Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Blood of Olympus

Rick Riordan is always a winner in my book. It was during one of my first Summer Reading Projects that I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. And never have I laughed out loud so much at such a small book. Kristan Higgins makes me cringe with awkward and snortle, but when I got to the part of The Battle of the Labyrinth where Tyson yells BAD COW at a raging metal bull...I lost it. So suffice it to say I have since read all of the Percy Jackson Books, all of the Kane Chronicles, and just finished off the Heroes of Olympus series.

Retrieved from Goodreads
The solstice is upon the demigods of the Roman and Greek camps. There's going to be a party in Athens, but not a good one. Gaea is waking, and Hazel, Piper, Leo, Frank, Percy, and Annabeth are the only ones who can stop it. Meanwhile, Nico, Coach Hedge, and Reyna are transporting the Athena Parthenos back to Camp Halfblood in an attempt to stop the Romans from waging war on the camp. The two groups hurtle toward their destinations, battling monsters and their own personal demons as the end of the world approaches.

Woof. So many characters in this book. And while I really enjoyed reading from Nico and Reyna's perspective, I was also sad that in this final book we didn't get Percy's perspective. I liked that Leo was the one who ultimately came up with a plan to defeat Gaea, but the fact that the two major demigods didn't really play a huge role in the battle against the Earth Mother felt odd. But maybe that's because I'm used to Percy being the Big Hero. Additionally, I thought Nico's story was told particularly well, and was nicely wrapped up over two entire series of books. Talk about a slow burn! The romance (excepting between Leo and Calypso) was just weird and cringe-inducing, so I think Riordan should avoid kissing scenes and stick to writing what he's best at: hilarious encounters between demigods and gods. Nike the goddess of victory bellowing anger at everyone receiving participation awards was funny enough to make me laugh just as hard as when Iris the goddess of rainbows opened a health food store. All in all a fun read. I look forward to reading the new series about Apollo!

Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Up Next: Redemption by Debra Driza