Hello guys! This summer, I decided to re-read the Percy Jackson and The Olympian series. Why you may ask? Well first, I LOOOOOVE mythology (as I’ve said before), and second, I got my boyfriend to get his own set and read the books to share the experience! These books are mainly written for kids, but who says we cannot enjoy them too?
I noticed many people were reading the series for the first time this summer, or wanted to know more about it, so I decided to share some review-like opinions on this series! Of course, I tried to do this without spoiling major things!
Beware, there’s 5 mini reviews in this post, enjoy!
1. The Lightning Thief
Published: June 28th, 2005
Rating: 5/5 ✮✮✮✮✮
“You shall go west, and face the god who has turned,
You shall find what was stolen, and see it safely returned,
You shall be betrayed by one who calls you a friend,
And you shall fail to save what matters most, in the end.”
I watched the movie before reading the book, why? Because I didn’t know of the existence of this series! (I’m talking 2010-2011!) But I’m not going to talk about the movie, because they don’t really compare to the books.
In this book, we get introduced to this “troubled” kid, who always get thrown out from school and is always in trouble and doesn’t seem to know why! Percy Jackson… how will he deal with finding out that he is the son of a god?! Of course, his mom was trying to keep him away from all of this, but his inevitable fate, caught up to him. Then, we see this really cool camp called “Camp Half-Blood” that will work as an “escape” and training camp for these demi-gods. Of course, every book series has a place. I mean, what would Harry Potter be without Hogwarts?!
Then, as if the name of the book isn’t telling you enough… a Lightning Bolt is stolen and who else could take the blame??! Our hero embarks on a quest to clear his name, find the bolt, and avoid war between the gods. (Just a typical summer for a 12 year old, right?
2.The Sea of Monsters
Published: April 1st, 2006
Rating: 4.5/5 ✮✮✮✮✮
“You shall sail the iron ship with warriors of bone,
You shall find what you seek and make it your own,
But despair for your life entombed within stone,
And fail without friends, to fly home alone.”
This book is so short! Honestly, 279 pages only?! I will talk about this one quickly… We get new characters, new quest, poisoned tree, cyclops, extended sea family? Ooooooooooooh so much new things, and of course, our hero is still discovering his powers, so it’s great to see him growing. The way Tyson is introduced and when we find out what/who he is, turned out great. I love that big guy!
Although I loved how new characters are starting to be introduced, I found the book slow at times… I mean, the build-up was needed (because that 3rd book.. DAMN!) But when it starts to get better, this freaking book ends! Don’t get me started on the ending… like I said, it’s a short book and the effing cliffhanger was too much… I had to pick up the third book as soon as possible to see where this was going.
3. The Titan’s Curse
Published: May 5th 2007
Rating: 5/5 ✮✮✮✮✮
Or dare I say, A MILLION STARS!!!
“Five shall go west to the goddess in chains,
One shall be lost in the land without rain,
The bane of Olympus shows the trail,
Campers and Hunters combined prevail,
The Titan’s curse must one withstand,
And one shall perish by a parent’s hand.”
We find our characters, helping Grover – satyr – bring back to camp two half-bloods (which will be important from now on). Things get a bit messy when we lose a character, and you know what that means? Yes. We get to go on another quest. But now? We have so many more heroes! So many new people that support our main character. I love it! Why? Because even “the chosen one” or in this case “the child of the prophecy” cannot take on things on his own!
Character development is huge in this book. I cannot get into details without spoiling things, but I think this book has the most growth from the whole series. Also, this book has some quotes that – mean nothing – but I found hilarious.
“Wow,” Thalia muttered. “Apollo is hot.”
“He’s the sun god,” I said.
“That’s not what I meant.”
In this book, we find the goddess Artemis and her huntresses. I find interesting the concept of eternal life as long as you don’t fall in love. Kind of harsh, would I be able to do that? *don’t let my boyfriend read this* LOL.
And of course, the prophecy for the quest in this book is actually harsh… and it’s the main reason I couldn’t put down the book! WHO’S GONNA GET LOST? WHO’S GONNA DIE? WHAT’S THE TITAN’S CURSE? This book was my favorite from the whole series!
4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
Published: March 6th, 2008
Rating: 4/5 ✮✮✮✮
Ok guys, we’re almost done…
“You shall delve in the darkness of the endless maze,
The dead, the traitor, and the lost one raise.
You shall rise or fall by the ghost king’s hand,
The Child of Athena’s final stand.
Destroy with a hero’s final breath,
And lose a love to worse than death.”
I really love the fact that Percy isn’t in charge of quests, it gives a sense of accomplishment, and importance to other characters, and I believe this is important. This time we find Annabeth getting her chance (she’s been waiting FOREVER!).
The modernization of the concept of the Labyrinth built by the famous inventor, Daedalus, was truly amazing, I am amazed with how Rick Riordan makes everything fit perfectly. Sadly, the topic of the labyrinth is portrayed so much in the book, that at times it got a bit boring for me. (What else could you expect of a book called The Battle of the Labyrinth?!)
Moving forward… the key to their puzzle is someone completely unexpected (at least to me), but I love the fact that someone new is brought into the group and gets Annabeth jealous *evil laugh*.
I can’t really get into much details, but Kronos army is getting bigger, things are getting more dangerous (that labyrinth sounds scary as hell, actually, I think more than the Underworld…), and Percy is near the age of the prophecy, and we are one book away from the end!
5. The Last Olympian
Published: May 5th, 2009
Rating: 5/5 ✮✮✮✮✮
“A half-blood of the eldest gods
Shall reach sixteen against all odds
And see the world in endless sleep
The hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap
A single choice shall end his days
Olympus to preserve or raze.”
I’m just going to quote the book on this one…
“In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.”
This book is a freaking rollercoaster! Everyone and their mother and their father and their cousins, etc etc come back to fight LOL. We have a battle that may decide the end of the world as we know it, so obviously, our heroes need all the help they can get.
ALSO, PREPARE FOR DEATHS MWAHAHAHAHAA
Obviously… people have been dying through the whole series, what makes you think they won’t in this book?! After the battle is over, I enjoyed how the author ties up everything, while still leaving some suspense…
Spoiler: * The ending will make you want to read his next series.*
To wrap this huge post… Some things were predictable, but then again, it IS a book series for kids, so the author has to be somewhat generous. I love how Rick Riordan ties many Greek myths and modernizes things to fit our current times, without changing the essence of the original myths.
Don’t get me started on those chapter names… They’re so unique! I love them more than Apollo’s haikus (seriously, read the books to get the reference!)
No matter what, this series was really enjoyable, and I may be biased, but I do not mind reading these books AGAIN in the future. From all books, The Titan’s Curse was my favorite. It’s the book with the biggest character development, and action (other than the final battle in the last book, of course!).
Thank you so much for staying with me through this whole journey!