Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: The Demigod Diaries (The Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion...all in one hour or less? With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.
MY TAKE:
I enjoyed the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus very much, so I wanted to read more about the demigods.

The Demigod Diaries includes stories about Luke, Thalia and Annabeth (The Diary of Luke Castellan), Percy, Annabeth and Hermes (Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes), Leo, Piper and Jason (Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford). There are also activities (quiz, word search, and word scramble) and a story written by Rick Riordan's son about a demigod who fought on Kronos' side.

I enjoyed the Percy Jackson and Leo Valdez stories the most. Both stories were funny and helped me learn more about Greek myths. Luke's story, on the other hand, helped me understand better his motivation for doing what he did during the Percy Jackson series.

Alabaster's story was more serious than the other stories here. It's a good stand-alone story, but I felt like it didn't fit the overall tone of the book. Two of the stories. plus the interview with George and Martha, were lighthearted and while Luke's story wasn't funny, it didn't feel as somber as Alabaster's story.

I kinda wish there were a couple more stories in the book. I felt like I was still in the middle of my reading rhythm by the time the book ended.

The activities were fun, though. The word scramble is quite easy, the word search was moderate, while the quiz/puzzle was just the right amount of challenging.

THE GOOD:

  1. The stories are true to the characters.
  2. The Percy and Leo stories are entertaining.
  3. The activities are fun.

THE BAD:

  1. Four stories doesn't seem like enough. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
How do you greet a god? If there’s an etiquette guide for that, I haven’t read it. I’m never sure if I’m supposed to shake hands, kneel, or bow and shout, “We’re not worthy!” 
READ IT IF:

  1. You enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.
  2. You want to learn more about Luke Castellan.
  3. You wonder about the demigods who sided with Kronos.

RATING:
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