Author Spotlight: Rick Riordan

If any of you guys have been following this blog lately, or even my 50 Book Pledge or Goodreads accounts, you will be aware of the fact that I have been binge reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus series’. Jordan first got me reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Book One] and I was not planning on finishing the rest of that series, let alone the Heroes of Olympus series.

Rick is a middle-school English and History teacher turned author, and I could not thank him more for that change in career! The Percy Jackson and the Olympians books were a lot better than I expected them to be, and I am also thankful to Jordan for practically shoving the series down my throat when she came to the realization that I never read them! Rick is an author that has been a pinnacle for young readers since his first YA series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, was published. For an author to say that they have captured the minds of millions of readers is a feat in itself, but to say that you are a writer who has sprung up a whole new generation of avid readers is a whole new ball game. Rick writes cBioharacters that are immensely witty, and for that I thank him. In the wise words of J.K. Rowling,

Wit before measure is a man’s greatest treasure.

          – JK Rowling

I wholeheartedly love this quote, and yes I am a Ravenclaw. Though I love Ricks’ books, I am not as gung-ho about his books. I do not feel that they accurately encapsulate the story of the characters. There is so much lost in the move between literature to film that few can truly pull off a good adaptation, and sadly the Percy Jackson books are not one of them. Furthermore, I think that anyone who has ever had any interest in Mythology of any kind should definitely check out some of Rick’s work. Yes, I found the series to be a bit young for me, but that is because they are for the 9-12 audience. But they are highly entertaining and I have rediscovered my interest in Mythology in the first place. It is also great being able to connect certain things I have learned in past English classes and whatnot to what I am currently reading.

I am currently reading Rick’s Heroes of Olympus: The Son Of Neptune [Book 2] and am really enjoying the read. I am so glad that Percy is back, I missed him dearly.

Also, did you know that Rick is coming out with a new series? Well if you didn’t I am glad to inform you that he is! It is called Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard! Out of this world, huh (Get it?)! I wonder if Chris Hemsworth will be in the book? Anyway, there are rumours that Percy is going to be in it! Who doesn’t love Percy (besides all of the gods that don’t like him, namely Ares/Mars)! The series is set to come out on October 6th 2015, according to Chapters/Indigo!

Want to hear more from Rick? Check out these links…

Website     Biography     Twitter     Goodreads     Instagram     Facebook

Keep on designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

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