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Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

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Title: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
Author: Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illustrator)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: August 19th 2014
Series or Standalone: Standalone but a companion to Percy Jackson & Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series
Format: Paperback, 336 pages

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A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus.  Percy does not hold back.

“If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.”

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Rick Riordan made me love the greek mythology. No doubt with that. But I have zero intention of reading the actual greek mythology. Just seeing that thick book with the smallest font I’ve ever seen before. My brain says no. My body says no.

This book is actually a compilation of different stories of the twelve olympians and some gods and titans. Hades, Artemis, Persephone, Zeus, Atlas, Hestia and everyone. Name it. Every stories is narrated by Percy Jackson himself. So imagine a 21st century teenager telling you all this greek stuff with overloaded persassyness (if such word exists) on it. Just imagine. Cool right? The stories never get boring with Percy’s pov. It never will. You know. It’s Percy. And John Rocco’s stunning artwork made the book more enjoyable. I mean, I literally spent more than a minute devouring its beauty. Yeah, that’s me.

Unlike Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series which are both middle grade. Is HoO middle grade or young adult? It confuses me, actually. But I don’t think this one is. Why? It contains rapes in different forms. Yes. Zeus in snake form to snake-Demeter or horse-Poseidon to horse-mortal woman? nymph? (I forgot, sorry). Do you think it’s weird enough? Wait and see.

It also includes putting your ugly children down to underworld, killing your own dad, swallowing whole your children, killing your own baby-eating-dad, cooking your own son into stew, and kidnapping a goddess to make her as a wife. You know. Just a typical day for your favorite gods.

Well if you’re a fan and a demigod, this is a must-read for you. And Percy narrates it!!!! I know you miss him too as much as I do. Higly recommended.

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