I am a former stay-at-home mom who has given up her hopes and dreams of becoming a professional reader. I now spend my days showing small children how to play games on computers. Right now I'm living vicariously through my 9 year-old who is reading everything she can get her hands on.
The Scandinavian in me wanted to love this book. The avid reading in me just couldn't love this book, which is a little sad because I adore Percy Jackson and his friends. Character names and places are different but the story really isn't. Magnus is just a Percy Jackson/Jason Grace hybrid. Blitzen is just a well-dressed Grover. Sam is a poor substitute for Annabeth. This is the first time I have finished a Riordan novel and not been edge of my seat excited for the next book in the series. Hopefully the coming Apollo books provide a little of what Magnus seems to be missing.