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GOODREADS // AMAZON // BOOK DEPOSITORY The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be "normal." But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star's help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal's quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family's champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens--and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

This gorgeously imagined YA debut blends shades of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and a breathtaking landscape of Hindu mythology into a radiant contemporary fantasy.

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Review: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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?

So I revisited the world of Rick Riordan with my wonderful friend Lindsey over at Lindsey Reads and it was pretty AWESOME! You can read her review here.

We have Jason with his amnesia, Piper with her weird dreams and Leo with his shady past. I must say that while I adored Leo and loved Piper, I wasn’t the biggest fan of jason. I mean he was nice and all but he wasn’t as three dimensional as the others. This was probably due to the fact that he was missing a huge chunk of his memories, but yeah his narration wasn’t all that interesting for me. This could also be due to the fact that I’m used to Percy’s way of narration who in this novel is missing. But I was really excited to revisit Camp half-blood and some favorite characters like Annabeth and Chiron!

Leo is my favorite of the trio. He is so freaking humorous and so handy with tools and making wonderful devices! Even when he was scared or sad, his narration had this sassy humor I loved! Piper was the most intriguing of them all for she has to make choices that could affect the whole world and it was interesting to see how she thought and worked.

"I try very hard to be annoying," Leo said. "Don't insult my ability to annoy. And how am I supposed to resent you if you go apologizing? I'm a lowly mechanic. You're like the prince of the sky, son of the Lord of the Universe. I'm supposed to resent you."
Holy vegetables! That was one amazing plot for the start of the series. I feel quite proud that me and Lindsey made these guesses that mostly turned out correct! But that doesn’t mean the plot was predictable! There were these twists I didn’t see coming and I loved how everyday I’d have this animated conversation with Lindsey about everything that was happening in the story! I love how Uncle Rick can take a seemingly simple plot and make it this absolutely wonderful adventure. It’s a lot similar to Percy Jackson and the olympians although it doesn’t quite reach the same level of awesomeness. The Lost Hero was fantastic but I guess PJO sets pretty high standards! But I like how with this series we have Greek and Roman mythology coming together to make things more interesting.

The humor and sass of Uncle Rick’s writing is present in all its glory. As always, I adored the dialogue and even the inner monologue of the characters. Like I said, Jason’s narration felt a little subdued but I LOVED all of Leo’s chapters. He reminds me so much of Percy!

“Can we just call them storm spirits?” Leo asked. “Venti makes them sound like evil espresso drinks.”

“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 deer and rabbits doing her laundry.”
“Leo, that’s Snow White,” Piper said.”
- The plot
- The mythology
- The writing
- The diversity
- LEO!!

- I didn’t like Jason as much as Piper and Leo
- Nothing in particular but I feel like I enjoyed PJO more

I absolutely enjoyed the first book of the series! It is quite the start, making readers curious about many things! For those of you who loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians, this series is a must. Uncle Rick’s trademark wonderful characters and humor are all there in ample quantity!

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