Express Lane Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

son of neptuneThe Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riodan
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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 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

Rating

4 out of 5

4 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  Percy is back!  I’m a huge fan of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, but I struggled a bit with The Lost Hero (Book 1 in this series) because Percy wasn’t in it.  I was so glad to have Percy Jackson back in the story.  Percy’s sarcastic voice is the best part of these books, in my opinion.

Point Two:  The Son of Neptune (as well as the Heroes of Olympus series) is not solely about Percy Jackson anymore.  There are other main characters, and I really did enjoy these new characters.  Hazel and Frank were very well-developed, unique characters, and I loved reading about their stories.

Point Three:  I actually really liked the switch to third-person point of view.  I was nervous that I would miss Percy’s first person POV from the PJ&tO series,  but surprisingly I didn’t really have an issue.  I did find myself liking Percy’s chapters the best, though, even though I liked Hazel’s and Frank’s chapters.

Point Four:  My brain can’t quite wrap around how this whole Greek and Roman counterparts of the gods work, though.  I keep trying to grasp it completely, but my brain sort of refuses.

Point Five:  This was such a fast-paced, action-packed book.  I love an unputdownable book, but my favorite part is always the humor.  Riordan has a wonderful sense of humor, and I think that’s largely why these books are so popular.  The way Riordan portrays the different gods and goddesses are hilarious.  They all have they own personalities, but they’ve also adapted to the modern world.  That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of these books.

Point Six:  I listened to the audiobook, and for the most part, I really enjoyed Joshua Swanson’s narration.  However, I wasn’t a real fan of the voice he created for Percy.  He made Percy sound a little younger than I pictured it.  But overall, Swanson was a great narrator.

Point Seven:  Rick Riordan is a fantastic and fun writer.  If you haven’t tried either the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, or haven’t gotten to the Heroes of Olympus, you really should.  They are so much fun.

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