The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

January 9th, 2014 by

heroes-of-olympus-lost-hero-rick-riordanSubmitted by Joshua, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The book is called The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. There are these demigods named Leo, Jayson, and Hazel and they are they are trying to find a kid named Percy, demigod of the sea to help him. I like the part when Leo finds a bronze dragon and tames it. I would recommend this book to whoever likes fantasy god books.

The House of Hades: Kidsmomo Scorecard

November 26th, 2013 by

It’s almost time for Thanksgivukkah! Yes, it’s an amazing time when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah come together and people across the country enjoy turkey and latkes with friends and family. But also… it’s a school vacation!

And with the extra time on your hands, Thanksgivukkah is the perfect time to enjoy Rick Riordan’s The House of Hadesthe looooooooong (but worthwhile) newest book in the Heroes of Olympus series.

To help, we’ve put together a handy-dandy scorecard for the book: We considered each of the eight main demigods’ roles in the book in terms of kick-butt-ness, personal growth, and more. The scorecard is very informative and completely spoiler-free, so don’t worry about averting your eyes!

 

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Kidsmomo Scorecard: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Our Overall Winners: Leo Valdez and Hazel Levesque (tied)

If you’ve already read the book, leave a comment! What did you think of The House of Hades — did it meet your expectations? How did your favorite character fare in this 597-page epic?

If you’d also like to take a scientific/mathematical/statistical/supernerd approach to your review, download and print this blank scorecard to fill out yourself — Rick Riordan heads included!

— Karen and Nancy

 

The Mark of Athena: Book Review

November 20th, 2012 by

Mark-of-AthenaI just finished Rick Riordan’s latest installment in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena, and this is how I feel: tired. But my tiredness will not stop me from telling you about this book! This massive, really heavy, long book!

The book is 603 pages. 603 pages! So you can understand how I might feel just as tired as Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) when she was fighting her mother’s ultimate enemy, Arachne. Or as tired as Percy Jackson, Jason Grace, and Piper McClean felt when they almost drowned.

That’s right. You heard me. Percy Jackson. Son of Poseidon/Neptune. Drowning. Rick Riordan, you’ve turned my world upside down.

Here’s my take on The Mark of Athena: You should read this book. You MUST read this book. Because you want to know what happens to the demigods in the Prophecy of Seven:

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

Spoiler alert: You don’t find out in this book. Because there’s another book, The House of Hades, coming in Fall 2013! But The Mark of Athena does answer a few things about the prophecy, and you get to know each character a little more. Every time I get to know one character and decide he/she is my favorite, another pops up.

Things I Discovered While Battling the Urge To Sleep Because I Could Not Stop Reading This Book:

  • There are a lot of monsters (and therefore, monster battles) when you combine the Greek and Roman worlds. A lot. Prepare yourself. Especially with the handy-dandy glossary at the end of the book!
  • Like the other books in this series, each chapter is told from the perspective of a character. This can be good or bad, depending how attached you are to a specific character. See above comment about favoriting a character.
  • There’s a lot of romance. This can also be good or bad, depending on how much you care about that sort of thing. FYI: Dating Athena girls is tough, dating Zeus/Jupiter guys is tougher. Having a crush on someone who looks mysteriously like your long-lost love from approximately 80 years ago because you’ve been resurrected — that’s the toughest.
  • All monsters are all pretty much self-centered, ego-maniacal drama queens. Most of them also have bad fashion sense and are sadly unaware of the fact.
  • Why isn’t Octavian in this book more? The “teddy bear murderer” is so deliciously deranged.
  • The Mark of Athena in The Mark of Athena is a little coin that always reappears in Annabeth’s pocket, whereas The Mark of Athena is a giant 603-page book which does not fit in any convenient pocket known to man. Well, maybe a kangaroo’s pocket.
  • The demigods are growing up, facing fears and responsibilities — particularly, Annabeth. She’s never been just a sidekick/girlfriend for Percy, but it’s nice to get to know her even more.
  • The ending… ouch. Obviously, I won’t spoil it for you here, but it’s going to be another stressful 12 months with the *cliffhanger* at the end of this book. (Get it? Cliffhanger? For those of you who have read the book… wink wink, nudge nudge! For those of you who haven’t — get with the program).

