REVIEW - The Lost Hero by Rick Roidan

Book Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Roidan (link to his Goodreads page)
Series: Heros of Olympus
Book No.: 1
Source: Kirston (She's my mini-library. . .ish.)
Pages: 553
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Rating: 5/5 (☼☼☼☼☼)

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.

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first audio book in The Heroes of Olympus series. (We know I didn't have an audio book, but oh well.)

Just like the famous series the spin-off originated from, this novel includes new hilarious and quirky characters, such as Jason, Piper, and Leo, while keeping the old characters that we know and love, such as Anabeth, Clarisse, and others.

This book switches perspectives between Jason, Piper, and Leo. At first, this idea didn't sound like the smartest move for Mr. Roidan after he wrote a perfectly awesome series with just a first perspective narrator. I was completely wrong since the switching of points of view (which I will be calling POVs, by the way) was actually necessary to get the full stories from all the characters.

The plot with this story is sort of similar to the Percy Jackson series, which involves the rising of horrible Greek mythological creatures, the gods and goddesses disputing and claiming their demigod children, the self-discovery, the quests, the face-offs with monsters from Greek mythology, etc., but the interesting twist with this novel is that now we are focused primarily on the Roman versions of the Greek mythology. (Example: Hades=Pluto, Zeus=Jupiter, Hera=Juno, Athena=Menerva, etc.) One of the three main characters, Jason, can only remember the Roman versions of all the myths and names of the gods/goddesses, so this makes this series unique and set apart from the series it is associated with.

All in all, without completely ruining the book for you so you can enjoy it as much as I did, this book does not fail to please and scratch the itch from the major cliff hanger at the end of The Last Olympian. For all those who haven't read the Percy Jackson series, you should hang your head in shame. (Kidding, but seriously! I loved that series.)


Favorite Demigod: So many to chose from, but I must say that I loved Leo. Hephesteaus has to be one of my favorite gods because of his "lack" of good looks. That sets him apart from the others. Other than that, Leo is just so darn cute!
Favorite God: It's a tie! I loved Boreaus. Who doesn't think French accents are sexy? The other was Aeoleus, even if he was a jerk. I loved his strange personality.
Favorite Goddess: I must say the goddess of snow, Khione, even if she was a total vilainess. You gotta love the evil ones.
Favorite Mythological...Dude: KING MIDAS!! :D Everything he touches turns to gold. How cool is that?!
If you are looking for something to satisfy your longing for more Percy Jackson magic, then look no further! The Lost Hero is sure to please those Percy Jackson fans like myself who were desperate to find something to fill the void from the completion of the Percy Jackson series.

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