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Victoria Reads Books

Global citizen, adventurer, ponderer. Lover of coffee, books, and the Oxford comma. Infected by wanderlust, enchanted by stories. Might occasionally be a photo blog.

Currently reading

Jane Austen
Progress: 230/412 pages
Le Petit Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Eight Great Comedies
Sylvan Barnet, Morton Berman, William Burton
The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, Compact Edition: Stories and Authors in Context
Dana Gioia, R.S. Gwynn
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, Aylmer Maude, E.B. Greenswood

Review: The House of Hades

The House of Hades - Rick Riordan

It's been awhile since I've read a young adult fantasy, and I have to admit that it's nice being able to blast through a 500+ book in a matter of hours.

The House of Hades was a solid addition to a the Heroes of Olympus series, a spinoff of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series that I started reading when I was in the fifth grade. This is a series that I grew up with, helping to inspire my passion in mythology and the classics.

Rick Riordan's greatest skill is in his ability to make you laugh out loud while reading. He is also very good at creating opening sentences that catch your attention in strokes of sheer strangeness. What I also liked about this book was the development that each of the main characters went through. Although the amount of development varied between characters, they were never stagnant or uninteresting.

This book is the penultimate book in the Heroes of Olympus series. The end of a series is always difficult to deal with, but with The Last Olympian as a precedent, I'm fairly confident in Riordan's ability to satisfy readers. Will the next book be the last time we see Percy Jackson & co? Who knows, but if it is, it'll be bittersweet to have this part of my childhood finally come to an end.