Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy
Publication: October 4, 2011 by Disney Hyperion
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Pages: 521 Pages
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
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Goodreads Summary
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

My Thoughts
This was a really fun book. I don't know if I would listen to it again on Audiobook, but it was an adventurous story. I did think this instalment in the Heroes of Olympus was a bit slower than The Lost Hero but it was helping to build up for the next books in the series. I am excited to continue on with this series.

With the audiobook, I did find that I got distracted frequently but that has everything to do with me and not the book. There are a lot of characters to keep track of from across the series that it does require some attention to keep everything straight. I did really like that some of the book took place in Canada, as a Canadian it's fun when it's included.

I am excited to read The Mark of Athena, I foresee it being much more action packed and I can't wait for all the characters to be in one place again. This was definitely a story building book, setting us up for the rest of the series, which I hope to continue with soon!

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