Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson just found out that he is a demigod. That is, half human, half Greek god. In a last ditch effort to save his life, Percy enters Camp Half-Blood. There he discovers which mythological god he is related to and also stumbles across a prophecy that he is to fulfill in 10 days. The gods are warring, and Percy is the only one who can abate the conflict before it develops into World War 3. It is a lot to take in, but young Percy is up to the challenge. With a satyr and a daughter of Athena by his side, Percy heads out to face monsters, angry gods, and other mythological creatures that want nothing more that stop Percy from fulfilling his quest.

I thought I would include the trailer for the movie, which looks pretty sweet! :P

This was a most entertaining and delightful read. However, don't be fooled. There is a dark side lurking behind all of the fun and fantasy (which is half of the draw, if you ask me). I have been meaning to read this series for quite some time, but just couldn't get in the mood for it, if you know what I mean. Once I started reading The Lightning Thief, I was immediately sorry that I had waited so long. This story is charming, fast-paced, and packed with adventure. Though many compare it to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, I would say this story has an original edge. Yes, there are comparisons, but overall, each series has a unique theme and intricacies all of it's own. I highly recommend The Lightning Thief for those looking to get lost in a good story packed full of adventure, friendship, and mythology.

You may also enjoy:
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips
American Gods or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Cover Art Commentary:
I really like the cover of this book. The colors are great and there is definitely some foreshadowing going on. I wont say much more, but you can appreciate the cover much more after you have read the book! ;)

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  1. Have I mentioned how much I love your reviews now? They're still so succinct, but with so much pertinent and easily found information. :)

    By the way, my friend says the series only gets better.

  2. @TJ

    Aw, shucks TJ! Thanks! :)

    I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series! :)

  3. I can not wait to read this. Great review :)

  4. Aw, thanks! I definitely enjoyed reading it! :D

  5. Great review!

    Haven't read the book yet but the trailer looks great.

  6. @Joyce

    Thanks! I can't wait to watch the movie! :)