book review

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Goodreads: Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, (I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.

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If you click the name of each hero, it leads you to the Wikipedia page about them.

Perseus Wants a Hug: ★★★☆☆
Perseus is the son of Zeus and is best known for killing Medusa, and saving Andromeda from a sea monster after her parents chain her up to a rock.

Psyche Ninjas a Box of Beauty Cream: ★★★★☆
Psyche was a beautiful mortal princess that Aphrodite envied, so she sent Cupid/Eros her son to curse her to fall in love with a scary ugly man everyone (gods and mortals) fears. This was my favourite out of the entire book because it’s what inspired Beauty and the Beast. I want an entire book about Psyche and her Beast ASAP.

Phaethon Fails Driver’s Ed: ★★★☆☆
Phaethon was the son of Helios (the Titan who drove the sun chariot before Apollo) and talked his dad into driving the sun chariot for a day.

Otrera Invents the Amazons (With Free Two-Day Shipping): ★★★☆☆
Otera didn’t like how women didn’t have equal rights, so she killed a bunch of men and created the Amazons.

Daedalus Invests Pretty Much Everything Else: ★★★☆☆
Daedalus was an inventor, unfortunately everything he invents always backfires against him someway or another. This story also mentions how minotaurs came to be, and boy am I creepy out.

Theseus Slays the Mighty- Oh, Look! A Bunny Rabbit!: ★★★☆☆
Theseus was the boy with one mother and two fathers, Aegeus and Poseidon. He goes through Daedalus’ maze and kills the minotaur in the center.

Atalanta Vs. Three Pieces of Fruit: The Ultimate Death Match: ★★★★☆
Atlanta was abandoned by her father on a rock to die because he wanted a son, and a bear raised her. After she made a name for herself by being a fierce warrior, her father decided to reunite. Her father wanted to marry her off, but she was uninterested in marriage. She agreed to marry whoever could outrun her in a foot race. Plot twist: She kills whoever she catches up with.

Whatever It Is, Bellerophon Didn’t Do It: ★★★☆☆
Bellerophon accidentally murdered his brother and was exiled. He went to a kingdom and turned down the king’s wife’s sexual advances, so she sent him to her father to execute him. Instead of an execution, Bellerophon is sent on impossible missions, and manages to survive.

Cyrene Punches a Lion (No Actual Lions Were Harmed in the Making of This Myth): ★★★☆☆
Cyrene went from sheep herder to punching lions, and falling in love with Apollo and Ares.

Orpheus Takes A Solo: ★★★★☆
Orpheus had to lead his wife’s spirit through the Underworld and not turn around to make sure she was following him until they reached the mortal world.

Hercules Does Twelve Stupid Things: ★★★★☆
Hercules is one of the most popular Greek heroes, so he gets a whopping 80 pages. He tries to clear his name after murdering his family by doing tasks.

Jason Finds a Rug That Really Ties the Kingdom Together: ★★★☆☆
Jason goes on an adventure to find the golden fleece, and marries a psychopath along the way.

I read a story a day, until I got to Jason’s story, then I had to take a short break because I was feeling a bit burned out. Rick Riordan uses his usual humor, and mixes history with pop culture. The stories had their fast and slow moments.

Technically, the book should get a 3 star rating, but the artwork is bumps it up a star. 🙂

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