The book I just geeked out over with a high school volunteer. It’s just that good.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

This is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series. There’s one more. After that, theoretically, there will never be another Percy Jackson book ever again.

So stressful.

Great things about this book: The character development. Every single one of them gets their go at growing and becoming more awesome, and when you’ve got 10 major characters, that’s no easy feat.

Hazel gets to really embrace her heritage and explore her powers, despite her misgivings about her own strength and whether or not she even wants the powers that come from her father. Annabeth, who had relatively little growth, begins to come to terms with what it means to be a leader, and the full meaning of her relationship with Percy. Leo gets to step away from the class clown role (but luckily not all the way away ’cause a little comic relief is great) to someone who’s made the hardest choice possible – choosing his duty over the woman he loves. Percy starts to realize that being a leader and a warrior has a cost and there are serious consequences to everything he does. Frank moves from the awkward clumsy giant to the strong, warrior and leader that he never really had the chance to be when Percy and Jason were around. Jason starts to fall from his annoyingly perfect pedestal as his own indecision about his place in the world starts to effect his ability to do his job. Piper finally finds her own voice, kinda literally given her power and metaphorically as she saves her friends and learns to fight. Nico’s big sexuality reveal makes him a much more interesting character. Reyna, the rigid Roman leader breaks the rules to do what she knows is right. Even Coach Hedge gets a little more 3D when we find out he’s going to be a father.

Downsides include still not narrated by Percy Jackson in first person, which I will never stop missing and Nico, the single gay character on the quest, is the only one who isn’t tidily matched up with someone yet, which kind of angers me. Still there’s one more book, so hopefully he’ll hook up before the end. Although I suspect that he’s going to die.

Which’ll be sad.

Also stressful.

Overall, loved it, good times were had and I’m looking forward to the next one.

Last movie I watched: The first half of Friends with Kids. Pretty funny. Cute kids.

Last TV episodes I watched: Leverage. Man the show is EPIC. I love it. And Parker. And Elliot. And Hardison. And Sophie. And Nate.

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