Review – The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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Synopsis:
Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I’m kicking myself for taking so long to start this series. I was a little hesitant to start because I loved the characters from the Percy Jackson series so much, I wasn’t sure how much I would connect to a new cast of characters for this series. I had no trouble at all connecting with these characters! I love Piper, Jason, and Leo as much as I love Percy, Annabeth, and Grover.

There were so many funny moments during this book, especially with Leo. Leo turned out to be an amazing and incredibly strong character. Piper was amazing as well. I cheered for Piper so hard during her last confrontation with Drew. I think Piper is going to be exactly what the Aphrodite cabin needs. I felt so bad for Jason about his memory loss. I can only imagine how maddening it would be to not remember anything about who you are on top of dealing with everything else these three had to go through. Coach Hedge offered a lot of humor throughout the book as well.

I’ll admit that I cried a couple times during this book, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I ugly cried over Festus but am so glad that he is making a comeback.

The ending of this book gave me chills and left me with my mouth hanging open. Mind freaking blown! I can’t wait to jump into the next book.

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