The sad fact is it took my a whole month to read The House of Hades, but I have finally finished! I’m sure some of you (Hannah!) has already read it twice! I loved parts of House of Hades while other parts really lost my attention.
The beginning was a little too slow for me and I felt it did not pick up until Leo’s chapters when he chased after the dwarfs. The humor really made me laugh. (Blue bottom! lol) It was really interesting that Bob was back and I sure was glad I had read The Demigod Files. In a lot of ways he reminded me of Tyson. I felt the saddest and by far the best part in the book was Calypso’s Island, Ogygia. I really had wished we were given four more chapters of Leo and Calypso. Leo’s promise to come back for her was so touching. I really cannot wait to see what happens in The Blood of Olympus. It was awesome how the seven were reunited together at the very end. To Athens we go!
5 Things I Loved (Order of Appearance)
My dream finally came true. I have always loved the idea of Hecate (as you saw in Capture the Flag) so for Rick to bring her to life was awesome. She was wicked cool at the end!
2. The Arai Attack
I loved this frightening scene as Percy and Annabeth fought them off. And for Annabeth to go blind!! I was worried.
3. Hazel controlling the Mist
Hazel really amazed me in House of Hades. I never liked her before, but I felt she matured as she learned to control the Mist. It was really cool how she did it too!
4. Leo and Calypso
Talk about a sweet romance. I’ll ship Caleo (or is it Lelypso?) any day!
5. The Final Battle
The demigods destroying Clytius was awesome!
Takeaway From the Characters
Percy Jackson Annabeth Chase
I was a little disappointed as I had hoped to see them have more battles against monsters and bond a little more. Nor did I feel Percy was quite as funny with how he normally described things, but I’ll cut him some slack. He was in Tartarus after all. It was cool to learn Annabeth’s birthday, July 12th. It was pretty funny what was going through her mind when she told us her birthday too.
“I’m coming back for you, Calypso,” he said to the night wind. “I swear it on the River Styx.” Leo has always been my favorite, but he got extra points for this one. Best. Character. Ever.
Frank Zhang and Hazel Levesque
I never was a fan of either of these two, but it felt like over the course of the book they both matured. It was like they finally stopped feeling sorry for themselves. Frank really became a son of Mars. Hazel seemed to embrace her unfortunate nickname, Witch Girl.
Jason Grace and Piper McLean
These two felt more like characters left in the dark. I’ve always loved Piper, so I hope she’ll get a more important role in The Blood of Olympus.
Nico di Angelo
I felt like this was so wrong to make Nico like Percy. This dude hated Percy because of his sister dying. So now you’re telling me that he didn’t hate him, but loved him? The reason Nico left camp was because one of the bad things about Hades’ children is they really know how to hold a grudge. It felt like a last minute political move by Rick. He executed it very poorly. Nevertheless, Nico was still whinny, annoying Nico to me.
Bob the Titan
It was no surprise that he would sacrifice himself for Percy and Annabeth. I feel like we’ll be seeing him again…
It was fun to learn that he had found Clarisse. And he’s married! Wow, did not see that coming!
Now to the rating… I would give House of Hades 4 out of 5 stars. It was good, but was not great. The Mark of Athena still blows it out of the water in my opinion.
What are your thoughts? What would you rate it?