our protagonists’ lines could make the readers curious and baffled and left laughing for days!
Frank said, “Just keep moving! We’re almost there."
“Almost where?”
Juno chuckled. "All roads lead there child. You should know that."
"Detention?" Percy asked.
Ofcourse, the books’ chapters were all adventure-packed! Somehow I still cannot imagine how the author had put up all these Greek and Roman craze in one book with lots of twists and unexpected revelations. Also, the love-o-meter in this series had rocketed into a higher level. The new characters he’d added were more involved with one another that it could make your mind burst upon predicting they’re purposes and what their actions could possibly mold one event to another; There’s this girl who makes jewels appear wherever she goes, and actually has a strong link to our favorite characters in the previous books . There’s this awkward buffy dude who is always with the girl and is yet to discover of what he’s made of.  Another one is a weird camp augur who glares at Percy a lot and uses stuffed animals in his rituals. And lastly, ‘the’ Reyna who worried Piper as Jason’s “something” in the last book,and is now leaving the readers puzzled whether Annabeth would have a little competition against her in the next series.
The ending was a big “BAAAAM!” that it made me beat up my pillows harshly. Why? Well… just go and read it right now cause I swear in the river of Styx that if you don’t, you’d miss half of the true essence of reading real good fiction books!
And yea, here is a littlesneak peek for our heroes’ next quest:
“Wisdom's daughter walks alone,
The MARK OF ATHENA burns through Rome.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick Riordan is an American author from Texas famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian). He attended The University of Texas at Austin in 1986, where he double-majored in English and History He also wrote The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) and, most recently, The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus). He also wrote the Tres Navarre series for adults and helped to edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on the topic of his Percy Jackson series. He also wrote book one of the 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones) and co-wrote book eleven (Vespers Rising) published by Scholastic Corporation.
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2 comments:

  1. I'M HALFWAY THRU THIS ONE!! :)
    Love the quote about Detention ....OH NO there's a cliffhanger :( WHY???? RICK RIORDAN! WHY???


    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  2. I love The Son of Neptune and the rest of the PJ and THoP books for that matter. I can't wait for the Mark of Athena! :D

    Sarah @ Smitten over Books
    sarah[underscore]00988[at]yahoo[dot]com

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