Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)
Goodreads Description:
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 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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My Thoughts:
I really can’t express how much I have come to love the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. It seems that with each book of Riordan’s I read I fall a little bit more in love with him, his books and his characters. The Son of Neptune is no exception. I was almost positive I was going to love this book going in because I had loved the first book in the series, The Lost Hero, so much and I had a good idea where the series was headed. Still, it took me a while after I bought to read it. However, when I finally did I loved it!
This book has all of the elements that I loved from the Percy Jackson series and more. The Son of Neptune gives us our first look inside the Roman demigod camp (the one we only recently discovered existed at all), Camp Jupiter. In a lot of ways, Camp Jupiter is like Camp Half Blood but in others they are very different. For example, Camp Jupiter is much harsher than Camp Halfblood. The rules are stricter, the training is more intense, and the people are less trusting. When Percy winds up there with no memory, everyone is more than a little suspicious. Luckily, Percy gets some help from some new friends and they set out on their quest.
One of the things I love most about Riordan’s books is how he manages to turn the most unlikely people into heroes. Both Frank and Hazel have confidence issues. Frank thinks he is a complete failure and Hazel is constantly worried that someone will discover her secret. Both feel inferior to Percy because let’s face it, Percy is an amazing demigod and who wouldn’t feel that way? However, through the course of the quest Frank and Hazel not only prove that have the potential to be a truly amazing hero, but also prove that without them the quest would fail. By the end of the book, Hazel and Frank finally see themselves for the amazing heroes they are.
Another thing that I just have to point out that I loved was the Amazons and that they owned Amazon. Is that not the cleverest thing ever? I mean, how does he come up with this stuff? It was just too funny and too cute. Plus, I loved that they were strong women.
Like all of the Percy Jackson books, The Son of Neptune was non-stop action. Percy, Hazel and Frank were constantly in some kind of predicament and I was continuously amazed at how they managed to get out of the situations. I usually prefer more of a love story in books but this book had so much action I barely noticed the lack of romance. (Don’t worry there is some romance, just not a lot.) After reading this book I found myself wanting another action book but was disappointed to find I don’t own any real action books.
I can honestly say that I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about The Son of Neptune. It’s an excellent book in an excellent series that I would recommend to anyone!
Grade: A+

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