I’ve been insanely busy, rushed, and distracted for the past few weeks. I started a new job (always fun, right) and have been learning a lot of new things. Getting used to the long days is taking a toll on my sleep schedule and productivity at home, though. I’m adjusting, though, and now that I’ve completed some of the more pressing things on my to-do list, it’s time to continue my reviewing.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have still managed to find time to read (mostly in the tub) in spite of the insanity of the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to keep up on reviews while reading. Now it’s time to play catch-up!
Written by Cornelia Funke, this book is the first in a new series (at least a trilogy, from what I’ve read) and it’s amazing!
This book has it all…
- a world behind a mirror
- a missing father
- stone men
- mermaids from your worst nightmares
- witches in gingerbread houses
- a Sleepy Beauty castle
… and soo much more!
Just looking at the list implies a story that may be poorly cobbled together using parts from fairy tales, but believe me when I say that isn’t the case here. Funke is a master of the art and she has never (and I dare say will never – *knock wood*) left me feeling anything but impressed.
The Lost Hero – The Heroes of Olympus: Book One
Here’s a question for you: Have you read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan?
If you answered “yes, and I loved them,” then this book should be next on your reading list. If you answered “yes, but they weren’t that great/they were awful,” then you’re going to want to steer clear of this series, too. If you answered “no, but they’re on my reading list,” then you may want to add this to your list as well.
This book is the start of a sequel series to the Percy Jackson books. Percy Jackson is not the main character and he’s not even present in this book, although he’s mentioned quite a few times. His friends (remember Annabeth, Rachel, Chiron, etc…) are teamed up with some new friends on a new quest. They’re also hoping to find Percy.
The main character of this book (and likely the whole series) is Jason. He doesn’t remember his last name. He doesn’t remember where he lives, how he ended up on a bus holding hands with a cute girl, or his supposed best friend.
I have a few more questions for you: How well do you know your mythological gods, goddesses, heroes, and creatures? Who is Zeus? What about Jupiter? Hera? Juno? Medea? Lupa? King Midas? Jason?
The Percy Jackson series focused on the Greek aspects of mythology. In this series, Riordan shows his skill by interweaving the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses into his stories. Throughout the book, we encounter the now familiar Greek beings and their Roman counterparts. We learn new things about demigods and learn why these things were kept secret.
While I’m still not fond of the overly casual style of writing (mostly the use of common/current slang terms), the books (this one and the Percy Jackson series) are well written and fun to read. If you haven’t read them yet, give them a try.