Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Can Three Demigods Save the World?

When Jason wakes up on a school bus holding hands with some girl he doesn’t recognize and talking to people he has never seen before he knows something is wrong. Once he thinks about it, he isn’t even sure who he is or what he is doing on a bus. Piper and Leo try to remind Jason of who he is, but he doesn’t have much time to process what they are telling him before they arrive at the Grand Canyon and all Hades breaks loose. When the three are sent to Camp Half-Blood they learn that they are demigods and are introduced to a little bit about the world “behind the mist.” Soon Piper, Leo, and Jason embark on a hopeless quest. The quest is dangerous and none of them know much about being a demigod and how to fight and overcome the obstacles that come their way. In order to be successful they will need to save Hera, stop the mud lady, and save Piper’s dad- all before the winter solstice. If they fail there will be consequences for the whole world. Will Piper be able to save her dad? Will it entail betraying her new friends? Is there any way for Jason to get his memory back? One thing is for sure these three demigods will take you on an adventure filled with gods, goddesses, and creatures you have never encountered before!

I am so happy that I picked up The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. After reading and enjoying The Lighting Thief series I decided to give this a try.  I was drawn to the cover because it looked mysterious and interesting. I couldn’t figure out what the characters were riding on and I didn’t know who they were. I think anyone who likes Greek or Roman mythology will enjoy this book. Before reading The Lost Hero I didn’t know much about Roman mythology, so I learned a lot. The story is told from three different points of view, Piper’s, Leo’s, and Jason’s.  It was fun to find out more about what each of them was thinking. The story includes a lot of terms that could be hard to understand, which is why I recommend it to anyone in 4th grade and up. I have the second book in the series and I look forward to starting it soon.   

Has anyone else read The Lost Hero by Rick RiordanOr have you read another book by Rick Riordan?

Happy Reading! ~L

26 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I've read them all and love, loved, loved them since I'm a greek mythology nut.

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    1. LM Preston- That is awesome that you have read them all! I read The Lightning Thief series and I have started this series. I love mythology and I think it is amazing how Rick Riordan makes the gods and goddesses so easy to understand. ~F

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  2. Niece #2 loved this book. I shall have to borrow it from her the next time we meet.

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    1. Petty- How cool that niece #2 loved this book, too. You will definitely have to borrow it from her. I bet she would love to talk to you about it. :) ~L

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  3. You know I've still yet to read the LIghtning Thief series...but am inching closer to it. ^_^ Have always heard great things about this author's work so it doesn't surprise me too much that you enjoyed it. Here's hoping book two pans out even better! Happy reading...and thanks for sharing!

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    1. GMR- Rick Riordan is a great author. I am hoping book two is even better, too! I don't know much about it- but I know that Percy Jackson from The Lightning Thief series will show up. I am excited! Happy reading to you and I hope you enjoy the books when you get to them! ~L

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  4. I have read the Lightning Thief series and I enjoyed the reinvention of the Greek Mythology. I have not read this series or his other one based in Egypt. I love that Riordan is getting kids excited about history and mythology. I think I would enjoy learning about the Roman myths. I don't know much about Roman mythology, either.

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    1. Heidi- I am so glad you enjoyed The Lightning Thief series. It really brought mythology to life for me. I haven't read the ones about Egypt either. I certainly learned a lot about Roman (and Greek) mythology in The Lost Hero. I think you would like it, too! :) ~L

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  5. I wasn't sure about books like this either but now I love them!!!

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    1. Patty- I felt the same way when I first saw The Lightning Thief. I had no desire to read it. Then- I loved it! I also liked learning more about Greek mythology! ~L

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  6. I have not, but it sounds like an intriguing read.

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    1. Hi M Pax, Great to hear from you- if you like mythology, you will enjoy this book- thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  7. I haven't read this but it sounds really good. I remember learning about mythology in Latin class and finding it fascinating, so this should really be good.

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    1. Hi Alex, Mythology is so fascinating- and it's amazing how woven into the fabric of our collective histories. Thanks for popping over : ) ~ F

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  8. I LOVE the Percy Jackson books. They are my favorite books. I really need to get started on this series. I somehow missed how they take place at Camp Half Blood. Very cool.

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    1. Hi Kelly, How cool is Camp Half Blood! I was somewhat disappointed by the movie representation of it- but in my imagination, it's spectacular- especially Percy's pad : ) ~ F

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  9. I haven’t read anything by Rick Riordan but having just read your review and the comments I feel like I’m missing out – must rectify that immediately!

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    1. Hi Barbara, Rick Riordan is a wonderful writer- he really brought the gods/goddesses back to life for young readers : ) ~ F

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  10. thank you for this review. I am going to mention the author to my kids....thanks..always interested in new reading for middle school.

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    1. Annmarie- You are welcome! I think your kids will enjoy this author! ~F

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  11. I've just started the Lightning Thief series. It's going to be my summer treat to read them all - and beyond.

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    1. Leslie- Yeah! I know you are a fifth grade teacher and I think you will really love this story. It is a great book to share with your students. :) ~F

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  12. Oh no! Don't do these books! I have yet to read them and I want to so so so badly. I'm jealous! Great review though.

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    1. Donna- I hope you get a chance to read them soon! I know they are all on audio- if that interests you. Glad you enjoyed the review. : ~F

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  13. I LOVE these new characters. Unfortunately the next book in the series, Son of Neptune, is not as great as I hoped. It's the first time I've been disappointed with a Percy Jackson book. Those new characters are very...passive. I love Jason, Piper, and Leo though. Can't wait to get the Mark of Athena!

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    1. Hi Adriana, The new characters are really fun. I loved the Percy Jackson series as well. I have not read Son of Neptune yet, but I'm sure Lizzy has some interesting thoughts on it. Great to hear from you! ~ F

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