The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.
I walked in to this series expecting it to be in a First Person point of view like the Percy Jackson series was, boy, was I surprised! I enjoyed the change in narration, and even though we weren't able to get completely inside each character's head like we were able to with Percy, I still was able to form a connection to the characters and understand what they were feeling. For me, that is a very important thing to have and it can make or break a story for me. I was certainly not broken in this case. I fell in love with each character quickly and deeply.
Especially with Leo Valdez.
I won't lie though, I will miss the hilarious titles of each chapter though. Nothing keeps you reading like wonder what it means when the chapter is titled, "My Mother Teaches Me Bullfighting" or my personal favorite: "Nico Buys Happy Meals For The Dead"
I enjoyed the story as equally as I did the characters and I am always really excited to see things tying together. The way that we can put the events of the story in as an explanation for some odd things that happen in real life are pretty awesome too. It brings the magic back in to life, and puts wonder back in to everything. I hope I never stop seeing the world with such imagination.
(I'm also excited because I've read a few spoilers and just can't wait for certain things to happen)
This was so easy for me to pick.
"That's what happens to snow in Texas, lady. It freaking melts!"
- Leo Valdez