Sunday, August 30, 2009

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book One: The Lightning Thief

by: Rick Riordan

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson never really fit in at school. Trouble always seemed to follow him. His mother ends up taking him to the only safe place for him, Camp Half-Blood, where Percy finds out he is a half-blood (or hero). He is the son of a mortal woman and a Greek god. That's right, a Greek god.

At camp Percy learns that all of the stories from Greek mythology are actually true and that the gods and godesses are still alive. He also finds out that the monsters from the stories (Medusa, the Minotaur, etc) are also still alive and are constantly trying to kill the half-bloods.

Someone has stolen Zeus's master lightning bolt and Zeus believes Percy took it. To find the real culprit Percy and his friends must go on a quest and discover the truth, fighting monsters all along the way.

First off, thank you Suzette for introducing me to this series. I am loving it so far. This book was a lot of fun, exciting and cleverly written. It was a very fast read and it kept me entertained the entire time. I always loved learning about Greek mythology when I was younger so I thought it was fun to read about them again and to see how the author has creatively added them to this book. I did find it to be similar to the Harry Potter novels, just like you Suzette, but I didn't mind it either. I think he did a good job of making it his own.

I can't wait for the movie.

4.5 stars


hmsgofita said...

I saw this book in a store and was wondering about glad to have your review, I'm now adding it to my list! Thanks.

Lula O said...

I hear this one is really fun to listen to....wish I had a friend that had a copy...on her computer.

Great review! Always on the look-out for a good movie too.

The Bradfords said...

Mandy, I'm glad there's another Percy Jackson fan! It sounds like you liked the book for the same reasons I did. Don't you just love a book that is clever? Keep going with the series because the books only get better. I hope the movie will be as fun.

Lula, alright already! I'll get that little project done now that all my kids are in school (Hallelujah and praise the Lord). Anything for you my book-loving friend.

TheBlackSheep said...

I keep hearing about these and thinking I should read them. Maybe I really should do something about that.

I passed on an award to you on my blog btw. Thanks for your great reviews!

Lula O said...

Hey we won an award! Sweet! Thanks Black Sheep. I'll check it out. And yes, I think we should both read these books. I feel like I'm a little behind here.