Thursday, October 17, 2013

LEANN'S REVIEW: DOUBLE FEATURE The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) & The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)

Title: The Son of Neptune

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: Heroes of Olympus

Format: Hardcover

ISBN13: 9781423140597

Published October 4th 2011 by Hyperion Book CH


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 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.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


I love that Percy is back... but he doesn't remember who he is... This book is a great read. I really enjoyed it. Riordan does it again and again, Never disappointing.

We meet all new characters and a new camp! I loved the Roman personalities and style. It was incredibly fun to compare the two camps.

Love Hazel and Frank! Hello Hazel is back from the dead! Thought only monsters did that! :) Nico is back as well! YAY. I just love this new spin off series and can't wait to see where this series takes us in the future.

Again Riordan brings to life ancient tales in a new and modern spin. This book is a must read for any youth fan out there!

Title: The Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Heroes of Olympus

Format: Hardcover

ISBN13: 9781423140603

Published October 2nd 2012 by Hyperion Book CH


Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


Can Riordan let us down? NO! I love his style and stories time and time again. He has yet to disappoint.

The two camps are about to meet... and more importantly Annabeth and Percy will reunite! Characters from book 1 and 2 are brought together and we finally meet the 7. I really enjoyed that Annabeth finally has a book kind of to her self. I love her character and love hearing from her point of view. This might be my favorite book so far... maybe. It's a hard choice.

While this story has lots of action it takes a little different approach than the other stories. This book is truly about Annabeth getting back to Percy. I love the plot and cant wait to see what Riordan throws are way next. The wait for the next book might kill me.... Can you say mother of a cliff hanger?


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