Summary From Goodreads:
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?
I’ve heard in so many reviews that they couldn’t get into this book because there’s new characters, and a whole new plotline, but I thought the exact opposite. It was so refreshing getting a whole new mythology, while still having Greek in the mix. I honestly couldn’t put this book down, the characters and the plot twists kept me going. It was brilliant of Rick to put multiple POVs, because it kept the book running, and it was super cool seeing through the eyes of each and every character. And, we were lucky to not have to go through the torture of being introduced to a whole new world (because it normally lasts 200 pages). Us readers are already familiar with the amazing world of Percy Jackson.
Like I said above, I heard so many people say this was boring because Percy wasn’t in it. Heck, I missed Percy, but I still LOVED the new characters. Leo was probably my favorite because He was soooo funny! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that much in a book. And I loved loved loved seeing more Greek gods, instead of the main 12. Piper was a very relatable character, and she was very fun to read about. Jason is definitely one of my new book boyfriends. He’s dreamy, brave, handsome, and really nice.
Overall & Recommendations:
I absolutely loved this book! There was so many plot twists, that left me wondering what would happen next. Even though this was a bit predictable, I can definitely expect great things to come in the rest of the books. The characters were my absolute favorite! I love how this book is both plot and character driven, which makes for a book that’s twice as amazing!
“I have lightning and wind powers,” Jason reminded him. “Piper can turn beautiful and charm people into giving her BMWs. You’re no more a freak than we are. And, hey, maybe you can fly, too. Like jump off a building and yell ‘Flame on!'”
Leo snorted. “If I did that, you would see a flaming kid falling to his death, and I would be yelling something a little stronger than ‘Flame on!”
“Gaea?” Leo shook his head. “Isn’t that Mother Nature? She’s supposed to have, like, flowers in her hair and birds singing around her and dear and rabbits doing her laundry.”
“Leo, that’s Snow White,” Piper said.”
“Piper gripped his hand and followed him, “If I fall, you’re catching me.”
“Uh, sure.” Jason hoped he wasn’t blushing.
Leo stepped out next. “You’re catching me, too, Superman. But I ain’t holding your hand.”
“But beauty is about finding the right fit, the most natural fit, To be perfect, you have to feel perfect about yourself — avoid trying to be something you’re not. For a goddess, that’s especially hard. We can change so easily.
“She shot a blast of wintry sleet at the demigods, but Leo held up his hand. A wall of fire roared to life in front of them, and the snow dissolved in a steamy cloud.
Leo grinned. “See, lady, that’s what happened to snow in Texas. It—freaking—melts.”
“Aphrodite is about love and beauty. Being loving. Spreading beauty. Good friends. Good times. Good deeds. Not just looking good. Silena made mistakes, but in the end she stood by her friends. That’s why she was a hero. I’m going to set things right, and I’ve got a feeling Mom will be on my side. Want to find out?