Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Thoughts: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero
(Heroes of Olympus #1)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: October 12th 2010
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Pages: 557
ISBN: 9781423113393
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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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 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.

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? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Earlier this year I started a re-readathon of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan to prepare myself to FINALLY start the Heroes of Olympus series. I've wanted to read the Heroes series for a while now, but it's been so long since I read the Percy Jackson books, that I needed to refresh my mind before starting the new series. I'm So glad that I finally had a chance to read The Lost Hero! It's a great beginning to what I know will be another awesome series.

I love the mix of characters in the story, as some were completely new to me, and some were super familiar as those that we know from the previous series. I actually really love when an old friend we know from a previous book makes an appearance in a new book. (Though one character I was looking forward to 'seeing' again the most was unfortunately absent from this novel, but I hear we will 'see' him again soon!) The new group of characters were all interesting, and I really enjoyed reading all of their stories, especially the three main characters; Jason, Piper, and Leo. I'm looking forward to following these characters throughout this series!

The storyline for the book also felt familiar, yet completely fresh as well. I love that part of the story is set at Camp Half-Blood, as that is a place that I totally wish was real, because I would definitely want to visit it. I also love that while the Percy Jackson series was about Greek Mythology, in The Lost Hero Riordan starts to introduce us to Roman Mythology, which I'm quickly becoming fascinated with as well. I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series, because I really need to know where exactly this series is going. *grin*

Overall; The Lost Hero is a great start to the Heroes of Olympus series, and I'm already hooked! I'm so glad all of the books in this series have already been published, so I can read straight through the books without having to wait for the next to be released. I'm starting the next book in the series, The Son of Neptune, as soon as possible! If you love the Percy Jackson books and haven't yet checked out this series, you should totally do so!

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