I just finished Rick Riordan's latest---the first in a new series, The Kane Chronicles, called The Red Pyramid. I thought it was totally awesome. The depth of the research he must've done to write this was very impressive.
Before reading the book, I was a little afraid that this was going to be a Percy Jackson rerun, except with Egyptian gods instead of Greek ones. And while there is the teensiest bit of that feel to it, it's certainly an original story on its own. Like the Percy Jackson books, it is majorly action-packed. The main characters, brother and sister Carter and Sadie, are running, flying, driving, transporting, whatever, from one explosive run-in disaster to another through the whole book. So get comfy, have a tasty snack on hand, clear your day's schedule, because this is a tough one to put down.
Fun, fun, fun read. I like it better than Percy Jackson already. I think the author's really honed his writing with each book he's published. Great beginning to a new series! I just can't believe I'm going to have to wait for the next one. Why is it I keep starting new series before all the books have come out??