December 21, 2010

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 557
Review Source: Library

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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 a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, 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.

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. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.

My Thoughts:
Amazing! That’s one word I would use to describe this book. I really, really enjoyed it, and I honestly think it rivals the Percy Jackson books. Maybe I’m just so excited about it because The Red Pyramid disappointed me a little bit. ‘The Lost Hero,’ however, really lived up to, and surpassed, my expectations. If you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series you will probably really enjoy this continuation of the story of the gods’ children and Camp Half-Blood’s involvement in the gods’ wars. I loved the mixture of new characters and familiar faces from the Percy Jackson books. The character of Piper really intrigued me, and I have to say that I connected with her a lot more than I ever did with Annabeth. Riordan uses a lot of the same plot devices over again in his books, but it always seems to work well. His books are always so rich with detail and full of fun characterizations while still being easy to read, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The new elements added to this story make everything more exciting, and I absolutely cannot WAIT for the second book in the series to come out!


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  1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked this one. I'm forcing myself to wait until the next one comes out, because I hear something major happens to poor Percy. Aww, can't the guy get a break?
    Great review! Glad to see a pleased PJ fan :D

  2. I'm happy to see this one was great-- and much better than the Red Pyramid, which I was very disappointed in. One thing-- your synopsis is showing the summary for Zombies vs Unicorns. I'm not sure why?-- copy and paste error? Happens to me a lot. Anyway, great review. :)

  3. Yes, there is definitely a huge new plot line for Percy!

    Kat -- thanks for pointing that out! Sometimes copy/paste definitely screws up on me, so either that happened, or I just forgot to update the synopsis. It's fixed now, haha. Thanks!

  4. This sounds great! I have not read this one, but I did send it to my nephew for a Christmas gift. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  5. Great review, Ashley! I liked this one a good bit, but I was a little disappointed by Annabeth's change...I'm glad you liked this overall though! :)

  6. I really want to read the Percy Jackson series, everyone seems to love them and they sound like such fun reads! I love strong characters and lots of interesting details:) Fabulous review Ashley!

  7. I loved the Percy Jackson series! Quick question: do you have to have read all the Percy Kackson series to read this one?
    Brilliant review!

  8. I definitely don't think you have to read the Percy books to read this one. You would probably have a fuller understanding of everything, and it is a companion series... but I don't think you would be totally lost. The author does a pretty good job of explaining everything, especially because the characters in this one are new to the whole scene as well.


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