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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #1) Review!

5/5

 

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods -goodreads.com

Where to start? Why didn’t I read this sooner? How come this book was so good? So many questions so little time!

Okay, well I have a lot of time… so just omit that last part 🙂

I’ve heard about Percy Jackson ever since the first book came out, and part of me was always like Meh to Greek Myths, and the part was like AWESOME! When I was younger, I didn’t really like mythology, I know I was a crazy child, it was just that some of those Myths were pretty spooky. Like a father eating his children? Nope! A guy with a thousand eyes? Creepy… The Meh part of me, needless to say, won the argument and I didn’t get around to reading Percy Jackson until now, nine years later.

Now I’m feeling like I want to slap half of myself (okay that sounded weird) because this book was AWESOME! Percy Jackson is a dyslexic, hot headed, ADHD kid, with a knack for trouble… and angering the gods… From the beginning to the end, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief begs you to read the next page making you wonder what crazy monster will show up next. It made me feel like:

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I’m going to start this review with the plot, which was so good! Some readers may have not noticed the little things about Greek Mythology in here, and since I’m in Classical Literature and we just finished studying Greek Myths and reading The Iliad, this book rocked the stories yet put a great twist on the characters. Anabeth, the daughter of Athena, had gray eyes. GRAY! Which is amazing considering the fact that all throughout The Iliad, Athena was called The gray-eyed Athena. He had to do some serious work for these books, because there were so many stories tossed in, an obvious plus for me. From page one, it was easy to figure how this story was going to go, and it only gets better.

There were so many events in this book, so much happened in so little time. Percy’s story was fast paced, and gripping with actually evil monsters, and great battle scenes. There was witty dialogue, that actually made me laugh out loud, the main characters are so cute!

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Speaking of main characters! Having a hero who isn’t considered beautiful, or perfect is such a breath of fresh air, no offense to Percy, I like him! It’s just, he is a new kind of hero (well old since this book came out in 2006…) one with strength, persistence and a hot head! He wasn’t focused on how he looked to himself or others, he just cared about saving his mom and the world (sort of…) It was hard not to love the story, and feel bad for his Mom, or angry at Smelly Gabe. Percy was loveable.

Grover was my favorite, sorry Percy! That Satyr has some seriously awesome lines, and he made me laugh more times than I can count. Each one of the characters were written with unique personalities, keeping the story fresh. From the biker War god to Luke, every character was different in every possible way keeping the story interesting. The Monster’s specifically were always unexpected, and never the same. The were so strange and amazingly done, loved the humor he put into it. From what I could tell there was no love triangle or insta-love, great stuff!

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief was really well written. There was enough detail to perk your interest but to not overload you with imagery. The quirky characters, great story and interesting writing style was enough to bring on this:

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Have you read any of the Percy Jackson books? Let us know what you thought below in the comments 🙂 We love to hear from you!

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