So, have you picked up (with a forklift) The Mark of Athena yet? Leave a comment below or submit a book review — don’t worry, I won’t go all Hera on you and start smiting if you disagree!

— Nancy

Between having to wait until next fall for The House of Hades and next summer for the film adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Nancy’s pretty conflicted with the love/hate relationship she’s got going on with Rick Riordan.

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The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan

February 21st, 2012 by

son-of-neptune-rick-riordan-book-reviewSubmitted by Alexander, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I loved this book because my hero came back and had a spectaculer adventure.Percy Jackson fights two gorgons that simply wont die!This book inspired me to stand up for who i am.

TOGA PARTY! (For Heroes of Olympus #2)

October 2nd, 2011 by

toga-party-signYou know how it’s always nice and sunny when you don’t have any plans, and then the one day you have a big outdoor event to attend, it POURS? Well, that’s kind of what happened to us yesterday.

Rick Riordan’s publishers held a toga party in New York yesterday, to celebrate the upcoming release of The Heroes of Olympus Book 2: The Son of Neptune (in stores October 4). As you know from our many, many posts about his books, we’re HUGE fans of Rick Riordan, so we’d been looking forward to the shindig all week.

But apparently, Zeus did not care. Because right when we got to the event, it rained and rained and rained. And rained and rained. And rained.

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Luckily, no lightning! (Maybe someone stole Zeus’ lightning bolt again?) But still, the rain meant the party shut down early and we missed seeing Rick Riordan. Well, we did hear him saying goodbye to the crowd as we ran towards the stage, but he had disappeared into The Mist by the time we got there…

At least some of the gods hung around! And they weren’t shy about posing for a photo with Karen:

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Hey, mister! Watch where you swing that anvil!

The gods were also kind enough to pose with some young Romans:

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1): Book Review

August 28th, 2011 by

There’s a storm raging right now (literally, Hurricane Irene is currently pouring on NYC, where Karen and I live), so I decided to stay inside with The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Right when I finished the book, lightning flashed outside my window — maybe a sign of approval from Zeus?

Last fall, Karen wrote about The Heroes of Olympus, a new series by Rick Riordan that continues the adventures of the  Camp Half-Blood kids. In case you’re not familiar: Camp Half-Blood is a camp where demigods (children of Greek gods and mortals) hide out and learn to fight monsters. They have special powers. Need more information? Pick up the awesome Percy Jackson series.

So, back to business: I just finished the first book in the series, The Lost Hero, which was also pretty awesome. It’s told from three demigods’ perspectives: Jason, Leo, and Piper. All three of them have complicated pasts. Jason woke up with amnesia, Leo feels guilty over his mother’s death, and Piper’s just found out that her father disappeared. And they still have to find out which Greek god is one of their parents.

This is the part of the recommendation where I really don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I really want blab everything because it was so great. Here are a few more morsels: Jason speaks Latin. Leo can fix anything. And Piper can convince strangers to give her expensive cars. It’s a great continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series (I won’t even complain that Percy wasn’t in the book in person — uh oh, was that a spoiler?), and even if you haven’t read the PJTO books, I guarantee you’ll like it. I’ll just leave it at this: the last sentence of the book made me shout “OMG!!!” really loud (which scared my visiting family a bit). I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, The Son of Neptune.

And if you noticed that Neptune isn’t a Greek god, it’s a Roman god — well, that’s very clever of you and a big deal in the series. And if you didn’t notice… well, oops, spoiler. 😉

— Nancy

 
Nancy’s off to read the first chapter of The Son of Neptune many, many times until it’s released on October 4th!

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Kidsmomo Podcast #43: “Look Who’s Talking!”

March 8th, 2011 by

Karen says: You guys are gonna love our latest podcast, all about books with multiple viewpoints. And as a bonus, I tell some really fascinating stories about corn! I promise, you’ll be on the edge of your seat!

