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Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 513 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 4th 2011 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Merenjumalan poika”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
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 wishes 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 Prophesy of Seven.

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Book Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 553 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 12th 2010 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Eksynyt Sankari”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
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 his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything—except that everything seems very wrong.

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, whether she wants to or not.

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?

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Best-selling author Rick Riordan has pumped up the action, humor, suspense, and mystery in an epic adventure that will leave readers panting for the next installment.

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Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth + The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 361 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 6th 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Labyrinttitaistelu”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

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Book Review: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2007 by Miramax Books (first published January 1st 2007)
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Titaanien Kirous”.

Synopsis:
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

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Book Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan


The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 279 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 1st 2006 by Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Hirviöiden Meri”.

Synopsis:
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.

In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 387 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 1st 2005 by Disney-Hyperion
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Salamavaras”.

Synopsis:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

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Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

 


The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 
Series: Magnus Chase, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 493 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 2016 by Otava
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kesän Miekka”.

Synopsis:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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Book Review: The Last Life Of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken

 


The Last Life Of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken 
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on February 5th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
Alexandra Bracken: Website Twitter Goodreads

Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love.

Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm-under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prosper’s sister in the clutches of the evil queen Pyra, Prosper has no choice but to agree.

But when they arrive in Alastor’s deliciously demonic home, the realm is almost as alien to Alastor as it is to Prosper-the lowest fiends have dethroned the ruling malefactors, while an unfathomable force called the Void is swiftly consuming the realm. The desperate fiends cling to the one person who says she can stop it: Pyra.

As Prosper embarks on a perilous rescue mission to the Tower of No Return, he can’t help but feel for the demons losing their home-even Alastor, who lives by a set of rules that have vanished in a new world.

With the fates of humans and demons at odds, the battle lines are drawn. Long ago, Prosper’s ancestor Honor Redding proved that humans and demons could never be friends. But is Prosper like his ancestor? And is Alastor the same demon who was betrayed by the one human he cared for?

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Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

 


The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken 
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover, 362 pages
Source: Birthday gift from my sister
Published on September 5th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Alexandra Bracken: Website Twitter Goodreads

Synopsis:
I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

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