Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Demigods and Monsters edited by Rick Riordan

Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Title: Demigods and Monsters

Contributors: Leah Wilson, Elizabeth M. Rees, Nigel Rodgers, Ellen Steiber, Elizabeth Wein, Kathy Appelt, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Cameron Dokey, Sarah Beth Durst, Jenny Han, Carolyn MacCullough, Sophie Masson, Hilary Wagner, Paul Collins.

Editor: Rick Riordan

Publication date: July 2013 (Revised Edition)

Published by: Smart Pop

Source: From publishers via Netgalley (thanks!)

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Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series-including The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth-features a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the son of a Greek god, the target of mythical Greek monsters and the center of a prophecy that could change the balance of power in the world forever. In Demigods and Monsters, YA authors take on Greek gods, monsters and prophecy, to add insight and even more fun to Riordan's page-turner series. Its fresh, funny essays include:

• The pros and cons of having a god as a parent • Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have • What it takes to be one of Artemis's Hunters • How to tell a monster when you see one • Why even if we aren't facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myths can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives • Why so many monsters go into retail-and why they're never selling anything a demigod really wants

The book also includes an introduction by Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan, that gives further insight into the series and its creation, and a glossary of ancient Greek myth, with plenty of information on the places, monsters, gods and heroes that appear in the series.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Okay so I LOVE Percy Jackson and anything Rick Riordan writes because, well, he is just awesome like that. So when I saw this I knew I had to have it!

Of course, when I requested this I didn't exactly know what to expect... I mean, it's Percy Jackson, which was good enough for me. But if you like essay-type books (that does not actually read like one) by authors talking about your favorite book and just analyzing different aspects of it, give this one a try.

I thought this book was very interesting... Seeing all the different views of the series and talking about things I never even thought of! Anyway, I admit that now that I read it, this essay-type stuff is not really my thing, I thought it was overall a very fun read about one of my favorite series!


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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