Nancy says: I think you’ll all really enjoy our latest podcast, all about books told in alternating perspectives. I’m just sorry that Karen talked about corn SO MUCH. Maybe you can fast forward through that part…

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  • “Lost and found” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Dumbledore tells all? We wish!
  • Our One Story, Multiple Narrators picks (Never Mind! and The View from Saturday)
  • Corn

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books for series starring girls, in honor of Women’s History Month! So send us a review of your favorite series starring a girl, and check our picks for series starring girls.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The Lost Hero

March 1st, 2011 by

This book trailer for The Lost Hero was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our One Story, Multiple Narrators theme. For more on The Lost Hero, check out our “Look Who’s Talking!” podcast.

Usually field trips are a nice break from everyday school life. But what if you’re on a field trip — and you’re suddenly attacked by magical spirits? Then you’re transferred to a camp for the children of Greek gods… and guess what, you’re one of them! That’s how the story starts for three different but connected teens in Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero. Watch our video to meet them!

Happy Winter Solstice!

December 21st, 2010 by

Here in the Northern Hemisphere (where Kidsmomo makes its home), the winter solstice is today. That means that tonight, the North Pole will be tilted as far away from the sun as it possibly can go, and we’ll experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It’s also the official first day of winter.

Now, unlike pretty much EVERYONE ELSE I’ve ever met, I enjoy the winter more than the summer — and I even like the way it gets dark early. Feels cozier to me that way.

But I may have to change my mind, based on what I just read in The Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. In the book, Chiron the centaur offers a much spookier description of today’s big event than anything I learned in science class:

“The winter solstice,” Chiron spoke up, “is also the time of greatest darkness. The gods gather that day, as mortals always have, because there is strength in numbers. The solstice is a day when evil magic is strong. Ancient magic, older than the gods. It is a day when things… stir.”

The way he said it, stirring sounded absolutely sinister — like it should be a first-degree felony, not something you did to cookie dough.

“Okay,” Annabeth said, glaring at the centaur. “Thank you, Captain Sunshine…”

As if Chiron’s warning about the winter solstice isn’t chilling enough, I’m a bit freaked out that I happened to read it on winter solstice day itself! Uh, should I be concerned about what’s coming tonight? Is this a sign?! For now, I’m going to fix myself a cup of hot cocoa and pretend like there’s nothing to worry about. But I just hope I can get to sleep later…

— Karen

Karen tends to have an overactive imagination, so this winter solstice stuff is probably no big deal. Then again, that’s what the protagonist always thinks at the beginning of a horror movie…

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Breaking Book News: “Heroes of Olympus” Info

September 18th, 2010 by

Obviously, we love Rick Riordan’s books. Based on the amount we’ve talked about Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles, you’d think we’re a teeny bit obsessed. But you’d be wrong — because we’re actually majorly obsessed. So, of course, we’re super excited to share news about Rick Riordan’s new series, The Heroes of Olympus!

A while back, we heard that Riordan would be writing a PJTO spin-off about a new group of demigods at Camp Half Blood, but we didn’t have any details. Well, this week, Riordan finally spilled some juicy info:

And you can learn even more about the new series on the official website, where you’ll also find… are you ready?… A SNEAK PEEK OF THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome!

Can you tell I’m excited? Just a tad? Let me put it this way: I intended to read just a little bit before going to bed last night because I was really, really tired. But once I started, I could not tear my eyes away. And when I got to the last page, I clicked “Next” anyway — even though I knew I had reached the end — because I just wasn’t ready to stop reading. So yeah, you could say I kind of dug it. Kinda.

So… what are you waiting for? Go check out all the goodies at the Heroes of Olympus site! The first book in the series, The Lost Hero, won’t be in stores until October 12th, but at least Riordan’s giving us some entertaining stuff to keep us busy until then. I just wish he’d included a few more chapters. Sigh.

— Karen

Karen once took a quiz to tell her which Percy Jackson character she’d be. The answer was Annabeth Chase. Well, obvi. Because Karen’s wise. Right?

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