[Mini Review] Demigods and Monsters

by Rick Riordan (and various authors)
MG – Essays Fantasy (Greek Mythology)

Which Greek god makes the best parent?
Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?
Why do so many monsters go into retail?
Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero.
Find out:
Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have
How to recognize a monster when you see one
Why even if we aren’t facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives
Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn’t into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy’s mythical namesake.

Mini Review

Being a PJO/HoO and Greek mythology fan, I felt that I would love this. So I finally finished it and honestly I thought it was boring. Sure there were essays that I liked (such as Jenny Han’s Eeny Meeny Miney Mo(m): Picking Your Very Own Godly Parent) but I felt that reading this was like a chore or school homework I had to finish.

Well, I did finish this book.

However…I dragged my ass and skimmed through the second half.

This book is a collection of essays from other authors about PJO series. It wasn’t THAT bad, really. In fact, I learned cool stuff about Greek mythology through this book and I found some parts to be really funny. But I thought the Greek mythology sorta backfired and it started to get very tedious reading about all of them it was impossible for me NOT to skim. I doubt younger readers would find this fascinating enough…

Thank you Smart Pop Books and Netgalley for sending me the galley, this doesn’t affect my opinions at all.


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18 thoughts on “[Mini Review] Demigods and Monsters”

  1. It’s a shame you didn’t love this. I would hate reading a book that was more just a compilation of essays! :3

    I really like the look of the Percy Jackson books and am hoping to start reading them this summer!

    Thanks for the great and honest review! 😀

  2. Haha, I know what you mean! I think I’ve requested some books that I thought would be some stories but turn out to actually be a compilation of essays! Either they’re misleading or I’m not reading the synopsis properly HAHA! I need to start on this one soon, too…

    1. Haha! Probably I didn’t read the synopsis but I should have looked at the cover more carefully! It says “your favorite authors on Rick Riordan’s PJO series” xD well, but at least from the synopsis it sounds more like a collection of short stories, not essays :/ so yeah, it’s a bit misleading 🙁

    1. Seriously, one advice from me: don’t read this book if you hate essays -___- well, Rick only wrote the introduction so technically he still wrote something but all the essays were written by other authors…

  3. This does sound boring. I don’t blame you for skimming through the last half. I would snore at reading essays no matter how interesting they make it. It’s like being an English teacher and having to grade papers. -____-

    Sorry you didn’t like this as much. Hopefully your next read will be more satisfying. ^^

    1. A spot-on comparison! It’s THAT boring -___- Maaan, actually my “next read” isn’t that interesting too :/ Reboot is really boring and I’m hoping the second half will be less painful and more bearable… I don’t want to DNF another book 🙁

  4. Argh : I think I wouldn’t like reading essay either :<
    So it’s okayyy if you didn’t finish the book 🙂 You read something you love and that’s good xD

    I hope you’ll find another good one next time 😛

    1. Haha I finished it but I needed to motivate myself really hard 😡 haha, I definitely hope my next read will be good! Better than the one I’m reading now at least!

  5. This sounds cool in theory…. but, not sure I’d like it. I really loved the Percy Jackson series but this sounds like it takes a lot of patience lol

  6. I felt the same way about this! Some of the essays were really intriguing (Jenny Han’s was my favourite!) but a lot of them were just so looooong. Some of the authors just went off on so many tangents and it was only until the last page where you found out what they were getting at. But I agree with you, I did learn a lot about Greek mythology and the glossary/key at the back is super helpful.

    1. Jenny Han’s was my favorite too! It was just funny and easy to understand 🙂 Lol, they were very confusing and a bit pointless >< It’s like when you’re in your bedroom and want to go to the bathroom but you go to Africa first, then Europe, THEN to the bathroom. Such a horribly LONG process to get to the destination…

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