House of Hades…More like “House of Holy Hell that was Awesome!”

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is one of my absolute favourite book series ever.  When I discovered that he was writing a sequel series, I was definitely really excited to read it as well.  I just knew that this series would be as amazing as his last, and boy was I right. 

House of Hades is book four in the Heroes of Olympus series.  In this novel, we see our heroes divided as they try and close the doors of death from both sides—Earth and Tartarus.  After the third book Mark of Athena ended with a major cliff hanger, I had to wait months for the next book to be published.  When it was finally released, I still had to wait to read it as I knew I was going to get it for Christmas.

Well, let me say, the wait was worth it.  I was so excited that I read the book in three days.  I don’t want to give away spoilers in this post, so I won’t go too much into detail, but I loved the book.  Percy and Annabeth were adorable, as always—my favourite thing is how she calls him Seaweed Brain (so cute).  I’m also really loving the interactions between the other characters.   Jason and Leo seem like they have a great friendship and I love seeing Nico being nice to someone (his sister Hazel). 

I found that this book had strong character development and left the heroes in a really interesting place for the fifth—and final—book in the series.  The next book is coming out in the fall so I have more waiting to do before I can finish the series, but I honestly don’t mind.  The anticipation makes the arrival of the book that much more exciting. 

I’m a huge fan of Riordan’s writing and I can’t wait for the next series he’ll most likely write after finishing the Heroes of Olympus series.  I discovered Riordan’s books in a very interesting way. 

My dad came home one day with a movie that he has found at Walmart in the $5 bin.  Nobody in my family had heard of it, but we thought we’d give it a shot.  The movie was Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.  We really enjoyed the movie as I love learning about the Greek and Roman gods.  After looking up the movie, I saw that it was based off of a book series and decided to check it out.  Though the book was very different from the movie, I absolutely love both.    

The two movies in the series that are out do not follow the books very closely, but they are good in their own way.  I just think of them as separate entities and I’m fine—after all, you can be a fan of the books and the movies.  Just because they’re so different, doesn’t mean you have to stop liking one or the other.

Fans of his Percy Jackson series should read the Kane Chronicles series as well.  This trilogy is about Egyptian mythology, with a modern twist.  Like his Percy Jackson series, this trilogy takes the famous Egyptian gods and legends and brings them into the modern world, spinning together a story that people of any age would enjoy.

All in all, anything Rick Riordan writes is sure to be thrilling and I will continue to buy his books—regardless of the age group they’re intended for. 

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