Review: Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, and Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I love adventure, especially those that have mythical creatures, battles to save the world, and a lot of swash-buckling! So, suffice it to say, when I heard the film version of the following book was coming out, I had to read the book first! I’ve reviewed two of the five in the Percy Jackson series because I read The Lightning Thief about a year ago, and just read book two, and felt compelled to write a review of both.

In the first adventure, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, young Percy, in his fourth or fifth new school, discovers that his mother has been keeping a secret about his real father. It turns out that he is the son of one of the Big Three Olympian Gods – Zeus, Poseidon, Hades. As such, demons are out to destroy him, and Percy finds himself at Camp Half-Blood where demi-gods – children who are half human, half god, are trained to fight and are protected from evil forces. Because Percy is one of the Big Three’s son, he is even more special, thus needing more protection. Enter Grover the Satyr, half goat, half man – Percy’s protector; Chiron the Centaur – half horse, half human – teacher and mentor; and, Annabeth – daughter of Athena – friend, rival and love interest (?).  Once Percy reaches Camp Half-Blood he is told that one of Zeus’ lightening bolts have been stolen, thus beginning the adventure where Percy, Annabeth, and Grover head out on a road trip across the country facing all forms of demons, threats, and the power of the Olympian gods who want nothing but Percy to fail.

This first adventure was all that an adventure should be – fast paced, full of danger and weird characters, and funny – which made it irresistible (read the book in one day!). What I really enjoyed was the combination of ancient Greek mythology seamlessly embedded into modern day city life. This is nothing cerebral, but a fun, fun read.

P.S. The movie of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief did not do justice the book – at all!

So, this is the second installment in the young adult, high adventure, save world from destruction, which conveniently, falls into the hands of a twelve year old boy, series.

In the second adventure, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, we find that Percy is not the only child of Poseidon, that Camp Half-Blood is under attack and dying, that there’s a prophecy that has dire consequences for Percy, and that Grover is to be married to a Cyclops! Thus begins the second adventure – to save Camp Half-Blood – by bringing back the Golden Fleece – and to save Grover from an unthinkable, gross marriage!!

This one, too, is very funny and fast paced, and quite thrilling  – didn’t finish it in a day, but enjoyed it none-the-less.

Now … on to book three – Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse!



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