BOOK REVIEW: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
author: Rick Riordan
publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
publication date: March 1st, 2006


 

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.

[source: http://www.goodreads.com]


 

This was my first time reading Percy Jackson and I really really enjoyed it, I just wish I hadn’t watched the movie before reading it. I loved the movie, I watched it right when it came out and I was hooked from the start. Now that I finished the book I do feel kind of betrayed because the book is so much better and so different and why the heck did they change so much in the movie? I have to admit that knowing the movie kind of ruined some of the enjoyment of this book for me but nevertheless I really loved it and I had so much fun reading this book.

It did remind me a little bit of Harry Potter at first though. A young boy who discoveres that he’s not who he think he is, that he is someone special with special powers and such. But we can’t compare everything to Harry Potter right? So after I read a couple of chapters it turned out that it is nothing like Harry Potter at all and not just because this book is about Greek gods and not about wizards. It was so much fun joining Percy, Annabeth and Grover on their quest and I can’t wait to continue with the series.

I love this world Rick Riordan created and I sure as hell would love to be a Half Blood myself. Who doesn’t want to be a hero? I’d love to be one I even took a quiz on the internet and it turned out I would be in Aphrodites cabin, yay. But whatsoever I loved the book. I loved the monsters and I do feel kind of ashamed that it took me so long to pick up this series. This is such an amazing and easy read for anyone of age. I’ve always been fascinated with Greek gods to be honest. In school it always was my favorite topic in history class I even spent some of my time back then drawing all the gods so I was kind of obsessed with them and that’s actually another reason why I can’t believe I didn’t read this earlier.

I loved the characters. It was so much fun watching the Greek gods come to life. I loved them all even the evil ones, even Ares and Hades. Hades isn’t even such a bad guy as I’ve expected him to be. I loved Percy for sure, he’s sassy and so grown up already I still can’t believe he’s only 12 years old already fighting monsters and saving his mother from certain death. I loved his comments and I absolutely loved how much he cared for his friends and of course his mother. Annabeth is like my spirit animal. She’s such a strong, brave, smart and wise young woman I fell in love with her right away. Even though Percy is strong himself and very brave I’m sure that without Annabeths help he would have never been able to win the quest. And I definitely love how she teases Percy all the time. Grover is also great. I already loved him in the movie, the clumsy and fun satyr. He’s such a great friend, a little anxious from time to time but that doesn’t make him less brave than the others. He always tries to protect Percy and he would do anything to safe his life.

And even though I knew what was going to happen because of the movie; so I knew of the little plot twist at the end and the betrayal, it was so much better in the book. And again I regret that I watched the movie before.

There was so much action in this book, so many fights, so many interesting information I loved it. All in all this was a fantastic read and I absolutely can’t wait to continue with this series.

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  1. Awesome, another fan of the Percy Jackson series!

    I agree with basically everything that you said in this review. I love the characters, even the ‚evil‘ ones, because Riordan has such a fantastic ability to create characters that pretty much come to life on the page. I’m with you, though. I should have started the series way sooner. Now that I’ve finished it, I cannot believe it took me until I was in my twenties!

    Annabeth is one of my all time favourite characters of any series!

    I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

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