My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 tol 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 and 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 he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and 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.
My Summary: Percy has no idea who he is or where he came from. But he knows he's a demigod: the son of Neptune and a mortal, but he has no idea where he's spent the last 16 years of his life. The only things he can remember are vague - the face of he girl he knows is his girlfriend and a name.
He's rescued by a wolf - Lupa - and trained to be a warrior before he's sent off to Camp Jupiter - a place for the demigod children of Roman gods and goddesses. The minute he arrives, though, something begins to nag at Percy's memory, and when things go really wrong, the campers discover something terrifying: the dead are returning to life.
Before he can even take a nap, Percy's called on a impossible quest with two kind-hearted misfits: release Death from his chains and help defeat Gaea - mother earth herself.
My Thoughts: If any of you have read my reviews for Rick Riordan's books before, you know that I adore anything and everything he's written. Both my little brother and I rush to the bookstore to buy his books the day they come out, and we argue for hours over who gets to read his books. And the thing is, my brother is 8 years younger than me, and he enjoys the books as much as I do.
Riordan's writing style is awesome. It flows easily, it's easy to understand, and the slight hint of sarcasm adds humour to every situation. There were dozens of times that I actually started laughing out loud at passages, and Riordan's use of imagery ensures that you can visualize everything, making it all the more humourous.
I was a little worried about this book (as I was for the last one) - introducing new characters is always an iffy move. But Riordan pulls it off, making the new characters so genuine and endearing that you can't help but care about them. I loved Hazel and Frank, and the glimpses into Hazel's past were awesome. And that twist at the end? I'm seriously counting down the days until The Mark of Athena comes out!
Honestly, I don't know why you're still reading this review. Go pick up these books!
Final Thoughts: I recommend these books to EVERYONE. You'll fall in love with these books if you're a fan of mythology, no matter how old you are. They're great for kids and teens and adults looking for something light, funny, and interesting. Be sure to start with the first book in the Percy Jackson series (The Lightening Thief) though, because you'll definitely enjoy it more that way.