Tuesday, January 29, 2013

mini Book Review ~ The Demigod Diaries

The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus)
by Rick Riordan
published by Hyperion
genre: mythology, fantasy, MG/YA

Summary (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 Thoughts: Like The Demigod Files, I read this for the short stories. The illustrations were interesting as was the interview with Hermes' snakes and the pictures were better placed in this book. Now to the stories...

The Diary of Luke Castellan: It was good to get more of a background into Luke and how he, Thalia, and Annabeth came together. This story focuses on Luke and Thalia trapped in the house of a cursed demigod Halcyon Green. It has monsters, treasure and sacrifice. Overall, it made me like Luke a little more.

Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes: Percy and Annabeth are on a picnic when Hermes shows up to send Percy on a mission. The ginger, pickpocket, giant Cacus stole Hermes staff (on someone else's orders) and Percy needs to get it back before any of the other gods notice that Hermes cannot send messages. This was a cute humorous short that gives us more of a happy  moment with these two heroes than we usually get.

Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford: I'll admit I kept getting confused on where this story took place. Every time I would see Jason's name I would think California even though they are at camp half-blood.
My favorite character in this story was the temperamental side table that ran away with an important part of Argo II.

The last short story was written by Rick Riordan's son, Haley. I was impressed by his writing and how well the story flowed with his father's work.

Son of Magic: Alabaster is one of the demigods who fought for Kronos and survived. We find out a lot in this short. How the mist is created and why monsters can smell half bloods. What happened to the rest of the survivors that fought on the losing side (gods and their bargains).
I didn't care for Dr Claymore but he was important to Alabaster's story going forward and had a minor growth in character himself.

Rating: 4

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