Friday, March 12, 2010

Review; Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

Author; Rick Riordan

Review; 5/5

Release Date; April 1st 2006

Product Description from Goodreads

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


I was a little behind on the Percy Jackson bandwagon, but I’m glad I finally jumped on. This read was fun, easy, quick, and oh so enjoyable (or as I like to say, BRAINCANDY!).

Rick Riordan has quite the way of making Percy and his world believable and exciting. This book is aimed at ages 12 and up, however I borrowed this book from my dad (who’s definitely not in that designated clientele bracket) and both him and myself loved this book.

I was quite impressed with the mythology in this book. I’d like to say I am a Greek/Roman myths expert, judge as you might, and most of what I was taught was pretty accurate with the myths Rick foretold.

The characters were funny (Grover) and strong (Annabeth), and brave (Percy) all of which are refreshing to find in any book. I liked the ideals and morals that these characters give younger readers, and I even found myself getting wrapped up in the adventure and innocence (innocence may not be the right word for Demi-Gods fighting monsters—but you get the point) of this loveable book.

I saw the movie a couple weeks ago and blogged about it, and can I just say how different they were? WOW! I try to look at both pieces separately and as long as you do that, I don’t think those who have read this book before seeing the movie will be disappointed, just be prepared.

All-in-all, a GREAT read! Can’t wait to start the next one!


  1. YAY! Glad you liked it :DD Now on to SEA OF MONSTERS!

  2. Haha, I read this entire series in a week, your right, its just such a fun, fast-paced adventure series--perfect break from the too-serious YA books these days :)
    I'm glad you liked the book, I'm pretty sure the others won't disappoint!

  3. My sister went craaazy about this book (she still is)! She reviewed it here (

    Like you said, the movie and the book are way too different! I wasn't sure if I was to read this as my sister hurled everything to me already, but glad you enjoyed the adventure and mythology too! :)


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