The Lightning Thief – Book Review

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.

Greek mythology? YES PLEASE!!!

 

Characters
They were awesome! Percy is so sarcastic; I love it! And I really liked how the children of each of the gods had unique personalities specific to that god.

Plot
The plot flowed nicely. It was fast-paced, with never a dull moment. I kept waiting for some plot points to be resolved, though, and they never were, which was frustrating. But it is a series, so I guess I’ll have to read the rest of them!

Overall thoughts
I absolutely adore Greek mythology, so this was fabulous! There was quite a bit of explaining of things, which I thought was unnecessary, but it is written for younger kids (who aren’t necessarily mythology addicts), so that’s understandable. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Would I recommend it? Oh, yes!
Would I let my kids read it? Yes
Would I read the other books in the series? Yes!

Check out The Lightning Thief and give it a read!

 

 

Guest review contributed by Read, Write, Laugh, Dance. An avid ballet dancer and story writer, this blogger has launched into book reviewing. Her Austin heroine is Elizabeth Bennet.

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9 thoughts on “The Lightning Thief – Book Review”

  1. I really enjoyed this book too but found the movie disappointing. It’s such a cool concept and I wish they had translated it to screen better. The hades daughter series by sara douglass is a great grown up book that re interperts Greek myths.

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